FIRST-UP WINNER: Mark Robinson in his American Teo Pro car.
FIRST-UP WINNER: Mark Robinson in his American Teo Pro car.

Robinson draws first blood

By ADAM HICKS

McLEANS RIDGES speedway driver Mark Robinson has got the wheels spinning in his new car winning the V8 Dirt Modified 2007/08 season opener at Brisbane International Speedway on the weekend.

In his first race in the American import Teo Pro car, Robinson won the first heat and came third in heat two to qualify second fastest for the feature race.

With the race format reversing the grid order for the six fastest qualifiers, Robinson started in fifth position alongside fastest qualifier, Casino's Steve Wright in sixth position.

An early crash in the 20-lap final took out the two front-runners and made the going slow for Robinson and Wright. Robinson worked his way forward and took the lead before the 10-lap mark and held on for the win but Wright got bogged down by over-lapped cars before finishing third.

"We're extremely happy," Robinson said. "It was a pleasing result after all the work that the crew have put in to get the car on the track.

"Everyone was under the impression that we'd be at the pointy end (front) of the field but as a team we didn't have our hopes up high of winning our first meeting.

"We're still getting used to the car." Robinson said Wright had some bad luck on the night.

"Steve was the fastest qualifier," he said. "He was quick all night. I just got past a couple and he got caught by lapped cars. It's hard to try and put a cap on everything, it all just fell into place for the final."

Although satisfied with the car's performance, Robinson's crew will make a few changes ahead of Lismore Speedway's first race meet on November 4.

"We're going to make some minor suspension changes just to make it go a little quicker," he said.

"Lismore requires a different car setup. You've got to make it a lot stiffer on the right-hand side. Because there is no straight, you are always turning left."



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