DRIVERS FACE TOUGH MR MODIFIED SERIES OPENING ROUND
BY DENNIS NEWLYN
FORTY-FIVE LAPS represents a gruelling contest for drivers competing in the opening round Mr Modified series main event at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway, Saturday night, January 6.
It will be the longest race of the season for the V8 Dirt Modifieds and will be run straight through without a pit stop. Tyre wear and driver fatigue also will come into consideration. Weather conditions on the day will certainly play a role in the marathon both on driver and car. Under hot conditions, the track also will become slick, particularly on the low line, and this well determine the suspension and tyre combinations used by crews for the long-distance event.
It all adds to the ingredients of what on paper looks set to be one of the toughest races in the history of the annual Mr Modified series.
Race officials have received over 30 entries headed by defending titleholder Andrew Pezzutti.
Scott Cannon, who won the series in 2016, also will compete. Former three times Australian Champion Mark Robinson makes his anticipated return, adding further interest to the event.
“This series always produces good racing and this year will not be the exception. It is also going to be important for the drivers to get good results from the heats which determine the top qualifiers into the final and their favourable starting positions,” promoter David Lander said.
All drivers will contest two heats, with each heat run over a ten lap distance, and an inversion starting position order applies for the second heat.
It is anticipated the top 16 scorers will automatically qualify for the final while the top four finishers from a 15 lap B-main will fill positions 17 though 20 in the field.
With over 30 cars entered it seems inevitable a B Main will be required to finalise the 20 car starting field. The highest point scorer from the heats will draw for either position eight or ten inversion in the main event.
It is also an important night for Wingless Sprintcar drivers chasing points in the Lismore Workers Club sponsored Driver to America series.
While a few of the opening rounds have been hampered by inclement weather, this month looms as one of the most important in the series.
Good performances throughout January will certainly result in a potential major reshuffle of the point standings among the top contenders.
There will be support categories to the V8 Dirt Modifieds and Wingless Sprints. All children under 12 will be admitted free. Gates open at 3PM and racing commences at 6.