Wingless Sprints winner Ian O’Toole in action.
Wingless Sprints winner Ian O’Toole in action.

Local drivers impress at speedway

V8 DIRT Modified driver Jai “Cowboy” Stephenson from Grafton continued his run of second-place finishes after taking home the runners-up trophy at Grafton Speedway on Saturday night.

Stephenson was second at Lismore Speedway in the V8 Dirt Modified Masters and second in the Queensland V8 Dirt Modified Title at Maryborough Speedway, with both these events won by Australian champion Peter Britten.

Britten was in attendance at Grafton Speedway last night.

But he was support crew for his brother Kevin, who retired from the feature race with a rear flat tyre.

After two complete restarts - Brett Whitney losing his right rear wheel in the first incident and Eggins and Britten hooking up out of turn one in the second incident - Stephenson powered away from the start with Singleton driver Tony Sneddon chasing hard.

NSW champion Phil McNamara was airborne coming through turn two on the first lap. Lapped traffic played a major role in the last few laps when Stephenson made contact with the back of Michael Butcher, allowing Sneddon to slip through.

Only six laps into the Wingless Sprints feature, Mitch Biner from the Central Coast having his first drive on the Grafton track, was in third position when he put the sprinter up on the back wheels heading for the concrete wall in turn two but managed to bring the machine under control losing three positions in the process.

With only two laps to go, Ian O’Toole, the only Grafton driver in the event, dicing with Mick Santin for third and fourth positions, pounced on the leading pair of Nick Preston and David Eggins when they were involved in an incident with female driver Jo Brown.

O’Toole drove to victory from Eggins and Preston who finished third.

It only took three laps for Brayd Stephenson to hit the front from position five on the grid in the Junior Sedan main event. Mitchell Haynes was also on the move, passing Philip O’Shea, Dallas Rose, Matthew Layton and Mathew Claydon to put pressure on Stephenson.

The backmarkers were plaguing the challengers spreading the placegetters leaving Stephenson with an easy win over Haynes with Rose a distant third.

After blowing his best left rear tyre in a heat of the Limited Sprinters after an incident with Neil Lorenz, Brian Hyatt chances in the feature were dashed.

Geoff Rose’s new Stocker worked a treat in their feature which included the Four Cylinder division. Warren Dhu challenged Rose for the lead with some side-by-side racing action until Rose edged back in front. Dhu hitting the wall in front of the grandstand on the last lap ending his chance of victory but still managed to continue on for second place ahead of debutante Daniel Hicks.

The Limited Sedans/Surfers Paradise Sedans main event was won by the only Grafton driver in the event, Matthew Brown.

Queenslander Bob Ware took second place and Tablelands driver Glen Postrak third.

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