Scramble right to the flag
IT has been hailed as one of the best Modified Production Sedan main events seen at Lucas Oil Lismore Speedway in recent seasons after Aidan Raymont took out the lucrative Scramble 30-lap feature in a thrilling finish on Saturday night
Raymont and runner-up Darren White were the stars of Scramble after staging a two-man battle most of the race. Brett Baxter finished third.
The margin between first and second was less than a second, while Raymont also recorded the fastest lap of 16.490 seconds.
He picked up $3000 for the win.
Raymont chased White as the feature race settled into a pattern.
The two leaders negotiated lapped cars in an exciting battle that looked destined to go right down to the chequered flag.
When White left a small opening on the inside Raymont seized the opportunity as the pair approached more lapped traffic late in the race.
He made the winning move coming out of the fourth turn and the pass was smooth as he charged to the front.
After a stoppage on the first lap called for a complete re-start, the race was run without further incident.
The melee involved Craig Franz and Quinton Clarke, while Victorian Justin Drew was sent to the rear of the field for the resumption.
As the Scramble unfolded several drivers were sidelined in the first half of the race including Darren Pearson and Steven Downes, while former national champion Jason Jolley withdrew after his car blew a tyre.
While most of the attention focused on the up-front struggle between Raymond and White, there was an absorbing contest between Shannon Blackburn and Australian champion Max Clarke, who finished fifth and sixth.
Clarke came from a mid-field starting position and drove a fine race, while the same can be said of fourth-placed Greg Worling.
Craig Franz won the Scramble B-Main.
It was a wild night of action with Scott Owen crashing in the street stocks and Russ Hardy taking a heavy front-end hit into the concrete wall in the AMCA Sedans.
Mitchell Haynes also provided a spectacular show when he put his junior sedan up on two wheels in a tangle with another car.
Other main event winners were LJ Gray (junior sedans), Steve Quirk (street stocks), Nick Stubbs (AMCAs), Ray Eggins (wingless sprints) and Kurt Wilson (four-cylinder sedans).