Luke Dillon dominated the 35 lap A-Main at Speedway City Virginia in Round One of the ENZED World Series Sprintcars Presented by Hog’s Breath Cafe, leading home an all South Australian podium in front of a huge and parochial home town crowd.
Despite a front wing post that had snapped off and speared right through the wing early in the Feature Race Dillon soldiered on and was never headed in the Action Line Marking / Hog’s Breath Cafe #81 Eagle.
Hot on his heels as the chequered flag flew was Dillon’s good friend Brad Keller who rocketed to a career best second place finish in the Fatchen Cartage Contractors #19 over Mt Gambier gasser Steven Lines in third in the Halls Motorsport #3 KPC.
“It’s awesome to have an all South Aussie podium,” beamed Dillon at the presentations, “we’ve worked hard for all these years and to finally get a main event win is fantastic and a credit to our team. My younger brother Lee is one of the best in the business when it comes to setting up these things.”
Keller was thrilled to record his career-best WSS result.
“I’m so pleased to see Luke get the win, he’s been trying a lot of years for this. We had a great car tonight ourselves and it feels great to finish behind him and be part of an all-South Australian top three.”
Steven Lines, the third in the SA trio, was also pleased for his fellow statesmen.”
“Its great to see Luke score a win and Brad did a great job too. It’s a good thing for South Australian racing and let’s hope it continues throughout the rest of Speedweek.”
The 35-lap feature event was bruising to say the least with several red light stoppages including the worst of it with American Tim Kaeding flipping over in a car-destroying wreck in turn two late in the event.
The Krikke Motorsport Cool Chassis was a complete throw away and the team will put together a new car in time for tomorrow night’s second round at Murray Bridge Speedway.
Rounding out the finishers in the battle-of-the-fittest feature race was Robbie Farr in fourth in the East Coast Pipelines #7 (who ran second more much of the main event) Shaun Dobson fifth in the Downing Brothers (who came from position #17 at the start of the race) Jason Johnson sixth (after starting 16th at the start) Shane Stewart seventh (after winning the B-Main and starting the A-Main from 15) Shaun Bradford eighth, Daniel Pestka ninth, Matt Egel tenth, Hayden Pitt eleventh, Steven Caruso twelfth and Luke Bowey thirteenth as the last place finisher.
DNF’s included Tim Kaeding (crash) James McFadden (flat right rear tyre) Ryan Jones (crash) Trevor Green (motor issue) Phillip March (mechanical) Kyle Hirst (engine fire)
Earlier in the night Trevor Green recorded the Revolution Quick Time in qualifying in his NATRAD #4 Maxim with a 13.121s lap.
Robbie Farr was the winner of the Vortex Gold Shootout and subsequently set a new lap record in the process with a sizzling lap in the ECP #7.
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