The nation''''s finest Sprintcar drivers will battle for opening round honours when the 2009/10 Performance Wholesale World Series Sprintcars Championship kicks off at Titan Garages Brisbane International Speedway November 21
Seven time and defending series champion Brooke Tatnell leads a stellar field of racers heading to Brisbane, which includes no less than five Australian Champions. Tatnell flew in from America on Wednesday and although he is still recovering from a horrendous injury to his left leg sustained when a driveline shattered his tibular and fibular at the Port Royal Speedway in Pennsylvania, he wants to make it clear that he has the fire in his belly and anyone doubting his determination to win his eighth PWWSS crown is going to be bitterly disappointed.
“I’m not going to kid you and say that this injury hasn’t hurt me more than when I broke my back and neck a few years ago,” said Tatnell “but I’ve definitely got a ‘a man on a mission’ attitude and anyone that is doubting us because I’ve been out injured should think again.”
Team owner Shane Krikke backed up Tatnell’s claims by adding, “The team is better prepared this year than any other. We’ve got 3 great Maxwill motors on hand along with 3 complete Cool cars and more spares than you could imagine. The crew guys are pumped and now we just need to hit the track and prove yet again that we are a championship contending team.” Krikke MotorSport are hoping for a hat-trick this season, something that has only ever been achieved once in the 22 year history of the elite Sprintcar series.
2004 Australian Sprintcar Champion Robbie Farr may represent one of Tatnell''''s biggest challengers. Farr has already claimed four feature race wins this season at the Tyrepower Parramatta City Raceway in Sydney and would sorely like to win the championship after coming second 4 times.
Max Dumesny may be the elder statesman of Sprintcar racing in this country but with age and experience comes wisdom. Max, a seven time Series Champion and three-time National Champion, still has the speed and desire to compete at the highest level and a record breaking eighth title would raise his already lofty status to a new level.
Kerry Madsen and Todd Wanless complete the list of Australian Title winners nominated for the opening round. Madsen, the 2003 winner, took out Round 3 of the local Queensland Speedway Spares series driving for Wanless in October.
Bryan Mann, Peter Lack and James McFadden will represent Queensland as contracted drivers and all have wins to their credit so far this season. McFadden is hoping to make the most of the championship staring in his home state. “Being on the PWWSS championship is all about being consistent night in night out and if I want to be a serious threat then I need to make that happen. I have the very best equipment under me thanks to the support of my car owner Scott Milling. If I can make a good start to the opening rounds then hopefully we can press forward and prove that we are going to be a serious top three contender.”
South Australian duo Trevor Green and Ricky Maiolo are also keen to impress. Last season Maiolo managed to secure a career best fifth overall in the grueling series and he is hoping to replicate that feat again this summer despite the increased competition. “If we can finish in the top half dozen or so this year I will be extremely happy. To get inside the top five again would be like winning the whole thing. We only have a small team and we basically do this for a bit of fun. There are a lot of great teams and drivers racing the whole schedule so the racing this year will be extremely tough,” said Maiolo.
PWWSS Rookies Steve Caunt (NSW) and Ryan Farrell (WA) will be exciting to watch, as will Victorian domiciled Tasmanian David Murcott and hard charger Danny Reidy (NT). Although classed as a Rookie on the series Farrell has six Western Australian Sprintcar Titles to his credit and is a quick study. “Whenever I go to a new track I catch on pretty quick and picking it up quick is all a part of the game. I would like to get two or three wins but if I got four or five it would be even better,” said a confident Farrell.
The traveling troupe will return to the Archerfield venue for Round 9 and the $20,000 to win, fifty-lap Titan Garages Australian Sprintcar Open held over two nights on January 8/9. Recently crowned four-time World Of Outlaws Sprintcar Champion Donny Schatz from Fargo, North Dakota has confirmed he will be in Brisbane to defend his Open Title.
34 cars are expected for the opening round so hold on tight for the greatest show in speedway.
Date: Saturday November 21 2009
Venue: Titan Garages Brisbane International Speedway (BIS)
Location: 63 Colebard Street West, Archerfield, Queensland
Students & Pensioners (with Photo ID): $28.00
Children: 13 - 15 yrs: $15.00, Children: 3 - 12 yrs: $10.00 Family Passes: $80.00 (2 adults + 2 children 12yrs or under)
Pit gates open 2:30pm, main gates 3:30pm
Early racing from approx. 5:00pm, main program from 6:00pm.
Parking is available at the track for $3.00
Racing finishes by 10.30pm
Programmed events include: 410ci Sprintcars, V8 Dirt Modifieds, Fireworks
General admission and pit gate tickets for the event are only available at the Speedway on race day
Race day information, including track weather updates, is available by calling the Speedway Infoline on (07) 3277 7745