Charlie does it again
QUEENSLAND driver Charlie Brown retained his Formula 500 NSW championship at Lismore Speedway on Saturday night.
Brown overcame several stoppages and timed his winning run to perfection as he headed runner-up Nathan Pronger and Nathan's dad Mick to the chequered flag.
The race was focused on the top three placegetters as they battled throughout the 20-lap final.
"These three drivers were the stars of the show," Lismore Speedway promoter David Lander said.
"The two Prongers dominated early while Brown was always there ready to pounce. It was certainly an absorbing contest."
For the first half of the race Mick Pronger headed the field.
Brown was right there with the two front-runners, however at one point it appeared as though the best he could achieve might be third.
Mick Pronger ran strongly and for a time had the car speed to fend off Nathan Pronger and Charlie Brown.
However, Brown seized his opportunity after a race stoppage.
At the re-start he picked up the momentum and charged underneath both Prongers to take the lead.
Front that point Brown was literally in the driver's seat as he raced to victory and retained the Formula 500 NSW championship.
Two of the favourites, Roy Urpeth, a previous four-time State title winner, and Queensland's Brock Hallett never figured among the leaders.
A failing engine sidelined Urpeth while Hallett finished well back.
Other winners on Saturday night were Ray Eggins (wingless sprints), Jerry Flood (four-cylinder sedans), Mitchell Haynes (junior sedans), Scott Owens (street stocks) and former national titleholder Jimmy Knight (AMCA sedans).