Champ beats woes to add Qld title
THE in-form Kevin Britten raced to his second state title in seven days with a win in the Queensland V8 Dirt Modified Championship at Kingaroy.
Britten had won the NSW title a week earlier in Lismore.
Andrew Pezzutti, who races regularly in Lismore, finished second and Paul Booker third in a hard-fought 30-lap feature.
Pole-sitter Luke Oldfield appeared to be well on his way to victory after opening a substantial lead but an engine failure forced his retirement with just five laps remaining.
Britten withstood a spirited challenge from Pezzutti over the closing laps to claim his maiden Queensland championship.
"That's insane," Britten said of his unexpected victory.
"I was pretty comfortable in second. The car wasn't handling the best. It was pretty loose and I was just trying to baby it home basically.
"Just as long as I didn't make any mistakes I thought I'd be able to hang on to second and then with Luke dropping out that put me into first.
"I was stuck to the bottom. I wasn't confident enough to run the high line because the car kept biking up on the cushion."
Pezzutti was unaware his last lap challenge on Britten was for the win until he got out of the car on the infield.
"I thought Luke had shot through and was gone," Pezzutti said.
"I was just passing whoever I could in front of me.
"I had a lot more speed than him (Britten) but on the last lap I just got into the cushion a bit too hard and I lost a bit of speed."
It had been a tough night for Pezzutti, who was forced to start the main event from the rear of the field after a faulty battery thwarted his qualifying efforts, where he finished just one of his three heats.
While the main event was tough on drivers, two of the chances heading into the race were unable to take their spot on the grid.
Jai Stephenson gave up his 10th starting position after an engine problem in the final round of heats, while Mick Sauer had engine failure in hot laps and was done for the night.
Heat race wins went to Britten, Booker, Oldfield, Stephenson, Rian Collier, Ray Klarich, Kelvin Hamilton, David Clark and Brad Eckert.