Britten’s Super Dirt Week domination
The inaugural Super Dirt Week Series for V8 Dirt Modifieds was fought out over the Christmas-New Year period at Hessions Auto Parts Grafton Speedway, and it saw both rounds dominated by Queenslander Kevin Britten.
Britten, the current and five-time Australian V8 Dirt Modified Champion, showed his class over both rounds (December 28 and January 3) and proved too strong around the 440-metre Grafton Speedway track.
On December 28, for the opening Hessions Auto Parts Super Dirt Week Series round, Britten paced the field for the entire-30-lap journey. At the fall of the chequered flag, he defeated local and pole sitter Joshua Rose in second and 2001 Australian Champion Scott Cannon in third. Victorian visitor Todd Hobson narrowly missed out on a podium finish in fourth. Brock Gardiner continued his impressive 2021-22 season form in the Sportsman category by coming out on top on his way to finishing seventh outright.
The second and final Super Dirt Week Series round was held on January 3, and it resulted in yet another Britten victory, which sealed him the overall Super Dirt Week Series point standings honours. On this occasion in the 30-lap feature race, Britten once again paced the field from beginning to end and once again defeated Joshua Rose in second and another local Andrew Firth in third. For the second Grafton Speedway race meeting in a row, Hobson, who had won the previous night’s Paul Britten 44 Memorial at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway, ended up fourth, after his podium hopes were dashed in the closing stages following him running low on fuel. Gardiner, who had finished eighth outright, yet again came out on top in the Sportsman category.
In the December 28 support class action, the feature-race wins were shared between Jacob Jolley (Wingless Sprints) ahead of Andrew Seery and Ray Eggins, local Tony Blanch (AMCA Nationals) was guest driving for the Eveleigh Motorsport team and downed Tim Luscombe and Max Cotton, Brendan Wakeman (RSA Street Stockers) showed his class and defeated Gavin Wade and Brock Armstrong, Ash Graham (Production Sedans) came out on top ahead of Madison Harkin and Ian Bell, Will Butler (Modlites) picked up the spoils by outpacing rookie Joshua Herne and Glen Hoogwaerts, Brock Armstrong (RSA Four Cylinder Sedans) emerged the winner ahead of Dave Putsey and Taylor Lofthouse, Ryley Smith (RSA Junior Sedans) proved too good for Sam Mooney and Jeremy Wade, and Jaiden Santin (SSA Junior Sedans) defeated Harry Fowler and Levi Payne.
The January 3 support class feature-race wins went the way of Jacob Jolley (Wingless Sprints) who outpaced Seiton Connor Young and Andrew Seery in second and third place respectively, local Adrian Williams (RSA Street Stockers) claimed the opening Northern Rivers Rumble Series round ahead of fellow local Brendan Hayes in second and Connor Reeves in third, Madison Harkin (Production Sedans) came out on top by outpacing Demi Clarke and Daniel Bridge, Jeremy Wade (RSA Junior Sedans) picked up a comprehensive win by defeating Sam Mooney and Brock Stubbs, and Paul Truman (SSA Junior Sedans) scored the win ahead of Jorga Woofle and Luke McNabb.
The next race meeting at Grafton Speedway is going to be on the Saturday night of February 12, which is going to feature Late Models, Microsprints (Australian Title), RSA Street Stockers, Production Sedans, RSA Four Cylinder Sedans and RSA Junior Sedans.
Grafton Speedway would like to thank Hessions Auto Parts for their support throughout the 2021-22 season. Based in Grafton, along with their nearby Coffs Harbour location, Hessions Auto Parts stock a wide range of parts and accessories at competitive prices. To find out more about Hessions Auto Parts, you can contact them on 0266 423 085 (Grafton) and 0256 456 361 (Coffs Harbour) or visit their website at www.hessionsautoparts.com.au.
For more information, please contact Grafton Speedway promoter Mick Corbett on 0427 310 009. You can also visit their website at www.graftonspeedway.com.au or LIKE them on Facebook by searching Grafton Speedway.