Britten is Mr Modified
AUSTRALIAN champion Peter Britten clinched the 2011 Mr Modified title with a win in the series finale at Lucas Oil Lismore Speedway on Monday night.
The Queensland driver led Andrew Pezzutti and Scott Cannon to the chequered flag in the championship decider after another superb performance from the three-time national titleholder.
The Mr Modified series this season was scheduled for three tracks on a pointscore system.
Britten set up the title victory when he was runner-up in the second round the previous weekend at Sydney Speedway.
The first round at Grafton was washed out.
Former Australian champion Mark Robinson, who won the second round, was series runner-up.
A family illness prevented Robinson from contesting the Lismore final but he had scored enough points to clinch second position overall.
With his second place in the final round, Pezzutti finished third in the series.
However, the Boxing Day showdown belonged exclusively to Britten, who started from near the middle of the pack in the main event.
"He was just too good for them," Lucas Oil Lismore Speedway promoter David Lander said of Britten's victory.
"It was in the second half of the race where he asserted his authority."
The 50-lap final comprised twin-25 lap features with a mandatory pit stop after the completion of the first 25 laps.
It was during the pit stop that Britten made a winning decision, directing his crew to fit two new rear tyres for the second leg to suit track conditions.
With his experience running on slicks in the United States and knowledge of how to set up the car accordingly, Britten had too much for the opposition in the second leg.
Pezzutti opted to run the final 25 laps without a tyre change and it cost him dearly in the latter stages.
He had looked good early but Britten's car had the advantage of fresh tyres.
With outstanding driving, Britten was in a class of his own when it counted at the business end of the race.
Other winners were Bryce Doyle (street stocks), Trent Dhu (four-cylinder sedans), Mitchell Haynes (junior sedans), Ray Eggins (wingless sprints) and Jason Jolley (modified production sedans).