Feb 20, 2012
James McFadden was officially crowned the 2011-12 Hi-Tec Oils World Series Sprintcars Champion last night at an emotion charged Presentation Dinner in Burswood, Western Australia.
The 22 year old received the inaugural “Dumesny-Tatnell” Champion's Trophy and a standing ovation from his peers.
McFadden also won the “Vortex Wings Shootout” award and the “Speedweek” Trophy.
Bordertown South Australia racer Dylan Jenkin received the “Rookie of the Year” honour but was stunned and humbled to win the “Driver’s Driver” award voted on by his rivals.
“This tops it all off for me. To win this award is humbling. I don’t know what to say.”
The other award voted on by the participants was the coveted “Crew Chief of the Year” trophy which was won by Krikke Motorsport Crew Chief “Little” Pete Caporn – a fitting reward for a man who has clocked up ten years and five Australian Championship wins for his team.
Legendary WSS wheel-twister Max Dumesny was honoured for his outstanding contribution to the series over 25 years and was humbled by a thunderous standing ovation from the packed room.
The normally jovial seven-times champion was clearly moved by the reception and paid respect to his long time archrival Brooke Tatnell.
“I thought that winning seven of these (WSS Titles) was enough, but Brooke you’ve gone one better. You’re clearly the best there’s ever been. I’ve enjoyed racing you over the years.”
Dumesny competed in his final WSS round the night prior at The Perth Motorplex and capped it off last night with a win in the “Hard Charger” trophy where he passed a staggering 58 cars throughout the series.
"Best Presented Car & Crew" was awarded to the Monte Motorsport Monster Energy team, while the "Revolution Racegear Qualifying Award" was won by Brooke Tatnell.
Tatnell and series champion James McFadden were tied for the award, but Tatnell claimed the prize on a countback by qualifying ahead of McFadden in 9 of the 15 rounds.
As usual the dinner was at times heavily emotional as drivers paid tribute to their teams.
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