Britten rolls on in Modifieds
AFTER wrapping up theMr Modified title in Lismore on Boxing Day, AustralianV8 Dirt Modified champion Peter Britten won his second main event in seven days in the fourth round of the Crossley Racing Engines Series at Archerfield Speedway in Brisbane on New Year's Day.
Britten topped qualifying. He started the main event from the front row and was never seriously challenged through the 25-lap feature.
"It was a good race to start up front," Britten said.
"It was one of those tracks where there was a real good groove down low.
"It seemed like when I was lapping cars you could run the high line a little bit but the low line was where you wanted to be, it was definitely the quickest way around."
Britten held out New South Wales duo Mick Sauer and Jai Stephenson.
"The car felt good and I knew someone was going to have to be pretty good to get around me," he said.
"I was just out front, running my own race, trying not to make too many mistakes."
Sauer made a decisive move early, passing front-row starter David Clark to move into second place.
Clark reclaimed the position, but contact between the pair forced him to retire 10 laps from the finish.
A restart with four laps to run provided Sauer with a final opportunity to challenge Britten but he had no answer to the three-time Australian champion.
"To run second to Pete is pretty good," Sauer said.
"Jai, Matt Pascoe, all those guys were behind us. I went into defence mode a bit because I knew that if I went off the gutter, they were all going to pass me.
"I tried up high a couple of times but there was just nothing up there."
Stephenson's third place seemed unlikely until near the end when Andrew Pezzutti had a rear-end failure.
The ailing Pezzutti was tagged by Pascoe, who was then sent to the rear of the field after Pezzutti came toa halt on the back stretch.
The turn of events gave Stephenson third place after running sixth mid-race.
V8 Dirt Modifieds now have a mid-season break in Brisbane before the Crossley Racing Engines Series resumes on March 3.