Lee McKinnell is back at Lismore Speedway this weekend after winning the first round of the Mr Modified Series
Lee McKinnell is back at Lismore Speedway this weekend after winning the first round of the Mr Modified Series Tony Powell

Morse set to make amends at Lismore

THE final round of the Mr Modified Series is wide open with a number of drivers in contention this Saturday night at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway.

The top three placegetters from the opening round, winner Lee McKinnell, runner-up Tim Morse and third-placed Trent Schofield, have all entered the decider.

Other drivers also in contention are Andrew Pezzutti, Phil McNamara and Brent Hall.

By virtue of his first round win, McKinnell leads the tournament, however Morse will be hoping for a better outcome after controversy surrounded the final results of the race when he was relegated from first to second position on a pit stop technicality.

Drivers and crews were allowed to only change tyres and take on fuel.

The indiscretion occurred after a member of Morse's crew adjusted the tyre pressures, which was deemed by race officials as "working on the car."

Morse and car owner Andrew Shilleto reluctantly copped the penalty but they will use that as extra motivation.

They are determined to reverse the opening Mr Modified round results from December 26 and take out the 2017 Series this weekend.

Morse is where he needs to be on the points table and he enters the final a strong favourite after an outstanding comeback season in V8 Dirt Modifieds.

Morse, a five times Australian V8 Dirt Modified Champion, had not competed in the category for a number of years after he switched to Sprintcar racing. But his love for V8 Dirt Modifieds enticed him back into the category.

"It has been a terrific season so far despite the drama surrounding the outcome of the opening Mr Modified series round," he said. "I want to make amends and get the win this coming Saturday night."

Morse, from Warrnambool, Victoria, will drive an American TEO chassis car this weekend.

Shilleto is importer and Australian agent for the TEO Chassis Company out of Vernon, New Jersey.

This is the second attempt by promoter David Lander to run the deciding round of the Mr Modified Series after rain washed out the originally scheduled January 7 date for the final round.

A full support program with racing for Street Stocks, Junior Sedans, Production Sedans, National Four Cylinder Sedans and AMCAs will also be featured. Gates open at 3pm and first race is at 6pm.

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