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Bolstered by a supportive home crowd at Grafton Speedway recently, Andrew Firth delivered an impressive drive in the V8 Dirt Modifieds Christmas Cup to claim top honours on home soil for the second time this season.

After claiming a pleasing feature-race win at the Grafton track back in October, his third since joining the class, Firth’s recent victory was made even more special by the stout field of fellow competitors that he was up against.

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Photo: Tony Powell Speedway Photos

Getting his night off to the best possible start, the pilot of the NSW # 51 Penrite supported 358-powered Bicknell car was the first to greet the chequered flag in his opening heat race, going on to place third in heat-race two. From there, Firth managed to edge out former Australian Champion and fellow local Jai Stephenson in the dash to come home first in what was the highlight of his night, after lining up on the outside and being forced to drive around his rival to earn the pole position feature-race start.

Making the best of his start, Firth powered forward to an early lead and from there was unable to be reeled in, crossing the finish line in a clear first place in front of his supportive family and sponsors.

“I was very pleased to have come away with another win at Grafton Speedway, particularly having gone up against drivers the calibre of Jai (Stephenson),” enthused the ambassador for the team’s major sponsor Penrite, who is also the major sponsor of the Grafton Speedway track through his business Hession’s Auto Parts.

“There were a lot of my family members at the track who haven’t seen me race before, not to mention a lot of local sponsors, so it was a great feeling to have been able to achieve such a great result for them all.”

Firth’s teammate Nick Knott is still adjusting to his new car, the ex-Scott Cannon Bicknell, in which he continues to build up his confidence each time he hits the track.

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Firth and Knott’s next outing will be a doubleheader at Lismore Speedway over the Australia Day long weekend (January 26-27) for the NSW Title and the second and final Mr Modified Series round. Later in the season, they will also be contesting the Australian Title at Moama’s Heartland Raceway on March 3, followed by the Victorian Title, also at Heartland Raceway, a fortnight later (March 17), with their cars being based at Firth’s parent’s house in Temora, NSW.

Firth Motorsport would like to thank their 2017-18 season sponsors: Penrite, Grafton City Batteries, Gorton's Storage & Industrial Sheds, Hession’s Auto Parts, Big River Pizza, North Coast Engines, Bent Street Windscreens, and Cleavers Mechanical Repairs.

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