Super Sedans thrill crowd
By GREG COOMBES
AUSTRALIAN champion Michael Gee increased his winning streak to seven in a row, taking victory by the narrowest of margins in the Grenville Anderson Memorial Trophy at Lismore Speedway on Saturday night.
Described by fans as the best Super Sedan racing at Lismore in a decade, the 650-horsepower sedans raced two and three wide with the winner not evident until the final turn of the final lap.
'I have finally won here. This is fantastic," said an elated Gee.
"Things have always gone wrong for me at Lismore, but this track here tonight was so great, and the car was very quick. It all just came together."
Racing for $8000 in prizemoney brought the best cars in the country together, with Sedan Series winner Wayne Randall losing by less than a car length.
"I'm not sure what we can do to stop Michael. I really thought I had it won on the last corner of the last lap, but it didn't quite turn out," Randall said.
Third place was taken by Wayne Brims, who was right in the mix even at the final turn.
"The car was strong, and I was right there looking at passing Randall, while he was looking at passing Gee on that last corner.
"What an awesome race. But to finish third behind the Australian champion and series champion is not a bad result although I wanted to win."
An experimental start time of 7pm was tried by promoter Greg Coombes to conserve the track conditions. He was ecstatic with the results.
"The combination of some very hungry drivers, and a great track, produced the best night's sedan racing in a long time," he said.
"These guys were not content to finish second. It was so refreshing, and so exciting. Sedans have made a triumphant return to Lismore."
The stage was set for a great feature race with an exciting Stars Dash which saw the top guns starting to use the top side of the track.
It was Wayne Brims, who by winning the Stars Dash would start the feature from position one. Behind Brims was Paul Geary, Wayne Randall, Tania Smith and Michael Gee.
The opening laps of the 30-lap feature was where Gee stamped his authority on the race by marching around the outside of the quality opposition, at one stage passing three cars in two laps while scraping the wall.
Gee was now the leader, and looked as if the race was effectively over.
Former local Wayne Randall may be heading into a one-year lay-off from racing, but his passion to win the Grenville Anderson Memorial was showing when with just eight laps remaining the track surface had changed to suit Randall's car, and the race was back on with force.
Lap after lap the two leaders juggled their way through the lapped cars, with Brims also coming on strong.
The final corner of the final lap was where it was all to be decided, with Gee battling with a lapped car, Randall on his outside, and Brims on the inside of Randall.
With the three leaders all full throttle and the crowd on the edge of their seats, it was the Australian champion who took the win and placed his name in history as the 2007 winner of the Grenville Anderson Memorial Trophy.