By BRUCE MAXWELL
'LIGHTNING' Luke Oldfield struck at Bartercard Lismore Speedway on Saturday night when he won the T and F Abrasives and Welding Supplies Modified feature event.
On what could at best be described as a very challenging track, the young guns, led by Oldfield with Mark Robinson and Arron Suffolk hot on his heels, treated the tough conditions with disdain, never slowing their 600hp V8 Modifieds.
"It was awesome," said one excited fan. "They had all four wheels off the ground most of the time."
Oldfield's outside pass to lap Sportsman entry Dennis Mazzer in the treacherous conditions had everyone holding their breath.
Mark 'The Missile' Robinson, in the Valvoline Ford, who had more than his share of engine worries last season, looks to have put his problems behind him with the Ford not missing a beat. He chased Oldfield all the way and at one stage poked his nose in front but Oldfield fought back and Robinson had to settle for second.
Arron Suffolk, who only finished rebuilding his car that day, was more than happy with third. "Mate, it was tough out there, so I'll settle for third to start the season," he said.
"The Modifieds are looking good this season, there's a lot of young exciting drivers that are the stars of the future making their presence felt early in the season," said promoter Greg Coombes.
Byron Bay's Jimmy Knight started his season at Lismore with a win in the AMCAFeature with Neil Wallace celebrating his birthday with a second and current State Champ Stuart Hall third.
Quinton Clarke was delighted to claim his first feature race win in the Stockers at Lismore. His stable mate Scott Owen was second with Karl Pruess making a great comeback for third.
Noel Clark continued on his winning way with another feature race win in the Juniors to his credit. Rookie Regan Burley was second with Thomas Duncan third.
'The Silver Fox', Steve Cox, continued on his winning way in the Four-Cylinder division with Paul Smith second and Matt Gamble third.