James McFadden has left Perth Motorplex the World Series Champion following his victory in the Monte Motorsport #17 Sprintcar on Saturday night at Perth Motorplex.
A last lap pass on American Cory Eliason seized the race honours for McFadden, following a second place finish to Eliason on Friday night’s penultimate round of the series. Queensland’s McFadden changed his strategy as he closed in on Eliason, shifting to the high line to make the pass stick.
“Honestly we were really good on the low line so I had no plan on going to the top,” McFadden said. “Cory went to the bottom (line) and I thought I had nothing to lose. I just held it flat and tried to get out the other side. We were lucky enough we were in the right spot.”
McFadden was locked in a championship battle with Kerry Madsen and needed to play safely in the early stages of the race, but when Madsen had a front end problem and withdrew from the race on lap five, McFadden had the green light to race as hard as he wanted for the win.
“It was unfortunate for Krikke Motorsport and Kerry, you don’t want to see that,” McFadden said. “When I saw that happen to Kerry it changed (my race) and I got to try to chase down my mate (Cory).”
Eliason said lap traffic held him up in the final laps, which allowed McFadden to narrow the margin in the closing stages of the race. He acknowledged the same thing happened to McFadden the previous night, which reversed the result.
“I am not real happy about it, but second place is not real bad and that’s how I got by James last night,” he said.
Eliason was followed by Victorian David Murcott on to the podium, while Bradley Maiolo was the best of the locals on Saturday night.
Brent Vosbergen scored his sixth feature win in the Carbusters Late Models, running out to finish in the lead by two seconds from Warren Oldfield and Brad Blake.
“It is a dream come true, and we finally fixed the (ignition) miss but I think I was still slower,” he said. “I could hear Warren and Brad right behind me, but I wasn’t getting off the bottom line.”
A big field of Limited Sprintcars saw Tim King victorious, taking the top step of the podium from Glen Dickinson and Craig Bottrell.
Speedway returns to Perth Motorplex on March 14 for the Sprintcar Silver Cup and WA Speedcar Championship.