Lismore local takes out QLD V8 Dirt Modified Championship
LISMORE driver Mark Robinson added another state championship to his impressive resume taking out the 2015 Queensland V8 Dirt Modified Championship at Brisbane's Archerfield Speedway.
The event doubled as the fifth and final round of the Morse Power Five Star Dirt Series, with Robinson's win enough to secure him series honours.
Just 12 points separated Robinson from series runner-up Jai Stephenson.
The three-time Australian champion dominated the 30-lap championship decider, getting the jump on pole-sitter Stephenson and leading every lap.
"We raced hard in the heats to make sure we were in a position to have a shot at it," Robinson said.
"The car was great throughout the race. It was tight early and in the last four or five laps I figured out where to run with it and then it got easier.
"One time I got off the bottom and Jai stuck his nose in there and I just knew if I stayed there it was going to be harder for the guys to go around the outside."
He did catch Robinson late in the race, taking the race lead momentarily only to be baulked by lapped traffic.
Newly-crowned NSW champion Kevin Britten secured third at the race's end, with David Clark and Scott Cannon rounding out the top five.
With double points on offer for the final round of the five-star series, five drivers (Robinson, Britten, David Clark, Stephenson and Dan Scott) were in the hunt for series honours heading into Brisbane. Ultimately Robinson's consistency throughout the five-round tournament was enough to secure him a narrow overall series victory.
"That was a big surprise," he said.
"It was a surprise and it shocked me, especially after the Victorian title at Moama and the DNF down there with the mechanical failure.
"The series overall is the boost the DMA and the V8 dirt modifieds have needed."