Words and Pics – Paul Griffin (Posted Friday 17th Feb at 8:00pm West Aust time)
In what is arguably the biggest Anti-Climax in Australian Sprintcar Racing for season 2012, Australia’s James McFadden driving the NQ25 Totally Workwear entry has taken out the 25th World Series Hi-Tec Oils Sprintcar Championship well before the chequer drops on tomorrow nights Round 15 Final. Interest now only lies in which Driver’s will fill the minor placings.
No one can deny how good James McFadden has driven during the series – the very reason that has seen him amass “winning points” almost two race meetings before the Series end.
The combination of McFadden’s qualifying effort and a win in his first heat tonight at the Perth Motorplex was all it took to increase his lead from his nearest rival – USA’s Jason Johnson, and make it mathematically impossible to surpass in the racing remaining tonight and tomorrow night (18th Feb).
All this achieved very early in the program on night one of the two night double header at the Perth Motorplex in Western Australia.
Adding to the Anti-Climax is that fact that only two heats had been run before this news came to light. Couple that with the fact that James McFadden is actually an un-contracted Driver in the Series and is ineligible to claim the $20,000 Series Points prize money, and long time WSS Racer and “crowd puller” Max Dumesny announced in the last day that he will not race WSS next year, organisers must be scratching their head and wondering why is it so.
Dumesny’s decision to step down from racing WSS in 2013 was allegedly related to the WSS decision to go American Racer for the control tyre.
He said the move would increase costs for drivers, restrict numbers contesting the Series and take away driver tactics.
Dumesny is a current Australian Distributor for Hoosier tyres and was not successful in renewing the tyre contract for WSS in 2013, however claims this is not the motivation behind his decision. By all reports Dumesny will not be the only front line Contracted Driver to exit the Series next year for this reason.