Mixing it with the best
NATIONAL champion Peter Britten hopes to improve on his third placing last year when he contests the Herne’s Freight Service Mr Modified Championship at Lismore Speedway tonight.
Britten was one of the stars of the 2008 Mr Modified title twin 25-lappers and, fast-forward 12 months, he enters the event this season as oneof the favourites courtesy of outstanding performances here and in the United States over the past year.
Britten raced to victory in the national championship in Western Australia earlier this year and that was the springboard which thrust him into national prominence.
It also was the incentive to travel to the US this past (southern) winter to gain further experience.
He certainly did not disgrace himself in the US against the hardened American professionals and clearly showed that this 22-year-old Aussie speedster could mix it with the best V8 Dirt Modified drivers in the world.
They are the impressive credentials he takes into the 2009 Mr Modified Championship at Lismore Speedway, where he will face drivers from four States.
It’s a stellar field tonight but Britten says that every race presents a new challenge, so he is treating this event very seriously.
“There is a strong line-up of cars and drivers so I will have to be at my best against some very formidable opposition,” Britten said yesterday.
A unique race format will be used for the title fixture for V8 Dirt Modifieds with two main events to determine the overall winner.
Strong performances in the earlier heats are vital to consolidate a good field position in the initial 25 lap feature race.
Promoter David Lander said whoever wins the 2009 Mr Modified Championship will have certainly deserved the victory.
“The twin 25-lap feature race format will really test cars and drivers,” he said.
“It will be a tough event, so whoever wins will certainly be very deserving of the victory.”
The defending Mr Modified champion Luke Oldfield is among the entries.
The runner-up in last season’s Mr Modified Championship, Jai Stephenson, also has filed an entry form.
Local hopes rest with former national champion Mark Robinson, who has been in good form.
The twin 25-lap main events promise to provide a thrilling spectacle, especially the initial stanza because finishing order will contribute to a favourable starting position in the second 25-lapper.
Qualifying heats also will add to the excitement of the Mr Modified Championship.
Support race categories tonight will be street stocks, four-cylinder sedans, junior sedans, Modified production sedans and dwarf cars.
The promoter continues his policy of children under 12 being admitted free when accompanied by an adult.