Jan 19, 2012
Mark Robinson Wins 2012 V8 Dirt Modified Championship
Mark Robinson raced to an emotional victory in the 2012 Australian V8 Dirt Modified Championship at the Avalon Raceway in Victoria on Saturday Night (Jan 14). Robinson held out defending Champion Peter Britten and veteran driver Ray Klarich in a frantic 35-lap Championship finale.
It was the Lismore (NSW) racer's second Australian Championship victory, having claimed his maiden crown in Brisbane in 2005.
Robinson learned just days prior to Christmas that his eldest daughter Allie (2) was battling Leukemia, and had been by her bedside at the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane for the past three weeks. With the support of family and a dedicated crew, Robinson made a last minute decision to attend this year's event.
“The first night (Friday) we weren’t too sure if we should be down here, and I didn’t feel right in myself,“ commented Robinson. “I got the news [Saturday] that Allie got out of hospital, so that was just another relief for us, to know that she is doing well, and we could race and not worry if I should be up there and not here”
It was a difficult race for a number of hopefuls, with 2001 Australian champion Scott Cannon, Kevin Britten, Jai Stephenson, Darryl Hickson, Aaron Trotter and Lloyd Hobson amongst the runners who retired from the Championship final.
Visit www.v8dirtmodifieds.com.au for full results and to read the full media release.
Photo and story courtesy of Ben Graham, V8 Dirt Modifieds Australia.
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