Mark Robinson, V8 Dirt Modified champion.
Mark Robinson, V8 Dirt Modified champion.

Missile? Mark shows his class


LISMORE'S Mark 'Missile' Robinson proved too good for his rivals in the East Coast Metal Recyclers V8 Dirt Modified 30-lap feature at Lismore Speedway over the weekend.

Robinson showed a clean pair of wheels at every restart. Toowoomba's Ray Klarich running second with Stuart 'Hitman' Herne looking for a way past, 'Lightning' Luke Oldfield was the man on the charge disposing of Newcastle's Scott Cannon and Mullum's Allan Jarvis to move in behind Herne and challenge for third.

With 10 laps to go, Oldfield made his pass on the outside of Herne with both Modifieds making contact, Herne's spinning causing chaos with the oncoming field which left Queensland's Andrew Drake and Grafton's Tony Dunn making contact with the wall. At the restart, the rain brought a halt to the rest of the race with Robinson declared the winner, Klarich second and Oldfield third.

Luke Gray (Lismore) won the RSA Stockers Easter Challenge winning all three features on each night of the series with the first round at Grafton Speedway Friday night and the second and third rounds at Lismore Speedway on Saturday and Sunday nights.

In the Saturday night feature, behind Gray, second place went to Steven Quirk (Grafton) beating home the Aussie champ Bryan Mackney. Overall placings of the series were decided on Sunday night in the gruelling 30-lap feature. Grafton's Geoff Rose, the only driver to put any pressure on Gray and looking not content with second, pulled infield with a rear flat tyre. With most of the main contenders on the infield, Mark Shannon (Grafton) and Rob Lesha (Lismore) finished second and third respectively.

Casino's Max Clarke wrapped up the Junior Sedan feature from Aaron Ackerley (Lismore ) and Jordan Biviano (Casino) was third.

In the Streeters/4 Cylinders main event, Warren Dhu (Casino) won the 4 Cylinders, Lewis Gamble (Murwillumbah) was second and Casandra Salkeld (Clunes) finished third. Nick Moran (Yamba) won the Streeters feature.Darren McDonald (Lismore) lapped the whole field to win the Limited Sedans from Troy Barnes (Drake) and Al Irwin Lismore.

On Saturday night at Lismore Speedway, the weather held off until after the racing was over.

In the East Coast Metal Recyclers Speedcar main event, it was a hard fought battle between the leading three drivers with Jeremy Hassell taking out the win from Mark George and Grant Draney.

Stuart Hall (Grafton) led all the way to secure the Andrew Walker Memorial trophy, Port Macquarie's Neil Wallace held onto second from Tony Blanch of Grafton.

Max Jarvis (Grafton) took one second off his previous lap record to win the Limited Sedan feature from Mykel English and Dale Rachow, both of Casino.

The combined Streeters/4 Cylinder feature, Warren Dhu (Casino) won from Jason Deconti (Lismore) and Michael Gallagher (Lismore) in the 4 Cylinders; Nick Moran won from Andrew Moir in the ute and Melissa Allport in the Streeters.

After a determined drive to get through the field to the front of the pack, Damian Rose (Grafton) was disqualified by the Chief Steward, giving the win to Jordan Biviano (Casino) with Brock Armstrong (Lismore) and Andrew Wilson (Lismore) filling the placings.

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