A dramatic winner-takes-all conclusion to World Series Sprintcars took place at Perth Motorplex on Saturday night as South Australia’s Steven Lines claimed the overall series win by less than a second from New South Wales’ Kerry Madsen.
Lines and Madsen were separated by just seven points going into the feature race, meaning the World Series Sprintcars championship would go to the racer who finished ahead of the other.
With two of Australia’s most skilled Sprintcar drivers at the wheel, fans were kept entertained as the championship contenders battled in the top two positions throughout the race.
But in the end there could only be one winner, with Lines coming through despite a spirited challenge from Madsen.
“It was all on the line,” Lines said. “We had a plan to get after it early and it paid off for us.”
“We committed to the top (line) to try and keep our pace up. It could have backfired on us, but we were lucky enough to stay out front.
“I knew we didn’t have many options, Kerry was right there.”
The World Series Sprintcars victory was Lines’ second, but he felt like he got off to a slow start on the first night of the event on Friday.
“We didn’t start great the first night here,” he said. “We worked our way back in. On the second night I felt much more comfortable in the car. You have to be (confident) in that situation.”
Madsen has had a massively successful career in Sprintcars, but a World Series Sprintcars title is one honour that has so far eluded him.
“Whoever won was going to be over the moon, whoever lost would have disappointment,” he said.
“We pushed hard all the way. I don’t think we could have driven any harder than the last 14 lap stretch. I was hoping we could get to lapped traffic and Steve might get some bad air.”
Across supporting divisions for the event winners included Brad Blake (Sims Metal Late Models), Alfonso Guadagnino (Pool Shop Group Speedcars), Ryan Higgs (Telf Promotional Products Formula 500s) and Daniel Winchester (Solos).