The jet car lit up Lucas Oil Lismore Speedway with its after-burners igniting an unwanted vehicle between races.
The jet car lit up Lucas Oil Lismore Speedway with its after-burners igniting an unwanted vehicle between races.

I won it for Allie, says Robbo

LISMORE driver Mark Robinson dedicated his Australian V8 Dirt Modified Championship win in Geelong on Saturday night to his daughter Allie.

Robinson was torn between his daughter's health and winning the championship.

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His two-year-old was diagnosed with leukaemia two days before Christmas and is in Brisbane Royal Children's Hospital.

"It was good to go down and win it for her," the father of two girls said.

"In 10 years we'll be able to look back at things and see what this all meant."

Robinson's wife Chloe encouraged him to continue in his attempt to win the championship even though Allie was ill.

The prognosis is that she has a 90 per cent chance of coming through.

Mark and Chloe's youngest Erica is seven months old, making the stay in Brisbane for chemotherapy that much more difficult.

"The Leukaemia Foundation got a unit for us so we'll be in Brisbane for six to eight months," he said.

"I'm travelling back and forwards for work; it makes that job looking after Allie that much harder.

"Chloe has family support up there."

Robinson beat three-time champion Peter Britten while Queensland veteran Ray Klarich finished third.

Robinson started on pole from Britten at Avalon Raceway and the pair duly sped away from Klarich with a number of cautions littering the first few laps.

It was soon left to Robinson to master the traffic and keep enough distance between himself and the chasing Britten.

"I can't believe it," said Robinson who won the same event, in Brisbane, in 2005.

"It was one of those meetings where everything fell into place for us on the night, made the right calls with the car set-up and managed to hold on to win it."

Between Mark and his father Steve Robinson, the family has won six national titles in the category.

It was good to go

down there and win

it for her. In 10 years we'll be able to look back at things and see what this all meant.

- Mark Robinson


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