He's V8 Dirt Modifieds champ
WHEN Queensland speedway driver Kevin Britten says this summer he is looking for a repeat of last season's success, that is a mighty big statement.
Britten will contest the V8 Dirt Modified Lord Mayor's Cup season opener at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway tonight.
He won everything that counted in the 2015-16 season and enters this season as defending Australian champion, Queensland, NSW, Victoria, SA and WA state titleholder following a domination of major events across the country.
It is an awesome record that will probably never be equalled in national V8 Dirt Modified competition.
"I just put it down to really good preparation of the race car, getting out there and being consistent,” Britten said.
"I only had one heat race where I did not finish an event in the whole season and that was due to a flat tyre.”
Britten, 23, is one of the sport's youngest national champions.
His incredible winning record will be put to the test when he contests the Lord Mayor's Cup.
Officials have received 23 nominations and the standard of competition will be increased by the return of five-times national title- holder Tim Morse, who has travelled from Warrnambool in Victoria especially for the Lismore opener.
Britten expects a tough welcoming committee in what is usually one of the most keenly contested races of the season.
"It's definitely going to be tough with the likes of Tim Morse coming out of retirement and so many other fast runners entered,” he said yesterday.
Britten is the Australian agent for the Troyer V8 Dirt Modified Chassis company out of Rochester, New York, and tonight looms as a battle of the American brands, with New Jersey's TEO Chassis Company also well represented.
Britten does not mind having to face opposition using another American company designed Dirt Modified chassis and says it is good for the racing category.
"There is nothing wrong with having multiple brands and that provides multiple options for competitors,” he said.
"It all helps increase the standard of V8 Dirt Modified racing in Australia and that is very important.”
In between his V8 Dirt Modified commitments this season, Britten will also will drive a Maxim Sprintcar and has selected five major meetings to contest at his Archerfield home track in Brisbane.
He recently returned from the United States where he crewed for his brother Peter during the annual Dirtweek Dirt Modified series on the east coast.
In addition to the V8 Dirt Modified action, a number of support categories are programmed tonight.
Gates open at 3pm with racing to start at 6pm.