EGGINS CROWNED CHAMPION AT AWARDS NIGHT
BY DENNIS NEWLYN
LOCAL driver David Eggins walked away with a trip to America after the Northern Rivers Wingless group held their annual presentation night at South Lismore Bowling Club Saturday, June 17.
Eggins took out the Lismore District Workers’ Club-Queensland Speedway Spares Driver to America series premiership which incorporated events throughout the season at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway and Trevan Ford Grafton Speedway.
Eggins was presented with his prize by promoter David Lander at the awards night in front of a big gathering.
The series was keenly contested at both tracks and it was Eggins’ consistency that won the day – and a holiday in America!
It was a tough campaign which ultimately concluded with a 15-lap shootout final at Lismore between the top-ten point scorers chasing the big prize.
Eggins said the series has not only created plenty of interest but raised the standard of local competition in the Wingless Sprintcar ranks.
“Nobody has a massive advantage and on the night any one of a dozen drivers are potential main event winners.
“The key to this series was consistency, to score points on any given night and to remain in contention.
“It also comes down to local experience of the track, like all sorts of racing, a reasonable amount of luck and the car has to be set up correctly to run competitively at each points round,” Eggins explained.
Kevin Willis led the series for most of the season before Eggins charged to the top of the leader board in the latter stages of the campaign. Both qualified comfortably within the top ten for the series deciding race.
It was not all disappointment for Willis who received the first place trophy as winner of the Grafton Track Season Championship and the Northern Rivers Championship.
Trent Martin took the honours in the Lismore track title. Other award winners were: Brad Claridge (Most Improved), Daniel Morrison (Best Presented Car), Michael Butcher (Rookie of the Year) and Natasha Herne (Encouragement Award).
All drivers received a medallion for their participation in the season’s events.
President of the Lismore District Workers’ Club Richard Mackney and Greg Worling (Queensland Speedway Spares) were the men behind their corporate support of the Driver to America series.
The President of the New South Wales Wingless Sprints Wayne Skipper from Sydney attended the trophy presentation evening.