CANNON SET FOR BLAST OFF IN MR MODIFIED SERIES
BY DENNIS NEWLYN
FORMER National Champion Scott Cannon, who will contest this season’s Mr Modified series commencing December 26 at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway, is hoping for a repeat result of 2016.
Cannon will chase vital opening round points in his bid to regain the series title he won after a dominating performance at the Lismore venue almost two years ago on January 9, 2016.
Cannon’s consistency during the 2015-16 season Mr Modified Series earned him the win after he filled the runner-up position in the feature race deciding final to career-first main event winner that night Chris Corbett.
Two years on Cannon is setting himself for a major assault on the tournament as he attempts to win back the crown from 2017 titleholder Andrew Pezzutti.
“It won’t be easy, that’s for sure,” Cannon said.
“There is a very good line up of cars and drivers and any number of drivers who have entered have a winning chance. It will be a tough Mr Modified series this season.”
The opening round feature race on Boxing Night will be a demanding contest in its own right. Drivers will race the marathon distance of 45 laps in the main event without a pit stop.
Qualifying heats will determine the top 16 point scorers who will automatically transfer into the main event which carries the major first round points for the night.
The remaining four positions in the feature race field will be filled by the first four finishers in the B-Main.
Pezzutti is the form driver after he won the V8 Dirt Modified Lord Mayor’s Cup at the Lismore Showground season opener back on November 4.
There is added spice with the return to action of former three times Australian V8 Dirt Modified Champion Mark Robinson after he took a year off from racing.
Robinson has put the down time to good use and is adding the finishing touches to a brand new American Troyer factory built V8 Dirt Modified he will race on December 26.
“I am looking forward to getting back into the racing scene again,” Robinson said yesterday.
The Wingless Sprintcars also will contest another round of the Lismore Workers’ Club Driver to America series.
It is a congested leader board going into the next round as only eighty points separates the top three in the current standings. Trent Martin (280 points) leads from Mason Cattell (205) and Michael Butcher (200).
Racing for Street Stocks, Junior Sedans, Modified Sedans and Production Sedans also will be held. Gates open on December 26 at 3PM and racing commences at 6.