Race on in Rocky for Australian V8 dirt modified title
SPEEDWAY: Brisbane's Kevin Britten will put the pedal to the metal as he races to defend his Australian V8 dirt modified title in Rockhampton this weekend.
The national title headlines McCosker Rocky Speedway's thrilling two-night Easter meeting at the city's showgrounds which revs into action tomorrow night.
Rockhampton Saloon Car Club president Josh Keene said the weekend had something for everyone, including the running of the inaugural Junior Sedan Piston Cup which has attracted 20 entries.
"Easter's finally upon us and this weekend we've got the V8 Dirt Modified Australian championship... 18 months in the making and finally all the big hitters are going to be here,” he said.
"The council have come on board to give us a hand for our first night of the title as well. It's just $10 admission for the first night and we've called it Forget the Flood Party and that's what it will be right from four o'clock.”
A red-hot field of 26 drivers will chase the Australian title, which was last staged in Rockhampton seven years ago.
"When we had them in 2010 they were an excitement class so we look forward to seeing what they can do on the big stage again this weekend,” Keene said.
"All eyes of Australia will be on us and we look forward to turning it on.
"In total (we'll have) about 80-odd cars in the pits each night. Over the two nights 160 cars will take to the dirt and throw it over the fence.”
Britten is bracing for a serious challenge in his bid to retain the coveted No.1 ranking, with five former Australian champions also in the hunt.
"The quality of the field is amazing, there's not many guys from the who's who that's missing,” he said.
"The plan is to win. We've just got to make sure we hit our marks and do what we've got to do.
"We've only been here once in the time I've been racing modifieds and it's a bit of a different track so it's going to take a bit to get used to it but I'm sure we'll be able to hit the ground running and adjust as we go.”
Gates open at 2pm both days, with a crazy kids pit party from 4pm and racing from 5pm.
A driver meet and greet will be held from 9am on Saturday.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Easter at the Speedway meeting
WHERE: Rockhampton Showgrounds, Exhibition Rd
WHEN: Racing from 5pm Saturday and Sunday
PROGRAM: Saturday - V8 dirt modifieds, Junior Sedan Piston Cup, modified sedans, street stocks; Sunday - V8 dirt modifieds, Junior Sedan Piston Cup, AMCA nationals, super stockers, street stocks, ramp racing