TRACK STAR: Neil Howard after his win in the Wingless Sprintcar event at Lismore Speedway.
TRACK STAR: Neil Howard after his win in the Wingless Sprintcar event at Lismore Speedway.

Neil drives to line in sprint final

NEIL Howard took out the Liberty Fuels 50-lap Wingless Sprintcar main event at Lucas Oil Lismore Speedway on Saturday night.

It was a clinical drive by the Queenslander, who took command in the second half of the marathon, leading Trent Martin and Kristy Bonsey to the chequered flag.

Hard luck man of the race was Aaron Ackerley who finished equal top pointscorer with Bruce Hall after the qualifying heats.

Ackerley led the event and showed he might challenge in the final but a broken steering arm ended his chances as his car crashed into the safety fence, causing major front-end damage.

Howard led away at the restart from David Santin, Martin, Hall and Mick Santin.

With 26 laps remaining Kristy Bonsey moved into fourth position and looked set to trouble the top three.

A yellow light caution period occurred with 20 laps to go after David Eggins spun but the interruption did not stop Howard's momentum as he raced to an impressive victory.

One of the drivers who showed plenty of potential after an outstanding performance in the 50-lapper was newcomer Adam Bailey.

He started 14th on the grid and came through the field to finish in sixth position.

Martin lowered the eight-lap record, which had stood for three years, with a heat race victory.

The new mark however lasted only until the very next race when Ackerley turned in a quicker time.

Meanwhile, Brock Armstrong set a new track record following his main event victory in the Junior Sedans.

Craig Smith also set a new time with his win in the Litre Sprint feature race.

Other feature race winners on the night were Matthew Layton (Juniors) and Luke Gray (Street Stocks).

Racing continues at the track this weekend with a two-day feast of action.

The schedule includes the Jobrow V8 Dirt Modified NSW Title.



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