Robinson lines up for hat-trick
REIGNING Australian V8 Dirt Modified Champion Mark Robinson will be looking to complete a rare hat-trick of Championship wins at this weekend's Australian V8 Dirt Modified Championship at Lucas Oil Lismore Speedway.
Home driver Robinson won his first Australian Championship in Brisbane in 2005 and was also successful in 2012 (Avalon) and 2013 (Brisbane).
He will join Stuart Herne , Tim Morse and Peter Britten as the winner of three consecutive championships should be find success on Sunday night.
"To win three in a row I'd say our chances are up there," the 34-year-old said. " If we can get through the qualifying heats and get through the first night unscathed we are in with a good shot."
Title preparations have been anything but ideal for the second-generation Lismore racer, with engine problems plaguing him early in the season.
"We had a fuel pump fail in Lismore. We got the engine fixed and went up to Maryborough and broke a rocker. But hopefully the engine issues are out of the road now," he said.
Now one of the veterans in the field, Robinson admits to being much more comfortable heading into this weekend's championship than he has been in years past.
"That pressure is always on to win your first Australian title," he said.
"But once you've got one, well that pressure is all gone and we are treating it as just another race and take it as we normally do."
He credits the change to a Troyer chassis three years ago as one of the main factors behind his recent Australian Championship successes
"The Troyer definitely suits the way I drive and it has worked out well for us," he said. While reluctant to single out any one driver as his main threat, Robinson expects lapped traffic will play a major role in determining the winner this weekend.
"If you've got a car that's not the quickest on the night but you negotiate the lapped cars then I think that's the guy who is going to be holding the chequered flag at the end," he said.
AUSTRALIAN V8 Dirt Modified Championship
An action-packed two days of racing is expected at the Lismore Showground track.
Robinson will be joined by some of the top racers in his division at the event.
Gates open at 3pm both days.