FIRTH TOO FAST FOR OPPOSITION
BY DENNIS NEWLYN ANDREW Firth continued his good season when he took out the 35-lap V8 Dirt Modified feature race at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway Saturday night (April 14). Firth took full advantage of his front row starting position and had the pace to stave off the opposition throughout the event as he led runner-up Mark Robinson and third-placed Andrew Pezzutti to the chequered flag. Several caution yellow lights interrupted the action, but Firth’s speed at the restart ensured he maintained his lead position. The race progressed only a quarter of a lap before Zac MacDonald spun. At the complete restart another bingle followed soon after involving Brent Hall, Paul Booker, Mark Connolly and Pezzutti. Booker withdrew due to front end suspension damage and Connelly also was sidelined. When the race settled down it was clear Firth was the man to beat. He was fast and smooth, while further back Robinson, Geoff Rose, Sam Bruggy and Josh Rose battled for the major placings. This pattern continued with MacDonald pressuring Hall as Anthony Ashen, Trent Schofield and Pezzutti were involved in a high speed traffic snarl. Bruggy later quit the race when his car sustained a steering problem. Pezzutti got underneath Schofield and continued his strong move toward a major placing. Robinson was right on the tail of Geoff Rose as Mitch Randall was also in contention, however Randall’s race later ended when he withdrew with a flat tyre. Robinson passed Geoff Rose and then set out after Firth who enjoyed a handy advantage as the laps dwindled. Robinson closed the gap to be right there with Firth in the final laps, setting up an exciting finish. Further back Pezzutti moved into third in a good drive. Firth kept Robinson at bay and took a deserving victory, while Robinson maintained second and Pezzutti was third. Geoff Rose finished fourth while the top ten were rounded out by Josh Rose, MacDonald, Schofield, Hall, Terry Leerentveld and Tony Dunn. Geoff Rose won two heats and the Dash in a good night. Pezzutti recorded the fastest lap of the feature race with a time of 14.136 seconds and a speed of 101.868 km/h. Trevor Wiley, who finished in eleventh position, was the best placed driver for the lower budget small-block engine “Sportsman” category. Another highlight of the programme was the win by Josh Boyd in the Junior Sedan Autumn Cup. The race featured an exciting battle for the lead between Boyd and ultimate runner-up Brock Youngberry. The pair figured in an exciting battle as they swapped the lead several times. Boyd and Youngberry have been the two standout performers in recent fixtures and it was an appropriate one-two result. Winner Boyd and second-placed Youngberry were followed to the chequered flag by third placegetter Sam Mooney. Boyd and Youngberry were also heat winners, while the other heat was taken out by Josh Weir. Jacob Jolley won the Wingless Sprintcar penultimate round of the Lismore Workers Club Driver to America series. A second placing in the main event by Michael Butcher consolidated his place at the top of the point standings, while Mason Cattell was third in the feature race. The top 20 point scorers for the season have now been finalised and they will contest the winner take all 25-lap shootout at the next fixture on April 28. Winner of that race wins the air ticket to America. Other main event winners were Cody Marsden (National Four Cylinder Sedans), Lindsay Clapham (Production Sedans) and Luke Grey (Street Stocks).