Masters title fight at Lismore Speedway
FORMER Australian Champion Andrew Pezzutti will defend his Modified Masters crown at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway this Saturday night.
Pezzutti raced to an impressive victory last year as he charged through the field from his position eight starting spot and will be looking for a repeat performance.
However, he faces some strong opposition after officials received an impressive entry list for the 2017 Masters headed by five times Australian Champion Tim Morse.
Morse has been the mover and shaker in his comeback to V8 Dirt Modified racing and is a winner already this season at Lismore.
Brent Hall, Phil McNamara, Ray Eggins, Trent Schofield and Andrew Firth are drivers entered who know the fastest way around the Lismore Showground and are contenders.
"It won't be an easy night for me chasing another Masters win,” Pezzutti said.
"There are plenty of good cars and drivers entered, but I will give it my best shot and I am certainly looking forward to the challenge.”
Morse has been the red hot performer this season driving for Queensland owner Andrew Shilleto.
He hit the ground full of running in his comeback to V8 Dirt Modified racing late last year and took out the Lord Mayor's Cup at the Lismore Speedway November opener.
Morse had not raced in the V8 Dirt Modified class for eight years after he did a Sprintcar racing stint.
Lismore Promoter David Lander is happy with the entries he has received for the 2017 Modified Masters.
"It's a very good field and there are quite a few chances. Again the earlier heats will play an important role in determining the starting positions in the final. It will certainly be a keenly contested race in keeping with what this event has produced in previous years,” Lander said.
A full support programme with racing for AMCA Nationals Sedans, Four Cylinder Sedans, Junior Sedans, Production Sedans and Wingless Sprints also will be featured.
Mick Santin is the current leader in the Lismore Workers' Club-Queensland Speedway Spares Wingless Sprintcar Driver to America season premiership.
Santin's overall performances last weekend consolidated his position at the top of the point standings and he enjoys a 20 point advantage over Kevin Willis.
With a number of rounds remaining in this season's series, the tournament is wide open.
Gates open on Saturday at 3pm and racing commences at 6pm.