By Dennis Newlyn
Local competitors dominated the season opener at Trevan Ford Grafton Speedway last Saturday night (October 1).
Tim Luscombe, the former Dirt Modified and Formula 500 racer, showed his outstanding ability with a first start feature race win.
Luscombe started out of position five in the 25-lap feature race and quickly moved into contention.
He was up to second position with ten laps remaining and looked every bit the winner. Bradley Claridge, another newcomer to the Wingless Sprintcar division, led the race for the first 19 laps before he was overtaken by Luscombe.
Luscombe drove the perfect race and led the field for the remaining laps.
Claridge held on for second placing, while veteran racer Kevin Willis claimed third.
A highlight of the Wingless heats was the battle for the lead in the second event between David Eggins and Mick Santin.
Eggins ultimately took the win over Santin in a very entertaining event.
Grafton drivers filled the first four placings in the 30-lap V8 Dirt Modified feature race.
First and second placegetters in the 30-lap V8 Dirt Modified Clarence Valley Spring Cup drove cars formerly owned and raced by multi national Champion Stuart Herne.
Dale Corbett led every lap to win the trophy race.
It was Corbett’s first feature race after he moved into the V8 Dirt Modified ranks from Street Stocks.
Another young gun, Joshua Rose, who is a product of the Junior Sedan division, showed outstanding form to finish second.
Simon Blandford, who had his first drive of a V8 Dirt Modified at this meeting, showed he will be a competitor to watch this season. He started from rear of the field and claimed third position at the finish.
Nick Knott made it a great result for Grafton when he filled a solid fourth placing.
Nick Stubbs was one of the stars of the race. He held down third placing and was making up the distance on the front runners before he hit the fence with seven laps to go while challenging for the lead.
Other main event winners were:
Brock Armstrong (National Four Cylinder Sedans), Chris Polsen (Limited Sedans), Josh Boyd (Junior Sedans) and Jamie Smith (Street Stocks).