The V8 Dirt Modified of in-form Queensland driver Peter Britten.
The V8 Dirt Modified of in-form Queensland driver Peter Britten. Tony Powell

V8 Dirt Modified speedway title is wide open

THE annual Mr Modified Trophy event at Lismore Speedway tonight appears the most open in years.
There are a number of strong contenders, with the best V8 Dirt Modified drivers from New South Wales and Queensland among the entries.

Promoter David Lander says whoever wins the 2008 event will have to be on his game right from the start.

“This will be a tough event with a number of contenders in the field,” Lander said.

“The Mr Modified race is one of those events that brings out the best in everyone.

“I honestly believe there are upwards of 10 drivers who could have their name engraved on the winner’s trophy at the end of the night.”

The form driver is Queensland’s Peter Britten, who comes to Lismore fresh from consecutive victories at the Brisbane International Speedway last week.

He will drive one of the recently imported American Troyer factory-built V8 Dirt Modifieds.

Despite a nagging foot injury sustained in an off-track work-related accident, Britten is ready to give the Modified Trophy race his best shot.

He says he will use the same tactics that earned him success in Brisbane.

“I played the waiting game early on in the feature race as I didn’t want to do anything silly and my patience paid off,” Britten said.

“For a number of laps I worked away at the top of the track and then I was able to build up momentum, drive around the outside and take the lead.

“Once I got out in front I was able to settle down into a rhythm and go on to take the win without much hassle.

“I hope that’s how it pans out in Lismore.”

Additional interest in the race centres on the format, which comprises twin 25-lap feature events with a five-minute pit stop at the end of the first 25-lapper.

A pit area on the infield will be set up for crews to service their car before their driver lines up on the starting grid for the second stanza.

The overall best performer from the twin 25-lap main events will be declared the 2008 Mr Modified champion.

The defending titleholder is New South Wales champion Andrew Pezzutti, who enters the event as one of the favourites.

Support races tonight include dwarf cars, street stocks, four-cylinder sedans and junior sedans.
Santa Claus will parachute into the circuit on his way back home to the North Pole after his hectic workload on Christmas Day.

All children under 12 will be admitted free ifaccompanied by an adult.


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