A crowd estimated at 1200 speedway fans were treated to a brilliant display of driving by Kerry Madsen as he powered is way to win the South Australian 410 Sprint Car Championships last Saturday night. The 30-lap final came down to a fourway contest between Madsen, James McFadden, Brad Keller and Luke Dillion.
Keller led Madsen until the first stoppage on lap five, when unfortunately for the Brown racing team racecar lost a front wheel and when the race resumed, Madsen took over the lead with McFadden, Keller and Dillion all trying to bridge the gap to cross the finish line in the same order with only a gap of 4.1 seconds separating the top four in what was a fast and furious event.
The statistics showed that Madsen was the quickest driver overall as the winner of the time trials with a 12.197 seconds lap, also recorded the fastest one-lap race time of 11.922 seconds in heat three which equates to 111 KPH.
Despite these figures, Madsen did not win a heat race with the winners being Brad Keller, Daniel Pestka and Nick Rachwal, with Keller the pole shuffle winner.
But Madsen’s front row grid draw was all he needed to win.
The supporting divisions had the super sedan racing very competitive with the feature final placings being Kym Jury, Paul Blenkiron and Jason Ganz.
Michael Brown had a ‘horror’ night with issues with the racecar ‘setup’ and Steve Schwarz had even bigger problems with a damaged engine. Both will have time to sort out their problems before the SA Championships at the club’s next meeting on March 23. The street stocks was an all Whyalla finish with Andy Maxwell Snr the overall winner from Bryan Brown and Jarrod Hamilton.
As per usual, the demolition derby was an entertaining way to end the night’s speedway spectacular with the winner Duane Larson. Must make a special mention of the work of voice of speedway in Australia, Wade Aunger, with his enthusiasm and knowledge making the night complete.
The club’s management committee should be congratulated on the way the meeting was organised, particularly, the change of date due to the postponement of the November meeting due to late rain, with the date to suit those drivers that were commuting between the Australian Championships in Brisbane to Perth for the World Series Sprintcar Championships final.
With Whyalla’s meeting in the middle and to have McFadden and Madsen ‘drop in’ to Whyalla worked a treat.
The club’s next meeting is on March 23, featuring two more state championships, this time for the super sedans and street stocks.