Steven Lines, Brooke Tatnell and defending champion James McFadden will each go into the event looking to capture the 2013/14 championship, with a mere 243 points separating the trio.
Lines has been masterful all season in his quest to break McFadden’s WSS stranglehold, while Tatnell, the 8-time WSS Champion, has been exceptional in his return to Australia’s premier sprintcar series. McFadden has been quietly excellent throughout the year also, doing just enough to stay in touch with the leaders and capitalize on his opportunities.
Luke Dillon still holds a slim chance to catch the lead pack, currently 317 points back from series leader Steven Lines. WSS contracted rookie Jamie Veal rounds out the top five, 461 points behind Lines.
Thanks to the two-night format, a maximum of 398 points will be on offer if any driver can capture the Revolution Racegear Quicktime Award, sweep their heats and win Saturday night’s A Main.
Further down the order, four WSS stars will have no choice but to play their ‘Joker’ this weekend: Shane Stewart (currently 7th), Daniel Pestka (9th), Garry Brazier (12th) and Jordyn Brazier (15th). Each will be hoping to finish the season on a high note despite being eliminated from contention.
Outside of the battle for the championship, a huge number of West Australians will be aiming to take home maximum points and prize money on their home turf.
Among the locals will be Speedway Australia Rising Star Daniel Harding, who has taken the W12 car across the nation to every round of the series, despite not being a contracted driver. A number of local heavy hitters join Harding, including Jason Kendrick, former WSS contracted drivers Trent Pigdon and Shaun Bradford, Cameron Gessner and Jamie Maiolo.
Matt Egel will hit the track for his third appearance in the Muir Motorsports W53 car, having finished 8th last Friday night before an incident ended his evening in Bunbury Saturday night. The South Australian has shown flashes of brilliance this season and enters the final round 16th in the championship, despite missing four rounds.
Former World Series Sprintcars champion, Robbie Farr will be amongst the 40-strong field, as will the USA’s Kody Kinser in the TMG Fabrications USA32 car.
Krikke Motorsport will also operate as a two-car team for the weekend with Tim Kaeding taking the reigns in the USA 2 hot rod.
Stay tuned throughout the weekend for all of the latest news and information from the Motorplex.
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