PLENTY OF RACING KEEPS WINGLESS SPRINTCAR COMPETITORS BUSY
BY DENNIS NEWLYN
WINGLESS Sprintcar drivers face a busy schedule over the next few weeks, commencing this Saturday night (November 18) at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway
Not only will vital points be up for grabs in the Lismore Workers Club Driver to America series, but competitors will contest a gruelling 40-lap main event in the longest race of the season so far.
It will be the first of two consecutive weeks in which the feature race distance is set at 40 laps. The following weekend Grafton Speedway hosts the Wingless Sprintcars and another 40 lapper.
Under the rules and regulations set down by national governing body Australian Wingless Sprint Racing (AWSR) cars are powered by a V6 engine which is obviously suited for long distance events as this class of competition regularly runs marathon races.
Later in the season Lismore promoter David Lander hosts the Australian Wingless Sprintcar Grand Prix over 100 laps.
“There’s no doubt these Wingless Sprintcars can run a main event almost at any distance,” David said yesterday.
“The Wingless division over the years since their inception has adapted well to these endurance races, but it will be a busy time for the drivers with three consecutive weeks of competition coming up.”
Saturday night’s “Roaring Forties” feature race presented by Herne’s Freight Service is wide open with any number of chances.
Trent Martin has had a great start to the season and currently leads the Driver to America tournament but he will face some tough opposition.
Last season’s series winner David Eggins, currently placed sixth in the standings, is yet to break through for a feature race win this season. He was a model of consistency last racing term and was always prominent in points before he took out the series with victory in the 15 lap shoot-out at Lismore.
Eggins recorded a runner-up finish in the main event at Lismore’s opening meeting of the season two weeks ago and is one driver who looms strongly in calculations for Saturday night’s 40 lap feature race.
After Lismore this weekend and Grafton the following week, the Wingless Sprintcars are then back at Lismore seven days later for another fixture.
The current top three in points for the Lismore Workers Club Driver to America series are: Trent Martin (190), Michael Butcher (135) and Mason Cattell (125).