PICKING a winner or even a favourite for this weekend’s WA 360 Sprintcar Championship at the Perth Motorplex is not easy.
There are a handful of drivers who have shown solid early-season form who will be expecting that to continue this week.
Then there are some drivers who have the credentials when it comes to big races who haven’t done so well in the opening rounds of the Make Smoking History 360 Sprintcar Power Series.
And there is also a big list of drivers who have the skills and machinery to occupy any steps on the podium if everything falls into place on the night.
Mitchell Wormall won the opening round of the series at Ellenbrook, back in October.
Tom Hooper was the winner of the next round after he put in a barnstorming drive to take the feature race win at the Motorplex last Saturday night, picking off the front runners one by one for his maiden sprintcar win.
Ben Butcher, the defending series champion looked fast in the first round at Ellenbrook but suffered from mechanical issues when holding down a commanding lead.
Last weekend he came from deep in the pack to finish second to Hooper.
The Keen brothers, despite being out of the seat for quite some time, both looked solid last week in their first meeting of the season.
Michael had a fourth and a third in the heats and got to the front of the pack in the main event, before eventually settling for third.
Daniel was seventh and third in his heats and crossed the line in the final in fourth.
AJ Nash was fifth in the final after enjoying a win and a fourth in the heats and is another to keep a close eye on.
Todd Davis is one of the most experienced drivers in the field and for a while last week it looked like he might have taken the win before slipping back to sixth – on the back of a fourth and a win in the heats.
Taylor Milling will be making the long drive back from Kalgoorlie again and will be hoping to improve on his eighth in last week’s final – but he showed plenty of car speed earlier in the night when taking a heat win.
When it comes to 360 sprintcar racing, Kaiden Manders is one of the best and we can’t forget that he is the current Australian champion in this division.
While he has struggled in the 410 class, he seems to excel in this division and another podium visit is not out of the question.
Jason Pryde and Jamie Landrigan have both done a fair bit of racing in the off-season and this will hold them in good stead at the business end of the show.
Ben Van Ryt raced his 360 against the 410s at the Motorplex recently, taking a second in the final – with the guy who won that particular race – James Inglis – also campaigning a 360 that night.
Both of these guys are fast and will be eyeing off at least top fives.
Add in other drivers such as Dean Kappler, Ray Leonard, Callem Sweetman, Matthew Iwanow, Brodie Minchin, Sam Borlini, Vince Rosenthal, Murray Iwanow, Paul Peet, Robert Watson junior, Jacob Potts, Daniel Hartigan and Liam Dowling, and it’s going to be a great spectacle.