IN a game of tactics that got down to only a few cars in contention, Rowan Hewitt eliminated the remaining opposition and walked away with the 2019 Australian Demolition Derby Championship at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway Saturday night, May 4.
He plotted his course of destruction carefully and one-by-one picked off the opposition until his entry was the last car running.
Car was bruised and battered and hardly road worthy but it was certainly worthy enough of the top prize and the $2,500 winner's cheque in one of the richest demo derbies ever held in Australian speedway.
It was a great way to bring down the curtain on another very successful season of speedway racing at the Lismore Showground under the promotion of David Lander.
A good crowd was on hand to see out the six months of racing.
Lander was “very pleased” with the standard of competition the track is renowned for in past decades and produced that trademark quality yet again during the 2018-19 racing term which commenced in November, 2018.
“We have had some great main events from many of our regular divisions and our Golden Anniversary season has certainly gone over well,” Lander said.
“The Demolition Derby also was an exciting spectacle and a good way to end our season as the people really enjoyed the event. We will now take a break for a while after a long season but, rest assured, the tradition of Lismore Speedway with its wonderful history will continue again next season.”
The Australian Demolition Derby Championship was supported with racing for AMCA Nationals, Compact Speedcars, Junior Sedans, National Four Cylinder Sedans, Production Sedans, SP Sedans and Street Stocks.
The Production Sedan main event was an exciting race as Mark Quirk took the win over Nathan Gordon and Aaron Hall.
Interest in the race focused on the battle for the minor placings between Matthew Layton, who ultimately was placed fourth, Gordon and Hall which raged for most of the 15-lap distance. But the driver they all had to beat was Quirk who took full advantage of his upfront starting position and maintained his spot at the head of the field.
Meanwhile, Josh Boyd continued his successful winning run in the Junior Sedan division when he took out the 20 lap Junior Sedan main event. Boyd has enjoyed a strong Lismore season and capped it off with a deserving victory.
Boyd was forced to pass some cars for the win after ultimate runner-up Hayden Brimms, third-placed Ryley Smith and fourth placegetter Zac Brimms had control of the race at the front of the field.
There was a race stoppage with 11 laps remaining and soon after Boyd asserted his authority and drove to a well deserved victory.
Tim Gamble was a decisive winner of the 30-lap AMCA Nationals feature race. The race in the latter stages got down to a battle between Thomas Vickery and Gamble for the win.
Vickery was forced to settle for second in the final placings while Paul Reeves was third.
Other main events were taken out by Robbie Stewart (Compact Speedcars), Dave Mortimer (SP Sedans) and Luke Grey (Street Stocks).
The SP Sedans also contested a B-Main feature race which was won by Rachel Hawkins.
The final meeting of the season was attended by Mayor of Lismore Isaac Smith and his wife Denyse.
(Article by Dennis Newlyn).
Caption: Rowan Hewitt pictured after his win in the 2019 Australian Demolition Derby Championship. Photo: Tony Powell.