Brooke Tatnell might be a multiple World Series Sprintcars champion but that hasn’t done him any favours in the 2016-17 championship.
Saturday night in Bunbury saw Tatnell’s first feature race win in the current championship, taking victory from James McFadden and Jamie Veal in Bunbury after he set quick time at the start of the night and started on the front row for the 30-lap final.
For Tatnell it was a case of coming full circle to where he first saw World Series Sprintcars success.
“I won my first World Series Sprintcars round race here at Bunbury but this is my first World Series round we have won this year,” he said.
An emotional and exhausted Tatnell conceded it had been a tough year with the passing of good mate and team owner Shane Krikke, while he also struggled to gain results on track.
“We have had the pace, we just haven’t converted it to wins and results,” he said.
Tatnell knew he had championship leader McFadden on his tail for the feature but didn’t expect the driver of the W17 to do anything silly that would cost him the series title. For Tatnell it’s not about the championship now, but race wins, all in the name of Shane Krikke.
“That guy up there, he has willed us on and it’s been a learning curve for everyone in the race team this year,” he said.
“Shane put the right people in place and who would have thought when I came back to the race team that he would team me up with a 19 year old crew chief – Dylan Buswell. I looked at him and said this guy is crazy, but now I’ve got the best crew chief in the country.
“I’m always the guy that says on certain nights stars align, but (Saturday night) was one of those nights that the boys had everything perfect. We race for glory, passion and love and tonight they all fell in line.”
McFadden’s run home in a comfortable second place protected his series lead and importantly he extended the gap to Jamie Veal by another 20 points.
The final two rounds of World Series Sprintcars will take place at Perth Motorplex this Friday and Saturday night.