SYDNEY driver Nathan Smee regained the lead in the Triple X Speedcar Super Series with an emphatic win in the sixth round of the national midget car tournament at Lismore Speedwayon Saturday night.
Smee turned in a brilliant drive as he led fellow Sydneysider Anthony Brien and West Australian Scott Glazebrook to the chequered flag in front of a big crowd.
It was also a big result for Brien, who secured his first podium finish of the season.
For most of the 30-lap main event Smee chased the leading group of drivers after he started well back in the field.
With only 10 laps remaining he was seventh before makinga whirlwind charge to victory.
He caught on to the back of the front-running pack of cars and then made some brilliant, spectacular outside passes to command the lead in among lapped traffic.
“Once I could see the pack I wasn’t going to give up,” Smee said in victory lane.
“It’s great to come here and win this race. The car had a bit of bite earlier in the race and I just had to bide my time to get through.”
Meanwhile, an exhausted Brien had a tip for weight-watchers after his sterling drive into the runner-up spot.
“If anyone wants to lose weight, try racing a midget for 30 laps, you’ll do it,” a sweat-covered Brien said as he tow-elled his face.
Brien momentarily reached the lead from Glazebrook in lapped traffic before Smee swooped.
Glazebrook led for much of the distance and at one point looked certain to win the main event.
Meanwhile, it was a tough night for series leader and defending Speedcar Super Series champion Mark Brown, who rode out a wild flip in a heat.
Brown walked away unscathed and thanks to hasty repairs carried out by his pit crew, he took his place in the main event.
For much of the race Brown was well-placed and ultimately finished sixth.
However, his points total was not enough to hold off Smee, who returns to the top of the leaderboard following the Lismore round.
Smee has a 169-point lead over Brown with three rounds remaining, leaving the series wide open.
Victorian Harley Bishop made a spectacular exit from the main event after his car crashed out of contention with a series of snap rolls that left the driver dazed but unhurt.