Robbo keen for Masters
FORMER national champion Mark Robinson enters this weekend’s V8 Dirt Modified Masters as one of the favourites after his hit-out the previous week driving a smaller Formula 500 racecar.
Robinson, who finished runner-up in last season’s Masters, tried his hand at Formula 500 competition at the Lismore circuit and contested a round of the NSW series in the tiny cars.
Formula 500s look in appearance like a much smaller version of a sprintcar, but possess incredible power-to-weight ratio, typified by Robinson’s lap times that were in the bracket of the bigger and bulkier V8 Dirt Modifieds.
It was an unfamiliar racecar for Robinson who acquitted himself well to the twitchier Formula 500.
“We were doing the same lap times as the Modified and we really started to get the hang of it in the third heat and did the quickest laps of the meeting,” Robinson said. “It was a phone call from Stuart Herne’s ex-car owner Mark Everleigh who has two Formula 500s and there was a vacant seat in one of them and so I took the drive.”
A steering problem forced Robinson out of the 20-lap main event, but not before he turned on a very impressive performance in the Formula 500.
This weekend he returns to familiar territory behind the wheel of his sleek V8 Dirt Modified and enters the Masters title one of the strong pre-race favourites.
Robinson is hoping for similar track conditions tonight and Sunday night for the running of the Masters as the previous weekend.
“The way the track was last weekend, I would say it will be the same again,” he said.
“The track was dry toward the end of the night and two lanes were available for passing.”
It is a big weekend of speedway action at the Lismore Showground venue, with a spectacular fireworks display a highlight of the Sunday night.
Meanwhile, the NSW Dwarf Car Championship and the State title for Compact Speedcars are also programmed.
All children aged 12 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult on both nights.