BESSLING BESTS THE REST
BY DENNIS NEWLYN
LOCAL star Chris Bessling (VS Holden Commodore) took full advantage of an upfront starting position in the field and took out The Dream Production Sedan main event at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway Saturday night.
Bessling was a comfortable winner over Gympie’s Daniel Henshaw, while Adrian Stott was third. It was a wild night after several crashes marred the action in different race car categories.
Wingless Sprintcar driver Trent Martin was taken to hospital after a wild ride, while Shane Newstead escaped unscathed when he overturned his AMCA sedan after a race incident. Michael Butcher and Mick Gray also were involved in incidents during the night’s racing.
The Dream brought together a strong entry list and the numbers were bolstered even further after several Queensland drivers made the late decision to race at Lismore when the Gympie Speedway was washed out.
But the man they all had to beat was Bessling who drove close to the perfect race.
Stott was the early leader in the main event, but after three laps Bessling raced to the front and was never headed from that point.
Steve Downes, who was one of the fancied runners, was sidelined after just one lap following a tangle with another car.
The battle was on in earnest for the minor placings as Henshaw ran in close formation with Stott.
Ricky Hazelgrove and Josh Arthur, Mark Quirk and Aaron Hall also diced hard for the minor placings as the race settled into a very competitive pattern.
At half distance Henshaw got the better of Stott and moved into second position, which he held to the finish.
It was also becoming a race of attrition as Hazelgrove pulled to the infield, while Ash and Jack Graham also failed to complete the distance.
Quirk advanced another position in the field after he passed Murray Wells as Josh Arthur was another late withdrawal in the closing laps.
Bessling always had the race under control and was a deserving winner in a top performance all night after he earlier recorded a heat victory.
Other heat winners in the Production Sedans were: Kayla Stokes, Arthur, Henshaw, Hall and Stott.
It was a rough night for current leader in the Wingless Sprintcar Driver to America series Trent Martin.
He has had a near perfect start to the season and his consistency in feature races has given him a very good lead in the series, but it all came to an abrupt halt after he rode out a big crash.
He was able to walk from the accident scene but later in the pits felt the affects of the accident and was taken to hospital for medical assessment.
Meanwhile, Glenn Wright took out the Wingless Sprintcar feature race from Andrew Gordon and Mick Santin.
As the race unfolded, David Eggins looked strong and actually got to the lead with an outside pass before Wright regained the front running which he held to the finish.
Shane Newstead, who has also had a dominant run of main event success this season, finished the night with a badly bent AMCA sedan after a collision with another competitor. Newstead was okay and next morning began the job of repairing the car, though he has three weeks to get back on the track before the next Lismore meeting on December 26.
Other main event winners were: Luke Watt (Four Cylinder Sedans), Tim Gamble (AMCAs), Robbie Stewart (Compact Speedcars), while the Junior Sedan Cup was won by Matt Weir.