Tim's battle of Britten
RACE officials have received at least 26 entries for the opening round of the Mr Modified series at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway tonight.
It is one of the best local V8 Dirt Modified line-ups in many years, featuring current and former Australian champions.
Australian titleholder Kevin Britten will be joined by Victoria's five-time national champion Tim Morse, who was a spectacular last start main event winner at the Lismore circuit.
Morse made his comeback to V8 Dirt Modified competition after an absence of eight years and drove to a sensational victory in the Lord Mayor's Cup season opening fixture.
Also on the list of nominations are former Australian titleholders Andrew Pezzutti and Scott Cannon, both also former past winners at the Lismore circuit.
Promoter David Lander is delighted with the entries he has received and says it sets the scene for one of the most keenly contested Mr Modified series in years.
"We have a terrific line-up with some of the biggest names in Australian V8 Dirt Modified racing on hand,” he said.
"It augurs well for a great series and points will be vital in this first round for drivers who want to be in a strong position in the standings heading into the final round.”
The deciding round will be held at Lismore on Saturday, January 7.
Much of the interest will focus on the clash between Morse and Britten.
Britten, who dominated state titles throughout Australia last season, is in the best form of his career.
A stint in the United States working on his brother's pit crew earlier this year in addition to a prior racing commitment there has made Britten razor sharp for tonight.
Morse showed his time away from V8 Dirt Modifieds driving in the Sprintcar category had not affected his ability to immediately run competitively in the V8 Dirt Modified division with his slashing form in his comeback fixture.
Also on the program is racing for Street Stocks, Four Cylinder Sedans, Junior Sedans, Production Sedans, Wingless Sprints and Modified Sedans.
Gates open at 3pm and racing starts at 6pm.