McFADDEN REVELS IN SHOOTOUT MASTERCLASS
Andrew Roberts posted Tuesday March 7, 2017.
It was a weekend to remember for Victorian based sprintcar ace, James McFadden when he took out his maiden Krikke Boys Shootout on Sunday night at Quit Bunbury Speedway.
A massive crowd was in attendance for the 20th running of the prestigious race which saw heaps of crowd entertainment and great racing all weekend.
Fellow Victorian Jamie Veal took out the fastest time on night one making him a strong chance for the weekend long event.
The night one preliminary saw the three top drivers being McFadden, Veal and Brooke Tatnell cruise home to hold top of the table points leading into night two.
With the final heats that took place, the drivers held sway and the Top Ten Shootout was where things really started to heat up. Jason Kendrick moved up a couple of places. While Jamie Veal, pushing his car was not good enough for McFadden but still found himself with a front row start for the A Main.
The crowd witnessed twenty years of history in an amazing tribute to the Krikke family and their involvement in sprintcar racing. The drivers were then introduced one by one walking through the crowd, bringing back some fantastic atmosphere to the event.
Once the cars lined up with The Boys Light Up belting out across the arena, the four wide salute saw a remarkable tribute to Darryl, Jason and Shane Krikke with only James McFadden on the front row with three empty spaces left for the three Krikke members.
From the get go, McFadden was fast and within eight laps was weaving through slow traffic with a determined Steven Lines and Brooke Tatnell in hot pursuit. Not even a stoppage help the former two time Australian champon up. A magneto issue forced a hard chasing Jamie Veal to the infield to everyone’s surprise and his Shootout aspirations were crushed. It was McFadden who sped away again and couldn’t be caught.
While the leaders played an incredibly skilled game of cat and mouse between slower cars, the local crowd had their eyes parked firmly on car #99. Jamie Maiolo had come from eleventh to sit in fifth place before another restart saw him make ground again and move into fourth past Robbie Farr, who was a last minute inclusion to the star studded field.
With only a handful of laps to go, second place and defending Shootout champ, Steven Lines seemed to slow and Brooke Tatnell and Jamie Maiolo pounced on the opportunity moving to podium positions, second and third.
McFadden went on to win in a strong display of skilled driving.
“ It’s not about the money, it’s the prestige of winning this event,” he said.
An emotional Brooke Tatnell who had raced his heart out wasn’t upset at his finish. He lamented that McFadden was too quick.
“Full credit to James and Monte Motorsport, they had it where it counts. But we’ll take this result.”
Also with a touch of emotion was local driver Jamie Maiolo, who had previously podiumed at the event in 1998 and 2005.
“Well, you try to put the emotion aside for this race, but, you do think about it. We’re happy we could come from eleventh to get to the podium, my crew and family deserve a lot of thanks.”
Maiolo had also been honoured earlier in the night with an Award of Recognition for being the only driver to race at all twenty Shootout events.
The team had succeeded in bring the event to a higher level this time around, with the last couple of years ending in controversy. The involvement of the race fans at the presentation at the end of the night was sensational and the fun and party atmosphere was something that the promotions team had worked hard on for the event.
With anticipation in the air, the Krikke Boys Shootout still stands up as one of the marquee races to attend in the country and if this weekends effort was anything to go by, fans can expect more of the same at Shootout 21.