They say there are no friends once the green flag drops, and perhaps there is little room for your family as well.
With the WA 360 Sprintcar State Title coming up this Saturday as part of the Kwinana Cup Super Speedway at Perth Motorplex, there’s a father and son team who won’t be holding anything back when it comes to chasing down the chequered flag.
Murray Iwanow, 42, and Matthew Iwanow, 21, say that they treat everyone with the same respect on track and that includes each other.
“We are both out there for the same reason, so I don’t treat Matt any different than the other drivers – we try and give everyone the same respect,” Murray said.
Matthew said there isn’t a whole lot of time to consider who is who in the adrenaline of speedway competition.
“To me it doesn’t really make a difference racing with Dad on the track because it is just another car. Once you put your helmet on you forgot about who’s who and you just go for it,” he said.
Both Iwanows started their racing career in Junior Sedans, climbing the ranks to reach Sprintcars. Murray gave his son the opportunity to race a Wingless Sprintcar first, before fellow racer Paul Keen offered Matthew a chance to test a 360 Sprintcar.
“A Sprintcar is one of a kind,” Matthew said. “I have had lots of people ask me (how they compare) in the last few weeks. Because I have only just gone into Sprintcar racing it’s a question I still can’t answer. You have to do it yourself to understand what it’s like.
“I have to say a massive thanks to Paul Keen for making this dream come true for me. Ever since I started racing I have always wanted to race Sprintcars and now it’s here so I can’t thank him enough for that.”
With some 26 drivers in the running for the WA 360 Sprintcar Title, both Murray and Matthew believe that staying out of trouble early is the key, and then they just have to let the feature race takes its course.
“You have to try and finish all your heats and stay out of trouble,” Murray said. “There are plenty of capable drivers out there that could win. There is a lot more involved than just going out the gate to race and everything has to come together to be there at the end.”
Matthew said if he can get a top ten start for the feature race and avoid getting tangled up he would be a happy man.
“To do well in the Titles you have to stay calm and just worry about yourself,” he said. “At the end of the night if you do the best you can do and put in 110% and it’s still not good enough, you just gotta come back big and better the next year.
“As long as everyone is happy at the end of the night and we can roll the car back in the truck that’s a good night and I will be happy with that.”
Gates open for the Kwinana Cup Super Speedway at 4.30pm, with heats from 5pm and the main show from 6pm.