Aussie racing a priority for Lines

IN-FORM driver Steven Lines says he won’t abandon Australian sprintcar racing in favour of the United States.

Lines has dominated the sport so far this season with seven feature race wins and two seconds from nine races, including one at Allansford’s Premier Speedway last Saturday.

While Australia’s brightest talents trek annually to America in the off-season, with some pursuing full-time careers overseas, Lines has largely shunned the sport’s ancestral home.

The 29-year-old spent the winter at home in Mount Gambier preparing for a busy Australian summer.

Lines briefly raced in the States three years ago but his Halls Motorsport team owner Brian Hall is keen to mount a US campaign soon.

“This (Australia) is where I would like to be,” Lines told The Standard.

“I would like to go over there and get the experience but this (racing in Australia) is what I do for a living here.

“We’ve got to think about this first.” 

Lines, a successful motocross racer, cut his teeth at tracks like Lake Gillear before moving to speedway.

He is a former street stock sedan national title winner and about six years ago launched his sprintcar career.

He has won two Grand Annual Sprintcar Classics at Premier Speedway, numerous state titles and finished third twice in the national championship. He is aiming to fill the only notable gaps in his list of achievements this season — the Australian title and World Series Sprintcars (WSS) crown.

Lines continues his hectic campaign with round four of the Sprintcar Racing Association of Victoria series at Avalon tonight.

He will return to Premier Speedway on December 21 before the WSS opens on Boxing Day, punctuated by January’s Classic and February’s Australian title.

Meanwhile, a bumper field of 60 cars has nominated for round four of the SRA Victoria series at Avalon tonight.

Warrnambool drivers Jamie Veal, Darren Mollenoyux, Will Carroll and Carl Ludeman are among the field chasing early-season success.

Simpson stalwart John Vogels, Portland’s Adam King and Terang young gun Jack Lee will also make the trip up the Princes Highway. Dubbo driver Jeremy Cross has a commanding lead after three rounds. He has 1191 points, ahead of Lee, 925 and Michael Van Bremen, 825.

Round three of the Victorian Stampede Series for formula 500s highlights the action at Simpson Speedway tonight.

Rain washed out the opening two rounds of the series, at Portland and Avalon, meaning drivers are itching to finally hit the track.

The meeting — the first at Simpson for the season — will also feature street stocks, limited sportsmen and V8 dirt modifieds.

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