The Krikke Motorsport team fought hard throughout last weekend’s Grand Annual Classic at Warrnambool’s Premier Speedway, and it saw team driver Kerry Madsen reward them with a hard-charging drive that resulted in a podium place.
With Sunday night’s results almost mirroring those from the second qualifying night, the Bunbury, Western Australian-based team started out of position 10 for the 40-lap feature race, but it didn’t take long for Madsen to carve his way through the field after moving into the top-five spot by a dozen laps completed.
Setting his sights on fourth place, Madsen eventually took control of the position, before moving into third place with eight laps remaining, where he remained through to the fall of the chequered flag.
“Considering that we started so deep in the field, to work our way onto the podium in a result we are really happy with,” commented Madsen, who experienced an unfortunate lead up to the Grand Annual Classic which included in a DNF during the Presidents Cup at Geelong’s Avalon Raceway, while the Kings Challenge at Mount Gambier’s Borderline Speedway the following night was rained out just prior to the feature race.
“I had to charge hard from the beginning of the race and make up as many spots as possible, and the team gave me a really a strong car for the feature race and it paid off with a spot on the podium.”
Collecting a second and a sixth in his heat races on his opening night of competition, Madsen lined up in 11th for the 30-lap preliminary feature race, which turned out to be a great preview of things to come as he charged his way forward to a third-place result.
With the Grand Annual Classic now complete, the busy month of January continues for the Krikke Motorsport team, who will be back on track later this week as defending champion Madsen attempts to clinch his fourth consecutive Australian Championship victory and the fifth of his career.
“I’m heading into the Australian Championship with the ambition of winning and nothing less,” he stated.
“It’s been a few seasons since the Krikke Motorsport team picked up a win in the Australian Championship, so it would be nice to be able to deliver one to them and continue my own personal winning streak.”
Prior to the Australian Championship, which will be fought out over two nights on January 26 and 27 at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway, the team will get some laps under their belt at the venue when they participate in the Prelude to the Championship on Wednesday night.
Krikke Motorsport’s range of 2018-19 season team and Madsen merchandise, which includes hoodies, hats, t-shirts, raglan three-quarter sleeve shirts and kids’ t-shirts, is available for purchase at the track from the team’s transporter. A limited range of stock is also available via the team’s online store at www.krikkemotorsport.store.
The Krikke Motorsport team would like to thank their 2018-19 season sponsors: Transport Equipment Hire, Pumpa Manufacturing, Maxwill Racing Engines, PWR Performance Products, Valvoline Oils, Bunbury Toyota, Vortex Racing Products, A. Lucas Spraypainters, Skwid Signs, Redline Media, Performance Racegear, HRP Specialties, South West Conveyancing, and Richard Hathaway Photography.
To keep up-to-date with the Krikke Motorsport team, visit their website at www.krikkemotorsport.com.au or follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter by searching Krikke Motorsport.