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Oldfield Surges to Easter Win and Wilson Retains Aussie Crown
Sunday April 16, 2017. Archerfield Speedway
Luke Oldfield continued his stunning season of success at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (April 15), racing to victory in round two of the Clay-Per-View Easter Triple Challenge. After again setting the benchmark in time trials and then securing pole position for the feature race with victory in the Gold Shootout, Oldfield swapped the lead with Robbie Farr before ultimately prevailing in a sensational 40-lap finale. Peter Lack finished in third spot ahead of Brent Kratzmann, who put in a mighty drive through the field after becoming involved in an incident on the opening lap that eliminated Andrew Scheuerle and Kevin Titman.

On the same program, Kurt Wilson retained his Australian Lightning Sprint Championship, leading throughout the 25-lap feature race to finish ahead of Jordan Binskin and Queensland champ Wayne Iacono, with Danny Stone and Keith Blatch rounding out the top five.

In the second round of racing for the Ian Boettcher Race Parts Wingless Sprints Easter Trail, it was Dubbo’s Mark Blyton who prevailed in the feature race. Glen Wright finished second and was the only Queenslander inside the first five, with Daniel Flood grabbing third with a late-race pass on Marshall Blyton.

A 36-car field fronted for competition for the second night of Easter Sprintcar action and it was Oldfield, as he has done so many times this season, who topped the timesheets in qualifying, stopping the clock at 12.532 on a heavy track to edge out Lack (12.567) and Scheuerle (12.592). Fresh from his feature race win the previous night, Lachlan McHugh was fourth fastest ahead of Farr, with Daniel Sayre sixth quickest and the best of the interstate contingent. Bryan Mann, Andrew Corbet, Kratzmann and Titman completed the top ten.

The opening heat saw Mark Pholi finish ahead of Brodie Tulloch and Callum Walker, while heat two saw Brock Dean finish almost half a lap clear of the field in his win over Phil Foster and Kristy Bonsey.

Darren Jensen outgunned Kratzmann and Cody Maroske to snare heat three before Tulloch returned to score an emphatic result over Jayden Peacock and Corbet in heat four.

Maroske downed David Whell and Dean to win heat five and then Mick Sauer rounded out the preliminaries when he triumphed in the final heat in advance of Titman and Bonsey.

The Pole Shootout saw Mann and Titman advance from the Bronze round to the Silver showdown, but neither was able to advance any further as Lack and Scheuerle progressed to challenge Oldfield and Farr in the final clash. It was Oldfield who snared the prime position for the main event in the Gold Shootout, to be joined on the front row by Scheuerle.

The battle for the final transfer spots from the B Main ended in spectacular fashion, leaving a trail of wreckage and some frayed tempers. With just a couple of laps remaining, Michael Saller jumped on the brakes to avoid a somersaulting Brendan Parker, leaving Darren Jensen with nowhere to go. The resulting contact launched both cars into orbit, Jensen for the second time on the night following an earlier heat race rollover. In the aftermath of the carnage, it was Sauer who prevailed over Brendan Scorgie, with Whell and Bonsey grabbing the final transfer spots.

Unfortunately for Scheuerle, his feature race ended in the first corner when contact between he and Oldfield left him stranded against the wall to be collected by Titman and Kratzmann, with the crash perhaps having significant implications for Scheuerle in his bid to win back-to-back track championships. Of the three, only Kratzmann was able to restart, albeit from the back of the field. The second attempted start only made it as far as the back straight when Matt Dumesny slowed suddenly and sent the field scattering. With Dumesny on the infield and everybody else emerging unscathed for the restart, the race got underway cleanly and Oldfield charged to the front ahead of Lack and Farr. Lap three saw McHugh move ahead of Farr, who reclaimed the spot two laps later and then moved ahead of Lack to secure second on lap 10. As McHugh lost all hope of consecutive feature wins courtesy of a flat tyre on lap 24, Farr charged into the lead, a position he held for the next 10 circulations before Oldfield pounced in lapped traffic to reclaim the top spot. From here, Oldfield was not to be denied and surged to the chequer to score an impressive win over Farr, Lack and Kratzmann. Dean capped a great night in finishing fifth, with Whell and Walker the last runners on the lead lap. Sauer, Corbet, Scorgie, Phil Foster and Bonsey completed the finishers as Mann, Maroske, Tulloch and Sayre failed to go the distance.

Queensland champ Wayne Iacono topped qualifying in the Australian Lightning Sprint Championship with two heat wins. The remaining preliminaries were shared between Kurt Wilson, Jordan Binskin, Sean Iacono and David Van Vegchel.

A superb start from Binskin in the Dash saw him sweep into the lead, a position he maintained through the 6 laps to secure pole position for the championship final, leading home Wilson, Aaron Kelly, Wayne Iacono, Blatch and Van Vegchel.

The feature race was a very straightforward affair with Wilson racing around Binskin through turn two on the opening lap to take command of proceedings and subsequently maintain his advantage through to the chequer. Binskin faced little resistance in his run to the runner-up spot, with Iacono unable to repeat his heat race heroics and had to settle for third. Stone advanced from position seven to fill fourth, with Blatch, Aaron Kelly and Van Vegchel next in line. Kirsty Kelly, Brett Davies and Jason George completed the top ten.

For much of the Wingless Sprint feature race, a family 1-2 finish looked on the cards as Mark and Marshall Blyton occupied the top two spots. However, as the laps wound down, Wright surged into contention and made a bid for the lead following a restart with two laps remaining, but Blyton Snr held firm to score the win. A late surge from Flood saw him snatch third from Marshall Blyton, with Luke Sayre and Kristopher Johnson the best of the rest.

Wingless Sprint heat wins were shared between Mark Blyton, Wright, Ashleigh Jack, Adam Butler, Jason King and Cody Boulding, while Steve Gravino prevailed in the B Main, taking the race over Chad Larkings, Jeff Neve and Max Risberger.

The next meeting at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway is Saturday, April 29 featuring Sprintcars, Midgets, AMCA Nationals, Formula 500s, Open Sedans, Fireworks and a Demolition Derby.
Easter Sprintcar Showdown for Archerfield
Wednesday April 12, 2017. Archerfield Speedway
After a longer than expected break as a result of inclement weather, Sprintcars return to Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway this weekend for round two of the Clay-Per-View Easter Shootout, with 39 drivers nominated for the event on Saturday night (April 15). In addition to all the local stars and track regulars, several interstaters are making the trip north for three consecutive nights of racing. The opening round will be staged at Toowoomba Speedway on Friday night (April 14) and the final round is scheduled for Lismore Speedway in New South Wales on Sunday evening (April 16). Regardless of whether they enjoyed or endured their time away from the track, teams will be primed for their return to racing and all the challenges that come with racing three nights in a row. In what will be another huge program of events, the Australian Lightning Sprint Championship will also be decided, with Wingless Sprintcars also bringing big numbers for their annual Easter pilgrimage.

Whilst former national champ Robbie Farr has enjoyed plenty of success at other tracks this season, Saturday night looms as a significant challenge and he will no doubt relish the opportunity to face off against the likes of Andrew Scheuerle, Luke Oldfield, Lachlan McHugh, Peter Lack, Bryan Mann, Brent Kratzmann and plenty more. Farr has a reasonably good record at Archerfield, but the level of competition so far this season in the East Coast Logistics Track Championship has been exceptional and he will need to be at his absolute best, and perhaps even need a little luck, if he hopes to hoist the winners trophy in the feature race on Saturday night.

Although he races a much-reduced schedule these days, Darren Jensen is another with plenty of big race experience that will prove critical in the heat of battle, while young guns such as Callum Walker, Dylan Menz and Jayden Peacock will have no regard for reputations as they grasp another opportunity to secure experience and maybe upstage a few old hands along the way. Meanwhile, New South Wales are sending their best and brightest to take on the locals, with Brayden Willmington, Michael Saller, Mark Attard, Daniel Sayre and Brendan Scorgie amongst the entries.

In addition to the excellent prizemoney on offer at each round and for the series overall, there will also be additional prizes up for grabs courtesy of Tullboro Performance Products, including a lucky draw at the drivers meeting prior to each round that will see one driver take home a set of Tullboro billet AN wrenches.

Also attracting in excess of 35 nominations for Saturday night is round two the Ian Boettcher Race Parts Wingless Sprints Easter Trail. Whilst Adam Butler has earned the right to pre-event favouritism given his consistently strong form throughout the season, there are more than 15 interstate challengers in the field, including a three-car team from Dubbo comprising the very experienced Mark Blyton and his sons Marshall and Jamison. Of the locals, Cody O’Connell has been impressive of late, finishing second behind Butler at their last Archerfield appearance, while Glenn Wright is another who has produced some good form in recent weeks and should be amongst those in contention for the $500 on offer to the winner of the feature race presented by Oztrax Earthworks, with another $2000 in prizes up for over the two nights courtesy of Ian Boettcher Race Parts, BHR Fabrication and GW Racing.

Although somewhat down in numbers by comparison with 23 entries, the Australian Lightning Sprint Championship should still provide plenty of action as the best drivers from Queensland and New South Wales converge in a concerted effort to achieve something that has proven very difficult for so many in recent seasons; finding a way to beat defending champ Kurt Wilson, who also took out the New South Wales title earlier this season. Newly crowned Queensland champ Wayne Iacono and the man he deposed in Keith Blatch are perhaps the most likely to upstage Wilson, along with former national titleholders Sean Iacono and Dave Fanning. However, NSW young gun Jordan Binskin arrives fresh from a feature race win in Sydney last weekend and is a real threat, while the battle between siblings Aaron and Kirsty Kelly might see their determination to beat each other carry them all the way to the podium.

With Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans also on the program, there will be over 100 cars racing in what will be a huge night of dirt track action. Gates open at 4.00pm, early racing commences at 4.45pm and the main show will get underway at 6.00pm.

For more information, follow Archerfield Speedway on Facebook or head to the track website at www.brisbanespeedway.com.au for event information and updates.

Two New Champions Crowned
Sunday April 9, 2017. Archerfield Speedway
Finally back in action after consecutive weeks of weather induced cancellations, Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway turned on the action with a championship double bill on Saturday night (April 8) that saw Nathan Smee and Rodney Pammenter emerge as new Queensland champions in their respective race categories. The Polar Ice Queensland Midget Championship saw Smee chase down teenage rookie Kaidon Brown to snare the crown, while Pammenter swapped the lead with Aidan Raymont before ultimately prevailing in the Queensland Modified Sedan Championship.

Originally scheduled for March 25 but postponed because of rain, the Queensland Midget Championship brought together 26 drivers from three states and the standard of competition was sensational from the outset with Smee taking the opening heat ahead of Troy Ware and defending champion Michael Harders.

The second heat saw a super drive from Brock Dean to keep four-time national champ Adam Clarke at bay for the win, with Brendan Palmer finishing third.

Brown took heat three in a narrow result over Scott Doyle and Rodney Harders, with Adam Wallis downing Vine and Joe Lostitch in winning heat four in a race that proved costly for a couple of championship contenders. Having stormed to the front in short time, Clarke headed infield soon after and was subsequently out of action for the rest of the night, while Ware found himself unable to avoid an end-for-ending Tony Stephen in the main straight.

Rusty Whittaker staked his claim for a second win in this event when he outgunned Smee and Jason Bell in heat five, leaving Palmer to wrap up the preliminaries with a emphatic win over Dean and Doyle in the final heat.

Sitting seventh overall at the completion of qualifying, Brown advanced from the bronze round of the Pole Shootout to ultimately land on pole position for the championship final. Smee would share the front row for the feature, with Dean and Palmer on row two ahead of Wallis, Whittaker, Doyle and Vine.

The first attempt to get the feature race underway saw Smee get the initial advantage, only for the race to be halted immediately when Chris Gwilliam took a wild ride in turn one. At the next attempt, Brown bested Smee in the charge through turn one and the 16-year-old proceeded to hold sway out front until lap 14 when Smee pounced to take control. As the laps wound down, Smee extended his advantage while, further back, the fight for third spot intensified. Having been the stand-out performer of the locals in recent outings, Dean looked set to assume that role once again in third spot until he was contacted by a brakeless Vine in turn three with a lap to run, elevating the latter onto the podium as Dean dropped another spot to Whittaker in the run to the chequer. Bell was the best of the rest in sixth, followed by Reid Mackay, Ware (now aboard Robbie Stewarts #91), Rodney Harders and Dallas Sharp, with Michael Harders and Shane McDowall the only other finishers. Lostitch and Tony Eickenloff joined Gwilliam as first lap casualties, Doyle exited on lap two and Palmer followed a lap later, with Corey Stothard, Cal Whatmore and Wallis also failing to go the distance.

A 38-car field assembled for the Queensland Modified Sedan Championship for their first and only Archerfield appearance for the season. The heats proved prophetic in sorting the contenders from the pretenders in a championship chase that would ultimately be decided on a race track that remained super quick throughout the 40-lap title decider.

The opening heat saw Nathan McDonald soar as others floundered, leaving Russell Harris and Greg Worling to share the minor placings. Heat two proved an effortless stroll for Todd Doyle as he finished more than 10 seconds clear of Tim Atkin and Thomas Hunter.

Aidan Raymont was even more emphatic in his performance in heat three, greeting the chequer over 13 seconds in advance of Michael Shelford and Pacey Clegg, while defending champion Gavin Fletcher started his title quest well with a win in heat four over Pammenter and Darren Lester.

Mark Raymont, Peter Gray and Brodie Boss shared the spoils in the next three heats before Nathan McDonald became the first repeat winner when he clinched heat eight.

Pammenter prevailed in heat nine, Kerry Lack topped heat ten and then Mark Raymont also scored a double when he took out heat eleven. Having exited his opening heat on the first lap and then missing his next run, Victoria's Mark Carlin re-emerged for the final heat of the night and kept Aidan Raymont at bay to score a vital win.

Others to suffer misfortune through the heats included Shane McDonald, Darren Lester and Steven Quirk, who looked super quick in heat two in his pursuit of Doyle before heading infield with terminal engine failure.

In a typically torrid affair that saw less than half the field still running at the end of 20 laps, Shane McDonald prevailed in the B Main over Carlin, who advanced from row three, with Lee Steffens and Harris snaring the final transfer spots.

Whilst the 40-lap feature finished as it started with Pammenter at the head of the field, there was plenty of action in between as he and Aidan Raymont - the current New South Wales and Victorian champions respectively – battled at the front of the field. Pammenter maintained possession of the lead until lap 17 when Raymont moved ahead, only for the two of them to swap positions again on lap 21 soon after the first restart of the race that came courtesy of a spin from Tim Atkin. The two leaders continued their duel for the duration, with a series of restarts through the second half of the race allowing others to enter into championship calculations. Nathan McDonald occupied third until succumbing to challenges from both Mark Raymont and Mark Pagel, both of whom looked likely to threaten the leading duo at one stage. With Pagel faltering in the final laps, McDonald pounced to reclaim fourth spot, leaving Pagel fifth ahead of Carlin, who had put in a stunning run to advance from 18th into sixth despite a flailing left front wheel throughout the last 10 laps or so.

Atkin recovered for seventh ahead of Shelford, Harris, Gray and Boss, with Greg Worling uncharacteristically off the pace in 12th as the final finisher. Running fifth early, Fletcher saw his title defence slip further out of reach as the race progressed before he ultimately expired on the final lap to join Steffens, Lack, Doyle, David Jacobi, Shane McDonald, Shane Langton and Gary Pagel on the grass.

Will Butler (2), Sean Butcher and Graham Knuckey were heat winners in Modlites, but the feature race was won by Klinton Hancey ahead of Steve Collins, Butler, Chris Were and Terry Leerentveld.

In the Formula 500 Juniors, Trent Vardy, Nich Hodges, Jayden Iacono and Nicholas Whell collected wins across their four races.

The next event at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway is this Saturday night (April 15) for round two of the Clay-Per-View Sprintcar Easter Challenge when more than 30 drivers from Queensland and interstate will do battle.
Two Titles Equals Twice the Action
Tuesday April 4, 2017. Archerfield Speedway
It is title time this weekend at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway with two state championships to be decided on Saturday night (April 8). Having fallen victim to inclement weather two weekends ago, the rescheduled Queensland Midget Championship will hopefully be completed without any further delay, while a big field will contest the Queensland Modified Sedan Championship on the same program. With Modlites and Formula 500 Juniors also on the program, another huge night of competition awaits race fans starved of speedway action as a result of the wet weather that has soaked Queensland.

Defending champion Michael Harders faces a tough test to retain his Queensland Midget crown, with drivers converging from three states in a bid to wrest the title from him. Leading the interstate challenge is four-time national champ and foirmer Queensland titleholder Adam Clarke, who won the last Midget feature race at Archerfield. In fact, at one stage, Clarke held every state title at the same time and has earned his status as pre-race favourite. Joining Clarke in representing NSW in the title fight will be Nathan Smee, Adam Wallis, Jason Bell and rookie racer Kaiden Brown, who comes fresh from a feature race win at Avalon in Victoria. Recently crowned Tasmanian champion Joe Lostitch, who finished second behind Brown last weekend, is also making the trek north in pursuit of another title.

However, there are several local runners who have produced some terrific form this season and they will be firm in their resolve to keep the championship trophy in Queensland. The likes of Brock Dean, Reid Mackay, Troy Ware and former titleholder Rusty Whittaker, all of whom finished in the top five behind Clarke at the previous event, should fancy their chances. Dean put in a superb drive to score a feature win here a few weeks back, while Darren Vine and Brendan Palmer also know their way to victory lane and bring a wealth of big race experience into the mix. Throw in Scott Doyle, another former champ in Mark George, Kiwi hotshoe Chris Gwilliam and 10 more drivers chasing championship success, and you have 25 competitors all desperate to secure themselves a permanent place in the record books as the 2016/2017 Queensland Midget champion.

Whilst it is their only appearance at Archerfield this season, it is hardly surprising that Modified Sedan officials would choose Queenslands premier speedway venue to host their championship showdown, and drivers have certainly responded with more than 40 nominations for the event. This championship battle will also feature competitors from three states and, like the Midgets, it is an interstater who heads into the weekend as the pre-race favourite. Although current national titleholder Brett Baxter is a non-starter, there are no less than five former national champions in the field, namely Todd Doyle, Jason Jolley, Aidan Raymont, Gary Pagel, Greg Worling and three-time winner Mark Carlin from Victoria. Carlin, who won this event back in the 2011/2012 season and is also a three-time Victorian state champ, looms as the man to beat in the championship feature race, assuming of course that he can navigate his way through three rounds of heats unscathed, which is not always an easy task given the intensity of the competition for which the category is renowned.

In addition to defending champ Gavin Fletcher, there are another six drivers in the field who have won this event previously with a combined 18 championships between them. Having recently journeyed to Mildura and returned triumphant with the Victorian Championship trophy, Aidan Raymont brings some terrific form into his bid to secure a third Queensland Championship win, while Gary Pagel is chasing an unprecedented sixth success in this event. Doyle currently has four wins, while Fletcher, Shane McDonald and Mark Pagel, who has been the standout performer in Super Sedan competition this season, each have two apiece. Brodie Boss took the title two seasons ago and is back for another shot, while the likes of Rodney Pammenter, Matt Smith, David Jacobi, Mark Raymont and Darren Lester are amongst those whose form and/or history of success suggests they should feature somewhere near the pointy end of the field in the championship feature.

With Modlites and Formula 500 Juniors also on the bill, it is going to be a hectic night of action, with gates opening at 4.00pm and early racing from 4.45pm. The main program, featuring the Queensland Modified Sedan Championship and the Queensland Midget Championship, gets underway at 6.00pm.

For more information, follow Archerfield Speedway on Facebook or head to the track website at www.brisbanespeedway.com.au for event information and updates.
April 1 cancelled: Demo Derby & Fireworks added to April 29
Friday March 31, 2017. Archerfield Speedway
Tomorrow night's event (Saturday April 1) has been called off due to flooding of the track - although the high line may have still been okay for some....
The Demo Derby and Fireworks have now been added to our April 29 event, with Sprintcars, Midgets, AMCA Nationals, Formula 500s, Open Sedans and Formula 500 Juniors.
As you can see from the photos, the tides haven't helped and with predictions of higher tides tonight, it is highly unlikely that much water will clear.
If you purchased tickets online - we will be emailing you shortly with options of refund or exchange.
Our thoughts are also with those that have been flooded and hope everyone stays safe in these trying times....
For event info: www.brisbanespeedway.com.au/events.asp

Sprintcar Showdown on Saturday Night
Tuesday March 28, 2017. Archerfield Speedway
Sprintcar racing returns to Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway this Saturday night (April 1) with 30 cars to hit the track for round 13 of the East Coast Logistics Track Championship. With the previous round producing a sensational feature race win to series leader Andrew Scheuerle, there is going to be desperation and determination aplenty from his series rivals and, with some very interesting additions to the field this week, the scene is set for another superb night of Sprintcar action. Also on a huge program are Formula 500s, Compact Speedcars, AMCA Nationals, Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans, fireworks and the Queensland vs New South Wales Demolition Derby.

Winning round 12 on March 11 was critical for Scheuerle as his series lead had been narrowed in the weeks prior following a string of strong performances from Luke Oldfield which had seen him move into third overall in the standings despite missing round four. Oldfield chased Scheuerle to the chequer in the previous round in what was a great duel and, with Peter Lack making an early exit from the feature race, Oldfield now sits in second spot in the championship chase. Lack remains third overall and it now seems likes these are the only three drivers with any realistic chance of winning the series, despite the strong performances from several others in recent weeks.

Lachlan McHugh drove splendidly in round 12 to finish third and the Gold Coast teenager seems ready to return to victory lane, while Mitchell Gee is another who has been impressive in recent racing, along with fellow young guns Callum Walker, Dylan Menz and Ben Hilder and more experienced racers such as Bryan Mann and Brent Krtazmann, all of whom are in the field this Saturday night. However, perhaps the most interesting addition to the field this weekend is four-time Australian Midget champion Adam Clarke. The Polar Ice team are making the step up into the Sprintcar ranks and Clarke will be looking to make an immediate impact when he hits the track, so don’t be surprised to see the #29 in the thick of the action. Supercar champion Garry Jacobson is also back for another run, along with another 20 drivers hell bent on making their mark in Queensland’s premier Sprintcar competition.

If ever anybody needed convincing that regular racing at Archerfield is the best way to build your race category, the Formula 500s are living proof. From just a handful of cars a few seasons ago, there are 22 nominations for round 11 of the KRE race Engines Championship Series this weekend and current national champ Liam Williams, who also took out the Queensland Title two weeks ago in Rockhampton, will face his toughest test of the season. Williams will face off against the likes of Kaydon Iverson, Charlie Brown, James Kennedy, Kristin Brown, Ryan Skennar and Ryan McNamara, all of whom are proven race winners.

Compact Speedcars return to Brisbane for what will be a clash of champions as newly crowned state titleholder Robbie Stewart takes on national champ Darren Vine and current club champion Nick Gannon. Throw in Wayne Corbett and Barry Gibbes, who finished second and third behind Stewart in the state title, and all the big guns are ready to fire. Throw Nathan Mathers, Trent Usher and Jim Kennedy into the mix and the scene is set for some intense competition in pursuit of the Paul Messer Memorial trophy.

The return of four-time Australian titleholder Shane McKinnell to the AMCA Nationals ranks will certainly spice things up and should give the likes of recently deposed national champ Matt Hardy and perennial feature race winner Steve Potts some extra motivation to perform at the best. With just a couple of meetings completed since returning after a lengthy absence, Nathan Durston has been impressive from the get-go is another who should be in the action at the front of the field.

The trusty Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans complete the racing program, but with a spectacular fireworks show during the interval break and the mayhem of the Demolition derby to close out the evening, there is plenty of entertainment for everybody. Gates open at 4.00pm (3.30pm for online ticketholders) and early racing will get underway at 4.45pm. Sprintcar time trials get underway from 6.30pm and the main program will fire into action 6.00pm.

East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round 13 nominations: Adam Clarke, Allan Woods, Andrew Corbet, Andrew Scheuerle, Ben Hilder, Brad Ayers, Brendan Parker, Brendon Claridge, Brent Kratzmann, Brett Minett, Bryan Mann, Callum Walker, Dan Murray, Darren Silcock, David Whell, Dylan Menz, Garry Jacobson, Jayden Peacock, Kevin Hill, Kevin Titman, Kristy Bonsey, Lachlan McHugh, Luke Oldfield, Mark Pholi, Mick Sauer, Mitchell Gee, Neil Howard, Paul Rooks, Peter Lack, Phil Foster, Steve Greer

For event information and updates, or to purchase tickets online, visit the track website at www.brisbanespeedway.com.au or follow Archerfield Speedway on Facebook.

Midget, Sedan and Modified Triple Bill
Tuesday March 21, 2017. Archerfield Speedway
With three headline categories bringing more than 65 cars between them, this Saturday night (March 25) is shaping up as something special for race fans at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway with the Queensland Midget Championship, the Think Money Super Sedan Series and Dirt Modifieds sharing the spotlight on a huge triple-bill program. Bringing the three categories together on the same night ensures variety and action aplenty, with each group bringing their best drivers into battle.

Michael Harders will defend his Queensland Midget Championship against 25 drivers from three states and, having hardly raced this season, he will face a tough test from the likes of four-time national champ Adam Clarke, who won the last Midget feature race at Archerfield just two weeks ago and is a former winner of this event. In fact, at one stage, Clarke held every state title at the same time and has earned his status as pre-race favourite. Joining Clarke in travelling from NSW are Nathan Smee, Adam Wallis, Jason Bell and rookie racer Kaiden Brown, who has secured some very good results south of the border, with recently crowned Tasmanian champion Joe Lostitch making the journey from Victoria to take part.

The form locals of recent weeks have been Brock Dean, Reid Mackay and Troy Ware and former titleholder Rusty Whittaker, all of whom finished in the top five behind Clarke at the previous event. Dean was a feature winner at Archerfield a few weeks ago, while Darren Vine and Brendan Palmer also know their way to victory lane and possess a wealth of big race experience. Throw in Scott Doyle, another former champ in Mark George and Kiwi hotshoe Chris Gwilliam and there are myriad possible permutations with regard to the outcome of the championship feature race.

After a disappointing turn out for their last Archerfield outing, 21 drivers have nominated for round eleven of the Think Money Super Sedan Championship Series, their biggest field for the season thus far. Although series leader Mark Pagel has all but wrapped up the championship following his runner-up finish in Kingaroy last weekend, you can be sure that he will be fighting hard to extend his points advantage. Pagel’s biggest threat seems likely to come from the likes of Matt Pascoe, Wayne Brims, Wayne Randall, Ian Brims, Steve Jordan and defending series champion Sean Black. It was Pascoe who won the previous event at Archerfield and was gallant in defeat at Kingaroy, finishing third in a thriller, while Randall, Jordan and the Brims boys are all former state and/or national champions looking to make their mark on a season that is yet to see any of them produce their very best form.

Dirt Modifieds have secured 21 entries as well and their field is also stacked with champions, including the current Australian titleholder Kevin Britten. Fresh back from an interstate campaign that saw him successfully defend his Western Australian and South Australian titles, Britten will be desperate to carry that form into battle on his home track. Britten will take on former national champs Andrew Pezzutti and David Clark, along with regular front runners such as Gary Wathen, Scott Conlin and category stalwart Ray Klarich. Whilst these guys bring plenty of experience in to the mix, the depth in the ranks is stronger than ever with several drivers in the field capable of upstaging the big guns, including Trent Scofield, Nick Knott, Tony Dunn and Josh Rose, who has a feature race win on his home track at Grafton to his credit and would relish such a result in Brisbane against the best in the business.

Open Sedans and Formula 500 Juniors complete what will be a huge program of racing, with gates opening at 4.00pm. Early racing will get underway at 4.45pm, Midgets will hit the track for time trials from 5.30pm and the main program will kick off at 6.00pm.

2016/2017 Queensland Midget Championship nominations: Charlie Brown, Rodney Harders, Darren Vine, Adam Wallis, Tony Stephen, Michael Harders, Mark George, Joseph Lostitch, Kristy Bonsey, Adam Clarke, Cal Whatmore, Brendan Palmer, Corey Stothard, Tony Eickenloff, Darren Dillon, Nathan Smee, Troy Ware, Reid Mackay, Rusty Whitaker, Scott Doyle, Jason Bell, Shayne McDowell, Kaiden Brown, Brock Dean, Chris Gwilliam

2016/2017 Think Money Super Sedan Championship Series round eleven nominations: Matt Pascoe, Ian Brims, Wayne Randall, Mark Pagel, Sean Black, Wayne Brims, Jack Childs, Glen Knox, Steve Jordan, David OKeefe, Nicholas OKeefe, Craig Craft, Rodney Craft, David Musch, Tony Brinkmann, Barry Craft, Bob McCosker, Mark OBrien, Ed Doherty, Travis Barron, Brian Trevithick

Dirt Modified nominations: Kevin Britten, Scott Conlin, David Clark, Lance Towns, Nick Knott, Garry Wathen, Kevin Stow, Graeme Holland, Andrew Pezzutti, Trent Scofield, Geoff Rose, Chris Holdt, Andrew Firth, Josh Rose, Phil Roberts, Trevor Wiley, Stu Jefferies, Anthony Ashen, Simon Blandford, Tony Dunn, Ray Klarich

For more information, follow Archerfield Speedway on Facebook or head to the track website at www.brisbanespeedway.com.au for event information and updates.
Easter at Archerfield is Action
Saturday March 18, 2017. Archerfield Speedway
Why do we have a long weekend every Easter? For Sprintcar racing of course and this year is no exception with the Clay-Per-View Easter Triple Challenge once again set to be unleashed across three tracks over three consecutive nights of racing from April 14 to 16. The series will be decided on three distinctly different circuits and, for the first time, will visit two states, as drivers chase the $4000 series winner’s purse that is on offer in addition to the minimum $4000 paid to the winner of each individual round. In fact, should anybody be able to clean sweep all three nights, they will collect a cool $18 000 for their efforts.

The 2017 Clay-Per-View Easter Triple Challenge will get underway at Hi-Tec Oils Toowoomba Speedway on Good Friday (April 14), with round two to be decided at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday, April 15. This year, the final round of racing will be decided at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway in northern New South Wales on Sunday, April 16. Three distinctly different circuits that will prove a true test of drivers and crews alike as they chase the ideal set-up each night that will carry them to the front of what is expected to be a stellar field.

Each night of competition will kick off with time trials as cars race against the clock in groups of four, seeking to record the quickest lap and score maximum points. Two rounds of heats will follow with an 8-car inversion in each heat race, with points from time trials and the heats combined to determine the starting order for the main events. The top 16 pointscorers will qualify directly into the 40-lap feature event, with the remaining drivers to contest the B Main and/or C Main depending on their overall position at the completion of the heats. The drivers who qualify in positions 1 to 8 will contest the Pole Shootout over three rounds, with the winner of the Gold Shootout securing pole position in the big show.

Given the influx of new drivers in Queensland this season, along with all the established stars of the region and the interstate drivers expected to take on defending Triple Challenge champion Robbie Farr, strong fields are expected to contest each round. From the high banks of the reconfigured Toowoomba track to the tight confines of Queensland’s home of Sprintcar racing at Archerfield to the circular showground layout in Lismore, winning this series will require talent, tenacity, preparation and maybe just a little bit of luck.

This is a great opportunity for teams to test themselves on different tracks, secure exposure for their sponsors and pick up some prizemoney along the way. Competitors interested in taking part in the 2017 Clay-Per-View Easter Triple Challenge can download an information pack from the Sprintcars Queensland website – www.sprintcarsqueensland.com.au
Scheurele Shows the Way
Sunday March 12, 2017. Archerfield Speedway
In perhaps his best performance of the season thus far, Andrew Scheuerle put in a stellar drive to victory in round 11 of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (March 11). Under plenty of pressure from Luke Oldfield for much of the race with both drivers riding the cushion high on the track, Scheuerle held firm to score a much needed win that extends his championship lead. Oldfield was as spectacular as ever in finishing second, with Lachlan McHugh ultimately securing third spot with a late run that saw him move ahead of Bryan Mann and Mitchell Gee, both of whom looked to have the position in their keeping at various stages of a highly entertaining race.

Brent Kratzmann finished sixth ahead of Dylan Menz and Ben Hilder, with Dan Murray and Brad Ayers rounding out the top ten ahead of Nathan McFarlane, who improved every time he hit the track to eventually finish ahead of several drivers who have done a lot more laps of the Archerfield track. Mark Pholi, Kevin Titman, Darren Silcock and Brett Minett completed the finishers, with only Jayden Peacock, Peter Lack and Mick Sauer failing to go the distance.

The night started as it has done so many times this season with Oldfield registering the fastest lap in time trials (11.504), outpointing Gee (11.738), Scheuerle (11.797) and Kratzmann (11.811), with Lack (11.824) the only other to clock under 12 seconds. Mann, McHugh, Murray, Pholi and and Hilder were next best ahead of Callum Walker, who unfortunately took no further part in proceedings.

Heat winners on the night were Peacock (2), Oldfield, Titman, Silcock and Hilder and, at the completion of qualifying, it was Oldfield and Scheuerle, who had finished second in both of his heats, sitting equal atop the points. By virtue of his faster qualifying time, it was Oldfield who was afforded the opportunity to select the invert for the Lucas Oils Dash, relegating himself to sixth and promoting Kratzmann to pole position.

The 6-lapper changed complexion with every lap, but it was Lack who surged to the front to take the race and secure pole position for the 30-lap feature race. Scheuerle snared second, Mann moved to third and Oldfield finished fourth as Kratzmann fell to fifth. McHugh, Gee and Hilder completed the field and that is how they would line-up for the main event.

Minett motored home to win the B Main over McFarlane, who executed some great outside passes to advance into the main event. Silcock and Ayers snagged the final transfer berths, leaving Supercars champion Garry Jacobson one spot shy of a feature race start.

Lack launched at the drop of the green and looked ready to race away in the East Coast Logistics feature race, clocking his fastest lap of the race on lap two. However, Lack saw his advantage evaporate in rapid time and, with five laps on the board, Scheurele had assumed the lead. Both Mann and Oldfield also moved ahead of Lack, who continued to drop through the field before heading infield on lap 17 to lament what might have been. Having deposed Mann on lap 7, Oldfield set off in pursuit of Scheuerle with both drivers firmly planted on the cushion that was situated very high on the track. Mitchell Gee climbed to third after starting seventh, only to succumb to Mann and then McHugh in what proved a great scrap. Mann and McHugh traded places for a few laps before the latter locked it up, recording the fastest lap of the race and leaving Mann fourth at the flag ahead of Gee, Kratzmann and Menz, who advanced six spots in a solid showing.

Round seven of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship produced a fitting result with Adam Clarke piloting the Polar Ice #29 to victory in the 20-lap feature race. Rusty Whittaker chased hard but just couldn’t find the skerrick of extra pace he needed to reel in the four-time national champ. Following his win in the previous round, Brock Dean put in another mighty drive on the highline to sweep into third spot, edging out Reid Mackay, Troy Ware and Adam Wallis. Mackay moved ahead of Dean as they started the final lap, but Dean stayed firm on the top and charged home to book another appearance on the podium. Darren Dillon, Mark George, Kristy Bonsey and Scott Doyle rounded out the top ten in advance of Rob Stewart, Rodney Harders and Brad Harrison.

Chris Gwilliam was the standout in qualifying with two heat wins and he led the opening lap of the feature from pole position, only to head infield on lap six. It was Clarke and Ware who shared the spoils in the remaining heats.

Although he failed to make much impression in the Midget main, Rob Stewart was rock solid under pressure in the Compact Speedcar feature race, keeping national champ Darren Vine at bay to win the 15-lapper. Trent Usher trailed Vine in third, with Dave Collins and Nathan Mathers next best in what was a highly competitive race. Matt O’Neill was plum out of luck after leading the first seven laps and still running strongly in second spot until a nudge from Wayne Corbett sent him into spin and a subsequent restart from the rear and unable climb any further than 11th behind Mitchell Rooke, Nick Gannon, Ricki Harrison, Corbett and Dave Swan.

Adam Butler dominated the Wingless Sprint program, winning two heats and then carrying that form into the 20-lap feature race to lead every circulation. Cody O’Connell impressed in his persistence, steadily making his way forward to eventually land in second spot but with insufficient laps remaining to make much impression on Butler. Glen Wright finished third ahead of Michael Butcher, Matthew Wright and Steve Gravino.

The AMCA Nationals feature race resulted in another win for Steve Potts, leading every lap against a small field. Nathan Durston occupied second spot from green to chequer, while the much improved Stephen Ward secured third ahead of Anthony Joyce, Nathan Jones, Zac McDonald and Leonie Knight.

Jason Rae led the opening laps of the Lightning Sprint feature race before national champ Kurt Wilson took over on lap three. However, when Wilson headed infield two laps later, Rae went back to the front until Aaron Kelly assumed the position on lap eight and cleared out to win by more than three seconds. Rae remained second ahead of Stephen Allen, Jason George and David Van Vegchel.

The next meeting at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway is on Saturday, March 25 with a huge triple-bill program featuring the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship, the Think Money Super Sedan Series and Dirt Modifieds, plus Open Sedans and Formula 500 Juniors.
100+ for Archerfield
Friday March 10, 2017. Archerfield Speedway
More than 100 cars will take to the track this Saturday night (March 11) at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway as part of a massive racing program that includes round eleven of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship and round seven of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship. However, in addition to the two headline events, the supporting action is also shaping up as something special with big fields from across Queensland and interstate.

Wingless Sprints have secured their best field for the season and if all nominated competitors are in attendance, 21 cars will hit the track for round 12 of their Club Championship. Current point leader Adam Butler will again be the man to beat, with Glenn Wright, Cody O’Connell and Trent Martin looming as his biggest threats. Wright currently sits second in the championship, O’Connell won the previous feature event at Archerfield and Martin is fresh from a win in the 100-lap Australian Grand Prix in Lismore.

When you throw the likes of Jason King, Kevin Willis and Paul Robinson into the mix, this weekend looms as perhaps the most competitive Wingless Sprint gathering for the season thus far, with each driver to contest two preliminary heats prior to the 20-lap feature event.

Also out in force with a 20-car field in a continuation of what has been a very strong season for them so far will be Compact Speedcars. Whilst the likes of Darren Vine, Robbie Stewart and Wayne Corbett are always in the thick of the action at the front of the field come feature race time, this season has seen the emergence of several new drivers who are proving competitive at each outing and the standout amongst these has been Nathan Mathers. Undaunted by the experience of his rivals, Mathers has enjoyed a stellar season thus far to emerge as a genuine contender every time he hits the track.

Trent Usher, Dave Collins, Chris Pidgeon and Lightning Sprint convert Jim Kennedy have all been on the pace in recent weeks, while club champion Nick Gannon is obviously another one to watch. The Compact Speedcar program will also see each driver contest two qualifying heats enroute to the feature race.

Having struggled for numbers for much of the season, Lightning Sprints have secured the biggest line-up so far with a 14-car field set to lock horns. Australian champ Kurt Wilson has dominated the racing at Archerfield so far and he returns fresh from successfully defending his New South Wales title in Sydney. However, Queensland titleholder Keith Blatch joins the field this weekend, perhaps presenting Wilson with his biggest challenge, while the form of young Aaron Kelly in recent outings suggests the teenager will also be a contender. Add the experience of Peter Campbell and Michael Gollagher into the mix and Wilson will need to bring his very best form to continue his winning ways.

Completing the program are AMCA Nationals contesting the latest round of their Shock Absorber Therapy Series and once again Steve Potts is the man to beat. A stalwart of the AMCA category and a former Victorian champion, Potts is a model of consistency whenever he hits the track and he again looms as the benchmark performer. Michel Mason showed some good form at the previous round and the return of Nathan Durston after a lengthy lay-off has been a welcome boost for the category and he showed in his first meeting back that he will again be a front runner. With Matt Enders always a podium contender, Stephen Ward having shown considerable improvement this season and Leonie Knight returning after her wild ride a few weeks ago, there will be plenty of AMCA action over three heats and a 20-lap feature race.

With 30 Sprintcars and 20 Midgets also confirmed, there will be over 120 cars and drivers in action on Saturday night at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night. Gates open at 4.00pm and early racing gets underway from 4.45pm. Sprintcars will hit the track for time trials at 5.30pm and the main show will get underway at 6.00pm.

For more information, follow Archerfield Speedway on Facebook or head to the track website at www.brisbanespeedway.com.au for event information and updates.
Can the Top Three be Tamed?
Wednesday March 8, 2017. Archerfield Speedway
After the disappointment of last weekends early end to proceedings as a result of inclement weather, teams will be itching to get back on track this Saturday night (March 11) for round 11 of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway. Also on the program this weekend is a strong field of Midgets contesting the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship, plus Compact Speedcars, AMCA Nationals, Wingless Sprints and Lightning Sprints.

The rain out of round ten will have no doubt proved a frustration for the likes of Luke Oldfield and Peter Lack who, having qualified on the front row for the first of the two 20-lap feature races, were denied the opportunity to close the gap even further in their pursuit of Andrew Scheuerle in the battle for the championship. Although Lack and Oldfield were the standouts, Scheurele also qualified at the front of the field (despite failing to finish his opening heat) in what has been a recurring theme so far this season as the wait for somebody to step up and challenge the top three extends into another week. There have been several drivers who have proven themselves capable of taking on and beating this trio, but nobody has been able to do so with any regularity. Whilst it is Oldfield who has the most feature wins, his absence from round four sees him placed third overall at the moment just six points behind Lack, who is just 35 points adrift of Scheuerle.

Lachlan McHugh and Mitchell Gee have won feature races this season and, whilst their talent is undeniable, perhaps it is just a lack of experience that has prevented the teenagers from securing the consistently good results they need to challenge the series leaders. Gee sits fourth overall at the moment but is more than 100 points behind Oldfield, while McHugh is currently sixth in the standings behind Brent Kratzmann. Yet to visit victory lane this season, Kratzmann is always in the mix, has been desperately unlucky on several occasions and must be due a change in fortunes. Others who have impressed in recent weeks include Callum Walker, Ben Hilder, Cody Maroske and Dylan Menz, while current Dunlop Supercar Series champion Garry Jacobsen returns to the dirt fresh from the start of his championship defence in Adelaide last weekend.

Four-time national champion Adam Clarke headlines the entry list for round seven of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship, with an 18-car field confirmed so far. The Newcastle-based Clarke will be joined by fellow New South Welshman Adam Wallis in taking on a strong Queensland contingent. Leading the local charge will be last start feature winner Brock Dean who, along with Kristy Bonsey and Scott Doyle, have opted to step away from their Sprintcar commitments for this week to focus on their Midget endeavours. Troy Ware, Darren Vine, Rob Stewart and a couple of former Queensland champions in Rusty Whittaker and Mark George will also be amongst the starters.

Stewart and Vine will be very busy on the night with both drivers also competing in Compact Speedcar events, chasing that elusive feat of winning two feature races on the one program. They are both consistent feature winners in the Compact ranks, but if fatigue becomes a factor, the likes of Wayne Corbett, Nathan Mathers, Jim Kennedy, Trent Usher, Chris Pidgeon and Dave Collins will be more than happy to take advantage.

Also in action will be the biggest field of Lightning Sprints so far this season with 14 cars entered to take on Australian champ Kurt Wilson, who successfully defended his NSW Title in Sydney two weeks ago. AMCA Nationals and Wingless Sprints are also on the program, with gates opening at 4.00pm and early racing from 4.45pm. Sprintcars will hit the track for time trials at 5.30pm and the main show will get underway at 6.00pm.

For more information, follow Archerfield Speedway on Facebook or head to the track website at www.brisbanespeedway.com.au for event information and updates.

East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round ten nominations: Andrew Corbet, Andrew Scheuerle, Anthony Lambert, Ben Hilder, Brad Ayers, Brendan Parker, Brent Kratzmann, Brett Minett, Brett Thomas, Callum Walker, Chris Harrison, Cody Maroske, Dan Murray, Darren Silcock, Dylan Menz, Garry Jacobsen, Karl Hoffmans, Kevin Hill, Kevin Titman, Lachlan McHugh, Luke Oldfield, Mark Pholi, Mitchell Gee, Nathan McFarlane, Neil Howard, Nelson Reddacliff, Paul Rooks, Peter Lack, Phill Foster, Steve Greer

Polar Ice Midget Track Championship round seven nominations: Adam Clarke, Adam Wallis, Brad Harrison, Brock Dean, Callum Whatmore, Corey Stothard, Darren Dillon, Darren Vine, Kristy Bonsey, Mark George, Reid Mackay, Rod Stewart, Rodney Harders, Rusty Whittaker, Scott Doyle, Tony Eickenloff, Tony Stephen, Troy Ware
Rain Routs Round Ten
Sunday March 5, 2017. Archerfield Speedway
With cars on track and circulating in readiness for the first of two scheduled 20-lap features that would decide round 10 of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (March 4), a light shower of rain swept across the venue and ultimately brought proceedings to a premature end. Until the weather intervened, it had been Luke Oldfield who again emerged as the standout, securing pole position for the twin features with another dazzling display in qualifying. However, with the features not run, there will be little change in the championship standings with Andrew Scheuerle maintaining his series lead ahead of Peter Lack and Oldfield.

As he has done so often of late, Oldfield recorded the fastest lap in time trials, leaving it until his final run against the clock to set 11.733 and edge out Bryan Mann (11.753), Scheuerle (11.878), Ben Hilder (11.930) and an impressive Cody Maroske (11.950). Brock Dean and David Whell were the only others to go under 12 seconds, with Dan Murray, Lack and Paul Rooks rounding out the top ten. Unfortunately for Brent Kratzmann and Mark Pholi, neither driver would take any further part in proceedings, leaving 35 cars to tackle the heats.

The opening heat saw Anthony Lambert launch from the front row to lead while Lachlan McHugh and Mitchell Gee engaged in the first of their battles for the night, the two teenagers finishing behind Lambert in that order.

In only his second outing for the season, Brad Ayers took out heat two ahead of Andrew Marks and Simon Jupe.

Kristy Bonsey led every lap of heat three except the one that matters most, with Lack swooping around the outside on the final corner to snatch a last gasp win, with Callum Walker finishing in third spot.

A stunning run from Oldfield in heat four saw him charge from position eight to emulate Lack’s effort with a last lap pass on Jupe to score a rousing win. Kevin Titman finished in third spot.

Determined not to be upstaged by his championship challengers, Scheuerle upped the ante in heat five when he also charged to victory, rounding up McHugh, Gee, Lambert and Anthony Vanderreyden in his charge to the front. McHugh bested Gee again to finish in second in spot as Vanderreyden fell to fourth after leading the opening laps.

The final heat also proved a thriller with Callum Walker keeping Lack at bay to take the race, leaving Rob Hamilton some three seconds further back in third spot.

In a race that saw five rookies in the six-car field, Mitch Gowland motored home to win the Lucas Oils C Main over Neil Howard, Scott Johnston, Kevin Hill, Tim Ford and Brendan Parker, with only the first two advancing to the back of the East Coast Logistics B Main, which was halted for an extended period following a heavy crash from Vanderreyden on the opening lap.

Once the B Main got underway though, it proved a cracking race between Gee and McHugh that saw the pair not only skip clear of the field but put on a fine exhibition of two-wide racing that produced another great finish. The two swapped positions throughout the race in pursuit of victory, despite the fact that they were both guaranteed a feature race start simply by filling the top two spots. McHugh looked like he had snatched the win when he moved ahead of Gee on the final lap, only for Gee to surge through the final turn to take the race by a mere 0.221. Ayers and Andrew Liebke secured the final transfer spots, with their efforts ultimately going unrewarded once the rain arrived.

Contesting their first ever Queensland Championship, the RSA Street Stocks presented with 26 cars, all of whom were from south of the border and it was Sydney's Andrew Espener who prevailed in the opening heat over Josh Donnelly and Nigel Oneill.

Shane Carlson downed Andrew Fuller and Tim Cartwright in heat two and then Ben Cartwright cleaned up in heat three, leading home Chris Marino and Daniel Forbes.

Andrew Fuller triumphed in heat four from Ben Cartwright and Steve Hall, while recently crowned ACT champion Aaron Barnes proved too quick in heat five, finishing in advance of Luke Gray and Tim Cartwright.

After a lacklustre opening race, national champ Blake Everleigh bounced back to win heat six, leading Oneill and Donnelly to the line.

Ashley Hall annexed heat seven over Brendan Meyers and Everleigh, with Steve Hall matching his son’s effort with a win in heat eight ahead of the consistent Donnelly and Barnes. The final heat of the night saw an erratic Shaun Devoodi keep Carlson at bay to snare a win, with Espener finishing third.

The only feature race completed on the night saw Ronnie Young cruise home in the Ford vs Holden vs Sigma event to defeat Bernie Wright, Thomas Hunter, David Tookey and Mickey Mitchell.

Sprintcars return next Saturday night (March 11) for round 11 of the East Coast Logistics Track Championship, along with the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship plus AMCA Nationals, Lightning Sprints, Compact Speedcars and Wingless Sprints.

Twin Features Means Twice the Action
Wednesday March 1, 2017. Archerfield Speedway
The number of new Sprintcar drivers to hit the track at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway over the last 12 months or so has been remarkable and with two more competitors joining the ranks this weekend, along with the return of another experienced racer after a lengthy lay-off, 35 cars will face the flag this Saturday night (March 4) for round ten of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship. The influx of so many new drivers in recent seasons is testament to the status of this series as the premier Sprintcar competition in Queensland and this weekend we welcome Brendan Parker and Kevin Hill to the series for the first time, while Phill Foster returns to competition after several seasons on the sidelines. So far this season, ten other new drivers have embarked on their inaugural season of Sprintcar competition and six of these will be in action on Saturday evening for the annual twin feature night.

The influx of new drivers is unlikely to faze Luke Oldfield, Andrew Scheurele or Peter Lack though as they continue their battle for the championship. The trio not only sit atop the championship standings, but they also filled the first three spots at the previous round, leaving their opponents with a lot of work to do if they are make a play for the title. Oldfield has been the standout feature race winner this season, but his absence from round four with an engine problem means that the ultra-consistent Scheuerle continues to sit atop the points table as he seeks to defend his track championship crown. Lack sits second overall ahead of Oldfield but, with less than 50 points separating the three of them, the series is far from decided with six rounds of racing still to go.

With a different format this weekend, this might just be the opportunity that the likes of Brent Kratzmann and Mitchell Gee need to narrow the gap in the championship chase. Kratzmann sits fourth overall but is more than 100 points adrift of Oldfield, while Gee just is five points further back and both drivers need to produce a big points haul from the twin feature format if they are make any inroads on the leading trio. Gee and fellow teenager Lachlan McHugh are feature race winners at Archerfield and the latter will be hoping to cast aside the misfortune that saw him crash heavily at the last round with a return to the podium. Also sitting inside the top ten in the series standings at the moment are David Whell, Callum Walker and Ben Hilder and with two 20-lap feature races to be contested and a swarm of drivers determined to take advantage of the opportunity the format presents, the scene is set for another sensational night of Sprintcar action.

However, sedan fans also have plenty to be excited about this Saturday with 25 drivers converging on Archerfield to contest the inaugural RSA Queensland Street Stock Championship. Drivers from as far afield as Sydney and Newcastle will hit the track in a bid to make history and become the first ever Queensland champion in RSA Street Stock competition. Having recently added a win in the ACT Championship to his New South Wales title, Aaron Barnes has probably earned the right to pre-race favouritism, although no doubt Australian champ Blake Everleigh would see things differently. Street Stock racing is notoriously competitive and given that almost all of the field will be competing at Archerfield for the first time, predicting a winner would be folly, but the likes of Shane Carlson, Andrew Espener, Jayden Barnes and Chris Marino, who finished second in the feature race at Cullen Bullen last weekend, will no doubt be in the thick of the action at the front of the field.

Also on the program will be Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans and the stars of the future in Formula 500 Juniors, whose racing in recent weeks has been top notch. Gates open at 4.00pm, early racing gets underway from 4.45pm, Sprintcars hit the track for time trials at 5.30pm and the main show kicks off at 6.00pm.

For more information, follow Archerfield Speedway on Facebook or head to the track website at www.brisbanespeedway.com.au for event information and updates.

East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round ten nominations: Andrew Liebke, Andrew Marks, Andrew Scheuerle, Anthony Lambert, Anthony Vanderreyden, Ben Hilder, Brad Ayers, Brendan Parker, Brent Kratzmann, Brett Minett, Callum Walker, Chris Harrison, Cody Maroske, Dan Murray, Darren Silcock, David Whell, Dylan Menz, Jayden Peacock, Karl Hoffmans, Kevin Hill, Kevin Titman, Kristy Bonsey, Lachlan McHugh, Luke Oldfield, Mark Pholi, Mitch Gowland, Mitchell Gee, Neil Howard, Paul Rooks, Peter Lack, Phill Foster, Rob Hamilton, Scott Johnston, Simon Jupe, Tim Ford

RSA Queensland Street Stock Championship nominations: Aaron Barnes, Andrew Espener, Andrew Fuller, Ashley Hall, Ben Cartwright, Blake Everleigh, Braydon Ford, Brendan Myers, Chris Marino, Daniel Forbes, Daniel Lindsay, Dave Putsey, David Fuller, David Hollier, Graeme Waller, Jamie Smith, Jayden Barnes, Jessica Turner, Joshua Donnelly, Luke Gray, Madison Harkin, Nigel OI’Neill, Peter Chaffey, Shane Carlson, Shaun Devoodi, Steve Hall, Tim Cartwright
The Dean and Pascoe Show
Sunday February 26, 2017. Archerfield Speedway
It was Brock Dean and Matt Pascoe who shared the feature race spoils at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (February 25), with Dean holding off the advances of Reid Mackay and Rusty Whittaker to win the Polar Ice Midget main before Pascoe powered home to win round nine of the Think Money Super Sedan Series. Although neither category fronted in big numbers, the racing was good regardless, including some great supporting action from Compact Speedcars, AMCA Nationals and Modlites.

Darren Vine paced the 16-car field in Midget qualifying, stopping the clock at 13.907 to outgun Troy Ware, Dean, Whittaker and Chris Gwilliam. Teammates Dan Biner and Jamie Hall were next best, with Mark George, Dallas Sharp and Reid Mackay rounding out the top ten.

In the opening heat, Sharp raced to his first Midget win, finishing ahead of Vine and George.

Mackay downed Dean and Biner in heat two and then backed up to also win heat three, this time ahead of Whittaker and George.

Perhaps buoyed by his earlier win, Sharp went a little too hard in heat four and spun in front of the field to trigger a pile-up that left Gwilliam upside down and out of the race. Vine inexplicably climbed over the front of Dean and rolled before the restart had even reached the green flag, and with Whatmore, Sharp and Gavin McDowell also on the grass, just three cars remained and it was Dean who took the win over Hall and Kristy Bonsey.

Starting from pole position in the Polar Ice Feature Race, Dean danced clear at the drop of the green and was able to distance himself a little as the chasers settled into a scrap that continued through to the end, all the while edging closer to the race leader. Mackay occupied second spot early, dropped a couple of spots on lap five to Whittaker and Vine before scrambling his way into back to the runner-up spot and then taking the lead momentarily through turn one with three laps to go. Dean was up to the challenge though and immediately reasserted his ascendancy to take the race, which ran without interruption. Mackay was gallant in defeat, with Whittaker ending the night well in third after being hampered by mechanical gremlins in the heats. Having swapped spots with Whittaker several times in the final few laps, Vine finished fourth ahead of Mark George and Troy Ware, who bounced back from a wild ride through turn one in his opening heat. Cal Whatmore secured seventh, with Bonsey enjoying a solid debut to be next best ahead of Brad Harrison and Sharp.

The Super Sedan action kicked off with Dempsie Pails scoring a narrow win over series leader Mark Pagel in the opening heat, with Wayne Randall third.

A patient Pascoe bided his time in heat two before pouncing on lap six to take the lead from Rodney Craft, who remained second to the chequer in advance of Tony Brinkmann.

Wayne Randall scored a close result over Pascoe and Jack Childs in heat three before Brims blitzed the field in heat four, finishing more than seven seconds clear of Pails and Brinkmann.

Brims backed up to win heat five from Brinkmann and Pails and then Pascoe outpaced Randall and Bob McCosker in the final heat to finish as top qualifier.

The Penrite Feature Race Grid Draw saw Pascoe hold on to pole position for the 30-lap feature, with Pagel starting alongside. It was Pascoe who led the field away with Randall rounding up Pagel, Brinkmann and Brims to be running in second spot after five laps and closing in on Pascoe. On lap 13, Randall moved to the front but found himself relegated again by lap 15 as Pascoe regained the ascendancy. Manoeuvring through lapped traffic without incident, Pascoe was able to put some distance between himself and Randall to eventually finish more than two seconds clear. Brims finished in third spot, while Pagel fetched fourth and was the last car on the lead lap. McCosker executed a series of outsode passes to good effect in the early laps to secure fifth, with David Okeefe, Brian Trevithick, Craft and Brinkmann the only other finishers.

Compact Speedcars produced a good field of cars and put on a great display, with Robbie Stewart coming from deep in the field to win the 20-lap feature event. Trent Usher scooted to a an early lead and looked unfazed by the pack that was hounding him until he hit lapped traffic and was shuffled back as far as sixth before rebounding to finish fourth behind Stewart, Wayne Corbett and Nathan Mathers. Chris Pidgeon, Jim Kennedy, Audie Malt, Rick Harrison, Matt Oneill and James Barton completed the top ten in a race that saw all 17 starters still running at the end.

Compact Speedcar heat winners were Stewart, Corbett and Usher, while the Modlite preliminaries saw Steve Collins win two heats and Brad Dawson the other. In the Modlite feature race though it was Sean Rose who raced to the win, downing Collins, Dawson, Alex Coward and Jake McRae.

Jason Dreaver, Steve Potts and Matt Enders shared the spoils in the AMCA Nationals heats, but come feature race time it was the race winning experience of Potts to the fore as he took the 15-lapper from Michael Mason, Nathan Durston, who enjoyed an impressive return after a couple of seasons on the sidelines. Jason Dreaver and Stephen Ward were next best, followed home by Nathan Jones, Anthony Joyce, Nick Storey, Grant Geary and Matt Enders.

Scott Taylor downed Jason Beer and Ben Harris to win the Open Sedan B Feature, with the Open Sedan A Feature falling to Wayne Kirkman over Keith Craft and Michael Taylor.
Midgets and Super Sedans in Action at Archerfield
Wednesday February 22, 2017. Archerfield Speedway
In their first outing since the epic Australian Championship won by American star Rico Abreu, the mighty Midgets return to Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway this Saturday night (February 25) for the latest round of competition in the Polar Ice Track Championship. Even though the locals perhaps fell short of achieving the results they were hoping for in the national title final, rest assured this weekend will produce some great racing as they all look to make amends by emerging victorious in the 25-lap feature race. Also on the program is round nine of the Think Money Super Sedan Championship Series featuring Queensland champion Matt Pascoe, plus Compact Speedcars, AMCA Nationals, Modlites and Open Sedans.

Darren Vine, Brock Dean and Rusty Whittaker all qualified into the Australian Championship feature race against the best drivers from Australia and overseas and it seems likely that this trio will be the pacesetters this weekend, with their toughest opposition expected to come courtesy of New Zealander Chris Gwilliam. Having also featured in the national title final and with three feature race wins in Australia so far this season, Gwilliam is the biggest hurdle the local stars will need to overcome in their pursuit of victory.

Whittaker currently sits atop the Polar Ice Series standings just three points ahead of Troy Ware, another proven race winner who is also in the field for this event, with Gwilliam sitting third overall ahead of Dean and Vine. Another potential race winner in the field is former Queensland champion Mark George, while Cal Whatmore is perhaps the most improved driver so far this season, sitting inside the top ten in the series points and edging ever closer to a breakthrough result. Also in the field are series regulars in Cory Stothard, Dallas Sharp, Gavin McDowall, Reid Mackay and Shayne McDowall, with Sprintcar racer Kristy Bonsey making her Midget debut.

Desperately unlucky in the previous round at Lismore Speedway last Saturday night when contact with a lapped car on the final lap robbed him of what would have been a memorable win, Queensland champion Matt Pascoe will be absolutely determined to make amends in the Super Sedan feature race this weekend. Pascoe will take the challenge to current series leader Mark Pagel, who finished fourth in Lismore and won the previous Think Money Championship round at Archerfield in November. After a blistering start to the season that saw him dominate the opening rounds, Pagel endured a mid-season form slump before bouncing back last weekend to consolidate his championship lead with a typically understated, but effective, performance. In his best result of the year, Wayne Brims put in a blistering final two laps to snatch third in Lismore and, if he can reproduce that pace on Saturday, he will be a huge chance for feature race honours. Wayne Randalls wealth of experience and record of success at Archerfield (more feature race wins than anybody else in the field) ensures he will be a contender, while Tony Brinkmann returns to his home track on the back of his best result for the season thus far. Others hitting the track include Jack Childs, Rodney Craft, David Okeefe, Dempsie Pails, Mark Obrien, Nicholas OKeefe, Bob McCosker, Brendan Doyle, David Musch, Brian Trevithick and Ed Doherty.

As has been the case for most of the season, Compact Speedcars have gathered a big field of contenders for their latest outing, with 18 drivers set to do battle. Last start winner Robbie Stewart will take on the likes of Wayne Corbett, who trekked to Rosedale in Victoria last weekend and represented Queensland with distinction to finish third in the feature race, along with Barry Gibbes, Dave Collins, Nathan Mathers, Mark Maczek and club champion Nick Gannon.

Steve Potts and Jason Dreaver are expected to continue their rivalry of recent weeks in the AMCA National events, while the return of Nathan Durston might make things interesting if he can bring the type of form that he produced regularly before stepping away from competition. With several drivers contesting the NSW Title this weekend, a small field of Modlites will contest their events and there will be two divisions of Open Sedans to complete another night of action and variety at Queensland’s premier speedway venue.

Gates open at 4.00pm, early racing gets underway at 4.45pm and Midget time trials are scheduled from 5.30pm. The main program, featuring the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship and the Think Money Super Sedan Championship Series, kicks off at 6.00pm.

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