Cannon shoots for second title
NEWCASTLE’S Scott Cannon will be part of an elite group of drivers in the Australian V8 Dirt Modified Championship at the Lismore Speedway this weekend.
The second-generation racer will be one of just four Australian champions in the field, joining defending champion Peter Britten, Mark Robinson and Andrew Pezzutti.
“Winning an Australian title is special,” Cannon said.
“I won in Perth in 2001 but it wasn’t in my own car and I probably didn’t really appreciate it as much as I should have. It would be nice to win one in my own car and closer to home.”
Cannon appeared on track to challenge for a second Australian title two years ago at Manjimup in Western Australia, but Britten took top honours when Cannon blew a tyre midway through the main event.
“I should have won at Manjimup,” he said.
“Changing engines really cost me over there, but that’s gone now. We have to look to the future and try to win another one up here.”
Cannon comes into the national championship in a brand new Bicknell V8 Dirt Modified and has demonstrated remarkable pace after just two races.
“We are still learning about the new car but it seems to be going all right so far,” he said.
Cannon and more than 30 of Australia’s other top V8 Dirt Modified drivers will line up in the Australian championship on Friday and Saturday nights.