Luke Oldfield.
Luke Oldfield.

Gentlemen, start your engines!

LOCAL star Mark Robinson will a face strong Queensland contingent when he contests the V8 Dirt Modified Lord Mayor's Cup in the opening meeting of the 2008-09 season at Lismore Speedway tomorrow night.

Robinson, who has risen to Australian championship status in the category, will debut a new car for the first meeting of the season.

However, he is well aware of the opposition he will face and knows that his job of winning first up will not be easy.

“It will not be an easy race to win and I will have to be on my game right from the start of the night,” Robinson said yesterday.

The annual Lord Mayor's Cup in Lismore has developed into not only one of the most prestigious races on the east coast V8 Dirt Modified calendar, but also one of the toughest to win.

Queenslander Luke Oldfield, who enjoyed a successful campaign at Lismore Speedway last season, is one of the favourites.

Peter Britton, Andrew Pezzutti, Simon Jupe and Ray Klarich are other drivers who also come into strong contention.

Promoter David Lander is happy with the nominations for the annual V8 Dirt Modified trophy race.

“The Lord Mayor's Cup seems to bring out the best in everyone, so I am expecting a keenly contested race on Saturday night,” he said.

“It's a great event to start off the season and the winner will certainly have earned the trophy.”

Meanwhile, the big variety program at the season opener also includes AMCA Nationals sedans, street stocks, four-cylinder sedans, junior sedans and dwarf cars.

The meeting tomorrow is the first of 16 race nights scheduled for the Lismore Speedway during the 2008-09 season which concludes next May with the running of the annual Sprintcar Gold Cup.

One of the highlights of the season will be the 2009 Australian Super Sedan Championship, which is set down for two big nights of racing in February.

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