Close call: Mitchell Haynes (front) and Brayd Stephenson fought a close battle in the opening heat of the juniors at Grafton Speedway last month.
Close call: Mitchell Haynes (front) and Brayd Stephenson fought a close battle in the opening heat of the juniors at Grafton Speedway last month.

Hall wins gruelling race

AFTER being rained out last season and early this season, the AMCA Nationals Andrew Walker Memorial finally happened at Grafton Speedway on Good Friday night.

With 12 drivers contesting the feature event only half of the field finished the gruelling action-packed 30-lap feature event.

Position one was drawn out of the hat after Nick Stubbs (Coffs Harbour) and Queenslander Dean Ballard were equal highest pointscorers after racing two of the three heats - Stubbs winning pole position.

Stubbs led the first eight laps closely followed by Grafton driver Stuart Hall and Ballard. Hall slipped through the inside of Stubbs going into turn two. Ballard had also passed Stubbs to be in second.

With 13 laps to go, Brayd Stephenson, his first night driving in the AMCA division, lost control coming out of turn four spinning in the path of Stubbs. Stubbs continued in third place but Stephenson sustained damage and was towed to the infield.

The AMCA Nationals of Darryl Woolfe, Matt Hardy and Col Pollack were scattered across the track after an incident involving the trio. Woolfe was attended by the ambulance crew after biting his tongue in the incident.

Woolfe was vetted and will have to wear a tongue-tie at future race meetings. All three racecars were removed from the track with damage.

Hall went on to post his third Andrew Walker Memorial win, Ballard was second and Stubbs third.

Mitchell Haynes gained the lead in the Junior Sedans feature after an incident between Tayler Lofthouse and Phillip O’Shea in turn one on the first lap. Haynes had no trouble handling the wet surface to lead all the way to defeat Dallas Rose.

O’Shea finished third ahead of Daniel Lorenz, Tayler Lofthouse and Brodie King.

After leading the combined Limited Sedans/Surfers Paradise Sedans for 12 laps, Denis Nall’s Limited Sedan ran out of fuel handing the victory to Matthew Brown. Bob Ware won the Surfers Paradise Sedans division from Andrew Craft and Colin Morris.

Anthony Vanderreyden started out of position four on the grid in the Limited Sprinters feature but was in the lead by the end of the first lap and was never challenged over the 15-lap distance.

Brandon Haynes was second and Robert Hull finished on the night to come in third.

Jason Williams made up a lot of ground to win the Club Sedan feature from Justin Randall. Gary Kivela finished third.

Brock Armstrong denied NSW1 Trent Dhu a win in the Four Cylinder’s main event. Dhu came from the rear of the field to challenge Armstrong for the lead. Mykel English came in a distant third. Is there no-stopping Ken Samway in the Stockrods after posting another feature win. Samway has won five out of the six race meetings he has contested this season at Grafton Speedway and was second on November 28 last year in the other meeting he missed out on winning. John Melbourne and Mark Strachan filled the minor placings.

With 12 drivers contesting the feature event only half of the field finished the gruelling action-packed 30-lap feature event.



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