Kiwi quinella in speedcars
IT was a New Zealand 1-2 result when Kiwi Chris Gwilliam took out the second round of the Diamond Air Speedcar Super Series at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway on Saturday night from countryman Brad Mosen.
Sydney driver Nathan Smee was third, just ahead of Hayden Williams, another New Zealander.
The final stages of the 30-lap main event provided some of the best speedcar racing seen for many years in Lismore as all four leading runners looked the likely winner at different stages.
Immediately after his win, Gwilliam said "I'll be back”, referring to the World Midget Championship rounds in Lismore in late January.
Mosen described the furious last 10 laps around the tight circuit as "elbows up racing”.
It was a blanket finish as Smee, in particular, made a strong claim for victory driving a borrowed car.
The Hunter Valley's Adam Clarke, who had a 190-point lead in the series going into the second round, came came home in fifth spot.
Clarke, fastest in the time trials with a 13.236 second lap, dominated the heats and was a hot favourite for the feature race.
His efforts from the back of the field in his two heats showed he was on the pace, however after holding down third spot early in the final he dropped a further two positions and finished fifth.
"We missed the set-up, but we'll fix it and will be back,” he said later.
While disappointed with the result, he scored enough points to maintain a prominent position in the standings after two rounds.
Scott Doyle, Aidan Corish, Brad Young, Reid Mackay and Matt Hunter rounded out the top 10.
Sydney's Michael Jordan ended his night early following a tumble on the fifth lap while the only other interruption to the feature race was a yellow light period with 14 laps to go.
Gwilliam was always in command of the race but early on Williams was a man on a mission as he ran the high line on Gwilliam.
At one point Williams almost took the lead but Gwilliam had the pace on the pole line and staved off the challenge.
Gwilliam had scored an impressive win in the fourth heat and also took out the trophy dash.
Other heat winners were Rodney Harders, Aidan Corish and Kaidon Brown.
Brown, son of five time series champion Mark Brown, looked impressive throughout the night.
The Speedcar B-main event was taken out by Matt Hunter.
Other main event winners on Saturday night were Ryan Green (production sedans), Matt Weir (junior sedans), Jack Kay (National four-cylinder sedans), Tony Blanch (AMCA Nationals) and Kevin Willis (wingless sprints).