JAMIE Veal has been unveiled as Krikke Motorsport’s newest driver, with the speedway powerhouse axing long-time stalwart Brooke Tatnell to pave the way for the Warrnambool talent.
Veal’s decision to sign with the team comes as he builds for a season racing in the United States. He is set to race under the Krikke Motorsport banner in the 2017-18 Australian season.
The 28-year-old replaces Tatnell after 12 years at the helm of Krikke Motorsport sprintcars.
“It was an incredibly hard decision to part ways with Brooke, but we, as a team, decided that it was time to make a change going forward,” Krikke Motorsport team manager Ryan Krikke said via a statement.
“Jamie is one of the country’s leading drivers and it’s a very exciting prospect to have him as part of our team on a full-time basis.”
Veal said his Warrnambool team planned to scale back its Australian operations as it turned its attention to the pursuit of American glory.
“Our family team is focusing on our America racing from now onwards and we were going to be on the lookout for a ride with another team here in Australia for next season,” Veal said.
“When word had got out about our plans, we began discussions, and before too long a deal was done to drive for Krikke here in Australia for next season.”
The Standard understands Veal and Krikke Motorsport plans to contest the Australian Title, Grand Annual Classic, World Series Sprintcars and other major events next season.
Krikke thanked Tatnell for his efforts over the last decade, which yielded Australian Titles, World Series Sprintcar Championships and a Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.
“It’s been a great 12 seasons together and we’ve achieved a lot of success but most importantly created many life-long memories – both on and off the track,” Krikke said.
“Brooke is the ultimate professional and he has served our team well for such a long period, which we’re very thankful for, and we wish him all the very best for the future.”