Tat­nell the sprints charm­ing

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BROOKE Tat­nell is al­most cer­tain to head­line the World Se­ries Sprint­car’s list of con­tracted driv­ers. The Aus­tralian racer has yet to con­firm for the re­vamped se­ries with the Krikke Motorsport team, but his cal­en­dar should be clear af­ter his US team, Ti­tan Racing, an­nounced this week it will shut.

Ti­tan team owner Reeve Kruck, who re­cruited Tat­nell this year, cites dis­sat­is­fac­tion with the World of Out­laws se­ries as one rea­son for the clo­sure.

The WSS se­ries has al­ready con­firmed Max Dumesny, Ryan Far­rell, Rob­bie Farr, Trevor Green, Ja­son John­son, Peter Lack, James McFad­den, Bryan Mann, Ricky Maiolo, David Mur­cott and Danny Reidy as con­tracted driv­ers.

The threat of a break­away se­ries last sea­son has gal­vanised the sprint­cars to form a manag­ing body and pro­vide a pro­fes­sional front to fans and spon­sors.

Sprint­cars Racing spokesman Dale Rodgers says the ap­proach should be more con­sumer-ori­ented.

‘‘In this era, we need to have a TV pres­ence to get our mes­sage and our spon­sors across to the pub­lic,’’ Rodgers says, adding they will an­nounce free-to-air tele­casts next month. He says in-car cam­era tests have be­gun.

‘‘We’re looking at where we can place the cam­eras,’’ he says.

‘‘Looking back at the driver doesn’t work — if they’re hav­ing a go the car’s usu­ally side­ways and there’s usu­ally a light shin­ing in the back.’’

Rodgers is con­fi­dent of 30 to 40-car grids for the 14 rounds of the se­ries and says the teams’ pro­fes­sion­al­ism is al­ready on a par with that seen in drag racing.

‘‘We’re in the same po­si­tion drag racing was in a few years ago,’’ he says.

Prince of sprints: (third from left) Brooke Tat­nell with some of the other World Se­ries Sprint­car cham­pi­ons.

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