In what was a welcome homecoming for drivers and spectators alike, last Saturday night saw the V8 Dirt Modifieds class return to Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway for the first time in seven years.
Not only was the event a great opportunity for drivers to put on a show for the crowd, with fans having been deprived of V8 Dirt Modified action at what is considered one of Australia’s premier speedway tracks, the return was also a fitting one for one reason in particular.
Taking place during last Saturday night’s Sid Hopping Shootout, the man who originally built the Valvoline Raceway track (then known as Parramatta City Raceway) in 1977 was a big supporter of V8 Dirt Modifieds, with his son Tony having won an Australian Title with the class back in 1986.
Interestingly, history somewhat repeated itself during the event, with two of podium finishers having also visited the podium during the class’s last outing at the track in December, 2011 for the second Mr Modified Series round.
While it was Victorian Brett Clarke who claimed the victory this time around, last-start winner Mark Robinson was close to repeating the feat he achieved seven years ago, coming home in the runner-up spot, while Scott Cannon did manage to repeat his last result at the venue, completing the podium in third place on both occasions.
While a lot has changed since then, the class is still just as competitive as ever, as evident in the strong field of cars that turned out last Saturday night and that will no doubt continue to turn out as V8 Dirt Modifieds begin to visit the track more regularly.
Drivers are looking forward to getting some more laps under their belts at Valvoline Raceway on the Saturday night of December 15, prior to the fifth round of the 5 Star Dirt Series, which coincides with the Sydney Scramble and is set to take place on March 30.
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