Last weekend, Warren Luff was unlucky not to have left Mallala with a lead in the Development Series championship. After a dissapointing round, Luff must perform at Bathurst next month to stay in the championship hunt.

Luff and Decina Racing were at the top of the HPDC Development Series leaderboard for an all too brief moment at Mallalla last weekend. Heading into the South Australian round, Luff was second in the series to Dean Canto, and was looking to leapfrog the DJR driver.

Luff, currently second in the race for the championship, won the first of three races, and was looking to take a serious lead in the championship until late in race two, when an oil spill spat the young driver off the circuit, and out of contention for a round win.

"It is disappointing to come away from the weekend still in second place, when realistically there was an opportunity to snatch the lead this weekend," said Luff.

"On the positive there are still two rounds remaining in the Championship and we are only 18 points away from the lead, as we have seen this weekend anything can happen and one race can make or break a Championship.

"We struggled a bit in practice and qualifying but come race time the Decina Falcon was very good to drive. In the second race which was the reverse grid race, we improved the car even more and I was one of the fastest drivers coming through the pack. I got caught out by some oil that had been dropped on the circuit by Macrow's car and it cost me dearly."

Despite not finishing the second race Luff's results rewarded him with 12th position for the round and remaining in second place in the Championship, 18 points adrift of Championship leader Dean Canto.

With only two rounds remaining, the Championship is still wide open. Luff will take the fight to Canto at Bathurst's Super Cheap Auto 1000, before the finale at Phillip Island decides who the 2005 Holden Peformance Driving Centre V8 Devlopment Series champion will be.



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