Contenders prepare to battle for King of Wings crown
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.
Shaun Bradford is the only other driver to claim a round win and was leading last weekend’s show before crashing out.