KERRY Madsen’s appearance in the WA Sprintcar Championship at the Perth Motorplex this Saturday night will be worth the price of an admission ticket alone.
And this is on top of the star-studded international field we have in the speedcars and 500cc speedway motorcycles.
Known in speedway circles as the ‘Mad Man’ he jets back into Australia on the back of another big season of racing in America where the former New South Wales resident is based.
Madsen has once again teamed up with the Bunbury-based KMS and no doubt the first stop many racefans will make this Saturday night before racing gets underway is their pit bay to check out the absolutely stunning new car – many critics have already said it is one of the best looking race cars they have ever seen.
And being from the KMS stable, we not it is not only for show but also for GO in the title race this Saturday night that is also round 6 of the Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series.
He will be joined in the field by interstaters Lachlan McHugh from Queensland and Luke Dillon from South Australia.
This star-studded trio will be taking on the might of the WA boys in a no-holds-barred contest.
Callum Williamson, Daniel Harding, Ben Ellement and Jason Kendrick are the local favourites for this event, each having won a round this season, with Kendrick claiming two wins.
Williamson leads the season-long points despite two DNFs and he will be looking to convert some of that early-season speed into more points-banking rounds.
Harding has been in the top three on four of the five rounds, enjoying a very consistent season in the W12.
The rest of the field is full of quality too…
Mitchell Wormall has had one top three finish this season, something the well-supported W97 team will be looking to build on.
Andrew Priolo continued his usual run of coming through the pack in feature races at the last show, converting a P10 start into fourth which was a solid recovery after he stumbled in qualifying to the 13th.
Fifth at the last show was Taylor Milling who started from P11, enjoying another good run.
Jamie Oldfield is one driver who is desperately seeking a good night of racing.
He has shown glimpses of what he is capable of in the W51, but at the business end of the show things haven’t gone to plan.
If Oldfield and experienced crew chief Steve Melville, who up until this year was working the spanners for Jamie Maiolo, get the combination right, a podium placing is very realistic.
James Inglis, Kye Scoop and Ryan Lancaster are set to make their season debuts at this round and while all three won’t be as racefit as their rivals, they are all capable of having a big impact on the final outcome.
Add in hard chargers such as AJ Nash and Shaun Bradford, along with a solid list of other drivers and it will be game on to be the new WA Sprintcar Champion.
Make sure you are trackside for this one.
It’s gonna be huge!