LEEMING race car driver Craig Bottrell has been having a ball of a year after finally getting his big chance to step up into the state’s sprintcar championships.
Bottrell got his break when Benny Migro decided to take a year off, opening up a seat in the famous family’s Murphy Limited sprintcar.
A veteran of around 20 years in the Formula 500s, Bottrell was only slated to have a crack at one event in Ellenbrook, but things went so well he was invited to continue through the whole season.
It’s proved a pretty successful combination, picking up a couple of thirds before breaking through for the team’s first win in Bunbury.
The team shot up the rankings to third in the sprintcar championships, but had a “hard night at the office” in Geraldton in January, failing to finish the first heat. Bottrell started in 14th position for the final, and managed to pull together a respectable seventh.
He’ll be hoping to pick up the pace this weekend when the team heads to the Kalgoorlie International Speedway.
“It’s honestly a surreal feeling just to be racing a sprintcar, let alone scoring a feature-race win,” said Bottrell, owner of a graphics company when he’s not tearing up the track.