MILLS CHASES SPEEDCAR SUPER SERIES VICTORY
BY DENNIS NEWLYN VICTORIAN Champion Travis Mills has the chance to clinch the Diamond Air Speedcar Super Series with a good performance in the round four main event at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway Saturday night, March 3. Mills enters the penultimate round of the tournament holding a commanding 599-point lead over his nearest rival, Michael Stewart. With most of the night’s points awarded on the feature race, it gets down to whether Mills can finish far enough ahead of his rival, which on calculations, is five cars to put the title beyond doubt. “It is possible as it’s top heavy on points for the feature races in the series,” Mills said in relation to his winning chances. However, it will not be easy. Both drivers, contracted to contest the entire series, are main event winners after Stewart took out the opening round last October at Gunnedah Speedway and Mills won round three at Mount Gambier’s Borderline Speedway last month. Mills was runner-up to Stewart at Gunnedah and also was placed second behind Darren Jenkins in round two at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway. Mills’ consistency with a top three result in the series rounds so far has earned his substantial lead in the series heading to Lismore. But Mills is not taking anything for granted this weekend. “It only needs a bad performance from me and I don’t get the points and Michael has a good night and it will definitely take it to the decider in Sydney next month,” Mills explained. The last time Mills raced at the Lismore Showgrond was in the 2010 Australian title. He says the track layout is unique.“I went onto the computer the other night to look at an overview of the Showground layout to work out what gearing we need and it’s certainly circular. It’s a bit different to the tracks we run on in Victoria in shape, but it is a good circuit to race on as well.” It sets the scene for what looms as the most important round of the series. Mills is enjoying one of his best-ever seasons after he also won the Victorian Championship at Warrnambool’s Premier Speedway the very night after his SSS round win at Mount Gambier. Just to make matters even more interesting, the Lismore round features the appearance of sensational 17 year old National Champion Kaidon Brown from Sydney. Brown became the youngest ever winner in the 77 year history of the Australian Speedcar Championship when he won the coveted title at Murray Bridge Speedway in February. SSS Tournament Manager Ken Jenkins says the Lismore entry list is impressive with drivers from three states competing. “It will be a good Speedcar show, there’s no doubt about that and the series really is between Travis and Michael.” The FMX motocross stunt bike team also will make a special appearance at the fixture. The riders are masters of high flying, daredevil acrobatics featuring somersaults and skilful manoeuvres high above the ground. A big support card of race car division also will support the stunt riders and the Diamond Air Speedcar Super Series.