MODIFIED ROOKIE: Seventeen-year-old Alan Jarvis and his V8 Dirt Modified.
MODIFIED ROOKIE: Seventeen-year-old Alan Jarvis and his V8 Dirt Modified.

Speedway fires up for season opener

By BRUCE MAXWELL

BARTERCARD Lismore Speedway fires up tonight with nine divisions in action to get the season under way.

To cater for the big program, racing will start at 5pm, with the gates opening at 3pm.

For the open-wheel fans, the big- bangers lead the charge in the T and F Welding and Abrasives Supplies V8 Dirt Modified feature.

Backing them up is the AMCA division.

For the tin-top fans there will be plenty of sedan car action with productions, streeters, stockers, club sedans and four-cylinders along with the wheel-banging stock rods from over the border.

In the V8 Dirt Modifieds, the new kid on the block is Mullumbimby's former junior racer Alan Jarvis.

Jarvis, 17, will join 18-year-old Luke Oldfield, who has a season under his belt and, compared with Jarvis, is almost a veteran.

Oldfield earned his spurs last season by taking on the established stars and beating them.

Jarvis is stepping up from the relatively safe confines of a four-cylinder sedan with 80-horsepower to a fire-breathing open-wheel 600-horsepower beast.

His debut was put on hold at Grafton last week when he snapped an axle in the 'hot laps'.

Veteran driver Mick Santin kept a cool head in the slick conditions to win the feature with Steve Wright snapping at his heels to finish a close second.

Oldfield had to do it tough, starting from the rear when he spun on a slick track and had to work his way back through the field.

He still finished a strong third.

While the field was down on numbers last week, this week the 'young guns' will take on some of the toughest Modified drivers in Australia ? Robinson, Klarich, Santin, Eggins and Wright, among others.

While Jarvis will be happy enough to make an incident-free start to his season in Lismore, Oldfield will gunning for a feature race win.

Add a little more spice, the NSW Modified contingent will line up against four Queenslanders.

The 'old dogs' will take on the 'pups' as New South Wales takes on Queensland ? a mix that is sure to provide some very exciting racing.



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