All Images by Peter “Straight Shooter” Roebuck
Words by Darren O’Dea
Former Australian and World Series Sprintcars Champion James McFadden claimed the Grand Final feature of the 2015-16 AHG Sprintcar Series at the Perth Motorplex on Saturday night 12th March.
After getting the call up from Krikke Motorsport to sub in the W2 Cool normally driven by Brooke Tatnell on Wednesday, McFadden worked hard after struggling in qualifying to start from P4 in the main event.
He won from Ben Ellement and Carl Dowling who both started on the front row.
Brad Maiolo, who started from P3, finished fourth, and wrapped up the AHG Sprintcar Series Championship for 2015/16 from elder brother Jamie.
The race ran non-stop for 30 laps and McFadden was clearly the driver to beat in the final being the only driver to dip in the 13-second zone, winning by more than four seconds.
Mitchell Wormall was the first casualty, pulling infield after one lap.
McFadden was into lapped traffic after nine laps and two laps later Jason Kendrick pulled infield.
This was after the #11 Kendrick car broke a universal joint in a heat race, forcing him to miss the second round of heats and start from the rear.
Shaun Bradford, who was caught up in Kendrick’s mishap at the start of the night, also missed a heat race and was forced to start from the rear.
He went infield on lap 18.
Jacob Lucas tagged the fence on lap 12 and limped to the infield and out of trouble.
Qualifying: Carl Dowling 13.544, David Priolo 13.708, Ben Ellement 13.719, Jason Kendrick 13.726, Bradley Maiolo 13.793, Jamie Maiolo 13.839, Troy Lawson 13.949, Ryan Farrell 13.951, James McFadden 14.001, Jason Pryde 14.025, Lee Nash 14.093, Taylor Milling 14.125, Andrew Priolo 14.162, Kye Scroop 14.322, Scott Chatwin 14.551, Mitchell Wormall 14.591, Jacob Lucas 17.404.
Heat 1: 1st Carl Dowling, 2nd Bradley Maiolo, 3rd Ben Ellement, 4th Jamie Maiolo, 5th Ryan Farrell, 6th Taylor Milling, 7th Kye Scroop, 8th Jason Pryde and Mitchell Wormall.
Heat 2: 1st James McFadden, 2nd Lee Nash, 3rd Andrew Priolo, 4th Jacob Lucas, 5th Scott Chatwin. DNF: David Priolo, Jason Kendrick, Shaun Bradford and Troy Lawson.
Heat 3: 1st Mitchell Wormall, 2nd Lee Nash, 3rd Ryan Farrell, 4th Bradley Maiolo, 5th Taylor Milling, 6th Carl Dowling, 7th Scott Chatwin.
Heat 4: 1st Kye Scroop, 2nd Ben Ellement, 3rd James McFadden, 4th Jamie Maiolo, 5th David Priolo, 6th Andrew Priolo, 7th Jason Pryde. DNF: Jacob Lucas.
Feature: 1st James McFadden, 2nd Ben Ellement, 3rd Carl Dowling, 4th Bradley Maiolo, 5th Jamie Maiolo, 6th Kye Scroop, 7th Ryan Farrell, 8th Taylor Milling, 9th David Priolo, 10th Andrew Priolo, 11th Scott Chatwin. DNF: Jason Pryde, Shaun Bradford, Jacob Lucas, Jason Kendrick, Lee Nash and Mitchell Wormall. DNS: Troy Lawson.