Great Britten powers into town
SPEEDWAY: The track will be lightning quick and so will be those chasing the Queensland V8 Dirt Modifieds title at Maryborough Speedway tonight.
Twenty-four of the best drivers in the business will hit the track at speeds of up to 140kmh in their powerful 700 horsepower machines.
It will be the first time the championships have been held in the Heritage City and the meeting has attracted a quality field.
Leading the charge to the chequered flag will be a man who knows just how to handle the track here – Australian champion Peter Britten.
The Brisbane-based driver is the current lap-record holder with a red-hot time of 12.969secs.
Britten said he was determined to put on a good show and with good reason.
“It could very well be my last drive in Australia for the year as I’ve been given the chance to race full-time in the United States,” Britten, who has won the Australian title for the past two years, said.
“I want to make it a good one if it is.”
But you can be sure Britten won’t have it all his own way – the rest of the talented line-up will see to that.
Former Australian champions, the Lismore duo of Mark Robinson and Andrew Pezzutti, defending Queensland champion and Australian number two, the Gold Coast’s Luke Oldfield, and New South Wales champion Phil McNamara, will also be chasing line honours.
Oldfield said he had no intention of giving his title up.
“This is about the only title that Pete (Britten) doesn’t own and I want to keep it that way,” Oldfield said.
Maryborough Speedway general manager and race commentator Ryan Harris said he was sure there would be a few stiff necks in the crowd come the end of the meeting.
“With all the rain we’ve had you can be sure that the track will be super fast,” Harris said.
“The lap record will come under attack for sure – it won’t be easy keeping up with these guys.
“They will be flat out from start to finish.”
Also on the program from race fans is the return of the flying Formula 500s.
They will contest the Fraser Coast Championship and 19 cars have nominated including newly crowned Victorian champion, Maryborough’s Dale Shilleto.
A huge field of forty-eight Street Sedans will battle it out to win the Mary 1000 and the $1000 first prize that goes with it while Nostalgia Sedans complete the 35 event program.
Racing starts at 4pm.