Madsen keen to redeem

Justin FrisSouth Western Times
Krikke Motorsport’s Kerry Madsen will be aim to avenge last season’s second placed finish.Picture: Richard Hathaway
Camera IconKrikke Motorsport’s Kerry Madsen will be aim to avenge last season’s second placed finish.Picture: Richard Hathaway

Krikke Motorsport’s Kerry Madsen will be out to claim the chequered flag in Saturday’s 23rd annual Krikke Boys’ Shootout feature at the Make Smoking History Bunbury Speedway.

Madsen’s brave bid to claim the 2019-20 QSS World Series Sprintcars Championship came to an end during Saturday’s grand final at the Perth Motorplex, after his car suffered damage to its front end in a collision with Taylor Milling.

Prior to the feature, the KMS star was plagued by motor issues, which required a refit prior to his consecutive heats.

There is also another reason spurring Madsen on.

Seemingly on course to record a thrilling victory in last year’s KBS race, Madsen was thwarted by rival James McFadden — a man who has proven to be a real thorn in his side over the past few seasons.

With the WSS title in his keeping, you can be sure McFadden would like nothing better than ramming home his season dominance at the “Bunbury Bullring” in front of a massive crowd.

But this great race is never only about two quality drivers.

Given the Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series is also heating up, the likes of Jason Kendrick and Mitchell Wormall will be leaving nothing in the tank as they aim to claim a vital win.

And given the intense rivalry between both men of late, you can tip there will be no shortage of action on and off the track.

Although much will be made about the action on-track, it is important to pause and reflect on what the true meaning of the race is about.

Dedicated to the lives of Darryl, Jason and Shane Krikke, the “boys’ race” has become the race every driver worth their salt wants to win. Some of the greats, including the “Bunbury Bullet” Ron Krikke, were never able to win, yet rival New South Welshman Robbie Farr managed to claim six during his stellar career. Three men in Saturday’s race — Madsen, McFadden and Tatnell — have won it previously.

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