Rusty Hickman made his World Series Sprintcars debut in December and has since recorded plenty of strong results, bringing him to fourth overall in the series.
With two final rounds to take place at the Motorplex to round out the season, Hickman will be looking to keep veteran Jamie Veal at bay to protect his spot.
“I have never driven at the Motorplex so I wouldn’t know what it takes to win there,” he laughed.
“Our form hasn’t been too bad for most of the series. We have been finishing regularly in the top eight.”
Hickman has been battling against big name drivers including current World Series Sprintcars leader Steven Lines, Kerry Madsen and James McFadden for the past couple of months. That experience has been invaluable in building his racing talents, even though he has struggled with some tough moments, including getting into the wall on Saturday night at Atwell Park Speedway in Albany.
“Some nights we have had bad luck and have crashed out, so it has been a bit up and down,” he said. “I have been looking at improving my consistency on the track, just staying fast and finishing races.”
The 19 year old said despite the challenges, he is on track for a dream finish.
“My goal for World Series Sprintcars is to finish top five overall and top three in the contracted drivers – that would be really good for my first year.”
While Hickman focuses on his own results, there is much attention on the top two drivers in the series, Lines and Madsen.
Lines jumped ahead of Madsen in the points and carries a slender seven point margin going into the Perth Motorplex double header. Lines’ victory followed a disastrous end in Albany for McFadden, who was looking sure to take the chequered flag in the feature until he hit a rut rolled his car.
These top contenders will be taking on a skilled field that also includes Australian Sprintcar legend Brooke Tatnell and the USA’s Harli White.
The action begins at Perth Motorplex from 5pm on both Friday and Saturday nights.
Story Credit – Luke Nieuwhof
Photo Credit – Peter Roebuck & Richard Hathaway