Former 1NZ Jamie McDonald has just one thing on his mind for the 2015/16 season at WXC Speedway – Western Springs, to win races.
McDonald will once again line up on the dirt in the same Kistler 410 powered J&J Sprintcar he campaigned last season, once again with support from Hitachi Power Tools, JA Russell, KBL Earthmovers and Dynamix.
While busy juggling the needs of the latest team member over the off-season, McDonald is very clear on what he wants to achieve each time he gets behind the wheel of his ‘Winged Warrior’.
“Basically the first goal is to balance racing and a young baby! But to be serious, everything I go into I want to win, be it a heat race or a feature, I just want to try and win it,” says the 2006/07 national champion.
And when asked who is likely to stand in his way of dominance, he is quick to go to one of the seasoned front runners.
“Every year my old mate Dean Brindle, he’s certainly one of the top Kiwis so probably the biggest competition to us.”
When it comes to a favourite meeting over the season, for McDonald there is no greater thrill than lining up against the world’s best when the Porter Hire International Sprintcar series rolls into town at WXC Speedway – Western Springs.
“Definitely the International Sprintcar series, I love the big shows.”
Those with a good memory will recall when McDonald was able to take the fight to World of Outlaws legend Donny Schatz in a pole shuffle at WXC Speedway – Western Springs and score the top qualifying spot, sending the grandstands into a frenzy. So what is it like to take on drivers with the pedigree of Schatz?
“That part of it is really cool if you can get it done, but the reality is that it’s pretty tough, it’s a pretty unfair fight because they are seasoned professionals and we really are just weekend warriors so it can be pretty tough, but if you do manage to knock them off, like in a pole shuffle or something like that, it is very satisfying. You certainly learn how far behind we are running against them.”
But at the end of the day, McDonald is looking forward to pulling the overalls on for opening night on November 14
“We’re just looking forward to getting out there and doing what we love this season.”