Thursday, 19 July 2018

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It was a promising debut for experienced racer Steve Lodwick, whose decision to move in a new direction in his speedway racing career certainly paid off, after stepping into V8 Dirt Modifieds at the beginning of the 2016-17 season and achieving some strong results.

With a racing history spanning back to the 1980s, the 48-year-old Echuca-based driver continually proved throughout his rookie season that he could utilise his experience in order to be competitive in an unfamiliar class.

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Photo: Corey Gibson Photography

Purchasing the ex-Kevin Weeks owned Dominator, previously run by Tony Moule, Lodwick contested 12 shows this season, highlighted by winning the Garden State Shield, which is contested over two rounds, and finishing fifth in the Victorian Club Championship, as well as being named Rookie of the Year at the recent annual awards night.

Having continually been working towards podium contention, Lodwick achieved his best feature-race finish with a third place at Geelong’s Avalon Raceway, along with finishing fourth at one of the country’s leading tracks: Warrnambool’s Premier Speedway.

“It’s great to have been able to be so competitive in our debut season with the class,” commented Lodwick.

“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 win. Big thanks to my team and sponsors for all of their hard work and support.”

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Competing in the Super Sedans class from the late 1980s to the mid-90s, Lodwick then travelled to Western Australia for work, where he spent one year, before returning to his home in Echuca and Super Sedans.

When his dad and brother, both named Bill, began racing AMCA Nationals in 2006, sharing one car between them, Lodwick became exposed to the class, later purchasing his own ex-Adam King 2010 Australian Title winning Redline AMCA National in 2012. His three seasons in the class were highlighted with a feature-race win at Swan Hill’s Sonic Speedway, along with numerous minor podium finishes.

Having also purchased a second V8 Dirt Modified, Lodwick is looking forward to the 2017-18 season and is planning to launch a two-car team, filling the driver’s seat in his new ex-Dan Scott Troyer, while his son-in-law Zeke Edwards will pilot the Dominator. Previously contesting a handful of shows in Lodwick’s AMCA National in 2014, Zeke showed solid form from the outset, finishing third in the Victorian Title, and running second in both the South Australian Title and All Star Championship at Mildura’s Timmis Speedway.

Lodwick thanks the following sponsors for their valued support throughout the 2016-17 season: Autobarn Echuca, DZ Metal Roofing, R&J Batteries, TriTech Lubricants, and Lodweld Engineering. He would also like to give special thanks to his wife Linde, his daughter Danielle, his son-in-law Zeke, Lyndon Little from Little’s Competition Services, and Darren, Paul and Harley Tindal.

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