Con­tenders pre­pare to bat­tle for King of Wings crown

Southern Telegraph - - Sport -

Only four driv­ers in the field for this Satur­day night’s Scardi­fields Smash Re­pairs King of Wings at the Perth Mo­tor­plex have won the event be­fore.

Jamie Maiolo, Ken Sar­tori, Ryan Far­rell and South Aus­tralian Luke Dil­lon will be chas­ing an­other win in the pres­ti­gious sprint­car race.

Maiolo has won the event twice, with the first of those in the sum­mer of 1999-2000 and the sec­ond in 2010-11.

Given his dom­i­nant early-sea­son form in the 2015-16 AHG Sprint­car Se­ries, the mar­ket gar­dener from Myalup looms as one of the favourites.

Maiolo will face stiff op­po­si­tion from a big field which in­cludes younger brother Bradley, who has been more con­sis­tent over the three races so far and leads the se­ries points.

Shaun Brad­ford is the only other driver to claim a round win and was lead­ing last week­end’s show be­fore crash­ing out late in the 30lap fi­nal.

Un­for­tu­nately, his crash also ham­pered the ef­forts of Dil­lon and Ryan Far­rell, who were right be­hind him and were tan­gled up in the in­ci­dent.

All three, along with Ja­son Ken­drick, who posted his first fin­ish in three races (for third), loom as ma­jor chances in the King of Wings fi­nal.

This event has a dif­fer­ent for­mat from ev­ery other event at the Mo­tor­plex, with strat­egy play­ing a ma­jor part in the 40-lap fi­nal.

Of­fi­cials will spring a com­pul­sory in­field pit­stop on the teams some­where be­tween lap 15 and 25, where all driv­ers will have seven min­utes to make any nec­es­sary ad­just­ments to the cars.

The field will re­sume in the or­der it was in be­fore the pit­stop was called.

Pic­ture: Richard Hath­away

Shaun Brad­ford is the only other driver to claim a round win and was lead­ing last week­end’s show be­fore crash­ing out.

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