YOUNG BROCK WINS STATE JUNIOR SEDAN TITLE
BY DENNIS NEWLYN BROCK Youngberry drove a steady race to win the New South Wales Junior Sedan Championship at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway Saturday night, March 17. Youngberry was always in command and set the fastest lap of the race when he recorded a time of 17.043 seconds and a speed of 84.492 km/h. Jaiden Healey filled second spot on the podium, while Josh Boyd was third. Youngberry earlier in the night served notice of what was to come when he took out two preliminary heats, while Boyd also posted two wins. In the early stages of the title race interest focused on the battle for positions behind leader Youngberry as Healey and Sam Mooney ran together. Further back there was also nothing between Nathan McGregor and Thomas Marsden chasing positions near the head of the field. Hard luck man was Marsden who quit with a flat tyre. The yellow light caution periods put pressure on Youngberry who always responded and maintained the front running at the green but as the race continued over half distance Boyd moved into contention and ran-side-by-side with Youngberry for the lead. Boyd actually got to the front momentarily before another yellow light slowed the action. At the restart the race went back to the previously recorded full lap which meant Youngberry resumed the front running at race resumption. In the latter stages Healey closed the gap on Boyd and got under him to secure a second place finish. The Restricted Sedan Association (RSA) sanctioning officials also awarded a state title trophy for the 10-13 age bracket amongst the juniors competing in the title. By virtue of his second placing, Healey picked up the hardware. It was a big night for the V8 Dirt Modifieds with three, 20 lap main events programmed. The tournament was run on a point score system and while Zac McDonald won two of the three main events, it was the overall consistency of Sam Bruggy who took the triple header series with a third in the second main event and runner-up finish in the final feature race. He totalled 296 points, 14 in advance of overall runner-up McDonald (282). One point behind in third place was Geoff Hayes who posted two second-place results. Brett Hall (260) was fourth, while Mark Connelly, who won the second feature race in the bracket of three, was placed fifth overall (200 points). Paul Booker was fastest in one-lap time trials earlier in the night when he stopped the clocks at 14.156 seconds for a recorded speed of 101.724 km/h. Other main event winners were: David Eggins (Wingless Sprintcars), Luke Grey (Street Stocks), Lindsay Clapham (Production Sedans) and Jamie Marsden (National Four Cylinder Sedans).