‘double Down’ Jason Sides Vacates The Ride With A ‘double Up’!
Jodie Krikke - KMS media posted Monday December 13, 2010.
Jason Sides has kept his promise and has vacated the Krikke MotorSport Toyota Genuine Parts ‘Deuce’ atop the World Series Sprintcars points table.
It was back in late October when Sides got the call up to fill the vacant seat of the KMS hotrod, when it became apparent that Brooke Tatnell would be unable to attend the first 4 rounds of WSS due to family commitments back in the United States. It was then that Sides had this to say “I’m just hoping we can put on a good show for the fans and leave the team with a good chance of winning the World Series yet again.”
Well Jason has proven to be a man of his word by rounding out his stint with not one, but two round wins after taking out back to back victories in Tasmania in rounds 3 and 4 and therefore leaving the KMS team sitting 91 points ahead of their nearest rival on the WSS scoreboard.
Shane Krikke, the team boss said “From a team standpoint I can’t thank Jason enough. He has a mountain of work to do back home to prepare for the upcoming Outlaw Season so to come down and sub in The Toyota Genuine Parts Cool Deuce in Brooke’s absence was fantastic. He has been great to work with and we couldn’t have asked for more really. He leaves us on top of the World Series points table, a straight car and a bad-assed fast hot-rod for Brooke to jump back into! Hopefully Brooke can continue the momentum; I am sure he will.”
It was after rain caused the postponement of Saturday nights event at Bendigo Bank Arena in Latrobe, Tasmania until Sunday evening crew chief Pete Caporn and Shane Finch set about preparing the racecar for the time trial event. Having drawn for their starting slot the night prior Jason was out early on a wet track, but managed to bring the car in with an 11.206 second time; enough to secure him in fourth place at the completion of the 31 qualifiers.
In his first heat Sides managed to work his way up to 5th place after starting the event from the inside of row five. Then from position ten in his final heat he managed an impressive drive to finish in fourth place and amassing enough points along the way to have him finish his qualifying events in high points.
This gave the team a ‘Gold Shootout’ start, where after selecting the wrong tyre and setup, the best the car was capable of was a fourth place finish.
It was during the 30 lap feature event though that the professionalism of this team shone through and Jason also proved to the fans and indeed the team that their choice in replacement driver was the right one.
With a harder compound tyre selected for the track conditions in the A Main event the team knew they had a chance at a win.
And win they did!
Coming out of the outside of row two in position four crew chief Pete Caporn had this to say after the feature race win and the nights events.
“We had a good car from the get go timing in 4th then we went forward in our heat races , but come time for the shootout we didn’t make the right changes for the race track , so slipped back to 4th.” “We made the changes we needed to and put a hard tyre on to go the race distance for the A Main and we knew the tyre would take a while to get going but when it did it was the right choice as we started making a charge to the front.” “ It was great to get another win with Jason in the car . It took us a couple of races to gel together as a team but once we did the results showed. Two 1sts, a 4th , 5th and an 8th was a great effort from Jason who had never driven a Cool Chassis before.”
Oh, and on people saying KMS should now run 2 cars or even leave Jason in the car, Krikke has this to say.. “Jason’s job was outstanding but, Brooke is our regular driver and that was always the plan for Jason just to run till the Christmas break. We certainly have no intention of running 2 cars, I would hate to see what Pete and Shane-o would say if I told them we were!! As for leading the points, well Jason can’t run the entire schedule anyway due to Outlaw commitments so would be in the same boat plus he had other commitments with another team out here commencing Boxing Day before he agreed to sub for us so a deal is a deal and that must be honored.”
The team now takes a break for Christmas before regular driver Brooke Tatnell flies in to resume his position behind the wheel at round five in Adelaide on Boxing Day.
Krikke MotorSport would like to thank their ongoing sponsorship partners: Toyota Genuine Parts, AJC Professional Coating Services, Cool Chassis, Maxwill Race Engines, Mercure Hotel Parramatta, Mega Motors, PWR, BR Motorsports, A1 Digital Sign Shop, Valvoline, A.Lucas Spraypainters, GT Fabrication, Revolution Racegear, King Racing Products, Alberts, Pioneer & Vortex.
Updated WSS Contracted Drivers points after round four:
Jason Sides 1123, Robbie Farr 1032, Steven Lines 1003, Ian Madsen 953, James McFadden 948, Matthew Reed 908, David Murcott 899, Bryan Mann 885, Trevor Green 857, Max Dumesny 852, Danny Reidy 815, Tyler Walker 699, Ricky Maiolo 687, Wayne Rowett 583 and Jason Johnson 466.