Warrnambool's James McFadden leads World Series Sprintcars' speedweek entering the New Year's Day finale

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN: James McFadden leads Speedweek entering the finale at Allansford's Premier Speedway on New Year's Eve. Picture: Morgan Hancock
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN: James McFadden leads Speedweek entering the finale at Allansford's Premier Speedway on New Year's Eve. Picture: Morgan Hancock

SPEEDWEEK leader James McFadden says his chances of taking out the series rest on consistency.

The Warrnambool-based driver will enter the New Year’s Day finale at Allansford’s Premier Speedway with a narrow lead over Australian number one Kerry Madsen and in-form South Australian Matt Egel.

McFadden (1172 points), Madsen (1129) and Egel (1038) have been the best-performed competitors over the first four nights.

Egel won on Saturday night at Avalon, beating home Madsen and McFadden.

The series has involved a number of contentious moments, including a crash between Madsen and Allansford’s Tim Van Ginneken at Murray Bridge in round two.

McFadden said heated moments were a part of racing.

“There’s a lot emotion in it with the amount of money you can win and the competition is so tough, it is going to happen at some stage,” he said.

“I’ve been in it at little bit – you wouldn’t be trying hard enough if you weren’t.”

The reigning Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic winner said he was confident he could claim Speedweek honours.

“It’s been a solid four nights and we’ve been fighting for the win most nights,” McFadden said.

“It is super tough at the moment. Kerry is always tough and Matt is having a good Speedweek.

“I expect it (the decider) to be challenging but we’ve just got to keep doing what we’re doing.”