TRAVELLING MAN MILTHORPE WILL RACE AT CASTROL EDGE LISMORE SPEEDWAY
BY DENNIS NEWLYN
VICTORIAN Steve Milthorpe, who will contest the NSW Championship and Mr Modified Series Grand Final in the Friday and Saturday night (January 26, 27) Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway double header, is one of the most travelled drivers in Australia.
Wherever there is a major event for his beloved V8 Dirt Modifieds, there’s every chance Steve Milthorpe will be there.
Last year he travelled north east across this side of Australia to contest the National Championship at the Rockhampton Speedway. He also didn’t miss an opportunity on his return journey to call into Maryborough Speedway where he took out the Queensland title.
Milthorpe also finished runner-up in the national Five Star series and was placed third in the 2016-17 season West Australian V8 Dirt Modified Championship in addition to a seventh placing in the 2017 Australian title (Rockhampton).
It’s a busy national schedule that now sees him stop off at Lismore. Milthorpe is not new to the tight confines of the Lismore Showground Speedway bull ring and says he likes the circuit.
“It is certainly a testing circuit, but a good circuit.”
Milthorpe will do plenty of laps at the Lismore venue this coming Friday and Saturday nights with a gruelling race format put in place by officials.
There will be a total of nine heats to accommodate the 31 drivers entered as the preliminary races play a part in determining the field for Friday night’s NSW Championship final to be run over a distance of 35 laps. The top 16 drivers from the heats will be seeded through to the final while the first four across the line in the B Main will fill the final two rows on the starting grid for the state title.
Then Saturday night it’s six heats over two rounds and a B-Main also is included as the prelude to the tough 45-lap Mr Modified Series main event.
Race officials are delighted with the starting line-up as both nights will see thirty-plus V8 Dirt Modifieds on hand.
The time-honoured NSW V8 Dirt Modified Championship has provided some great races in the past and there is every indication the 2018 edition will maintain the high standard of competition that is a part of title history.
There are plenty of incentives for the drivers to perform well, with good sponsorship support. Track naming rights backer Castrol Edge is the major sponsor for the state title, while local company Hernes Freight Service will sponsor Saturday night’s Mr Modified Series final. A highlight of this weekend’s speedway fixture will be the massive fireworks display as part of the Australia Day celebrations.