Robbo home at Parra
HEADING into the second round of the Summer Slam V8 Dirt Modified Series at Tyrepower Parramatta City Raceway (TPCR) on Saturday night, Lismore's Mark Robinson was confident of victory, and that was exactly what he got as he continued his successful run at the TPCR venue.
After battling tooth and nail with arch rival, fellow Northern Rivers racer, Stuart Herne, throughout the latter stages of the feature race, Robinson was able to move into the lead in the closing stages of the 25-lap event and went on to score a commanding victory, despite the loss of brakes.
For Robinson this was his first round victory in the Summer Slam Series, and this has seen him move into the top three of the point standings after two completed rounds.
Although the night ended in success, it didn't start that way when Robinson in the opening heat race he made contact with another competitor, and this caused damage to his left hand shock absorber and as a result he finished well down the order in ninth place.
In the following heat race, Robinson started off the front row and made the most of the opportunity by taking a strong victory, and this set him up in good stead for the feature race.
Due to his dramas in the opening heat race, Robinson started the feature race from position seven, but within the opening five laps the former Australian Champion had moved into podium contention, before he charged his way to the head of the field.
"We certainly didn't earn victory the easy way, as we had to fight for it all the way, as even when I moved into the lead I had to contend with the loss of my brakes," Robinson said
"I was pretty sure Stuart (Herne) would be there on my tail once I got passed him for the lead, so I had to play it safe.
"I knew that if I didn't make any errors then victory was going to be mine.
"My first round victory in the Summer Slam Series has taken longer than I would have liked.
"Hopefully now we have my first out of the way we can focus on more success, and that also includes taking out the overall series."
Robinson will return to his home track at the Lismore Speedway on Boxing Night for his next event for the running of the Mr. Modified event, while the third round of the Summer Slam Series is to be held at Warrnambool's Premier Speedway Victoria on Saturday night, January 12.