Inside gets out on speedway
SPEEDWAY racing returns to Grafton this weekend with the feature event being round 4 of the Inside Speedway Ultimate Raceline Series for Micro Sprints.
These vehicles resemble a small sprintcar, complete with wings, but are much smaller and lighter.
They are powered by mass-manufactured motorcycle engines up to 450cc.
While these vehicles are nowhere near as powerful as some other classes they should be just as fast due to the huge grip provided by their light weight and large wings.
They will certainly be the highest revving engines ever heard at Grafton speedway.
Other open wheel classes are Amcas, Limited Sprinters and Stock Rods. Amcas are very popular with spectators as they look and sound like real race cars and their races are always close.
Local driver Stuart Hall has been in top form lately and will be hard to beat, no matter who the opposition is.
In the Limited Sprinter class Will Newton has been progressing rapidly this season as he gets used to the power of his V8 engine and he puts on a spectacular show as he quite often appears about to spin but he usually manages to catch the slide.
The Stock Rods are the only form of speedway racing where contact is allowed - even encouraged - so there will be plenty of action in their races.
We currently don’t have any local drivers in this class but the drivers from Queensland love the Grafton track and have adopted it as their home. This is surely great news for local business houses.
The 4-cylinder sedan numbers should be well up with the running of round 3 of the Love Shack Cabins 4-Cylinder Series. Trent Dhu has been dominant this year but if other drivers from Lismore nominate he will certainly have some opposition.
The Street Stocker and Junior classes have been very strong all year and they will no doubt put on good racing again this weekend.
Dallas Rose and Brayd Stephenson in the Junior class have been extremely competitive at every meeting and it is always impossible to pick the result until they cross the line.
Remember the Grafton Speedway is made up of locals and so are most of the drivers.
Everybody involved in speedway want to promote safe driving so get involved if you agree with this.
It is far better to drive fast under controlled conditions than behaving stupidly on the road.