Pascoe settles for second after impressive defense.
Pascoe settles for second after impressive defense. Sasha Beeston

Pascoe settles for second

IT TOOK a two-time Australian champion racing on his home track to defeat Ipswich's Matt Pascoe at the V8 Dirt Modified Australian Championships on Saturday night.

Pascoe finished second in the race at the Lismore Speedway.

But the North Ipswich-raised driver led the field for several laps until a crash brought out the safety car and traffic backed up.

Defending title holder Peter Britten was in second place and was able to negotiate the mess of cars better to overtake Pascoe and claim his third V8 Dirt Modified Australian Championship.

But Pascoe was happy with his second placing.

“Peter practises on that track three times a week so it was always going to be hard to beat him,” Pascoe said.

“To get second and actually lead the race for six or eight laps was good for me. I only finished a car-length behind as well so I was happy with that.

“It was a slippery surface which is what Peter races on all the time.”

But there is no bad blood between Pascoe and the man who defeated him.

“I'm actually borrowing his car for my next race. We're good mates,” Pascoe said.

Pascoe's next race will be a charity event in Toowoomba with all profits assisting the victims of the January 12 flood which devastated the city.

The race was organised in just seven days and will feature V8 Dirt Modified and Super Sedan vehicles.

“Hopefully a lot of people come along to support it and we can raise a lot of money for those who lost everything,” Pascoe said.

Pascoe will not contest another professional race until March.



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