On the Wright track for season opener
LISMORE V8 Dirt Modified star Steve Wright hopes to pick up where he left off last season when he contests the Lord Mayor's Cup at the Lismore Speedway season opener tonight. Wright is one of the race favourites for the 30-lap feature following an outstanding 2006-2007 season. Two weeks ago in Brisbane he was top scorer against the likes of Stuart Herne and Mark Robinson in a warm-up to the Lismore spectacular. The quiet, unassuming 44-year-old father of two says he would be happy with just a top-five finish in the Lord Mayor's Cup, but keen judges are tipping a higher podium finish. He was the dominant force in the Mr Modified Series last season, winning two of the three rounds and also taking the honours in the Lismore A-grade title and the Summerland V8 Dirt Modified club championship. Consistently "To repeat that would be really good," Wright said yesterday. "But that would only happen if everything falls into place and we run consistently throughout the season."
He is the first to admit that his task won't be easy, 'especially with Herne and Robinson in the field which is good for me because you can only run as fast as your opposition allows'.
Herne and Robinson have seven Australian V8 Dirt Modified championships between them and again look set to be two of the stars in East Coast V8 Dirt Modified racing this season. Wright has prepared well for 2007-2008 and has a new Sport factory-built Chevy engine in the chassis rails of his Modified racecar.
Wright is a privateer in speedway. "The whole team is a family deal," he said. "We run on a small budget and to finish in the top five any time is really rewarding." His pit crew comprises his wife Marlene and sons Harley, 16, and Tash, 15, plus another pit crew member he calls Woodsie. He has two major sponsors Crimsafe and J and F Betta Electrical at Casino.
Wright entered speedway after previously racing motorcycles. When he quit motorcycle racing he remained on the motor sport sidelines for a number of years before he was offered a speedway drive in an AMCA sedan.
That was all he needed to get hooked on speedway oval track racing. He then progressed to the sportsman class as prelude to the V8 Dirt Modifieds.
Gates open at 4pm today with racing from 7pm.