Robbo one event away from victory

LOCAL star Mark Robinson is only one main event away from clinching the Roosters Cup V8 Dirt Modified series entering a big Easter weekend of racing at Lismore Speedway tonight and tomorrow night.

In addition to the Roosters Cup grand final, the RSA Australian Street Stocker Championship will be decided.

Robinson has dominated the four-round Roosters Cup this season and enters the grand final with a comfortable 812-point lead over nearest rival David Clark.

He already has one hand on the trophy but there is still plenty of work to do to clinch it.

The final round offers double points, which not only keeps the series alive but means Robinson needs to again be a strong front-runner.

“As always the opposition will be tough at Lismore and we’ll still have to be on our game and be at our best,” he said yesterday.

Race officials have received 23 nominations for the two-night Roosters Cup showdown. The impressive list of nominations includes NSW V8 Dirt Modified champion Matt Pascoe, who will drive the Ray Klarich-owned Bicknell chassis car.

Pascoe is better known for his performances in super sedans, highlighted this season by his outstanding victory in the 10-round National Super Sedan Series.

His recent return to the V8 Dirt Modified ranks continues his long-time involvement with the division – he was a regular in the class earlier in his career before he moved into sedans.

Scott Cannon, Tony Sneddon, Trevor Blanch and Matt Ferry form a four-strong Newcastle/Sydney contingent in what promises to be an exciting two nights of V8 Dirt Modified racing.

The racing format for the Roosters Cup sees each driver contesting two heat races and one of two 15-lap mini features tonight, then tomorrow night will include one heat per car, a B-Main (if required) and a 30-lap championship deciding feature event.

Meanwhile, Brett Mitchell puts his title on the line when he defends his Restricted Sedan Association (RSA) Australian Street Stocker Championship over the two nights.

There are more than 40 entries, including an impressive Sydney contingent.

Qualifying heats will be held tonight, building toward the Australian championship decider tomorrow night.

Lismore regulars Warren Dhu and Scott Quirk will spearhead the local assault on the national title.

Lismore Speedway promoter David Lander continues his policy of all children aged 12 and under being admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult.

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