First year, first NZ title in super saloons

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By MATT TSO

Cromwell engineer Peter Dickson led from start to finish to win his first National Super Saloons Championship last week.

The win on January 7 came in front of a record home crowd at Cromwell’s Central Motor Speedway in a field of 22 competitors.

Dickson said he had not had time to think about his achievement after a weekend of celebrating.

“I feel good, but I don’t think it’s sunk in yet. I’d say [it will have sunk in] when I’m back on the track with the number 1 on my car.”

He felt good leading into the race and took the lead in the first of 30 laps.

“I felt like we’d given ourselves the best chance possible and done all the right things. I just didn’t want to make any mistakes. I had to get every lap right.”

He said the New Zealand title had been his main goal this season but with racing continuing until April, a few more wins would be nice.

Dickson has spent three and a-half years in speedway, having progressed from carting.

He is in only his first year racing super saloons. Last season he raced in the saloon class, in which he came second at the national championships in Gisborne.

“I think the super saloons suit my driving style better,” Dickson said.

He spent about four months of evenings and weekends building his car in his old employer’s workshop.

Though he built his car himself, a few of his family members and mates are also involved in maintaining it and helping on race days.

Dickson comes from a racing family. His father, uncles and grandfather have all been involved in speedway.