All images except where noted – Peter Roebuck
Words – Paul Griffin
Two-time World Solo Speedway Champion (Bike) Tai Woffinden turned his hand to driving a Sprintcar this week.
In 2013 Tai became World Champion and just recently bagged his second World Championship in spectacular fashion.
The celebrated and proven Solo Rider, rolled up to the Iconic Perth Motorplex this week and hooked up with Marshall McDermid.
Here McDermid had a leading 650 HP Limited Sprintcar at the ready for his pleasure.
Our Straight Shooin’ Lensman Peter Roebuck was there to capture the moment – Thanks Peter !
Tai took to the Sprintcar like a duck to water. He is one of these gifted and Elite Motorsport proponents that can seem to jump in or on “ANYTHING” and make it work – look fast and be competitive in other words.
There is no question Tai is a “Natural”.
The only question we have is “Will Tai take up racing a Sprintcar in a more regular and competitive role”?
If Tai’s mid week test drive is anything to go by, we say YES !
Marshall McDermid, a seasoned Sprintcar Driver in his own right, took the wheel first and established the set up for the high-banked Kwinana Beach venue.
Once McDermid was happy, he handed the wheel to TAI. Needless to say TAI was quick and circulated like he raced the beast every week!
Onlookers were amazed on one hand, but kinda expected it on the other.
Tai is the son of former speedway rider Rob Woffinden. Although born in England and competing as a British rider, Tai grew up in Perth, Western Australia after his parents Rob and Sue decided to move down under in 1994 and he still considers Perth to be his home.