Back, with a bang
By BRUCE MAXWELL
BARTERCARD Lismore Speedway started the season on Saturday night with more drama than a midday soapie. Red-hot favourite Stuart 'The Hitman' Herne, with his troublesome knee braced for action, lasted only a handful of warm-up laps before being forced to retire for the night with differential problems. Australian champion Mark 'The Missile' Robinson, who was saddled up in Bruce Kiehne's Modified after he blew the engine in his own car earlier in the week, also had a forgettable night. He was forced to battle power steering problems in his first heat but still managed a gutsy win. It all turned pear-shaped in his next heat when Rian Collier lost a wheel in front of the hard-charging Robinson. As Robinson attempted to dodge the Collier incident his own car dug in and became airborne, landing on top of the Collier car. The crash crews needed a crane to untangle the cars. Not be outdone, Max Clarke, in the junior drivers feature race, clipped a lapped car and launched his Corolla skyward and into a spectacular roll. Tough duel Clark was heard saying 'Oh, what a feeling' as he surveyed the damage to his racecar. As his rivals faltered, Newcastle's Tony Snedden dominated the action in the Modified feature race but only after a tough duel for the lead with young gun Alan Jarvis. Jarvis was forced to settle for second with Rian Collier recovering for third. Robinson made the staring line-up, giving full credit to his pit crew, but was forced to retire mid-race. The AMCAs were not about to be outdone in the bash and crash department, and saw their share of stoppages as several drivers tried to drive through, instead of past, their opponents. Neil 'Blinkers' Lorenz took out the feature race with Keith 'Meaty Bites' Duggan second and 'Jungle' Jimmy Knight third. Quinton Clarke claimed the Limited/ Stockers Feature race from Greg Moss and Regan Burley, while Kyle Armstrong drove away from his opponents to win the junior driver feature from Tom Duncan and Melinda Rachow. Luke Gray had an easy win in the Streeters from Col Rose with Four Cylinder driver Steve Cox claiming third outright and first in his class. Matt Gamble was second in the Four Cylinders and rookie Trent Dhu third.