ORGANISERS have received an impressive entry list for the running of the New South Wales V8 Dirt Modified Championship at Lucas Oil Lismore Speedway Easter Saturday and Sunday night.
The two-night title has attracted interstate interest with veteran Victorian Lloyd Hobson leading the southern challenge. There also is a contingent of Queensland drivers heading for Lismore in chase of the championship. Race officials reported yesterday 25 competitors have nominated for the fixture.
Defending titleholder and Lismore regular campaigner Geoff Phillips faces strong opposition headed by current Australian Champion David Clarke.
Queenslander Kevin Britten is one of the pre-meeting favourites. He has shown good form this season and earlier this year he took out the Victorian title at the Rushworth Speedway.
Britten, a Queensland and NSW Champion, will be a strong contender and if he scores good points from the heats he could prove hard to run down in the main event.
Promoter David Lander says the entry list contains quantity and quality.
“With some of the best drivers in the country entered, there’s no doubt this year’s championship will be a tough affair.
“With our race format, the leading point scorers from the heats will start from the front of the field which means the opening laps will be extremely fast as the top men set the pace with a clear track ahead of them.”
The opening night will feature two rounds of heats and twin-15 lap features.
Points will carry over to the second and final night when two more heat rounds will be contested, a B-Main (if required) to determine the field for the 35-lap final.
Three times Australian Champion and Lismore star of many seasons Mark Robinson has entered, while two times National Champion Andrew Pezzutti also will be one of the drivers to beat. Meanwhile the meeting is important for the Modlites and Classics division with drivers battling for honours in the Northern Rivers Championship. Other support race car categories are also programmed for the two nights.
Gates open at 3 first race 5.30PM.
Words: Dennis Newlyn.
Photo: Tony Powell.