ANDREW PEZZUTTI AND DAVID EGGINS SHARE THE SPOILS
BY DENNIS NEWLYN
ANDREW Pezzutti took out the NSW V8 Dirt Modified Championship and Wingless Sprintcar star David Eggins won a return air ticket to America at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway, Saturday night, April 29.
It was a big night for both drivers in what was one of the best meetings of the season watched by a big crowd.
Pezzutti’s victory heralded his fifth state title career win, while it was also a big occasion for Australian V8 Dirt Modified racecar technology.
In taking title honours, Pezzutti used a Brad Marr built chassis against the imported American brands, Troyer, TEO and Bicknell.
Pezzutti has backed the Marr chassis for sometime and it certainly proved its worth in what was one of Pezzutti’s best ever state title victories.
He started off the front row with Lee McKinnell but in the early laps McKinnell dropped back several places.
As the race settled down Pezzutti was the pacesetter however further back in the field former state champion and current Australian titleholder Kevin Britten started a charge toward the front.
Britten quickly made his way up to fourth and challenged Trent Scofield who ran in third position at the time.
With ten of the 30 laps completed Pezzutti moved into lapped traffic but continued to hold his racing line without trouble.
Former Australian Champion Scott Cannon was another looking strong as he ran in close company with Brent Hall further back. Cannon passed Hall almost at the same time Britten overtook Scofield and moved into third. David Clarke and Scott Quirk then ran side-by-side in a battle for a spot on the podium.
Simon Blandford and Anthony Ashen came together and brought on the caution lights with 18 laps remaining.
At that same time Scofield retired from the race with a fuel leak that was later caused by a defective rubber seal around the fuel cap.
At race resumption, Britten then made his claim for victory as he made his way into second position and ran on Pezzutti’s tail. This was the highlight of the race as Clarke also closed the gap on Britten.
With eight laps remaining Clarke was right there with Britten and later ran side-by side with three laps remaining.
Clarke made a last lap lunge on Britten and grabbed the runner-up spot in the run to the chequered flag. Pezzutti scored an impressive victory over Clarke and Britten.
Meanwhile a season of consistency in the Driver to America series, sponsored by the Lismore District Workers’ Club and Queensland Speedway Spares, paid off for David Eggins with his victory in the Race to the States.
Eggins was recipient of a return air ticket to America and two admission tickets to the world’s most famous Sprintcar race, the Knoxville Nationals in Iowa this August.
Eggins led all the way in the 15 lap final, while Mick Santin was runner-up and Mason Cattell third. Kevin Willis, who had figured prominently in the Wingless series point standings throughout the season, crashed out of the event after a steering arm broke on his car.
Meanwhile the stand alone 25-lap Wingless Sprintcar feature race was taken out by Robbie Mazzer who earlier had impressed with his brig drive from the back of the field to fourth in the Race to the States event.
Mazzer, who was highest point scorer from the heats and drew the invert for a position six starting spot in the feature event, took over the front running nearing mid-distance. Matthew Wright was the early leader but never figured in the final placings as Mazzer was followed to the chequered flag by Martin and Steve McInness.
Other main event winners were: Chris Besseling (Production Sedans), Matt Weir (Junior Sedans), Thomas Vickery (AMCAs), Jamie Marsden (Four Cylinder) Sedans).