Words & Pics by Paul Griffin
The World Series Sprintcars traveling Sprintcar Show that is Australia’s equivalent to America’s World of Outlaws headed West across the nation recently to commence the rundown to the end of the competition.
First stop was for Round 11 last Wednesday (1st Feb) at Kalgoolie International Speedway where Brooke Tatnell triumphed over Kerry Madsen in 2nd and Jason Johnson in 3rd.
Earlier in the race American Shane Stewart driving for Monte Motorsport established a commanding lead and had set sail such that he was in a league of his own. The spinning
Grant Anderson unfortunately caused Stewart to slam into to him while leading. Stewart then exited and Brook Tatnell inherited the lead.
Despite a good battle with Madsen, Tatnell was able to hold on for the win.
Later during presentations Tatnell acknowledged the hapless luck of Shane Stewart, but at
the same time was happy for his own KMS Team to bag a victory – especially being a back-to-back victory after they took their 5th Australian Title in Adelaide the week prior.
Once again Ryan Farrell proved what a determined driver he is. After considerable difficulties he secured an A-Main transfer after coming from the rear of the B-Main and showed signs of vintage Farrell working the High Line where most were too apprehensive to run. Farrell was on a mission and continued the same High Line visual extravaganza in the A-Main. He surged forward in scintillating fashion until the “Top” went away and better drive was found by others on the “rubber-down” pole line. He drifted back a few spots as a result and his 12th finishing position was certainly NOT reflective of his “Rock the World” drive. Watch out when WSS gets to his favourite track this weekend – BUNBURY !
After Kalgoorlie the cars headed for the beautiful seaside town of Albany for Round 12
at Atwell Park – Sat 4th Feb.
Jason Johnson took out his 2nd WSS A-Main for the season from current WSS points
leader James Mcfadden and 3rd placed Kerry Madsen.
Fourth across the line was a fast finishing Max Dumesny who very nearly stole the
final podium from Madsen when he found good car speed down low on the bottom.
It wasn’t all easy sailing for Jason Johnson with James McFadden putting on a determined drive in the 30 lap final. McFadden lead for most of the race with Johnson passsing him with 7 laps to go – Mcfadden continued to snap at Johnson’s heels in the final stages with a dogged determination to try and stretch his WSS point score lead over Brooke Tatnell. Tatnell was to finsish a lowly 8th which helped Mcfadden bucket-loads.
Robbie Farr had another night he would prefer to forget binning the #7 East Coast Pipelines entry and losing valuable points to make his chance of winning the series
Tomorrow Wednesday 8th Feb the Teams head to Manjimup Speedway in WA’s South for the running of Round 13. Then a short haul across to Bunbury City Speedway for two nights of racing for Round 14 this Friday (10th) and Saturday (11th).
The Series Final (Round 15) is a double header – two night affair at Perth’s Motorplex on 17th and 18th Feb.
As at Tuesday 7th Feb, the WSS top 5 point scorers are:
- James McFadden – 3497
- Brooke Tatnell – 3088
- Jason Johnson – 3067
- Robbie Farr – 2936
- David Murcott – 2862
Can anyone stop James McFadden, ……… an uncontracted driver to the Series taking it out ?