TRACK AND OPPOSITION PRESENT A TOUGH CHALLENGE
BY DENNIS NEWLYN LOCAL racer Lindsay Clapham says track layout and fierce competition will make the 40-lap Production Sedan Summer Sizzler GP on Saturday night, January 20 at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway, a gruelling event. Lindsay, in his second year of Production Sedan competition after he started his speedway career five seasons ago, says there is no easy path to victory in the marathon race. “The competition will be tough, that’s for sure, it’s anyone’s game, it’s a pretty strong field entered.” he acknowledged. He also pointed out the circular Lismore Showground is demanding and requires complete concentration. “It’s a good little track but the way you have to drive the circuit makes it even more challenging. But we have a good car and I hope things go our way.” Clapham, who raced Street Stocks and Lightning Sprints before he moved into the Production Sedan ranks, will drive a VE Holden Commodore in the Production Sedan class. Clapham, 31, enjoys racing in the division and openly admits it gives him a buzz. “It’s just tin top racing, it’s great,” he enthused. “There’s good racing virtually anywhere on any given weekend in Australia.” Clapham also has chased the competition and he has competed at circuits in Victoria and Queensland. As an indication how seriously he is treating this evening’s Lismore fixture, he put his VE Holden Commodore through its paces in a track testing session at the circuit on Friday morning (January 19). It’s all part of the build up to what promises to be a very keenly contested, long distance main event when the local contingent of competitors will face some stern competition from an in-form Queensland contingent headed by Gympie’s Chris Pagel. Heat events will be the prelude to the 40-lap final. Racing for Junior Sedans, Street Stocks, National Four Cylinder Sedans, Formula 500s and Wingless Sprints also will be featured on the variety race card. The January 20 fixture also is highlighted with another round of the Lismore Workers’ Club – Driver to America Wingless Sprintcars series contested. Michael Butcher holds a narrow, ten point lead in the chase for the air ticket prize at the end of the season. All children aged 12 and under will be admitted free. Gates open at 3PM and first event goes under the flag at 6.