Crashing the party at Lismore speedway
TRENT Martin took out a crash- marred Wingless Sprintcar Australian Grand Prix at the Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway.
Martin was followed to the chequered flag on Saturday night by Daniel Flood and Adam Butler.
The other major title race, the NSW Formula 500 Championship, was won by former titleholder Charlie Brown.
The marathon 100-lap event for the Wingless Sprintcars was interrupted by several accidents.
No drivers were badly injured but Mitchell Randall was taken to hospital for tests on back and shoulder pain.
One of the pre-race favourites, David Eggins, was well down the points chart after qualifying heats and he was forced to start near the back of the field in the final.
His progress through the traffic ended in the first half of the race with a flat tyre.
Form driver Robbie Mazzer ran as high as third and was a chance of victory before getting caught up with a slower car and half spun.
This set off a chain reaction and defending Grand Prix champion Kevin Willis hit the stranded Mazzer at near full speed.
Both cars were badly damaged. The Mazzer team faces a complete rebuild before the next fixture.
Mitchell Haynes led early.
Mid-way through the race he was challenged by Martin and Haynes' chances of a major placing ended when a deflated right front tyre sent his car into the wall.
Another casualty of the endurance test was Natasha Herne, who spun to the infield but collided with Randall as she re- entered the track.
Both cars rolled and the crash resulted in Randall being taken to hospital.
Mick Santin made his claim for victory as the race took its toll on the field, working his way into the lead after he and Martin ran closely for a number of laps.
But when he spun to miss an incident a slowly deflating tyre dropped him back to sixth.
Martin maintained his lead over the concluding laps to take the win.
CHARLIE Brown regained his NSW Formula 500 championship after taking over the lead late in the event.
Australian champion Liam Williams led the field away and took full advantage of his front-row starting position.
Just when it looked like Williams would win, a suspension failure with only a few laps remaining slowed his progress.
Brown took full advantage and raced to the state title victory.
Williams hung on for second and Mick Pronger was third.
Brown had already won the NSW title in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Other main event winners were Josh Boyd (junior sedans), Stuart Fawcett (production sedans) and Luke Grey (street stocks).