Tuesday, 23 October 2018

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V8 DIRT MODIFIEDS

After a stint on the sidelines, the 2017-18 season has seen Mark Robinson make a welcomed return to the driver’s seat in the V8 Dirt Modified class.

Taking the past 12 months off speedway racing to focus on business and family commitments, Robinson has proven that his time away from the track hasn’t affected his results, having displayed front-running form from the outset aboard his brand-new NSW # 9 Castrol / Southside Truck Centre supported Troyer.

Ringing in the New Year at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway for the annual Paul Britten 44 Memorial event, the three-time Australian Champion, visited the podium in third place in what was his first hit out for the season, after starting from towards the rear of the field.

Mark Robinson Tony Powell Speedway Photos cropped

Photo: Tony Powell Speedway Photos

Travelling to his home track Lismore Speedway less than a week later for the opening Mr Modified Series round, Robinson looked likely to claim top honours in the 45-lap feature race; however, a driving error on the final lap saw him slip back to second place, ultimately missing out on the victory, but once again proving that he had lost none of his pace.

Robinson late last month contested the NSW Title, which was also the opening 5 Star Dirt Series round, at Lismore Speedway, and it resulted in a racing incident while running fourth that put him out of contention. Due to extensive car damage sustained in that incident, he was unable to compete in the following night’s second and final Mr Modified Series round.

Last Saturday night, Robinson and the team ventured down to Moama’s Heartland Raceway to prepare for next month’s Australian Title assault at the NSW-Victorian-based track. After the team burned the midnight oil to get the car prepared, it was a worthwhile, despite the fact they had to start rear of field in their heat races due to being a late nomination, with Robinson romping to victory in both of his heat races and then completed a clean sweep by scoring a flag-to-flag feature-race win.

With just four race meetings under his belt since his comeback, Robinson has been pleased to be able to hit the ground running.

“We’ve had a strong start to the season and are pleased with our consistency and results, after having spent the past 12 months on the sidelines,” enthused the 38-year-old racer from Lismore in Northern NSW.

“We’re definitely still getting used to the brand-new car, but it’s absolutely an overall improvement and we’re confident that we’ll be able to challenge at the front of the field on a regular basis for the remainder of the season.”

For his next appearance, Robinson will be competing in the Queensland Title at Maryborough Speedway on the Saturday night of February 17, which incorporates the second 5 Star Dirt Series round. The following month will see him travel to Heartland Raceway where he will be hoping to claim Australian Title win # 4 on the Saturday night of March 3, before returning to the track a fortnight later for the Victorian Title on the Saturday night of March 17.

Closing out his season in April, Robinson will participate in the remaining two race meetings at Lismore Speedway on April 14 and April 28.

Robinson would like to thank his 2017-18 season sponsors: Castrol, Southside Truck Centre, Global Lubricant Distribution, GSR Suspension Development, Trevan Ford, Northern Truck Coolers, and A1 Signs.

Special thanks must go to Bud, Larry, Micka, mum and dad (Faye and Steve), Chloe and the kids, along with the rest of the team and supporters.

To find out more about Robinson and his team, LIKE them on Facebook by searching Robinson Motorsport.

2017-18 Season Robinson Motorsport Calendar:
February 17
Queensland Title, 5 Star Dirt Series Round 2 - Maryborough Speedway (Qld)
March 3
Australian Title, 5 Star Dirt Series Round 3 - Heartland Raceway (Moama, NSW)
March 17
Victorian Title, 5 Star Dirt Series Round 4 - Heartland Raceway (Moama, NSW)
April 14
Club Show - Lismore Speedway (Lismore, NSW)
April 28
Autumn Cup - Lismore Speedway (Lismore, NSW)

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