Pezzutti, Eggins big winners
ANDREW Pezzutti took out the NSW V8 Dirt Modified Championship and Wingless Sprintcar star David Eggins won a return air ticket to the United States at the Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway on Saturday night.
It was a big night for both drivers at one of the best meetings of the season, watched by a big crowd.
Pezzutti's victory was his fifth state title, while it was also a big occasion for Australian V8 Dirt Modified racecar technology.
In taking title honours, Pezzutti used a Brad Marr- built chassis against the imported American brands, Troyer, TEO and Bicknell.
Pezzutti has backed the Marr chassis for some time and it proved its worth in what was one of Pezzutti's best state title victories.
He started off the front row with Lee McKinnell but in the early laps McKinnell dropped back several places.
As the race settled down Pezzutti was the pacesetter, however further back in the field former state champion and Australian titleholder Kevin Britten started a charge towards the front.
Britten made his way up to fourth and challenged Trent Scofield for third.
With 10 of the 30 laps completed Pezzutti moved into lapped traffic but continued to hold his racing line without trouble.
Former Australian champion Scott Cannon was another looking strong as he ran in close company with Brent Hall further back.
Cannon passed Hall almost at the same time Britten overtook Scofield and moved into third.
David Clarke and Scott Quirk then ran side-by-side in a battle for a spot on the podium.
Simon Blandford and Anthony Ashen came together and brought on the caution lights with 18 laps remaining.
Scofield retired from the race with a fuel leak that was later discovered to have been caused by a defective rubber seal around the fuel cap.
When the race resumed, Britten made his bid for victory as he moved into second position and ran on Pezzutti's tail.
This was the highlight of the race as Clarke also closed the gap on Britten.
With eight laps to go Clarke was right there with Britten and later they ran side-by-side with three laps remaining.
Clarke made a last-lap lunge on Britten and grabbed the runner-up spot in the final frantic rush to the chequered flag.
Pezzutti held on to score an impressive victory.
Meanwhile, a season of consistency in the Driver to America series, sponsored by the Lismore District Workers Club and Queensland Speedway Spares, paid off for David Eggins with his victory in the Race to the States.
Eggins received a return air ticket to the US and two admission tickets to the world's most famous Sprintcar race, the Knoxville Nationals in Iowa in August.
Eggins led throughout the 15-lap final, while Mick Santin was runner-up and Mason Cattell third.
Kevin Willis, who had figured prominently in the series points standings throughout the season, crashed out of the event after a steering arm broke on his car.
The stand-alone 25-lap Wingless Sprintcar feature race was taken out by Robbie Mazzer, who earlier had impressed with a big drive from the back of the field to finish fourth in the Race to the States event.
Mazzer, who was the highest points scorer from the heats and drew position six starting spot in the feature event, took over the front-running nearing mid-distance.
Matthew Wright led early but didn't figure in the final placings as Mazzer was followed to the chequered flag by Martin and Steve McInness.
Other main event winners were Chris Besseling (Production Sedans), Matt Weir (Junior Sedans), Thomas Vickery (AMCAs) and Jamie Marsden (Four- Cylinder) Sedans).