Trialling a brand-new KRE Race Engines powerplant, James McFadden managed to come away from Archerfield Speedway last Saturday night with a pleasing second place finish in the opening round of the KRE Sprintcar Series.
Despite his best efforts to wrestle the feature race lead away from eventual winner, Robbie Farr, McFadden came up short, but aside from his second place finish on the podium; he was more impressed with the brand-new engine aboard his NQ # 25 Totally Workwear supported COOL.
“Kenny [McNamara – owner of KRE Race Engines] gave us a new engine to try out and to say that we were impressed would be quite an understatement,” McFadden commented. “It was outstanding throughout the night and I cannot wait to run it again. The engine was strong in every way and we were able to match it for speed with Robbie [Farr] in the feature race. Kenny has done a wonderful with the engine by once again raising the bar in terms of performance and I cannot thank him enough for the opportunity to run it.”
McFadden’s night couldn’t have started any better, after he had topped the time sheets in qualifying and then in his heat races, he recorded sixth and second places finishes. A rear of field start in the dash saw McFadden unable to finish any better than sixth. Starting out of position six in the feature race field, McFadden moved quickly into second place and that was where he remained through to the fall of the chequered flag.
Once again, McFadden was pleased to be able to report that his ongoing shoulder injury is improving all the time.
“Although it [the shoulder] pulled up a little sore at the end of the night, it’s getting better,” he enthused. “In order for it to get back to full fitness I need to continue to build up strength in it and that shouldn’t be too far away with more time in the gym and track time.”
The next outing for McFadden will be on Saturday night, October 15 at Geelong’s Avalon Raceway in Victoria for the annual $10,000 to win Sprintcar Invitational Jackpot event.
McFadden would like to thank his car owner Scott Milling, parents Dave and Tania, along with his valued sponsors Totally Workwear, Western Diamond Drillers, KRE Race Engines, OMP, Racer Industries and COOL Chassis for all of their ongoing support in the 2011/12 season.
To find out more about James McFadden, visit his official website: www.jamesmcfadden.com.au