Five rounds remain in the Maddington Toyota Sprincar Series and it is game on.
Heading into the Sprintcar Westernapolis at the Perth Motorplex this Saturday night, defending and two-time series champion Jason Kendrick is in the box seat on 1828 points, but given the very nature of sprintcar racing, that can mean very little.
Not far behind Kendrick is Daniel Harding who is on 1808 points after putting in some consistent rounds of racing this summer and benefitting from a full local season behind the wheel of the W12.
Third in the contest is Mitchell Wormall on 1798 points and he too is enjoying a breakout season where the consistent results are starting to come together – along with plenty of car place.
Coyle came into the season after being on the sidelines for a few years and was given a golden opportunity to return to racing, thanks to Scotty Chatwin and the Merger Motorsport crew – something he has gratefully accepted and in the second half of the season is turning in some great results.
Callum Williamson, who was the early leader in the series and has also been very fast this season with a handful of podium placings, is fifth on 1732, while Andrew Priolo, on 1680, is the only other driver in contention for a top three placing in the points battle.
Priolo has had two thirds and a second and is desperately hunting for his maiden sprintcar feature race win.
These drivers and plenty more are locked in for Saturday night’s Westeranpolis action.
Former two-time Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series champion Brad Maiolo will be making his first appearance for the summer and the pilot of the LJM Racing W77 is expected to be back on the pace quickly.
South Australian Brock Hallett, who surprised many by winning the first round of World Series Sprintcars at Murray Bridge, South Australia, earlier in the season, is also in the field, driving for the local J&S Drilling team.
This was a big win for Hallett who started ninth and held off former national champion Kerry Madsen and American Cory Eliason.
Tasmanian Jock Goodyer has made the long trek across the country this week after contesting the Australian Sprintcar Championship in his home state last week.
This throttle stomping teenager should not be dismissed – he can drive a racecar – and in fact is the Australian Formula 500 champion and last week in the sprintcar title he qualified 12th for the A Main.
Add in a whole host of other big name drivers and it will be game on at the Perth Motorplex this Saturday night.
Book your tickets online and we will see you trackside.
Photo: Richard Hathaway