GREAT START: A Lightning Sprint, driven by Kurt Wilson of Lismore at Archerfield. Wilson won his first race of the season at the venue.
GREAT START: A Lightning Sprint, driven by Kurt Wilson of Lismore at Archerfield. Wilson won his first race of the season at the venue.

Champ enjoys first-up speedway success

REIGNING Australian V8 Dirt Modified Champion David Clark has started his season in the best possible way with a win at Brisbane's Ausdeck Patio's Archerfield Speedway.

Clark held former Northern Rivers racer Andrew Pezzutti at bay for the entire 20-lap journey on Saturday night.

"It was our first run tonight in the new car and I felt real comfortable" said Clark post-race.

"It was close with Andrew (Pezzutti) towards the end, and I was worried because down the bottom was real slow for me, so I stayed around the top, I didn't want to give Andrew any opportunities"

Despite pressuring Clark for the entire race distance, Pezzutti was unable to find a way past the flying 'Australia 1' entry of Clark.

"For a few laps there I could see the lapped cars coming up, so I was trying to position myself so I could go around David if he went down low," Pezzutti said.

"I actually fell back a few places just before we got to the lapped cars so I wasn't quite close enough, and even if I got beside him I don't think I would have been able to go anywhere anyway.

"But it was a good race, we were pretty even the whole way through."

Toowoomba's Ray Klarich fought his way up to third by races end after starting from sixth, with Kevin Britten and Steve Verboort rounding out the top five.

Both Clark and Pezzutti are expected to be among the front runners at the Lucas Oils Lismore Speedway this Saturday in the annual Lord Mayors Cup V8 Dirt Modified event.

It was a successful night for a number of Northern Rivers drivers in Brisbane, with Kurt Wilson (Lightning Sprints) and Geoff Hayes (AMCA Nationals) both recording main event wins.



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