ACE RACER: Lismore’s Mark Robinson, at Avalon on Saturday night.
ACE RACER: Lismore’s Mark Robinson, at Avalon on Saturday night.

Robinson claims pole, and round 1, at Avalon

LISMORE ace Mark Robinson confirmed his pre-race favouritism when he led for the entire distance at Geelong’s Avalon Raceway on Saturday night.

Robinson’s emphatic win in the opening round of the Herne’s Freight Service V8 Dirt Modified Summer Slam Series ‘Battle of the States’ was a superb display of speed and precision driving in traffic during the 25-lap event.

Robinson was at pole position following a classy run through the qualifying heats with Victorian Steve Milthorpe alongside on the front row. Daryl Hickson and Scott Cannon filled the second row while Aaron Trotter and Troy Scott filled the all-Victorian third row.

New South Welshman Jai Stephenson started seventh while Queensland’s Andrew Pezzutti was on his outside as Jason Andreatta and Simon Jupe rounded out the top 10 starters.

Robinson said it was simply a case of doing what he does best as he extended his winning streak to four wins.

Showing complete control, Robinson was unfazed by any signs of pressure that he might have been feeling pre-race.

“There was not really any pressure as we just came down here to do our own thing and it was good for the New South Wales boys to get up there during the feature,” he said.

“We had a pretty good run and we don’t change too much on the car during the night so that helps.”

The Battle of the States race was won by Pezzutti ahead of Cannon and Milthorpe.


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