WA drivers in prime position for Shootout

Morgan Melvin and Justin FrisSouth Western Times
Krikke Motorsport driver Kerry Madsen is one of several pre-race favourites for Saturday night’s Shootout feature.
Camera IconKrikke Motorsport driver Kerry Madsen is one of several pre-race favourites for Saturday night’s Shootout feature. Credit: Richard Hathaway

WA is in prime position to end an unwanted drought during the 22nd running of the Krikke Boys Shootout on Saturday at the Make Smoking History Bunbury Speedway, with several State drivers in excellent form.

A blue ribbon event, the concept was created to commemorate the lives of Darryl and Jason Krikke, who died in a tragic car accident in 1997.

Arguably the biggest event on the Bunbury speedway calendar, this year’s event has been condensed into a one night only show – but the field is still oozing with talent.

This season, the Shootout meeting will double as the final round of the Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series.

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Leading the feature race fancies is Krikke Motorsport driver Kerry Madsen, who enters the meeting in excellent form.

After winning the South Australian 410 sprintcar title in Whyalla, Madsen returned to WA and recorded solid results in Albany over the past fortnight.

Diamond Bay Motorsport’s hopes rest on the shoulders of 2015 winner Brooke Tatnell, a man they believe can repeat the effort on Saturday night.

A West Australian driver has not won the Shootout feature since 2002, when Terry Cutts took home the trophy.

But given the recent efforts of Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series leader Jason Kendrick, he might be the driver to end that streak.

Another contender is Jamie Maiolo, who is no stranger to being able to deliver the goods when it matters most.

Despite this, he has been unable to claim a Shootout win – which is the only trophy that he has been unable to collect during his sprintcar career in WA.

Legend cars and late models will also be on hand for a round of the Pro Dirt Series.

Bunbury will be represented across both divisions – with Brad Blake, last year’s Krikke Boys Shootout late model winner Kye Blight and recently-crowned Australian Champion Paul Stubber all looking for a clean sweep of the podium.

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