Coffs Harbour V8 dirt modified driver Chris Corbett.
Coffs Harbour V8 dirt modified driver Chris Corbett. Contributed

Corbett steals show at home track in V8 Dirt Modifieds

GRAFTON young gun Chris Corbett stole the show at Trevan Ford Grafton Speedway on Saturday night when he took out the V8 Dirt Modified main event.

It was his second feature race win of the season and a superb performance driving the car originally owned by former Australian champion Stuart Herne.

Corbett is enjoying a strong season and he has shown he knows the fastest way around the northern NSW tracks.

Phil McNamara started from pole position in the 20-lap feature race with Nick Knott alongside him.

Andrew Firth (position three) and Anthony Ashen (four) filled the second row. The third row was occupied by Nick Stubbs (five) and Corbett (six).

McNamara dominated the event early and held the lead for 17 laps with Ashen and Corbett trailing in his wake.

Corbett however made his winning move three laps from the finish and took the lead as Brayd Stephenson moved into third spot behind McNamara.

Corbett, a former NSW Junior Champion, held on to win with McNamara second while Stephenson rounded out the podium.

It was a good result for the locals with Stephenson also hailing from the Grafton region.

The win by Corbett has improved his position in the Driver to America series.

The three points he earned for the victory have elevated him into second position in the standings, one point behind tournament leader, former Australian champion Scott Cannon.

Corbett is on eight points, two ahead of Jai Stephenson, while McNamara and Brent Hall are equal fourth with five points.

Another highlight of the division was Sam Bruggy's winning performance in heat three when he lowered the 10-lap record set by Stephenson in April, 2015.

Meanwhile the Wingless Sprintcar division provided spectators with plenty of entertaining racing with veteran racer Warren King climbing from his wrecked car uninjured after a massive end-for-end crash in the heats.

Warren and his crew repaired the car in time to start in the feature race.

David Eggins dominated the heats, winning both his heats in impressive style but it was Mitchell Haynes who took out the 25-lap feature.

Haynes led from start to finish to beat home Trent Martin.

Mitchell Randell was the big mover, powering his way from the back of the field to finish third.

Randall has been the success story in the Wingless division having come from AMCA then Litre Sprints before he moved into the Sprintcar category.

Mick Santin, with seven points, maintains his lead in the Wingless Sprintcar Driver to America series. King, Robert Mazzer and Randall are next in line, all on six points.

The Blue Water Mechanical Stocksville 2016 was won by Tamworth driver Eric Day.

Day showed great skill to come from the rear of the field and claim the win with a last-lap pass on Steve Stubbs and Dave Fuller.

Stubbs was the front runner from the start but gave up the lead with the chequered flag in sight.

Day put it all on the line in the last lap with a make-or-break effort.

In the pits after the race Day said every time he competes he wants only a win and the little trophies for the minor placings don't count.

Marley Weller went into the season's biggest Street Stock event as one of the hot favourites and as the Stocksville 2016 sponsor, his form in the earlier events gave every indication he was the likely winner of his own main event trophy but the front runners held command almost from the outset and were difficult to run down over the 30-lap distance.

Other feature winners were Ivan Pulsen in the Limited Sedans event, Trent Dhu who took out the National Fours final and Dean Platt who won the Juniors event.

Next meeting at Trevan Ford Grafton Speedway is Saturday, March 12, when the ground-pounding V8 Dirt Modifieds return for another round of the hotly contested Driver to America series.



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