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A Feast of Open Wheel Action for Archerfield
Wednesday March 7, 2018. Archerfield Speedway
Following his emphatic performance last weekend, Andrew Scheuerle will be looking for a repeat performance this Saturday night (March 10) in round twelve of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway. However, with defending champ Luke Oldfield back in action after missing the previous round and Gold Coast youngster Lachlan McHugh making his return from a stellar debut season of World Series competition, Scheuerle will need to draw on his vast wealth of experience if he is to achieve back-to-back feature race successes. In addition to the Sprintcar action, Midgets will contest round seven of their Polar Ice Track Championship, with Development Sprintcars, Compact Speedcars, Lightning Sprints and Formula 500s completing an all open wheel program.

With last Saturdays event having been rescheduled from the previous weekend as a result of inclement weather, Oldfield was one of several drivers with prior commitments who were unable to attend, throwing the championship wide open. Knowing they needed the best possible results to take maximum advantage of Oldfield’s absence, Scheuerle and Mitchell Gee did exactly that, finishing first and third respectively in the feature race, split only by a terrific last-corner pass from Jayden Peacock. Given the fact that Oldfield won the championship last season despite missing a round, his absence last weekend is certainly no death knell for his title defence and sets the scene for a titanic tussle between the championship combatants over the remaining rounds.

Fresh from a rookie World Series campaign that included a string of outstanding results against the very best in the business on tracks across the country, many of which he had never raced before, McHugh’s return only adds further spice to proceedings. Bringing the wealth of experience gathered on his WSS sojourn to his home track, McHugh looms as a potential spoiler and, with Callum Walker also back after missing last week, this event is shaping to be one of the most fiercely contested rounds of the season. Whilst OIdfield, Scheuerle, Gee and Walker have been the standouts over the course of the season thus far, last weekend saw Bryan Mann serve notice of his intentions to be a contender each time he appears, emerging as top qualifier after the heats before fading to finish eighth in the feature race. Ben Hilder was excellent again last week and must be closing in on a podium result, while the likes of Peacock, Brent Kratzmann, Allan Woods, Mick Sauer and Peter Lack, who only needs a run of luck to turn his fortunes around, will also be in the thick of the action.

In Development Sprintcar action, Jason King will be looking to back up his maiden win last Saturday night with further success, with Kris Jennings and Peter Campbell likely to be his biggest threats.

A look at the entry list for round seven of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship serves as testament to the emergence of new drivers in the category, a much needed boost for the ranks in light of the fact that several series regulars have, for whatever reason, opted to sit out this round. However, Darren Vine and Scott Farmer will be continuing their championship battle, with the latter making his first home track appearance since his stunning run into fifth place in the Australian Championship, a result he replicated last weekend in the Super Series event at Lismore. Given his history of success in big events both here and interstate, Brendan Palmer looms as a serious threat despite his lack of racing of late, while Mark George and Michael Harders are both Queensland Championship winners.

As they have done all season, Compact Speedcars have produced a very strong line-up, with myriad potential feature race winners in the field every week. Australian champ Darren Vine will be doing double duty on the night and faces the toughest field he has encountered in several seasons. In addition to category veterans such as Vine and Wayne Corbett, the likes of Dave Collins, Trent Usher, Richard Treanor, Tim Farrell and Riki Harrison are proven race winners, while Emma Harris, Glenn Wright, Matt ONeill and Nick Gannon are also regular front runners in the 19-car field.

Australian champion Kurt Wilson and Queensland titleholder Keith Blatch will face off in the Lightning Sprint events, with Aaron Kelly perhaps the most likely to spring an upset given his podium result behind Blatch in the state championship final at Archerfield earlier in the season. A dozen drivers have nominated, with Sprintcar racer Brett Minett an interesting addition to the field.

With their previous show having been washed out, Formula 500s have been added to the program and whilst the line-up is understandably a little smaller than usual, trying to predict a feature winner is impossible given that Kristin Brown, Ryan Skennar, James Kennedy, Charlie Brown, Nick Hodges, Ryan McNamara and Kurt Wilson, who is another doing double duty on the night, are all proven race winners.

The Formula 500 Juniors will also be in action, with early racing getting underway from 4.30pm. Sprintcar time trials commence at 5.30pm and the main program, which also includes the fun of the annual kids pushbike races, kicks off 6.00pm.

East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round 12 nominations: Adam Butler, Allan Woods, Andrew Corbet, Andrew Marks, Andrew Scheuerle, Anthony Lambert, Ben Hilder, Brad Ayers, Brent Kratzmann, Brock Dean, Bryan Mann, Callum Walker, Cody Maroske, Dan Murray, David Whell, Karl Hoffmans, Kristy Bonsey, Lachlan McHugh, Luke Oldfield, Mark Pholi, Mick Sauer, Mitch Gowland, Mitchell Gee, Nelson Reddacliff, Peter Lack, Randy Morgan, Scott Genrich, Steve Greer, Stewart Craig

Development Sprintcar nominations: Andrew Baumber, Jason King, Kris Jennings, Libby Ellis, Nathan Black, Peter Campbell

Polar Ice Midget Track Championship round seven nominations: Audie Malt, Brad Dawson, Brad Young, Brad Harrison, Brendan Palmer, Cal Whatmore, Dallas Sharp, Darren Vine, Justin Paull, Mark George, Michael Harders, Mitchell Rooke, Nathan Mathers, Reid Mackay, Scott Farmer, Tim Farrell

Compact Speedcar nominations: Corey Stothard, Darren Vine, Dave Collins, Dave Swan, Emma Harris, Glenn Prowse, Glenn Wright, Graeme Flynn, James Barton, Jayden O’Toole, Matt Jurczak, Matt ONeill, Nick Gannon, Richard Rooke, Richard Treanor, Riki Harrison, Tim Farrell, Trent Usher, Wayne Corbett

Lightning Sprint nominations: Aaron Kelly, Andrew Sparks, Brett Minett, Darren Baldwin, Jason Raem Jayden Mathers, Jeremy Beer, Jeremy Hassall, Jim Kennedy, Keith Blatch, Kurt Wilson, Michael Gollagher

Formula 500 nominations: Brady Argles, Cameron Bertuch, Charlie Brown, James Kennedy, Kristin Brown, Kurt Wilson, Marshall Lewis, Mitchell Whittaker, Nick Hodges, Royce Harvey, Ryan McNamara, Ryan Skennar

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Scheuerle Shines and Hancey Clinches Modlite Crown
Sunday March 4, 2018. Archerfield Speedway
In the absence of series leader Luke Oldfield, round eleven of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (March 3) went almost exactly as might have been expected given what was at stake. Sitting second and third respectively in the championship heading into the round, Andrew Scheuerle and Mitchell Gee gleefully gathered a gaggle of points to give their championship aspirations an almighty boost. In the 30-lap feature race, Scheuerle streaked away to win with Gee sitting second for much of the race, only to falter on the final turn when an audacious pass from Jayden Peacock pushed Gee back to third.

In the Australian Modlite Championship feature race, Klinton Hancey was in a class of his own and romped home to score an emphatic win over two-time champion Terry Leerentveld and young gun Kyle Honour, who clinched third despite running with a flat rear tyre for much of the race. Steve Collins finished fourth ahead of Sean Rose and Will Butler.

The rescheduling of the event following a rain cancellation a week earlier meant a slightly smaller field than usual, with 26 cars taking to the track for Sprintcar qualifying and it was Bryan Mann who topped the time sheets, stopping the clock at 11.545. Peter Lack (11.585), Scheuerle (11.676), Gee (11.680) and Ben Hilder (11.778) were next quickest, with Titman, Woods, Peacock, Anthony Lambert and Brent Kratzmann rounding out the top ten.

The biggest incident of the night played out in the opening heat when Nelson Reddacliff, who had got a great start to round up Mitch Gowland and secure second, took a wild ride through turn three after contact with race leader Dan Murray, putting both cars out of action. From the resumption, Mick Sauer sailed away to win from Woods and Mann.

Having endured an extended run of outs in recent rounds, a relieved Andrew Marks kept Peacock at bay to win heat two, with Dave Whell third as both Lack and Brad Ayers struck trouble and failed to finish.

A confidence-boosting drive in heat three saw Kristy Bonsey dominate from the front, clocking the fastest lap of the race on her way to downing Scott Genrich and Andrew Corbet.

Cody Maroske took out heat four from Hilder and Titman, with Murray bouncing back to win heat five over Bonsey and Sauer.

Mitch Gowland set a cracking pace in the opening laps of heat six, clocking the quickest lap of the race by a considerable margin but was unable to maintain the pace and succumbed to an outside swoop from Kratzmann with two laps to run. Karl Hoffmans clinched third, with Lack recovering from his earlier setback to finish fourth.

It was who Mann emerged as top qualifier, only to draw a position seven start for the Dash that would see Peacock and Hilder share the front row. Starting third, Scheurele stormed to the front and secured pole position for the feature race, leading home Peacock, Gee, Kratzmann, Hilder, Mann, Woods and Titman.

Former Lightning Sprint standout Scott Genrich led every lap to win the B Main, which was a somewhat subdued affair given what was at stake. Andrew Corbet finished second ahead of Brodie Tulloch and Stewart Craig, with Andrew Marks securing the final transfer into the main event.

In the feature race, Scheuerle shot to the front at the drop of the green and subsequently controlled every circulation. With Gee slotting into second spot at the end of the opening lap, the margin between the pair fluctuated as traffic came into play and, whilst Gee looked like he might make a lunge on more than one occasion, he never really got close enough. The two leaders survived a scare on lap 12 when they somehow avoided a spun Darren Jensen in turn four and, as was the case on lap 23 when Lack looped in turn four, the restart provided clear track and allowed Scheuerle to skip clear. A final stoppage came courtesy of Stewart Craig when he flipped out with just two laps remaining to become the only non-finisher from the 19 starters. Whilst Scheuerle maintained control from the restart to take the chequer, Gee found himself under pressure for the first time as Peacock stormed home to snatch the runner-up spot. Kratzmann finished fourth ahead of Woods, Titman, Hilder and Mann, who ran fifth for much of the race. Sauer, Maroske, Corbet and Tulloch were next in line, with Jensen, a luckless Lack, Whell, Bonsey, Genrich and Marks completing the field.

Heading into the night as a short-priced favourite given his domination of the category this season, Hancey had no answer to Scott Lehfeldt in the opening heat of the Australian Modlite Championship and had to settle for second ahead of Sam Gollschewsky.

Heat two saw Steve Collins down Leerentveld and Kurt Grambower, with Will Butler winning heat three in advance of defending champ Aaron Prosser and Chris Were.

Honour headed Hancey and Lehfeldt to take heat four, Leeretveld led Rose and Neil Gregson to the line in heat five and then Robert Hardy kept both Butler, a former Queensland champion, and Prosser at bay to score a success in heat six.

Lehfeldt planted himself at the top of the table when he won again in heat seven, this time ahead of Prosser and Gregson, only to incur a penalty for failing to report to the scales that would ultimately see him start well down the order.

In a literal preview of what was to come in the main event, Hancey triumphed in the final heat ahead of Leerentveld and Honour before following up in the Pole Shootout to secure the prime position for the championship finale.

From the drop of the green, Hancey controlled the race and never looked likely to lose. Honour started alongside Hancey on the front row and occupied second spot through the first half of the race until a flat left rear tyre slowed his progress and allowed both Leerentveld and Butler to move ahead. Rose removed himself from contention when he spun in turn four on lap four, while Prosser’s championship defence ended just a lap later when he whacked the main straight wall while inside the top five. The restarts were of little consequence to Hancey, who cleared away again after each interruption. Just when the positions seemed settled, Butler threw away third with a spin in turn four with just one lap remaining, handing the spot back to Honour. Collins claimed fourth in front of Rose, with Butler salvaging sixth. In a race that saw only half of the 18 starters survive the 25 laps, Jac Carnall, Were and Sean Egan were the remaining finishers.

Development Sprintcar heat wins were shared between Andrew Baumber and Kris Jennings and it was the latter who looked on track to take the final, which doubles as the Sprintcar C Main, when he chased down Jason King, only to spin in turn four a lap later. King made the most of the opportunity to take the race from Peter Campbell, Tim Ford, Jennings and Baumber.

Brant Chandler blitzed the field in the Ian Boettcher Race Parts Wingless Sprint feature race, finishing more than 3.5 seconds clear of Josh Dreaver after 15 laps of racing. Cody OConnell claimed third from Geoff Davey, with Brad Keiler completing the first five. Heat wins were shared between Chandler, Dreaver and Davey.

It was business as usual in the Open Sedan B Track Championship feature race with Ben Robertson winning both heats before romping home in the feature to take the trophy. Ben Taylor finished second ahead of Mark Lowe, Robert Gorman and Hayden Grantz.

An identical scenario played out in Open Sedans A with Allan Pearson winning both heats and leading throughout the feature. Wayne Kirkman advanced from the back of the pack to secure second spot ahead of Keith Craft, with Mark Maher and Bob Ware the best of the rest.

In what is usually one of the most sough-after races on their schedule, a very small field fronted for the Ford vs Holden vs Sigma Track Championship and, with only three cars going the distance in the feature, Jason Walsh prevailed over Troy Price and Dave Tookey.

Sprintcar action continues at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway next Saturday night (March 10) with round 12 of the East Coast Logistics Track Championship, along with a round of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship plus Formula 500s, Modlites, Lightning Sprints, Formula 500 Juniors and Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans.
Australian Title and Sprintcars at Archerfield This Weekend
Wednesday February 28, 2018. Archerfield Speedway
In a program that will now also feature round eleven of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship that was postponed from last weekend due to inclement weather, the Australian Modlite Championship will be decided at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway this Saturday night (March 3). Wingless Sprints will also feature, along with the Sprintcar Development series and track championship events for Open Sedans. Originally set to be decided at Tamworth in New South Wales in January but cancelled with only a few days notice, the Australian Modlite Championship found a new home at Archerfield and, as a result, 24 cars from Queensland and interstate will do battle to secure the #1 status for the next 12 months. In Sprintcar action, nearly 40 cars will hit the track in an effort to take full advantage of the absence of championship leader Luke Oldfield, who is unable to make the rescheduled event.

With Oldfield absent, his nearest rivals in Andrew Scheurele and Mitchell Gee will be set to pounce and take over the series lead. The pair shared the podium with Oldfield at the last round and they currently sit second and third overall in the championship standings but, given the fact that Oldfield won the championship last season despite missing a round, they will need to take maximum advantage of this opportunity and lead the field home. At the moment, Scheuerle sits 33 points behind Oldfield with Gee another 38 back in third spot but just 8 ahead of Ben Hilder. Completing the top ten in the series standings at the moment are Peter Lack, Callum Walker, Brent Kratzmann, Mark Pholi, David Whell and Brad Ayers, all of whom are amongst the nominations this week.

Round four winner Allan Woods, former track champion and Australian Open winner Bryan Mann and the likes of Darren Jensen and Mick Sauer are proven spoilers who, if they produce their best form, could disrupt the championship ambitions of those currently sitting at the top of the standings, while Nelson Reddacliff, Andrew Marks and Mitch Gowland sit poised and ready to reap the reward if any of those sitting inside the top ten should falter.

The biggest field yet will contest the Sprintcar Development Series, with former Lightning Sprint racer Peter Campbell looking to continue his domination. Whilst another win might be the catalyst to see Campbell join Kris Jennings in making the step up into the East Coast Logistics series, this might be his toughest challenge yet as he faces off against the likes of Jason King, Brendan Claridge and Liam Atkinson.

Since clinching the Australian Modlite Championship in Whyalla (SA) last season, Aaron Prosser has really struggled to reproduce his title winning form at home and will need to bring his best if he is to defend his crown against the likes of former champion Terry Leerentveld and the current Queensland and New South Wales champion Klinton Hancey. As the standout performer so far this season, Hancey has accumulated numerous feature race wins at Archerfield and elsewhere, usurping Leerentveld as the standard-bearer for the category and, as a result, he heads into this weekend’s event as a firm favourite. However, the vagaries of racing dictate that anything is possible and with the Modlite ranks now more competitive than ever, Prosser, Leerentveld and Hancey will encounter plenty of resistance in their pursuit of more championship success. The likes of Sean Rose, Kyle Honour, Scott Lehfeldt, Neil Gregson, Sam Gollschewsky and former Queensland champ Will Butler are amongst those capable of racing their way to the front to clinch the most prestigious event of the season.

A 14-car field will contest round nine of the Ian Boettcher Race Parts Wingless Sprints Club Championship with the winners of the previous two rounds in Brant Chandler and Cody OConnell facing off again. It is OConnell who currently leads the championship chase ahead of Chandler and Paul Robinson, who has finished runner-up in the last two rounds and will be desperate to upstage his rivals this weekend. Brian Dixon, Brad Keiler and Josh Dreaver occupy fourth through sixth in series points and are faced with the daunting prospect of outpacing the lead trio if they are to make any progress in the championship standings.

Open Sedans complete another packed program of speedway action, which gets underway with early racing from 4.30pm. Sprintcars will hit the track for time trials from 5.30pm and the main program featuring the Australian Modlite Championship will kick off at 6.00pm.

East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round eleven nominations: Allan Woods, Andrew Corbet, Andrew Marks, Andrew Scheuerle, Anthony Lambert, Ben Hilder, Brad Ayers, Brent Kratzmann, Brodie Tulloch, Bryan Mann, Callum Walker, Cody Maroske, Dan Murray, Darren Jensen, David Whell, Jayden Peacock, Karl Hoffmans, Kevin Titman, Kris Jennings, Kristy Bonsey, Mark Pholi, Mick Sauer, Mitch Gowland, Mitchell Gee, Nelson Reddacliff, Peter Lack, Randy Morgan, Scott Genrich, Steve Greer, Stewart Craig

Australian Modlite Championship nominations: Aaron Prosser, Adam Walker, Brendon Tucker, Chris Were, Dan Lewis, Dylan Hunter, Jac Carnell, Jared Stephenson, Klinton Hancey, Kurt Grambower, Kyle Honour, Luke Whitehill, Nathan Politch, Neil Gregson, Robert Hardy, Sam Gollschewsky, Scott Lehfeldt, Sean Egan, Sean Rose, Steve Collins, Terry Leerentveld, Tim Jackson, Tim Luscombe, Will Butler

Sprintcar Development Series nominations: Aleesha Woods, Andrew Baumber, Brendan Claridge, David Kenway, Jason King, Liam Atkinson, Libby Ellis, Peter Campbell, Tim Ford

Ian Boettcher Race Parts Wingless Sprints Club Championship round nine nominations: Barry Harrison, Brad Keiler, Brant Chandler, Brendan Webber, Brian Dixon, Cody OConnell, David Ellis, Geoff Davey, Josh Dreaver, Paul Robinson, Paul Taylor, Ryan Harris, Sam West, Tim Harris

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February 24 Cancelled - Sprintcars moved to March 3 Event
Saturday February 24, 2018. Archerfield Speedway
As the rain continues to bucket down at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway and with the forecast of no relief in sight overnight or tomorrow - coupled with the back pits starting to now go under water, unfortunately we have no choice but to cancel tomorrow night's event.
The Sprintcars have now been added to our March 3 event along with the Mod Lite Australian Championship, Wingless Sprints, Open Sedans and Ford v Holden v Sigmas.
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Open Wheel Extravaganza for Archerfield
Wednesday February 21, 2018. Archerfield Speedway
Race fans will be served a feast of speedway action this Saturday night (February 24) at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway, with more than 100 competitors to hit the track in a huge open wheel program that includes round eleven of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship, round six of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship and round eight of the KRE Formula 500 Championship Series. Also on the card is another big field of Compact Speedcars, along with Formula 500 Juniors, Microsprints and the Sprintcar Development Series.

The fact that Luke Oldfield, Andrew Scheurele and Mitchell Gee shared the podium at the last round of the of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship probably comes as no surprise given they have been the three standout performers throughout the season thus far and currently occupy the top three spots in the championship standings. The challenge now lies with the other 27 drivers in the field in finding a way to upstage the trio and stake their claim as a serious contender for Queenslands most prestigious Sprintcar series. Drivers such as Allan Woods, Callum Walker, Peter Lack and Brent Kratzmann have enjoyed moments in the spotlight with wins and/or top-three feature race results at selected rounds, but none have been able to summon such results with the consistency needed to stake a claim for series honours.

At the moment, Oldfield possesses a 33-point lead over Scheuerle, with Gee sitting 38 points adrift in third spot and just 8 points clear of quiet achiever Ben Hilder, who has been a model of consistency each week. Lack, Walker and Kratzmann are next in line ahead of Mark Pholi, who rode out a wicked wreck at the previous round and whose first priority will no doubt be getting through the night unscathed. David Whell and Brad Ayers round out the top ten at the moment but, with Ayers not amongst the entries this week, Nelson Reddacliff can climb into the top ten in what would be a worthy reward for his tenacity. Potential spoilers amongst the nominations include former track champion Bryan Mann and Californian Geoff Ensign, who finished seventh at the previous round on a night interrupted by inclement weather but will no doubt be confident of better result with more laps on the Archerfield track.

The mighty Midgets have gathered one of their best fields of the season for the recommencement of the Polar Ice Championship with 20 drivers nominated, including series leader Scott Farmer. Despite his relative lack of experience, Farmer has enjoyed a fabulous season thus far and heads into the weekend as a firm favourite following his top-five finish in the Australian Championship just two weekends ago. No doubt Darren Vine disagrees with such an assessment and he will be out to make amends for the points he surrendered in the previous round when an engine problem forced his withdrawal from the feature event. Having hardly fired a shot so far this season, defending series champion Rusty Whittaker is looking to salvage some credibility in his championship defence, while Brock Dean, Mark George, Reid Mackay and Brendan Palmer, who is making only his second appearance for the season, should also feature in the thick of the action.

With KRE Championship points on offer, Formula 500 drivers have plenty to race for over and above their mission to defeat Australian champion Liam Williams, who has been totally dominant all season at Archerfield and elsewhere. There is plenty of talent in the field though with Kristin Brown, Ryan Skennar, Charlie Brown, James Kennedy, Australian Lightning Sprint champion Kurt Wilson and a couple of talented young guns in Nick Hodges and Ryan McNamara amongst the 19 entries.

Doing double duty on the night to make what will be only his second appearance in Compact Speedcar competition this season, national champ Darren Vine will face off against long-time rival Wayne Corbett and another 20 challengers, including category newcomers such as Riki Harrison, Richard Treanor and Tim Farrell, all of whom who proven more than a match for their more experienced rivals on numerous occasions already this season.

With Formula 500 Juniors and Microsprints also on the huge program, early racing gets underway from 5.00pm. Sprintcar time trials are scheduled for 5.30pm and the main program will kick off at 6.00pm.

East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round eleven nominations: Allan Woods, Andrew Corbet, Andrew Marks, Andrew Scheuerle, Anthony Lambert, Ben Hilder, Brent Kratzmann, Bryan Mann, Callum Walker, Cody Maroske, Dan Murray, Darren Jensen, David Whell, Geoff Ensign, Jayden Peacock, Karl Hoffmans, Kris Jennings, Kristy Bonsey, Luke Oldfield, Mark Pholi, Mick Sauer, Mitch Gowland, Mitchell Gee, Nelson Reddacliff, Peter Lack, Randy Morgan, Scott Genrich, Steve Greer, Stewart Craig, Tony Wynne

Polar Ice Midget Track Championship round six nominations: Audi Malt, Barry Gibbes, Brad Dawson, Brad Young, Brad Harrison, Brendan Palmer, Brock Dean, Cal Whatmore, Dallas Sharp, Darren Dillon, Darren Vine, Lance Towns, Mark George, Michael Harders, Mitchell Rooke, Reid Mackay, Robbie Stewart, Rusty Whittaker, Scott Farmer, Shane Malt

KRE Formula 500 Series round eight nominations: Adrian Farrell, Brady Argles, Bryn Upshall, Cameron Bertuch, Charlie Brown, Ethan Eyears, James Kennedy, Kristin Brown, Kurt Wilson, Liam Williams, Marshall Lewis, Mitchell Whittaker, Nick Hodges, Royce Harvey, Ryan McNamara, Ryan Skennar, Tomas Partington, Tony Bailey, Tristan Johnson

Compact Speedcar nominations: Bernie Clarke, Cory Stothard, Darren Vine, Dave Collins, Dave Swan, Emma Harris, Glenn Prowse, Glenn Wright, Graeme Flynn, James Barton, Jayden OToole, Jim Kennedy, Mark Maczek, Matt Jurczak, Matt ONeill, Nick Gannon, Richard Rooke, Richard Treanor, Riki Harrison, Tim Farrell, Trent Usher, Wayne Corbett

Sprintcar Development Series nominations: Aleesha Woods, Andrew Baumber, David Kenway, Jason King, Liam Atkinson, Libby Ellis, Peter Campbell, Tim Ford

Formula 500 Junior nominations: Boyd Chaffey, Jy Corbet, Nic Whell, Tarhlea Apelt, Taylor Morgan

Microsprint nominations: Adrian Wren, Connor McCullough, Eddie Schwehla, Jason Glynn, John Lawson, Jonathon Gunn, Julian Olley, Shane Munro

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Oldfield Back in Victory Lane
Sunday February 11, 2018. Archerfield Speedway
Riding a wave of good fortune and taking maximum advantage of every opportunity that came his way, Luke Oldfield was unstoppable in round ten of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (February 10). Having qualified on pole position, Oldfield led every lap of the feature race to defeat Andrew Scheuerle and Mitchell Gee and extend his lead in the championship standings. Callum Walker finished fourth ahead of Peter Lack, Allan Woods, Ben Hilder and Californian Geoff Ensign, with Anthony Lambert next best and the final runner on the lead lap.

On a night interrupted by rain, supporting feature race wins went the way of Dave Collins (Compact Speedcars), Liam Williams (Formula 500s), Steve Price (AMCA Nationals), Brant Chandler (Wingless Sprints) and Ronnie Young (Ford vs Holden vs Sigma Sedans).

Having enjoyed a few weeks break after a hectic Christmas/New Year period, 36 teams gathered for competition and it was Callum Walker who topped the timesheet in qualifying, stopping the clock at 11.805 to emerge with KRE Fast Time. Scheuerle (11.915) and Oldfield (11.993) were the only others to go under 12 seconds, with Gee, Hilder, Brent Kratzmann, Ensign, Lack, Mick Sauer and Anthony Lambert the best of the rest in what would ultimately play a very important part in proceedings when the rain came as the subsequent delay in proceedings would result in a change to a WoO-style format. With just one round of heats, time trial results would determine starting positions and only the first five from each heat would transfer straight into the feature race.

Lack looked on track for a comfortable win in the opening heat until he tangled with a slower car just two laps from home, handing Oldfield the lead for the restart. Woods finished in second spot ahead of Sauer, David Whell and Andrew Corbet.

The department of youth dominated heat two with Gee and Walker filling the top two spots ahead of Lambert, Brett Minett and Brock Dean. Having endured a couple of bumps from Minett on the opening lap, things got much worse for Mark Pholi a couple of laps later when he rode out a wild wreck that resulted in heavy contact with a light tower in turn three.

Hilder hustled to snare heat three from Scheuerle, Ensign, Cody Maroske and Phil Foster, who bested Dan Murray and Mitch Gowland in a good scrap. After a great start that saw him trade slide-jobs with Ensign in the early laps, Travis Woods threw away a feature race berth with a couple of spins.

Oldfield was unstoppable in the Dash, finishing more than two seconds clear of Gee after just six laps, with Hilder third in advance of Scheuerle, Walker and Woods.

Lack surged from seventh to win the B Main, leading home Murray and Mitch Gowland, who rounded up Kevin Britten on the last lap to snatch the final feature race berth. Having started from the outside front row alongside Murray, a spin from Stewart Craig on lap two looked to have ended his challenge altogether. However, he charged back through the 16-car field and climbed as high as fifth before slipping to sixth by races end. Nathan McFarlane was another who looked on track to make the feature, having moved from fifth to third before heading infield.

Oldfield cleared away from the drop of the green in the 30-lap feature race and had established a sizeable lead before he somehow emerged from a moment in turn four when he happened upon a spun Kratzmann, who had been granted a provisional start. Oldfield threw his Mud Buddy #17 into a spin, missed Kratzmann by millimetres and looked to have stalled before miraculously gassing up and driving away to retain his lead for the restart. Taking full advantage of his lucky escape, Oldfield continued to lead Scheurele, Gee, Walker and Lack, who was slated to start 16th but actually launched from position 12 and sliced through the field before encountering much more stubborn resistance in Walker. Although the lead dwindled over the closing stages as Scheurele surged home, Oldfield stood firm at the front and clinched an overdue win. Gee ran a lonely race in third, with Walker likewise largely untroubled in fourth ahead of Lack, whose surge pushed Woods back to sixth ahead of Hilder, Ensign and Lambert and Murray. Sauer dropped a few spots to be 11th at the end ahead of Kratzmann and the remaining finishers in Gowland and Foster.

Piloting a car he had only acquired earlier in the week, Steve Price emerged undefeated from his two heat races and was unstoppable in the feature race to take out round eight of the Shock Absorber Therapy AMCA Nationals Track Championship. Steve Potts also picked up a heat win and subsequently finished second in the feature race ahead of Michael Mason and Lewis Gamble, who had also acquired a heat race win earlier in the evening. Thomas Vickery, a subdued Nathan Durston, Anthony Joyce and Dallas Czerwinski were the best of the rest.

Steve Swingler was the standout in the Compact Speedcar heats with two slashing wins, leaving Bernie Clarke and Matt ONeill to share the others, while Wayne Corbett finished inside the top three in both of his outings. Despite their heat race heroics, Swingler and Corbett found themselves starting together on row eight in the feature race and, with only 15 laps at their disposal, they did a mighty job in storming through the field. Corbett finished a superb second behind Dave Collins, who stole the lead from Mitchell Rooke with four laps remaining. Trent Usher annexed third ahead of Swingler, with Rooke relegated to fifth over the final laps. ONeill was next best in a big field, followed by Clarke, Jim Kennedy, Mark Maczek and Audie Malt.

The Formula 500 feature race resulted in a family trifecta with Australian champion Liam Williams, fresh from winning the New South Wales title in Gunnedah the previous weekend, leading home Charlie Brown and Kristin Brown. Ryan Skennar secured fourth from Ryan McNamara, who was followed to the line by Adrian Farrell, Cameron Bertuch, Royce Harvey and Tony Bailey.

The biggest winning margin of the night came in the Wingless Sprint feature race with Brant Chandler finishing more than five seconds clear of runner-up Paul Robinson. Previous round winner Cody OConnell advanced to third ahead of Geoff Davey, David Ellis, Brian Dixon and Brad Keiler.

Of the three Junior Formula 500 heats contested, Jy Corbett prevailed on two occasions before Tarhlea Apelt clinched the final clash.

In the Ford vs Holden vs Sigma ranks is was Ronnie Young who scored a narrow feature race over win teammate Matthew Hannigan, leaving Troy Price in third ahead of Mickey Mitchell and Michael Laver.

The next meeting at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield is Saturday, February 24 featuring the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship and the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship, plus Formula 500s, Compact Speedcars and Microsprints.
Archerfield Back in Action
Wednesday February 7, 2018. Archerfield Speedway
After a couple of weeks break, during which a large contingent of local racers competed interstate in several state and national championship events with some success, Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway fires back into life this Saturday night (February 10) for round 10 of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship. As always, there will be variety aplenty on the support program with Formula 500s, Compact Speedcars, AMCA Nationals, Wingless Sprints and Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans also in action.

Remarkably, although he is yet to reproduce the results that carried him to victory in the track championship last season, Luke Oldfield has been good enough each week to find himself atop the point standings and on target to defend his title. Although a regular on the podium this season, Oldfield is yet to breakthrough for a feature race win and will be looking to rectify that anomaly this weekend to get the best possible start to the second half of the season. The best of the locals during the international events staged over the Christmas/ New Year period with a podium result and a fourth-place finish against the best from across Australia and overseas, Oldfield returns home from his interstate campaign ready to extend his advantage and move closer to putting back-to-back championships in the books.

In addition to all the familiar faces such as Andrew Scheuerle, Callum Walker, Mitchell Gee, Peter Lack, Brent Kratzmann, Ben Hilder and Mark Pholi, all of whom sit inside the top ten in the championship, another contender this weekend is American racer Geoff Ensign. With over 50 feature race wins to his credit and, having won two track championships at home during the 2017 season, Ensign is certainly no slouch and will be in the thick of the action as he seeks to become the third American to win a Sprintcar feature race at Archerfield this season. A feature winner here earlier in the season, Allan Woods is also amongst the 30+ nominations, as are former track titleholder Bryan Mann and Australian Dirt Modified champion Kevin Britten and all the track championship regulars.

As has been the case at most of their shows so far this season, Compact Speedcars are out in force with over 20 nominations, including former Queensland champion Matt Jurczak in his first appearance for the season. Jurczak will take on experienced rivals such as Wayne Corbett, Steve Swingler, Dave Collins and Jim Kennedy, along with the new breed of front runners that have emerged this season that includes Trent Usher, Tim Farrell, Richard Treanor and Riki Harrison.

Whilst not much has changed in the Formula 500 pecking order with Australian champ Liam Williams still the benchmark performer, there are an increasing number of competitors who are making inroads in their bid to upstage Williams in feature race competition. Ryan McNamara returns home after contesting the Speedweek series in Victoria, having won round three of the championship at Hamilton’s Western Speedway. Siblings Charlie and Kristin Brown are always in the thick of the action, with Nick Hodges, Kurt Wilson and a returning Ryan Skennar also expected to feature in the results.

Whilst a couple of front runners have opted to miss this round of the Shock Absorber Therapy AMCA Nationals Track Championship, a good field has been gathered regardless and their absence opens the door for others to step up and challenge the likes of Steve Potts, Matt Hardy and Nathan Durston. Expect Michael Mason, Thomas Vickery and Lewis Gamble to take maximum advantage and feature near the front of the field in a feature race that, if previous rounds are any indication, might just be the closest of the night.

Cody OConnell will be chasing consecutive feature race wins in round eight of the Ian Boettcher Race Parts Club Championship, following his success in the previous round on January 20. Having collected heat wins before finishing second and third respectively behind OConnell in round seven, Paul Robinson and Brant Chandler look the most likely to upstage OConnell, although Brian Dixon and Brad Keilar will also be in the mix.

The Junior Formula 500 guns always produce racing that bristles with youthful enthusiasm and a lack of fear, while the Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedan brigade will again showcase their low budget brand of racing, with action on track from 5.00pm. Sprintcar time trials are scheduled for 5.30pm and the main program will kick into action at 6.00pm.

East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round nine nominations: Allan Woods, Andrew Marks, Andrew Scheuerle, Anthony Lambert, Ben Hilder, Brad Ayers, Brendon Claridge, Brent Kratzmann, Brett Minett, Brock Dean, Bryan Mann, Callum Walker, Cody Maroske, Dale Shilletto, Dan Murray, David Whell, Geoff Ensign, Jason King, Karl Hoffmans, Kevin Britten, Kris Jennings, Kristy Bonsey, Liam Atkinson, Luke Oldfield, Mark Pholi, Mitch Gowland, Mitchell Gee, Nathan McFarlane, Nelson Reddacliff, Peter Lack, Phil Foster, Steve Greer, Stewart Craig, Travis Woods

Shock Absorber Therapy AMCA Nationals Track Championship round eight nominations: Michael Denning, Nick Storey, Matt Hardy, Russ Hardy, Graeme Holland, Russell Knight, Michael Mason, Anthony Joyce, Damien Groer, Steve Potts, Thomas Vickery, Ricky Sendall, Chris Wright, Dallas Czerwinski, Nathan Durston, Nathan Jones, Lewis Gamble

Formula 500 nominations: Adrian Farrell, Brady Argles, Cameron Bertuch, Charlie Brown, Ethan Eyears, Kristin Brown, Kurt Wilson, Liam Williams, Nick Hodges, Randy Morgan, Royce Harvey, Ryan McNamara, Ryan Skennar, Tony Bailey, Wayne Wallace

Compact Speedcar nominations: Andrew Parkes, Bernie Clarke, Cory Stothard, Dave Collins, Dave Swan, Glenn Prowse, Glenn Wright, James Barton, Jayden OToole, Jim Kennedy, Mark Maczek, Matt Jurczak, Matt ONeill, Mitchell Rooke, Nick Gannon, Richard Rooke, Richard Treanor, Riki Harrison, Steve Swingler, Tim Farrell, Trent Usher, Wayne Corbett

Wingless Sprint nominations: Ben Hull, Brad Keiler, Brant Chandler, Brian Dixon, Cody OConnell, David Ellis, Geoff Davey, Josh Dreaver, Mick Lampard, Mick Reid, Paul Robinson, Sam West

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Miraculous Win for Smee in Stan Burrow Stampede
Sunday January 21, 2018. Archerfield Speedway
In a remarkable race that featured as many heroic performances as it did hard luck moments, Nathan Smee climbed from position 10 to win the Stan Burrow Midget Stampede at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (January 20). Making the most of their moment in the spotlight, the Midgets put on a mighty show as Smee chased down New Zealand’s Hayden Williams, who controlled much of the race despite a deflating rear tyre that eventually ended his campaign just two laps from home. In a stunning Midget debut, Sprintcar ace Callum Walker stormed into second spot, with another youngster in Kaiden Brown surging back to third after a spin early in the race. Brock Dean finished fourth ahead of Anthony Chaffey, with Brad Young and Mitchell Rooke both producing what is perhaps their best-ever performances to snag sixth and seventh respectively, with Mark George, Scott Farmer and Cal Whatmore rounding out the top ten.

Time trials kicked things off and, quite remarkably, it was Walker who set the early benchmark with a best lap of 13.499, a time that would only be bettered by Farmer with a 13.425 circulation, leaving Vine (13.518) third best ahead of Dean (13.573) and Chaffey (13.687). Adam Clarke, Young, George, Williams and Reid Mackay were the best of the rest, with Smee languishing in 16th overall.

Williams made his intentions clear in the opening heat, advancing from the third row to win ahead of Vine and Clarke.

Rob Mackay made the most of a pole position start in heat two to lead all the way in downing Chaffey and George, with Smee outpacing Brown and Cal Whatmore to win heat three.

Clarke cruised home to win heat four from Andy Hassan and Mitchell Rooke before Audie Malt snared his first Midget win in heat five, leading home Young and Brad Harrison.

Williams wrapped up the preliminaries with another win in the final heat, this time ahead of Smee and Vine, and it was the latter who emerged as the top qualifier heading into the Pole Shootout.

The Bronze round of the Shootout saw Dean and Walker advance as Farmer and Young resigned themselves to sharing the fourth row of the feature race grid. Williams was far too swift in the Silver showdown, taking Chaffey with him into the final clash as Dean and Walker exited. In the Gold Shootout, Williams was again too strong, securing pole position for the 40-lap feature race. Clarke was second best, leaving Chaffey and Vine to come from row two.

Nathan Mathers prevailed in the B Main, leading Malt, Dallas Sharp, Hassan and Don Mackay to the line.

At the drop of the green, Clarke catapulted from the outside to lead Williams though the opening laps and the order at the front remained unchanged until lap 11 when Williams moved ahead, only for a spin by Brown in turn four to trigger a restart that put Clarke back in front. However, Williams wasted no time after the resumption in reversing the positions and reclaiming the lead, with his advantage growing as the action further back intensified. Smee was making steady progress through the field and had advanced to fourth after 15 laps, the leaders bunching again for another restart on lap 16 after Rob Mackay and Farmer parked in turn two. A lap later, Smee surged into third and then reeled in Clarke to secure second spot on lap 22. Out front, Williams still looked very comfortable despite the fact that his left rear tyre had been deflating for several laps, with nobody really making much progress in their attempt to chase him down. However, when Williams climbed the kerb in his efforts to negotiate a lapped car, the impact on the wheel proved the death knell for the Kiwi ace and the tyre shredded with just two laps remaining, elevating Smee into the lead. Despite claims from several of the top eight qualifiers in pre-race interviews that the highline would be their preferred option if the track was conducive, Vine was the only one who backed his words with actions and it looked likely to pay off with a podium place seemingly secured until he too exited in the closing stages. Elevated back to second place upon Williams exiting, Clarke threw away his spot with a spin in turn three as Smee swept under the chequer to score a hard fought result. Clarkes demise moved Walker into second spot ahead of Brown, whose fight back was impressive indeed. Dean narrowly missed a podium berth, while Chaffey, Young, Rooke and George all finished ahead of Farmer, who has been the standout in local competition so far this season. Behind Whatmore came Rob Mackay and Audie Malt, with Clarke classified 13th ahead of Hassan and Harrison.

Making every effort to upstage the headline act, the AMCA Nationals delivered an exciting 20-lap feature race in the latest round of their Shock Absorber Therapy Track Championship. Steve Potts assumed the lead from the outset and remained oblivious to the action happening behind him as second-placed Shane McKinnell found himself under attack from Matt Hardy and Nathan Durston, with Thomas Vickery making a late charge to join the battle. Hardy moved into second spot on lap 12 and then McKinnell dropped another spot to Durston before regaining it a lap later. However, Durston would relegate the four-time national champ once again to secure third place, leaving McKinnell to fend off Vickery for fourth. Russ hardy was the best of the rest, followed home by Damien Groer, Russell Knight, Chris Wright and Michael Denning.

Heat winners were Durston, McKinnell, Matt Hardy and Michael Mason, who started the feature from pole position but was shuffled back in the early going before heading infield on lap 12.

Klinton Hancey continued his domination of Modlite racing so far this season with another emphatic display to win the feature event in an ominous show of form just a week out from the Australian Championship. In a race that featured three different leaders, Kyle Honour collected second place ahead of Terry Leerentveld, Steve Collins and Brendan Tucker.

Hancey won two heats and Sean Rose the other which, with runner-up results in his other two starts, saw him emerge as top qualifier and subsequently drew a top-eight invert for the feature from which he was unable to make any inroads, ultimately finishing in that position behind Adam Walker and Jac Carnell.

Paul Robinson, Brant Chandler and Cody OConnell shared the spoils in the Wingless Sprint heats and they also dominated the feature race placings with OConnell leading from the outset and awarded the win when the race was declared a lap early following a wild ride from Steve Love through turn three. Robinson ran second ahead of Chandler, with Brian Dixon and Brad Keiler completing the first five.

Aaron Kelly won two heats in Lightning Sprint action but threw his feature race chances away with a spin in turn three on lap 11. Sean Iacono was untroubled in taking out the feature, with the battle for second a much closer affair as Keith Blatch grabbed the position from Jason Rae on the final lap. Jim Kennedy finished fourth ahead of Jayden Iacono, who clocked the fastest lap of the race.

Ben Robertson chalked up yet another win in the Open Sedans B feature event, leading home Scott Taylor and Nathan Lowe, while it was Wayne Kirkman who took the Open Sedan A honours over Keith Craft and Ray Lane.

The Ford vs Holden vs Sigma feature race went the way of Mickey Mitchell in advance of Michael Laver and Robert Kynaston.

The next event at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway is on Saturday, February 10 featuring the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship plus AMCA Nationals, Formula 500s, Compact Speedcars, Wingless Sprints and Ford v Holden v Sigmas sedans.
Midgets Time to Shine
Wednesday January 17, 2018. Archerfield Speedway
With the international Sprintcar season now concluded, the mighty Midgets take centre stage this weekend at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (January 20) for the running of the Stan Burrow Stampede. Staged in memory of long-time Midget racer and team owner Stan Burrow, the event has attracted a first class field of racers from Australia and overseas chasing the $3000 on offer to the winner of the Stampede feature race. Boasting a rich history in Australia, Midget racing has produced some of Australias biggest motor racing success stories and the division continues to produce exciting new talents, several of whom will be in action this weekend, taking on established stars from Queensland, interstate and overseas. As always, the Archerfield program is packed with quality support racing and family entertainment, including AMCA Nationals, Wingless Sprints, Modlites, Lightning Sprints, Open Sedans, Fireworks and all the mayhem of the Caravan, Boat and Dunny Derby.

Heading the entry list for the Stan Burrow Stampede are two of Australias very best Midget competitors in Adam Clarke and Nathan Smee, along with New Zealand hot shoe Hayden Williams. A four-time Australian Midget champion, Clarke recently captured the New South Wales Championship in Sydney and, although he has been a regular runner at Archerfield in recent years, he will be making his first appearance for this season on the back of his state title success. Of course, Smee is also a former national titleholder and was easily the best of the Aussies in last seasons Australian Championship feature race at Archerfield, finishing third behind two American professionals in Rico Abreu and Brady Bacon. Also representing NSW on Saturday night will be young gun Kaiden Brown, Andy Hassan and a trio of racers carrying one of the most famous names in Australian Midget racing, namely Don, Robert and Jordan Mackay.

Whilst New Zealander Hayden Williams will have victory as his utmost priority on Saturday night, he will no doubt be happy if he can avoid a repeat of his spectacular crash at home just after Christmas when he came perilously close to vaulting the catch fence at Western Springs Speedway in Auckland. It was a wild moment that has left Williams undaunted in his quest for Midget success, so look for the Kiwi ace to be in the thick of the action throughout the 40-lap feature race.

Of the locals, Scott Farmer and Darren Vine have been the stand-outs thus far this season and they will relish the additional competition that the Stan Burrow Stampede is bringing to town, providing an opportunity to prove themselves in elite company. Despite his relative lack of experience, Farmer finds himself on top of the Track Championship standings with two feature race wins already this season. Vine has also visited victory lane, while former Queensland champ and defending track titleholder Rusty Whittaker will be looking to end the wretched run of outs that have prevented him from making much impression so far this season. Brock Dean is always a force in longer events, with fellow Sprintcar racer Callum Walker a welcome addition to the field.

AMCA Nationals have been great this season with some extremely close racing and this weekend they have gathered a very strong field for round seven of the Shock Absorber Therapy Track Championship, with previous round winner Steve Price facing off against the likes of Steve Potts, Matt Hardy, Nathan Durston, Russ Hardy, Michael Mason, Thomas Vickery and four-time national champion Shane McKinnell.

Newly crowned Queensland champion Klinton Hancey holds a narrow points advantage over Terry Leerentveld after four rounds of the Modlite Pro Series and both men are again expected to lead the way once again in Saturday night’s exchanges. Hancey has been in terrific form at Archerfield and elsewhere, leaving Leerentveld with a considerable challenge to reassert himself as the category top dog.

A dozen drivers will fight out round seven of the Ian Boettcher Race Parts Queensland Wingless Sprint Club Championship, while Keith Blatch returns to the site of his recent Queensland Championship victory to lead a small field of Lightning Sprints into battle for round 10 of their Everyday Finance Series and, with more than 30 cars nominated in Open Sedans and Ford vs Holden vs Sigma action, over 100 competitors will hit the track. Fireworks will light up the sky and the night will culminate with the carnage, chaos and craziness of the Caravan, Boat and Dunny Derby.

Gates open at 4.00pm (3.30pm for online ticketholders) and early racing gets underway at 4.30pm, with Midgets hitting the track for time trial qualifying from 5.30pm. The main program to kick off at 6.00pm and online tickets can be purchased in advance from the track website at

Stan Burrow Midget Stampede nominations: Adam Clarke, Andy Hassan, Anthony Chaffey, Audie Malt, Brad Young, Brad Harrison, Brock Dean, Cal Whatmore, Callum Walker, Dallas Sharp, Darren Dillon, Darren Vine, Don Mackay, Hayden Williams, Jordan Mackay, Kaiden Brown, Lance Towns, Mark George, Mitchell Rooke, Nathan Mathers, Nathan Smee, Reid Mackay, Robbie Stewart, Robert Mackay, Rodney Harders, Rusty Whittaker, Scott Farmer

AMCA Nationals Track Championship round seven nominations: Anthony Joyce, Chris Wright, Damien Groer, David Moore, Graeme Holland, Matt Hardy, Matthew Herne, Michael Denning, Michael Mason, Nathan Durston, Nick Storey, Ricky Sendall, Russ Hardy, Russell Knight, Shane McKinnell, Steve Potts, Steve Price, Thomas Vickery

Wingless Sprint nominations: Brad Keiler, Brant Chandler, Brian Dixon, Brody Thomson, David Ellis, Josh Dreaver, Mick Lampard, Paul Robinson, Ryan Harris, Sam West, Steve Love, Tim Harris

Everyday Finance Lightning Sprint Series round 10 nominations: Aaron Kelly, Andrew Sparks, David Van Vegchel, Jayden Iacono, Jeremy Hassall, Jim Kennedy, Keith Blatch, Michael Gollagher

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Schatz Does it Again
Sunday January 7, 2018. Archerfield Speedway
The Donny Schatz school of dirt track artistry was in session at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (January 6) when the 9-time World of Outlaws champion delivered a master class in Sprintcar prowess on his way to collecting $20 000 for winning the Performance Wholesale Sprintcar Australian Open. It was a pre-eminent performance from Schatz throughout the 50-lap event, lapping the field up to seventh place and ultimately finishing more than 10.5 seconds ahead of Australian champion Kerry Madsen. Pennsylvanian Lucas Wolfe greeted the chequer in third spot but was subsequently elevated into second ahead of Madsen, who was penalised for a passing infraction. Jamie Veal finished fourth without ever looking a real threat to the top three, with Carson Marcedo crossing fifth ahead of Lachlan McHugh, whose sterling effort was soured somewhat when he also incurred a post-race penalty that moved James McFadden to sixth. Dave Murcott was next best, with Logan Schuchart and Luke Oldfield rounding out the top ten, albeit a lap in arrears.

Four drivers failed to return for the second night of competition, in stark contrast to the efforts of the Titan Garages and HRP Harding Motorsport teams who were back in action despite suffering significant damage on Friday night and facing an uphill battle to salvage a satisfactory result.

In the opening clash of the night (heat 9), it was Jayden Peacock who fired the first shot in downing Darren Mollenoyux and Dominic Scelzi.

There was plenty of action in heat ten, with Shaun Dobson the first casualty after being contacted by McFadden amidst the turn one jostle. Two laps later, Brent Kratzmanns race also ended when he collected a spun Allan Woods, who also retreated to the infield. Once the race settled down, it was Harding who held on to win from McFadden and McHugh.

Andrew Scheurele was the next to suffer a setback when he ended upside down in heat 11 after becoming ensnared in a stoush between between Jack Lee and Bryan Zelinski that also put the latter out of action. Up front, Darren Jensen dashed home to defeat Brad Keller and Michael Saller.

Glen Sutherland downed Mitchell Wormall and Tim Van Ginneken to win heat 12 and then Peacock doubled up in heat 13 to defeat Jye OKeefe and Wolfe.

Harding also won again in heat 14 in advance of Scelzi and Bryan Mann, with Dobson again failing to go the distance.

Schatz stormed from position 10 to win heat 15, rounding up Mitch Gowland on the final lap, with Jack Lee third home.

Peter Lack powered home to win the final heat of the weekend, chasing down former Wingless Sprint standout Adam Butler to take control, with another strong run from Sutherland snaring third on this occasion.

Woods and Jason Pryde filled the top two spots in the C Main, leaving Mitchell Gee just shy of a transfer in third spot and, ultimately, scant reward for his efforts in advancing more than six spots in just 10 laps.

Sam Walsh looked to have the B Main safely in his keeping until a component failure forced him to the infield just six laps from home. Lack pounced to assume the lead and went on to take the race ahead of OKeefe, Mann, Sutherland, Kaiden Manders and Van Ginneken, all of whom advanced to the Australian Open final.

The Pole Shootout kicked off with Veal and Wolfe outpacing Schuchart and McHugh in the bronze round. The silver round saw Madsen top the time sheets against Wolfe, Veal and Marcedo, a feat he repeated in the gold round to secure pole position for the feature, this time ahead of Schatz, McFadden and Wolfe.

When the Australian Open feature race fired into life, it was Madsen who launched best from the front row, running low through turn one as Schatz opted for the high side. A lap later, the positions were reversed with Schatz charging underneath Madsen to take the lead in what would be the only positional change at the front. Back in the pack, Manders got a great start to leapfrog Van Ginneken, Sutherland and OKeefe. The only interruption to proceedings came on lap 10 when Mann, who is the only Queensland driver to have won this event, spun in turn two. Incredibly, from this point, the race not only ran 40 laps without another stoppage, but all 20 cars were still running at the end. As Schatz cleared away out front, Wolfe started to close in on Madsen and slipped underneath through turn three as they negotiated lapped traffic. Madsen immediately retaliated with an inside move of his own for which he would ultimately be docked a spot, a decision that he accepted as fair. There was plenty happening further back as well, with lap 30 seeing McHugh and Schuchart swap slide jobs at opposite ends of the track in a duel that would ultimately fall in favour of the Gold Coast youngster. In what was an emphatic display, Schatz powered home to score his ninth win in this event, leading Madsen, Wolfe, Veal, Marcedo, McHugh, McFadden, Murcott, Schuchart and Oldfield, who struggled to reproduce the form that has carried him to so much success here in recent seasons. Darren Mollenoyux, Scelzi, Lack, Lee, Keller and Manders were next in line, with OKeefe, Mann, Sutherland and Van Ginneken completing the field.

Liam Williams dominated Formula 500 competition, winning two heats before taking out the 15-lap feature race over Kurt Wilson and Kristin Brown, who bounced back from a crash in her second heat to finish with a flourish. In his first outing for the season, Charlie Brown finished fourth ahead of Tomas Partington, Marshall Lewis and Cameron Bertuch. Tristan Johnson, Adrian Farrell and Tony Bailey completed the top ten ahead of Nick Hodges, who was the only other heat winner.

Josh Dreaver topped Wingless Sprint qualifying with two heat wins, but he was unable to wrest the lead from Brant Chandler in the feature race. Chandler, who also picked up a heat win, led all 15 laps to defeat Dreaver, Geoff Davey, Paul Robinson and Brian Dixon.

The AMCA Nationals feature race provided plenty of action as Nathan Durston raced to early lead over Steve Price and Steve Potts, all of whom scored heat wins, with Russ Hardy also in the mix for the minor placings. However, Price freed himself from this battle and chased down Durston, taking the lead on lap 12. Potts also rounded up Durston on lap 15 and a late surge from Matt Hardy saw him move momentarily to third before Durston countered and reclaimed the position, leaving Matt Hardy fourth at the flag. Russ Hardy finished fifth, followed by Anthony Joyce, Michael Mason and Damien Groer.
Australian Open Action Starts Tonight
Friday January 5, 2018. Archerfield Speedway
Tonight is the night. All of the action over the last few weeks has been leading up to this; the 2018 Performance Wholesale Australian Sprintcar Open gets underway tonight (Friday, January 5) at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway, concluding tomorrow night with the 50-lap feature race. The event, which also doubles as round seven of World Series Sprintcars has attracted 45 of the very best Sprintcar drivers from Australia and overseas chasing the $20 000 first prize. A quintet of (very) quick Americans are on a quest to snatch the cash from the hands of the Aussie aces in what will be another epic edition of Queensland’s biggest Sprintcar race.

The last four Sprintcar feature races at Archerfield have been won by American stars, with 9-time World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz and fellow WoO ace Logan Schuchart winning two apiece. Even the presence of Australian champion Kerry Madsen, former two-time national champ and three-time WSS champion James McFadden and 2015/2016 WSS champion Jamie Veal could stop the American domination during Wednesday nights World Series round, with Schatz and Pennsylvania-based racer Lucas Wolfe finishing first and second in the feature race. It was Tasmanian Shaun Dobson and local favourite Luke Oldfield who proved the best of the Aussie contingent on that occasion, finishing fourth and fifth respectively ahead of Madsen, Schuchart, McFadden, Veal and another former national champ in David Murcott.

Californian Carson Macedo was spectacular on Wednesday, charging through the C and B Mains and then surging forward in the feature race to finish 10th, while fellow statesider Dominic Scelzi finished 12th, the pair separated by West Australian WSS regular Daniel Harding and local teenager Callum Walker. Rounding out the field on Wednesday were former track champions Andrew Scheuerle, Bryan Mann, a couple of young guns in Lachlan McHugh and Jye OKeefe, Sydney top gun Sam Walsh and Toowoombas Peter Lack.

So will the 2010 Australian Open trophy land in the lap of one of these drivers, or will somebody else emerge from the pack to secure the cash and the acclaim. After a series of frustrations at recent events, can Mitchell Gee finally enjoy the good fortune that is a necessary ingredient for success? Will it be South Australias Brad Keller or one of the Victorians in Darren Mollenoyux or Tim Van Ginniken who rise to the challenge? Perhaps it will be Steven Lines who, having missed Wednesdays event, will sneak under the radar and snatch the prize. After all, it is unlikely that the former WSS champion is making the journey from South Australia simply to make up the numbers.

Whatever the outcome, two things are certain. The racing will be sensational and whoever holds the Australian Open trophy aloft at the completion of 50 frantic laps will have earned their moment in the spotlight. Can Madsen defend his Australian Open crown or will Schatz finish his latest down under campaign with yet another win in the event? The only way to find out is to be at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway tonight and tomorrow night.

Of course, in addition to the world class Sprintcar action, there will be a huge support program that includes the Stockmans Civil & Plant Queensland Lightning Sprint Championship and Modlites on Friday night, with AMCA Nationals, Formula 500s and Wingless Sprints on Saturday.

The state Lightning Sprint title looms as perhaps their most competitive event of the season, which is to be expected, with defending champ Wayne Iacono to take on Australian titleholder Kurt Wilson and former winners of the event in Keith Blatch and Sean Iacono. Fresh from a feature race win at Archerfield on December 30, NSWs Danny Stone is also a contender, as are siblings Aaron and Kirsty Kelly and another NSW-based racer in Peter Styles, who has several feature race wins to his credit this season.

In what will be the culmination of a busy couple of weeks for Modlite competitors with several events at Archerfield and elsewhere, look for Australian champ Aaron Prosser, newly crowned Queensland champion Klinton Hancey and the man who has held both titles in Terry Leerentveld to be at the forefront of the action. It was Prosser who won the previous event here just two nights ago from Leerentveld and Hancey, with Kyle Honour and another former state champ in Will Butler also in the mix on that occasion.

On Saturday night, Australian Formula 500 champion Liam Williams returns from racing in America to take on partner Kristin Brown, who blitzed the field at the previous event, in round three of the Ian Boettcher Race Parts Stampede Series. Round one winner Kurt Wilson will also be looking for further success, while Tristan Johnson and Nick Hodges have been on the pace in both rounds and should again feature prominently in the results.

Round six of the Shock Absorber Therapy AMCA Nationals Track Championship will see previous round winner Steve Price again take on Steve Potts, Matt Hardy and former national champ Shane McKinnell, along with Nathan Durston, Michael Mason and Thomas Vickery and another 10 drivers seeking to shine in the big stage.

Brant Chandler, Brian Dixon, Cody OConnell and Brad Keiler are amongst the dozen nominations for round six of the Ian Boettcher race Parts Wingless Sprint Club Championship, with OConnell bringing some good form into the event, having won their most recent feature event in Maryborough.

Gates open both nights at 4.00pm, with online ticketholders gaining early entry from 3.30pm. Early racing gets underway from 5.00pm and the main program will kick off from 6.00pm. Sprintcar time trials tonight will commence at 5.30pm.

Tickets can be purchased in advance from the track website at, with online ticketholders securing early entry to the grounds from 3.30pm.

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Schatz Slays Archerfield World Series
Thursday January 4, 2018. Archerfield Speedway
World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz delivered a dominant display to win round six of World Series Sprintcars at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Wednesday night (January 3). In a race that saw American drivers fill three of the top six spots, Schatz was a class above the rest on this occasion, leading every circulation after qualifying on pole position for the 30-lap feature event. Continuing the form that carried him onto the podium just two nights earlier, Lucas Wolfe advanced from position five to finish in second spot ahead of Tasmanian Shaun Dobson, while Luke Oldfield finished best of the locals in fourth. Australian champion Kerry Madsen advanced from position nine to finish fifth and extend his series lead, with Logan Schuchart snaring sixth ahead of the first of the contracted drivers in James McFadden. Next best was Jamie Veal ahead of Dave Murcott, with Carson Macedo collecting a hard earned top ten result having advanced through the C and B mains.

Callum Walker (11.740) set the early benchmark in qualifying and held sway at the top of the timesheets until Brad Keller upped the ante with a best lap of 11.700, which looked as though it would be enough until Schatz hit the track and wasted no time in recording an 11.585 on his first timed lap. However, as he has done here so many times before, Oldfield delivered something special and clocked an 11.557 to emerge with Revolution Racegear Fast Time. Jye O’Keefe timed fifth fastest, followed by Sam Walsh, McFadden, Jason Pryde, Bryan Mann and Kaiden Manders.

McFadden surged from seventh to win the opening heat race, while Oldfield covered even more territory in advancing from tenth to finish second ahead of Darren Jensen and Lachlan McHugh.

Starting tenth in heat two, Schatz had raced to second after just four laps of racing and then pounced to pinch the lead from Mitchell Wormall immediately after a restart on lap five. Wormall remained more than seven seconds clear of third-placed Jason Pryde with another West Aussie in Kaiden Manders fourth.

In a race that saw Madsen inexplicably spin himself out of reckoning, heat three went to Dominic Scelzi over Michael Saller and Schuchart, who relegated Andrew Scheuerle on the final lap.

Kevin Titman clocked a much needed win in heat four, leading home Darren Mollenoyux and Wolfe, who advanced from the back row.

Oldfield surged again in heat five, this time making it all the way to the front from ninth, with Mitchell Gee and Glen Sutherland filling the minor placings.

In the battle of youth at the front of the field in heat six, Wormall prevailed over McHugh, with Jensen keeping Macedo, McFadden and Schatz at bay for third.

Heat seven, which was interrupted by an incident in turn three that resulted in both Murcott and Dylan Menz finishing upside down, saw Schuchart execute another last gasp pass, this time edging Saller in the sprint to the chequer by just 0.086. Titman trailed in third ahead of Peter Lack and Wolfe.

In the final heat race it was Maroske who prevailed over Scelzi, Veal and Daniel Harding.

Maroske was back on track for the C Main and looked a likely winner until succumbing to Macedo on the final lap. With only two transfer spots into the B Main, there was plenty of desperation on display, with Nelson Reddacliff riding out a heavy wreck in turn one.

Macedo would continue his charge in the B Main, storming through the field to finish second behind Scheuerle, taking Harding, Walsh, Scelzi and Lack with them into the feature race. Manders saw his feature race aspirations fizzle when he tagged the man straight wall after contact with Pryde, whose subsequent spin on lap 10 cruelled his chances.

Launching away from pole position, Schatz quickly distanced himself from the field in the feature race, leaving Dobson and Oldfield to argue over the minor placings through the early stages. As the laps wound down, Wolfe made it a three-way scrap and eventually skipped clear to clinch the runner-up position, with Dobson’s determination to remain high on the track ultimately reaping the reward of third place ahead of Oldfield. Just as it looked as though the race would run without interruption, McHugh looped in turn two on lap 26 to bring Schatz back to the pack and offer Wolfe a sniff of victory. It was not to be however as Schatz was untroubled over the final four laps to collect the second win of his 2017/2018 Australian campaign. Madsen made ground through the second half of the race to wind up fifth, while Schuchart looked on the path to an even higher finish before fading late to settle on sixth, with McFadden finishing where he started. Veal backslid from fourth to eighth, with Murcott making a small gain to snare ninth ahead of Macedo, who climbed from 16th. Harding, Walker, Scelzi and Keller were next in line, followed by Scheuerle, Mann, McHugh and OKeefe, with only Walsh and Lack failing to finish.

In round five of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship, Scott Farmer extended his series lead with an emphatic win in the 20-lap feature event. Having qualified on pole position, Palmer led throughout to finish ahead of Darren Dillon, whose scrap with Adam Wallis was a battle of contrasts; Dillon glued to the pole line while Wallis explored up high. Wallis moved ahead of Dillon on lap six, only to lose the spot again on lap 15 to finish third. Mark George fared fourth ahead of Brad Harrison, Reid Mackay and Nathan Mathers, with Brad Young, Cal Whatmore and Kristy Bonsey rounding out the top ten.

Heat winners were Farmer, Dillon, Harrison and Mathers, with Darren Vine the best of the rest with runner-up results in both outings.

A rough and tumble Compact Speedcar feature race produced a thrilling finish when Wayne Corbett slipped underneath Dave Collins on the final lap to clinch the win. James Barton finished third in advance of Glenn Wright, Richard Treanor and Bernie Clarke, while Jim Kennedy, Jayden OToole and Dave Swan were the only others to go the distance. Separate incidents on lap four saw Steve Swingler, Matt ONeill, Tim Farrell, Graeme Flynn and Barry Gibbes exit proceedings.

Treaner triumphed in the first two heats before a last corner shuffle in the final heat saw Vine victorious over Gibbes and Wright, the latter having led from the opening lap.

Following heat wins to Terry Leerentveld, Kyle Honour and Australian titleholder Aaron Prosser, it was the national champ who prevailed in the feature race, leading home Leerentveld, Klinton Hancey, Will Butler and Steve Collins.

Racing continues at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway this Friday and Saturday nights (January 5 & 6) with the World Series Sprintcar Australian Open, culminating with the 50-lap, $20 000-to-win feature race. Lightning Sprints will contest their Queensland championship on Friday evening, with Modlites and Formula 500 Juniors also on the program, while Saturday night will include Formula 500s, AMCA Nationals and Wingless Sprints.
World Series Week at Archerfield
Wednesday January 3, 2018. Archerfield Speedway
World Series Sprintcars is the premier speedway series in Australia, attracting the very best drivers from around the country and overseas, and the 2017/2018 tournament is no exception. This season, the championship features drivers from every mainland Australian state in the contracted driver roster, including established stars such as James McFadden, Jamie Veal and David Murcott, along with two American hot shots in Dominic Scelzi and Carson Macedo. However, it is current national champion Kerry Madsen who sits atop the series pointscore as the teams converge on Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway this Wednesday night (January 3) for round six. More than 40 drivers will contest the mid-week fixture and Brisbane fans will be treated to no less than five American stars in the field, including 9-time World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz.

In addition to McFadden, Veal, Murcott, Scelzi and Macedo, the 2017/2018 World Series Sprintcars contracted drivers include two Queenslanders in Lachlan McHugh and Kevin Titman, along with Jye OKeefe, Darren Mollenoyux, Jack Lee, Jason Pryde, Brad Keller, Daniel Harding, Mitchell Wormall, Glen Sutherland and Michael Saller, all of whom will be in action on Wednesday night and again on Friday and Saturday nights (January 5 & 6) for the Australian Open.

Whilst Schatz is without doubt the best credentialed driver in the field by a considerable margin, Logan Schuchart has clocked two feature race Archerfield in the last week and will be relishing the opportunity to take on our big names while, fresh from a podium finish here on Monday evening, Pennsylvanian Lucas Wolfe will also prove a formidable obstacle for the championship protagonists to overcome. In addition to Madsen and the 16 contracted drivers, additional competitors travelling from interstate to contest the three nights of World Series competition include heavy hitters such as Steven Lines, Tim Van Ginniken and Sam Walsh, with US-based Australian Lynton Jeffrey also amongst the entries.

The frenetic racing over the last week or so has certainly seen several locals find some form, setting the scene for an epic clash between the home track heroes and the invaders from out of town. Luke Oldfield upstaged the WSS posse here last season to score a memorable win and he will be joined in combat by the likes of former track champions in Andrew Scheuerle and Bryan Mann, plus Mitchell Gee, Peter Lack, Callum Walker, Brent Kratzmann, Allan Woods and another dozen competitors looking to make their mark against the biggest names in the sport.

In addition to the Sprintcar action, 20 Midgets will take to the track on Wednesday night for round five of the Polar Ice Track Championship, with Sydney’s Nathan Smee amongst the entries. Scott Farmer and Darren Vine have been the standouts so far this season and they will resume their battle against a field that includes Adam Wallis, Brock Dean, Reid Mackay and defending track champion Rusty Whitaker, who has been plagued by mechanical maladies so far this season and will be desperate for a trouble-free run that will carry him onto the podium.

Compact Speedcars and Modlites have also stepped up with big fields for a huge Wednesday night program, which gets underway with early racing from 5.00pm Sprintcar time trials are scheduled for 5.30pm and the main program kicks off at 6.00pm.

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Schuchart Delivers Again, Klarich Clinches Memorial
Tuesday January 2, 2018. Archerfield Speedway
On another night of incredible racing at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway, Logan Schuchart raced to his second feature race victory in less than a week when he took out round ten of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship on Monday night (January 1). Starting from pole position in the 35-lap feature event, Schuchart had opened up a considerable buffer until 9th-starting Donny Schatz moved into second spot and chased down his WoO rival. With 10 laps to run, Schatz looked to slice underneath through turn one, only to find himself squeezed for room and pinched into a spin. With Schatz banished to the back, Schuchart was untroubled in leading the field through the final laps. West Australian young gun Kaiden Manders finished in second spot with a third American in Lucas Wolfe storming home to grab the final place on the podium, leaving Mark Pholi as the best of the locals in fourth spot ahead of Allan Woods and a barnstorming Mitchell Gee, who advanced from 19th to sixth with a mighty drive. Andrew Scheuerle snared seventh and Schatz surged back to eighth, with Bryan Mann and Lynton Jeffrey rounding out the top ten.

In the Dirt Modified feature race, five drivers accepted the invitation to start the Paul Britten 44 Memorial from the rear of the field and, of those, it was Jai Stephenson and Mark Robinson who came oh-so-close to pulling off a miraculous win. In the end it was Ray Klarich who stood firm in the face of immense pressure to emerge victorious, with Stephenson snatching second from Robinson on the final lap. Mitchell Randall finished fourth after leading early, with Kevin Britten climbing to fifth ahead of Chris Corbett, Scott Cannon, Ray Eggins, Terry Leerentveld and Zac McDonald. As is the case with this event each season, the race proved a thrilling spectacle as the backmarkers surged their way through the field to chase down the leaders.

In a remarkable form reversal, Steve Greer went from last in the C Main two nights earlier to KRE Quick Time in Sprintcar qualifying, making good use of the best track conditions to stop the clock at 12.650. Occasional racer Steven White was second quickest (12.712) ahead of Andrew Corbet (12.767), Manders (12.896) and Pholi (12.916), with Woods, Cody Maroske, Stewart Craig, Mitch Gowland and Bryan Mann completing the first ten. The best of the Americans was Schuchart with12th overall, just one spot ahead of Schatz and while Wolfe could do no better than 26th, he was in good company with the likes of Scheuerle, Gee, Luke Oldfield, Peter Lack, Brent Kratzmann and fast qualifier from the previous round in Callum Walker all languishing outside the top twenty.

Rain hit the complex prior to the opening round of heats getting underway and after a lengthy delay to get the track back into shape, the decision was made to amend the format to replicate the WoO qualifying system, with each driver to contest one of four heat races from which the first four placegetters would secure a berth in the feature race.

The first of the heats saw Pholi lock himself into the main event when he led home Greer, Schatz and Scheuerle.

Heat two saw Woods prevail in advance of Mann, Wolfe and White, while Peter Lack suffered a setback when he was forced infield on lap two.

Corbet scored his first ever Sprintcar heat win in heat three, outpacing Darren Jensen and Jeffrey, with Brodie Tulloch relegating Maroske on the final lap to secure the all-important fourth spot.

The final heat went to Schuchart ahead of Manders and Oldfield, leaving Stewart Craig to clinch the last direct transfer into the feature race field.

Schuchart followed up to also take out the Dash and secure pole position for the feature race, with Mann, Woods and Manders next in line. Greer finished fifth to secure his best ever feature race starting position, with Pholi, Corbet and Jensen at the back of the pack.

The B main was a humdinger as Lack chased down and relieved Maroske of the lead on lap 11. Having advanced from position 10, Gee looked on track to usurp Maroske from the final transfer spot, only to bring all his hard work undone with a spin in the final turn.

With Gee afforded a discretionary start at the rear, 19 cars hit the track for the feature event and, unfortunately for Jensen, his race would end on the opening lap when a kerfuffle in turn three left him stricken and sent Lack on an end-for-end ride from which he would recover to make the restart, leaving the luckless Jensen as the only non-finisher. Schuchart shot to the front and wasted little time in distancing himself from the field, with Manders slotting into second spot as Mann started a backward trajectory, falling behind Woods, Pholi and Schatz. Woods moved ahead of Manders on lap 15 but both were soon rounded up by Schatz, who was closing in on Schuchart when Oldfield spun in turn four with 11 laps to run. Just one lap into the resumption, Schatz charged underneath Schuchart through turn one but simply ran out of room. With Schatz now at the back, Manders reclaimed the runner-up spot from Woods, who would subsequently lose two more spots courtesy of Pholi and Wolfe. Pholi had no answer to Wolfes late-race pace and had to settle for fourth, while Gee culminated his barnstorming run with a sixth-place finish ahead of Scheuerle and Schatz, who rounded up 10 cars in as many laps to salvage eighth. Mann and Jeffrey were next in line, followed by Tulloch, White, Maroske, Corbet and Oldfield, with Greer, Craig and Lack at the back of the queue.

Scott Cannon cruised home by more than eight seconds in the opening Dirt Modified heat, downing Jai Stephenson and Scott Quirk. Heat two was a much closer affair as Ray Eggins chased down Kev Stow, with Mitchell Randall third.

McDonald seemingly had heat three in is keeping, only to spin on the final lap to give Paul Booker the win ahead of Victorian Steve Milthorpe and Robinson, with Leerentveld leading throughout heat four to defeat Stephenson and Cannon.

Enjoying a strong return to racing after an extended absence, Robinson took out heat five from Sam Bruggy and Milthorpe, while the final heat went to Britten over Randall and Dale Corbett.

The Top Six Shootout featured no less than four national championship winners and it was Cannon who proved the best of the bunch in this instance, leading Milthorpe, Stephenson, Robinson, Britten and Eggins to the chequer. After the race, each driver was invited to take the challenge of foregoing their qualifying position to start the feature from the back of the 20-car field and it was only Milthorpe who declined the offer and thereby secured himself pole position.

Not surprisingly, Milthorpe led the feature race field away as the backmarkers set forth on the challenge of carving their way to the front. Randall moved to the front on lap 10, only for Milthorpe to regain the ascendancy after another 10 laps. With 15 laps to go, Milthorpes reluctance to move from the pole line proved very costly when he tagged the back of a slower car and spun himself out of contention, handing the lead to Klarich, who had advanced from 11th to dispose of Randall a few laps earlier. Robinson had climbed to second at this point and was menacing Klarich with serious intent, but the category stalwart was able to fend off each challenge. Stephenson joined the battle in the closing stages and, quite remarkably, the lead trio exited turn four side-by-side to take the white flag. Klarich held on though to score a memorable win from Stephenson and Robinson. Randall faded as the laps wound down but remained fourth at the chequer ahead of defending race winner Britten. Chris Corbett, Cannon, Eggins, Leerentveld and McDonald rounded out the top ten ahead of Anthony Ashen and Booker, while Milthorpe made little ground from the back to finish 13th ahead of the remaining finishers in Stow, Trevor Wiley and Mark Connolly.

Kristin Brown proved an emphatic winner of the 15-lap Formula 500 feature race, leading every circulation to take out round two of the Ian Boettcher Race Parts Stampede. A whirlwind finish from Tristan Johnson was not enough to deny Brown, who responded to the challenge with her fastest lap of the race on lap 14, leaving Johnson to settle for second. Last round winner Kurt Wilson clinched third ahead of Marshall Lewis and Tomas Partington.

Junior graduates Brady Argles and Nick Hodges won the two heat races and Argles was running strongly in second in the feature race before heading infield on lap 11, while Hodges finished sixth in the main event ahead of Phil Roberts, Adrian Farrell, Paul Chaffey and Mitchell Whittaker.

The Junior Formula 500 heats resulted in three wins to Bodie Smith, with Tarhlea Apelt taking the other.

In the worst of the track conditions immediately after the rain, Ben Robertson slithered his way to yet another win in the Open Sedans B feature race. Scott Taylor snared second ahead of Robert Gorman, Mark Lowe and Ben Taylor.

The Open Sedan A feature went to Wayne Kirkman over Bob Ware, Michael Taylor and Daniel Taylor.

The next event at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway in round six of World Series Sprintcars on Wednesday night (January 3), also featuring the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship plus Compact Speedcars and Modlites.
Americans Chasing Third Straight Win
Sunday December 31, 2017. Archerfield Speedway
First it was Logan Schuchart and then it was Donny Schatz, so can Lucas Wolfe become the third American in as many shows to win a Sprintcar feature event at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway? Wolfe, Schatz and Schuchart will take on another 30+ drivers in round ten of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship on Monday night (January 1). As much as the locals have tried to contain the American stars, all efforts have thus far failed to deliver a win for any of the track championship regulars, with Andrew Scheuerle, Luke Oldfield and Brent Kratzmann proving the best of the rest with podium results in the two international events contested.

Schuchart and Schatz finished first and second respectively in the feature race on December 28, with Oldfield finishing third. Two nights later it was Schatz who triumphed over Scheuerle and Kratzmann, with Wolfe finishing fifth while Schuchart was beset by engine dramas that ended his night after time trials. Others who have been strong without featuring on the podium include Peter Lack, Mark Pholi, Callum Walker and Brock Dean, while the likes of Mitchell Gee, Darren Jensen, Bryan Mann and West Australian young gun Kaiden Manders will be hoping for a change in luck, knowing that they can challenge at the front of the field if they can avoid the misfortunes that have befallen them in the last two shows.

Jensen was spectacular on Saturday night, clinching a place in the feature race field with a last corner pass in the B main before storming into the top ten after starting 18th, only for contact from another competitor to end his stunning run with less than 10 laps remaining. Another on the pace but ultimately out of luck was US-based Australian Lynton Jeffery who, in his first ever appearance at Archerfield, was running strongly in third place when a tangle with Oldfield on lap 20 forced him to the infield. Jeffery returns on Monday night and will also contest the World Series Sprintcar events later in the week.

The Paul Britten 44 Memorial is one of the most prestigious events on the Dirt Modified calendar, and the entry list certainly reflects this with 29 drivers nominated. Needless to say, current Australian champ Kevin Britten and his brother Peter, a former national titleholder who now races professionally in America, are both determined to win the race dedicated to their late father. Kevin won this race last season with a superb drive after accepting the challenge to start at the rear of the field, a feat his brother achieved in the very first staging of the event. This will be Peter’s first race in Australia for quite some time and both of the Britten boys will be determined to keep the trophy in the family for another year.

Such is the prestige of the event amongst competitors, more than half the field has travelled from interstate to take part and, in a line-up that contains another four Australian championship winners in Mark Robinson, Andrew Pezzutti, Scott Cannon and Jai Stephenson, rest assured that whoever wins this event will have most certainly earned their success. Of the rest, Ray Eggins has been in great form this season, Mitchell Randall finished on the podium in this event last year and Andrew Firth comes to Brisbane fresh from a feature race win in Grafton on Saturday night.

Formula 500s return for round two of the Ian Boettcher Stampede Series and it is Kurt Wilson who is now the man to beat following his win in the opening round on December 28. After just a handful of Formula 500 starts, the current Australian Lightning Sprint champion outgunned his rivals to finish ahead of Tomas Partington and Nathan Pronger, both of whom are back for another shot. Plagued by mechanical maladies in the opening round, Kristin Brown will be looking to put those misfortunes behind her with a visit to victory lane, while Marshall Lewis, Ethan Eyears, Nick Hodges and Mitchell Whittaker are also expected to feature prominently.

Formula 500 Juniors, two divisions of Open Sedans, Fireworks and a Demolition Derby complete another packed program, which gets underway with early racing from 4.30pm. Sprintcar time trials will commence at 5.00pm, with the main program to kick off at 5.45pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance from the track website at, with online ticketholders securing early entry to the grounds from 3.30pm.

East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round ten nominations: Adam Butler, Allan Woods, Andrew Corbet, Andrew Scheuerle, Anthony Lambert, Brent Kratzmann, Brock Dean, Brodie Tulloch, Bryan Mann, Bryan Zelinski, Callum Walker, Cody Maroske, Darren Jensen, David Whell, Donny Schatz, Dylan Menz, Jayden Peacock, Kaiden Manders, Karl Hoffmans, Kristy Bonsey, Liam Atkinson, Logan Schuchart, Lucas Wolfe, Luke Oldfield, Lynton Jeffrey, Mark Pholi, Mitch Gowland, Mitchell Gee, Nelson Reddacliff, Paul Rooks, Peter Lack, Simon Jupe, Steve Greer, Steve Rowell, Steven White, Stewart Craig

Ian Boettcher Race Parts Formula 500 Stampede round two nominations: Adrian, Farrell, Brady Argles, Cameron Bertuch, Ethan Eyears, Kristin Brown, Kurt Wilson, Marshall Lewis, Mitchell Whittaker, Nick Hodges, Paul Chaffey, Royce Harvey, Tomas Partington, Vicki Canfield, Wayne Wallace

Formula 500 Junior nominations: Bodie Smith, Jy Corbet, Tarhlea Apelt, Taylor Morgan, Taylor Prosser, Trent Vardy

Dirt Modified Paul Britten 44 Memorial nominations: Andrew Firth, Andrew Pezzutti, Anthony Ashen, Chris Corbett, Dale Corbett, David Blanch, Graeme Holland, Jai Stephenson, Josh Rose, Kevin Britten, Kevin Stow, Mark Connelly, Mark Robinson, Marley Weller, Mitchell Randall, Nick Knott, Paul Booker, Peter Britten, Phil McNamara, Ray Eggins, Russell Ward, Sam Bruggy, Scott Cannon, Scott Quirk, Steve Millthorpe, Terry Leerentveld, Trent Scofield, Trevor Wiley, Zac McDonald

Open Sedan B Nominations: Ben Finch, Ben Robertson, Ben Taylor, Chris Van Der Ryken, Chris Wilson, Haiden Grantz, Jaycina Craft, Kerrie-Anne Browne, Merv Price, Nathan Lowe, Neville Lowther, Nicole Woolf, Rachel Hawkins, Ricky Price, Russell Davis, Scott Taylor, Steve Bradford, Tristan Price

Open Sedan A nominations: Adam Brimmell, Bob Ware, Daniel Taylor, Gary Kivela, Keith Craft, Les Eisenmenger, Michael Taylor, Robin Bains, Wayne Kirkman

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