Veal, Krikke Motorsport dominate Shootout

Headshot of Mitchell Woodcock
Mitchell WoodcockSouth Western Times
Email Mitchell Woodcock

The Krikke Boys Shootout title has come home after Krikke Motorsport driver Jamie Veal produced a sensational run to win the 35-lap finale at the QUIT Bunbury Speedway on Sunday night.

Starting from second on the grid, Veal took the lead early from Luke Dillon, who was driving for the Bunbury-based Diamond Bay Motorsport and started from first after winning the pole shootout earlier in the evening.

The Warrnambool-raised driver led the pack from lap 31 and never looked back, lapping cars and constantly creating a bigger gap between himself and Dillon, who finished second.

Brad Maiolo crashes on night one.
Camera IconBrad Maiolo crashes on night one.

The win means Veal has not lost a feature race at the QUIT Bunbury Speedway behind the wheel of the W2 car, having won Saturday night’s A-Main from Jason Kendrick and the World Series Sprintcar round last month.

Jamie Maiolo is all business before his 21st Krikke Boys Shootout appearance.
Camera IconJamie Maiolo is all business before his 21st Krikke Boys Shootout appearance.

Veal said it was good to perform so well in Bunbury for the Krikke Motorsport team and Krikke family.

“We had a few hiccups here and there and got lucky last night, but we made the most of it tonight,” he said.

“I just felt comfortable and kept pushing. I raced my backside off as it is the last race of the year.

“The team worked hard and I just had to finish it.

“It is very exciting and I am pretty pumped. This has topped our season off.

“We had a tough middle period (of the season), but to come home strong and record a win like this was good.”

Carson Macedo, Jamie Veal, 10-time Australian Speedway champion Gary Rush and Luke Dillon take to the podium after the finale.
Camera IconCarson Macedo, Jamie Veal, 10-time Australian Speedway champion Gary Rush and Luke Dillon take to the podium after the finale.

The win was the first for the Krikke Motorsport team since Brooke Tatnell won the title in 2015 and the first for Ryan Krikke as team manager.

“It is just a massive, emotional moment,” Krikke said.

“I knew we had a good car as we ran a similar package to the one we used when we won the world series round here.

“You never know how the races are going to pan out. I never doubted his ability and I never doubted the car. For us it is the biggest race for us. I would rather win this than the Australian title or World Series Sprintcar title.”

Luke Dillon leads the pack during Sunday night’s finale.
Camera IconLuke Dillon leads the pack during Sunday night’s finale.

American Carson Macedo shone in the feature as well, coming from fifth to finish third, while defending champion McFadden started from 10th after winning the mid-pack dash, before finishing in fourth spot.

The night was not without drama though, with Kendrick not making it to the A-Main after a crash during his pole shootout with Mitch Wormall.

The duo were fighting for seventh spot when on the back straight Kendrick clipped the back tyre of Wormall, who tried to block Kendrick’s late run.

This send Kendrick into a spin and damaged his car enough to put him out of the feature race.

Daniel Harding, who led the A-Main on Saturday night before a mistake by McFadden totalled his car, also failed to make it to Sunday’s feature when his car set alight after the first heat.

Harding jumped out of the car after taking it into the in-field and was taken to hospital to be treated for burns to his legs.

Get the latest news from thewest.com.au in your inbox.

Sign up for our emails