Oldfield, Robinson to do battle
By DENNIS NEWLYN LUKE OLDFIELD faces tough opposition when he puts his NSW V8 Dirt Modified Championship on the line tonight at Lismore Speedway.
One of the best fields in recent years has been assembled for the championship and organisers expect at least 30 cars to enter the event.
Oldfield, who is also the Queensland V8 Dirt Modified title holder, will be hoping to improve on his third place in the Australian championship at Warrnambool in Victoria last week.
“It was a good result in the Australian title, so I hope to continue my run of podium finishes this season with another victory in the NSW championship,” Oldfield said yesterday.
Oldfield has been one of the pacesetters in the V8 Dirt Modified events at Lismore Speedway this season and goes into his State title defence a firm favourite.
Meanwhile, the man who finished runner-up in the national championship, Lismore star and former NSW champion Mark Robinson, is keen to atone for the disappointment of leading the national title race before being overtaken by the winner, Victorian Tim Morse, near the end.
It was a bitter-sweet result for Robinson, who is sure to be a strong contender for NSW honours tonight.
Former national champion Scott Cannon has entered the State championship, which will bring together the best V8 Dirt Modified drivers from New South Wales and Queensland.
Six-times Australian champion Stuart Herne is another former NSW title winner who is keen to make up for the disappointment of the Australian championship at Warrnambool after he was sidelined with a blown tyre one lap into the race.
Likewise another Lismore favourite, Andrew Pezzutti, who blew an engine on the first night of the nationals. He also will be hoping for a better run in the State championship.
It sets the scene for one of the most exciting NSW V8 Dirt Modified Championships in recent years.