Speedcars tear up track with pulsating action
By LEE GASKIN
A WET track and a dramatic crash were not going to spoil the night for Brisbane driver Darren Dillon.
Dillon extended his lead in the championship after Round 3 of the Compact Speedcar Super Series at Carina Speedway on Saturday night.
After he suffered a brake problem that kept him out of the second event, the 37- year-old showed his class to win race three before he took control of an interrupted feature event.
Spectators and drivers alike drew a collective breath when Shane Klass flipped his vehicle in spectacular fashion, bouncing down the track several times before coming to a halt.
Klass suffered only minor injuries and after spending the night in hospital, was yesterday released to return home.
With the main event stopped for a considerable length of time, Dillon said it was always "difficult to get the momentum back after sitting cold."
Even with the small field of 12, the quality shone through, with current Australian champion Darren Vine pushing all the way to finish second, while Brad Sloan claimed the final podium position.
Vine and Dillon have built up a fierce rivalry over the past 12 months, something Dillion said "pushed him harder and made him a better driver."
In other action on the night, Bundaberg drivers Allan Nash and Russell Baldry both held the lead in the Division 1 Sedans only to both retire with mechanical problems.
Gavin Lorensen then cruised home, taking the chequered flag from Tim Atkin and Neil Keldoulis.
There were a few restarts in the Division 2 Street Sedans before Richard Bronsan claimed the win, while Maryborough's Scott Thomsen was too strong in the Junior Sedans.
It was a see-sawing battle in the Improved Sedans as Craig Scott, Dennis Booth and Allan Nash were involved in a three-way tussle for the lead.
However, Scott clinched the victory, in front of Booth, with Nash in third.