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Allen eager to lock in 2025 main game seat

TEEN sensation Kai Allen has voiced a desire to secure his Repco Supercars Championship future sooner than later.

Allen is gunning to become the first driver in Super2 history to win back-to-back crowns, but he’s making no secret of the bigger picture being a full-time main game seat for 2025.

The 18-year-old is considered a Dick Johnson Racing protégé and will co-drive the Shell V-Power #17 Mustang at this year’s enduros, but the general consensus is that he will be somewhere on the grid next season – i.e. with a rival, if DJR does not promote him.

Allen made his intentions clear in a post-race television interview on Saturday after taking his third straight win to open his title defence. A mostly uninterrupted Race 1 allowed the Dunlop Series field to get through 36 laps on that occasion.

“It’s really good for me, hopefully stepping into the main game next year, just to get those longer races under my belt which we haven’t seen in the past in Super2,” he said.

Pressed further by V8 Sleuth the following afternoon on his 2025 plans, Allen said: “Nothing is set in concrete yet, which is obviously a little bit nerve-racking for me.

“I’d like to get some stuff locked away but I have just got to keep doing what I have got to do. I want to aim to be in main game next year.

Kai Allen. Pic: Ross Gibb

“I think I have done as much as I can in Dunlop Series at this stage. We’ll keep chipping away at it; I love this series, it’s great fun, you have got some really competitive guys to keep pushing me further and further to work on my craft.

“We’ll see what we can do to try to get in the main game next year and just looking forward to keep working hard in Super2 for the rest of the year and see where we end up.”

Sunday in Perth presented Allen with his first hurdle of the season, after a rare slip-up in qualifying meant he started Race 2 down in 13th.

He managed to negotiate chaos to be ninth when a wild encounter was declared. That was enough for the Eggleston Motorsport driver to secure another round podium and retain the series lead.

“Dan (Kroehn), my engineer, said ‘you can’t win the championship this race but you can definitely lose it’ so that was always on my mind,” Allen revealed.

Round 3 of the Dunlop Series will unfold in Townsville in July.

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