PETERSEN MEDIA- Ian Madsen has made it back to the United States for his 2015 season, but wanted to express his gratitude to the D&B Goodyer Developments team for the opportunity he was provided in Australia.
“Overall we had a really good season together, and I cannot thank Darren and Belinda Goodyer enough for everything they provided me,” Madsen said.
Madsen and his D&B Goodyer Developments team had a bittersweet final week together, but like they did all year, they showed great speed, and contended for a couple of wins.
“Our final week was frustrating, but we put ourselves in position to challenge for a WSS win as well as the Australian Title,” he added.
Running in the second spot during the World Series race at Bunbury, Madsen was catching the leader, but hurt an engine with six laps to go, forcing his team to go to their back up engine for the Australian Title.
The Australian Title preliminary night saw Madsen pick up first and fifth place finishes in heat race action, putting the D&B Goodyer Developments/Adornato Sand & Gravel/Watsons Express Transport entry third in points heading into the feature event.
Scoring a second place finish in the preliminary feature event, Madsen and company would head into the final night sitting third in points, with just a heat race slated before the Australian Title feature event.
Finishing fourth in the heat, Madsen lined up in the second row for the 40-lap feature event. As the race got underway, Madsen was extremely patient as he raced inside the top-five during the first half of the race.
Following a caution at the halfway point, Madsen went to the high, scary side on the restart, and his machine came alive, as he quickly moved into the second spot, as he chased after Dave Murcott.
Catching Murcott, Madsen would pass him to take the lead, as the duo began a torrid battle for the top spot. As the duo raced side by side, they quickly closed on another competitor who was off the pace, and in the racing line, with a flat tire, and Madsen had to spin to miss colliding with him, and he was forced to back of the pack.
“I absolutely could not believe it,” Madsen added. “I am not sure why there was no caution thrown for the guy with the flat tire.”
With 13 laps to go, Madsen showed how strong he was as he clawed from the back of the pack to score a fifth place finish when the race came to a close.
“To come back to fifth from the back really shows how strong this team is, but we all wanted to grab that win for Darren and Belinda Goodyer,” he said. “It was a bittersweet end to our season together. Aside from the Goodyer’s, I also need to thank Dave Sharman and Clinton McKenize for all of their hard work making sure we had a good car each race. We also had a great team of partners that made this possible, and I also send them a huge thank you. Lastly, our entire team sends a massive thank you to Rob and Sandra Watson from Watsons Express Transport. With out their hospitality our trip to Western Australia would not have been possible.”
Madsen would like to thank D&B Goodyer Developments, MK Excavating, Adornato Sand & Gravel, Watsons Express Transport, Lucas Oil, QSS Speedway Spares, Revolution Racegear, Oval Express, MatTrans Refrigerated Transports, and Dyden Signs for their support.
2015 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-16, Wins-2, Top-5’s- 7, Top 10’s-9
ON TAP: Madsen will now kick off his 2015 season with KCP Racing in Las Vegas, NV on March 4th and 5th.
STAY CONNECTED: To keep up with Ian, make sure you follow him on twitter by clicking over to www.twitter.com/IanMadsen.
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