Tony Blanch took out the AMCA Sedan Northern Rivers Classic at Lucas Oil Lismore Speedway.
Tony Blanch took out the AMCA Sedan Northern Rivers Classic at Lucas Oil Lismore Speedway.

Tony Blanch was always the man to beat

TONY Blanch took out the AMCA Sedan Northern Rivers Classic at Lucas Oil Lismore Speedway.

The Grafton driver was always the man to beat as Saturday night's 30-lap race unfolded, and he ultimately led every lap to consolidate his authority over the 20 car field.

Stuart Hall filled the runner-up spot on the podium after a great battle for the minor placings with Sam Bruggy, who eventually finished third, and Shane Newstead.

Blanch has been in good form of late and took full advantage of his handy up front starting position in the field as he raced to the lead from the outset.

The race was slowed at the four lap mark after Newstead and Steve Price tangled. Newstead took his place in the field for the restart, however Price was sidelined with front end damage.

Blanch led from Hall and Newstead at race resumption. Newstead was the man who looked the likely winner when he moved into third with some spectacular high line manoeuvres after he started out of position five.

Another yellow was thrown at the half-way point after Andrew Firth blew a right rear tyre. Blanch maintained his advantage at the head of the field when the green light was thrown and raced to a convincing victory.

Earlier in the night AMCA heat race winners were Nick Stubbs, Kevin Stowe, Hall and Newstead.

At the commencement of the meeting Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell presented National Four Cylinder Sedan driver Luke Watt with a plaque and cheque for $1000 after he was named Rookie of the Year for his Sedan category.

Other main event winners included Brock Armstrong (National Fours), Brady Haynes (Junior Sedans), Luke Gray (Street Stocks) and Kurt Wilson (Litre Sprints).

A massive crowd was on hand to watch the action, which also included an appearance by the wheel-standing Monster Trucks and the amazing flame-throwing Jet Car.

It was quite a show, especially after the driver of the Spot the Dog truck hit the accelerator a little too hard and rolled the machine during its car-crushing performance.

Fortunately, there were no injuries, but Spot the Dog looked a little worse for wear after the incident.

Adam Speke took out the New South Wales Four Cylinder Sedan Demolition Derby championship.

Kyle Campbell was the winner of the most spectacular award.



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