Krikke Motorsport has enjoyed a long and successful history, which began in 1979, when Peter Krikke purchased a used Sprintcar from American constructor Bob Trostle during a visit to Australia, forming the Bunbury Toyota Racing team, which would later become the Krikke Motorsport team it is known as today.
The team’s first driver and Peter’s brother Ron Krikke won the family’s maiden Western Australian Title in 1984 and managed to go back-to-back the following season, while also taking out the 1985 Australian Championship at Perth’s Claremont Showground, along with the WA Speedweek Series. Four seasons later, Peter and Ron’s brother John Krikke collected his first of two Western Australian Titles for the team and went on to enjoy many years of success, including winning the WA Speedweek Series in 1990.
After enjoying his own successful speedway career, which spanned over a decade, Peter’s son, the late Shane Krikke, was forced to retire from driver duties in 1998, having been diagnosed with cancer. Deciding to continue his involvement with speedway in another capacity, Shane transformed Bunbury Toyota Racing into the elite and professional team that is now renowned throughout the Australian speedway community – Krikke Motorsport – contracting American racer Donny Schatz to pilot the WA # 2 410 Sprintcar for the 1999-00 season.
With Schatz at the helm, the team won seven consecutive World Series Sprintcar rounds – a record which is yet to be beaten – and placed runner-up in the overall Championship behind future Krikke Motorsport driver Brooke Tatnell.
The following two seasons saw Australian great Skip Jackson behind the wheel, taking out the 2000-01 season Australian Championship at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway (Qld), before parting ways with Krikke Motorsport to focus on his American racing campaign. Filling the vacancy for the next three seasons was Robbie Farr, who managed to achieve one of the team’s highlights when he won the 2003-04 season Australian Championship on home soil: Bunbury Speedway.
The 2005-06 season saw the beginning of Tatnell’s long relationship with the Krikke Motorsport team; a relationship which is considered one of the most successful in Australian speedway, with Tatnell going on to win five Australian Championships and five World Series Sprintcar Championships with the team.
Tatnell’s 12-year stint with the team was only interrupted during the 2012-13 season, when he was unable to commit to the full World Series Sprintcar schedule, with American racer Tim Kaeding taking over and delivering the team a fifth-place finish in the final point standings.
The 2017-18 season saw the beginning of a new era for Krikke Motorsport, with the team joining forces with Victorian talent Jamie Veal.
Making their debut in the best possible fashion, the team opened their winning account at the Perth Motorplex, with Veal taking out the Western Australian Title. While the early stages of their season campaign was a challenging one, resulting in a number of DNFs, the team hit their stride towards the middle of the season, going on to collect another six feature-race victories, which included the Australian Championship preliminary feature race and two World Series Sprintcar Championship rounds.
Closing their season in dominant form, Veal and the team claimed an emotion-charged victory in the Krikke Boys Shootout, clean sweeping both nights of competition, along with winning the final AHG Sprintcar Series Triple Crown round and taking overall Triple Crown honours.
With both parties mutually deciding to part ways at the completion of the season, Krikke Motorsport underwent much deliberation in terms of who would fill their driver’s seat for the upcoming 2018-19 season, eventually announcing that their new driver would be none other than Kerry Madsen.
With almost three decades of Sprintcar racing experience under his belt – both in Australia and America – where he is arguably the most successful Australian ever to have competed, Madsen’s resume is an impressive one, with his accolades including winning the 2014 King’s Royal and having placed higher than any other Australian driver in the history of the Knoxville Nationals, coming home second in the 2015 running of the event.
Banking two state titles (Western Australia and South Australia) for the team throughout their maiden season together, Madsen scored another two feature-race victories throughout the 2018-19 season, while also proving his consistency by finishing runner-up in the overall World Series Sprintcar Championship point standings, along with the Krikke Boys Shootout. The team was also named the Champion Team, Best Presented Car and Crew, Quick Time Champions and Shootout Champions in the World Series Sprintcar Championship, while collecting 13 feature-race podiums and maintaining a 100% top-10 finishing rate.
Back on board for his second season with Krikke Motorsport, the four-time Australian Champion, who also has 24 career World of Outlaw round wins to his name, ended up second in the final World Series Sprintcar Championship point standings for the 2019-20 season in what was their 20th consecutive season contesting the championship. Other highlights in World Series competition was receiving the Best Presented Car and Crew award, Most Pole Shootout Wins and first year crew chief Matt Cochrane received the highly respected Crew Chief of the Year award that was voted by his peers. Apart from the World Series campaign, Madsen recorded minor podium finishes in both the Australian Championship and the Grand Annual Classic.
In what has been an off season like no other due to the coronavirus outbreak, the 2020-21 season saw a number of changes within the Krikke Motorsport team. Due to international and interstate travel restrictions, Madsen is unable to run the season and it has seen him replaced by 2019 Australian Speedcar Champion Dayne Kingshott. Kingshott and the Krikke Motorsport team won’t be out on the road around the country this season and instead they will be based within their home state of Western Australia.