Lightning strikes again
By BRUCE MAXWELL
YOUNG gun 'Lightning' Luke Oldfield in the Keith-4-Wheels entry stormed away from a class field to claim victory in the Quayside Motors Modified feature race at Bartercard Lismore Speedway on Saturday night.
Promoter Greg Coombes added a little spice to an already red-hot feature race line-up by increasing the prizemoney and the distance to a 30-lap final.
The only condition was that the two top qualifiers, Australian champion Mark 'The Missile' Robinson, in the Valvoline Ford, and Queensland champ Stuart 'The Hitman' Herne, in the Farmer Charlies Chev, start from the rear of the field.
To watch these two great drivers pilot their 600hp race cars through the traffic with millimetres between them was worth the price of admission alone.
As the champs diced and sliced their way through the field the new kid on the block had his own race plan.
Getting to the front and stay there was 'Lightning' Luke Oldfield's strategy.
As Herne and Robinson carved their way through the field disaster struck, a cut right front-tyre sent Herne straight to the wall.
Robinson, only a coat of paint away, was left with nowhere to go and bounced off the wall and rolled in turn two.
At the restart Oldfield simply picked up where he left off to leave the rest of the field wallowing.
Steve Wright (Chandlers) was on the spot when second-placed Dennis Jacket and Dennis Mazzer (third) tangled on the fourth turn, Wright swooping for second and Jacket claiming third.
Jimmy Knight was back to his best with a win in the AMCA feature from Steve Stubbs and Neil Wallace.
Tony Blanch was simply too fast for his opposition to take the win in the Stockers feature from Glenn Armstrong and Paul Reeves.
Col Rose claimed the Streeters feature ahead of Luke Gray and Geoff Rose.
'Silver Fox' Steve Cox wrapped up the four-cylinders with the Gamble boys Matt and Tim second and third.
'Big Dog' Pat Dennis took out the A- grade sedan feature from Nathan McDonald and Shane Hollyman.
Mykel English won the Juniors feature race, with the placegetters Regan Burley and Brett Whitney.