The 2020-21 Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series – which will feature at Saturday’s Asphalt Recyclers Australia Sprintcar Gold Cup event at the Perth Motorplex – may be remembered as one of the greatest ever, with field sizes at all time highs and competition as intense as it has ever been.
There were big name teams that succeeded, as others failed to live up to expectations. But few would have expected to see Kris Coyle bringing home third place in the championship at the wheel for Scotty Chatwin’s team.
Coyle has much experience in a Sprintcar, but his name has rarely been up in lights. This season was different, with the resources of Chatwin’s team and Coyle’s driving skill proving a potent combination.
“This season has been a successful one for our team to end up third against some great local cars,” Coyle said. “Although we only managed one feature podium all year, the calibre of drivers and teams to stay home this season because of COVID has made it that more rewarding to have a strong season finish. I can’t thank Scotty enough for the opportunity.”
Consistently finishing races was one of Coyle’s strongest qualities. That came down to sensible driving and hours at the workshop between events.
“To finish each feature you have to not drive beyond your capabilities, and there is a lot of maintenance and upkeep to do on the car outside of racing,” he said. “I cannot thank my crew enough for the time they put in to get these results.
“This season has been huge for Sprintcars in WA. We had the most cars that ever nominated for the opening night. It also has been great to see a bumper crowd everywhere we go.”
Coyle plays a dual role on race nights, serving as both the driver and the crew chief. As his experience with Chatwin’s team has grown, Coyle has become more certain in his decision making.
“We purchased a new KRE race engine at the start of the season, which gave us over 100hp more than last year. We have been running the same chassis for two years now. I have a lot more confidence, and more power helps with time trials and getting set up for a good night.”
Coyle and the team will be making a change to their successful formula for the Asphalt Recyclers Australia Sprintcar Gold Cup this Saturday at Perth Motorplex, returning to a repaired chassis they last raced earlier in the season.
“We have just this week swapped our running gear back into the chassis we used all last season,” he said. “We used the chassis on opening night and we were running second before getting taken out by a lap car. I am a little more comfortable in this chassis, we feel.”
And when the lights do turn out on this season after what are expected to be two more scintillating Sprintcar events, Coyle is looking forward to doing it all again in October.
“Scotty wants to go again so we will keep doing what we are doing. Hopefully we will update some gear in the off season and start fresh again next year.”
The Asphalt Recycler Sprintcar Gold Cup takes place this Saturday, March 27. The event features not just the Maddington Toyota Sprintcars, but also the BGC Late Models, Pool Shop Group Speedcars, Red Pepper Promotions Wingless Sprint, Solos and Flat Track Motorcycles. Gates open from 4.30pm, with heats from 5pm and the main show from 6pm.
Words: Luke Nieuwhof
Pic: Peter Roebuck