QUEENSLAND driver Kevin Britten led from start to finish to win the New South Wales V8 Dirt Modified Championship at Lucas Oil Lismore Speedway on Sunday night.
Britten, who began from pole position, scored an impressive victory after he was hounded throughout the 30-lap distance by the eventual runner-up, national champion Mark Robinson.
The third man to the chequered flag was David Clarke.
Britten was clearly the driver to beat after he was the top scorer in the qualifying heats.
Britten and Robinson figured in an exciting dice and in the last few laps.
Robinson made a couple of outside passing attempts in his late bid for victory in a race that was one of the most exciting NSW championships for V8 Dirt Modifieds seen in recent years.
Several yellow light caution periods punctuated the action during the running of the final.
The first occurred only four laps into the race, after a fuel spill from Mick Sauer's car was caused by a loose fuel cap.
Hard luck man of the race was Ray Eggins, who looked to have third placing in his keeping before he spun and crashed out.
Jai Stephenson was one of the fast movers in the event after he started well back in the field and finished fifth, even though he admitted after the race he missed the set-up on the car.
Meanwhile, emotion spilled over after physically handicapped driver Luke Watt finished runner-up in the junior sedan main event, won by Luke Whaler.
Other feature race winners on the night were DJ Raw (Litre sprints), Aaron Barnes (four-cylinder sedans), David Santin (wingless sprints), Geoff Rose (street stocks) and Brayd Stephenson (AMCA sedans).
The Litre Sprints will contest the Australian championship at Lismore Speedway on April 21 and a number of drivers were on hand Sunday night in a final shake-down run before the national championship.