Modifieds showdown slotted for Warrnambool

THE Sungold Stadium at Warrnambool has been awarded the right to host the 2008 Australian V8 Dirt Modified Championship.

The high-speed Victorian track will host Australia's premier V8 Dirt Modified event over two nights on 2February 115-16.

"I think it will be one of the tougher years," said Tim Morse, a Warrnambool local and defending Australian champion.

"It's the same old story. There are probably 10 cars that can win it. It's going to be very, very tough between the top three or four cars."

Morse will be looking to secure a fifth Australian title. "It will make for a pretty exciting event," he said. "If its hooky and fast you'll be starting where you are going to finish but if it slickens off and gets the top right up on the fence going, which it does some times, it will be good for starting down the back and coming forward.

"They'll get a pretty good car count. It will have the effect where the northern guys want to turn up just so they can say they've raced at Warrnambool. It will be the same as me going up to Parramatta, a big, fast, wide open track."

The heir-apparent to the Australian crown, Queenslander Luke Oldfield, is chomping at the bit to do battle with Morse and go one better than his runner-up finish this year.

"No matter what, I'll be there," said a confident Oldfield, who is looking forward to the challenge of dethroning Morse in his own backyard.

"I'd love to mix it up with him down there on his home soil.

"I'll be giving him a run for his money, that's for sure!"

Organisers expect a field of more than 30 of the nation's best.

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