TRACK SPECIALIST RANDALL HAS ADVANTAGE OVER OPPOSITION
BY DENNIS NEWLYN
WAYNE Randall knows the track better than any other driver who will contest the Trevan Ford Super Sedan Classic at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway this Saturday night, January 13.
He started his career at the local venue in 1971 aged 17. The FC Holden he drove in his first appearance that day was a far cry from the sleek Pontiac Grand Prix Super Sedan built out of the local Rocket Racecars, Danny Smith workshop he will race this weekend.
But one factor has never changed as far as Randall is concerned and that is his respect for the testing circular Lismore Showground bull ring circuit. “I do have a lot of respect for it,” Randall admitted.
“It’s a track that you have to have a big go at to make some passes, but you must do it with respect, otherwise it will bite. It is a very physically hard track to drive even with containment seats and the modern race car equipment of today.
“This track at Lismore is very unique. People who have not run there will be surprised how very tough it is. It’s a great track, but it’s a tough track. ”
Most of the Super Sedan drivers entered head to Lismore fresh from a hectic four night racing schedule in the recently completed Super Sedan Summer Slam that was dominated by Matt Pascoe. Randall also impressed during the series and raced to a very impressive second placing in the final SSSS main event at Toowoomba.
“The car we have got now has some unbelievable potential,” Randall enthused. “We still have more development work to do on the car, but all the signs point to this being even more competitive as the season continues.”
He will face some tough opposition not only from some of the best Super Sedan drivers in the country but he also will compete against his son Justin, 40, at the fixture. Justin is making his own way in the sport and looms a contender for race honours this Saturday night.
The Randall family have been “a part of the furniture” at the Lismore circuit virtually since day one through his dad, Col, who raced at the circuit for many years beginning with its first year as a speedway venue in 1968, and his mother Gloria-June with over three decades as a lap scorer recording the action from the control tower.
A strong line-up of cars and drivers will contest this weekend’s Trevan Ford Super Sedan Classic which also doubles as round nine of the Brims Concrete Super Sedan Series.
This round is being sponsored by Tania’s Ts merchandise company which is owned and operated by Tania Smith who this weekend will make a return to Super Sedan competition after several seasons on the sidelines. Steve Jordan, the 2011 National Super Sedan Champion, is getting back to his best form, while Ian Brims, Dale Christensen, Sean Black and Jack Childs are other strong runners who have entered.
A bash and crash demolition derby also will be featured in which the last car running will be declared the winner. There’s some good prize money to be won so this contest promises to be a torrid battle to the finish.
Caption: Wayne Randall is a home track specialist at Lismore after he started his speedway career at the local venue in 1971. Photo: Wayne and his son : Photo – Tony Powell.