Formula 500 drivers Jarrad Eveleigh (left), 16, of Singleton, and Mark Robinson, of Lismore, who will line up in the State championship tonight for Eveleigh Motorsport.
Formula 500 drivers Jarrad Eveleigh (left), 16, of Singleton, and Mark Robinson, of Lismore, who will line up in the State championship tonight for Eveleigh Motorsport. DAVID NIELSEN

Speedway is in Robinson's blood

SECOND generation driver Mark Robinson was always destined to race speedway.

His father, Steve, was a champion driver in the V8 Dirt Modified ranks and rose to status of Australian champion.

Those were the days before the advanced technology in the V8 Dirt Modified ranks today and the American-designed V8 Dirt Modified that Mark drives is a far cry from the machine that took his father to national title glory.

Tonight at Lismore Speedway Mark Robinson will swap his V8 Dirt Modified for a smaller Formula 500 650cc powered car that looks like a scaled-down version of a sprintcar.

It’s another challenge for Robinson, but also an opportunity to again race in a class that is a welcome diversion from V8 Dirt Modified competition.

“I like the Formula 500s,” Robinson said yesterday.

“These cars provide great racing and the closeness of the competition is what I really like.”

Robinson drove a Formula 500, owned by Mark Eveleigh, earlier this season at Lismore and was immediately impressed.

He enjoyed the occasion so much that he jumped at the opportunity to again race in the class to contest the NSW Formula 500 Championship at Lismore Speedway tonight.

The battle for State title honours is his biggest challenge yet, but Robinson is ready to take on some of the best Formula 500 drivers in the country.

“I am looking forward to the challenge and I know the competition will be tough, which is what I like whether driving the V8 Dirt Modified or a Formula 500,” he said.

A top field has been assembled for the NSW Formula 500 Championship headed by defending titleholder Steve Caunt, who also will be swapping race car categories to defend his title.

For the past few seasons Caunt has raced sprintcars and comes to Lismore fresh from a tough campaign on the national sprintcar series trail.

However, Caunt’s earlier days in speedway were spent in the Formula 500 class and even today he alternates between his Sprintcar and Formula 500 commitments.

His clash with the likes of Mark Robinson should be a highlight of the program.

Sharing the State title spotlight tonight are the Modified Productions Sedans with their NSW Championship also on the card.

Support races will involve four-cylinder sedans, junior sedans and AMCA National sedans, with racing to start at 6pm.

Children aged 12 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult.



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