Words: Paul Griffin
All images compliments of Peter Roebuck
James McFadden raced to the chequers to take a stunning victory in last nights 2017 WSS Grand Final A-Main at Perth Motorplex.
McFadden did it in style in front of a huge Motorplex crowd …… as reported earlier on Torque Tube he had amassed sufficient points to be declared the Series Champion during the course of the evening – in fact it was actually announced during the event that he was indeed the official 2017 WSS Champion.
Armed with this fact and the pressure completely off, McFadden set about making it a perfect night for the Luch Monte-owned Milwaukee Tools #17 Team.
To add to what was a memorable night, Grand Marshall for the evening was none other than the ubiquitous Con Migro.
Con was bestowed the GM duties in honour of his outstanding contribution to Australian Sprintcar Racing and as one of the key founders of WSS way back in 1987.
McFadden started from the second row and it didn’t take too long for him to stamp his ascendancy on the race.
Come feature time Crew Chief Kim “Buzzy” Buswell dealt McFadden a perfect set-up that came on after the early stages were done and dusted and fuel burn off lightened the car.
Kerry Madsen was however always a threat, just staying in touch with the Milwaukee Tools red rocket.
And the performance of “BIG” Cameron Gessner during the A-Main was also fantastic.
Traffic was one of McFadden’s weapons. He was able to thread his rig through the back markers making it very difficult for Madsen to even have a vague shot of getting past.
The race ran at a furious pace and just when it looked like going 30 laps non-stop, Taylor Milling had a moment through turns 3-4 and brought a pause to the proceedings with just 7 laps remaining.
Bunched up for a restart and with less that a heat race distance left, preliminary night winner Kerry Madsen had one last roll of the dice.
With two feet on the A1 accelerator he was able to catapult to the lead.
This was short lived however, as McFadden realising he had been caught punched the W17 back into the lead, displacing the current Australian Champion back into second.
After the 30 laps McFadden skated across the flagstand a mere 1.5 seconds ahead of Madsen – just behind in third was a great drive from local ace Cameron Gessner followed by Jason Kendrick and Victorian Jamie Veal.
McFadden now adds the 2017 WSS Champion title to his recent Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic victory – two massive achievements in 2017 !!
Earlier in the evening Ian Madsen won the B-Main and heats went to Trent Pigdon x2, Jason Kendrick, Mitchell Wormall and Jason Pryde.
Kerry Masden started the night as he did the night before and posted QT (13.951) – Madsen was strangely the only man into the “thirteens”, followed by Jamie Veal (14.189), Jason Kendrick (14.266), James McFadden (14.287) and Brad Maiolo (14.448)
Here’s how Peter Roebuck saw all the thrills and spills on the night.
WSS 2017 Champion – James McFadden – End Release