FIRTH IN WINNING FORM HEADING TO CASTROL EDGE LISMORE SPEEDWAY
BY DENNIS NEWLYN
ANDREW Firth enters this Saturday night’s (January 6) opening round of the Mr Modified Series at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway with a winning advantage over his opposition.
He comes to the Showground venue fresh from success at Hession’s Auto Parts Grafton Speedway as a last start main event winner in the 30-lap V8 Dirt Modified Christmas Cup on December 30.
He absolutely dominated that race and led throughout the gruelling event after he also won some preliminary events earlier in the night.
He is clearly the form driver but it still does not make his task any easier at Lismore this weekend as he will face a very strong entry list.
Race officials have received over 30 entries for the first round of the annual Mr Modified series and there are some heavy hitters who have nominated.
Interest focuses on the return to racing after a year on the sidelines of former three times Australian Champion Mark Robinson.
He was originally scheduled to make his comeback at the washed-out Boxing Day fixture, however the extra time has given Robinson the opportunity to again go over and check the car in preparation for the first round.
He looked sharp in a practice session a few days before Boxing Day and is quietly confident of a good showing.
“It was good to get back behind the wheel and put down some laps,” Robinson said after the shakedown run.
Lismore promoter David Lander has high expectations for the 2018 Mr Modified Series which will be held over two rounds.
“We certainly have a very strong line-up of cars and almost all of the big names have entered,” David said.
“It was very unfortunate we copped the wash out on Boxing Day and that has resulted in a reshuffle of the original Mr Modified series schedule. The final and deciding round will now be held on January 27.”
Meanwhile David is well advanced with his plans to host one of the biggest paying demolition derbies ever presented in Australian Speedway history when the bash and crash affair is held at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway on January 13.
The winner pockets $2000, while the driver judged most spectacular will pick up a cool $500.
Entries are still being accepted and more information can be found at www.lismorespeedway.com.au or by phoning the Lismore Speedway office 66212733 during business hours Monday to Friday.