NUMBER ONE:Mark Robinson, car and trophy after his V8 Dirt Modified national title win in Brisbane on Saturday night.
NUMBER ONE:Mark Robinson, car and trophy after his V8 Dirt Modified national title win in Brisbane on Saturday night.

Robinson follows in steps of his father

By GREG COOMBES

AUSTRALIA has a new national V8 Dirt Modified speedway champion after Lismore driver Mark Robinson triumphed in the 30-lap championship decider in Brisbane on Saturday night.

It was a NSW trifecta with former Australian champion Stuart Herne coming second and Newcastle's Tony Sneddon third.

Robinson's victory was especially sweet, emulating the efforts of his father Steve, who was also a national speedway champion.

Qualifying seventh for the 30-lap feature, Mark Robinson had made his way to second by the 12th lap, using the pole line on a drying track to advance himself.

Soon after he took the lead and, after realising the high line was not there, he drove conservatively to take the title.

"After I saw Tim Morse and others go backwards trying to use the high line, I knew that the bottom was the place to be," Robinson said.

"The front axle broke as I was giving back the chequered flag from the victory lap, so I guess I had my share of luck as well."

Herne had a night he would rather forget on the first qualifying night, forcing him to race in the B Main before starting from 17th in the title race.

"After the first night, I guess we have to be happy with second," he said. "We had to pass about 22 cars but there was still one left."



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