Injury Can’t Keep James McFadden Down
MT. GAMBIER, Australia – James McFadden wasted little time in atoning for the disappointment in the previous round with a flag to flag win during night three of the Enzed World Series Sprintcars Speedweek at Borderline Speedway Saturday.
Despite being in considerable pain (McFadden spent most of the day in hospital leading up to the night) from an aggravated rib injury, the defending WSS champ sped his Totally Workwear No. 25 COOL to an uninterrupted victory in the 35 lap finale.
“The track was fast,” McFadden explained, “really, really fast. You could still move around a bit and pass lapped cars but the speed of the place tonight was amazing. I’m so glad I could get a win for the team tonight after the disappointment at Murray Bridge.”
Two nights earlier at the previous round in Murray Bridge he had been leading the A-Main when two lapped cars crashed in front of him and he ran out of emergency routes to avoid contact with them. The impact aggravated a previous rib injury and also saw him have to restart at the rear of the field before storming back to third by race’s end.
At Mt. Gambier there would be no such complications as McFadden zipped between the lapped cars with arch-rival American Jason Johnson and Mt. Gambier local hero Steven Lines hot in pursuit.
“I really have to take my hat off to James, he doesn’t make many mistakes and he didn’t tonight either, no matter how hard I chased him,” Johnson said.
Johnson was back to his brilliant best in the HM Racing GT Bobcats Maxim after two frustrating previous nights with engine problems.
“The HM Racing team worked real hard on this car all week and tonight we’ve got our car speed back. I feel we’re in for a really good shot at the next two rounds of Speedweek now for sure.”
Local hero Steven Lines locked in his third consecutive podium finish in the Halls Motorsport No. 3 KPC with third place behind Johnson.
Robbie Farr was once again very consistent with a strong fourth place, followed by South Aussie young gun Daniel Pestka in the Gawler Farm Machinery J&J.