Mark Robinson(car No 9) and Mick Sauer (No 69) go wheel to wheel during the Lord Mayor’s Cup feature at Lismore Speedway.
Mark Robinson(car No 9) and Mick Sauer (No 69) go wheel to wheel during the Lord Mayor’s Cup feature at Lismore Speedway. Tony Powell

The drive of his life

ANDREW PEZZUTTI raced to an impressive victory in the annual Lord Mayor's Cup for V8 Dirt Modifieds at Lismore Speedway on Saturday night.

Pezzutti, driving one of the latest American Troyer factory-built cars, ran a superbly judged race and took the lead when it counted at the business end of the 30-lap feature.

The former Far North Coast driver, now based in Sydney, was in command in the latter stages and turned in what many observers believed was one of the best main event drives of his career.

Queensland drivers filled the placings, with Kevin Britten the runner-up and Luke Oldfield third.

The 2011 Lord Mayor's Cup ran almost flag-to-flag without a stoppage except for one incident which slowed the action for only a short time.

Former two-time Lord Mayor's Cup winner Mark Robinson looked a strong chance at one point and ran in the top group at the head of the field.

However, he lost all chance when his car broke a throttle linkage after a clash with Oldfield on the fourth turn.

Britten also impressed. He was just outside the top three early before coming home strongly for second place.

Interest in the four-cylinder sedan category focused on Kurt Wilson, who not only took out the main event but also broke the six-lap and one-lap track records.

A graduate of junior sedans, Wilson also holds a number of track records in the juniors.

Other winners on the opening night of the Lismore season were: Trent Martin (wingless sprints), Stuart Fawcett (street stocks) and Mitchell Haynes (junior sedans).



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