Bacon brings it home

AMERICAN Brady Bacon took out the World Midget Championship round at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway on Saturday night.

The Oklahoma driver was followed across the line by New Zealander Michael Pickens and two other Americans, Zauch Daum (Illinois) and Andrew Felker (Missouri).

Hard luck man of the race was Hayden Williams.

The New Zealand driver led the main event for 37 of the 40 laps before being hindered by lapped cars and eventually finishing a disappointing fifth.

Williams, who shared the front row with Bacon, put down some sizzling laps and looked the likely winner as the race unfolded.

Pickens started the night well when he was fastest in time trials with a 13.02- second lap, marginally ahead of Bacon (13.095s) and Kiwi Brad Mosen (13.109s).

Pickens also recorded a win in the Dash, along with Williams.

It was not a good night for the Aussies and it was only Michael Stewart who got into the winning mode when he took out a heat in fine style. Other heat winners were Daum and Williams.

Former Australian champion Nathan Smee was another driver down on racing luck after he was sidelined from the main event with a damaged motor.

He was scheduled to start from 10th position in the 40-lap feature race.

The feature ran without interruption for the first 23 laps before a yellow light was thrown.

The Lismore leg of the world title was run on a pointscore system in conjunction with Brisbane's Archerfield Speedway, which hosted world title rounds the previous weekend.

Pickens was the overall top pointscorer - and winner of the series - with a combined total of 69 points over the two weekends.

Next best were Bacon (64), Felker (61), Mosen (50) and Williams (48).

In other action, Robert Mazzer set a 25-lap record in the Wingless Sprintcar feature race with a time of 6 minutes 04.947 seconds.

The win compensated for his misfortune in the recent 100-lap Australian Wingless Grand Prix at Lismore.

He was the red-hot favourite for that but withdrew from his front-row starting position with a drive line problem on the parade lap.

Australian Modlite champion Terry Leervent- veld showed why he is the best in his class when he took out the main event.

Lismore has been a happy hunting ground for Leerventveld, who won the national title at the venue last season.

It was a good weekend for Lismore drivers elsewhere in the state after Trent Dhu retained his NSW four- cylinder sedan champion- ship at Cullen Bullen Speedway.

Dhu won the NSW title two years ago at Grafton; it was not held last year when the event at Nowra was washed out.

Lismore dominated at Cullen Bullen with Luke Watt finishing second and Ben Scully third.

Kurt Wilson took out the Litre Sprint main event, lowering his own record by two seconds.

Wilson is a prolific record holder, having set new times in three divisions in his short career.



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