HOLDENS DOMINATE RESULTS AT LISMORE SPEEDWAY
BY DENNIS NEWLYN It was a Holden clean sweep of the top three placings in the 40-lap Production Sedan Summer Sizzler at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway Saturday night, January 20, as the Sunshine Coast’s Jim Cowley took out the main event from locals Chris Besseling and Trent Nicolia. The long distance race lived up to all expectations as a gruelling contest with a number of interruptions to the action and intense competition between the leading contenders for the top prize. When Cowley reached the front after Gympie’s Chris Pagel (Holden Commodore) quit the event with a tie-rod end failure shorty after half distance, Cowley faced some serious challengers over the remaining laps. In fact Besseling could be considered one of the hard luck stories of the race after he got to the front at a restart with six laps to go. As soon as the lights went green again another yellow was thrown before a lap was completed. Under speedway racing rules, the running order for the resumption goes back to the last recorded full lap and that meant Cowley was put back in front for the resumption. But, nothing can be taken away from Cowley. When he reached the lead Stuart Fawcett (Holden Commodore) was on the charge and put enormous pressure on Cowley. Even before Cowley reached the front running he was relegated to third in the initial stages as Trent Nicolia (Holden Commodore) moved into second position. It was one of those kind of races where the battle for the major placings raged throughout the race. Even after Cowley reached the lead Nicolia, Besseling and Adrian Stott figured in an exciting three-way tussle. Nicolia was the next driver who took the race to leader Cowley as Stott also ranged up on the two front runners. Even with a number of laps still to run, it set the scene for an exciting finish, however drama unfolded as Stott and Nicolia collided and the impact tore a door off Nicolia’s car, even though he continued. Cowley led away again and as the laps wound down Besseling, despite a big effort, could not get on level terms with Cowley who took the chequered flag a very deserving winner over Besseling and Nicolia. Meanwhile Australian Formula 500 Champion Liam Williams was impressive as he raced to feature race victory in a strong performance. Other main events were won by: Luke Gray (Street Stocks), Luke Watt (Four Cylinder Sedans), Harley Thistleton (Wingless Sprints). Luke Watt has been the recent dominant driver in the Four Cylinder Sedan category and has won four feature races in the category taking in events at both the Grafton and Lismore Speedway venues. Racing continues at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway with a spectacular Friday and Saturday night Australia Day celebration double header next weekend.