Britten has a point to prove
BRISBANE'S Kevin Britten is hoping for a change of racing luck when he contests the Jobrow Enterprises V8 Dirt Modified Richmond Rumble at Lucas Oil Lismore Speedway tomorrow night.
Britten looked destined to win last season's event at the circuit after an outstanding qualification run into the final.
Moving toward the latter stages of the main event, he led over ultimate winner Jai Stephenson and seemed assured of victory. However, approaching lapped cars the second-placed Stephenson went for an opening in the traffic that closed quickly.
The inside passing manoeuvre resulted in contact with Britten, whose car crashed heavily into the safety fence.
The front end of Britten's V8 Dirt Modified was destroyed in the crash and he took no further part in a race that he would probably have won had it not been for the incident.
"I was on a high during the night after I set a new track record," Britten said yesterday.
"Going into the final I was feeling pretty confident of victory, but it did not work out that way."
Britten will face a strong field of contenders, including Stephenson, for race honours in this year's edition of the Richmond Rumble.
The entry list is headed by recently crowned Australian champion and local favourite Mark Robinson.
Robinson won the national title at Geelong's Avalon Raceway last month and will be making his first appearance on his home track with the car re-numbered one as the reigning national titleholder.
The Richmond Rumble will feature some of the best drivers in east coast V8 Dirt Modified racing competing.
A big support race card featuring Street Stocks, Four Cylinder and Junior Sedans also is programmed.