A controversial incident between reigning Australian Sprintcar Champion Kerry Madsen and Victorian hotshot Tim Van Ginneken has brought a premature end to the A Main at the second round of QSS World Series Sprintcars at Murray Bridge, South Australia.

James McFadden claimed a convincing win over Louisianan Jason Johnson and Matt Egel after the race was declared with just 3 laps remaining, with the clash between Van Ginneken and Madsen leaving the Australia #1 car tangled in the catch fence in turn one.

Madsen had driven from 15th after coming from the B Main all the way to battle for 5th with Van Ginneken who had gradually slipped back after leading the first 12 laps from his front row start alongside McFadden.

At lap 32 however, Madsen drove around the V36 and tucked into turn one to close the door, however Van Ginneken fought to keep the position, making heavy contact and catapulting the A1 high into the catch fence and tangled in the mesh.

Madsen was quick to loosen his belts despite the car hanging off the fence, and wasted no time in exploding his frustrations on Van Ginneken as soon as was released from the wreckage.

“That’s the stupidest move I’ve ever seen at a speedway,” Madsen said, restraining himself from boiling over on the microphone, however TVG seemed unperturbed by his remonstrations.

“It’s not like Kerry’s never done that to anybody is it?” he responded, “so I’m certainly not going to lose any sleep over it.”

The controversy somewhat stole the limelight from a phenomenal race, with a track that became racey just at the right time of the night after being very heavy from an unexpected shower at the start of the evening.

“I wasn’t sure were going to get a racetrack like that after what it was like at the start, but hats off to the track crew because that was great fun,” a jubilant McFadden said after starting the night with Revolution Racegear Quicktime after a last-minute gear change by the crew on the infield to achieve some higher RPM.

Johnson was equally happy with his runner up result, taking him to the KRE Speedweek and WSS Championship points chase lead on 580 points, just four ahead of McFadden and Matt Egel on 557 points in third.

Jamie Veal was unable to take the start in the Krikke Motorsport TEH #2 with electrical issues taking the former champion to the infield before a lap had been turned.

The series heads to Mount Gambier’s Borderline speedway tonight for round three before a day off prior to round four at Avalon on December 30.

World Series Sprintcar Press Release / PICS: Courtesy of Stephen Pickering


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Reigning Australian Sprintcar Champion Kerry Madsen has claimed a $10,000 purse in a thriller at Murray Machining and Sheds Speedway, Murray Bridge for the opening round of QSS World Series Sprintcars for 2017-18.

Madsen qualified 8th quick in his flight in the 45-car field, while South Australian stalwart Jamie Cobby claimed Revolution Racegear Quicktime overall but was let down by a collection of incidents in heat races relegating him to a fourth row start in the Main.

Louisiana’s Jason Johnson started from pole sharing the front row with Matt Egel, with impressive local Ryan Jones and Warrnambool young gun Jye O’Keeffe on the second row.

However, O’Keeffe ended his campaign in the first turn, catching the wall and rolling over, before Aidan Hall made a similar mistake in the same spot six laps later with 34 laps remaining.

Jones was relentless in his pursuit of Johnson, while Madsen was needling away from his third row start, dicing with Jamie Veal and Luke Dillon before finding some grip low on the exit of turn four and shooting to the front.

James McFadden was aggressively charging forward from his 11th starting spot, finally boiling over at the half way mark when he and Veal came together in turn one, with both spinning, but only McFadden able to keep his engine alive.

Veal unceremoniously restarted from the rear of field, and as the track began to lightly take rubber, he fell into the clutches of Madsen who ironically met him in lapped traffic with only a handful of laps remaining.

In the meantime, Ryan Jones had outsmarted Jason Johnson to take over second while Johnson held on to third, Matt Egel fourth and James McFadden rounding the top five.

“That was a great racetrack,” Madsen said in Victory Lane, “and it was just a case of trying to find what moisture was out there, and we just struck it at the right times.”

Jones echoed thoughts, but was torn between being disappointed with second and jubilant of a podium finish.

“Without being cocky, we came in confident, so to not quite get there is disappointing, but when you consider the calibre of this field, we’ll take second!”

Johnson labelled the race track as “a dream come true,” claiming that “riding the cushion in three and four was great fun, but we just didn’t have the speed to keep up with those boys, but this a great way to start the week.”

Cory Eliason claimed the Hoosier Hard Charger award, driving from 16th to 9th in the USA00 Devil Race Karts entry, while fellow Americans, Carson Macedo crashed out of the B Main and Dom Scelzi retired earlier in the night with a broken rear end that led to further issues.

The 31st World Series continues tonight at the same venue for night two of KRE Speedweek with another $10k on offer for the winner.

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Americans in for the Sunshine

Americans in for the Sunshine.

Ausdeck Patio’s Archerfield Speedway Promoter John Kelly confirmed today 5 American drivers will take the green during the Sunshine Swing segment of QSS World Series Sprintcars commencing January 3.

Speedway’s best kept secret being the return of 10 times Knoxville Nationals winner Donny Schatz to the home of the Performance Wholesale Australian Sprintcar Open.

Joining Schatz will be QSS/WSS contracted drivers Carson Macedo and Dominic Scelzi plus Logan Schuchart and Lucas Wolfe.

The ‘Open’ becoming an event targeted by international stars as a ‘must do’ considering its rich 22 year history and the domination of the event by Schatz.

Kelly is proud the event is sought after. “We have offered good prizemoney, provided consistency in the administration of the event and prepared a racetrack that has provided a great racing Spectacle,” Kelly said.” The 50 lap A-Mains over the past 2 years have raced green to Chequer without a stoppage.”

Schuhart returns to race for the John Weatherall Motorguard Team with Wolfe joining the Bruce and Linda Ayers #1Z.

With 16 QSSWSS contracted drivers including home grown Kevin Titman and Lockie McHugh plus Queensland Sprintcar Association Champion Luke Oldfield, Andrew Scheuerle, Peter Lack, Brent Kratzman, Mitchell Gee and last start winner Allan Woods to name a few of the casual nominations expected, The Sunshine Swing for World Series Sprintcars is expected to provide a feast of Sprintcar action at its best for the Queensland and Northern NSW Speedway fan.

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It’s Veal and Krikke Motorsports together in 2017

It’s Veal and Krikke Motorsports together in 2017



In a major announcement Krikke Motorsports principal Ryan Krikke announces that Jamie Veal will be joining the Team full time  for the 2017 Australian season. Veal will replace Brooke Tatnell behind the wheel of the Western Australian based Transport Equipment Hire  backed #WA2 Sprintcar Team.


This is great news for the future of World Series Sprintcars and will see * Australia’s two leading drivers continue their rivalry in the *top two Sprintcar teams in the Country.

American based Australian Legend Brooke Tatnell departs the team after 12 years in which the team shared many special and emotional victories. Tatnell and Krikke Motorsports together have won many A Mains including an Australian Title, World Series Championships and the Grand Annual Classic most importantly the Krikke Boys Shoot Out

This would have been a very difficult decision for the team but with the Monte Motorsports signing last year of James McFadden this decision gives the team more fire power to take the challenge up to the 2016/17 World Series and Classic Championship Team in the coming season.

Veal’s signing came as the Warnambool based team had decides to scale back their Australian racing operation to focus on the teams US campaigns.Veal and Krikke will contest all major shows around the Country including the World Series Sprintcar Championship, the Australian Title and the Grand Annual Classic at Warnambool.

This is exciting news for Sprintcar fans across Australia and Talking Speedway wishes Krikke Motorsports, Jamie Veal great success in season 2017.We are also hopeful that we will get see Brooke Tatnell back in Australia as he is truly a legend and a fan favorite

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Photo credits Jamie Veal Borderline Speedway

Brooke Tatnell Krikke Motorsports

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Avalon Victoria WSSC Press release

“American superstar Jason Johnson put his World Series Sprintcars Speedweek back on track with an assured victory at Avalon Raceway on December 30. For others it was a night of missed opportunities, with series points leaders James McFadden and Jamie Veal both striking trouble in a dramatic A-Main. This has led to a tightening race in both the overall series and Speedweek standings, with McFadden clinging on to the lead in both points chases.

For the first time in eight rounds the 30th anniversary tour had a classic summer’s day to entice the crowds along, and the Victoria public responded with a bumper attendance. They were treated to the biggest field that Speedweek has seen this summer, with 42 cars rolling out for qualifying in the two-flight system.

Jason Johnson (11.875 seconds) and V36 Tim Van Ginnekin (12.204 seconds) set the fastest times in each pool, but it was V70 John Vogels who topped the standings after qualifying. He beat Johnson by a point, with both having to stand aside for James McFadden in the Gold Shootout who progressed up from seventh overall to pole position.

Hard luck story of the night, week and series has got to be Andrew Wright, with the plucky New South Welshman rolling again in the heats. Remarkably, his crew got the car ready for his last placed start in the B-Main and Wright managed to complete the race.

After Grand Marshall and prominent journo Dennis Newlyn had given the 4-wide signal, it was time for an epic 35-lap World Series A-Main to unfold. Defending series champion Jamie Veal started from Grid 20 after a rush through the B-Main field to the final transfer position, with Brooke Tatnell on 15 and Luke Dillon 14. After two laps Tatnell had moved to tenth, with Veal 15th. McFadden led for the first nine laps until Johnson passed him, with the W17 Monte Motorsport pilot returning the favour just over 10 laps later.

Twenty laps and Veal was up to sixth, having passed Tatnell and setting his sights even further. Veal needed to, as McFadden was skipping away with five laps to run, only to spin himself as he attempted to lap a car in turn 4. The caution lights were on, and McFadden was sent to the rear to the gasps of the packed spectator embankment. Just to add to the drama Jamie Veal pulled infield during the stoppage with a collapsed front end, being eventually credited with 18th place.

Back at the pointy end Jason Johnson held off Steve Lines for the final five laps, taking an emotional chequered flag for his 25th World Series feature victory. V52 Darren Mollenoyux was a well-performed third, ahead of late entrant Matt Egel who will be mighty pleased he made the last minute decision to appear. Tatnell was fifth, collecting 180 valuable series points.

With one round to go at Warrnambool on January 1, the $10,000 Speedweek bonus is well and truly up for grabs. James McFadden (878 points) leads Steven Lines by just 25 points (853). Also in striking distance and ready to shoot for the loot are Luke Dillon (789 points), Matt Egel on 732 and Jason Johnson on 725.

After eight rounds of World Series Sprintcars James McFadden (1881 points) hangs onto a 200-point buffer over Jamie Veal on 1681. Brooke Tatnell is another 27 points back on 1654, with Daniel Harding on 1457 after an eighth place A-Main finish. The battle for fifth is the closest of all, with Andrew Wright on 989 and Jason Pryde 980.”

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World Series opener rained out , Veal tops points

World Series Sprintcars opener rained out!

Murray Bridge Speedway hosted the opening round of the Championship round for 2016/17 on Saturday night. With threatening skies overhead and anticipation that they would remain rain free the 34 teams set about getting the best possible start to their campaigns. The track at Murray Bridge appeared to be a little wet early in the night as you can see from this picture of Steven Lines during engine start.lines-at-murray-bridgeThe importance of scoring early point is even more critical with difficult weather around .With all the heat races in the books mother nature sent a warning ,never under estimate her. The rain belted down forcing the remainder of the night to be cancelled. Fasted in the time trial was Brad Kellar from fellow South Australian Ryan Jones.

The top 10 in points were: Jamie Veal was the top qualifier on 82 points ahead of Brooke Tatnell 75, James McFadden 75, Luke Dillon 75, Ryan Jones 75, Brad Keller 75, Matt Egel 75, Steven Lines 74, Robbie Farr 74 and Daniel Pestka 71.

Round two will see the Team heading up the motorways to Valvoline Raceway for next Saturday night clash with the Valvoline Raceway locals.

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World Series Sprintcars 30 years Old

The 30th running of World Series Sprintcars this weekend

 World Series Sprintcars still strong after 30 years will open its 2016/7 Championship season on Saturday night at Murray Bridge Speedway in South Australia.The Speedway is looking good after recent storms and is ready to host some exciting races murray-bridge-speedway

The Premier Sprintcar series features 5 former Champions with 14 titles between them. Currently the nomination are up to 34 .With competing series the USCS also running events the pressure on numbers was to be expected..

Monte Motorsports this year has changed drivers and will chase the Championship with two times winner and former Australian Champion James McFadden. McFadden has had impressive start to his association with Milwaukee Power Tools/Monte Motorsports Team since taking the seat over Californian Kyle Hirst.mcfadden17

The nine times Champion Brooke Tatnell return with the Kirrke Team and will be looking for that 10th Championship .After solid 5th last week end at Warnambool Tatnell the US based Australian will carry the memory of team Principal Shane Krikke with him as he suits up for each round of the Championship .The W2 is looking sharp and fast.tatnell-krikke2

Defending Champion Jamie Veal with another strong tour of the USA under his belt is going to be tough to beat and he battle for Championship honors between Veal, McFadden and lines and Tatnell is sure to be a highlight of the 30th year.

South Australia might be the City of Churches but Saturday night it will be the City of Speedway .Murray Bridge Speedway will be the only place to be on Saturday night.

Photos credits Murray Bridge Speedway,Monte Motorsports and Krikke Motorsports/Brad Fatrat Steele,


S2 Craig Vanderstelt

W2 Brooke Tatnell – 9 time champion

W3 Steven Lines – former champion

NT4 Jamie McInnes

S4 Lisa Walker

Q7 Robbie Farr – former champion

S7 Hayden Pitt

S10 Steven Caruso

W12 Daniel Harding

S13 Brock Hallett

S14 Brendan Quinn

W14 Jason Pryde

S15 Aidan Hall

W17 James McFadden – 2 time champion

S19 Brad Keller

Q21 Jordyn Brazier

S22 Chad Ely

S24 Ricky Maiolo

S27 Daniel Petska

Q32 Lachlan McHugh

S33 Mark Caruso

V35 Jamie Veal – defending champion

V52 Darren Mollenoyux

S45 Jake Tranter

S55 Luke Bowey

S63 Ryan Jones

S71 Sam Putland

N78 Andrew Wright

S78 Keke Falland

S81 Luke Dillon

S88 Todd Wigzell

S96 Brendan Guerin

S97 Matt Egel

S98 Justin Sloan

Total = 34

Results will be up date on both our Facebook and Twitter feeds

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McFadden signed with Monte Motorsports for 2016/7

McFadden joins MonteIn a joint announcement today Monte Motorsports and Milwaukee Tools advised that they had signed James McFadden for the 2016/17 season .James will take over the seat held by the likable and talented Californian Kyle Hirst.

This is a big announcement by Monte Motorsports particularly as their last two drivers have both been Americans and both brought some big trophies to the team .The teams decision to put an Australian in the seat will be welcomed by local race fan .Kyle Hirst during his time in the W17 was adopted by most fans forgetting he was an American and he brought much credit to the team during his stay and most importantly he gave the team the 2015 Warnambool Classic trophy, the most sought after of all the big Australian Sprintcar events .I am sure this news comes as a disappointment to Hirst who has been have a super season in California. Most recently he won the weekend of the Peter Murphy Classic in NZ1.NZ1

Great news for McFadden who is currently dividing his racing between the Joe Garete Engines #3G and the Highlands Tire and Service #3. There has been no announcement as to will replace James in NQ25 or if Kyle Hirst will drive in Australia during 2016/17, let’s hope he lands a ride as I for one will miss his talent.

James’s response to the appointment was released on his Facebook page, “This was one of the hardest and most exciting decisions of my racing career yet. Scott and Stephanie Milling gave me a huge opportunity at a young age, as a kid who had proved nothing, and for that I will always be thankful. To walk away from a team that has become your family is a tough decision to make, and one I did not take lightly. It is a credit to those involved at the NQ25 that I was met with complete understanding about my eventual choice to move in a different direction.

I am so grateful for the opportunity to steer this W17 Milwaukee Monte Motorsport car and belong to one of the most successful and professional teams in the world of Speedway.

I am very excited for what I hope to be a solid season 2016/2017 aboard the W17. Keep your eyes peeled for race schedules and the likes. Results and interaction will continue on this page, as well as the Monte Motorsport Sprintcar Team Page.”

Kyle Hirst’s response to the new was via twitter  “Want to thank for letting me be part of such a great team! Lifetime memories made & best wishes this year!”

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World Series Sprintcars bigger than ever!

World Series Sprintcars bigger than ever!

Press release Speedway Australia – May 20, 2016


“Back in Early 1987 the founders of World Series Sprintcars dreamed of a professionally managed entertainment package touring the country giving Fans, Drivers and Teams the exposure that top-line Sprintcar racing deserves. To say that they have succeeded is an understatement judging by what you see before you today, wrote Speedway Journalist Jon Evans in 1997. Each of the 10 Series to date have been incredibly hard fought, no more so than that of last summer when Skip Jackson defeated defending Title Holder Brooke Tatnell by the smallest margin in the history of the Series.”

Roll on 20 years and Speedway fans have witnessed history repeating itself in the prestigious World Series. A battle royal going into the A-Main of 2016 ENZED World Series Sprintcars Grand Final at Perth Motorplex saw veteran Brooke Tatnell fighting tooth and nail to secure his 10th WSS Crown. In this chapter, it was Next Gen racer Jamie Veal holding a tiny 3 point buffer and a lead that would deny Tatnell the crown.

In 2017, World Series Sprintcars celebrates 30 years of Tension and Drama… Speedway Australia General Manager Tim Savell this week announcing a record 18 round competition for the corner stone of Australian Speedway.

“It’s awesome to unveil 18 exciting rounds to a celebratory 30th year of WSS,” Tim said. “It’s also been inspiring that stakeholders are working together to provide a competition that will create history, providing fans an experience of a lifetime in 2016-17.”

The extended calendar boasts 18 rounds, 20 nights and 30 years of Tradition, Excitement and Honour with WSS30 unveiled at the Murrays Machining and Sheds Murray Bridge Speedway in South Australia on November 12. The Series wrapping up in a prestigious 2 night Grand Final at the Perth Motorplex, February 24 and 25.

Motorplex Promoter Gavin Migro said he was humbled to host the Grand Final in the anniversary year. “My Dad Con promoted Series 1 in 1987 and it will be my honour to host WSS30 in 2017.”

The Passion and Tradition Calendar will be launched at a glitz and glamour event at Jupiter’s Casino on the Gold Coast on September 10.

The event will be held in conjunction with the 2016 Speedway Australia Hall of Fame and Awards Gala Night with the Speedway Australia Annual General Meeting scheduled for Monday and Tuesday September 12 & 13.


30th Anniversary World Series Sprintcars Calendar.

November 12, Murray Bridge Speedway – SA.

November 19, Valvoline Raceway Sydney – NSW.

November 26, Archerfield Speedway – QLD.

December 3, Toowoomba Speedbowl. – QLD.

2017 WSS Speedweek

December 26, Speedway City Adelaide. – SA.

December 27, Murray Bridge Speedway. – SA.

December 28, Borderline Speedway – Mount Gambier. SA.

December 29, Avalon Raceway – Geelong VIC.

January 1, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool. VIC.    (continued)


Sunshine Swing

January 3, Toowoomba Speedbowl. QLD.

January 4, Archerfield Speedway QLD.

January 6/7, Archerfield Speedway Australian Open QLD.

WSS Ultimate

February 4, Murrays Machining and Sheds Murray Bridge Speedway. SA.

Western Swing

February 11, Perth Motorplex. WA.

February 17, Attwell Park Speedway – Albany WA.

February 18, Bunbury Speedway – Bunbury WA.

WSS Grand Final

February 24/25, Perth Motorplex (Western Swing Round) WA.

February 26, WSS30 Presentation Dinner

Interested Drivers and Teams, for further information please contact:

Speedway Australia

Sports Development Officer

Shawn Mortimer 0429 333 528

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Press Release World Series Sprintcars

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Apr 28, 2016

Positive Direction Achieved for ENZED World Series Sprintcars

“The recent review meeting held in Sydney for ENZED World Series Sprintcars has provided positive feedback and direction for the organizing body Speedway Australia.drivers small

Promoters, Team Owners, Drivers and the entire Speedway Australia Board led by Chair Ross Allen and General Manager Tim Savell attended the get together which has been described as very successful.

Speedway Australia was able to supply much insight into the administration of the Series with positive and passionate input from the Team Owners, Promoters and Drivers witnessed.

Former ENZED World Series Champion James McFadden said he is confident of what could be in the 2016-2017 Series.  “The new team from Speedway Australia provided detailed information that allowed us as Drivers and the Team Owners to seriously consider committing to the 30th Anniversary year of WSS.”

General Manager Tim Savell said he was pleased by the atmosphere of the meeting, “We received great direction from all stakeholders, it has us in a great place to organise and confirm detail early, with a draft calendar now released for consideration. We take on board driver comments in regards to the need for consistency and that’s what we will deliver.”

The tentative calendar sees an expanded 16 round program commencing at the Murray Bridge venue on November 4 winding up at the Perth Motorplex February 25, 2017. ”

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