Dillon gets a head start on his rivals in World Series Sprintcars series race

IN-FORM South Australian sprintcar driver Luke Dillon believes his rich vein of form can take him to the World Series Sprintcars Championship.

Dillon landed the first blow in the race for the WSS crown by winning a drama-filled A main in round one at Adelaide’s Speedway City.

The triumph comes after he took points honours in round six of the Sprintcar Racing Association series at Premier Speedway last weekend.

Dillon, 31, yesterday declared he was capable of winning the crown, despite it being his first full WSS season since 2005-06. He said home-track advantage played in his favour at Adelaide on Wednesday — he has won the Speedway City track championship four times running.

But he is adamant tracks at Murray Bridge, Mount Gambier and Warrnambool could help him open up an early series lead.

The series continued at Murray Bridge last night. It heads to Mount Gambier tomorrow before a New Year’s Day showcase at Premier Speedway.

A WSS win would be a stellar achievement for Dillon, whose team has father Garry and brother Lee as crew.

“We were planning on winning it. We think we can go all the way if we go well enough,” Dillon said.

“That’s the goal of racing. We’d be happy to run top-five obviously but the ultimate goal is to win and that’s what we’re looking for.

“There’s no one on the payroll (in the team) or anything like that. We’re a family-based team up against some multi-million-dollar teams.

“It’s hard to race against the big teams but there’s nothing you can do about it if your budget is only as big as you can afford.

“Once the gate is shut none of that really matters.”

Dillon started out of position two for the A main in Adelaide but led from start to finish, defying a damaged front wing post in the process.

He topped an all-South Australian podium, with Brad Keller and Steve Lines filling the minor placings in the 35-lap feature.

US raider Tim Kaeding was a casualty, flipping his car on turn two late in the race.

“Adelaide I’m quite used to because I race on it a lot, but I enjoy the banked tracks like Murray Bridge, Warrnambool and Mount Gambier,” Dillon said.

Luke Dillon.

Luke Dillon.