Mitch Wormall could be on the cusp of a breakthrough this weekend at the Scardifields Smash Repairs King of Wings at Perth Motorplex.
Wormall is eager to earn his first open Sprintcar feature win and if his race form can be matched with stronger qualifying performances then the potential is there for the 22 year old.
“Our biggest struggle has always been qualifying, though last year we definitely did better,” he said. “In racing I am able to pass cars pretty quickly, but little mistakes at the start can cost you at the end. I feel like we are consistently in the fight for the podium spot, we just need to find a way to the top.”
The Wormall/Mayday Earthmoving team have put in place a strategy to improve their qualifying positions, with USA crew chief Doug Rankin helping the team last season with a baseline set up to begin each event.
“We got the car to a spot where we could start every night with no surprises and a consistent package,” Wormall said. “That makes me more comfortable on the first laps and from there we make little changes to suit the track.”
A more relaxed mind will do Wormall no harm for the Scardifields Smash Repairs King of Wings, as he plans to compete in both the 410ci and 360ci Sprintcar divisions.
“We are staying local this season and so we always planned to do both series,” he said. “It is a challenge as it doesn’t allow me much time to speak to the crew chief about changes. Also there are a lot more people on the crew, so it crowds the pit bay a bit and doesn’t allow everyone to think as much as they normally would.
“I don’t think race fitness is an issue. Once the adrenaline is pumping you are up and about. Normally they have a race between the two Sprintcar features which allows me to take off the helmet, have a breather and have a drink.”
410ci and 360ci are virtually indistinguishable from the outside, but in the driver’s seat Wormall said the 360ci requires smoother steering inputs as it has less horsepower.
“You have to be more careful with turning because if you break traction you lose all your momentum in a 360ci.”
The Scardifields Smash Repairs King of Wings features not just the 410ci and 360ci Sprintcars, but also Limited Sprintcars, Formula 500s and Late Models, plus the first Carbusters Demolition Derby for the season with $5,000 prize money up for grabs.
Gates open at 4.30pm with heats from 5pm and the main show from 6pm.