V8s on a road trip
By SHAWN MORTIMER
A contingent of Summerland V8 Dirt Modified drivers heads to Sydney this Saturday night for the first major blue ribbon event of the metropolitan season.
Lismore's Mark Robinson heads the local nominations, which include Mick Santin, Paul Booker and Phil McNamara.
Robinson, fresh from a flag-to-flag victory in Brisbane at the weekend, is looking forward to the season's first major hit out and is ready to take on the best southern NSW and Victoria has to offer.
"Add to that the Lismore guys, and we should have a very tough night of racing," Robinson said.
Robinson's Valvoline No9 entry has newfound reliability following a season that was dogged by engine failure, robbing the young gun of a strong showing in most of the country's major events.
"So far this season we have enjoyed three podium finishes from three starts, so our confidence is building," the 26-year-old said.
Parramatta is one of Robinson's favourite venues and he is looking forward to unleashing the 600h/p plus on the wide open straights.
"We've had some good 'burns' at Parramatta," he said.
"And I expect no less this time around considering the strength of the nominations."
Among those nominated are current Australian champion, South Australia's Tim Morse, and former National title-holders Scott Cannon and Stuart Herne.
Other notable entries have been received from NSW champ Kevin Hopwood and Queensland's Luke Oldfield.
With the 2005 Australian Championships scheduled for the Brisbane International Speedway over the New Year holiday period, drivers are anxious to get in as many shows as possible prior to the early season title.
Robinson is considered one of the early favourites.