RAIN DAMPENS WINTERNATIONALS
BY DENNIS NEWLYN OVERNIGHT and early morning rain washed out Sunday’s second day of the Winternationals at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway. The cancellation of Sunday’s fixture was a disappointing end to the 2017-18 season which, ironically for the most part, has been free of rain. In fact the Winternationals this season was added to the season schedule to make up for two of the three washed out nights in the major part of the season. After a track inspection early Sunday morning promoter David Lander deemed the surface too wet and definitely unsafe for racing and, with that decision not to run, brought down the curtain on what has been an otherwise successful 2017-18 season. “It was disappointing to end the season like that, but at least we got the Saturday events run and we gave our very loyal supporters some racing, as we wanted to do, over this long weekend,” Lander said. “We now go into the winter break, but we will still be working each day at the track in the office as we prepare for what will be the biggest season in the history of speedway racing at the venue with our Golden Jubilee season. We will be announcing details in the next couple of months of the special events and off-track functions we will be conducting in relation to Lismore Speedway’s fiftieth consecutive season of racing at the Showground.” The originally scheduled New South Wales Compact Speedcar Championship also was a victim of the weekend’s weather and was not run. The future of the state title has yet to be announced however there are early indications it will be held over until next season at the venue. Junior Sedans, AMCAs, National Four Cylinder Sedans, Production Sedans, SP Sedans and Street Stocks provided the Saturday afternoon race action on the first day of the Winternationals. Andrew Plim took over the lead in the final stages of the National Four Cylinder Sedan feature race to score a good win. Another driver who did likewise was Connor Reeves who made a late run to the chequered flag with his win in the Junior Sedan main event over Rylee Smith and Rylee Gray. There was a surprise result in the AMCA Sedan feature race as Jason Molle defeated consistent winner this season Shane Newstead. Molle was in control at the head of the field throughout the feature race as he relegated Newstead into second position at the finish. Third man across the line was Thomas Vickery. However Newstead posted the fastest lap of the race in his pursuit of Molle . Other main event winners were: Mark Quirk (Production Sedans), Rodney Craft (SP Sedans) and Peter Thomson (Street Stocks). Attention now turns to the upcoming Golden Jubilee season which will commence on November 3 with the annual running of the V8 Dirt Modified Lord Mayor’s Cup.