Veal on the money for team Krikke

Mitchell WoodcockSouth Western Times
Jamie Veal celebrates winning the 2017 WA Sprintcar Championship at the Perth Motorplex on Saturday night.
Camera IconJamie Veal celebrates winning the 2017 WA Sprintcar Championship at the Perth Motorplex on Saturday night. Credit: Richard Hathaway Photography

Jamie Veal is right at home at Krikke Motorsport, winning the WA Sprintcar Championship in his first time behind the wheel of the number two car at the Perth Motorplex on Saturday night.

The Victorian showed just how good he is, winning the 30-lap feature from rising star Kaiden Manders and the in-form Carl Dowling.

Veal took the lead in the 23rd lap of the race and held strong in the final seven laps to hold on by 0.863 of a second.

Leading into the feature, Veal was sixth in qualifying, before finding some form in the heats to claim sixth and third.

Krikke Motorsport driver Jamie Veal, centre, won the WA Sprintcar Title from Kaiden Manders, left, and and Carl Dowling, right.
Camera IconKrikke Motorsport driver Jamie Veal, centre, won the WA Sprintcar Title from Kaiden Manders, left, and and Carl Dowling, right. Credit: Richard Hathaway Photography

But he hit his straps in the final with an excellent performance, surviving a brutal race which saw Kyle Scroop crash in the first lap and a total of six drivers not finish.

National champion Kerry Madsen was one of the drivers who failed to make it to 30 laps, blowing a rear tyre after just seven.

Myalup’s Brad Maiolo finished the race in sixth after starting the feature in ninth, while his brother Jamie was forced to watch after a serious engine failure in the first round of heats.

Jamie Veal was fantastic in the 30-lap feature.
Camera IconJamie Veal was fantastic in the 30-lap feature. Credit: Richard Hathaway Photography

Veal said winning the WA State Championship was a good way to start his Krikke Motorsport campaign.

“It has been a long off-season with the announcement back in April,” he said.

“It was good to get in the car and grab a win for the Krikke family.”

Veal said starting in sixth and with the track being heavy, he had to start making inroads early.

After taking the lead he was confident of winning.

“Once I got a bit of clean air up there it was a lot easier,” Veal said.

Veal said he would head to his hometown of Warrnambool next weekend for his second run in the car.

“We will find out exactly where we are at,” he said.

Veal said there had been a lot of talk around him driving for Krikke Motorsport and it would be different for his home fans with him in another car.

“I am excited though to get there and race,” he said.

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