Santin leads Driver to America series after Grafton win
SPEEDWAY: Mick Santin led every lap to take out the 40-lap Wingless Sprintcar main event on Good Friday night at Trevan Ford Grafton Speedway.
A big crowd was on hand to watch the first round of the domestic Roaring 40s tournament, while the feature race also carried points for the Driver to America Wingless Sprintcar season premiership.
Santin led Mitchell Randall and David Eggins to the chequered flag in an exciting long distance event.
The Roaring 40s series was a series within a season-long series. It was originally planned over three rounds of consecutive nights of racing, with Easter Saturday and Sunday set for the Lismore venue, however continuing rain in the region washed out the Lismore fixture both nights.
With the remainder of the Driver to America series now under a different format with increased points for the feature race placegetters, Santin took full advantage of the bonus points system and now leads the series entering the closing stages.
Santin has a one point advantage over runner-up Randall and at this stage of the season it appears the duo are set to battle it out for the return air ticket to Los Angeles in the remaining few rounds.
"Mick Santin has had a very good season and is now well in the running for the Driver to America series with a bonus point structure now in place for the rest of the season. His form indicates he is the man to beat in the season premiership, though Mitchell Randall cannot be overlooked. It sets the scene for an exciting finish to the Driver to America series for the Wingless Sprintcars," promoter David Lander said.
It was a particularly good performance by Randall who has enjoyed plenty of success in his first season of Wingless Sprintcar racing after spending his earlier years in AMCA Sedans and Litre Sprints.
The Driver to America series now offers eight points for the win, five for second, three for third, two for the fourth placegetter in the feature race and one point for the driver who finishes fifth.
Up until now the points distribution was on a three, two one basis for main event results.
Twenty-eight Wingless cars were on hand for this very important round of the season premiership.
The Good Friday night fixture completed the night-time 2015-16 summer season at Trevan Ford Grafton Speedway.
The only other event remaining on the 2015-16 calendar will be the day-long Australian Vintage Speedway Festival set down for Saturday, June 11 of the Queen's Birthday long weekend.
It will be a gathering of two, three and four wheel vintage speedway machinery featuring demonstrations runs, while a unique part of the day's activities will be a re-enactment of a typical night at the speedway back in the '50s, '60s featuring track demonstrations from Solos, Sidecars, Speedcars and other car divisions.