Britten back and racing
THREE-time Australian V8 Dirt Modified Speedway Champion Peter Britten will be using the big Boxing Day meeting at Lucas Oil Lismore Speedway as the first step in his preparation for the 2014 American season.
Britten spends nine months of the year competing in the US against the top names in east coast Modified racing, but still sees Australia as an important role in his racing schedule.
With the higher standard of local racing - and the tough opposition he faces - it represents the ideal preparation for a demanding 45-plus meeting season on the US Championship trail.
His stay in Australia this summer carries double significance as the Australian Championship will be held at Lismore on January 25-26. It will be the ideal opportunity for Peter to make another entry in his already impressive racing career resume.
"I will never lose sight of the role Australia has played in my career," Peter said.
"It's always good to come home after a tough American campaign and race in Queensland and NSW," Peter said.
"Right at the moment America has a strong focus on my racing plans as there is only a certain amount of time that opportunity exists in a driver's career.
"I always want to race the major events in Australia, but right now America is very important to me as well," he added.
Peter, who hails from Brisbane, impressed many American observers after he posted some good results and ultimately finished ninth in the 2013 season championship point standings.
His racing company here is the Australian agent for the American factory-built Troyer chassis V8 Dirt Modified which has made considerable inroads into the national scene in recent years.
Peter gets his first opportunity to turn a wheel in local competition when he contests the opening round of the Mr Modified Series at Lucas Oil Lismore Speedway this Thursday.
The main event will be run over a combined distance of 50 laps as two 25-lap main events with a mandatory pit stop at half distance.
Peter will face some tough opposition first up, with a strong local line-up headed by reigning and three times Australian champion Mark Robinson.
It will be a big night of action at the Lismore Showground, featuring racing for AMCA Sedans, Wingless Sprintcars, Modified Sedans, Street Stocks, National Four Cylinder and Junior Sedans. A highlight of the show will be the appearance of the KAOS stunt bike team.
Gates open at 3pm, with the first race at 6pm.