A crack field of 38 drivers has nominated for the 13th running of the Di Candilo Steel City Australian 360 Sprintcar Championship that will be held at the Perth Motorplex this Friday and Saturday nights.
Heading up the nominations is South Australian Luke Dillon who won the title at Mt Gambier in South Australia last year from Victorian Matthew Reed and WA’s Cameron Gessner.
Gessner is also in the field as part of a two-car team that includes local young gun Kaiden Manders and this pairing are just two of the many who believe they can take the title off Dillon.
Dillon has once again teamed up with WA-based Muir Motorsport in his bid to become a back-to-back champion.
He is a very experienced racer in both the 410 and 360 sprintcar divisions and has raced successfully on the World Series Sprintcars stage, in recent years with the WA-based Diamond Bay Motorsport.
He has also guest driven by the Ryan Lancaster team out of Perth, so he is no stranger to the Perth Motorplex and will be very hard to defeat this weekend.
Victorian Jamie Veal is also driver who will be hard to discount at the title.
The former World Series Sprintcars champion, who also has American racing experience, is hot property in this country at the moment.
Veal is very versatile, no matter what he races and he comes into the title with plenty of form on his side.
At the opening night of the two-night Krikke Boys Shootout at Quit Bunbury Speedway on the March long weekend Veal claimed feature races in both the 410 and 360 divisions.
In the 410s he drove to the win in his own V35, crossing the line ahead of James McFadden and Brooke Tatnell.
And he also won in the 360 class, driving for Monte Motorsport, to win from Manders and Ben Butcher.
Veal is driving the Monte 360 car as the team’s regular driver in McFadden has now gone back to America and was unable to race this show.
Given Veal’s experience and the firepower at his disposal in the potent W17, victory could easily be his.
South Australian throttle stomper Chad Ely is another driver in with a big chance.
He is a former national 360 champion and would love nothing more than claim another title.
This time around he is driving the Diamond Bay Motorsport W26 that is also not lacking in firepower or experience and he will go into this show will all guns blazing after a couple of WA hitouts with the local team.