Sign­ing a coup for Krikke

South Western Times - - Sport - Mitchell Wood­cock

AUS­TRALIAN sprint­car stal­wart Kerry Mad­sen has signed on to drive for Krikke Mo­tor­sport for the up­com­ing 2018-19 Aus­tralian speed­way sea­son.

Mad­sen first hit the sprint­car scene in the 1990-91 sea­son and has gone on to win four Aus­tralian Sprint­car Cham­pi­onships, as well as rac­ing against the best in Aus­tralia and Amer­ica.

Krikke Mo­tor­sport team man­ager Ryan Krikke said Mad­sen was one of the best driv­ers to ever come out of Aus­tralia.

“You couldn’t re­ally find a big­ger name than Kerry,” he said.

“The team that he was rac­ing for has pulled out of the sport, so Kerry ap­proached me about driv­ing for us.

“As far as cre­den­tials go, there is re­ally no big­ger name than him in this day and age.

“It was an ob­vi­ous choice. I go back with Kerry a long way. We have been good mates for a long time, so it was just a mat­ter of com­ing to terms and then work­ing with each other.”

Krikke said the Aus­tralian cham­pi­onship was hard to win, but he was con­fi­dent they had the team to do so.

“We have al­ways had the team to win,” he said.

“There are big­ger races to win as well, such as the Krikke Boys race and the World Se­ries.

“We have al­ways had the abil­ity to win all those races, just some­times needed a bit of luck for these things to fall into place.”

Krikke said he was pleased with how the team was sit­ting ahead of next sea­son.

“The com­pe­ti­tion never gets any eas­ier,” he said.

“We just have to keep go­ing to that next level and I think Kerry will take us there and keep us as one of the teams to beat.”

Mad­sen told the Krikke Mo­tor­sport web­site he was pleased to sign with the team.

“I’ve known the en­tire Krikke Mo­tor­sport team for a re­ally long time and I had the plea­sure of rac­ing with them back in 2013, so I’m look­ing for­ward to be­com­ing a part of the team on a full-time ba­sis,” he said.

“Krikke Mo­tor­sport is a first­class team and they op­er­ate with the ut­most pro­fes­sion­al­ism at all times. Be­ing fa­mil­iar with the team, I’m ex­pect­ing it to be a re­ally smooth tran­si­tion and hope­fully we can hit the ground run­ning when the sea­son gets un­der way.”

Kerry Mad­sen

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