Images by Peter “Straight Shooter” Roebuck
Words by Darren “The Digger”
SOUTH Australian Luke Dillon is the 2013-14 AHG Sprintcar Series champion after wrapping up the series at the Perth Motorplex last Saturday night.
He finished third in the Gold Cup Grand final behind Sydney driver Ian Loudoun and Perth young gun Daniel Harding but it was enough for him to seal the deal for the ultra-professional Diamond Bay Motorsport crew.
Gold Cup Podium L to R: Daniel Harding 2nd, Ian Loudoun 1st, Luke Dillion 3rd. That was enough for Dillon to secure the AHG Championship
Happy Man: Luke Dillon
Dillon finished on 2567 points, seven clear of former series champion Jamie Maiolo on 2560 after Maiolo powered from P17 to finish fourth in a very strong drive.
Mark Wells nailed down third overall with 2540 points after holding down fourth in the feature race for some time before dropping back to finish.
Jason Kendrick, who claimed a DNF in round one of The Chase series and then banked two podium finishes, earned enough points last night to fourth on 2530 with Brad Maiolo struggling in the last show but ultimately he finished fifth on 2525.
Dillon started the night in the best possible fashion setting quick time but he blistered his right rear tyre in the process and due to the two tyre per night rule he had to run it in the heats.
He claimed a fourth and a win in the heats before finishing fourth in the Gold Dash to start from P4 in the all-important 30-lap final.
At the completion of the series Dillon had a bit of time to reflect on his commitments to the AHG Series, along with World Series Sprintcars.
“It’s been a hard season…the whole team has put in a huge effort,” Dillon said.
“We knew it was going to be hard to win this but we managed to win three rounds early in the year (to qualify for The Chase), but it is always hard to come here and do well and I am just happy.”
Dillon said he enjoyed racing at the Motorplex.
“I love the way you can just drive and dive under someone flat out and still not make a pass.
“It’s got so many different varieties and it (the track) was so different to last night…I love it…it’s great.”
Now that the season is over Dillon said they would start negotiations and make plans for the 2014-15 season.
Given their strong performance this season it is a combination worth maintaining that could prove a thorn in the side of many of their rivals.
Congratulations to Luke Dillon!
Overall points: Luke Dillon 2567, Jamie Maiolo 2560, Mark Wells 2540, Jason Kendrick 2530, Brad Maiolo 2525, Lee Nash 2524, Callum Williamson 2492, Kye Scroop 2462, Jason Pryde 2446, Ryan Lancaster 2442, Cameron Gessner 2372, Trent Pigdon 2367, Cale Sotiroff 2018, Sheldon Brady 1970, Daniel Harding 1674, David Priolo 1656, Shaun Bradford 1468, Carl Dowling 1196, Jason Boland 1184, Troy Beckingham 1088, Brodie Minchin 1026, Matt Young 252.
Luke Dillon in action during Friday Prelim Night
Jason Boland runs the high banks at Kwinana on Prelim Night
General John Day and Speedway Manager Gavin Migro
Ian Loudoun snapping at the heals of Luke Dillon
Luke Dillon took preliminary night honours
Prelim night Podium L to R: Ian Loudoun, Luke Dillon and Jason Kendrick
Callum Williamson struck trouble on Final night of the Gold Cup
Jason Boland takes a tumble
Carl Dowling also landed in trouble
Daniel Harding had a great battle with Luke Dillon
The Motorplex Fireworks capped off the season finale