HOLLYWOOD could not have scripted a better fairytale ending after Ian Brims took out the Super Sedan feature race at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway on his retirement night, February 27.
His final drive is the one everyone in attendance at the venue will remember after Brims, 72, earlier declared it was time to hang up the helmet.
He went out the best way possible . . . he went out in style . . . he went out a winner . . . he went out a champion on and off the track!
It was round ten of the McCosker Super Sedan Series, but for once that really did not take precedence when the emotion of the night overflowed as Brims took centre stage on the presentation dais to officially call time.
“I wanted to finish my career at Lismore because that's where I had my first race,” Ian said.
“I was happy, sad, elated and just so excited to finish my last race with a victory. It was sad in one way because I have always enjoyed speedway but I had to make a decision to retire.”
It all started for Ian Brims at the Lismore Showground venue in the 1985-86 season and during his three decade-plus career he has won national and state titles in different sedan categories.
A highlight of the round ten 30-lap feature race was the battle for the lead in the latter half of the event between Brims and Sean Black. They swapped the front running before Ian ultimately staked his claim for victory when he again hit the lead with only several laps remaining.
Initially it was Black who led from Matt Pascoe. As the race settled down further back in the field Trent Wilson was right on the tail of Darren Kane as Roza and Hayden Brims battled for positions.
It was not a good night for Kane who withdrew after 11 laps because the car was “bottoming out and shovelling up dirt” while another pre-race favourite Mick Nicola ended his night early after three laps.
Ian Brims was later on the charge as he reached second spot after half distance. It was later when the battle at the head of the field unfolded as Brims got to the lead before Black came back again. With such an important race on the line, Brims hit back and returned to the lead which he held to the finish to record a very well deserved and emotional victory. Roza turned in a good drive to ultimately finish second while Black was third.
The top ten were rounded out by: Matt Pascoe, Steve Jordan, Zac Pascoe, Trent Wilson, Hayden Brims, Dion Bennett and Josh McLaren.
Nine cars finished on the same lap, indicative of the intense competition the Super Sedans provided on the tight Lismore bull ring. Black set the fastest lap during the feature race with a time of 14.725 seconds for a speed of 97.793 km/h.
Matt Pascoe and Sean Black recorded two heat wins, while other heat winners were Kane and Roza.
Other main event victors were: Zac Brimms (Junior Sedans), Jordan Biviano (Production Sedans), Luke Gray (Street Stocks) and Jacob Jolley (Wingless Sprintcars).
The action continues next Saturday night (March 6) at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway with the running of the annual Production Sedan East Coast Grand National the race card highlight – DENNIS NEWLYN.