WINNING DRIVE: Andrew Scheuerle (far left) celebrates his victory at the Sprintcar Gold Cup with (centre) second-placed Danny Reidy and (right) Brian Mann, who finished third.
WINNING DRIVE: Andrew Scheuerle (far left) celebrates his victory at the Sprintcar Gold Cup with (centre) second-placed Danny Reidy and (right) Brian Mann, who finished third. TONY POWELL

Scheuerle claims cup win

ANDREW Scheuerle took out the prestigious Sprintcar Gold Cup at Lucas Oil Lismore Speedway on Saturday night.

In a great night of Sprintcar action, the multi-Queensland champion took the title after driving a calculated race, including taking the front running in the latter half of the 30-lap main event.

He eventually proved an impressive winner over Danny Reidy and Bryan Mann in front of a big crowd at Lismore Showground.

Earlier in the night Scheuerle demonstrated he would be a strong contender for the main event with an impressive win in heat two.

As racing unfolded, it was Brock Dean who looked the likely winner after he sped around the outside of A-Dash winner Paul Morris and into the lead.

Soon after Scheuerle was in second position, however interest was further back in the field as Reidy charged into contention after he started out of position eight.

He demonstrated precision passing on the small Lismore bull ring circuit as he raced into third with 16 laps to go.

Lapped traffic aided the front runners in the final 10 laps as Scheuerle made his winning move on Dean, while Reidy and Mann also relegated Dean and Morris.

The top three of Scheuerle, Reidy and Mann remained unchanged over the remaining laps as Scheuerle held his advantage at the head of the field.

Darren Jensen was the star of the heats with two wins, while Mann also took out a heat.

Morris was top point scorer from the heats (102 points). Next best were Brock Dean (98), Brodie Tulloch (95), Scheuerle (94) and Mann 93.

Brent Kratzmann (92) rounded out the top six scorers.

Also among the competitors was Casino's Steve Wright, who fortunately managed to repair his car after crashing during Friday's practice.

In winning the B Dash, David Muir established a new six lap track record of one minute, 18.419 seconds.

Meanwhile, another track record was set on the night when Four Cylinder Sedan driver Matthew Claydon clipped five seconds off the previous eight-lap mark.

Tony Brearley took out the Litre Sprint feature race after a good showing in the heats. Racing was marred, though, by a big crash involving Brad Seagrove in the third heat. His car clipped the wheel of another vehicle and rolled heavily into the fence. The car was completely destroyed in the accident but Seagrove fortunately escaped unscathed, though complaining of sore knees as he was treated by medics on the scene.

Other main event winners included Matthew Layton (Junior Sedans), Andrew Butcher-Plim (Four Cylinder Sedans) and Scott Owen (Street Stocks).

The standout performer in the Junior Sedans was Brodie King, who recorded three heat wins and a runner-up finish in the feature race.

Action continues at the Lismore track this Saturday, highlighted with the bash and crash Caravandalism demolition derby.



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