IT’s time for our locals to shine and for Moama itself to shine.
Tomorrow will see the 2018 Australian V8 Dirt Modified Championship held at the Heartland Speedway.
Darren Tindal, president of Dirt Modifieds Australia, said he was ecstatic to be brining the event to Moama.
‘‘It’s been something we have been working towards for a long time,’’ Tindall said.
The event will see cars competing in a series of qualifying heats to earn points to make the final.
‘‘We have about 27 or 28 cars coming from across the country to compete,’’ Tindall said.
‘‘They will compete in three heat races, with the positions in those races awarded points.
‘‘The points combine from all the heats, with the results for each race deciding the starting positions on the track for the final.’’
Only the top 22 cars in the qualifying heats will compete in the feature race for the Australian title.
Tindall, himself from Echuca, says the event is huge for the town.
Not only for the prestige of the event, but also for the town’s economy.
‘‘It’s massive — not only for the speedway, but for all of Moama,’’ he said.
‘‘The amount of people that this will bring into the town, they’re renting motels, they’re buying food.
‘‘So there are probably going to be 2000 people coming out to Moama, which is just fantastic.’’
Tindal said he takes great pride in representing both his state and town.
‘‘For people like Zeke Edwards and Steve Lodwick and myself, we get to do our state proud while we compete for Victoria, which is something we are really excited about.’’
Competing teams will be holding a meet and greet at Echuca bearings on Saturday from 9 to 11am.
‘‘We really want young people to come down, have a look at the machines and see what its like inside a race car,’’ Tindal said.
Gates open at 4pm.