Sales manager, uni student, race driver – Matt’s a busy man

MAN ON A MISSION: The speedcar of NSW champion Matt Smith.
MAN ON A MISSION: The speedcar of NSW champion Matt Smith.

NSW champion Matt Smith has entered the fourth round of the Australian Speedcar Super Series (SSS) at Lucas Oil Lismore Speedway on Saturday.

Smith, who took out the Australian Speedcar Grand Prix in a rise to stardom in recent years, will drive a Spike chassis Hawk-power-ed car for the Lucky 7 Racing team of Brisbane.

He faces a busy season as he also is one of the contracted Australian drivers for the inaugural World Midget Championship with rounds in New Zealand, Australia and the US.

After racing in Lismore this weekend he will return to the venue for the seventh and eighth rounds of the world championship on January 31 and February 1.

He also will perform double duty this summer, racing a sprintcar at selected venues.

But right now his focus is on this weekend and the SSS round where he will face some of the best speedcar drivers in Australia.

"Some very good drivers have entered for the Lismore round, so the competition will be intense," Smith said yesterday.

"I am confident our team will be very competitive."

Smith is a semi-professional racer who during the week is the sales manager at the Muswellbrook Kia dealership.

He is also studying for a university degree in construction management.

He is nearing the end of his studies and when he has finished he can concentrate more on his racing.

Thirteen drivers have been contracted for the six rounds of the SSS.

The line-up is headed by five-times New Zealand champion Michael Kendall and includes NSW titleholder Troy Jenkins, tournament leader Brett Thomas, Matt Jackson, Scott Wilson and Adam Wallis.

A varied support program is also featured, with gates open at 3pm and racing to start at 6pm.

Topics:  lismore speedway

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