Raymont proves too quick
AIDAN Raymont driving his BA Ford Falcon took out the NSW Modified Production Sedan Championship at Lucas Oil Lismore Speedway on Saturday night.
Gympie-based Raymont was never seriously challenged during the 35-lap final and raced to a convincing victory over local star Greg Worling (VT Holden Commodore) and South Burnett's Gavin Fletcher (XF Ford Falcon).
Raymond took full advantage of his upfront starting position in the field and turned on a magnificent performance after he had lapped all but Worling and Fletcher at the fall of the chequered flag.
With Raymond well clear of his nearest rivals, the highlight of the event was the battle for the minor placings.
Worling and Fletcher swapped positions several times in an enthralling dice that continued right to the finish.
It was a tough night for defending titleholder Todd Doyle (Holden Commodore) who failed to start in the final after his car was badly damaged when he hit the safety fence during the second round of heats.
Australian Champion Max Clarke (VZ Holden Commodore) never figured in the title final and was credited with a placing well back in the field.
Track conditions were testing and Clarke found his starting spot in the final difficult to overcome, especially after the cars at the head of the field cleared away in the middle stages.
After an initial stoppage at the start of the event, the state title was relatively incident free, except for a caution period after Gerry Flood blew a tyre and broke a front suspension ball joint.
Raymont was the scene stealer who showed his intentions earlier in the night after he impressed in the qualifying heats.
Other main event winners on the night were: Stuart Hall (AMCA Sedans), Steve Quirk (Street Stocks), Kurt Wilson (Four Cylinder sedans), Justin Pirlo (Litres) and Mitchell Haynes (Junior Sedans).