ECHUCA racer Steve Lodwick has been named Rookie of the Year for his performances in the Victorian V8 Dirt Modifieds Championship.
His first season in the class after a long career racing, the 48-year-old performed well throughout the 2016-17 season as he gained experience in the new class.
Lodwick said he was thrilled with the debut season and would look to improve further in the next.
‘‘It’s great to have been able to be so competitive in our debut season with the class,’’ he said.
‘‘There’s still so much for us to learn about V8 Dirt Modifieds, so we aim to continue building on our consistency next season and hopefully come away with our first feature-race.’’
Lodwick competed in 12 events throughout the season, the best result winning the Garden State Shield.
His best return at a major event was third at the Avalon Raceway in Geelong, with a fourth-place finish at the Premier Speedway in Warrnambool.
He also finished fifth in the Victorian Club Championships.
After racing Super Sedans for many years, Lodwick also raced AMCA Nationals for three seasons in the 2010’s.
Having purchased a second V8 Dirt Modified, he will launch a two-car team for the 2017-18.
His son-in-law Zeke Edwards will come on board, driving the existing car as Lodwick pilots the new.