LISMORE SPEEDWAY SEASON CONCLUDES THIS WEEKEND (JUNE 9, 10)
BY DENNIS NEWLYN THE curtain comes down on one of the most successful seasons in the half century history of Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway this weekend with the running of the two-day Winternationals, June 9-10. Both the Saturday and Sunday meetings will be twilight fixtures with a 1PM start and race action is expected to conclude by approximately 5:30PM. A highlight will be the massive fireworks display which will be held at the end of the Sunday race programme. It is the perfect way to conclude what has been a long season of speedway at the historic Lismore Showground. Promoter David Lander is keen to send out the 2017-18 season on a high note with variety the key. A number of different race categories will be seen in action over the two days. A highlight of the programme will be the New South Wales Compact Speedcar Championship, which is set down for decision on Saturday. A series of heats will be held to determine the starting field for the state title, while the final has been set for a 20-lap distance. Drivers from NSW and Queensland have entered for the event. Wingless Sprintcars, AMCA Sedans, Junior Sedans, Production Sedans, Street Stocks, and SP Sedans will be featured over the two days. Lander lost three meetings during the 2017-18 season due to rain and the Winternationals has been added to the schedule to make up the quota of 16 race dates permitted each season. “While we did lose a few meeting due to wet weather, at least we had a much better run than some other years when we have lost more fixtures because of inclement conditions,” Lander said. “The Winternationals will pick up two dates that were washed out during the major part of the season, but I have decided to make these meetings this weekend daylight events due to the time of the year. We should have some good racing and it’s a good way to finish off what has been a very good season for us.” The track then goes into its annual winter recess over the next four months before what promises to be the biggest season in the history of speedway racing at the historic Showground. The 2018-19 season, which commences on November 3 with the annual running of the V8 Dirt Modified Lord Mayor’s Cup, marks fifty consecutive years of speedway at the venue and plenty of celebrations are planned during the Golden Jubilee racing term which concludes in May, 2019. General public gates open at 11AM both days this weekend.