Driv­ing am­bi­tion

War­ren Luff is look­ing to break into the big time, writes Paul Gover

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Motorsport -

SU­PER­SUB War­ren Luff has trans­lated race-lead­ing pace along­side James Court­ney this year into a full-time V8 Su­per­car cham­pi­onship drive next year.

Luff jumps into the Gulf Western Com­modore fielded by Lu­cas Dum­brell’s rookie team in Tas­ma­nia next week for the fi­nal races this year be­fore a full sea­son in the main game next year.

It’s his big break af­ter two un­pro­duc­tive runs in the past – first with Dick John­son’s team dur­ing its un­pro­duc­tive years and then with Ja­son Bright at Britek – and Luff knows he must make it work.

‘‘The main game is un­fin­ished busi­ness,’’ says Luff. ‘‘ I’m grate­ful to Lu­cas for this chance and I in­tended to be suc­cess­ful.’’

Luff is aim­ing for top 10 pace next year but will be happy to stay out of trou­ble in the run to this year’s grand fi­nal at the Syd­ney 500.

‘‘This year is about learn­ing, so we can go for­ward next year.’’

Luff is recog­nised as one of the coun­try’s top co-driv­ers and is the first to con­firm a full-time deal for 2011.

Steve Owen, who starred with TeamVoda­fone along­side Jamie Whin­cup, is soon ex­pected to get a break with Paul Mor­ris in the Cas­trol Com­modore raced by Greg Mur­phy. Dum­brell says he wants Luff to drive in his team. ‘‘I’m not in V8 Su­per­car rac­ing to make up the num­bers at the back of the field,’’ Dum­brell says. ‘‘We want to im­prove and build a base for a longterm fu­ture.’’

Dum­brell says the de­ci­sion to move quickly with Luff is in­tended to give his team a spring­board into next year.

‘‘It’s a bit like the pre-sea­son footy com­pe­ti­tion. There is no point in get­ting to Abu Dhabi next year and then tak­ing four races for War­ren to get used to a Walkin­shaw Com­modore and a new team and a new en­gi­neer. We want to hit the ground run­ning.’’

Big break: James Court­ney (front) and War­ren Luff dur­ing the Gold Coast 600 driv­ers pa­rade. Pic­ture: Mark Calleja

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