Schatz Flawless Down Under
ARCHERFIELD, Australia – American Donny Schatz drove to a fundamentally faultless win in Friday’s 20-lap preliminary A-Main in Round Seven of the ENZED World Series Sprintcars at Supercheap Autos Archerfield Speedway.
It was the perfect build up to Saturday’s $20,000-to-win 50-lap main event.
Schatz drove the Crimsafe/Gearwrench No. 15 J&J from pole position to a flawless win despite struggling several times with cumbersome lapped traffic.
“I got caught up with those lapped cars several times,” Schatz conceded. “I thought for sure I’d run into a bit of trouble with the guys behind catching me. I ran the bottom for most of the earlier part (of the race) and when I tried to move up a bit and try something new there really wasn’t much on offer. I ended up coming back to the low line.”
Starting alongside Schatz was South Australian youngster Daniel Pestka in the GFM J&J and the 2013 WSS Rookie of the Year ran in second place for 19 of the 20 laps until James McFadden’s No. 1 Lucas Oils/Totally Workwear Cool relieved him of that position as the two slid into turn three on the final lap.
“Daniel did a good job,” admitted McFadden. “It wasn’t until the last two corners that I was able to get by him. In the end second place tonight is a pretty fair effort considering we had a pretty brutal time just getting into the A-Main.”
The defending WSS champ went as far as saying he was genuinely fearful that he’d hurt seventeen year old Jordyn Brazier in his final heat when the young Sydneysider flipped into McFadden’s path.
“I was relieved to see Jordy get out,” McFadden explained. “I hit him pretty hard right in the cage and I was really worried that he would be hurt.”
David Murcott recovered from a bruising encounter with Ian Madsen in his first heat to qualify for the A-Main and eventually run a strong fourth position in the Dave Horrell No. 83 Maxim with the Victorian hard charger pinching David “Blingy” Muir’s spot as the laps wore down.
Muir brought the Titan Garages / Oven U Maxim home in fifth ahead of Brooke Tatnell in sixth (Toyota Genuine Parts Cool) Steven Lines seventh (Halls Haulage KPC) Californian Brad Sweet eighth (Highrace Towing No. 99 TI22) Luke Oldfield ninth (No. 17 JB Automotive) and Brent Aprile’s No. 42 Eveready Technologies Maxim rounding out the top ten.