2012 Australian Lightning Sprint Title Is Finally Here
The 2012 Australian Lightning Sprint Championship is set to explode into action this weekend at Murray Machining & Sheds Murray Bridge Speedway, starting today (Thursday) with scrutineering, practice and a calcutta and cahmpionship dinner.
Twenty-nine teams have prepared their machines to take on the challenging Murray Bridge layout in what will be the most competitive Australian Title in years. Every registered state in Australia has recorded entrants.
Lee Payne, (SA president) and his dedicated team have been working overtime to enure that the event is a success.
" To have every state represented in an Australian Title has been the goal of the Australian commitee from the start, this is very encouraging for the State and the Australian commitee, and gives us a good base to work from to ensure that this class remains one of the fastest growing divisions in Australian speedway."
South Australia's talent pool has swelled in recent years with a number of emerging stars nominated.
Nick Hall has been lurking in the shadows for a while and the talented steerer will be one to watch come final time.
Kate Wiese is a classic example of consistency and currently leads the point standings in the state based series. Kate will take no prisoners in her quest to become the National Champ.
Chris James is another local competitor to watch as he glides his S24 numbered machine through the field. Chris is currently second in the state based series.
Chris Quinton is stationed third in the series and the S5 machine is quick and consistent, watch out for Chris over the Title weekend!
Melissa Crouch has hit the division running, capturing feature wins in her first season, while Mark Brown has returned to his winning ways after a two year absence.
Victoria's standout performer this year is Mark Sheen, Mark recently travelled across the SA border to "sample the opposition" and came away with the spoils. Who could forget Marks drive at Toowoomba last year where he sat on the high line and managed to work his way up to third place before his right rear tyre started to fail him.
David Attwood from NSW would have to be the most travelled man in Australian Lightning Sprints. His dedication and devotion to Lightning Sprints is a credit to himself and the division. No doubt Dave will be his ever consistent self and at the pointy end come Title time. See you there Dave!!
The Tasmanian charge is led by Kerry Short. Kerry or "Shorty" is the current TAS champion and is in red hot form. Shorty is fast and hungry for the title and has Bruce Pitt and Luke Redparth trying to outdo their fellow statesman for the crown.
Queensland has 7 entrants making the trip to SA. To pick a favourite from this state would be impossible.
With three of the entrants having claimed feature wins this year namely Seefeld, Whell, and defending Aussie Champ Dave Fanning, and add to the mix EX QLD champ Scott Doyle and current Qld #2 Scott Genrich, who both are in white hot formas well as multiple feature race 2nd place runner Wayne Icano and it is anyones guess.
The fast improver of this bunch is Dave Van Veg Chel, Dave has been running for less than a year and already has his Henchraft on the pace.
Friday night will see all teams contest three heats each, followed by a fourth round of heats on Saturday and a pole shootout and B & A Mains.
Street Stocks will support Friday night with 23 cars nominated for the Murray Bridge Street Stock Championship, with Formula 500's also on the program. Hot Laps will begin at 6pm, with racing from 6.30pm, thirty minutes later than the usual Murray Bridge starting time, to allow fans more time to travel from Adeladie after work.
Saturday will see Super Sedans, Wingless Sprints, AMCA Nationals and Junior Sedans join the program, with hot laps from 5.30pm and racing from 6pm.
Gates open at 3.30pm both days, with reduced admission prices on Friday night.
Thursday 26 April Australian Lightning Sprint Championship - Practice 5pm - 7pm, General Public Admission Free, Pit Admission $10
Friday 27 April Australian Lightning Sprint Championship - Qualifying Plus Murray Bridge Street Stock Championship & Formula 500's
Adults $15 Concession $12 Children 12-15 years $8 11 & Under FREE Hilltop Parking overlooking the circuit $10 per car Gates Open 3.30pm Racing from 6.30pm
Saturday 28 April Australian Lightning Sprint Championship - FINAL Plus AMCA Nationals, Super Sedans, Wingless Sprints & Junior Sedans.
Adults $20 Concession $15 Children 12-15 years $10 11 & Under FREE Hilltop Parking overlooking the circuit $10 per car Gates Open 3.30pm Racing from 6.00pm