Home-grown driver season’s first winner at Lismore Speedway
HOME-GROWN driver Andrew Pezzutti took the honours in an exciting V8 Dirt Modified Lord Mayor's Cup season opener at Lucas Oil Lismore Speedway on Saturday night.
With only a few laps remaining, several drivers remained in strong contention for victory.
As the front-runners entered the final laps Kevin Britten was marginally ahead of Pezzutti.
The two ran side-by-side and it was a move on the inside of a lapped car that proved the difference as Pezzutti raced to the chequered flag half a second ahead of Britten.
National champion David Clark, who started from pole position, finished third and Phil McNamara fourth.
A big crowd was on hand for the meeting after Mayor Jenny Dowell officially opened the new season.
It was one of the best Lord Mayor's Cup races at the venue.
In the initial laps triple national champion Mark Robinson led before Britten took over.
It was a great battle as the two ran in close formation, with Britten on the high line and Robinson on the low groove.
After a yellow light caution period, Britten had command from Robinson, Pezzutti, Clark and McNamara.
Pezzutti, who started the main event out of fifth position, later moved past Robinson, setting the scene for an entertaining race to the finish line between Britten and Pezzutti.
Robinson, who was one of the strong runners in the first half of the race, dropped back through the field with tyre problems.
Hard luck man of the night was Trent Scofield, whose eagerly awaited V8 Dirt Modified debut was over after the first lap of the first heat when he blew an engine.
Earlier in the night Clark took out the Stars Dash while heat wins went to Jai Stephenson, Pezzutti, Clark and Britten.
Other main event winners were David Eggins (Wingless Sprints), Geoff Hayes (AMCAs), Terry Leerentveld (Mod Lites), Josh Grang (Productions Sedans), Kurt Wilson (Litres) and Scott Owen (Street Stocks).
Owen emerged unbeaten from the Street Stock events.