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Unsung Stars to Shine
Wednesday May 17, 2017. Archerfield Speedway
Every race meeting of every season at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway sees various race divisions hit the track in addition to headline categories and the efforts of these various support categories often goes unappreciated despite the vital role they play in making each show a success. This Saturday night (May 20), several of these race divisions will get their moment to shine with Australian Championship events for Open Sedans and Ford v Holden v Sigmas, plus action from AMCA Nationals, Compact Speedcars and the future stars of the sport with junior racing in sedans and Formula 500s. On a night that will also feature the annual King of the Ring and Enduro events, race fans will be treated a variety-packed program in what is the penultimate event for the 2016/2017 Archerfield season.

The Ford vs Holden vs Sigma Australian Championship might be the most open in years given that several drivers have tasted feature race success this season, including David Tookey, Michael Hillhouse, Bernie Wright and Ronnie Young. Whilst the Fords have been the dominant make throughout the season, there is no better opportunity for the Holden and Sigma drivers to upstage the blue oval brigade than in their biggest race of the year.

In Open Sedans, Ray Lane has been the dominant driver throughout the season in A Grade and it is going to take a huge effort to deny him the biggest race of the year, with Wayne Kirkman and Bob Ware his most likely challengers. The B Grade title looks like it could a Ben-fest, with Ben Robertson, Ben Harris and Ben Taylor having been the standouts each week and it would be a surprise if one (or more) of this trio didn’t secure a place the feature race podium. However, Dylan Craft, Daniel Hillhouse and Michael Cheeseman are also contenders to emerge as the national champ.

The final round of the Shock Absorber Therapy AMCA Nationals Track Championship looms as a shootout between Matt Hardy, Steve Potts and Steve Price, all of whom have been feature race winners at Archerfield this season. All three finished inside the top five in the recent Queensland Championship. Having already won the New South Wales Championship earlier in the season, Hardy also took out the Queensland Title in Rockhampton two weeks ago and will be looking to finish the season with another win. However, Price finished second on that occasion and won the previous round of the Shock Absorber Therapy Championship here last month, while Potts has once again been the standout performer throughout the season, a model of consistency every time he hits the track.

Although Queensland champion Robbie Stewart appears the obvious favourite for the Compact Speedcar events given his form throughout the season, the performances of both Jim Kennedy and category newcomer Ricki Harrison in the Paul Messer Memorial just two weeks ago puts them very much in the frame to upstage Stewart again this week. Both drivers beat the state titleholder in the memorial event on May 3, with Kennedy scoring a breakthrough feature win in a race that featured a terrific drive from Harrison into third place that belied his lack of experience.

Almost always, a shrinking field of cars is a bad sign for a category, but that is not the case with the Junior Formula 500s this season because the loss of a couple of drivers in recent weeks is only due to the fact that they have graduated into the open ranks, which is to be expected and serves to the testimony of the class as a breeding ground for future stars. However, the intensity of the competition has not suffered at all and the racing this weekend between the likes of Trent Vardy, Brady Argles, Boyd Chaffey, Brodie Davis, Dekota Gay and Tarhlea Apelt will be a hard fought affair.

This Saturday will also feature the return of Junior Sedan racing to Archerfield with a field of youngsters trekking from south of the border to showcase their skills. With no racing at home this weekend, drivers who normally compete at the Grafton and Lismore tracks are heading north to test themselves on the decidedly different Archerfield layout.

The 2016/2017 Archerfield season draws to a close next Saturday night (May 27) with a massive triple-bill racing program featuring the final rounds of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship, the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship and the KRE Race Engines Formula 500 Championship Series plus Modlites, fireworks and all the mayhem of the Caravan, Boat and Dunny Derby.

Murcott Outpaces Oldfield at Archerfield
Sunday May 14, 2017. Archerfield Speedway
The 2016/2017 East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship is set for a thrilling conclusion after the two leading series contenders experienced mixed fortunes in the penultimate round of racing at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (May 13). Two-time national champion Dave Murcott triumphed in the 30-lap feature race ahead of Luke Oldfield, who started the meeting just 11points behind series leader Andrew Scheuerle in their fight for the championship. Callum Walker scored the best result of his fledgling career when he secured third place ahead of Kevin Titman,David Whell, Allan Woods and Ben Hilder, with Scheuerle salvaging an 8th-place finish after restarting from the rear following a tyre change during a restart on lap three.

In the 50-lap Midget feature race, Darren Vine powered to victory in a race run at a frantic pace with minimal interruptions. Brock Dean annexed second spot ahead of Rusty Whittaker, Nathan Smee, Kaiden Brown and Scott Farmer, who looked on track to score an upset win when he had raced clear of the field before throwing away the lead with a spin on lap 26. Troy Ware, Reid Mackay, Rodney Harders and Scott Doyle rounded out the top ten with the only other interruption coming just two laps from home.

A 27-car field fronted for round 14 of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship and time trial qualifying had a very familiar feel with Oldfield stopping the clock at 11.431 to set KRE Fast Time to gain an early edge over Scheuerle, who timed third quickest behind Bryan Mann. Hilder, Walker, Peter Lack and Brent Kratzmann were next quickest ahead of Adam Clarke, Woods and Dan Murray, while Murcott could do no better than 13th behind Brett Minett and Cody Maroske.

The opening heat result drew a rousing reception from fans when Kristy Bonsey kept Murcott at bay to score a win, with Mark Pholi finishing third.

Andrew Liebke aced heat two ahead of Titman and Clarke, who became the 74th driver to take part in the series this season and looked strong from the outset in his return to the Sprintcar ranks.

Phil Foster downed David Whell and Kevin Britten in heat three, while Brad Ayers annexed heat four in advance of Oldfied and Nelson Reddacliff.

Paul Rooks powered home to win heat five ahead of Maroske and Mitch Gowland, before Murcott proved too quick in the final heat to lead home Lack and Pholi.

The Lucas Oils Pole Shootout saw Murcott advance from the bronze round through the silver showdown and into the Gold Dash where he downed Oldfield, Scheuerle and Clarke to secure pole position for the main event.

Bonsey booked her place in the feature field with a good win in the B Main, with Rooks, Pholi and Britten also securing a place in the main event.

Taking maximum advantage of his pole position start, Murcott zoomed into the lead of the feature at the drop of the green and remained in the premier position when the chequer appeared 30 laps later. It was far from easy for Murcott though, with Oldfield chasing relentlessly and snatching the lead on two occasions, the first of which came on lap 12 but saw Murcott regain the ascendancy almost immediately. Starting from position three, Scheuerle biked big time in turn two and lost momentum before contact with Woods in turn four would bring about a flat left front tyre. However, when Rooks, Pholi and Ayers crashed out in turn two, the ensuing delay in untangling the cars enabled both Scheuerle and Maroske to change a wheel and resume from the rear. Maroske would ultimately follow Scheurele in his climb through the field, finishing ninth overall. Bonsey, Britten, Ayers and Kratzmann completed the finishers, while Lack looked on target for another podium result, only to be cruelly denied when he expired on the final lap while running third.

The opening round of Midget heats started with Whittaker downing Smee and Brown, with Doyle victorious over Vine and Dean in heat two.

Heat three fell in favour of Farmer from Vine and Whittaker, with Ware winning the final preliminary from Dean and Brown.

When top qualifier Whittaker inverted the first five rows of the grid for the feature, Farmer found himself on pole position alongside Reid Mackay. When the green flag flew, Farmer fled and, with 20 uninterrupted laps on the board, he had established what looked to be a winning lead on a track that remained super fast until the very end. Having started fourth, Vine had advanced into second after just one lap and he was still entrenched in the runner-up spot when Farmer faltered on lap 26, bringing the race under caution when he spun to a halt in turn three. Vine took control from the restart ahead of Dean, who had moved to third from fifth after 16 laps, with 12th-starting Whittaker having disposed of the likes of Brown, Smee, Ware and Brendan Palmer to surge into third spot. As the laps wound down, Smee and Brown were too entrenched in their own battle to make much impression on the lead trio and even a final restart with two laps remaining failed to usher any changes to the order amongst the top five. Farmer pounced in the final moments to slip ahead of Ware and salvage sixth, with Mackay, Rodney Harders, Doyle, Jason Bell and Mark George completing the finishers.

Glenn Wright put in a terrific drive in the fastest-from-the-rear Wingless Sprint feature race, storming from the back row of the grid to finish the season in with an impressive win over Jason King, Cody OConnell, Brian Dixon and John Slack. Having started alongside Wright at the rear, Adam Butler was also making progress through the field until he rode out a heavy wreck in turn three on lap 8, the ensuing restart providing Wright with the impetus to chase down Dixon, who dropped three spots in as many laps through the closing stages.

The Lightning Sprint feature race failed to reach any great heights as Keith Blatch established a handy lead early and then maintained that advantage to the chequer with a minimum of fuss. Dave Fanning filled the runner-up spot almost five seconds ahead of Wayne Iacono, with Australian champ Kurt Wilson finishing fourth ahead of Peter Campbell.

Only 9 of 14 nominated competitors fronted for the Microsprint events and Shane Munro outclassed the small field, clocking two heat wins before racing away to win the feature race by more than seven seconds. Connor McCullough and Peter Challen filled the minor placings, with Jason Summers and Jonathan Gunn next best.
Open Wheel Extravaganza for Archerfield
Wednesday May 10, 2017. Archerfield Speedway
If open wheel dirt track racing is what you like, then Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway is where you need to be this Saturday night (May 13) for an exclusively open wheel program that includes round 14 of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship and the annual 50-lap Midget marathon, plus Wingless Sprints, Lightning Sprints and Microsprints. Although the season is winding down with only two more rounds remaining, the ECL Sprintcar Track Championship is a long way from being resolved with Andrew Scheuerle clinging to an 11-point lead over Luke Oldfield, while Peter Lack lurks just 46 points further back in third overall.

Having won the last two rounds and three of the last four (with Scheurele taking the other), Oldfield has been steadily narrowing the deficit in the point standings and now sits poised to deny Scheurele consecutive track championship titles should the series leader falter. The problem for Oldfield though is that Scheurele possesses a wealth of experience and is unlikely to succumb to the pressure, setting the scene for a sensational night of this weekend and again in the final round of competition on May 27. Another very strong line-up of 30 drivers has been secured for the event and nobody in the field is going to show any mercy to Scheuerle or Oldfield in their fight for the championship. In fact, the two contenders no doubt expect their opponents to be make every effort in upstage them and deny them another appearance on the feature race podium. Of course, intent and execution are two very different beasts and it is going to take more than just desire and determination to take out the 30-lap feature event and, as such, it will be very interesting to see if anybody has the mettle to upstage the series leaders.

Of the challengers, Brent Kratzmann brings some good form into battle, finishing on the podium at the previous round and running fourth overall in the championship, while two-time national champ Dave Murcott, having made an early exit from the previous round, will be looking to bounce back in a big way. Also in the mix will be Callum Walker, Ben Hilder, Kevin Titman, Cody Maroske and Mick Sauer, while a couple of very interesting nominations are Australian Dirt Modified champion Kevin Britten and four-time national Midget champion Adam Clarke. Britten has contested a few Sprintcar shows this season in between Dirt Modified commitments and while Clarke has competed in Sprintcars previously with some success, his Polar Ice team are making their first foray into the V8 ranks.

The Midget 50-lapper always provides plenty of interest for speedway purists as it harks back to the glory days of Midget racing in Australia when such events were perhaps more common place than they are now. As such, there is always plenty of prestige associated with winning such an event and this Saturday will be no exception when set-up, preparation and patience play just as big a role as skill and speed. Whilst Troy Ware should be bristling with confidence following his win in the Danny Davidson Memorial, the likes of Brock Dean, Rusty Whittaker and Darren Vine have been in terrific form all season. Throw second-generation NSW teenager Kaiden Brown into the mix, add some Brendan Palmer and Scott Farmer, along with a pinch of international flavour courtesy of New Zealander Chris Gwilliam and you have the ingredients for some pretty tasty competition. There are 19 drivers nominated for the event, all of whom want to emerge as the marathon master at the end of 50 gruelling laps.

Having taken out the New South Wales Wingless Sprint Championship just a few weeks ago, Adam Butler returns to his home track hoping to wrap up his Queensland season with another feature race win. However, Glenn Wright is fresh from a feature win at Kingaroy last weekend and young Cody OConnell collected a feature win here at Archerfield earlier in the season, so it seems likely that this trio be at the forefront of the final round of the Wingless Sprint Club Championship on Saturday night.

Microsprints have struggled for numbers for the last few seasons so the addition of three interstate cars this weekend is a welcome boost that will see 14 cars face the starter in their events. Shane Munro, Dave Gwin and Connor McCullogh seem the locals most likely to set the pace, while the NSW-based trio of Jake Marchant, Jason Summers and former Lightning Sprint racer Peter Challen will no doubt be gunning for a sweep of the podium.

Lightning Sprints will complete an entirely open wheel program, with gates opening at 4.00pm and early racing from 4.45pm. The main program, featuring round 14 of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship and the Midget 50-lapper, gets underway at 6.00pm.

For more information, follow Archerfield Speedway on Facebook or head to the track website at www.brisbanespeedway.com.au for event information and updates.
Alexander Aces Archerfield Finale
Sunday May 7, 2017. Archerfield Speedway
In a spectacular end to the Queensland Super Sedan season, South Australian ace Ryan Alexander has emerged triumphant in a fabulous Think Money Championship Series finale at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (May 6). In a race that featured three different leaders and innumerable positional changes through the field, Alexander held firm at the front to score a win for the newly formed Hussey Racing Team at their first attempt. Wayne Brims occupied the top spot through the middle stages of the race before being gazumped by Alexander in lapped traffic, with Matt Pascoe’s tenacity being rewarded with a third-place finish after starting on the fourth row of the grid. On a challenging track that produced some superb racing, Wayne Randall finished fourth ahead of Ian Brims and early leader Steve Jordan.

Dirt Modified action saw David Clark prevail in the 25-lap feature event, slipping into the lead on lap five and scooting clear of the field to lead Ray Eggins and Andrew Pezzutti to the chequer, with Terry Leerentveld and Andrew Firth completing the first five.

On a night that saw none of the three national champions in action go the distance in their respective feature races, there was action aplenty across the board.

Twenty Super Sedans fronted for competition and it was Darren Kane who proved unstoppable in the preliminaries with three dynamic wins, the first of which came in the opening heat of the night when he romped home ahead of Mark Pagel and Wayne Brims.

Pascoe countered in heat two with a strong win over Randall and Jordan before Kane returned in heat three with another dominant display to defeat Randall and Alexander.

Steve Jordan led the opening moments of heat four before Wayne Brims took control and subsequently secured victory, with Pascoe advancing from the back of the grid to snare third.

Alexander edged Pascoe to win heat five, with Ian Brims third home, while the final preliminary would see Kane leading the field home again. Randall and Wayne Brims filled the minor placings ahead of series leader Mark Pagel.

The Penrite Grid Draw mixed things up for the feature race grid with Alexander ascending to pole position with Jordan alongside. Wayne and Ian Brims would share row two, with Kanes heat race heroics bringing no tangible reward when he found himself situated on the inside of row three beside Randall. Pascoe fared even worse, relegated to position eight on the outside of Pagel. At the drop of the green, Jordan jumped clear of Alexander to lead the opening lap, only to have the interstater assert his authority and assume the lead on lap three. However, it was just two laps later that Wayne Brims stormed into the lead and remained in control until lap 21 when Alexander pounced amidst lapped traffic to resume the front running. After dropping a spot in the early going, Kane had climbed back to fourth when a jammed throttle sent him hard into the turn two wall and out of action. Pascoe, meanwhile, was using the deep cushion to also move forward, advancing to third on lap 25 before being relegated by Randall. After backsliding as far as sixth, Pascoe rebounded to claw his way back into the top four before eventually snaring third in the frantic final laps. Behind Randall came Ian Brims and Jordan in advance of Sam Roza, David OKeefe, Jack Childs and Sean Black, who persevered with a lack of power steering and deserved a better result for his highline heroics, with Brian Trevithick and Nick Sampson rounding out the finishers. It was a disappointing end to an otherwise outstanding season for Pagel when, ironically perhaps, it was a lack of brakes that stopped his race, while Nicholas OKeefe and Mark OBrien also failed to go the distance.

Following heat wins to Clark, Eggins, Kevin Stow and national champ Kevin Britten, who was a no-show in the feature with an engine ailment, it was Eggins who launched best in the feature, leading Clark and the pack through the opening five laps. When Clark swept to the front, Eggins was now faced with a challenge from Andrew Pezzutti, who moved ahead on lap 10, only for Eggins to reclaim the position on the next circulation. The top three then remained unchanged until lap 20 when Pezzutti rode out a wild moment through turn four that seemed certain to end with the NSW champ upside down. An impressive Terry Leerentveld pounced to move ahead of the recovering Pezzutti, but those positions would change again just two laps from home. Up front, Eggins made a late lunge on Clark following a late-race restart but couldn't make the pass stick and had to settle for second, with Pezzutti securing third to deny Leerentveld a place on the podium. Andrew Firth finished fifth, ahead of Garry Wathen, Anthony Ashen, Lance Towns, Nick Knott and Sam Brown.

In a race that saw Nathan Mathers and Trent Usher ride out heavy wrecks, Jim Kennedy took out the Paul Messer Memorial Compact Speedcar feature race to become the seventh different feature winner for the season. In his best drive since returning to competition, Steve Swingler finished in second spot ahead of the unheralded but impressive Ricki Harrison, with Robbie Stewart, Dave Collins and Mick Hunter the only others to go the distance.

Compact Speedcar heat winners were Mathers, Stewart, Usher and Mitchell Rooke, while Kirsty Kelly was another to crash heavily in her category debut.

Wins in the Modlite heats were shared between Chris Crowe, Sean Butcher and Australian champ Aaron Prosser, but with none of this trio going the distance in the feature it was Scott Lehfeldt who prevailed over Will Butler, Brad Dawson and Wayne Donaldson, with Nathan Politch the fifth and final finisher.

Following heat wins to David Tookey, Bernie Wright and Thomas Hunter, it was the latter who triumphed in the Ford vs Holden vs Sigma feature race. Wright and filled the minor placings, followed by Mickey Mitchell and Brian Knight.
Champions Galore at Archerfield this Saturday
Tuesday May 2, 2017. Archerfield Speedway
Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway will host the very best drivers in the country in four race categories this Saturday night (May 6) when Super Sedans and Dirt Modifieds headline the program. A 21-car field has nominated for the final round of the Think Money Super Sedan Championship Series, while 17 drivers have entered for the Dirt Modified events, setting the scene for a big night of V8 dirt track action. Also on the program will be Compact Speedcars, Modlites and Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans, with no less than four current national champions amongst the 70+ competitors nominated.

Darren Kane and Matt Pascoe are undeniably the top two Super Sedan drivers in the country at the moment, having been the standout performers in a recent interstate tour that took in events in Western Australia and Sydney. Pascoe added the Western Australian Championship to the Queensland title he won earlier in the season, while Kane clinched his third national title in Albany and then secured his sixth New South Wales Championship. Such was their dominance that Kane finished second behind Pascoe in Albany before Pascoe secured third behind Kane in Albany and then finished second in Sydney. Brisbane race fans will get to see both of them in action this Saturday night, where they will be joined by South Australian young gun Ryan Alexander, who was a standout in these parts earlier in the season during the Summer Slam tour. Alexander has completely dominated racing in his home state this season and was actually leading the Australian Championship final in WA until he found himself unable to avoid the errant escapades of two lapped cars. Incredibly enough, despite the form they bring to the event, this trio cannot expect easy passage to the podium because there is a multitude of state and national championship winners in the field, including current series leader Mark Pagel. Former national champ Steve Jordan is also a starter, as are Wayne Brims and Ian Brims, who have five NSW Championship wins between them, along with four-time Queensland champ Wayne Randall. Throw in defending series champion Sean Black and Tasmania’s Steve Latham and both Kane and Pascoe will be under the pump to repeat their interstate form at home in the final Super Sedan show for the season.

Dirt Modifieds will also feature a clash of champions with national titleholder Kevin Britten facing off against Andrew Pezzutti, who clinched the NSW Championship two weekends ago in Lismore. Britten, who defended his national crown in Rockhampton last month, has been brilliant at Archerfield this season and the likes of Pezzutti, former national champ David Clark and category stalwart Garry Wathen seem the trio most likely to conjure a strategy to prevent Britten from dominating once again. Category newcomer Terry Leerentveld, who twice won the Australian Modlite Championship and will be doing double duty on the night, is a welcome addition to the field for the first time, while Lismore-based Ray Eggins is making a rare appearance north of the border and brings plenty of experience into the mix.

As has been the case throughout the season, Compact Speedcar numbers are strong again this weekend, with national champ Darren Vine amongst the entries for the Paul Messer Memorial. Rob Stewart and Wayne Corbett have been Vines biggest adversaries for several seasons now and they will continue their rivalry on Saturday night, with former category champion Steve Swingler back on track as well to further bolster the field.

Rounding out the surfeit of national champions in action on Saturday night is Modlite supremo Aaron Prosser, who will face off against the man he took the title from in Leerentveld, along with regular front runners in Sean Butcher, Will Butler, Scott Lehfeldt, Nathan Politch and Wayne Donaldson.

With Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans also n the program, gates open at 4.00pm and early racing commences at 4.45pm. The main program, featuring Super Sedans and Dirt Modifieds, gets underway at 6.00pm.

For more information, follow Archerfield Speedway on Facebook or head to the track website at www.brisbanespeedway.com.au for event information, updates and online tickets.
Oldfield Takes Ten
Sunday April 30, 2017. Archerfield Speedway
In another of the barnstorming performances for which he has become synonymous, Luke Oldfield scorched to his tenth feature race for the season when he chased down Andrew Scheuerle to win round 15 of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (April 29). Scheuerle looked a certain winner for a considerable portion of the race until a deflating tyre made its presence felt and left him with no answer to Oldfield’s challenge. In his best result of the season, Brent Kratzmann snared third spot ahead of Pater Lack, Cody Maroske and David Whell, with Dan Murray, Brad Ayers, Allan Woods and Mark Pholi completing the top ten.

The Danny Davidson Memorial feature race for Midgets saw Troy Ware lead every lap to take the win ahead of Brock Dean, who saw off the best efforts of Rusty Whittaker to secure second spot. Darren Vine filled fourth ahead of Brendan Palmer and Michael Harders with Scott Doyle bouncing back from a heat race rollover to secure seventh.

Scheurele started his bounce back from a previous round DNF in the best possible way when he stopped the clock at 11.778 to KRE Quick Time in Sprintcar qualifying, edging out Callum Walker (11.792), Ben Hilder (11.878), Lack (11.905), Dave Murcott (11.934) and Oldfield (11.939), with Kevin Titman and Kratzmann the only others to drop below 12 seconds.

Despite starting deep in the field, Scheurele stormed through the field in the opening heat to finish second behind Brett Minett, with Pholi home in third spot.

The second heat saw Woods prevail over Mitch Gowland and Ayers, with Kratzmann keeping Davd Murcott at bay for fourth in what would be the two-time national champs final fling for the night, retiring from his next heat and subsequently failing to start the feature.

Heat three went to Whell in advance of Andrew Corbet and Hilder before Oldfield demolished the field in heat four, surging from position row three to finish more than six seconds clear of Andrew Marks, with Dan Murray third.

Titman triumphed in heat five from Liebke and Kristy Bonsey, with Pholi wrapping up the preliminaries with a win over Mick Sauer and Lack in the final heat.

The Lucas Oils Dash saw Scheuerle hold onto the top spot when selected pole position for the 6-lapper and promptly led throughout to defeat Titman, Kratzmann, Walker, Oldfield, Whell and Hilder, with Lack riding the turn four wall and tipping over with two laps to run.

The East Coast Logistics B Main saw Pholi lead the field home, with Sauer, Bonsey and Woods also making the transfer into the feature event.

The feature race only got as far as turn one at the first attempt before Titman found himself upside down, advancing Walker to the outside front row for the restart. It was Scheuerle though who would lead the field away at the next attempt, with Walker slotting into second ahead Kratzmann and Oldfield, with another interruption coming on lap three when Minett tipped over in turn three. Scheuerle led away again and just as Walker looked on target to secure his first podium result, he tagged the wall in turn four to bring his challenge to an end. Having already moved ahead of Kratzmann, Walkers demise moved Oldfield into second spot and he wasted little time in rounding up Scheuerle, slipping underneath as they negotiated lapped traffic. Once in front, Oldfield cleared away to finish more than six second ahead as Scheuerle soldiered on to salvage second ahead of Kratzmann. Fourth was a fine result for Lack given his Dash dramas, while Maroske made good ground to finagle fifth ahead of Whell, Murray, with Ayers the last runner on the lead lap. Woods, Pholi, Bonsey, Hilder, Brodie Tulloch, Andrew Marks and Mick Sauer were the remaining finishers.

Midget heats wins were shared between Ware, Vine, Whittaker and Dean, but it was Ware who proved unstoppable in the 20-lap Polar Ice Danny Davidson Memorial. Whilst Ware was in control out front, the battle for the minor placings was frantic as Whitaker, Vine and Palmer swapped spots in their pursuit of second-placed Dean. Running third after four laps, Whitaker had dropped back to fifth after nine circulations before moving forward again to break clear of the battle pack and reel in Dean. On lap 15, Whittaker advanced to second, only for Dean to reclaim the position with two laps to run. Vine and Palmer, both of whom had podium spots in their grasp at some stage before succumbing to Whittaker’s challenge, filled the top five ahead of Harders, Doyle and Dallas Sharp. In a depleted field, Rob Stewart, Gavin McDowell and Tony Eickenloff completed the finishers, while Charlie Browns run of outs continued when he spluttered infield just when a top five finish was looking a real possibility.

Following her runner-up finish in Sydney last weekend, Kristin Brown outgunned the strongest field so far this season to win the KRE Formula 500 feature race. Having qualified on pole position, Brown was never headed throughout and led Ryan Skennar and James Kennedy to chequer. Tristan Johnson filled fourth after succumbing to Kennedy late in the race, while Kaydon Iverson, Jock Goodyer and Ryan McNamara were next in line. Making an instant impact in his elevation from the Junior ranks, Nick Hodges finished eighth ahead of Piper Ogilvie and Cameron Bertuch. Australian champ Liam Williams had moved to second after starting third until a clash with a lapped car on lap five ended his charge.

Brown, Iverson, Williams and Nathan Pronger, who also made an early exit from the feature, shared the spoils in the heat with a win apiece.

All four races produced different winners in the Junior Formula 500 events and it was Boyd Chaffey, Dekota Gay, Nicholas Whell and Brodie Davis who emerged with wins.

In the final round of the Shock Absorber Therapy AMCA Nationals Track Championship, Steve Price proved too strong in the feature, downing Steve Potts in an impressive performance. Price and Potts also won heats, as did Russ Hardy, who finished third in the feature. Peter Markulin, Michael Mason and Nathan Jones were next best, followed by Anthony Joyce, Damien Groer and Nick Storey.

The Open Sedan B feature race resulted in another win for Ben Robertson, with Wayne Kirkman untroubled in winning the Open Sedan A feature.

Next Saturday night at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway (May 6) will feature Super Sedans and Dirt Modifieds, plus Compact Speedcars and Modlites. The final two rounds of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship will be held on May 13 and May 27.
Championship Battles Heat Up
Wednesday April 26, 2017. Archerfield Speedway
The battle for the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship will reach a new level of intensity this Saturday night (April 29) when round 15 is contested at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway. With series leader Andrew Scheuerle making an early exit from the previous round at Easter, Luke Oldfield and Peter Lack have closed the gap to set up a thrilling conclusion to the championship with only three rounds of racing remaining to complete the season. Midgets, Formula 500s and AMCA Nationals will also contest rounds of their various championships in another big night of competition.

Eleven rounds of racing have been completed thus far (three have been lost to inclement weather and round 11 was only partially completed before rain came) and there is a mere smattering of points separating the top three in what has again proven to be Queensland’s most competitive Sprintcar series. More than 65 competitors have taken part in the championship thus far this season and almost all of the top twenty in the series standings will be amongst those to hit the track on Saturday night. Whilst Oldfield has been the winningest driver so far this season with 10 feature race victories here at Archerfield and elsewhere, his absence from round four and the sheer consistency of Scheuerle and Lack at each round has kept them ahead in the championship standings, although Oldfield’s win in the previous round has set the scene for a three-way showdown for the series crown.

Of course, there is more at stake just the top three positions though as a gaggle of drivers fight to secure the best possible position at the completion of the series, with Mitchell Gee returning from injury in a bid to keep Brent Kratzmann at bay in their battle for fourth overall. Further back, David Whell, Ben Hilder and Callum Walker will be looking to reel in Lachlan McHugh for a spot in the top five, with Kevin Titman, Dan Murray and Kristy Bonsey needing a strong results in erach of the remaining rounds to emerge with a top ten finish in the championship.

The stumbling block for series contenders this weekend may well be two-time Australian champion Dave Murcott, who returns to Brisbane after a strong campaign in the southern states. Add the likes of Brett Minett, Brad Ayers, Mark Pholi, Dylan Menz, Jayden Peacock, Phil Foster, Mitch Gowland, Mick Sauer, Karl Hoffmans and Brodie Tulloch (who currently holds the 10-lap track record) into the mix and the scene is set for another blockbuster night of Sprintcar racing.

The Polar Ice Midget Track Championship is also nearing completion and this weekend will see current series leader Rusty Whittaker trying to fend off the advances of Brock Dean and Troy Ware, who sit second and third respectively in the standings. This round carries extra weight as the Danny Davidson Memorial and, as a result, a strong 16-car field has entered, including New Zealander Chris Gwilliam. Others expected to feature strongly in the battle for feature race supremacy include Darren Vine, Brendan Palmer, Scott Doyle, and Reid Mackay, who has been in career-best form in recent weeks and looms as a real threat, along with former state titleholders Michael Harders and Mark George. Meanwhile, current NSW Formula 500 champ Charlie Brown will be hoping the mechanical gremlins that have plagued his season have been rectified so that he can showcase his capabilities against the Midget establishment. Also chasing the Danny Davidson Memorial trophy will be Dallas Sharp, Cory Stothard, Tony Eickenloff, Robbie Stewart and Shane McDowall.

In addition to the Sprintcar and Midget action, a stacked field of 20 Formula 500s will also hit the track for the latest round of their KRE Race Engines Championship, with Liam Williams fresh back from successfully defending his Australian Championship at Murray Bridge, which he followed with a feature race win in Sydney last weekend. Tasmanian youngster Jock Goodyer is coming to town to take on a tough local line-up that includes Nathan Pronger, Kaydon Iverson, James Kennedy, Ryan McNamara, Ryan Skennar and Kristin Brown, who finished second behind Williams in Sydney, while Randy Morgan will be looking to replicate his effort from Maryborough on Sunday night when he scored his maiden feature win after moving into the senior ranks just a few weeks ago.

The final round of the Shock Absorber Therapy AMCA Nationals Track Championship will also be decided on Saturday night, with Steve Potts obviously the man to beat. However, a couple of interstate interlopers in Peter Markulin and Raymond Kime will be out to spoil the party by winning the feature event, with the return of Steve Price also expected to keep Potts and the series regulars on high alert.

Open Sedans and Formula 500 Juniors are also on the program, along with the Maroons vs Blues Demolition Derby and a spectacular fireworks show. Gates open at 4.00pm (3.30pm for online ticketholders), early racing commences at 4.45pm and the main show will get underway at 6.00pm.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is a great opportunity for teams to test themselves on different tracks, secure exposure for their sponsors and pick up some prizemoney along the way. Competitors interested in taking part in the 2017 Clay-Per-View Easter Triple Challenge can download an information pack from the Sprintcars Queensland website – www.sprintcarsqueensland.com.au

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