TANIA SMITH SET FOR RACE RETURN
BY DENNIS NEWLYN
TANIA Smith looked impressive as she put her Monaro Super Sedan through its paces in a Friday practice in preparation for the 40-lap main event at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway, Saturday night, January 13.
It has been a number of seasons since Tania turned a wheel in serious competition at the Lismore Showground venue and she took full advantage of the shake down run to get the car dialled in prior to her racing return to Lismore.
She had a quick hit out at the Lismore track during the previous Saturday night’s fixture, but Friday (January 12) was the first occasion she has had to run the brand new car out of the local Rocket Racecars factory on the testing Lismore Showground circuit for a number of laps.
She also used the practice time to make adjustments to the car. “The car felt good and it is good to be back at Lismore for a race meeting,” Tania said after the track workout.
Tania had her racing career interrupted several years ago with a nagging back injury but she has now regained peak fitness to resume her career, which is highlighted by a memorable win at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway.
That was back in 2010 when she took out the annual Grenville Anderson East Coast National in a night of high emotion. The race honours four times Australian Champion and Lismore all-time favourite, Grenville Anderson who passed away in 2004 from injuries sustained in a Brisbane race crash in the early 90s. As a qualified nurse Tania cared for Grenville and has a close affinity with the Anderson family.
After starting her career in Fender Benders back in the 80s, Tania drove Street Stocks before she moved into Modified Sedans which took her to 1990 NSW Championship honours at Wagga Speedway.
She will face some tough opposition in the Trevan Ford Super Sedan Classic which also doubles as a point scoring round in the Brims Concrete Queensland Super Sedan Series. Current series leader is Matt Pascoe who has entered. Former Australian Super Sedan Champion Steve Jordan also will compete, along with another Lismore favourite Wayne Randall, whose son Justin also will race. Other drivers who loom as main events contenders are Ian Brims, Dale Christensen and Jack Childs.
Wingless Sprintcar drivers will contest another round of the Lismore Workers Club Driver to America series while racing also will be featured for AMCA Nationals, Junior Sedans, Street Stocks and Production Sedans.