Andrew Pezzutti, of Sydney, pictured at the 2011 Australian V8 Dirt Modified Championships Street Carnival down Magellan St, Lismore CBD.
Andrew Pezzutti, of Sydney, pictured at the 2011 Australian V8 Dirt Modified Championships Street Carnival down Magellan St, Lismore CBD. Jerad Williams

Pezzutti racing after a piece of history at Lismore Speedway

ANDREW Pezzutti will be chasing a piece of history on Saturday night when he contests the annual V8 Dirt Modified Lord Mayor's Cup at the opening meeting of the season at Lucas Oil Lismore Speedway.

Pezzutti is aiming to win his third consecutive Lord Mayor's Cup and become the only man to have recorded a hat-trick of victories.

Pezzutti, 42, is not going into the event with any expectations and will just "take it as it comes on the night".

"I am really just treating it as another meeting and see how the night plays out," he said yesterday.

His two previous victories were most impressive after he came from near the middle of the field to win.

Pezzutti has concentrated on fitness during the winter months and recently ran in the annual City to Surf event in Sydney, where he lives.

He also ran the half marathon which crosses the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Caption: Andrew Pezzutti puts his NSW V8 Dirt Modified Championship on the line at Lucas Oil Lismore Speedway this Easter. Photo: Tony Powell.
Caption: Andrew Pezzutti puts his NSW V8 Dirt Modified Championship on the line at Lucas Oil Lismore Speedway this Easter. Photo: Tony Powell.

He has spent plenty of time in the workshop during the winter racing recess and has completely rebuilt his American Troyer chassis car.

"It was a total rebuild of the car and we also fitted a new front 'clip' and a new engine," he said.

Pezzutti faces some tough opposition this weekend.

The entry list includes Australian champion and local star Mark Robinson, who has won the Lord Mayor's Cup twice.

Also on hand is Queenslander Kevin Britten, who has dominated state titles in recent years with victories in the NSW and Queensland championships.

Travis Kennedy has trav-elled from Western Australia for the event while Daniel Scott will represent Victoria.

Interest also centres on the appearance of second generation driver Mitchell Gee, the son of former Super Sedan national champion Michael Gee.

Mitchell Gee is starting his first full season of V8 Dirt Modified racing.

There will be a varied support program for the first night of the Lismore speedway season.

Gates will open at 3pm and the first race is sched-uled for 6pm.



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