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McFadden finally tastes Classic glory

 

By Geoff Rounds

JAMES McFADDEN fought off all challengers to win the only major event that has eluded him in his career, the 45th Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic at Premier Speedway, Warrnambool.

McFadden, who resides just minutes from the speedway at Warrnambool has now won every major sprintcar event and can now add Australia’s most prestigious race to his two Australian sprintcar championships and dual World Series Championships.

In front of a crowd of around 10,000 fans in 30 degree weather the season’s most dominant driver looked in hot form all weekend and immediately took the lead from fellow front row starter and an emotional Friday night winner Brooke Tatnell and was never headed during the 40 laps.

While McFadden pocketed $30,000 for winning, the battle for second prize was going to be left until the final three laps when Darren Mollenoyux who had raced around Kerry Madsen and Brad Sweet found himself in a battle with Tatnell.

 

Mollenoyux rallied very late and it wasn’t until lap 37 he passed the veteran Tatnell and carried amazing car speed to finish runner-up with Tatnell holding third.

“It’s the raced I’ve wanted my whole life,” McFadden said.

“I thought it was one of those big races that I thought might elude me. I used to sit on the hill here at Premier as a little kid and dream about winning it and now to have done it is really amazing. I still can’t believe it’s really happened. The relief is great and is unbelievable right at this moment.”