Home track heroics for Rose
SPEEDWAY: Grafton local racer Joshua Rose picked up his first feature race win in the V8 Dirt Modified's category in the Driver to America series at his home track on Saturday night.
Rose, who knows the Grafton circuit well, showed his talent with a superb drive as he headed Queenslander Anthony Ashen and Nick Knott to the chequered flag.
Brent Hall was an early casualty with a fuel leak from the tank as the cars were on the parade lap. Hall pulled infield hoping for a quick fix to the problem but it was more serious than first thought.
Another non-starter in the main event was Scott Quirk who rolled three times in his heat. Despite the spectacular nature of the crash, Quirk escaped unscathed.
The damage was extensive and, although he and his crew made an effort to repair the car before the feature race, the Quirk team were beaten by time.
The main event ran the race distance without a stoppage and Rose was ever so close to claiming a new 30-lap record with a time just outside Scott Cannon's record set earlier in the season.
There is little in V8 Dirt Modified Driver to America series points between the top contenders and the tournament will go right down to the final round. Newcastle racer Scott Cannon leads on 11 points from Brisbane-based Andrew Pezzutti (10 points) while Anthony Ashen has made a move up the ladder at the right time to be on nine points followed by Chris Corbett, Phil McNamara and Rose all on eight points.
The Wingless Sprintcars returned to the local scene after the Australian title at Toowoomba last weekend.
Mitchell Randall set a new eight-lap record in heat racing after he lowered the record set by David Eggins by a second.
Randall is having an outstanding season in the Wingless division. He is a former AMCA Nationals and Litre Sprint driver, but he has really found his mark in the Wingless Sprintcar division.
The 25-lap main event was won by Matthew Wright who started out from pole position.
He drove a faultless race to lead every lap and take the win from Mitch Randall and Kevin Willis.
Other main event winners were: Sam Weir (Juniors Sedans), Andrew Wilson (Production Sedans), Michael O'Driscoll (Limited Sedans), and in National Fours Andrew Butcher-Plim.
The next meeting at Trevan Ford Grafton Speedway will be Good Friday (March 25) with Saturday (March 26) and Sunday (March 27) at the Lismore Speedway representing three big nights of oval track racing at both local tracks during the Easter break.