McFadden makes Murray Bridge play for World Series glory
James McFadden’s play for a third World Series Sprintcars Championship crown may just step up a notch this Saturday night when the WSS travelling high-wire act heads to Murray Machining & Sheds Speedway for one last time enroute to West Australia.
The current Warrnambool Classic winner and WSS points leader comes into Murray Bridge this Saturday keen to atone for the disappointment of last weekend’s Australian Sprintcar Championship in Sydney.
McFadden had the #17 Milwaukee Tools car in a position of power last Saturday night at Parramatta and challenging for the lead when he and eventual winner Kerry Madsen made contact and James suffered a flat tyre ruling him out of contention.
McFadden has a narrow lead in the WSS points chase over fellow Warrnambool racer and mate Jamie Veal.
Veal too has a point to prove and a reversal of fortunes to enforce after two solid weekends of disappointment that culminated last Saturday night in a heart breaking driveline failure in the Australian Championship before a lap had even been completed.
The defending WSS champ desperately needs a main event win to haul back in McFadden in the World Series championship as the series heads to the West Coast.
Brooke Tatnell is in the same boat.
Currently third in WSS 2016/2017 the nine times champion ran a solid fourth place in Sydney’s National title last weekend but knows that time is running out for the attempt at a record 10 WSS crowns.
Fourth place Daniel Harding and fifth placed Jason Pryde know all too well, along with the three Championship contenders McFadden, Veal and Tatnell, that the idea of a trip to the Murray Machining & Sheds Murray Bridge bullring is by no means a walk over these days.
“The South Australians are really tough there now,” admits Tatnell, “to be fair South Australia has always been a hard place to get a win but it seems like it’s even tougher these days. Murray Bridge will always be one of my favourite places in the world because it’s where I won my first Australian title. I know it won’t be easy there this Saturday because there’s so many impressive young Adelaide drivers but I have to get a win to keep my World Series assault alive.”
The list of SA stars to take on the WSS contracted drivers includes to name a few Aidan Hall, Steven Lines, Brad Keller, Chad Ely, Jake Tranter, Jamie Cobby, Luke Bowey, Luke Dillon, Matt Egel. Ryan Jones, Shannon Barry, Brock Hallett, Brendan Guerin, Ricky Maiolo, Hayden Pitt, Steve and Mark Caruso and more.
There are also a couple of interstate ring-ins however including West Aussie Taylor Milling and New South Wales teenager Marcus Dumesny.
17-year-old Dumesny has been a regular in SA over the last few USC SA rounds and will run the Green Bros. #74 entry – adding along the way a real wild card feel to his nomination.
This Saturday night’s final SA round of WSS will be anyone’s race with a delicious menu of WSS Championship contenders and the lethal mix of SA young guns and established stars alike trying to take the money.
Also on the program this Saturday night are the fabulous F500’s in the “65 Roses” Championship that attracts a stellar field as always and will so even more in the lead up to this year’s epic Australian F500 Championship at Easter time.
Gates open at 2pm this Saturday with engine starts and hot laps commencing from 5.15pm onwards.
Tickets can be purchased in advance through www.speedwaytickets.com.au or at the gate on the afternoon.
Murray Bridge Speedway is located at Kennett Rd Bridge East.