New speedway owners put on a show

THE new owners of Grafton Speedway would have been grinning from ear to ear after successfully staging their first event, on Good Friday night.

Six divisions raced as well as a demonstration from the OZ sedan class, Pandamania and V8 dirt modified drivers Jai Stephenson and Ray Eggins having a few practise runs in preparation for Brisbane on Saturday night and the final of the Summer Slam Series in Lismore Sunday night. The practise proved effective for Stephenson, who won the feature in Brisbane.

In the AMCA Nationals feature, early leader Stuart Hall was forced off the track by David Robinson.

Hall showed good sportsmanship by continuing racing, joining the field back in sixth place.

While this was happening Nick Stubbs made his move to the front, overtaking Robinson while Hall was regathering on the infield. This also brought Geoff Hayes into the picture.

Hall progressed quickly, leaving Marc Flemming and Michael Barnard eating his dust to be up with the leading group, while Robinson regained the lead from Stubbs.

Hall, looking for a podium finish, made a last-lap move on the inside of Geoff Hayes, but Hayes responded, shutting Hall out.

However, Robinson was denied the win by officials, moving him back two positions for contact.

Stubbs was the winner from Hayes, with Robinson relegated to third.

Matt Egan blasted off the blocks and was unchallenged taking the chequered flag in limited sedans.

The event was dominated by Holden Commodores, while Matthew Brown had the mighty V8 Ford Falcon rumbling in second, splitting the Commodores out of a full podium finish. Regan Burley took third place honours.

Cameron Nixon (Lismore) led from start to finish in the four cylinders. Quintin Clarke, the only Grafton driver in the event, placed second and Gene Alder-Conn (Casino) led home Narrabri visitors Mick Tailby and Daniel Gesell.

Mick Santin challenged leader Trent Gaudry from the beginning to the end of the NOS sprints feature. Lee Gorton was third.

Ray Eggins found some air when he rolled his machine in heat two. Eggins walked away from the incident virtually unscathed.

Matt Moore lapped a depleted field of limited sprinters, taking victory in his main event from Robert Hull and Ray Scroop. Brian Hyatt pulled to the infield midway through the race with mechanical problems.

In the final event of the night race stewards declared the junior sedans when Dallas Rose made contact with David Burley, sending him to the fence with Brayd Stephenson unable to avoid Burley.

Brock Armstrong led all the way and Burley was given second ahead of Stephenson.

Next meeting is on May 23 with the Andrew Walker Memorial (AMCA Nationals).

Grafton Speedway will be holding a twilight meeting on June 20 and will include a demolition derby. Any inquiries phone Kerryn, Grafton Motorsports Promotions secretary on 0437 045 206.

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