Bibby's brand of precision collision brings derby success
SPEEDWAY: In one of the most exciting demolition derbies in years, Israel Bibby was crowned Australian champion at Trevan Ford Grafton Speedway on Saturday night.
Bibby used the perfect strategy and tactics to pull off the big win. The driver from Gosford eliminated his share of cars and, as the derby continued, charged into favouritism with his own brand of precision collision and ultimate title success.
Interest in the national demo derby title was incredible with a big field of entries from Inverell, Macksville, Brisbane and a strong local contingent.
On the hardcore racing side of the program the heatwave provided extremely difficult conditions for competitors and a slick surface prevailed throughout the evening. The big support card featured major events for Wingless Sprintcars, Street Stocks and Production Sedans.
The Wingless Sprintcar division contested a round of the Driver to America premiership and Michael Gray emerged the main event winner over Michael Butcher and Kevin Willis.
By virtue of his third-place finish, Willis has closed the 20-point deficit in the Driver standings on the leader entering the night's racing, Mick Santin. A highlight of the race was the battle between Santin and Willis for the minor placings.
Meanwhile Gray quickly established a comfortable lead and maintained his advantage to the finish.
It was a particularly good result for Butcher, whose runner-up finish earned him his first podium result in the Wingless category after seasons earlier racing in the V8 Dirt Modified division.
Aaron Barnes took out the running of Stocksville 2017 for the Street Stock category. Barnes made light work of his up-front starting position and was never seriously challenged as he raced to the chequered flag.
Steve Hall filled second and Maddison Harkin took third.
The Production Sedan Stampede was dominated by Nick Chilcott who raced to an effortless victory.
Other main event winners were Tony Blanch (AMCAs), Brock Youngberry (Juniors), Shane Laurie (LTD Sedans) and Danny Stone (Litre Sprints).