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Oldfield Wows but Mann Wins Brilliant ECL Round 13
Sunday March 24, 2019. Archerfield Speedway
It took just two race meetings back from illness for Bryan Mann to achieve what so few have been able to this season, racing to a feature race win to take out round 13 of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (March 23). In what was a superb spectacle, Manns win was perhaps overshadowed by a stunning run from Luke Oldfield that ultimately produced no result but drew boisterous approval from those fans fortunate enough to witness his heroics. In a race that delivered many memorable performances, previous round winner Lachlan McHugh charged from 13th to finish second ahead of Randy Morgan, Andrew Scheuerle and Brent Kratzmann.

In other feature races, Terry Leerentveld proved too strong in the Modlite main, Sean Iacono won on debut in Compact Speedcars, Michael Taylor took out the Open Sedans and Robert Kynaston prevailed in Holden vs Ford vs Sigma racing.

Despite being one of the last cars to hit the track for his run in qualifying, Oldfield again emerged with KRE Fast Time, stopping the clock at 11.722. In fact, Oldfield was the only driver to run under 12 seconds on each of his timed laps, both of which were quicker than the best effort from Mann, whose 11.888 circulation placed him second on the timesheets. Scheuerle (11.976) was next best ahead of Kevin Titman (12.003), while Aaron Kelly made an immediate impression with a 12.051 effort in his first ever Sprintcar meeting. McHugh, Peter Lack, Paul Rooks, Andrew Corbet and Brent Kratzmann rounded out the top ten, with Mitch Gowland producing his best effort of the season to be next in line.

Anthony Lambert got the heat racing underway with an all-the-way win in the opener, leading Rooks and Nelson Reddacliff to the line.

Morgan also led throughout to win heat two, with McHugh snatching second in the shadows of the chequer when Corbet whacked the wall in the main straight to limp home third.

David Whell downed Allan Woods and Scheuerle in heat three before Kristy Bonsey withstood Oldfields advances to win heat four. Sitting fourth heading into the final lap, Oldfield roared past Corbet and Woods to cement his position atop the leader board.

The fifth heat saw Gowland prevail in the closest finish of the night when he fended off Lacks late charge, with Scheuerle home third.

Ben Hilder looked to have the final heat safely in his keeping, only to spin himself to a halt in turn four on the penultimate lap, a mistake that would ultimately confine him to the B Main. Cody Maroske inherited the lead and the win, finishing ahead of Kratzmann and McHugh.

In contrast to his usual luck in such selections, Oldfield drew pole position in the pre-race grid draw for the Spanloc Dash, with McHugh starting alongside. Corbet and Mann occupied row two ahead of Scheuerle and Lack, leaving Rooks and Titman to launch from the back row. The front row pair were untroubled through the 6-lap sprint, with Oldfield leading McHugh to the line. Corbet finished more than five seconds adrift in third spot and was followed to the flag by Lack, Mann, Scheuerle, Titman and Rooks. However, when Oldfield opted to accept the BK Trading Challenge and invert the field for the feature, he and McHugh would find themselves starting from row seven, with an extra five laps added to the feature race distance to assist in their bid to secure a $2000 bonus.

Bonsey bested Whell to grab the early advantage in the B Main and held firm at the front through a series of restarts before seeing off Hilders best efforts to secure the win. Whell finished third and it was Britten who would secure the final transfer into the feature. The early laps saw Kelly running inside the top four until a spin in turn three ended his feature race aspirations.

As a result of the inversion, Woods wound up on pole position for the main event with Morgan on the outside. Lambert and Maroske shared row two, followed by Gowland, Kratzmann, Rooks, Titman, Mann, Scheuerle, Corbet, Lack, McHugh, Oldfield and the quartet from the B Main. Despite his lack of experience in such a position, young Morgan launched from the outside to lead the field away. At the end of the opening lap, Oldfield had already surged to ninth and it seemed that something special was brewing. However, lap three saw Oldfield launch into evasive action in the main straight that sent him sliding to a halt and brought the race under yellow. With Oldfield restarting at the rear, Morgan continued to lead from Woods, Maroske, Lambert and Mann, who had already rounded up Titman, Rooks, Kratzmann and Gowland. With 10 laps completed, Morgan continued to lead Woods and Mann, who was now third ahead of Maroske, with Scheuerle having moved ahead of Lambert for fifth. Woods and Lambert would soon find themselves dropping spots to Maroske, Scheuerle and McHugh as they closed in on Morgan and Mann. On lap 16, Maroske surprised both Mann and Morgan when he charged underneath through turn two to grab the lead and he remained in front when the race was halted on lap 24 as a result of Rooks and Corbet coming together in turn two. Remarkably, at this stage Oldfield had climbed back from 18th to eighth with Woods and Lambert in his sights. Maroske remained in front until lap 29 when Mann swept to the lead as Oldfield, despite a misaligned front wing, roared into the top five. With four laps to run, Maroske climbed over Mann through turn four and spun, elevating McHugh into second spot ahead of Morgan and Oldfield, who wasted no time in advancing to third. Having chased down McHugh, Oldfield grabbed second spot momentarily, only to spin in turn one with just two laps to run, retreating to the infield to rue what might have been. Mann completed the final laps to lead home McHugh, Morgan and Scheuerle, with a late surge from Kratzmann carrying him into fifth. Lambert secured sixth ahead of Hilder, and Woods, with Lack and Titman completing the top ten. Britten also made forward progress to annex 11th, while Corbet, Maroske, Bonsey, Gowland and Whell rounded out the field as only Oldfield and Rooks failed to go the distance.

A big field of Modlites fronted for action and following heat wins to Will Butler, Klinton Hancey, Nathan Politch and Terry Leerentveld, it was the latter who proved too strong (yet again) in the feature race, leading home Politch and Dan Lewis. Having both started deep in the pack, Klinton Hancey and Sam Gollschewsky stormed through the field to finish fourth and fifth respectively, with Butler, Jac Carnall and Joel Smith next in line.

Not for the first time this season, Matt ONeill was the standout in the Compact Speedcar heats, picking up two heats only to find himself out of luck in the feature race once again. In his first outing without a wing, Lightning Sprint standout Sean Iacono upstaged the category regulars to win the feature in advance of Trent Usher, who also picked up a heat win. Steve Swingler, Rob Stewart and Dave Collins completed the first five.

In the RSA Open Sedans, Michael Taylor downed Daniel Taylor and Hans Van Der Ryken, while Robert Kynaston was unstoppable in the Ford versus Holden versus Sigma events, winning all three heats before downing Troy Price and Michael Laver in the feature.

Jy Corbet was another to enjoy an unbeaten night, winning all four heats in the Formula 500 Juniors.

The next meeting at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway is on Saturday, April 6 featuring round 14 of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship and round 10 of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship, plus AMCA Nationals, Formula 500s, Modlites, Lightning Sprints, Fireworks and a Demolition Derby.
Championship Chase Continues
Wednesday March 20, 2019. Archerfield Speedway
Despite the fact that more than 50 drivers have taken part in the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship across 12 rounds so far this season, only five drivers have found their way to victory lane. It is remarkable that so few drivers have been able to deliver a feature-race winning performance and time is running out for those hoping to join this elite group with only four more rounds remaining, the first of which is this Saturday night (March 23). With 29 drivers converging on Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway for round 13, and 25 of these still desperate to finagle their first win of the year, expect a new level of intensity when the cars hit the track. Although Dirt Modifieds have been removed from the program due to a lack of nominations, there will still be plenty of supporting action courtesy of Compact Speedcars, Modlites, Formula 500 Juniors and Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans.

Of the 12 rounds completed, Luke Oldfield tops the winners list with four successes, with fellow Gold Coaster Lachlan McHugh having won on three occasions. In addition to his stunning Australian Championship victory, Andrew Scheuerle has two ECL feature wins to his name and leads the championship by virtue of the fact that, unlike Oldfield and McHugh, he has contested every round. World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz also has two wins, while Toowoombas Peter Lack is the only other driver to have tasted the spoils of victory in championship competition this season. Of course, Scheuerle, Oldfield, McHugh and Lack will be in action again this weekend, determined to repel all efforts from those desperately seeking their moment in the spotlight.

Whilst have been other drivers who have made it onto the podium, such as the likes of Allan Woods, Kevin Titman and Brent Kratzmann, none have yet earned the right to park in victory lane. Of course, that might change this weekend and you can be sure that this trio will be hell bent on making that happen, along with every other competitor who takes to the clay. Ben Hilder, Andrew Corbet and Randy Morgan have impressed in recent weeks and, having made a solid season debut at the previous round in finishing sixth behind McHugh, Oldfield, Titman, Lack and Hilder, former track champion Bryan Mann should prove an even bigger threat with laps under his belt.

This season has seen the arrival of several new drivers into the series, including Geoff Davey and Trent Vardy who will be competing on Saturday night when another rookie makes his Sprintcar debut. Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, former Lightning Sprint standout Aaron Kelly will hit the track for his first taste of Sprintcar competition.

Modlites have secured a strong 20+ field for their events, including the two biggest guns oif all in Australian champ Klinton Hancey and former titleholder Terry Leerentveld. This pair have completely dominated the category for several seasons and nobody else, either in Queensland or interstate, has yet proven themselves capable of consistently challenging their dominance. Hancey is also the current holder of every state championship, while Leerentveld is the winningest driver in the history of the division. Beat both of these boys and victory is all but assured and the most likely to spring an upset would seem to be Chris Were, Nathan Politch, Neil Gregson, Kyle Honour or former state champ Will Butler.

Having really struggled for numbers this season, Compact Speedcars have gathered one of their biggest fields and, if all nominated competitors make it to the track, they will have 15 cars fighting it out. Despite the fact that he rarely races these days, Steve Swingler will still carry the mantle of favourite into the weekend following his feature race win earlier in the season, with Rob Stewart, Trent Usher, Nick Gannon and Matt ONeill looming as his biggest threats.

Formula 500 Juniors and Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans complete the program, with gates opening at 4.00pm and early racing 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 13 nominations: Aaron Kelly, Allan Woods, Andrew Corbet, Andrew Scheuerle, Anthony Lambert, Ben Hilder, Brandon Haynes, Brent Kratzmann, Bryan Mann, Cody Maroske, Des Collier, Geoff Davey, James Grady, Kevin Britten, Kevin Titman, Kristy Bonsey, Lachlan McHugh, Libby Ellis, Luke Oldfield, Mitch Gowland, Nathan McFarlane, Nelson Reddacliff, Paul Rooks, Peter Campbell, Peter Lack, Randy Morgan, Ryan McNamara, Sean Rose, Trent Vardy

Modlite nominations: Abi Meehan, Alex Coward, Brayden Preston, Cameron Lamb, Chris Were, Dan Lewis, Jac Carnall, Joel Smith, Joshua Smith, Julian Olley, Klinton Hancey, Kyle Honour, Nathan Politch, Neil Gregson, Nikolas Keeley, Sean Middleton, Sean Rose, Steve Collins, Terry Leerentveld, Tray Carnall, Will Butler, Zac McDonald

Compact Speedcar Nominations: Andrew Parkes, Connor McCullough, Dave Collins, Dave Swan, Jayden Iacono, Mark Maczek, Matt ONeill, Mitchell Rooke, Nick Gannon, Nick Hodges, Richard Rooke, Rob Stewart, Sean Iacono, Steve Swingler, Trent Usher

Formula 500 Junior nominations: Jy Corbet, Kyle Price, Max Black, Taylor Morgan, Taylor Prosser

Ford vs Holden vs Sigma nominations: Michael Laver, Peter Bayliss, Robert Kynaston, Travis Maher, Tristan Price, Troy Price, Wade Baker

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McHugh Strikes to Snare Archerfield Feature Win
Sunday March 10, 2019. Archerfield Speedway
Back home from his World Series travels, Lachlan McHugh delivered a timely reminder of his considerable capabilities when he stormed to victory in round 12 of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (March 9). Luke Oldfield finished in second spot, with a late-race restart enabling Kevin Titman to climb into third place ahead of Peter Lack and Ben Hilder. Australian champion Andrew Scheuerle led most of the race before succumbing to McHugh on lap 23 and then crashing out following contact with a lapped car.

In the Polar Ice Midget feature race, Scott Farmer secured a lucky break that proved critical in his win over a hard charging Callum Walker, who was fearless in his return from injury, with Darren Vine clinging to third ahead of Brock Dean and Rusty Whittaker.

Other feature winners on the night were Liam Williams (Formula 500s), Lee McKinnell (AMCA Nationals), Nick Gannon (Compact Speedcars), Wayne Kirkman (Open Sedans) and Colin Kane (RSA Sedans).

A 29-car field hit the track for Sprintcar qualifying and there were few surprises at the top of the timesheets with Luke Oldfield stopping the clock at 11.790 to clinch KRE Fast Time. Scheuerle (11.802) was second quickest ahead of Lack (11.934), Michael Saller (11.980) and Titman (11.991), with Kratzmann, Bryan Mann, Cody Maroske, Allan Woods and Hilder rounding out the top ten.

Looking to bounce back from the disappointment of the previous round, Kristy Bonsey started the night with a win in the opening heat, leading home Anthony Lambert and Ryan McNamara.

McHugh made his intentions clear in heat two, charging around the outside of Adam Butler on lap five to take control of the race. Scheuerle advanced from the fourth row to finish second behind McHugh while Butler withstood the best efforts of Maroske to finish third.

In his first meeting for the season, Peter Campbell launched from pole position to lead heat three for the briefest of moments before spinning in front of the field in turn two. Andrew Corbet took control from the restart and would go on to win the race in advance of Hilder, who swept into the lead momentarily on lap six, with Lack annexing third spot.

Titman bounced back from a crash in his opening heat to take out heat four, leading Hilder and McHugh to the line.

Heat five started in spectacular fashion when Kratzmann climbed over Oldfield and rode out what looked a heavy end-for-end flip, only to take his place at the back of the field for the restart after some minor repairs. Oldfield was also able to resume at the back minus his front wing and, in a remarkable performance under the circumstances, he advanced to third behind Woods and Kevin Britten.

Mann made his return a winning one when he chased down Paul Rooks to take out the final heat of the night, with Lack third once again.

It was Saller who drew the coveted pole position for the Spanloc Dash, but it was Scheuerle who raced away to take the 6-lap sprint, finishing more than three seconds clear of the Sydneysider. Oldfield started and finished third, while McHugh moved forward from seventh to finagle fourth ahead of Lack, Mann, Maroske and Hilder.

Britten was untroubled in taking out the B Main over Corbet and Adam Butler, while Brandon Haynes moved ahead of both Bonsey and Ryan McNamara to grab the final transfer into the feature race.

At the drop of the green, Scheuerle led the field away as McHugh zoomed clear of Saller and Oldfield to grab second. Oldfield moved ahead of Saller on lap two, with Hilder also making great inroads further back. After a couple of impressive laps that had seen him advance four spots from the back, Haynes undid his good work with a spin in turn four on lap three to bring about a restart. By lap four, Hilder had surged to fifth as McHugh closed in on Scheuerle, slipping ahead momentarily on lap nine, only to have Scheuerle reclaim the lead immediately. Another slide-job took McHugh to the front again on lap 22 but it wasn’t until the next lap that he grabbed the lead for good. A lap later saw Scheuerle looking to lunge underneath McHugh and the lapped car of Corbet in turn three when he tagged the latter and sent him somersaulting through turn four, the impact sufficient to also render Scheuerle a spectator, elevating Oldfield into second and Hilder to third for a six lap run to the chequer, although neither had anything to stop McHugh’s victory charge. The stoppage proved a godsend for Titman and Lack as both were a long way back prior to the interruption but were able to surge home and deny Hilder a place on the podium. Mann secured sixth and Kratzmann finished seventh, with Anthony Lambert, Saller and Woods next best ahead of Paul Rooks and Ryan McNamara, who did his best to steal the post-race attention away from the placegetters with a wild flip after taking the chequer. With Maroske exiting on lap 15, Haynes and Butler were the only other finishers in what was yet another terrifically exciting exhibition.

Not to be outdone, the Midgets also turned on the action in round nine of the Polar Ice Track Championship and, despite 12 months or so out of the cockpit as a result of injuries sustained last season, Callum Walker (14.024) cut the fastest lap in qualifying. Next quickest were Farmer, Vine, Dean and Whittaker, all of whom would feature prominently in the main event.

Vine led home Whittaker and Bodie Smith in the opening heat, with Dean downing Farmer and Tim Farrell in winning heat two.

Heat three saw Vine victorious again, this time ahead of Farmer and Smith, who surged back to third despite a spin for which he was banished to the back of the pack.

The final heat was abandoned with four laps remaining when a series of incidents delayed proceedings and left Whittaker, Dean, Cal Whatmore and Lachlan Paulger on the grass. Tom Clauss survived the chaos to be awarded the win, with Brad Harrison and Walker filling the minor placings.

A couple of restarts punctuated the opening laps of the feature, the first coming courtesy of a tangle involving Mitchell Rooke and Harrison in turn four on the opening lap. Cal Whatmore then halted proceedings again on lap three when he looped in turn one, with Vine holding sway at the front of the field through the interruptions despite the close attentions of Farmer. Exiting turn four on lap four, Farmer climbed over the right rear of Vine and, with the field scattering as they untangled themselves, Smith was pitched into a spin in turn one to bring about another restart. Once the race settled into a rhythm, Vine found himself unable to keep Farmer at bay and soon found himself under pressure from Walker, who was running high on the track to great effect and on a mission to chase down the lead. As the laps progressed, Vine found himself under further attack from Whittaker and Dean, who was also finding plenty of pace up high on the track. Despite a final stoppage three laps from home following a spin by Clauss, Walker was unable to usurp Farmer from the top spot but announced himself as a significant threat for the rest of the season. Vine clung to third ahead of Dean and Whittaker, with Rooke, Brad Dawson, Whatmore, Jack Bell and Paulger rounding out the top ten.

AMCA National heat wins were shared between Russ Hardy, Thomas Vickery, Tony Blanch and Lee McKinnell and it was the latter who established a big lead in the early laps of the Shock Absorber Therapy Track Championship round six feature race. McKinnell was able to skip clear as the field found themselves snookered behind the two-wide running Matt and Russ Hardy. Lap nine saw Durston advance to second as the likes of Blanch, Vickery, Tim Gamble and Steve Potts remained hamstrung behind the two Hardy cars. Durston would reel in McKinnell to finish less than a second in arrears, leaving Russ Hardy to annex third ahead of Matt. The fire-breathing Blanch was fourth home ahead of Gamble, Vickery, Jim Knight, Lewis Gamble and Darren Miller, with Potts ultimately becoming the only retiree from the 17-car field.

Liam Williams, Nathan Pronger and Tristan Johnson shared the spoils in the Formula 500 heats but, with Kristin Brown a non-starter and both Johnson and Skennar taking themselves out in separate incidents on the opening lap of the feature race, Williams enjoyed an unchallenged run to victory. Pronger placed second ahead of Ethan Eyears, Jarrod Bampfield, Brady Argles and Brock Thornton, with Ron Barber recovering from a spin to salvage seventh. Adrian Farrell, Tarhlea Apelt and Cameron Bertuch completed the top ten.

Compact Speedcar heat winners were Nick Hodges and Nick Gannon, who would hold off a fast-finishing Tim Farrell to also take the feature race. Trent Usher, Dave Collins and Rob Stewart were the best of the rest from the small field.

Wayne Kirkman won the Open Sedan A feature ahead of Glenn Willmott and Robin Bains, while Greg Town prevailed in the B ranks, outpacing Ricky Price and Steven Love.

The combined RSA feature race resulted in Colin Kane taking out the Outlaw Sedan category as Matthew Hannigan finished a lap clear of Ben Taylor and Aaron Buchanan to take the honours in Limited Sedans.

The next meeting at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway is Saturday, March 23 featuring round 13 of the East Coast Logsitics Sprintcar Track Championship plus Dirt Modifieds, Compact Speedcars, Modlites, Formula 500 Juniors and Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans.
Can Mann or McHugh Upstage the Top Two?
Wednesday March 6, 2019. Chris
Andrew Scheuerle and Luke Oldfield have dominated the results thus far in the 2018/2019 East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship and the two will continue their championship battle this Saturday night (March 9) in round 12 at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway. However, with a few notable additions to the field this weekend, the series leaders face a formidable challenge in maintaining their run of success. Making his first appearance for the season, former track championship winner Bryan Mann will be primed for a big night, while Lachlan McHugh returns from World Series commitments as the only other driver aside from Scheuerle, Oldfield and American superstar Donny Schatz to have won multiple feature races at Archerfield so far this season.

On a night that will see more than 100 competitors hit the track, the huge program will also feature round nine of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship and round six of the Shock Absorber Therapy AMCA Nationals Track Championship, plus Formula 500s, Compact Speedcars and Open Sedans.

So far this season, Scheuerle and Oldfield have won six of the eleven rounds between them, with Oldfield having visited victory lane on four occasions. However, having missed the rescheduled round two, he finds himself trailing Scheuerle in the championship standings but remains very much in contention and armed with the knowledge that he has won the championship before despite missing a round. However, since his stunning run to victory in the Australian Championship, Scheuerle has been in superb form and the previous round saw both men at the peak of their powers to share the spoils in the two 20-lap feature races with a win apiece from which Oldfield emerged as the overall winner.

McHugh dominated the early rounds of the ECL Track Championship, collecting two wins in the opening three rounds before hitting the road for an extensive interstate campaign and he certainly seems a likely candidate to halt the Scheuerle/Oldfield domination. In addition to being the only driver other than Scheuerle and Oldfield to have won the track championship in recent times, Mann is the only local driver to have won the prestigious Australian Open and should be on the pace from the outset in his return to the track that has brought him so much success. Having taken out round two back in October, Peter Lack is the only other driver in the field who has won a series round this season and he sits third in the championship standings but needs to find his way back to victory lane this weekend if he is to challenge for the championship.

Another possible spoiler in the field is Sydneys Michael Saller, who scored his first ever feature race win at this circuit last season, while Allan Woods, Brent Kratzmann and Kevin Titman have featured on the podium this season but are yet to make the drive into victory lane. Others to show some impressive form in recent weeks include Ben Hilder, Randy Morgan and Kristy Bonsey, who was on track for a top five finish at the previous round until she suffered at the hands of another competitor and was stricken with a flat tyre that dropped her out of contention.

Although the Polar Ice Midget action this season has seen several drivers emerge as contenders each time they hit the track, there has been an element of predictability in the results with familiar faces featuring in victory lane. The last three rounds of the championship have seen Darren Vine, Rusty Whittaker and Brock Dean share the love with a feature race win apiece, forcing the likes of Glenn Wright, Mitchell Rooke, Brad Dawson, Riki Harrison and Tim Farrell to bide their time in their efforts to upset the established front runners. This quintet have produced some strong form at times, have been rewarded with good results and are edging ever closer to a feature race win, ensuring that the old guard need to deliver their best every week to stay ahead of the pack.

After journeying to Goulburn last weekend and returning with the ACT Championship trophy safely in his keeping, current national titleholder Liam Williams heads a strong field for the Formula 500 events. Williams will take on his usual Archerfield nemeses in Ryan Skennar, Kristin Brown and Tristan Johnson, with Nathan Pronger, Tarhlea Apelt, Ron Barber and Jarrod Bampfield also expected to be in the thick of the action near the front of the field.

The boom season for AMCA Nationals continues unabated this weekend with Queensland, and the Archerfield Track Championship in particular, consistently producing the biggest fields of any region in the country. Some 24 drivers have nominated for competition, including both the current Australian Champion in Matt Hardy and Queenland titleholder Tony Blanch, along with a plethora of potential pacesetters in the likes of Steve Potts, Nathan Durston, Steve Price, Lee McKinnell, Thomas Vickery, Russ Hardy, Jim Knight, Michael Mason and several more besides.

With events also scheduled for Compact Speedcars and Open Sedans, gates open at 4.00pm and early racing gets underway from 5.00pm. Sprintcar time trials are scheduled for 5.30pm and the main program kicks off at 6.00pm.

East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round 12 nominations: Adam Butler, Allan Woods, Andrew Corbet, Andrew Scheuerle, Anthony Lambert, Ben Hilder, Brandon Haynes, Brent Kratzmann, Bryan Mann, Cody Maroske, Geoff Davey, James Grady, Jason King, Kevin Britten, Kevin Titman, Kristy Bonsey, Lachlan McHugh, Libby Ellis, Luke Oldfield, Mark Pholi, Michael Saller, Nicholas Whell, Paul Rooks, Peter Campbell, Peter Lack, Phil Foster, Randy Morgan, Ryan McNamara, Trent Vardy

Polar Ice Midget Track Championship round nine nominations: Bodie Smith, Brad Dawson, Brad Harrison, Brock Dean, Chris Singleton, Darren Vine, Glenn Wright, Jack Bell, Lachy Paulger, Mitchell Rooke, Ricky Robinson, Riki Harrison, Rusty Whittaker, Scott Doyle, Tim Farrell, Tom Clauss

Shock Absorber Therapy AMCA Nationals Track Championship round six nominations: Ben Manson, Dan Evans, Darren Miller, Graeme Holland, Jaime Czerwinski, Jim Knight, Lee McKinnell, Lewis Gamble, Mark Brownsey, Matt Hardy, Matthew Gamble, Michael Mason, Nathan Durston, Neville Norton, Nick Storey, Russ Hardy, Scott Hitchcock, Shaun Knight, Steve Potts, Steve Price, Stuart Jefferies, Thomas Vickery, Tim Gamble, Tony Blanch

Formula 500 nominations: Adrian Farrell, Brady Argles, Brock Thornton, Cameron Bertuch, Dekota Gay, Ethan Eyears, Jacob Gray, Jarrod Bampfield, Kristin Brown, Liam Williams, Nathan Pronger, Ron Barber, Royce Harvey, Ryan Skennar, Tarhlea Apelt, Tristan Johnson, Tony Bailey

Compact Speedcar Nominations: Andrew Parkes, Connor McCullough, Dave Collins, Dave Swan, Matt ONeill, Nick Gannon, Nick Hodges, Richard Rooke, Rob Stewart, Trent Usher

Open Sedan nominations: Ben Taylor, Colin Kane, Daniel Taylor, Gary Kivela, Greg Town, Greg Trezise, Haiden Grantz, Hans Van Der Ryken, Josh Manser, Les Eisenmenger, Mark Anderson, Maximo Hofmann, Michael Taylor, Nic Woolf, Rachael Hawkins, Ricky Price, Robin Bains, Ron Hornbuckle, Scott Taylor, Wayne Kirkman, Zane Williams

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Oldfield Triumphs in Twin Features
Sunday February 24, 2019. Archerfield Speedway
Even when relegated to start from the fifth row together, there was no stopping Luke Oldfield and Andrew Scheuerle as they continued their fight for the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Championship in a thrilling round 11 at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (February 23). At the completion of the twin 20-lap feature events it was Oldfield who emerged the overall winner over Scheuerle in what proved a terrific spectacle as the duo carved their way to the front of the field. Allan Woods finished third overall ahead of Kevin Titman and Randy Morgan, with Brent Kratzmann, Mark Pholi and a luckless Kristy Bonsey next best in what was a terrific race in less than ideal conditions.

Steve Swingler (Compact Speedcars), Kurt Wilson (Lightning Sprints) and Nathan Politch (Modlites) were also feature race winners, but it was the Sprintcars who delivered a dazzling display despite being bucketed by strong winds and the swirling dust that they whipped up.

Hitting the track early in the qualifying session, Morgan stopped the clock at 12.267 to emerge with KRE Quick Time, the first such result of his fledgling career. Kratzmann (12.278), Scheuerle (12.345), Titman (12.415) and Ryan McNamara (12.566) completed the top five ahead of Andrew Corbet, Peter Lack, Oldfield, Ben Hilder and Woods.

The opening heat of the night resulted in an all-the-way win for Anthony Lambert over Lack and Mark Pholi, who was hampered by an engine misfire in time trials.

A spin from David Kenway with four laps to run in heat two proved timely for Oldfield as he pounced from the ensuing restart to sweep past Phil Foster and clinch the win, with Paul Rooks home third.

Bonsey led the first half of heat three before succumbing to Woods on lap six, with Scheuerle advancing from sixth to finish third.

Mitch Gowland romped home to win heat four, finishing more than four seconds clear of David Whell and third-placed Pholi.

Having failed to take advantage of a front row start in his previous heat, Kevin Britten made no such mistake in heat five, leading all the way to down Paul Rooks and Hilder.

Despite the close attentions of Scheuerle for the duration, Bonsey held firm at the front to take out the final heat, leading Scheuerle and Oldfield to the line.

The B Main was, at the front of the field at least, a somewhat straightforward affair as Lambert, Britten, Gowland and Foster finished in that order to secure the four transfer spots into the twin features. There was plenty of action at the back of the pack though as Trent Vardy, Steve Greer and Brett Minett, who had earlier spun on the opening lap, engaged in great scrap that unfortunately ended with Greer getting upside down in turn one.

The first of the 20-lap feature races saw Scheuerle and Morgan from the front row, with Kratzmann and Oldfield occupying row two ahead of Titman, Woods and the rest. The first start only made it to turn one before McNamara spun himself into a rear-of-field positioning for the restart. Scheuerle shot to the front ahead of Kratzmann and Oldfield as Morgan found himself backsliding, dropping as far as sixth at one stage. Running the ragged edge on the cushion that formed very high on the track, Oldfield relegated Kratzmann on lap five and then chased down Scheuerle to take over the lead on lap 12. Oldfield greeted the chequer more than two seconds clear of Scheuerle, with Kratzmann seven seconds further back in third. Woods was next as Morgan regained one spot to finish fifth ahead of Titman, Hilder and Lack. However, when Oldfield subsequently inverted the top ten for the second 20-lap encounter, it was Whell and Bonsey who found themselves on the front row.

Bonsey outgunned Whell to lead the field away as Scheuerle and Oldfield set forth on their mission, having moved ahead of both Woods and Kratzmann within two laps. With Bonsey continuing to lead, Whell found himself under pressure from Lack and Titman, a fight that saw the latter emerge with the advantage. After 10 laps, Oldfield had climbed to fifth despite some heavy contact with the back straight wall, with Scheuerle chasing him through traffic. Lap 11 produced a lead change when Titman rounded up Bonsey, who would soon find herself under attack from Oldfield and Scheuerle. On lap 14, Scheuerle moved ahead of Oldfield and Bonsey to grab second, with Oldfield pushing Bonsey back another spot. When Lack stopped in turn four on lap 18, the ensuing restart changed the complexion of the race considerably. A kamikaze move from Whell into turn one upon resumption resulted in him crashing out heavily but also left Bonsey with a flat left front tyre, cruelling her hopes of a top five finish. When racing did resume, Titman was caught napping and both Scheuerle and Oldfield pounced to move ahead and, although Scheuerle remained in front to the flag, the fact that Oldfield had won the opening race and had come from further back in the field on both occasions was enough for him to secure victory overall. Titman finished third ahead of Woods, although the order would be switched in the overall standings. Bonsey soldiered on with the deflated donut but could offer little resistance and ultimately fell to eighth behind Morgan (who also finished fifth overall) Pholi and McNamara, with Britten and Gowland rounding out the top ten.

Having secured a front row start for the feature, Australian champ Klinton Hancey, who also holds four state titles, was expected to run away from the field in the Modlite feature event, but Nathan Politch refused to follow the script and kept Hancey at bay to take the race. Chris Were, Dylan Hunter and Dan Lewis were the best of the rest.

Compact Speedcars fronted with their biggest field for the season thus far, but their feature race descended into high farce as Nick Gannon, Mark Maczek, Darren Vine and Trent Usher all exited the event while leading, the most spectacular of which was Gannons flip in the main straight after climbing the wall. As his rivals congregated on the infield, Steve Swingler emerged from the chaos to score his first feature win for quite a while. In his debut appearance, Nick Hodges snared second spot ahead of Mitchell Rooke, with Connor McCullough and Dave Swan the only others to survive. Following two heat wins, Matt ONeill made an unceremonious exit from the feature when he crashed heavily on lap two.

After an early scrap with Sean Iacono, there was no catching Kurt Wilson once he charged into the lead on lap six of the Lightning Sprint feature race. Iacono remained second at the chequer ahead of Keith Blatch, Andrew Sparks and Ben Wright, who bounced back from an early tangle with Jim Kennedy and David Van Vegchel.

The next meeting at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway is on Saturday, March 9 featuring round 12 of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship and round nine of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship, plus Formula 500s, AMCA Nationals, Compact Speedcars and Open Sedans.
Scheuerle Chasing Three in a Row
Thursday February 21, 2019. Archerfield Speedway
After a well deserved break to rest, repair and re-group, Sprintcar teams fire up again this Saturday night (February 23) for round 11 of the East Coast Logistics Track Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway. Another impressive field of drivers is set to lock horns as Andrew Scheuerle chases his third consecutive feature race win in his bid to defend his track championship crown. Of course, the first of Scheuerles back-to-back wins was the Australian Championship feature race late last month, which he followed with an emphatic victory in round 11 of the ECL Series two weeks later. Also featuring this weekend on another packed Archerfield program will be Lightning Sprints, Compact Speedcars, Modlites and Microsprints.

Presenting for the previous round with the #1 proudly adorning the top wing and tail tank, Scheuerle replicated his stunning national title form to dish out some punishment to his rivals with a dominant display in the 35-lap feature race, a result that increased his advantage over Luke Oldfield in the fight for the track championship. However, the different format tonight could prove critical for those trying to tame the national champ as the break between the two 20-lap feature races will give them a chance to make adjustments should they again find themselves unable to keep pace with Scheuerle in the opening stanza. Having scored a $10 000 payday in Toowoomba just a week after the Australian Championship and looking set to challenge Scheuerle in the previous round here before contact with a parked car ended his race, Oldfield again looms as the biggest threat, although the form of Brent Kratzmann at the previous round was certainly impressive.

Having qualified fourth, Kratzmann had advanced to second spot after just 10 laps and remained there to the chequer, with Allan Woods climbing onto the podium again with a third place finish. Peter Lack finished fourth on that occasion and will certainly be in the mix again this Saturday night, while Kevin Titman is another who has featured on the podium this season and will no doubt be desperate to relive that experience. Meanwhile, Ben Hilder has been absolutely sensational since teaming with car owner Ray Michelle and a top-three result seems inevitable sometime very soon, while Andrew Corbet is another who will be worth watching, having produced his best ever performance in the previous round that saw him finish fifth behind Lack.

After a slow start to the season, Compact Speedcars have promised their strongest field thus far with 17 drivers entered, including a rare appearance from Darren Vine, the most decorated driver in the category. Focused primarily on his Midget racing endeavours these days, Vine is a welcome addition to the field and will be the benchmark his rivals need to meet if they hope to feature somewhere near the front in the feature race. Having both scored feature race wins in recent weeks, Matt ONeill and Cody Maroske are the form drivers of the moment and they will certainly relish the opportunity to take on Vine, while category stalwarts Rob Stewart and Wayne Corbett are almost always in the fight at the front as the final laps of the feature race play out.

Like Vine, Klinton Hancey also divides his time between two race categories and is a frontrunner in both. As the current Australian Modlite Champion, Hancey will take on arch rival and former champion Terry Leerentveld on Saturday night, just a week after winning the Queensland Dirt Modified Championship in Maryborough. In Hanceys absence, Leerentveld won the feature race at Archerfield last weekend to extend his record as the most successful driver in the history of the category, while Sam Gollschewsky is another who has been in terrific form and it is from this trio that a feature winner seems most likely to emerge, although the other 14 drivers no doubt have other ideas. Nathan Politch and Dan Lewis filled the minor placings last week, while Kyle Honour is another front runner returning after missing the previous event.

Gates open at 4.00pm and early racing gets underway from 5.00pm, with Sprintcar qualifying from 5.30pm. The main program, which will culminate with two 20-lap Sprintcar feature races to decide round eleven of the East Coast Logistics Track Championship, kicks off at 6.00pm.

East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round 11 nominations: Allan Woods, Andrew Corbet, Andrew Scheuerle, Anthony Lambert, Ben Hilder, Brent Kratzmann, Brett Minett, Bryan Zelinski, David Kenway, David Whell, Geoff Davey, Jason King, Justin Snellman, Kevin Britten, Kevin Titman, Kristy Bonsey, Libby Ellis, Luke Oldfield, Mark Pholi, Mitch Gowland, Nicholas Whell, Paul Rooks, Peter Lack, Phil Foster, Randy Morgan, Ryan McNamara, Scott Johnston, Steve Greer, Trent Vardy

Compact Speedcar Nominations: Andrew Parkes, Bodie Smith, Cody Maroske, Connor McCullough, Darren Vine, Dave Collins, Dave Swan, Jayden Iacono, Mark Maczek, Matt ONeill, Mitchell Rooke, Nick Gannon, Nick Hodges, Richard Rooke, Rob Stewart, Trent Usher, Wayne Corbett

Everyday Finance Solutions Lightning Sprint Club Championship round eleven nominations: Andrew Sparks, Ben Wright, Darren Baldwin, David Van Vegchel, James Elliott, Jason George, Jason Rae, Jim Kennedy, Keith Blatch, Kurt Wilson, Sean Iacono, Scott Jukes, Tyler Stralow

Modlite nominations: Adam Walker, Anthony Stewart, Chris Were, Dan Lewis, Dylan Hunter, Jac Carnall, Joel Smith, Joshua Smith, Klinton Hancey, Kyle Honour, Nathan Politch, Sam Gollschewsky, Sean Egan, Steve Collins, Terry Leerentveld, Tim Jackson, Troy Carnall

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Randall Jnr Races to Archerfield Win
Sunday February 17, 2019. Archerfield Speedway
In what was an extremely entertaining exhibition of speedway sedan racing, Justin Randall secured his second Super Sedan feature race win for the season with a terrific drive to take out round 11 of the Brims Concrete Championship Series at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (February 16). In the absence of series leader Matt Pascoe, it was Sean Black who carried the burden of favouritism into the event and he certainly looked the goods for much of the race but was unable to keep Randall at bay in the closing stages and had to settle for second. A great three-way scrap for the final spot on the podium eventually fell in favour of Tania Smith, leaving Wayne Randall and Ian Brims to fill fourth and fifth respectively.

Steve Potts prevailed in round five of the Shock Absorber Therapy AMCA Nationals Track Championship ahead of Tony Blanch and Dallas Czerwinski, with Brant Chandler leading Paul Robinson and Tim Harris home in the Wingless Sprint feature race.

Other feature winners were Terry Leerentveld (Modlites), Greg Town (Open Sedans B), Wayne Kirkman (Open Sedans A) and Robert Kynaston (Ford vs Holden vs Sigma).

Presented with an excellent track, the opening heat saw David Musch charge around the outside of Nicholas O’Keefe on lap three to take over lead before clearing away to finish more than three seconds clear of the field. Tony Brinkman advanced from fourth to finish second, with OKeefe third home.

With a pole position start in heat two, Black was never seriously tested and romped home by more than seven seconds. It was much closer though for the minor placings with Bob McCosker clinching second spot by the merest of margins over Brims.

Wayne Randall also won from pole position in heat three, however he was hounded throughout by Brims, who started on the outside front row. In another strong run from Brinkman, he secured third on this occasion ahead of both Musch and Black.

The final heat produced the closest result with Justin Randall edging out Smith for the win, while David OKeefe was third on this occasion.

The Pole Shootout commenced with both Justin and Wayne Randall advancing from the Bronze round to take on Black and Brinkman, whose night unfortunately ended at this point when he whacked the wall in turn one as Black and Wayne Randall moved forward to take on Brims and Musch. The final showdown saw Black emerge with the best time to secure pole position for the 30-lap feature race, although he would ultimately choose to start from the outside front row. Brims finished second quickest ahead of Randall and Musch, who started the feature race with a flurry before eventually falling out of the top five.

Black shot straight to the front at the start of the feature, only for David OKeefe to wipe out in the main straight and halt proceedings before a lap could be completed. Black again got the jump and immediately settled mid-track as Musch also found a higher line to his liking, only for the race to be halted when David Mortimer spun in turn two. Upon resumption, Musch charged around the outside of Brims to take second spot and looked as though he would reel in Black in rapid time, only for Mortimer to spin again and trigger another restart, for which he was ordered to the infield. When racing resumed, Brims wasted no time in reclaiming second from Musch, who quickly found himself shuffled back several spots as Wayne Randall, Smith and Justin Randall moved ahead. With 10 laps down, Justin Randall had charged into second spot ahead of Brims, leaving his father to fight Smith for fourth. Out front, Black still looked comfortable at the halfway mark even though Randall Jnr was closing in. However, as lapped traffic became a factor, Randall zoomed into contention and the two leaders ran two-wide for several laps, with Black valiantly fighting back every time Randall edged ahead. However, Randall was able to secure the lead on lap 27, leaving Black to fend off a late surge from Smith, who had disposed of both Brims and Wayne Randall in a frantic finish. Brims would ultimately fall to fifth behind Randall Snr, with Musch sixth ahead of McCosker, who was the last car to finish on the lead lap. Dale Christensen, Dion Bennett and Ed Doherty rounded out the top ten, with Rodney Craft and Nicholas OKeefe completing the finishers.

Following heat wins to Steve Price, Steve Potts, Tony Blanch and Thomas Vickery, the AMCA Nationals feature race only got as far as turn two before the latter, who had started on the front row alongside Nathan Durston, spun in turn two to send the field scattering and bring his race to an end. With Price also out of action for the restart, Durston zoomed into the lead and held the position for two laps until he threw it away with a spin in turn four. Potts took control from the ensuing restart and he never encountered much resistance from Blanch, who was likewise comfortable in second spot for the duration of the 25 laps. The battle for third was a much more intense affair as Dallas Czerwinski chased down Jim Knight to secure the final place on the podium as Durston stormed back through the field to finish fifth. Stuart Jefferies and Dan Evans were next best, followed by the remaining finishers in Michael Denning, Scott Hitchcock, Graeme Holland and Mark Brownsey.

Surviving a scare in the early laps when he rode a wheel in the main straight, Brant Chandler returned to his winning ways in the Wingless Sprint feature, rounding up Tim Harris on lap 14 to take the lead. In a terrific drive, Paul Robinson roared around the outside of Harris on lap 18 to grab second spot, leaving Harris third at the chequer. The other Tim Harris finished fourth, followed by Liam Atkinson, Ben Jennings, Mark Hughes and Bred Keller.

Terry Leerentveld proved unbeatable in the Modlite events, winning both heats and then taking control of the feature race when early leader Sam Gollschewsky headed infield. Nathan Politch and Dan Lewis filled the minor placings, with Joel Smith and Steve Collins the best of the rest.

Town downed Rachel Hawkins and Steve Bradford to win the Open Sedan B feature race, with Kirkman outpacing Michael Taylor and Daniel Taylor in the Open Sedan A feature.

Kynaston won all three heats of Ford vs Holden vs Sigma racing before also going on to take the feature in advance of Troy Price and Michael Laver.

Racing continues at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway next Saturday night (February 23) with round 11 of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship plus Lightning Sprints, Compact Speedcars and Modlites.
Super Sedans are Back in Brisbane
Thursday February 14, 2019. Archerfield Speedway
After what has been a busy few weeks of Sprintcar competition, it is time for sedan fans to get their fix of dirt track tin top action at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway, with round 11 of the Brims Concrete Super Sedan Series to be contested this Saturday night (February 16). In addition to the Super Sedan action, AMCA Nationals, Wingless Sprints, Modlites, Open Sedans, RSA Sedans and Ford vs Holden vs Sigma Sedans will also be the program, with nearly 100 competitors ready to hit the track for another huge night of action.

One of Australias most accomplished drivers in Matt Pascoe heads the Super Sedan field and, such has been his dominance so far this season, the two-time national champion currently leads the series despite missing the previous round. Fresh back from his annual pilgrimage to Tasmania where he again represented Queensland with distinction to finish third in the rich Apple Isle Grand Prix, which was followed by a runner-up result at Carrick Speedway. Pascoe will relish a return to his home track this weekend and the opportunity to expand his points advantage.

When trying to determine who will most likely emerge as Pascoes biggest threat on Saturday night, the answer seems pretty clear. Toowoombas Sean Black is enjoying a stellar season that has included some exceptional results in Queensland and interstate. In fact, Black finished ahead of Pascoe in the Apple Isle Grand Prix, leading the event for more than 35 laps before finishing second, beaten only by current national champ Callum Harper. An identical result in the Super Sedan Grand National the following weekend and a subsequent win in round 10 of the Brims Concrete Series in Gympie earlier this month has Black in peak form for Saturdays showdown.

Of course, having completed more laps of Archerfield and won more feature races than the rest of 90+ nominated competitors combined, Wayne Randall is always a serious threat when the Super Sedans hit the track and he will be joined in battle by his son Justin, who scored a breakthrough feature race win in Toowoomba earlier this season. Another veteran in Ian Brims will be also be amongst the front runners in the 16-car field and joining him in representing New South Wales will be Tania Smith, Dion Bennett and David Mortimer. Others who have emerged as potential podium challengers include Bob McCosker and Tony Brinkmann, but the key to success will almost certainly be a willingness to run the highline. As Black proved at their last Archerfield outing, running the outside is hard work that requires patience and persistence, but it almost always brings rewards.

If there is any race category that has demonstrated just how exciting and rewarding it can be when you are prepared to use the whole track in pursuit of victory, it has been the AMCA Nationals. With consistently big fields this season, the racing has developed to a new a level of intensity in which three-wide racing is a common feature whenever they hit the track. Newly crowned Queensland champion Tony Blanch returns to the scene of his title triumph to take on the likes of Steve Potts, Steve Price, Nathan Durston, Michael Mason, Tim Gamble and Thomas Vickery in what seems certain to be another night of intense Shock Absorber Therapy Track Championship action.

Wingless Sprints have also impressed so far this season and, whilst their numbers are down a little this week, there is still a posse of potential feature race winners in the field. The likes of Dan Moes, Brad Keiler, Andrew Robinson and Paul Robinson will be in the mix, with Brant Chandler also hoping to be amongst the front runners. Having been one of the best performers in the category for several seasons, Chandler has struggled for results this season and will be desperate to rediscover his best form and reacquaint himself with victory lane.

From a small field of Modlites, Terry Leerentveld seems almost unbeatable, with Nathan Politch and Steve Collins perhaps the most likely to offer some resistance. Gates open at 4.00pm and early racing gets underway from 5.00pm, with the main program kicking off at 6.00pm.

Brims Concrete Super Sedan Series round 11 nominations: Bob McCosker, Dale Christensen, David Mortimer, David Musch, David OKeefe, Dion Bennett, Ed Doherty, Ian Brims, Justin Randall, Matt Pascoe, Nicholas OKeefe, Rodney Craft, Sean Black, Tania Smith, Tony Brinkmann, Wayne Randall

Shock Absorber Therapy AMCA Nationals Track Championship round five nominations: Dan Evans, Graeme Holland, Jaime Czerwinski, Jim Knight, Kevin Stow, Mark Brownsey, Michael Denning, Michael Mason, Nathan Durston, Neville Norton, Nick Storey, Ray O’Neil, Scott Hitchcock, Shaun Knight, Steve Potts, Steve Price, Stuart Jefferies, Thomas Vickery, Tim Gamble, Tony Blanch

Wingless Sprint nominations: Andrew Robinson, Ben Jennings, Brad Keiler, Brant Chandler, Brian Scott, Dan Moes, Dave Ellis, Emma Harris, Jayden O’Toole, Lachie Robertson, Liam Atkinson, Mark Hughes, Paul Robinson, Tim Harris, Timothy Harris

Modlite nominations: Anthony Stewart, Chris Crowe, Dan Lewis, Joshua Smith, Nathan Politch, Sean Rose, Steve Collins, Terry Leerentveld

Open Sedan nominations: Bob Ware, Wayne Kirkman, Glenn Willmott, Les Eismanger, Robin Bains, Ray Lane, Ron Hornbuckle, Alan Pearson, Greg Town, Haiden Grantz, Josh Manser, Mark Anderson, Neil Crawford, Rachael Hawkins, Ricky Price, Steve Bradford

RSA Sedan nominations: Aaron Buchanan, Ben Taylor, Colin Kaine, Daniel Taylor, Greg Trezise, Hans Van Der Ryken, Matthew Hannigan, Michael Taylor, Scott Taylor, Tarsha Troth, Trent Keeler, Zane Williams

Ford vs Holden vs Sigma nominations: Keegan Rudge, Kevin Maher, Michael Laver, Peter Bayliss, Robert Kynaston, Travis Maher, Troy Price

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Scheuerle Wins Again at Archerfield
Sunday February 10, 2019. Archerfield Speedway
Delivering the type of performance befitting an Australian Champion, Andrew Scheuerle returned to the scene of his national title triumph just two weeks earlier and was unstoppable in winning round ten of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (February 9). Having qualified on pole position, Scheuerle encountered little resistance in his charge to the chequer, leading all 30 laps and putting all but the first five finishers a lap in arrears. Brent Kratzmann advanced from fifth to finish second ahead of Allan Woods and Peter Lack, with Andrew Corbet securing his best ever result with a fifth-place finish.

While the rest of the field engaged in some recklessness behind him, Brock Dean enjoyed an untroubled drive to victory in the Polar Ice Midget feature race. Rusty Whittaker climbed through the field to snare second spot ahead of Cal Whatmore and Charlie Brown, who fought his way back from the rear after a spin.

Liam Williams was an easy winner in the NuPave Formula 500 feature race, Matt ONeill prevailed in the main event for Compact Speedcars and Keith Blatch cleaned up in the Lightning Sprint feature.

At the end of a hectic month of racing, 26 cars fronted for competition in the wake of a couple of late withdrawals and it was business as usual in qualifying with Luke Oldfield topping the timesheets once again, securing another KRE Fast Time with a best lap of 11.684. Scheuerle (11.789) was second best, with Lack (11.941) and Dan Murray (11.955) the only others to go under 12 seconds. Ben Hilder was the best of the rest, followed by Kratzmann, Corbet, Woods, Randy Morgan and Brett Minett.

Despite starting sixth, Oldfield charged to victory in the opening heat, rounding up Sean Rose to assume the lead with two laps remaining. Corbet clinched second ahead of Kratzmann as Rose inexplicably found himself fourth at the chequer.

Anthony Lambert led throughout to win heat two over Mitch Gowland, who fought back to reclaim second from Woods.

Kristy Bonsey led the early stages of heat three before succumbing to the persistence of Morgan and Lack in a race that saw several drivers strike trouble, the most spectacular of which was Geoff Davey taking a tumble in the back straight after kissing the wall.

Morgan backed up to win heat four ahead of Phil Foster and Ryan McNamara before Bonsey bounced back to take heat five in advance of Hilder and Corbet.

The final heat saw Gowland defy the best effort of Scheuerle to take the win, with Woods delivering a preview of his feature race result in third place.

With lightning lurking in the distance and storms closing in, promoter John Kelly opted to push ahead and forego any track preparation prior to the dash and feature races, a sensible decision under the circumstances that delivered a track which served up a few more challenges than might otherwise have been the case.

Starting third in the Spanloc Dash, Scheuerle had sliced his way to the front after just two laps and would ultimately finish more than two seconds clear of Woods, who withstood the advances of Oldfield despite a deflating left rear tyre. Corbet, Kratzmann and Hilder were the remaining finishers as both Murray and Morgan only completed one lap before finding the wall in turn two in an incident from which Oldfield somehow emerged unscathed.

The B Main was a typically torrid affair that saw both Steve Greer and Andrew Baumber exit whilst in transfer positions, the latter launching into a wild roll through turn one with only two laps remaining that resulted in the race being declared in favour of Brett Minett. Rose snared second spot as Baumbers exit elevated tenth-starting Karl Hoffmans into third, with Davey rewarded for his efforts in getting back on track by clinching the final spot in the feature race field.

With Murray failing to take the green, 17 cars would launch in the feature race and Scheuerle made easy work of Woods to lead the field through the opening lap. From here on, Scheuerle would expand his lead with a minimum of fuss as Woods found himself under pressure from Oldfield initially before Kratzmann chased them both down and took over second spot on lap 10. With Kratzmann unable to make much impression the Scheuerle lead, interest centred on the battle between Woods and Oldfield which would continue for another 10 laps before Oldfield, who had just rounded up Woods on the outside to reclaim third, happened upon a parked Bonsey in turn four and was unable to avoid contact. Whilst the large number of lapped cars enabled Oldfield to restart sixth, he was only able to complete one more lap before a damaged right rear wheel forced him to the infield. Whilst the restart delivered Kratzmann with his best chance of usurping Scheuerle from the lead, it was not to be and the order remained unchanged through to the finish as Woods fended off a late charge from Lack to remain third. Behind Lack came Corbet, with Morgan and Lambert next as Hilder, McNamara and Gowland rounded out the top ten.

The biggest and, arguably, strongest field of the season thus far fronted for round seven of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship with 21 cars hitting the track, but the night started most bizarrely with Audie Malt and Nathan Mathers somehow managing to get upside down in time trials, although both would make it back on track. Whittaker clocked the quickest lap against the clock at 15.517, outpacing Dean (15.545), Darren Vine (15.580) and Glenn Wright (15.910).

Having won the previous round, Vine found himself on the back foot early when he smacked the main straight wall on the opening lap of the first heat. With Vine ensconced on the infield, Tim Farrell took maximum advantage to take the race in advance of Brown and Whatmore.

Heat two was a very straightforward affair with Dean leading home Chris Singleton and Dan Biner.

Scott Doyle downed Dean and Whatmore in heat three before Whittaker, who failed to finish his opening heat, bounced back to defeat Mitchell Rooke and Vine in the final preliminary.

Rather than the showcase event it promised to be, the 20-lap feature race descended into a surfeit of silliness as a series of incidents resulted in several restarts. Having qualified on pole position in his first Archerfield Midget outing for the season, Dean powered way from the field in the early going before the first interruption came on lap three when Lachy Paulger made a misstep in the back straight. Back underway and Dean quickly distanced himself from Farrell and Whatmore, with Charlie Brown under fire from teammates Whittaker and Doyle in a scrap for fourth. Of course, two against one is never a fair fight and Brown found himself pinballed into a spin in turn one on lap 11. Another interruption came on lap 14 when Tom Clauss spun in turn two, with just one more lap completed before Doyle and Farrell faltered in turn four, the latter tipping over when collected by Vine. Through it all, Dean remained untroubled at the front and when Wright flipped in turn three on lap 18, officials called a premature end to proceedings, with Dean awarded the win ahead of Whittaker and Whatmore, while Brown advanced 10 spots in eight laps to finish fourth. Dawson, Rooke and Vine were next in line ahead of Mathers, Riki Harrison and Doyle, with Nick McDowell the only other survivor.

Ryan Skennar downed Kristin Brown and Ron Barber in the opening Formula 500 heat, with Brown returning to finish second once again in heat two, this time behind her fiance Liam Williams and ahead of Ethan Eyears.

Heat three featured a great drive from Bryn Upshall to keep Williams at bay, only for a late-race restart to cruel his chances and allow the Australian Champion to pounce and snatch victory, leaving Upshall second ahead of Victorian visitor Dylan Willsher.

In the absence of an inversion of any kind for the feature race, it was going to take a mishap or misfortune of some kind to deny Williams from pole position. In the end, there were to be no such setbacks for Williams as the 15-lap race ran without interruption and resulted in him greeting the chequer more than three seconds ahead of Brown, with Skennar running a lonely race in third. A late run from Barber took him to fourth ahead of Upshall, Jacob Gray, Willsher and Mitchell Whittaker, with Brock Thornton and Brady Argles rounding out the top ten.

Matt ONeill, Bodie Smith and Nick Gannon collected Compact Speedcar heat wins and it was ONeill who would back up to take out the feature race. Smith snared second ahead of Rob Stewart, Gannon and Trent Usher.

Lightning Sprint heats were shared between Jim Kennedy, Andrew Sparks and Kurt Wilson, but it was veteran racer Keith Blatch who trumped them all to take the feature race. Wilson and Kennedy filled the minor placings were followed home by Sparks and David Van Vegchel.

Jy Corbet was the standout in Formula 500 Juniors, winning three of the heats and finishing second behind Taylor Prosser in the other. Taylor Morgan and Blake Matthews were the best of the rest.

Racing continues at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway next Saturday night (February 16) with Super Sedans, AMCA Nationals, Wingless Sprints, Modlites, Open Sedans and Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans.
Aussie Champ Returns to the Scene of His Success
Wednesday February 6, 2019. Archerfield Speedway
Sprintcar action returns to Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway this Saturday night (February 9) when round ten of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship headlines a huge open-wheel program that has attracted almost 100 competitor nominations. Following consecutive weekends of Sprintcar action that saw Australias best drivers soundly beaten by Queensland stars at two different venues, race fans have plenty to get excited about as the two drivers who outgunned the so-called stars from interstate face off again this weekend. Andrew Scheuerle returns to the scene of his stunning Australian Championship triumph to proudly steer the Castrol Edge #1 Cool into battle against series nemesis Luke Oldfield, who is fresh from a $10 000 win last Saturday night in Toowoomba. Throw in Lachlan McHugh, who finished seventh in the Australian Championship final, plus the likes of Peter Lack, Brent Kratzmann and another 25 competitors hell bent on upstaging the Aussie champ and the scene is set for a continuation of the superb racing that has been the hallmark of the 2018/2019 Archerfield season thus far.

Also on the program will be round eight of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship and round eight of the NuPave Formula 500 Series, plus Compact Speedcars, Lightning Sprints and Formula 500 Juniors.

Having created history in becoming only the second Queensland driver to win the Australian Championship, Scheuerle returns to the scene of his greatest triumph fully aware that the #1 on the tail tank serves as extra motivation for his rivals and brings an expectation of excellence every time he hits the track. Given his 25 years of racing experience, Scheuerle will be unfazed by the pressure that comes with being officially recognised as Australias best and will now be focussed on his mission to defend his track championship crown.

Given the sense of anticipation that accompanies Luke Oldfield every time he hits the track, an outstanding Australian Championship campaign that saw him qualify fourth before eventually finishing 15th was seen as disappointing by some but, if Oldfield was disheartened by the result, he certainly didnt dwell on it too long, storming to victory in Toowoomba last Saturday night with another of his typically hard charging performances.

The last couple of seasons have seen Lachlan McHugh develop into one of Australias finest young prospects and, having dominated the early rounds of the ECL Track Championship prior to heading interstate, he will be looking to reacquaint himself with victory lane, as will Peter Lack who currently sits third in the track championship standings standings behind Scheuerle and Oldfield in what has been a season of remarkable consistency thus far for the Withcott-based team. The only others in the field who have featured on the podium so far this season are Brent Kratzmann and Allan Woods, however, having both qualified into the Australian Championship final, Ben Hilder and Randy Morgan might just be the next.

Darren Vine and Rusty Whittaker look likely to resume their battle in the Polar Ice Midget action, with Vine holding the upper hand at the moment courtesy of his win in the previous round. Whittaker finished second on that occasion and the former track titleholder and state champ will be determined to vanquish Vine and make another visit to victory lane. Troy Ware is a feature winner at Archerfield and Glenn Wright was running strongly in second spot at the previous round before making a smoky exit, while Compact Speedcar graduates Mitchell Rooke, Tim Farrell and Riki Harrison are also contenders in company with Brad Dawson. However, it might just be the return of Brock Dean that proves the biggest hurdle for the field to overcome in their quest for success.

Similarly, despite having attracted a very strong 19-car field, round eight of the NuPave Formula 500 Series also seems likely to emerge as a battle between two; namely Australian champion Liam Williams and his arch-rival Ryan Skennar. The pair have dominated the results thus far and continued their reign last weekend in Gympie when they finished first and second respectively in the feature race. Their biggest threat this weekend seems likely to come from Kristin Brown, Jarrod Bampfield and Tarhlea Apelt.

The return of former national champs Dave Fanning and Kurt Wilson adds some spice to round nine of the Everyday Finance Solutions Lightning Sprint Club Championship, while Compact Speedcars are still struggling for numbers but have mustered an 11-car field.

Gates open at 4.00pm and early racing gets underway from 5.00pm. Sprintcars hit the track for time trial qualifying from 5.30pm, with the main program set for launch at 6.00pm.

East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round ten nominations: Allan Woods, Andrew Baumber, Andrew Corbet, Andrew Scheuerle, Anthony Lambert, Ben Hilder, Brent Kratzmann, Brett Minett, Brock Dean, Dan Murray, David Kenway, Geoff Davey, James Grady, Jason King, Justin Snellman, Karl Hoffmans, Kristy Bonsey, Libby Ellis, Luke Oldfield, Mitch Gowland, Paul Morris, Peter Lack, Randy Morgan, Ryan McNamara, Scott Johnston, Sean Rose, Steve Greer, Steven Johnson, Trent Vardy

Polar Ice Midget Track Championship round eight nominations: Audie Malt, Brad Dawson, Brock Dean, Cal Whatmore, Chris Singleton, Dan Biner, Darren Vine, Glenn Wright, Jamie Hall, Lachy Paulger, Mitchell Rooke, Nathan Mathers, Ricky Robinson, Riki Harrison, Rusty Whittaker, Scott Doyle, Tim Farrell, Tom Clauss, Troy Ware

NuPave Formula 500 Series round eight nominations: Adrian Farrell, Brady Argles, Brock Thornton, Bryn Upshall, Dekota Gay, Ethan Eyears, Jacob Gray, Jarrod Bamprfield, Kristin Brown, Liam Williams, Mitchell Whittaker, Ron Barber, Royce Harvey, Russell Williamson, Ryan Skennar, Tarhlea Apelt, Tomas Partington, Tom Qualischefski, Tony Bailey

Everyday Finance Solutions Lightning Sprint Club Championship round nine nominations: Adam Norton, Andrew Sparks, Darren Baldwin, Dave Fanning, David Van Vegchel, James Elliott, Jason George, Jason Rae, Jim Kennedy, Keith Blatch, Kurt Wilson, Scott Jukes, Tyler Stralow

Compact Speedcar nominations: Bodie Smith, Connor McCullough, Dave Collins, Dave Swan, Jayden Iacono, Mark Maczek, Nick Gannon, Richard Rooke, Rob Stewart, Trent Usher, Wayne Corbett

Formula 500 Junior nominations: Blake Matthews, Jarred Harrison, Jy Corbet, Kacy Lee Black, Taylor Morgan, Taylor Prosser

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Another Victory for Vine
Wednesday January 30, 2019. Archerfield Speedway
In front of a packed house at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Sunday night (January 27), Darren Vine clocked another feature race win to take out round seven of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship. Assuming the lead on lap six, Vine was untroubled in his drive to victory lane as Rusty Whittaker advanced into second spot following the demise of early leader Glenn Wright. Having started on the front row alongside Wright, NSWs Mitch Brien finished in third spot ahead of Brad Dawson and Tom Clauss.

Having been granted the opportunity to feature on the Australian Sprintcar Championship program and showcase their racing to a plethora of potential new fans, the field was certainly smaller than expected under the circumstances, with only 15 drivers taking on the time-clock in qualifying and just 14 facing the starter in the feature race.

Understandably not getting the best of the track conditions for time trials, it was Tim Farrell who logged the quickest at 15.457. Clauss (15.536) was next best, followed by Whittaker (15.965), Vine (16.034) and Nathan Mathers (16.104), with Brien, Ricky Robinson, Audie Malt, Wright and Mitchell Rooke rounding out the top ten.

Despite starting towards the back of the field, Whittaker looked on track to win the opening heat, wresting the lead from Wright on lap seven. However, a lap later, Whittaker was on the infield and Wright reclaimed the top spot to take the win ahead of Chris Singleton and Brien.

Heat two saw Clauss break through for his first heat win, leading home Brad Dawson and Brien.

The third outing saw Brien lead all the way to defeat Whittaker and Wright, whose third place result would be enough to secure pole position for the feature race.

In the final heat, Mathers led early before fading to finish fifth as Vine surged towards the front, rounding up Riki Harrison on the penultimate lap to grab the win, with Cal Whatmore third.

Wright easily accounted for Brien to lead the field away in the feature race and he remained in command until lap six when Vine charged into lead. Wright continued to hold sway in second spot despite the best efforts of Whittaker, who started back in the pack after failing to finish his opening heat. It was only when Wright headed infield amidst a cloud of smoke and steam with five laps to run that Whittaker was able to take possession of second spot, leaving him little time to make any impression on Vine. Next in line were Brien and Dawson, with Clauss completing the best night of his rookie season thus with a fifth-place finish. Scott Doyle, Singleton, Mathers, Farrell and Malt completed the top ten, although Robinson was the only other finisher as Harrison and Whatmore failed to go the distance.

In Compact Speedcar action, heat wins fell to Matt ONeill and Mark Maczek before Cody Maroske accounted for a very small field to win the feature race. Dave Collins and Maczek filled the minor placings and were followed to the line by Nick Gannon and Rob Stewart.

The next event at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway is Saturday, February 9 featuring round ten of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship and round eight of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship, plus Formula 500s, Compact Speedcars, Lightning Sprints and Formula 500 Juniors.

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Scheuerle Storms to Australian Championship Win
Monday January 28, 2019. Archerfield Speedway
In a faultless display in front of boisterous home crowd, Andrew Scheuerle etched his name into the record books with a stunning victory in the 2018/2019 BK Trading Australian Sprintcar Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Sunday night (January 27). Having qualified on the outside front row for the 40-lap championship feature race, Scheuerle played a waiting game behind James McFadden before surging into the lead on lap 21 to become only the second Queensland driver to win the event in it 57-year history. A winner of the championship on two occasions, McFadden finished second ahead of Jamie Veal and another two-time titleholder in David Murcott, with Ian Madsen finishing fifth. Steven Lines, Lachlan McHugh and defending champion Kerry Madsen were next best, with Brooke Tatnell and Matt Dumesny rounding out the top ten.

In yet another memorable chapter in the history of Australias most important Sprintcar race, Scheuerle cast aside self-doubt and the reputations of his rivals to score a memorable win. The self-proclaimed ‘local club racer’ rose to the occasion on the biggest stage of all and, in so doing, becomes only the 24th driver to have held the Australian Championship trophy aloft.

The night started with Garry Brazier taking his second heat win for the weekend, leading home McHugh and Michael Saller, while a fourth place finish for Robbie Farr was enough to secure pole position in the feature race.

Sydneys Daniel Sayre led home a trio of famous names in winning heat 12, prevailing over Matt Dumesny, Tatnell and Veal.

It was heat 15 that ensured Scheuerle would join Farr on the front row, the current Archerfield track pointscore champion racing from sixth to win ahead of Ryan McNamara and Randy Morgan.

Kerry Madsen suffered a significant setback in his championship defence during heat 14 when he spun in turn four and was collected by a luckless Brendan Rallings, putting both cars out. Jordyn Brazier went on to take the race in a narrow result over Murcott and McFadden.

The final heat of the weekend saw Brent Kratzmann survive an opening lap clash with Jock Goodyer to prevail over Luke Oldfield and Darren Jensen, who proved to be one of the quiet achievers of the weekend by securing direct qualification into the feature race. Dan Murray and Tony Wynne crashed out hard with synchronised somersaults in turn two and whilst Murray tried valiantly to make it back on track, both drivers were done for the night.

The first of the alphabet races saw David Whell take out the D Main, while a great outside pass from Kevin Britten saw him round up Adam Butler in the closing stages to secure the final transfer position.

The C Main proved a contrast in fortunes for Whell when he rode out a heavy crash through turn one. Up front, Mitchell Gee found the form and good fortune that had deserted him thus far in what may prove to be his final outing in a Sprintcar. A late surge from Marcus Dumesny propelled him into second spot, leaving Jack Lee and Allan Woods to secure the final invitations into the B Main.

The final chance to secure a feature race berth came via the B Main and it was NSW-based duo of Jessie Attard and Michael Saller who filled the top two spots ahead of Kevin Titman. In a remarkable finish, Ben Hilder snatched the final transfer spot with Ben Hilder snatching the final transfer spot courtesy of a tactical blunder from the Braziers. Garry had moved ahead of Jordyn a few laps earlier but, having found himself unable to reel in Titman, he slowed exiting the final turn to enable Jordyn to take fourth and progress to the feature, only for Hilder to pounce and beat them both to the line, leaving Jordyn Brazier to serve as a reserve for the main event. Both Lee and Gee made big progress through the field but couldn't climb high enough to secure a feature race start, while Max Dumesny finished on the infield in what may prove to be his Queensland swansong. Worse fortune befell Mark Pholi during the race though when he launched into a frightening crash along the back straight from which he thankfully emerged unscathed.

With the grid for the feature race finalised, Farr and Scheuerle shared the front row with Tatnell and Oldfield on row two. McFadden and McHugh were next, followed by Veal, Ian Madsen, Steven Lines, Matt Dumesny, Murcott, Peter Lack, Morgan, Jensen, Kerry Madsen and Danny Reidy, with Attard, Saller, Titman and Hilder completing the line-up.

At the drop of the green, Farr ran low into turn one as Scheuerle swept high. Through turn two, Farr shifted wide to keep Scheurele at bay before switching back in an attempt to thwart McFadden's inside run. However, McFadden would make the pass stick and lead the opening lap. Scheuerle moved ahead of Farr on lap five, only for a spin from Lack in turn three to negate the pass. At the restart, McFadden wobbled out of turn four to take the green and was hit by Farr, who subsequently stopped in turn three to bring his championship chase to an end. In what would be the final restart of the race, McFadden scooted clear of the field with Scheuerle now second ahead of Veal, Oldfield and McHugh, with Murcott on the move.

At lap 10, McFadden continued to lead, although his advantage was shrinking as Scheuerle started closing in. Further back, Oldfield was running so high that he was, quite literally, running out of track and, as the race progressed, he was unable to match the pace of the leaders and would eventually fall outside the top ten. Tatnell was another who found himself backsliding down the order as Lines and Ian Madsen advanced. By lap 20, Murcott had moved ahead of McHugh for fourth and it was on the following lap that Scheuerle pounced to snatch the lead from McFadden. Seemingly able to run anywhere on the track with impunity, Scheuerle distanced himself from McFadden, who soon found himself under pressure from Veal. After 30 laps, both Lines and Ian Madsen had moved ahead of McHugh as Scheuerle continued to hold sway. Veal grabbed third for the briefest of moments on lap 35, but McFadden responded immediately to reclaim the position and hold it to the finish, closing on Scheuerle in lapped traffic to eventually finish 1.4 seconds in arrears. Veal remained third ahead of Murcott, who was followed to the flag by Ian Madsen, Lines, McHugh and Kerry Madsen, who advanced seven spots to finish eighth. Behind Madsen came Tatnell, Dumesny, Attard, Reidy and Jensen, while young Morgan wrapped up a highly impressive weekend in 14th. Oldfield, Titman, Saller and Hilder completed the finishers with Farr and Lack the only casualties.
Farr Prevails in Preliminary Feature
Saturday January 26, 2019. Archerfield Speedway
Robbie Farr took a big step towards securing his second Australian Sprintcar Championship when he took out the Preliminary A-Main at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (January 26). Starting from pole position, Farr led every circulation of the 25-lap event, but he certainly didn’t have an easy time of it as both Kerry Madsen and Brooke Tatnell applied plenty of pressure and it was the latter who would eventually finish in second spot. With Madsen and some others enduring misfortunes whilst in strong contention for a podium position, it was Steven Lines who emerged with third place ahead of Andrew Scheuerle and Ian Madsen. Sixth home was Peter Lack, with James McFadden, David Murcott, Matthew Dumesny and Luke Oldfield rounding out the top ten.

On a night of mixed fortunes that saw most of the expected front runners on form, there were several high profile competitors whose lack of familiarity with the Archerfield circuit left them languishing near the bottom of the standings with a lot of work to do to climb their way into contention.

Other than the fact that several cars somehow crashed out, there were few surprises when the 58 cars hit the track for qualifying in time trials with Farr, Madsen, Oldfield, Scheuerle and Jamie Veal topping the timesheets in their respective groups, with Veal emerging fastest overall with a best lap of 11.716.

The opening heat of the night saw Brent Aprile outpace the field, leading home McFadden and Jock Goodyer

Heat two produced plenty of action under strange circumstances when, with the field under yellow because of a spun Nathan Black in turn one, Kevin Britten and Marcus Dumesny somehow came together, leaving Britten upside down and Dumesny with a flat tyre and putting both out of action. Once order was restored, Garry Brazier went on to score a popular win over Daniel Sayre and Mark Pholi.

Danny Reidy prevailed in heat three ahead of Brent Kratzman and Dan Murray, with Queensland champion Mitchell Gee striking trouble and failing to go the distance.

McHugh downed Max Dumesny and Farr in heat four, while Brenden Rallings saw his night end before it had even started when he rode a wheel and crashed out in turn two on the opening lap.

The final heat of the opening round saw Matt Dumesny victorious over Jessie Attard and Luke Oldfield, who surged from position eight.

With the fastest qualifiers getting front row starts in the second round of heats, it was no surprise that all were won from the front row, with Scheurele, Veal, Madsen, Farr and Tatnell sharing the spoils to consolidate their positions at the top of the charts. Incidents included Brodie Tulloch exiting heat eight after clipping an infield marker, a tangle between Steve Greer and Nathan McFarlane that put the latter on the infield for the second time and a spin from Allan Woods in the final heat that resulted in him finishing upside down.

Murcott was superb in the Preliminary B Main, surging to the front from position five within three laps and then leading Matt Dumesny and Darren Jensen to the chequer. A stunning run from Jessie Attard saw him surge from 16th to finish fourth and secure the final transfer spot at the expense of Max Dumesny. Other to miss a feature berth included Mark Pholi, Michael Saller, Jock Goodyer, Brock Dean, Aprile and Ben Hilder, while the likes of Sayre, Kratzmann and Jordyn Brazier failed to go the distance and also missed out on the main event.

When the green flag flew to get the feature underway, Farr fled to establish a sizeable lead in the opening laps. However, it wasn’t long before Madsen had surged into second spot and, much like he had done in the Prelude feature race on Wednesday night, he seemed content to bide his time. Veal slotted into third ahead of McFadden and Tatnell, both of whom had moved ahead of Oldfield. After a sluggish start, Scheuerle started to make forward progress and also moved ahead of Oldfield. McFadden moved ahead of Veal for third on lap 14, only for Veal to reclaim the spot on the next lap and they continued to trade blows until they came unstuck in turn one on lap 18 to trigger the first restart; the blocked track forcing Oldfield to stop and subsequently forced to join McFadden at the back of the field. Immediately upon resumption, Madsen decided it was time to make his move and looked for an outside run on Farr into turn three, only for the leader to move up-track and collect the defending champion, putting him on the infield with Veal, Reidy and Titman, who exited on lap two after whacking the wall in the main straight. With Madsen, Veal, McFadden and Oldfield out of contention, Tatnell moved to second and made his intentions clear, executing a slide-job through turn four to emerge with the lead, only for Farr to immediately reclaim the position. Farr saw off the challenge and would eventually finish 1.5 seconds clear of Tatnell, with Lines again slipping under the radar to secure third ahead of Scheurele, Ian Madsen and Peter Lack. McFadden clawed back seven spots in seven laps to snare seventh, with another big run from Murcott carrying him to eighth ahead of Matt Dumesny, Oldfield, Attard, Randy Morgan and Jensen.

Whilst Farr is currently looking strong, there are plenty of others who have a lot of work to do to climb their way into Sunday nights championship final, including the likes of Sam Walsh (31st), Jack Lee (33rd), Gee (35th), Mitchell Wormall (41st), Ben Atkinson (42nd) and Ryan Jones (56th).

The Sunday night program will feature a final round of heats and the D, C and B Mains prior to the 40-lap championship final presented by BK Trading. With a support program comprising Midgets and Compact Speedcars, a huge night of open wheel racing awaits.

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The Race that Matters Most
Tuesday January 22, 2019. Archerfield Speedway
The last few weeks have seen Australian Sprintcar competitors tackling some of the biggest races on the annual summer schedule, with major events at four different venues providing teams with the ideal preparation for the most prestigious race of each and every. This weekend (January 26 and 27), all of Australias leading Sprintcar exponents will converge on Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway for the 47th official running of the Australian Sprintcar Championship, with more than 60 cars set to tackle the challenge that Archerfield offers in a bid to win the grandest prize of all; the right to carry #1 and be formally recognised as Australias best Sprintcar driver.

Sure, there are other races that offer plenty of money and nice big shiny trophies, but there is no other event that delivers the right to be legitimately recognised as the best in the country. As such, the Archerfield venue is the ideal circuit to host a race that carries so much prestige as it is not a track on which speed alone will bring success. After all, anybody can go fast and the Archerfield layout certainly accommodates that with a lap record benchmark of 11.020 seconds, but the track is one that requires much more than a heavy right foot in the pursuit of victory. It is a track rewards the brave but can be utterly unforgiving and there are very few competitors who have ever enjoyed the spoils of victory on their first visit. In fact, given there are many very accomplished drivers who have found success at myriad other venues around the country but have struggled to master the Archerfield layout, it is not surprising that more than 30 drivers will be taking the opportunity to contest the Prelude to the Title race meeting on Wednesday night (January 23) as every lap completed during this special mid-week fixture will improve their chances of standing atop the podium on the biggest stage of all.

Seven previous winners of the event will contest the 2018/2019 championship and, of these, four will be bringing some very good form with them following results in Warrnambool last weekend. In the Grand Annual Classic, Robbie Farr emerged victorious ahead of Jamie Veal, Kerry Madsen, Brooke Tatnell and James McFadden. While Veal is the only one of this group who is yet to win an Australian Championship, he proved the best of the bunch when they last visited Archerfield, scoring a very narrow runner-up result behind World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz. If Veal can replicate the pace and precision he demonstrated on that occasion, in what was his best performance ever in Brisbane, he might just be the next driver to have his name etched onto the Australian Championship honour board. Leaving no stone unturned in their bid for championship glory, Veal, Tatnell and defending champion Madsen are all amongst the entries for Wednesday nights Prelude event, as is another former titleholder in Garry Brazier.

Other interstaters taking advantage of the Wednesday fixture to secure some vital track time include a couple of young guns in Tasmanian Jock Goodyer and Western Australian Mitchell Wormall, both of whom will be the sole representatives for their state in the championship. Also hitting the track Wednesday night will be a septet of Sydneysiders in Max Johnston, Brendan Rallings, Ian Madsen, Jessie Attard, Jordyn Brazier and the brothers Dumesny in Marcus and Matthew. As a regular on the World of Outlaws tour in America, Madsen brings a wealth of international experience into his bid to create history by deposing Kerry from the throne, a feat which would make them the only brothers to have both won a national Sprintcar title. Of course, the Dumesny boys are looking to follow in the footsteps of father Max, who has won the title twice and will be competing again this weekend, while young Brazier is looking to be third member of his family to win the championship final, with granddad Steve and father Garry having won the event seven times between them. It is this rich history that makes the Australian Championship such a unique and prestigious event; a race steeped in tradition that has ensured a lasting legacy for those select few who have been fortunate enough to hold the championship trophy aloft.

Two-time champion Dave Murcott returns to Archerfield with a very good record of success at the circuit, while the South Australian duo of Steven Lines and Ryan Jones are also genuine title contenders. Driving for Brisbane-based team owner Dave Horrell, Lines has every reason to deliver a strong result, while Jones was sensational at his last Archerfield outing.

So, beyond the usual suspects, who might emerge from the shadows to cause an upset in the title race? Certainly the likes of Grant Anderson, who finished sixth at Warrnambool last weekend, is a genuine threat, while Sam Walsh comes to Queensland as one of the moist consistently strong performers in Sydney, although he is yet to really achieve the same level of success away from home. Likewise, Ben Atkinson, who hails from the Northern Territory but does most of his racing in Sydney, is another who could be considered a chance of upstaging the establishment if he can adapt to the tighter confines of the Archerfield layout. It is another couple of Sydney-based racers in Attard and Michael Saller who have given themselves every chance of featuring strongly this weekend by making regular visits to Brisbane for which they have been rewarded with good results that should instil them with confidence of a strong showing.

With Todd Wanless the only Queensland driver to have won this event, taking the title back in 1996 at Archerfield, there is plenty of incentive for the locals to send interstaters home empty-handed and etch their name/s in the annals of history. Luke Oldfield, Lachlan McHugh, Andrew Scheuerle and Peter Lack are all proven performers at the top level and will spearhead the home state challenge, while Queensland champion Mitchell Gee will also be a starter despite the recent closure of the Titan Garages team. Gee has secured a drive for the weekend and will use Wednesday night to find his feet with his new mount before attacking the weekend with all the gusto and determination that typifies his approach to racing and might just see him deliver a standout performance against the odds.

With the Queensland AMCA Nationals Championship also to be decided on Wednesday night, gates open at 4.00pm (3.30pm for online ticketholders) and action gets underway from 5.00pm. Sprintcar time trials are scheduled for 5.30pm and the main program will launch from 6.00pm.

Prelude to the Championship nominations: Allan Woods, Andrew Corbet, Andrew Scheuerle, Anthony Vanderreyden, Brendan Rallings, Brent Kratzmann, Brooke Tatnell, Clem Hoffmans, Dan Murray, David Whell, Garry Brazier, Ian Madsen, Jamie Veal, Jessie Attard, Jock Goodyer, Jordyn Brazier, Kerry Madsen, Kevin Britten, Kevin Titman, Lachlan McHugh, Libby Ellis, Marcus Dumesny, Mark Pholi, Matthew Dumesny, Max Johnston, Mitchell Gee, Mitchell Wormall, Nathan McFarlane, Peter Lack, Ryan McNamara, Sean Rose, Tony Wynne

BK Trading Australian Sprintcar Championship nominations: Adam Butler, Allan Woods, Andrew Corbet, Andrew Scheuerle, Anthony Vanderreyden, Ben Atkinson, Ben Hilder, Braydan Willmington, Brendan Rallings, Brent Aprile, Brent Kratzmann, Brock Dean, Brodie Tulloch, Brooke Tatnell, Bryan Zelinski, Clem Hoffmans, Dan Murray, Daniel Sayre, Danny Reidy, Darren Jensen, Dave Murcott, David Whell, Garry Brazier, Grant Anderson, Ian Madsen, Jack Lee, James McFadden, Jamie ONeill, Jamie Veal, Jason King, Jessie Attard, Jock Goodyer, Jordyn Brazier, Kerry Madsen, Kevin Britten, Kevin Titman, Kristy Bonsey, Lachlan McHugh, Luke Oldfield, Marcus Dumesny, Mark Pholi, Matthew Dumesny, Max Dumesny, Max Johnston, Michael Saller, Mitch Gowland, Mitchell Gee, Mitchell Wormall, Nathan Black, Nathan McFarlane, Peter Lack, Phil Foster, Randy Morgan, Robbie Farr, Ryan Jones, Ryan McNamara, Sam Walsh, Sean Rose, Steve Greer, Steven Lines, Tony Wynne

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Seven Champions Chasing Another Crown
Wednesday January 16, 2019. Archerfield Speedway
Winning an Australian Sprintcar Championship has long held the mantle as the pinnacle of achievement in the sport in this country and that reputation remains today. Harking back to 1963 with the first staging of what was then known as the Australian Hot Rod Championship, the event evolved through the Super Modified era of the late 60s before being formally branded the Australian Sprintcar Championship in the 1970s. Over the course of the 56 years that have passed since Bill Willis won that inaugural race at Windsor Speedway in Sydney, only 23 other drivers have emulated his achievement and stood atop the podium to be crowned Australian Sprintcar Champion. At Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on January 26 and 27, a field of 63 competitors from across the country will do battle in the 2018/2019 edition of Australias premier Sprintcar event, all of whom will be fixated on joining this elite group of winners and be anointed as Australias Sprintcar supremo for the next 12 months. Presented by BK Trading, the 2018/2019 Australian Sprintcar Championship is shaping as a classic clash in which preparation, determination and execution will prove the three critical elements in achieving the ultimate success.

Amongst the entries for the 2018/2019 championship weekend are no less than seven previous winners of the event with an accumulated tally of 23 wins between them, including defending and four-time champion Kerry Madsen. The winningest driver in the field at national championship level is Garry Brazier, the mercurial Sydneysider having snared six titles, the last of which came in 2009. Brooke Tatnell has the next best record with five title victories and is one of only three drivers – along with Madsen and ten-time champion Garry Rush – to have won the event three years in a row. Max Dumesny has three championship trophies in his possession and both David Murcott and James McFadden have two wins apiece, while Robbie Farr has also experienced the heady delights of a championship win.

So, if somebody new is to have their named etched into the championship honour board, who will it be? Of the nominated competitors, the only others to have secured a top-three finish in a championship final are Ian Madsen, Jamie Veal and Steven Lines. Madsen created history when he finished second behind his brother in 2017, the only time siblings have ever shared the championship podium. Veal, meanwhile, has finished third on two occasions and will return to Brisbane for the title weekend on the back of his best ever performance at the track when he finished second behind World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz in a World Series round earlier this month, while South Australian Steven Lines also has two podium results in his resume, improving on his third-place finish in 2013 to finish runner-up behind Murcott in 2015. There is no doubt that this trio are capable of finding themselves in victory lane once the chequer falls on the 40-lap championship finale and have certainly earned their place among the favourites.

That leaves more than 50 other competitors also looking to produce something special on the biggest stage of all and emerge as Australias new Sprintcar top gun. Motorsport is an unpredictable beast and there are all manner of circumstances that can produce a result that might come as unexpected, but any such success is ultimately the result of synchronicity between those three key elements: preparation, determination and execution. Some would argue that luck plays a part as well, but good fortune is only of value if the recipient has the wits and wherewithal to take advantage of any opportunity that arises. As such, experience is a valuable asset that can prove the difference between success and failure and, as far as the local contenders are concerned, Luke Oldfield, Peter Lack and Andrew Scheuerle have got it in spades. Not only are they the only Queensland drivers to have won a round of World Series Sprintcars, but between them they share umpteen feature race wins at Archerfield and have, in all likelihood, completed more laps of the Archerfield circuit than the rest of the field combined. Given that Todd Wanless is the only Queensland driver to have ever won an Australian Championship, there could be no greater motivation for this trio than the prospect of emulating the Wanless effort in winning the big show in front of a packed house of hometown fans.

The 2018/2019 BK Trading Australian Sprintcar Championship will be contested at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27. Tickets for both nights, including reserved grandstand seating, are on sale now at www.brisbanespeedway.com.au

2018/2019 BK Trading Australian Sprintcar Championship nominations: Kerry Madsen, Garry Brazier, Brooke Tatnell, Max Dumesny, David Murcott, James McFadden, Robbie Farr, Ian Madsen, Jamie Veal, Steven Lines, Luke Oldfield, Peter Lack, Andrew Scheuerle, Adam Butler, Allan Woods, Andrew Corbet, Anthony Vanderreyden, Ben Atkinson, Ben Hilder, Braydan Willmington, Brendan Rallings, Brent Aprile, Brent Kratzmann, Brock Dean, Brodie Tulloch, Bryan Zelinski, Clem Hoffmans, Dan Murray, Daniel Sayre, Danny Reidy, Darren Jensen, David Whell, Grant Anderson, Jack Lee, Jamie ONeill, Jason King, Jayden Peacock, Jessie Attard, Jock Goodyer, Jordyn Brazier, Kevin Britten, Kevin Titman, Kristy Bonsey, Lachlan McHugh, Marcus Dumesny, Mark Pholi, Matthew Dumesny, Matthew Thomas, Max Johnston, Michael Saller, Mitch Gowland, Mitchell Gee, Mitchell Wormall, Nathan McFarlane, Phil Foster, Randy Morgan, Ryan Jones, Ryan McNamara, Sam Walsh, Sean Rose, Steve Greer, Tim Hutchins, Tony Wynne

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