Tragic loss to be remembered
THE Britten brothers, Peter and Kevin, will race with heavy hearts at Lucas Oil Lismore Speedway on Saturday night.
Earlier this week they farewelled their father Paul, who died after suffering a heart attack while attending a race meeting at the Toowoomba Speedway on March 10.
He was 44 years old.
The speedway fraternity turned out in big numbers on Monday at a Queensland funeral service to show their respect for Paul Britten, who was president of the Dirt Modifieds Australia organisation.
Paul was always there in the boys' corner and was on hand to watch Peter's entry into speedway in 2007 in the AMCA Nationals sedan class.
He was their right-hand man in the pit area whenever and wherever they raced, so for Peter and Kevin Britten Saturday night will be very emotional when they haul into the Lismore Showground Speedway pits.
They will contest the V8 Dirt Modified Jobrow Enterprises Stampede "because it's what dad would have wanted us to do", but it does not make it any easier to overcome the loss.
"The sport cannot afford to lose people like Paul Britten," Lucas Oil Lismore Speedway promoter David Lander said yesterday.
"He was a very good man and a very good administrator. He will be sadly missed by all of us in the sport because more than anything else he was a genuine, nice bloke."
The running of the V8 Dirt Modified Stampede will be overshadowed by Paul Britten's death and a minute's silence will be held in his memory before the start of racing on Saturday.
The Stampede entry list is headed by reigning Australian champion Mark Robinson, who will start favourite.
Organisers said more than 20 cars have already entered the Stampede race.
A highlight of the race fixture will be the running of the New South Wales Championship for the AMCA sedan class.
Interest in the Wingless Sprint category is sure to focus on Mick Santin, who won the state title at the most recent Lismore meet.
Modlites and Classics, Street Stocks, Four Cylinder Sedans and Junior Sedans will also feature on Saturday's program.
All children aged 12 and under accompanied by an adult will be admitted free.