Ray hopes to contest his Masters win
QUEENSLAND driver Ray Klarich is hoping to hit the right set-up with a new chassis when he contests the Modified Masters at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway tonight and tomorrow night.
A frustrated Klarich said he was yet to get the best out of his car.
The new chassis was fitted to his American factory-built Troyer V8 Dirt Modified during the week leading up to the Australian championship at Brisbane's Archerfield Speedway this month.
He was happy with its perform- ance on the opening night of the national title, but he struggled with varying track conditions on the second day.
He is not blaming the Troyer product but has taken a good, hard look at himself and admitted his age could be the problem.
"I am racing at Lismore this weekend to prove something to myself," Klarich, 60, said.
"Whether old age has just kicked in or I am not hitting the right spot with my chassis set-up, I'm not sure.
"The Troyer car is a quality machine. I have raced a Troyer for the past three years and this particular factory brand out of America has proven itself time and time again."
Klarich explained that he always did his own pre-race chassis and suspension set-ups.
"Some of the teams have a chassis man whose job is just to watch the car out on the track during a race to determine what it is doing and how it is handling, and to make any adjustments if required," he said.
"I don't have that luxury but I have gone through everything to ensure the car is okay, so we will see what happens this weekend."
Klarich is the senior statesman of Australian V8 Dirt Modifed speedway racing, having competed in the class for 35 years.
"I started in Modifieds and I'm still there," he said proudly.
Klarich faces some tough opposition over the two nights of the Modified Masters, with three former Australian champions entered - Mark Robinson, Andrew Pezzutti and Scott Cannon.
Cannon approaches the Modified Masters fresh from his recent success in the three-round Mr Modified series at Lismore and Grafton.
A big support card also will be featured. Gates on both nights will open at 3pm with racing from 6pm.