World Series Sprintcars
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The series was conceived by Adelaide based sedan driver and promoter John Hughes in 1986 as an Australian version of the famous World of Outlaws (WoO) series run in the United States since 1978. The WSS is separate from the single meeting Australian Sprintcar Championship and is currently run over 12 rounds during the Australian Speedway season (as of 2013–14). The championship is open to drivers of any nationality, and is usually held from Boxing Day until February during the North American off-season, typically meaning many visiting stars from North America will make visits, some even racing the majority of races before the North American season begins.
The first ever World Series Sprintcars (WSS) meeting was held in Perth at the now defunct Claremont Speedway on 1 December 1987. Originally each meeting was held on a single night, though for the past number of years each meeting is run over two nights, with Time Trials, heat races and a Preliminary B then A main on the first night with more heats, three qualifying Top eight shootout races (bronze, silver and gold), the C Main, B Main and then the A Main (final) in a format similar to most sprintcar races.
Like the Australian Sprintcar Championship, the WSS has been dominated by drivers from New South Wales. Of the 26 series held since 1987, 16 drivers from NSW have won. Victorian driver Max Dumesny with seven series titles, WoO regular Darryn Pitman from the USA with one win, 2011-12 champion James McFadden from Queensland (born in the Northern Territory), and 2013-14 champion Steven Lines from South Australia are the only non-NSW drivers to win the title. Although Dumesny is originally from Victoria, he has been based in Sydney since the mid-1990's. Darryn Pitman's win in 2002/03 is the only title by a foreign driver and the only time anyone other than an Australian has won the series title (the North American World of Outlaws season-opening meet in Barberville, Florida, USA will sometimes conflict with the final race of this series).
Sydney driver Brooke Tatnell has won a record eight series since first contesting races in the inaugural series run in 1987. Brooke is also part of the only father and son combination to ever win the series with his father, former national Speedcar and Sprintcar champion George Tatnell, winning the first two series run in 1987/88 and 1988/89. George Tatnell also finished second in 1989/90, the year Dumesny won his first series.
Visiting American drivers who have been or are regular competitors in World Series Sprintcars include Jack Hewitt, Danny Smith, Joey Saldana, Darryn Pitman, Donny Schatz, Jason Johnson and Shane Stewart. Others who have competed in select races while touring Australia include Sprintcar racings "King" Steve Kinser, his younger brother Randy Kinser and Tim Green.
The 2013-14 World Series Sprintcars is sponsored by New Zealand based hydraulic hose and lubricant company Enzed. The series started on 26 December 2013 at Speedway City in Adelaide, and finished with the Grand Final on 22 February 2014 at the Perth Motorplex. Steven Lines from Mount Gambier in South Australia won his first ever World Series Sprintcars championship.
The 2014-15 World Series Sprintcars is set to start at Speedway City on 24 December 2014, with the 13th and final round on 21 February 2015 at te Perth Motorplex.
Winners since 1987
|1987–88||George Tatnell (NSW)||Brett Lacey (Vic)||Garry Rush (NSW)|
|1988–89||George Tatnell (NSW)||Max Dumesny (Vic)||Brett Lacey (Vic)|
|1989–90||Max Dumesny (Vic)||George Tatnell (NSW)||Garry Rush (NSW)|
|1990–91||Max Dumesny (Vic)||Jack Hewitt ()||Danny Smith ()|
|1991–92||Brad Heywood (NSW)||Max Dumesny (Vic)||Jack Hewitt ()|
|1992–93||Max Dumesny (Vic)||Garry Brazier (NSW)||David Anderson (Vic)|
|1993–94||Garry Brazier (NSW)||Brooke Tatnell (NSW)||Garry Rush (NSW)|
|1994–95||Brooke Tatnell (NSW)||Danny Smith ()||Garry Rush (NSW)|
|1995–96||Brooke Tatnell (NSW)||Joey Saldana ()||Peter Murphy (NSW)|
|1996–97||Skip Jackson (NSW)||Brooke Tatnell (NSW)||Danny Smith ()|
|1997–98||Skip Jackson (NSW)||Brooke Tatnell (NSW)||Trevor Green (SA)|
|1998–99||Skip Jackson (NSW)||Randy Hannagan ()||Garry Brazier (NSW)|
|1999–00||Brooke Tatnell (NSW)||Donny Schatz ()||Skip Jackson (NSW)|
|2000–01||Brooke Tatnell (NSW)||Max Dumesny (Vic)||Skip Jackson (NSW)|
|2001–02||Max Dumesny (Vic)||Donny Schatz ()||Bradley Furr ()|
|2002–03||Darryn Pitman ()||Robbie Farr (NSW)||Max Dumesny (Vic)|
|2003–04||Max Dumesny (Vic)||Jason Johnson ()||Brooke Tatnell (NSW)|
|2004–05||Max Dumesny (Vic)||Robbie Farr (NSW)||Shane Stewart ()|
|2005–06||Brooke Tatnell (NSW)||Max Dumesny (Vic)||Jason Johnson ()|
|2006–07||Max Dumesny (Vic)||Jason Johnson ()||David Murcott (Vic)|
|2007–08||Brooke Tatnell (NSW)||Robbie Farr (NSW)||Max Dumesny (Vic)|
|2008–09||Brooke Tatnell (NSW)||Robbie Farr (NSW)||Max Dumesny (Vic)|
|2009–10||Brooke Tatnell (NSW)||Robbie Farr (NSW)||Max Dumesny (Vic)|
|2010–11||Robbie Farr (NSW)||David Murcott (Vic)||Jason Johnson ()|
|2011-12||James McFadden (Qld)||Brooke Tatnell (NSW)||Jason Johnson ()|
|2012-13||James McFadden (Qld)||Shane Stewart ()||Steven Lines (SA)|
|2013-14||Steven Lines (SA)||Brooke Tatnell (NSW)||James McFadden (Qld)|