CORBETT WINS V8 DIRT MODIFIED RUMBLE
BY DENNIS NEWLYN
DALE Corbett recorded an impressive win in the 25-lap V8 Dirt Modified Rumble at the final meeting of the season at Hession’s Auto Parts Grafton Speedway Good Friday night.
Corbett was followed to the chequered flag by runner-up Lee Gorton and local star Andrew Firth who filled third placing.
Gorton recorded the fastest time of the race with a 14.880-second lap and a speed of 96.774 km/h at mid-distance.
He also took full advantage of his pole position starting spot in the field and raced to an immediate lead. But he held down the front running only momentarily as Corbett charged underneath Firth and then Gorton to take over the lead.
Chris Polsen, who ultimately finished fourth, also was on the move. Nick Knott was another who charged into contention, setting up the pattern of the race.
Firth closed in on second-placed Gorton who was followed by Knott and Chris Corbett.
The race ended abruptly for Knott who hit the safety fence and was out of the event on lap 15.
Another driver who suffered the same fate three laps later was Sydney’s David Hopping who only recently made a comeback to V8 Dirt Modified racing after sometime on the sidelines.
His night was tough going after making the long trek from down south. He slammed the wall during the main event and quit the race after 18 laps.
Meanwhile, despite the yellow lights, Dale Corbett always had command of the race. Gorton was again challenged by Firth in a battle for second position that went right to the chequered flag. As the laps ran out, Gorton maintained his second position, while Firth was a fast-finishing third.
Other highlight of the programme was the bash and crash demolition derby which was won by Glenn Sturrock from Yandina.
Other main event winners on the night were: Jamie Smith (Street Stocks), Jamie Marsden (National Four Cylinder Sedans), Josh Boyd (Junior Sedans), David Mortimer (A-Grade SP Sedans), Michael Cheeseman (B-Grade SP Sedans).
Hession’s Auto Parts Grafton Speedway now enters its winter recess and racing will resume for the 2018-19 season toward the end of the year.