Jolly expects a frosty reception
By DENNIS NEWLYN firstname.lastname@example.org FORMER Australian Champion Jason Jolly hopes to make up lost points when he contests the next round of the Queensland Modified Production Series tonight at Lismore Speedway.
Jolly is yet to a turn a wheel in competition this season and is looking forward to getting back on the track. However he is well aware there will be a hostile welcoming committee awaiting his return among the 33 nominations for the series round.
"There will be some pretty tough competition, so it won't be easy to win first up," he admitted.
The series, held throughout south-eastern Queensland and New South Wales, is already underway and will be held over a total of six rounds.
The entry list is headed by current Australian Champion Todd Doyle and former national titleholder Greg Worling.
Jolly hopes the work carried out on his late model VY Commodore during the off-season will pay dividends in the 30-lap main event.
The car was completely rebuilt and modifications were made to the suspension set-up on the car.
"We made some changes in the off-season after already doing some work on the car at the end of last season," Jolly explained.
Jolly has checked out his Commodore in testing and is happy with the alterations carried out.
"The car feels a lot better and is easier to drive," he explained.
Lismore Speedway holds special significance for Jolly. In 2000 he took out the Australian Modified Production Championship at the venue, while he is also a NSW titleholder.
Thirty year-old Jolly has been racing speedway sedans since he was 19 and is one of the most experienced drivers on the east coast in the Modified Production Sedan ranks. The Holden Commodore he currently drives is a far cry from the TE Ford Cortina he drove at the start of his career in 1996.
A VS Holden Commodore followed later as he began making a name for himself in the ranks.
Meanwhile, sprintcars make their first appearance of the 2007-2008 season at Lismore Speedway this Saturday night.
The line-up is headed by Sydney stars Sam Walsh and the little lady with the heavy right foot, Kelly Linigen. Street stocks are also programmed.