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Defending Qld champ Britten among elite M'boro field

MAN TO CATCH: Brisbane's Kevin Britten, who won the V8 Dirt Modified Australian Title at Rockhampton, will defend his Queensland crown tonight.
MAN TO CATCH: Brisbane's Kevin Britten, who won the V8 Dirt Modified Australian Title at Rockhampton, will defend his Queensland crown tonight. Contributed ROK170417av8dirtmod3

HE HAS three state titles and one national title to his name but Kevin Britten knows he will have to produce his best to win at Maryborough Speedway.

The hot field includes current New South Wales champ Tim Morse and Victorian title-holder Scott Cannon, but Britten said any of the 21-strong field could win.

"I haven't really looked at the nominations but this race never really has a dark horse," he said.

"Anyone could win."

The Brisbane driver's strategy is simple: stay out of trouble and drive faster and cleaner than anyone else.

It is a strategy that has led Britten to the Australian, West Australian, South Australian and Queensland titles, the latter of which he will defend at the Heritage City track.

Britten's background in the sport extends more than a decade. He grew up watching his older brother compete in juniors, had his first race at Archerfield Speedway when he was 12 - the track at which he won his first Australian title some 10 years later - and has competed at some of the country's best facilities.

It took three years for the Britten, now 23, to win his first senior state title, and had raced for six years before he won his first national title.

He has enjoyed a high level of success since that first state championship, but will face a serious challenge tonight.

"It definitely will be tough. A lot of those guys have raced at Maryborough so they know how the track works," Britten said.

Gates open at 1pm with races scheduled to start at 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

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