Mick at full throttle
POTTSVILLE speedway driver Mick Sauer admits he would sometimes rather be in the crowd than racing at Lucas Oil Lismore Speedway.
However, the 31-year-old will be going full throttle in an attempt to take out the final round of the V8 Dirt Modifieds Mr Modified Series at Lismore on Monday night.
"You have to love Lismore, it's like a little bull ring," Sauer said.
"Half the time I'd rather be in the crowd up close to the action and watching the wheels get up in the air."
Sauer will race with a revolutionary new engine design after he topped the pointscore with it in an event at Parramatta in Sydney last weekend.
With the help of local engine builder Wes Suffolk, Sauer will run a 360 cubicV8 Chevy that has a varied cylinder firing order to the standard V8 racing engine.
He believes it's necessary to have the latest equipment to win events like the Mr Modified Series.
"It is the result of an idea Wes had probably five or six years ago and just slowly developed the concept to maximise horsepower," Sauer said.
"It has a good 100 more horsepower than my previous engine.
"If you don't have the power you'll get left behind, especially at Lismore.
"The track can be so rough and a big engine will help get you across the line.
"Whenever you race in a Modified event it's like an Australian title field - there are eight to 10 cars that can win it."
Previous winners Andrew Pezzutti, Peter Britten and Mark Robinson will all compete in the $5500 race.
Promoter David Lander is expecting a crowd of about 2500 on Monday night.
"It's one of the big events and it's something different," Lander said
"It's a 50-lap race and after 25 laps a yellow light comes on and the drivers have five minutes to do repairs.
"If you don't make it back on the track within the five minutes you have to restart the race from the rear."
Britten, a three-time Australian V8 Dirt Modified champion, will race in Lismore before heading back to the United States for the American season.
Also on the Boxing Day program are modified production sedans, dwarf cars, street stocks, four-cylinder sedans and junior sedans.