Dirt flies: winner accused of taking short cut
SOUTH Australian Luke Dillon captured round eight of ENZED World Series Sprintcars Championship at a record-breaking night of action at Lucas Oil Lismore Speedway.
Saturday night's race ended in controversy, though, after second-placed Brooke Tatnell claimed Dillon used the infield as he overtook Tatnell for the win.
"I passed the lapped car on the outside and as he (Dillon) came through on the inside I got showered with dirt and dust as we came off turn four on to the main straight," Tatnell said.
"The only way you can kick up dirt and dust like that at this place is when you run on the infield.
"I know that Luke doesn't race like that but in my view he clearly passed me on the infield," he said.
"In my opinion that move cost us this race."
Meanwhile, Warrnambool's Jamie Veal recorded a career-best WSS result with a strong third placing.
The event attracted what was arguably the biggest crowd seen at the historic Lismore Showground in the 46 years speedway has been conducted at the venue.
The fans were rewarded with a thrilling main event as Tatnell and Dillon battled for supremacy.
Tatnell led the field for the first four laps in his Toyota Genuine Parts KMS Cool chassis Sprintcar before Dillon overtook him.
Though the lead duo went back and forth in their quest for the lead spot, timing monitors showed Dillon led every lap from five to 30 - a reality that didn't really reflect the see-sawing battle that he and Tatnell had for much of the race.
For Dillon, it was finally a reward for showing raw car speed after he was fastest in time trials.
He also posted the fastest ever lap time at Lucas Oil Lismore Speedway with a smoking 11.011s lap that was spectacularly close to the first ever 10-second lap.
That earned him pole position alongside Tatnell in the main event.
Meanwhile, Litre Sprint racing was highlighted with a new eight lap track record established by Scott Genrich after he lowered the mark by 2/100ths of a second.
He and previous record holder Kurt Wilson figured in an exciting heat race battle before Genrich got the win and with it a new time for the distance.
Genrich also took out the Litre Sprint main event.
Other main events winners included Shane Newstead (AMCAs), Luke Gray (Street Stocks A-Main One) and Lindsay Clapham (Street Stock A Main Two).