Column By: MICHELINA FRISS / DIRTCAR – CONCORD, NC – Peter Britten ended 2022 with a top-five finish in points. While many drivers would be satisfied with that result, the Brisbane, Queensland native firmly believes there is more to his potential.
“Last year, especially on the Super DIRTcar Series, I felt like we left a lot on the table,” Britten said. “We had a few mechanical woes that are not typical to have that took us out of some races. We had a couple bad runs at tracks that we should have done better at, being caught off guard on a couple things and making a couple bad decisions. I want to tighten back up and be better on the Series.”
His first attempt to do so will be at the DIRTcar Nationals, the season-opening event, Feb. 15-18, at Volusia Speedway Park.
Britten crossed off a major career goal last season when he captured a golden gator trophy during the second Feature of the week, beating Jimmy Phelps to the line by 0.025 seconds.
“When you get that close quite a few times and you never get over the line, you start wondering if it’s ever going to happen,” Britten said. “It was just as much of a relief and a weight off my shoulders as much as it was enjoyable, too. The gator trophy is one of the more well-known trophies out there in racing. Everyone knows that your aim is to go down south in February and try to catch a gator.”
Britten also added a second-place finish on night one and a third-place finish on night three. This year, he is ready to add “another little gator” to the trophy collection with hopes of also securing his first DIRTcar Nationals Big Gator Championship.
As far as the off-season, he was able to make a trip back to his home country Australia for the first time in three years due to the easing of COVID-19 travel restrictions. After a much-needed visit with his family, Britten came back state side to get himself ready for 2023. His preparation has included letting his body heal up and get himself in shape, physically, to be able to endure the grind of the season.
Along with being a full-time driver on the Series, “The Batman” plans on running weekly at Albany-Saratoga in Malta, NY and Land of Legends Raceway in Canandaigua, NY. His goals for his performance there are the same as for the Series.
“Every year, you’re trying to improve,” he said. “You’re trying to be ahead of where you were last year. That’s always the running goal… I want to try to capitalize on the opportunities that present themselves a little better this year.”