DON’T be fooled…
The fight to be the 2016-17 World Series Sprintcar champion is well and truly on and will go down to the wire at the Perth Motorplex this Friday and Saturday nights.
James McFadden, who has won two WSS crowns, is in the box seat for another championship with 3377 points next to his name and a handy buffer over defending series champion Jamie Veal on 3142.
With two full rounds on offer this weekend both drivers will need to make every corner a winner.
They will gain points from the start of the night, right through to the feature races.
A maximum points a driver can get on a night is 360 points but to do that they will need to produce some exceptional results.
Going for a spectacular move in a heat race that doesn’t pay off could end in tears and jeopardise a good starting position – or even a start – in the final.
So how will drivers known as JMac and The Real Deal approach this?
Well they will probably keep their response guarded, but they will have to find the delicate balance of pushing as hard as possible and playing for points.
The only thing for certain in sprintcar racing is we can expect a high level of unexpected.
This is sprintcar racing – it’s brutal – it’s an attack on the senses – and drivers can experience the highest of highs and the lowest of lows – all in one night.
And we only have to look to the series decider here a few years ago when former national champion David Murcott was eyeing off his maiden World Series crown, but he crashed out in the final, handing another championship to Brooke Tatnell.
And speaking of Tatnell – he is heading in the grand final with form after winning last Saturday night’s round in Bunbury.
He is third on 2865 points.
Other drivers not in championship contention but who will be chasing round glory include American-based brothers Kerry and Ian Madsen, who are back in Australia this week.
They recently finished first and second in an historic Australian Sprintcar Championship result.
Add in Victorian Tim Van Ginneken, South Australian duo Steven Lines and Chad Ely and the local hotshots and it will be one for young and old.
The Formula 500s will be on the program on both nights – and on Saturday night we can add in the Extreme Freestyle Motocross show.