Morse faces tough test in hot field
VICTORIAN star Tim Morse knows only too well how tough it will be to win the V8 Dirt Modified Masters at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway tonight.
While he has been a runaway success in his return to V8 Dirt Modified racing this season, he takes nothing for granted and has a high regard from his opposition.
"Winning the Modified Masters will not be easy, that's for sure,” Morse said.
"The line-up for the final will bring together a very impressive field and I will have to be at my best if I am to win the Masters this season.”
Morse is a five-time winner of the Australian V8 Dirt Modified Championship.
The defending Masters champion is Andrew Pezzutti, who was one of the first drivers to enter for the 2017 race.
Pezzutti is a former Australian and NSW champion who has won almost everything there is to win in V8 Dirt Modified racing in the region.
He is in strong form and will look for a good performance in the heats to ensure a prominent starting spot in the final.
In addition to Morse and Pezzutti, there are a number of drivers who cannot be overlooked for title honours.
Phil McNamara, a former NSW titleholder, is another Lismore regular who can win on his night.
Other contenders include Ray Eggins, Trent Schofield, Andrew Firth, Brent Hall, Chris Corbett and Anthony Ashen.
Ashen is the NSW club champion who impressed last summer. He will drive an American designed car out of the Bicknell factory in New York state.
Lismore promoter David Lander cannot pick a winner, saying it is too close to call.
However, he believes the driver who greets the chequered flag first will start from the first few rows.
"The likes of Morse, Pezzutti and McNamara are strong chances, but the heats carry significant importance to starting positions for the final. Whoever goes well in the heats has a definite advantage going into the final,” Lander said yesterday.
The meeting also will features another round of the Wingless Sprintcar Driver to America season premiership led by Mick Santin.
There will be a full support card with racing for AMCA Sedans, Four Cylinder, Junior and Productions Sedans.
Gates open at 3pm with racing to start at 6pm.