Words Paul Griffin, All Images Peter “Straight Shooter” Roebuck
South Australian Luke Dillon driving for the WA Owned Diamond Bay Motorsport #26 entry took first place honours in the 2013 King of Wings blue ribbon event at Perth Motorplex last Saturday. Dillon crossed the line a second ahead of Jamie Maiolo with Brad Maiolo rounding out the podium a further 2 seconds in arrears. Dillon took no time in unbuckling himself and climbing his top wing to celebrate with the obligatory “Wing Dance”.
Dillon is having a cracker season in the Bunbury Auto Group Sponsored #26 machine and could very well make the 2013 AHG series a whitewash if thing continue as they are at present for the Team.
Dillon started off pole position after setting 2nd Quick Time (14.204) and taking out the A-Dash. Quick timer for the night was Jason Kendrick (14.196) who came 6th in the feature despite having a massive tumble earlier in the program and having to qualify for an A-Main berth by taking out the Mid Pack Madness event.
NSW import and former GASC Champion Ian Loudoun driving the brilliantly prepared
W65 Valvoline Maxim entry also had to get his stripes for the A-Main by qualifying through the Mid Pack Madness repechage. He crossed the line behind Jason Kendrick to take second and was ultimately 5th in the KOW Final.
Twenty four cars greeted the judge for the start of the 32nd running of the Scardifields Smash Repairs King of Wings. It was a torrid affair with just 16 cars making the distance. Current AHG Series Champion “Slammin” Cam Gessner was consistent coming 3rd in the A-Dash and 4th across the line in the feature. Young charger Carl Dowling had a respectable night coming home in 8th ahead of one of the race favourites Mark Wells.
Shaun Bradford put on a great show in the A-Main hounding Dillon on many occasions, only to retire with a broken header pipe with 8 laps to go. It may have been a different outcome if Bradford’s rig had not sustained the injury.
In-form David Priolo was 10th quickest in time trials (14.685) and was 3rd in the B-Dash. In the end it was a disappointing finish to a promising night for the #8 Budget Forklifts Team. After starting out of position 6, the number 8 machine ended upside down after holding down third spot and challenging for the lead in the 40 lap final. They had been quick all night.
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The next round (RD5) of the AHG Series is set down for this Saturday Night at Quit Bunbury Speedway.