Britten races ahead of competition in V8 dirt modifieds
AUSTRALIAN V8 Dirt Modified Champion Kevin Britten is an almost unbackable favourite heading into this weekend’s NSW championship at the Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway.
The Queenslander has been in red-hot form since taking out the national title in January and in recent weeks has added the Western Australian and South Australian titles to his name.
“We are three from three so far and the goal is to be six from six at the end of the season,” Britten said. “But you can’t get too cocky. Lismore is going to be very tough and anything can happen over the last three rounds.”
This weekend doubles as round four of the Five Star Dirt Series, a V8 Dirt Modified Series that takes in each state championship along with the Australian title.
Britten leads the series after three rounds.
Regular Lismore visitor Scott Cannon finished runner-up to Britten last weekend in Murray Bridge, South Australia.
Despite missing out on the event win he amassed enough points throughout the night to take out the overall round win, joining Britten as the only round winners so far this season.
“One mistake,” rued Cannon.
“I tried to outsmart myself and block Kevvy but I screwed it up, I just tried to block him and slow him down a little bit.
“To lead for 16 or 17 laps and to lose it like that is pretty disappointing.”
Britten and Cannon are expected to face stiff competition this weekend with 27 competitors from throughout New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria set to compete.
Local hopes Mark Robinson, Andrew Pezzutti and Jai Stephenson are expected to be among the front- runners with former Australian champion David Clark and leading Victorian drivers Steve Milthorpe and Daniel Scott looking to take top honours.
After this round, the Five Star Dirt Series heads to Victoria, before wrapping up at the Toowoomba Speedway on April 23.