Speedcar racer moves closer to title
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
BOYNE Island compact speedcar competitor Darren Dillon moved another step towards capturing the Australian title with an impressive feature event victory at Bundaberg on Saturday night.
Dillon, 35, is a past Australian champion, having captured the 2001/02 title ? an achievement he is determined to repeat this year.
The former Brisbane and Gold Coast competitor secured two wins and two second placings to take the overall honours on Sat-urday night ahead of a class field which included past national champions Darren Vine and Steve Swingler.
Having moved to Boyne Island midway through last year, Dillon has not let the increased travel requirements deter him from his Australian title bid.
He will compete at Brisbane's Archerfield (twice) and Bundaberg within the space of three weeks in late February and March in the build-up to the Australian titles which will also be staged in Bundaberg at Easter.
Dillon is leaving no stone un-turned in his bid for the title ensuring he is in peak condition for his campaign.
'We're classed as a recreation sport but it's part of our lives and you have to keep fit to do well,' Dillon said.
'I go to the gym and play squash and futsal to keep myself fit so I can do what I love.'
Dillon said compact speedcar driving was in his blood with his father Brian being a well-known speedway competitor throughout Australia in the period of the 1960s and 1970s.
After winning the rookie of the year award in his debut 1996/97 season, has been a regular top three finisher in state and national competition, peaking with his Australian title and the Queensland Compact Club Championship which also came in the 2001/02 season.
Having learnt his craft while go-kart racing as a junior, Dillon said he would love to have a crack at higher classes of speedway racing but could not justify the accompanying costs.
However, a second Australian title should be enough to keep the talented performer satisfied for awhile.