Madsen breaks WSS drought in Esperance

Kerry Madsen pic: Graham Gath

Kerry Madsen has driven to victory lane for the first time in 18 rounds of World Series Sprintcars on the competition’s first visit to Esperance.

The Krikke Motorsport driver qualified on pole in the Gold Shootout off the back of a win and a third in his heats, and that proved to be crucial.

With passing difficult on Esperance Speedway, Madsen led all 35 laps of the feature race, while carrying a broken elbow from an incident at the recent Australian Titles.

“I knew that whoever won the shootout was going to have a big advantage in the main race, so we pushed a bit harder there to give ourselves the best chance,” said Madsen.

“I was so tempted to venture up to the top of the track to see if there was anything up there but thankfully we just kept hitting our marks on the bottom and it was enough to get us home.”

Brooke Tatnell had earned a front row start and, despite occasionally lunging at Madsen in traffic, he ran in second throughout and took the chequered flag 0.6s behind.

James McFadden continues to lead the series, by a reduced margin of 65 points over Madsen with three rounds remaining.

He had scooped the greatest points haul prior to the Gold Shootout but could only qualify third, where he remained in the feature, while David Murcott was the first of those to gain positions by moving up one spot to fourth.

Rounding out the top 10 were Lucas Wolfe, Jason Pryde, Brock Hallett, Jock Goodyer, Rusty Hickman, and Taylor Milling.

Round 12 takes place tonight at Bunbury Speedway.

Standings Top 10

Pos Driver Pts
1 James McFadden 2925
2 Kerry Madsen 2860
3 Brooke Tatnell 2408
4 Jock Goodyer 2380
5 Lucas Wolfe 2264
6 Rusty Hickman 2175
7 Brock Hallett 2144
8 Dave Murcott 2123
9 Lockie McHugh 1764
10 Jason Pryde 1669

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