Drivers battle the wet track

THE inside line on the Grafton Speedway track was a disadvantage in the earlier feature races on Saturday night.

Too much water was sprayed on the track at interval and had to be dispersed before racing could continue.

The AMCA Nationals feature saw the top three pointscorers on the outside of the grid of Tony Blanch, Daryl Woolfe and Brayd Stephenson take full advantage of the better line on the top of the track to be at the front of the pack by the end of the first lap.

Blanch and Stephenson had broken away from the bunch, while Woolfe was battling with Stuart Hall, Mitchell Randall and Ray Eggins to hold on to third.

No one was going to catch Blanch, he had almost half a lap on Stephenson at the finish.

Confusion on the final lap as the amber lights were turned on before every driver greeted the chequered flag for third place, with some slowing down assuming the race had ended.

It was confirmed Woolfe finished third ahead of Randall to give the Red Back Racing team their first podium finish in the AMCA division.

Mitchell Haynes retired to the infield after leading the Junior sedans with a mechanical fault.

Matthew Claydon had to be towed from the track and at the restart leader Dallas Rose was sent to the rear, told by officials he started the race in the wrong position on the grid but by the end of the next lap after the restart Rose was in second position and into the lead on the following lap to take the feature race victory.

Jamie Marsden was second and Dylan Newton, who was in front for one lap, finished third.

Steven Stubbs led the Stockers main event from start to finish while Geff Rose had his racecar sideways to keep with the pace of Stubbs in front.

Stewart Fawcett finished a close third.

The Limited Sprinters was a divided race between the six cylinders and the V8s but Anthony Vanderreyden had the big V8 pumping to take the outright win from Aaron Ackerley.

Vanderreyden was the winner of the V8s from Brad Tussell and Ackerley the winner of the sixes from Bryan Cowling and Robert Hull.

The Lightning Sprints drivers are mostly from the Northern Rivers and now consider Grafton to be their home track. This meeting is only their second start at the track this season.

Tony Brearley hasn’t had the best of runs in the heats but certainly makes up for it in the feature events posting two very good wins at both the Lightning Sprints division starts.

Once Brearley hits the lead he is unstoppable in his beautifully presented sprint machine. Early leader Bryce Kennedy finished second and Craig Smith was third.

Bruce Hall stopped the Wingless Sprints race on the second lap and had to be towed from the track but it didn’t affect the leader Trent Martin who led the race from the green flag to the chequered flag.

Mick Santin diced with Aaron Ackerley for second but had lost his way over the final stages to find himself back as far as fifth at the conclusion of the race.

Ackerley stayed in second and David Eggins came from the clouds to finish third.

Tony Norton was off pole position in the Micro Sprints event and Steve McCullough was out of two with Jake Marchant starting from position three with the drivers finishing in that order at the end of their eight laps.

The next race meeting at Grafton is the NSW V8 Dirt Modified Title on March 19.

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