Mark Robinson is confident of a good result first-up in his American factory-built Troyer in the V8 Dirt Modified Lord Mayor’s Cup at Lismore Speedway on Saturday night.
Mark Robinson is confident of a good result first-up in his American factory-built Troyer in the V8 Dirt Modified Lord Mayor’s Cup at Lismore Speedway on Saturday night. Tony Powell

New car for a new season

FORMER V8 Dirt Modifieds Australian champion Mark Robinson will drive a new American factory-built Troyer car in the Lord Mayor's Cup season opener at Lismore Speedway.

The car is straight out of the box and untried in race competition but Robinson is confident of success first-up.

"The Troyer factory owner has been to Australia to check out our track conditions and has built a car to suit our circuits," he said.

"This first race meeting will be a bit of a test night for us, really.

"If we get through the two heats we'll have a fair crack at the feature.

"It just depends how the car runs early, however I am confident of a top-five result.

"I think it should be all good."

Robinson will line up against a strong entry list including Kevin Britten, Andrew Pezzutti, Jai Stephenson and Phil McNamara.

Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell will attend to formally open the season.

Promoter David Lander has lined up 16 nights of racing for 2011-12 including three NSW championships.

"It should be one of our biggest seasons," he said.

"The State titles will be decided for the V8 Dirt Modifieds, Formula 500s and Late Model Sedans."

Two American Late Model drivers have been signed for this season at Lismore and will race in the State championships in January.

Lander has reduced admission prices.

He also continues his policy of admitting free all children aged 12 and under when accompanied by an adult.