MATT’S CLASSIC WIN
Calculated drive does the trick in super sedan feature
MATT Pascoe took out the 40-lap Trevan Ford Super Sedan Classic at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway on Saturday night.
Pascoe, who started from the third row of the grid, drove a calculated race as he took the chequered flag ahead of the father-and-son combination of runner-up Wayne Randall and third-placegetter Justin Randall.
The race, watched by a big crowd, was relatively incident free except for one interruption to the green light action in the second half of the event.
After Kyall Fisher led early, Lismore comeback driver Tania Smith impressed as she bolted to the front.
Smith ran strongly and controlled the race well. Former super sedan national champion Steve Jordan wasn’t far behind while Shayne Lau was within range of the top three runners.
Interest also focused on Wayne Randall as he made his way through from the back of the field.
Ian Brims, one of the fancied contenders, spun to the infield after 12 laps and withdrew from the event.
Smith began to lap cars around half distance as Pascoe emerged from the pack and loomed as her strongest challenger.
Pascoe charged to the front as Justin Randall later got underneath Smith and moved into second position.
Lau spun with 11 laps to go as the action slowed momentarily.
Meanwhile, early leader Fisher was passed by several cars and relegated back in the field.
Wayne Randall was on the move as he got around the outside of a tiring Smith in the closing stages.
After an absence from the testing Lismore track of several years, Smith was competitive and ultimately finished a deserving fourth.
In the closing stages the two Randalls battled side-by-side for the minor placings before Wayne got the upper hand over his son to clinch the runner-up spot.
Jordan crossed the line fifth and Fisher sixth.
The top six placegetters finished on the same lap and Pascoe’s average winning speed for the 40-lap distance was a slick 98.705 km/h.
Super sedan heat wins went to Justin Randall, Pascoe, Smith, Fisher and Jordan.
The other main event winners were David Eggins (wingless sprintcars), Mark Quirk (production sedans), Shane Carlson (street stocks) and Brock Youngberry (junior sedans).
The $2000-to-win Demolition Derby was taken out by Ray Whitton.
The speedway action will continue at Lismore Speedway this Saturday night with a 40-lap main event for production sedans.
WHEEL TO WHEEL: Justin Randall has the advantage over his father Wayne Randall at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway on Saturday night. But the old bloke turned the tables to finish second, with his son third.
PLACE TO BE: Super sedan feature race winner Matt Pascoe, left, on the podium with second and third placegetters Wayne Randall, centre, and Justin Randall.