Scott Cannon in action. Cannon was crowned overall winner of the Mr Modified Series and is among the favourites at Lismore this weekend.
Scott Cannon in action. Cannon was crowned overall winner of the Mr Modified Series and is among the favourites at Lismore this weekend. Tony Powell

Big names ready to rumble in V8 Dirt Modified Masters

FORMER national champions Mark Robinson, Andrew Pezzutti and Scott Cannon have entered this weekend’s V8 Dirt Modified Masters at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway.

Drivers from Queensland have also nominated for the annual blue ribbon event held over two nights, Saturday and Sunday.

The meeting also features the running of the Northern Rivers Legend Car Classic.

There are a number of drivers who are in contention for the modified masters but Cannon is entitled to outright favouritism following his recent success in the three-round Mr Modified Series held jointly with the Trevan Ford Grafton Speedway.

Consistency proved the determining factor as Cannon was well placed in main event competition, highlighted with his round two win at Grafton last month.

“Cannon certainly ran strongly in that particular series and I would think he is probably the man to beat on those performances,” promoter David Lander said.

“But it will not be that clear cut as a number of other drivers cannot be ruled out of calculations.”

One of those competitors is Pezzutti who is a former winner of the modified masters, likewise Robinson is also right there in pre-race calculations and is due for a big showing.

It may well be the masters where the perennial Lismore favourite asserts his authority at the end of the two nights and accepts the winner’s trophy.

Another driver who should not be overlooked is 18-year-old Chris Corbett, who has certainly impressed in his first full season of V8 Dirt Modified competition.

Earlier this month he recorded his maiden feature race success when he took out the third and deciding round of the Mr Modified Series at the Lismore Showground venue.

It was a sensational drive by young Corbett who staved off every challenge thrown at him by the vastly experienced Cannon.

While Cannon emerged the overall winner of the Mr Modified Series it was Corbett who stood out with an overall runner-up finish in the final point standings of the tournament.

A big support programme to the V8 Dirt Modified also will be featured over both nights. Gates open at 3pm and racing starts at 6pm.



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