ONE of the last times Kerry Madsen and James McFadden came together on the racetrack there was contact in the final stages of the Australian Sprintcar Championship in Sydney.
McFadden sustained enough damage to put him out of the show, handing Madsen his third national title.
It was a reflective Madsen after the controversial incident in January.
“I’m really sorry about what happened with James (McFadden),” Madsen was reported as saying.
“I should have given him more room than I did. I’m sorry that it played out like it did.”
The highly-competitive duo come together again this week to contest the final two rounds of World Series Sprintcars championship at the Perth Motorplex on Friday and Saturday nights.
Madsen is jetting back into Australia to add a bit of spice to the series decider – and on the back of strong recent performances in America.
McFadden on the other hand is looking for two podium results to wrap up his third World Series crown.
Last week he claimed a solid second to Brooke Tatnell in the World Series round in Bunbury.
Also flying back into big for this big show is the younger of the Madsen clan – Ian – who finished second to his brother in an historic 1-2 result at the Australian championship.
Having won WSS rounds here in Perth he knows what is required to get the job done and will be more than happy to upstage his rivals, including his brother.
The experienced Brooke Tatnell – fresh from his win in Bunbury last weekend – last year’s series champion Jamie Veal and another former series winner in Steven Lines – are part of the star-studded line-up
Victorian throttle stomper Tim Van Ginneken – who won his second WA sprintcar championship this season – returns to the scene of the crime and will be a major threat as will be South Australia Chad Ely – a former Australian 360 sprintcar champion.
Add in the local drivers and it is going to be a two big nights of racing.