WSS Season 2016-17 Presentation Dinner – 30 Year Anniversary

Words: Paul Griffin
Images: Peter Roebuck

DSC_1761The WSS (World Series Sprintcars) business moguls don’t muck around.

With the WSS Grand Finale winding up Saturday night at Perth Motorplex and James McFadden being crowned the Series Champion, it was time to draw the Championship to a final conclusion.

Last night (Sunday 26th Feb) saw the annual WSS Presentation dinner being played out at the Claremont Showgrounds in Western Australia.

In fact it was the 30th Anniversary Dinner and a large contingent of big names gathered to catch up, swap stories, have a feed and receive awards.

Its hard to believe, but WSS started way back in 1987 and George Tatnell was the inaugural champion that season.

Our regular photographer Peter Roebuck was lucky enough to secure a special invite and he took a truckload of photos for us to view.

Here’s the night though Peter’s lens:

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L to R: James McFadden with his Wester Swing Winner Trophy, Motorplex Head Track Announcer Con Migro and MC for the night Benny Bish

L to R: James McFadden with his Western Swing Winner Trophy, Motorplex Head Track Announcer Con Migro and MC for the night Benny Bish

Luch Monte was ecstatic in picking up the award for Outstanding Contributions to WSS

Luch Monte was ecstatic in picking up the award for Outstanding Contribution to WSS

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Luch Monte and James McFadden with a couple of their awards

Luch Monte and James McFadden with a couple of their awards

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Brooke Tatnell was one of the guests

Brooke Tatnell was one of the guests

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Motorplex Speedway Manager Gavin Migro and Benny Bish share a light moment

Motorplex Speedway Manager Gavin Migro and Benny Bish share a light moment

Monte Motorsport Crew Chief is interviewed by Benny Bish

Monte Motorsport Crew Chief Kim Buswell is interviewed by Benny Bish

Andrew Wright receives his Sportsman Trophy award

Andrew Wright receives his Sportsman Trophy award

JAmie Veal from Victoria took the overall 2nd Place award in the WSS CHampionship

Jamie Veal from Victoria took the overall 2nd Place award in the WSS Championship

James McFadden holds the WSS Champion Driver Perpetual Trophy - His name is now on at !. George Tatnell was the first winner back in 1987/88

James McFadden holds the WSS Champion Driver Perpetual Trophy – His name is now on at ! !  George Tatnell was the first winner back in 1987/88

James McFadden and a few of the "Lads"

James McFadden and a few of the “Lads”

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The Monte Motorsport Team were grateful winners of the 2016/17 WSS Championship

The Monte Motorsport Team were grateful winners of the 2016/17 WSS Championship

Brooke Tatnell and Associates

Brooke Tatnell and Associates

The KMS Team

The KMS Team

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Daniel Harding and Associates

Daniel Harding and Associates

Jamie Veal and Associates

Jamie Veal and Associates

Peter Roebuck (R) finds himself on the other side of the lens

Peter Roebuck (R) finds himself on the other side of the lens

The Krikke Clan

The Krikke Clan

L to R: Gavin Migro with Mum Linda and Dad Con

L to R: Gavin Migro with Mum Linda and Dad Con

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2017 WSS Championship Results – James McFadden Victorious in Series and Claims the Nights A-Main to Boot

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.

DSC_1734Armed 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.

DSC_1745The 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.

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WSS 2017 Champion – James McFadden – End Release

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WSS Sprintcars 2017 Champion is James McFadden – Quickee Report from Perth Motorplex

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News just to hand from our photographer in Western Australia Peter Roebuck, is that James McFadden driving the Monte Motorsport/Milwaukee Tools WA 17  has just taken out the 2017 WSS (World Series Sprintcars) Championship at Perth Motorplex in Western Australia.

Although racing is still very much underway and the A-Main is yet to run, McFadden has accumulated enough points in qualifying and heat racing to create a mathematical gap between himself and second placed Jamie Veal to guarantee the Series Victory.

The A-Main winner tonight may be another story———-who will it be?

The popular word around the traps is that Monte Motorsport Team Owner Luch Monte has told his driver James McFadden to go all out in the A-Main and create a spectacle for the fans —- basically “Win it or Bin It”

A huge crowd is attendance and they are rocking the world in that Perth Summer Heat that many of us know and love so well.

 

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Hang on for the ride and the full report tomorrow !

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WSS Perth Motorplex Results Feb 24th 2017 – Kerry Madsen Dominates Night 1

Words: Paul Griffin
All images compliments of Peter Roebuck

Last Night (Friday 24th Feb) Kerry Madsen led all competitors on a merry dance in Night 1 of the WSS Grand Final round at Perth Motorplex.

The current Australian Champion showed how good a Sprintcar talent he is by obliterating the opposition and winning the 30 Lap Night 1 A-Main by  a staggering 3/4’s of a lap.

His nearest rival was Victorian Jamie Veal and then came local Perth driver Jason Kendrick in the total A-Main  field of 20 cars.

DSC_3366Getting off to a good start, Madsen set the qualifying time trial bench mark with a Quick Time of 13.813.

Not far behind was Jamie Veal (13.982), then came James McFadden (14.346), Chad Ely (14.369), Brooke Tatnell (14.378) and first local in the scorecard Trent Pigdon (14.416).

Kerry Madsen came 2nd and 3rd in his heats.

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Happy Days: Kerry Madsen took the chequer on Night 1 of 2017 Perth Motorplex WSS

Total nomination count for the WSS round was 26 cars with 8 teams being non-locals.

Fancied Brooke Tatnell battled most of the night.

After winning Bunbury WSS the week before, Tatnell produced a mediocre set of qualifying coming in 5th in time trials and a 4th and 7th in heats.

Heats were a mixed affair and went the way of Taylor Milling, David Priolo, Daniel Harding x2, Jason Kendrick and Kye Scroop.

Harding started the meeting with mechanical issues and was unable to post a time trial, which essentially put the nail in his coffin for the night despite his great heat racing victories.

Harding battled through impressively in the A-Main to eventually cross the line in 12th. Had Harding posted some sort of time in qualifying, he may have been right up the pointy end with Madsen and co.

The final Championship deciding round of WSS will be run tonight at Perth Motorplex. Check out Torque Tube for the full report.

Former Australian Sprintcar Champion Ron Krikke congratulates Kerry Madsen on preliminary night

Former Australian Sprintcar Champion Ron Krikke congratulates Kerry Madsen on preliminary night

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Gavin Migro and Kerry Madsen

Perth Motorplex Speedway Manager Gavin Migro and Kerry Madsen

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Night 1 WSS Winner – Kerry Madsen

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Luch Monte shares a smile with Kerry Madsen

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Jason Kendrick gets into a spot of bother

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Trent Pigdon

Trent Pigdon was the best of the locals in time trials

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David Priolo and Mitchell Wormall

WSS Perth Motorplex 2017 – End Release

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WSS Bunbury Results – 18 February 2017 – Brooke Tatnell Wins

Words: Paul Griffin
All Images: Peter Roebuck

World Series Sprintcars (WSS) raced at Bunbury Western Australia last weekend in the second last round of the series.

Just four out of town Drivers made the big haul from the Eastern States – Brooke Tatnell, James McFadden, Jamie Veal and Steven Lines.

Fifteen other WA local drivers filled the nomination list to make it a modest 19 cars.

In the action packed feature it was  Brooke Tatnell who rose to the top and took a popular victory from James McFadden and Jamie Veal.

DSC_1181Next home was Steven Lines making the first four across the line from non-WA states.

The first local home was the defiant Jamie Maiolo, followed quickly behind by brother Brad and Trent Pigdon.

19 cars greeted the judge at the start of the race and only 12 were able to get to the chequers.

A massive incident involving Kye Scroop, Cameron Gessner and Steven Lines saw only Lines able to restart and massive damage to the rear of the “Scoop Mobile”.

Tatnell displayed great experience throughout the night. He bagged quick time of 13.108 from Jamie Veal 13.129 and James McFadden 13.183. Tatnell secured two third places in his heats and then won the pole shootout.

Heat winners were Trent Pigdon , Jamie Maiolo x2 and Steven Lines.

Local Myalup driver Jamie Maiolo’s poor time trial of 13.583 (10th) was unfortunate as he would have gone much closer to top point scorer had he been a bit quicker.

As it was he finished 4th in the pole shootout after being the 5th best on points after heats.

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WSS heads to Perth Motorplex this Friday and Saturday night (24th and 25th Feb) to decide who is the 2017 WSS Champion.

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Daniel Harding Wins Fast Friday Shakedown at Perth Motorplex

All Images: Peter Roebuck

Peter Roebuck took all his gear down to Perth Motorplex Friday night (17th Feb) and caught some awesome action.

There were plenty of thrills and spills across the classes and in something of a surprise Daniel Harding upstaged them all.

Second was Shaun Bradford followed by Victorian leadfoot Jamie Veal – All podium finishers were sporting “beards” !!

Here’s how Peter Roebuck saw the night.

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Valvoline Raceway Washout – Sat 18th Feb

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Words: Paul Griffin

Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway can’t take a trick at the moment.

Last weeks Sprintcar Meeting was cancelled due to extreme heat (44 degrees Celsius – 111 Degrees Fahrenheit) and yesterday VR Officials were reluctantly forced to cancel the second Sprintcar meeting in just seven days due to wild weather.

Friday saw the start of the tempest with wild storm cells sweeping across the Sydney sky that brought massive rainfall and hailstones the size of tennis balls.

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The sky clears after a massive afternoon weather offensive on Friday – Image Kitty Sierra

The same weather pattern was to shown its hand on Saturday as well with a repeat of massive rainfall, hailstorms and lightning.

Two women sheltering under a tree in a Sydney Metro park were struck by lightning and rushed to hospital.

 

Whopping Hailstones shower over much of Sydney

Whopping Hailstones shower over much of Sydney

 

The meeting will not be rescheduled.

 

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Extreme Weather Cancels Valvoline Raceway USC Sprintcars – 11th Feb 2017

Words: Paul Griffin
Saturday 11th Feb, 10am

sydneyLogoIn a ironical twist beyond belief, tonight’s USC Sprintcar meeting at Sydney Valvoline Raceway has been cancelled due to the extreme temperatures forecast.

While Perth and the Perth Motorplex have been inundated with record rainfall, Sydney is forecast to reach 44 degrees today (111 deg F).

The scorching heatwave that is sweeping across NSW will simply make things unbearable for drivers, teams, officials and spectators.

Valvoline Raceway MD Steven Green said yesterday “In the end it wasn’t really a difficult decision to make as we have a duty of care to provide competition and entertainment in the safest possible environment for spectators, teams and our operations team, and the reality is conditions are overwhelming here today, let alone tomorrow”

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World Series Sprintcars – Perth 11th Feb Meeting rainout

Words: Paul Griffin

The Perth Motorplex was scheduled to run WSS (World Series Sprintcars) tonight Saturday 11th Feb.

Unfortunately Mother Nature has come into forceful play with the Motorplex experiencing over 110mm of rain in a 24 hour period – nearly 4 1/2 inches in the old scale !!!!

Perth Motorplex is a stunning venue with world class drainage, but nothing on this planet can handle that amount of rain and come up trumps the next day for racing.

At this point officials say the event is not to be rescheduled.

WSS will head to Bunbury City Speedway next weekend and then return to the Motorplex for the two night Grand Finale of the Championship the following weekend (Feb 24 and 25).

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Mitchell Wormall Bags 2017 WA 360 Sprintcar Championship at Collie Speedway

All Images: Peter Roebuck

Last Saturday night saw the running of the 2017 WA 360 Sprintcar Championship. Peter Roebuck went along to Quit Collie Speedway and caught some fabulous action shots and a few pearlers with the sunset as a back drop.

Mitchell Wormall was victorious ahead of Michael Keen and Ben Ellement.

Here’s the awesome images that Peter Roebuck captured:

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2017 WA 360 Sprintcar Title podium: L to R – Michael Keen (2nd), Mitchell Wormall (1st), Ben Ellement (3rd)

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