From Daniel Powell, images courtesy of Stephen Pickering
Current Australian Sprintcar Champion James McFadden made his second appearance of the 2010/11 season and it rewarded him with a third place finish on the podium.
After destroying his car in his opening appearance of the season last month, McFadden was eager to get back behind the wheel of his # 1 AUS Totally Workwear supported Cool at Murray Bridge Speedway in South Australia for its annual Bill Wigzell Battle of the Bridge event.
“I wrecked my car in my debut as Australian Champion and then had to wait over a month to get back out on the track again,” commented the 21-year-old. “Since last month’s wreck we’ve had to build up a whole new car and the weekend previous we were scheduled to run at Avalon Raceway in Victoria but that we cancelled due to rain. It’s certainly not the way we have imagined our season would start but that is the way this sport goes sometimes.”
McFadden’s third place feature race finish last Saturday night was a welcomed result for the Queenslander despite the tough track conditions.
“It was a tough track to pass on as it was rough, a bit rutty and one lane, so you really had to work hard in order to move forward,” he said. “I certainly wasn’t going to try any risky passing attempts on a track like that coming from the back and a third place was a result that the team and I were pleasing considering that I had to come from the fourth row in the field.”
Earlier in the night McFadden had recorded a victory and a sixth place in his two heat races and that placed him eighth on points heading into the feature race.
McFadden’s attention is now on this Saturday night (October 30) at Avalon Raceway (Geelong, VIC) for the opening round of the Victorian Series.
“We are to get as many laps at the tracks that we are going to be competing at later in the season when the bigger shows roll around,” McFadden explained, who at the Battle of the Bridge event debuted his brand new OMP race suit that was supplied to him by his sponsor, Racer Industries.
In the 2010/11 season McFadden would like to thank his car owner Scott Milling, his parents Dave (crew chief) and Tania, along with Totally Workwear, KRE Race Engines, OMP, Racer Industries and Cool Chassis for all their wonderful support.
To find out more about James McFadden visit his official website: www.jamesmcfadden.com.au