Reigning Australian V8 Dirt Modified Champion Kevin Britten added the South Australian Championship to his burgeoning resume on Saturday night with a thrilling victory at the Murray Machining and Sheds Murray Bridge Speedway.
Britten recovered from an uncharacteristic DNF in his opening heat to take victory in the main event, mowing down early race leader Scott Cannon with just a handful of laps remaining.
“This is awesome”, offered Britten post-race. “Coming to Murray Bridge for just the second time ever and to be able to produce a car like that for the Feature I was pretty proud of myself and pretty proud of the car”
“I knew I had a good car but I also knew it would going to be tough to get to Scott and it was going to be tougher to pass him because I knew as soon as I got underneath him he would try to take my line. But luckily I was able to get underneath him and stay there”
Cannon was the highest qualifier after three rounds of heats and got made the most of his front-row starting position, establishing a handy lead over the first half of the race. Under intense pressure from Britten, Cannon made his one and only mistake of the night, almost looping his Hi-Tec Oils-backed Bicknell trying to keep the Australian Champ at bay. That one mistake from Cannon was all that Britten needed to steal the race lead, relegating Cannon to second.
“One mistake” rued Canon. “I tried to outsmart myself I tried to block Kevvy but I screwed it up, I just tried to block him and slow him down a little bit. To lead for 16 or 17 laps and to lose it like that is pretty disappointing”
While the battle at the front was enthralling, the final podium position wasn’t decided until late in the race, with Queenslander Lee McKinnell, edging out Paul Tindal for third.
“To finish on the podium is all we were asking for tonight” said McKinnell, who also finished third in the Western Australian Championship a few weeks prior. “I was just going a little bit too hard thinking I could get underneath them at the start but having a push at the start didn’t really help me and I went backwards. But once I calmed back down and got my head in the game I started making positions and ended up back in third”
Front-row starter Craig Wicks was fifth, from Darren Clarke and local Ian Neal.
Despite missing out on the South Australian Championship win, Scott Cannon earned enough points during the night to secure the Round Win in the Five Star Dirt Series, which continues this coming Saturday night at the Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway.