V8 dirt modifieds are back

V8 DIRT Modifieds, probably the most spectacular and popular class in speedway racing at Grafton, return this Saturday night.

If you love the sound of big V8 engines at high revs you will be awestruck by these excitement machines. They are designed purely to go very sideways and very fast on speedway circuits and a massive collision never seems too far away.

Local driver ‘Cowboy’ Jai Stephenson is one of the most successful, and certainly one of the bravest and most spectacular, drivers in this class in Australia. Come along to cheer him on and he is certain to give you your money’s worth of entertainment.

Other open wheel classes competing this weekend are the Wingless Sprints and Limited Sprinters. These are very similar cars and there is a big push Australia-wide to promote the Wingless Sprints.

These are based on Sprintcars but have Commodore V6 engines and no wing on the roof so they slide more, which is entertaining for the spectators and fun for the drivers.

Local driver Ian O’Toole will be competing and if he doesn’t have any car trouble he should be one of the frontrunners.

The Limited Sprinters are also based on Sprintcars but they have a large wing on the roof and more engine freedom so they should lap faster. Either way, both of these classes always put on fast, close and competitive racing.

The numbers have been down in the sedan classes this season but there are cars being built which should boost the numbers. Despite the low numbers most of the races have been of high quality.

The Junior Sedans are always spectacular as the drivers are still too young to have any fear or doubts in their ability. Their lap times are amazing and no doubt when they reach 17 years of age when they can step up a class a number of them will be stars of the future.

The 4 Cylinder and Stocker Sedans will be combined and it is amazing how fast the four cylinder cars are, especially when the track is wet. It just shows that speedway cars have to be set up to handle properly to use their available power.

The Limited Sedans will be supported by the Surfers Paradise Sedans who love coming to Grafton to compete on this unique track.

Tony Dunn will also be doing some hot laps in a vintage speedway car imported from America by Laurie Burge. If you are a bit of a nostalgia buff you won’t want to miss this as it looks and sounds beautiful.

Come along on Saturday night to lend your support to this local event. If you want to get involved in speedway, and it is a great place for young people to learn how to drive in a safe environment, you are welcome and encouraged to come into the pits after the meeting is over to talk to the drivers.

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