Following the acquisition of new team driver Kerry Madsen back in July, the exciting announcements keep coming for Krikke Motorsport, with the team confirming that Madsen has officially been contracted to the 2018-19 season World Series Sprintcars Championship for the first time in his 28-year Sprintcar career.
Making his WSS Championship debut on the road, but not as a contacted driver, in the 1998-99 season, placing seventh overall, the current and four-time Australian Champion has since contested numerous WSS Championships; however, his demanding American racing schedule has often led to clashes, causing him to miss various rounds, with his highest overall finish being fourth place last season after contesting 11 of the 14 rounds.
With the Bunbury, Western Australia-based Krikke Motorsport team having remarkably been contracted to the championship for 19 consecutive seasons, since making their debut with American driver and nine-time World of Outlaws Champion Donny Schatz in 1999, team manager Ryan Krikke is thrilled that their tradition is set to continue with Madsen.
“The World Series Sprintcar Championship is something that we’ve been committed to for a very long time,” he expressed.
“When we signed Kerry as our driver, we were unsure if the championship would be possible, due to potential clashes in the schedules, but thankfully it’s all worked out perfectly. The addition of Kerry as a contracted driver for the first time since the inception of the World Series Championship is certainly a huge coup, not only for the championship itself, but also for the fans.
“Our final season schedule hasn’t quite been confirmed yet, but the championship is obviously a massive part of it and I’m pleased that Krikke Motorsport is able to continue supporting it. In addition to his first contract, hopefully we can clinch Kerry’s first World Series crown!”
Madsen, who is not only considered one of Australia’s best drivers but also one of the elites in the American racing circuit, was quick to echo Krikke’s sentiments.
“I’m excited about participating in World Series for the first time as a contracted driver, and this season’s schedule is condensed which works in well with my American racing commitments,” he said.
“It’s great to be a part of one of Australia’s most renowned Sprintcar teams and continue their World Series tradition, and I’m looking forward to hitting the road with them as we chase success.”
A full season schedule and list of 2018-19 season sponsors, along with the team’s new range of merchandise, will be released shortly, so stay tuned by visiting Krikke Motorsport’s website at www.krikkemotorsport.com.au or by following them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter by searching Krikke Motorsport.
2018-19 Season World Series Sprintcars Schedule:
Round 1 – Murray Bridge Speedway (Murray Bridge, SA)
Round 2 – Borderline Speedway (Mount Gambier, SA)
Round 3 – Premier Speedway (Warrnambool, Vic)
Round 4 – Avalon Raceway (Geelong, Vic)
Round 5 – Premier Speedway (Warrnambool, Vic)
Sunshine Swing: Queensland
January 4 and 5
Round 6 (Australian Open) – Archerfield Speedway (Brisbane, Qld)
Round 7 – Archerfield Speedway (Brisbane, Qld)
Western Swing: Western Australia
Round 8 – Attwell Park Speedway (Albany, WA)
Round 9 – Perth Motorplex (Perth, WA)
Round 10 (Grand Final) – Perth Motorplex (Perth, WA)