BY DENNIS NEWLYN
THE Boxing Day wash out at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway has resulted in a reshuffle of dates for the Mr Modified series.
The December 26 fixture was scheduled to be the opening round of the annual series however that meeting will now be transferred to January 6 for the first of two scheduled rounds to decide the annual tournament for V8 Dirt Modifieds.
Promoter David Lander is working the calendar to determine when he can run the final and deciding round.
The only viable date during the January high time of the season will be Saturday, January 27, which was set in place at the start of the season as a race night for V8 Dirt Modifieds.
The event was originally intended to be the running of the Summer Classic, however Lander has indicated the Summer Classic event will now become round two of the Mr Modified series.
“That in all probability will be how the calendar now looks after the December 26 washed out meeting,” David explained.
“I am also looking at that Australia Day long weekend and moving the date of the annual 100 lap Australian Wingless Sprint Grand Prix.”
The annual Boxing Night spectacular was hit by late afternoon rain after clear skies for most of the day. A rain cell, that had hovered off Grafton for most of the day and appeared destined to head out to sea, changed direction mid afternoon and swept across Lismore early evening as the inclement weather brought with it heavy rain.
It was a bitter blow as the first round of the Mr Modified series was expected to be one of the best in the event’s more recent history. Race officials received an entry list of over 30 cars with almost all of the big names on hand for the annual opening round. The defending Mr Modified Champion is Andrew Pezzutti.
Meanwhile, Lander also has added a couple of family entertainment attractions to his Lismore season schedule.
The spectacular flame-throwing jet car will make an appearance at the Lismore Showground Speedway venue on March 17, while the FMX high flying bikes will do their stunts on March 3 which will also feature a round of the Diamond Air Speedcar Super series.
A highlight of the congested January fixture scheduled will be the $2000-to-win Demolition Derby at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway on January 13.
It is one of the biggest paying demolition derbies ever held in Australian speedway history and entries are still being accepted for the event.