Tatnell steers Scott sprintcar once again

BACK ON TRACK: Brooke Tatnell will return to Australia to pilot the Scott Motorsports number 55 sprintcar at selected rounds this season. Picture: SR PHOTOS

ONCE again Limestone Coast speedway fans will be the winners, with the announcement this week sprintcar ace Brooke Tatnell is set to return to Australia from the USA for a short stint this season.

Tatnell will again be based out of Mount Gambier driving the Scott Motorsports number 55 car.

Tatnell took the reigns of the Scott car last season with some degree of success, which included a run in the Australian titles at the Borderline Speedway.

Ashley Scott said the team was pleased to have the services of the popular Australian again and hopes to improve on last season’s efforts.

“We are really excited to have him back,” Scott said.

“I think we had a reasonably successful run last season and we just want to build on that.”

Tatnell will kick off his run on December 28 at the Borderline Speedway for Round 2 of the World Series Sprintcar season.

From there he will contest the remaining rounds of Speedweek at Warrnambool and Geelong.

Other commitments include the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic at Warrnambool, the Australian Open in Brisbane, the Scott Darley at Sydney, then back to Brisbane for the Australian title.

Once again Tatnell’s old crew chief will be on board to ensure all runs to plan.

“We have the services of Pete Caporn for most of the big shows to serve as crew chief for us, which will be quite handy,” Scott said.

“They have pretty good understanding of each other and a pretty good track record.”

Last season saw the Scott Motorsports team change the major makeup of the car to suit Tatnell, including from a Maxim chassis to a Cool chassis.

While team owner Ray Scott said at the time the changes did not require a major transition for the team, it would certainly have created some disruption.

However, with all the work now done, this season should see a smoother run.

“We are a long way ahead (this year),” Ash Scott said.

“We have just freshened the car up and are building up a few spares now, but apart from that we are ready to go.

“We are looking forward to it.”