ROBINSON’S SUCCESSFUL TRACK TESTING SESSION
BY DENNIS NEWLYN
FORMER national V8 Dirt Modified champion Mark Robinson has put his new American factory built Troyer car through an exhausting track testing session in preparation for his Boxing Night return to racing at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway.
One of his main concerns was “bedding in” the braking system on the car and suspension settings.
After his initial hit out he then made some adjustments and concentrated on the car’s suspension set-up in the second session.
Next time out on the track he looked smooth and was back on the pace after a year out of the sport. He is quietly confident of a good showing first up when he contests the opening round of the Mr Modified Series.
“We needed to check out a few things with the new car and the only way to do that was putting down some laps,” Robinson said.
“We are happy with the car after putting it through its paces and it is good to be back behind the wheel after a year off.”
Mark admitted he just needed to take time out from the year-in-year out racing schedule he has maintained for two decades. The new car was fast and it augurs well for his comeback.
He will face an imposting line-up as race officials have received over 30 entries for the annual Mr Modified series.
This season’s tournament promises to be one of the best in more recent history as Andrew Pezzutti puts his title on the line over the two rounds. The second and deciding round will be held at the Lismore venue on January 6.
In addition to Pezzutti, another former Australian titleholder, Scott Cannon, who won the 2016 Mr Modified series, also is in the starting line-up.
The format for the first round will be gruelling, culminating with a 45 lap main event, run as a straight through race without a pit stop.
All drivers will contest two heats with an inversion starting position order applying 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.
The annual Boxing Night fixture heralds the busiest time of the season at the Lismore Showground Speedway venue.
A hectic schedule in January will follow. One of the highlights will be January 13 when a $2000-to-win demolition derby will be held, making it one of the most lucrative crash and bash affairs ever held in Australian speedway. Entries are still open for the big money event.