LEERENTVELD, GRAY STAR AT LISMORE SPEEDWAY
Terry Leerentveld dominated the V8 Dirt Modified events, while Luke Gray continued his incredible Street Stock main event winning sequence at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway, Sunday, June 4.
Leerentveld clean sheeted the opposition, highlighted with victory in the 20-lap feature race. Earlier in the day he took out the Dash and two heats to emerge unbeaten from four starts.
Meanwhile, with his latest feature race win in the Street Stock division, Gray recorded his eighth consecutive victory.
This also involves main event competition at the Grafton circuit in what has been a highly successful season.
A good crowd was on hand for the first of two Sunday afternoon fixtures at the Lismore Showground venue. The 2016-17 season will conclude with a family entertainment spectacular and massive fireworks display next weekend to celebrate the annual Queen’s Birthday holiday.
Leerentveld was the driver to beat in the V8 Dirt Modified feature event after he started at the head of the field.
He maintained his advantage as the laps unfolded and set a cracking pace out front.
Further back in the field there were several drivers involved in a battle for the minor placings. Eggins ran in second spot in the first half of the race despite some pressure from Phil McNamara. Andrew Firth emerged from the pack and then overtook Eggins for second position. Brent Hall also was right there in contention.
While all this was happening, Leerventveld enjoyed an untroubled run in the lead.
As the laps ran out he was clear of the opposition and raced to a convincing win over runner-up Andrew Firth, while Eggins held on for third.
The Wingless Sprintcar main event was taken out by Kevin Willis.
He made good use of his upfront starting position in the field. Mick Gray drove consistently and deserved his runner-up finish, while Mitch Randall was third.
Willis was in good form throughout the meeting and earlier in the afternoon took out the Dash event.
It was a rough and tumble afternoon for the Wingless Sprints after Bradley Claridge was involved in a hard hit against the safety fence. Another incident involved John Slack who was transported to hospital for observation after complaining of back pain.
Robbie Mazzer looked to have a solid fifth placing in the Dash before he was turned around in traffic and ultimately finished back in eighth. The loss of three placings cost him a good starting position in the feature race and he was forced into a grid position further back in the field.
Other main event winners were: Darren Marsden (Four Cylinder Sedans), Shane Newstead (AMCA), Matt Weir (Junior Sedans) and Quinten Clarke (Production Sedans).