World Series Sprint Cars
Esperance Holden Speedway hosted its first ever round of World Series Sprintcars on February 14.
Despite early dusty conditions, the track settled in nicely as spectators were treated to a spectacular night of entertainment.
A big screen with instant replay was positioned in turn three, driver interviews with infield and pit lane commentary all part of the show that is World Series Sprintcars.
Knoxville, Iowa based Kerry Madsen parked the Krikke Motorsport W2 in the victory lane for the first time in eighteen rounds of QSS World Series Sprintcars, leading from start to finish at the series' first ever appearance at Esperance Holden Speedway.
Esperance became the thirty-fifth venue to host a World Series round and attracted a sellout crowd to witness household names of Brooke Tatnell, Kerry Madsen, James McFadden and Dave Murcott tackle the Esperance clay.
Veteran Brooke Tatnell claimed his thirty-fifth Revolution Racegear QuickTime award.
Series points leader James McFadden had claimed the highest points after two heats ahead of Brooke Tatnell.
McFadden then faulted in the shootout, surrendering pole position to Madsen.
Madsen managed only to qualify sixth, conversely logging a win and a third in his heats to qualify third overall prior to the shootout.
Apart from some minor incidents that produced cautions from Glen Sutherland and Daniel Hartigan, the 35-lap event was largely undisturbed, with Madsen controlling the race from start to finish despite the occasional unsuccessful lunge into traffic from Tatnell, who maintained the runner-up slot ahead of McFadden in third.
Brock Hallett claimed the American Racer Hard Charger award in the final finishing seventh on his World Series debut with the contracted J&S Drilling Motorsport team.
Local support divisions on the night included the Esperance Outdoor Power Equipment Street Stocks and The New Era Shearing Junior Sedans, who all rose to the occasion with action-packed racing.
Street stocks would see multiple different heat winners. Veteran Zane Humphrys would record the win in heat one before Kyran Bridges would take heat two. Linton Dickerson charged home for the win in heat three.
The feature would go right down to the last lap as Kyran Bridges would suffer a flat tyre on the last lap after leading from the green light.
This would cause a frantic scramble from Linton Dickerson, Brenton Bridges, Zane Humphrys and Dylan Williams all pouncing on the limping Bridges Falcon with Dickerson greeting the chequered flag.
Junior drivers Hayden Mortimer and Cameron Brown were side by side all evening, both sharing heat wins.
The final continued to be fast paced between the two youngsters before Mortimer would sustain heavy contact with the turn three concrete after clipping lapped traffic.
Kaden Brown, Cam Aldrick and Charlie Tate were all within striking distance of the lead pair while Logan Brown, Chris Dickerson, Hayley Dickerson and Kayde Anthony all raced well.
George Tate and Jackson Goodwin continued to improve and stepped up the pace in front of the record crowd.
A very big thank you must go to all the local businesses that supported the event, and to all the hard working volunteers for the countless hours involved.
Credit: Bronty Humphrys.