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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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
Sunday March 12, 2017. Archerfield Speedway
In perhaps his best performance of the season thus far, Andrew Scheuerle put in a stellar drive to victory in round 11 of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (March 11). Under plenty of pressure from Luke Oldfield for much of the race with both drivers riding the cushion high on the track, Scheuerle held firm to score a much needed win that extends his championship lead. Oldfield was as spectacular as ever in finishing second, with Lachlan McHugh ultimately securing third spot with a late run that saw him move ahead of Bryan Mann and Mitchell Gee, both of whom looked to have the position in their keeping at various stages of a highly entertaining race.
Brent Kratzmann finished sixth ahead of Dylan Menz and Ben Hilder, with Dan Murray and Brad Ayers rounding out the top ten ahead of Nathan McFarlane, who improved every time he hit the track to eventually finish ahead of several drivers who have done a lot more laps of the Archerfield track. Mark Pholi, Kevin Titman, Darren Silcock and Brett Minett completed the finishers, with only Jayden Peacock, Peter Lack and Mick Sauer failing to go the distance.
The night started as it has done so many times this season with Oldfield registering the fastest lap in time trials (11.504), outpointing Gee (11.738), Scheuerle (11.797) and Kratzmann (11.811), with Lack (11.824) the only other to clock under 12 seconds. Mann, McHugh, Murray, Pholi and and Hilder were next best ahead of Callum Walker, who unfortunately took no further part in proceedings.
Heat winners on the night were Peacock (2), Oldfield, Titman, Silcock and Hilder and, at the completion of qualifying, it was Oldfield and Scheuerle, who had finished second in both of his heats, sitting equal atop the points. By virtue of his faster qualifying time, it was Oldfield who was afforded the opportunity to select the invert for the Lucas Oils Dash, relegating himself to sixth and promoting Kratzmann to pole position.
The 6-lapper changed complexion with every lap, but it was Lack who surged to the front to take the race and secure pole position for the 30-lap feature race. Scheuerle snared second, Mann moved to third and Oldfield finished fourth as Kratzmann fell to fifth. McHugh, Gee and Hilder completed the field and that is how they would line-up for the main event.
Minett motored home to win the B Main over McFarlane, who executed some great outside passes to advance into the main event. Silcock and Ayers snagged the final transfer berths, leaving Supercars champion Garry Jacobson one spot shy of a feature race start.
Lack launched at the drop of the green and looked ready to race away in the East Coast Logistics feature race, clocking his fastest lap of the race on lap two. However, Lack saw his advantage evaporate in rapid time and, with five laps on the board, Scheurele had assumed the lead. Both Mann and Oldfield also moved ahead of Lack, who continued to drop through the field before heading infield on lap 17 to lament what might have been. Having deposed Mann on lap 7, Oldfield set off in pursuit of Scheuerle with both drivers firmly planted on the cushion that was situated very high on the track. Mitchell Gee climbed to third after starting seventh, only to succumb to Mann and then McHugh in what proved a great scrap. Mann and McHugh traded places for a few laps before the latter locked it up, recording the fastest lap of the race and leaving Mann fourth at the flag ahead of Gee, Kratzmann and Menz, who advanced six spots in a solid showing.
Round seven of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship produced a fitting result with Adam Clarke piloting the Polar Ice #29 to victory in the 20-lap feature race. Rusty Whittaker chased hard but just couldn’t find the skerrick of extra pace he needed to reel in the four-time national champ. Following his win in the previous round, Brock Dean put in another mighty drive on the highline to sweep into third spot, edging out Reid Mackay, Troy Ware and Adam Wallis. Mackay moved ahead of Dean as they started the final lap, but Dean stayed firm on the top and charged home to book another appearance on the podium. Darren Dillon, Mark George, Kristy Bonsey and Scott Doyle rounded out the top ten in advance of Rob Stewart, Rodney Harders and Brad Harrison.
Chris Gwilliam was the standout in qualifying with two heat wins and he led the opening lap of the feature from pole position, only to head infield on lap six. It was Clarke and Ware who shared the spoils in the remaining heats.
Although he failed to make much impression in the Midget main, Rob Stewart was rock solid under pressure in the Compact Speedcar feature race, keeping national champ Darren Vine at bay to win the 15-lapper. Trent Usher trailed Vine in third, with Dave Collins and Nathan Mathers next best in what was a highly competitive race. Matt O’Neill was plum out of luck after leading the first seven laps and still running strongly in second spot until a nudge from Wayne Corbett sent him into spin and a subsequent restart from the rear and unable climb any further than 11th behind Mitchell Rooke, Nick Gannon, Ricki Harrison, Corbett and Dave Swan.
Adam Butler dominated the Wingless Sprint program, winning two heats and then carrying that form into the 20-lap feature race to lead every circulation. Cody O’Connell impressed in his persistence, steadily making his way forward to eventually land in second spot but with insufficient laps remaining to make much impression on Butler. Glen Wright finished third ahead of Michael Butcher, Matthew Wright and Steve Gravino.
The AMCA Nationals feature race resulted in another win for Steve Potts, leading every lap against a small field. Nathan Durston occupied second spot from green to chequer, while the much improved Stephen Ward secured third ahead of Anthony Joyce, Nathan Jones, Zac McDonald and Leonie Knight.
Jason Rae led the opening laps of the Lightning Sprint feature race before national champ Kurt Wilson took over on lap three. However, when Wilson headed infield two laps later, Rae went back to the front until Aaron Kelly assumed the position on lap eight and cleared out to win by more than three seconds. Rae remained second ahead of Stephen Allen, Jason George and David Van Vegchel.
The next meeting at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway is on Saturday, March 25 with a huge triple-bill program featuring the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship, the Think Money Super Sedan Series and Dirt Modifieds, plus Open Sedans and Formula 500 Juniors.
Friday March 10, 2017. Archerfield Speedway
More than 100 cars will take to the track this Saturday night (March 11) at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway as part of a massive racing program that includes round eleven of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship and round seven of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship. However, in addition to the two headline events, the supporting action is also shaping up as something special with big fields from across Queensland and interstate.
Wingless Sprints have secured their best field for the season and if all nominated competitors are in attendance, 21 cars will hit the track for round 12 of their Club Championship. Current point leader Adam Butler will again be the man to beat, with Glenn Wright, Cody O’Connell and Trent Martin looming as his biggest threats. Wright currently sits second in the championship, O’Connell won the previous feature event at Archerfield and Martin is fresh from a win in the 100-lap Australian Grand Prix in Lismore.
When you throw the likes of Jason King, Kevin Willis and Paul Robinson into the mix, this weekend looms as perhaps the most competitive Wingless Sprint gathering for the season thus far, with each driver to contest two preliminary heats prior to the 20-lap feature event.
Also out in force with a 20-car field in a continuation of what has been a very strong season for them so far will be Compact Speedcars. Whilst the likes of Darren Vine, Robbie Stewart and Wayne Corbett are always in the thick of the action at the front of the field come feature race time, this season has seen the emergence of several new drivers who are proving competitive at each outing and the standout amongst these has been Nathan Mathers. Undaunted by the experience of his rivals, Mathers has enjoyed a stellar season thus far to emerge as a genuine contender every time he hits the track.
Trent Usher, Dave Collins, Chris Pidgeon and Lightning Sprint convert Jim Kennedy have all been on the pace in recent weeks, while club champion Nick Gannon is obviously another one to watch. The Compact Speedcar program will also see each driver contest two qualifying heats enroute to the feature race.
Having struggled for numbers for much of the season, Lightning Sprints have secured the biggest line-up so far with a 14-car field set to lock horns. Australian champ Kurt Wilson has dominated the racing at Archerfield so far and he returns fresh from successfully defending his New South Wales title in Sydney. However, Queensland titleholder Keith Blatch joins the field this weekend, perhaps presenting Wilson with his biggest challenge, while the form of young Aaron Kelly in recent outings suggests the teenager will also be a contender. Add the experience of Peter Campbell and Michael Gollagher into the mix and Wilson will need to bring his very best form to continue his winning ways.
Completing the program are AMCA Nationals contesting the latest round of their Shock Absorber Therapy Series and once again Steve Potts is the man to beat. A stalwart of the AMCA category and a former Victorian champion, Potts is a model of consistency whenever he hits the track and he again looms as the benchmark performer. Michel Mason showed some good form at the previous round and the return of Nathan Durston after a lengthy lay-off has been a welcome boost for the category and he showed in his first meeting back that he will again be a front runner. With Matt Enders always a podium contender, Stephen Ward having shown considerable improvement this season and Leonie Knight returning after her wild ride a few weeks ago, there will be plenty of AMCA action over three heats and a 20-lap feature race.
With 30 Sprintcars and 20 Midgets also confirmed, there will be over 120 cars and drivers in action on Saturday night at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night. Gates open at 4.00pm and early racing gets underway from 4.45pm. Sprintcars will hit the track for time trials at 5.30pm and the main show will get underway at 6.00pm.
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Wednesday March 8, 2017. Archerfield Speedway
After the disappointment of last weekends early end to proceedings as a result of inclement weather, teams will be itching to get back on track this Saturday night (March 11) for round 11 of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway. Also on the program this weekend is a strong field of Midgets contesting the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship, plus Compact Speedcars, AMCA Nationals, Wingless Sprints and Lightning Sprints.
The rain out of round ten will have no doubt proved a frustration for the likes of Luke Oldfield and Peter Lack who, having qualified on the front row for the first of the two 20-lap feature races, were denied the opportunity to close the gap even further in their pursuit of Andrew Scheuerle in the battle for the championship. Although Lack and Oldfield were the standouts, Scheurele also qualified at the front of the field (despite failing to finish his opening heat) in what has been a recurring theme so far this season as the wait for somebody to step up and challenge the top three extends into another week. There have been several drivers who have proven themselves capable of taking on and beating this trio, but nobody has been able to do so with any regularity. Whilst it is Oldfield who has the most feature wins, his absence from round four sees him placed third overall at the moment just six points behind Lack, who is just 35 points adrift of Scheuerle.
Lachlan McHugh and Mitchell Gee have won feature races this season and, whilst their talent is undeniable, perhaps it is just a lack of experience that has prevented the teenagers from securing the consistently good results they need to challenge the series leaders. Gee sits fourth overall at the moment but is more than 100 points behind Oldfield, while McHugh is currently sixth in the standings behind Brent Kratzmann. Yet to visit victory lane this season, Kratzmann is always in the mix, has been desperately unlucky on several occasions and must be due a change in fortunes. Others who have impressed in recent weeks include Callum Walker, Ben Hilder, Cody Maroske and Dylan Menz, while current Dunlop Supercar Series champion Garry Jacobsen returns to the dirt fresh from the start of his championship defence in Adelaide last weekend.
Four-time national champion Adam Clarke headlines the entry list for round seven of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship, with an 18-car field confirmed so far. The Newcastle-based Clarke will be joined by fellow New South Welshman Adam Wallis in taking on a strong Queensland contingent. Leading the local charge will be last start feature winner Brock Dean who, along with Kristy Bonsey and Scott Doyle, have opted to step away from their Sprintcar commitments for this week to focus on their Midget endeavours. Troy Ware, Darren Vine, Rob Stewart and a couple of former Queensland champions in Rusty Whittaker and Mark George will also be amongst the starters.
Stewart and Vine will be very busy on the night with both drivers also competing in Compact Speedcar events, chasing that elusive feat of winning two feature races on the one program. They are both consistent feature winners in the Compact ranks, but if fatigue becomes a factor, the likes of Wayne Corbett, Nathan Mathers, Jim Kennedy, Trent Usher, Chris Pidgeon and Dave Collins will be more than happy to take advantage.
Also in action will be the biggest field of Lightning Sprints so far this season with 14 cars entered to take on Australian champ Kurt Wilson, who successfully defended his NSW Title in Sydney two weeks ago. AMCA Nationals and Wingless Sprints are also on the program, with gates opening at 4.00pm and early racing from 4.45pm. Sprintcars will hit the track for time trials at 5.30pm and the main show will get underway at 6.00pm.
For more information, follow Archerfield Speedway on Facebook or head to the track website at www.brisbanespeedway.com.au for event information and updates.
East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round ten nominations: Andrew Corbet, Andrew Scheuerle, Anthony Lambert, Ben Hilder, Brad Ayers, Brendan Parker, Brent Kratzmann, Brett Minett, Brett Thomas, Callum Walker, Chris Harrison, Cody Maroske, Dan Murray, Darren Silcock, Dylan Menz, Garry Jacobsen, Karl Hoffmans, Kevin Hill, Kevin Titman, Lachlan McHugh, Luke Oldfield, Mark Pholi, Mitchell Gee, Nathan McFarlane, Neil Howard, Nelson Reddacliff, Paul Rooks, Peter Lack, Phill Foster, Steve Greer
Polar Ice Midget Track Championship round seven nominations: Adam Clarke, Adam Wallis, Brad Harrison, Brock Dean, Callum Whatmore, Corey Stothard, Darren Dillon, Darren Vine, Kristy Bonsey, Mark George, Reid Mackay, Rod Stewart, Rodney Harders, Rusty Whittaker, Scott Doyle, Tony Eickenloff, Tony Stephen, Troy Ware
Sunday March 5, 2017. Archerfield Speedway
With cars on track and circulating in readiness for the first of two scheduled 20-lap features that would decide round 10 of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (March 4), a light shower of rain swept across the venue and ultimately brought proceedings to a premature end. Until the weather intervened, it had been Luke Oldfield who again emerged as the standout, securing pole position for the twin features with another dazzling display in qualifying. However, with the features not run, there will be little change in the championship standings with Andrew Scheuerle maintaining his series lead ahead of Peter Lack and Oldfield.
As he has done so often of late, Oldfield recorded the fastest lap in time trials, leaving it until his final run against the clock to set 11.733 and edge out Bryan Mann (11.753), Scheuerle (11.878), Ben Hilder (11.930) and an impressive Cody Maroske (11.950). Brock Dean and David Whell were the only others to go under 12 seconds, with Dan Murray, Lack and Paul Rooks rounding out the top ten. Unfortunately for Brent Kratzmann and Mark Pholi, neither driver would take any further part in proceedings, leaving 35 cars to tackle the heats.
The opening heat saw Anthony Lambert launch from the front row to lead while Lachlan McHugh and Mitchell Gee engaged in the first of their battles for the night, the two teenagers finishing behind Lambert in that order.
In only his second outing for the season, Brad Ayers took out heat two ahead of Andrew Marks and Simon Jupe.
Kristy Bonsey led every lap of heat three except the one that matters most, with Lack swooping around the outside on the final corner to snatch a last gasp win, with Callum Walker finishing in third spot.
A stunning run from Oldfield in heat four saw him charge from position eight to emulate Lack’s effort with a last lap pass on Jupe to score a rousing win. Kevin Titman finished in third spot.
Determined not to be upstaged by his championship challengers, Scheuerle upped the ante in heat five when he also charged to victory, rounding up McHugh, Gee, Lambert and Anthony Vanderreyden in his charge to the front. McHugh bested Gee again to finish in second in spot as Vanderreyden fell to fourth after leading the opening laps.
The final heat also proved a thriller with Callum Walker keeping Lack at bay to take the race, leaving Rob Hamilton some three seconds further back in third spot.
In a race that saw five rookies in the six-car field, Mitch Gowland motored home to win the Lucas Oils C Main over Neil Howard, Scott Johnston, Kevin Hill, Tim Ford and Brendan Parker, with only the first two advancing to the back of the East Coast Logistics B Main, which was halted for an extended period following a heavy crash from Vanderreyden on the opening lap.
Once the B Main got underway though, it proved a cracking race between Gee and McHugh that saw the pair not only skip clear of the field but put on a fine exhibition of two-wide racing that produced another great finish. The two swapped positions throughout the race in pursuit of victory, despite the fact that they were both guaranteed a feature race start simply by filling the top two spots. McHugh looked like he had snatched the win when he moved ahead of Gee on the final lap, only for Gee to surge through the final turn to take the race by a mere 0.221. Ayers and Andrew Liebke secured the final transfer spots, with their efforts ultimately going unrewarded once the rain arrived.
Contesting their first ever Queensland Championship, the RSA Street Stocks presented with 26 cars, all of whom were from south of the border and it was Sydney's Andrew Espener who prevailed in the opening heat over Josh Donnelly and Nigel Oneill.
Shane Carlson downed Andrew Fuller and Tim Cartwright in heat two and then Ben Cartwright cleaned up in heat three, leading home Chris Marino and Daniel Forbes.
Andrew Fuller triumphed in heat four from Ben Cartwright and Steve Hall, while recently crowned ACT champion Aaron Barnes proved too quick in heat five, finishing in advance of Luke Gray and Tim Cartwright.
After a lacklustre opening race, national champ Blake Everleigh bounced back to win heat six, leading Oneill and Donnelly to the line.
Ashley Hall annexed heat seven over Brendan Meyers and Everleigh, with Steve Hall matching his son’s effort with a win in heat eight ahead of the consistent Donnelly and Barnes. The final heat of the night saw an erratic Shaun Devoodi keep Carlson at bay to snare a win, with Espener finishing third.
The only feature race completed on the night saw Ronnie Young cruise home in the Ford vs Holden vs Sigma event to defeat Bernie Wright, Thomas Hunter, David Tookey and Mickey Mitchell.
Sprintcars return next Saturday night (March 11) for round 11 of the East Coast Logistics Track Championship, along with the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship plus AMCA Nationals, Lightning Sprints, Compact Speedcars and Wingless Sprints.
Wednesday March 1, 2017. Archerfield Speedway
The number of new Sprintcar drivers to hit the track at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway over the last 12 months or so has been remarkable and with two more competitors joining the ranks this weekend, along with the return of another experienced racer after a lengthy lay-off, 35 cars will face the flag this Saturday night (March 4) for round ten of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship. The influx of so many new drivers in recent seasons is testament to the status of this series as the premier Sprintcar competition in Queensland and this weekend we welcome Brendan Parker and Kevin Hill to the series for the first time, while Phill Foster returns to competition after several seasons on the sidelines. So far this season, ten other new drivers have embarked on their inaugural season of Sprintcar competition and six of these will be in action on Saturday evening for the annual twin feature night.
The influx of new drivers is unlikely to faze Luke Oldfield, Andrew Scheurele or Peter Lack though as they continue their battle for the championship. The trio not only sit atop the championship standings, but they also filled the first three spots at the previous round, leaving their opponents with a lot of work to do if they are make a play for the title. Oldfield has been the standout feature race winner this season, but his absence from round four with an engine problem means that the ultra-consistent Scheuerle continues to sit atop the points table as he seeks to defend his track championship crown. Lack sits second overall ahead of Oldfield but, with less than 50 points separating the three of them, the series is far from decided with six rounds of racing still to go.
With a different format this weekend, this might just be the opportunity that the likes of Brent Kratzmann and Mitchell Gee need to narrow the gap in the championship chase. Kratzmann sits fourth overall but is more than 100 points adrift of Oldfield, while Gee just is five points further back and both drivers need to produce a big points haul from the twin feature format if they are make any inroads on the leading trio. Gee and fellow teenager Lachlan McHugh are feature race winners at Archerfield and the latter will be hoping to cast aside the misfortune that saw him crash heavily at the last round with a return to the podium. Also sitting inside the top ten in the series standings at the moment are David Whell, Callum Walker and Ben Hilder and with two 20-lap feature races to be contested and a swarm of drivers determined to take advantage of the opportunity the format presents, the scene is set for another sensational night of Sprintcar action.
However, sedan fans also have plenty to be excited about this Saturday with 25 drivers converging on Archerfield to contest the inaugural RSA Queensland Street Stock Championship. Drivers from as far afield as Sydney and Newcastle will hit the track in a bid to make history and become the first ever Queensland champion in RSA Street Stock competition. Having recently added a win in the ACT Championship to his New South Wales title, Aaron Barnes has probably earned the right to pre-race favouritism, although no doubt Australian champ Blake Everleigh would see things differently. Street Stock racing is notoriously competitive and given that almost all of the field will be competing at Archerfield for the first time, predicting a winner would be folly, but the likes of Shane Carlson, Andrew Espener, Jayden Barnes and Chris Marino, who finished second in the feature race at Cullen Bullen last weekend, will no doubt be in the thick of the action at the front of the field.
Also on the program will be Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans and the stars of the future in Formula 500 Juniors, whose racing in recent weeks has been top notch. Gates open at 4.00pm, early racing gets underway from 4.45pm, Sprintcars hit the track for time trials at 5.30pm and the main show kicks off at 6.00pm.
For more information, follow Archerfield Speedway on Facebook or head to the track website at www.brisbanespeedway.com.au for event information and updates.
East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round ten nominations: Andrew Liebke, Andrew Marks, Andrew Scheuerle, Anthony Lambert, Anthony Vanderreyden, Ben Hilder, Brad Ayers, Brendan Parker, Brent Kratzmann, Brett Minett, Callum Walker, Chris Harrison, Cody Maroske, Dan Murray, Darren Silcock, David Whell, Dylan Menz, Jayden Peacock, Karl Hoffmans, Kevin Hill, Kevin Titman, Kristy Bonsey, Lachlan McHugh, Luke Oldfield, Mark Pholi, Mitch Gowland, Mitchell Gee, Neil Howard, Paul Rooks, Peter Lack, Phill Foster, Rob Hamilton, Scott Johnston, Simon Jupe, Tim Ford
RSA Queensland Street Stock Championship nominations: Aaron Barnes, Andrew Espener, Andrew Fuller, Ashley Hall, Ben Cartwright, Blake Everleigh, Braydon Ford, Brendan Myers, Chris Marino, Daniel Forbes, Daniel Lindsay, Dave Putsey, David Fuller, David Hollier, Graeme Waller, Jamie Smith, Jayden Barnes, Jessica Turner, Joshua Donnelly, Luke Gray, Madison Harkin, Nigel OI’Neill, Peter Chaffey, Shane Carlson, Shaun Devoodi, Steve Hall, Tim Cartwright
Sunday February 26, 2017. Archerfield Speedway
It was Brock Dean and Matt Pascoe who shared the feature race spoils at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (February 25), with Dean holding off the advances of Reid Mackay and Rusty Whittaker to win the Polar Ice Midget main before Pascoe powered home to win round nine of the Think Money Super Sedan Series. Although neither category fronted in big numbers, the racing was good regardless, including some great supporting action from Compact Speedcars, AMCA Nationals and Modlites.
Darren Vine paced the 16-car field in Midget qualifying, stopping the clock at 13.907 to outgun Troy Ware, Dean, Whittaker and Chris Gwilliam. Teammates Dan Biner and Jamie Hall were next best, with Mark George, Dallas Sharp and Reid Mackay rounding out the top ten.
In the opening heat, Sharp raced to his first Midget win, finishing ahead of Vine and George.
Mackay downed Dean and Biner in heat two and then backed up to also win heat three, this time ahead of Whittaker and George.
Perhaps buoyed by his earlier win, Sharp went a little too hard in heat four and spun in front of the field to trigger a pile-up that left Gwilliam upside down and out of the race. Vine inexplicably climbed over the front of Dean and rolled before the restart had even reached the green flag, and with Whatmore, Sharp and Gavin McDowell also on the grass, just three cars remained and it was Dean who took the win over Hall and Kristy Bonsey.
Starting from pole position in the Polar Ice Feature Race, Dean danced clear at the drop of the green and was able to distance himself a little as the chasers settled into a scrap that continued through to the end, all the while edging closer to the race leader. Mackay occupied second spot early, dropped a couple of spots on lap five to Whittaker and Vine before scrambling his way into back to the runner-up spot and then taking the lead momentarily through turn one with three laps to go. Dean was up to the challenge though and immediately reasserted his ascendancy to take the race, which ran without interruption. Mackay was gallant in defeat, with Whittaker ending the night well in third after being hampered by mechanical gremlins in the heats. Having swapped spots with Whittaker several times in the final few laps, Vine finished fourth ahead of Mark George and Troy Ware, who bounced back from a wild ride through turn one in his opening heat. Cal Whatmore secured seventh, with Bonsey enjoying a solid debut to be next best ahead of Brad Harrison and Sharp.
The Super Sedan action kicked off with Dempsie Pails scoring a narrow win over series leader Mark Pagel in the opening heat, with Wayne Randall third.
A patient Pascoe bided his time in heat two before pouncing on lap six to take the lead from Rodney Craft, who remained second to the chequer in advance of Tony Brinkmann.
Wayne Randall scored a close result over Pascoe and Jack Childs in heat three before Brims blitzed the field in heat four, finishing more than seven seconds clear of Pails and Brinkmann.
Brims backed up to win heat five from Brinkmann and Pails and then Pascoe outpaced Randall and Bob McCosker in the final heat to finish as top qualifier.
The Penrite Feature Race Grid Draw saw Pascoe hold on to pole position for the 30-lap feature, with Pagel starting alongside. It was Pascoe who led the field away with Randall rounding up Pagel, Brinkmann and Brims to be running in second spot after five laps and closing in on Pascoe. On lap 13, Randall moved to the front but found himself relegated again by lap 15 as Pascoe regained the ascendancy. Manoeuvring through lapped traffic without incident, Pascoe was able to put some distance between himself and Randall to eventually finish more than two seconds clear. Brims finished in third spot, while Pagel fetched fourth and was the last car on the lead lap. McCosker executed a series of outsode passes to good effect in the early laps to secure fifth, with David Okeefe, Brian Trevithick, Craft and Brinkmann the only other finishers.
Compact Speedcars produced a good field of cars and put on a great display, with Robbie Stewart coming from deep in the field to win the 20-lap feature event. Trent Usher scooted to a an early lead and looked unfazed by the pack that was hounding him until he hit lapped traffic and was shuffled back as far as sixth before rebounding to finish fourth behind Stewart, Wayne Corbett and Nathan Mathers. Chris Pidgeon, Jim Kennedy, Audie Malt, Rick Harrison, Matt Oneill and James Barton completed the top ten in a race that saw all 17 starters still running at the end.
Compact Speedcar heat winners were Stewart, Corbett and Usher, while the Modlite preliminaries saw Steve Collins win two heats and Brad Dawson the other. In the Modlite feature race though it was Sean Rose who raced to the win, downing Collins, Dawson, Alex Coward and Jake McRae.
Jason Dreaver, Steve Potts and Matt Enders shared the spoils in the AMCA Nationals heats, but come feature race time it was the race winning experience of Potts to the fore as he took the 15-lapper from Michael Mason, Nathan Durston, who enjoyed an impressive return after a couple of seasons on the sidelines. Jason Dreaver and Stephen Ward were next best, followed home by Nathan Jones, Anthony Joyce, Nick Storey, Grant Geary and Matt Enders.
Scott Taylor downed Jason Beer and Ben Harris to win the Open Sedan B Feature, with the Open Sedan A Feature falling to Wayne Kirkman over Keith Craft and Michael Taylor.
Wednesday February 22, 2017. Archerfield Speedway
In their first outing since the epic Australian Championship won by American star Rico Abreu, the mighty Midgets return to Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway this Saturday night (February 25) for the latest round of competition in the Polar Ice Track Championship. Even though the locals perhaps fell short of achieving the results they were hoping for in the national title final, rest assured this weekend will produce some great racing as they all look to make amends by emerging victorious in the 25-lap feature race. Also on the program is round nine of the Think Money Super Sedan Championship Series featuring Queensland champion Matt Pascoe, plus Compact Speedcars, AMCA Nationals, Modlites and Open Sedans.
Darren Vine, Brock Dean and Rusty Whittaker all qualified into the Australian Championship feature race against the best drivers from Australia and overseas and it seems likely that this trio will be the pacesetters this weekend, with their toughest opposition expected to come courtesy of New Zealander Chris Gwilliam. Having also featured in the national title final and with three feature race wins in Australia so far this season, Gwilliam is the biggest hurdle the local stars will need to overcome in their pursuit of victory.
Whittaker currently sits atop the Polar Ice Series standings just three points ahead of Troy Ware, another proven race winner who is also in the field for this event, with Gwilliam sitting third overall ahead of Dean and Vine. Another potential race winner in the field is former Queensland champion Mark George, while Cal Whatmore is perhaps the most improved driver so far this season, sitting inside the top ten in the series points and edging ever closer to a breakthrough result. Also in the field are series regulars in Cory Stothard, Dallas Sharp, Gavin McDowall, Reid Mackay and Shayne McDowall, with Sprintcar racer Kristy Bonsey making her Midget debut.
Desperately unlucky in the previous round at Lismore Speedway last Saturday night when contact with a lapped car on the final lap robbed him of what would have been a memorable win, Queensland champion Matt Pascoe will be absolutely determined to make amends in the Super Sedan feature race this weekend. Pascoe will take the challenge to current series leader Mark Pagel, who finished fourth in Lismore and won the previous Think Money Championship round at Archerfield in November. After a blistering start to the season that saw him dominate the opening rounds, Pagel endured a mid-season form slump before bouncing back last weekend to consolidate his championship lead with a typically understated, but effective, performance. In his best result of the year, Wayne Brims put in a blistering final two laps to snatch third in Lismore and, if he can reproduce that pace on Saturday, he will be a huge chance for feature race honours. Wayne Randalls wealth of experience and record of success at Archerfield (more feature race wins than anybody else in the field) ensures he will be a contender, while Tony Brinkmann returns to his home track on the back of his best result for the season thus far. Others hitting the track include Jack Childs, Rodney Craft, David Okeefe, Dempsie Pails, Mark Obrien, Nicholas OKeefe, Bob McCosker, Brendan Doyle, David Musch, Brian Trevithick and Ed Doherty.
As has been the case for most of the season, Compact Speedcars have gathered a big field of contenders for their latest outing, with 18 drivers set to do battle. Last start winner Robbie Stewart will take on the likes of Wayne Corbett, who trekked to Rosedale in Victoria last weekend and represented Queensland with distinction to finish third in the feature race, along with Barry Gibbes, Dave Collins, Nathan Mathers, Mark Maczek and club champion Nick Gannon.
Steve Potts and Jason Dreaver are expected to continue their rivalry of recent weeks in the AMCA National events, while the return of Nathan Durston might make things interesting if he can bring the type of form that he produced regularly before stepping away from competition. With several drivers contesting the NSW Title this weekend, a small field of Modlites will contest their events and there will be two divisions of Open Sedans to complete another night of action and variety at Queensland’s premier speedway venue.
Gates open at 4.00pm, early racing gets underway at 4.45pm and Midget time trials are scheduled from 5.30pm. The main program, featuring the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship and the Think Money Super Sedan Championship Series, kicks off at 6.00pm.
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Sunday February 19, 2017. Archerfield Speedway
Luke Oldfield continued his stellar season of success at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (February) when he raced to victory in round eight of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship. Having started the 30-lap event from pole position after a dominant display through the various stages of qualifying, Oldfield trailed Andrew Scheuerle for much of the race before pouncing at a late-race restart to secure the lead. As the leading duo duked it out from the get-go, Peter Lack was lurking in third spot for the duration and whilst he was never close enough to make a serious bid for lead, nor was his position ever under any real threat. A mighty drive from Mitchell Gee saw him advance from position 13 to finish fourth ahead of Ben Hilder and Matt Butler, with David Whell, Callum Walker, Dylan Menz and Andre Liebke rounding out the top ten.
An impressive 34-car field hit the track for time trials and the night started as it ended; with Oldfield on top of the scoreboard. Having stopped the clock at 11.414, Oldfield was comfortably clear of surprise packet Menz (11.621), with Lack, Scheuerle, Whell and Walker next quickest. Lachlan McHugh, Mark Pholi, Brent Kratzmann and Hilder completed the top ten, with Butler impressing in his season debut to be next in line ahead of Anthony Vanderreyden.
Cody Maroske scored his first Sprintcar win when he paced the field in the opening heat, finishing ahead of Oldfield (who started 8th) and Kristy Bonsey. Vanderreyden suffered a setback when he smacked the turn two wall on the opening lap and exited, while McHugh ended his night early when he rode out a wild wreck in turn three on lap four in an incident that also eliminated Andrew Corbet and Jayden Peacock from the race.
Another first-time winner emerged in heat two when Australian Dirt Modified champion Kevin Britten downed Mick Sauer and Butler, while Kevin Titman clinched heat four in advance of Scheuerle and Anthony Lambert.
Oldfield stormed from the back of the inversion in heat four to pull off a sensational win over Brad Ayres and Titman, whose evaluation of the track as one-lane was debunked by Oldfield’s surge to the front.
Determined to demonstrate that he could match Oldfield’s every effort, Scheuerle also surged from the back of the inversion to win heat five ahead of Pholi and Hilder.
In the final heat of the night, it was Anthony Lambert who prevailed over Kratzmann and Liebke.
The C Main saw Andrew Corbet and Jayden Peacock secure the top two spots and a berth in the B Main, which was subsequently won by Rooks after Maroske spun himself out of the lead on lap 13. Liebke, Sauer and Rob Hamilton grabbed the remaining transfer spots into the feature.
Oldfield left his run to the very last lap of the Gold Shootout to secure pole position for the main event, to be joined on the front row by Scheuerle, with Lack and Walker sharing row two.
At the flailing of the green, Scheuerle shot to the front and he and Oldfield instantly set about distancing themselves from the field. As the race reached its mid-point, the leaders encountered heavy lapped traffic and, such was their advantage, it looked as though they might lap everybody except third-placed Lack until Hamilton stopped in turn one with eight laps remaining and triggered a restart. Two laps later, proceedings were interrupted again when Titman and Kratzmann tangled in turn four and it was from this restart that Oldfield was able to pounce and usurp Scheuerle from the prime position. Once in front, Oldfield went on to record his quickest lap of the race and skipped clear to finish 2.3 seconds clear of Scheuerle, with Lack unable to make any substantial gain through the closing laps. It was a dominant display from both Oldfield and Scheuerle that left their rivals floundering and there are a lot of teams with a lot of work to do if they are going to make much impression in the coming weeks.
Dirt Modifieds fronted with less than the 20 nominated entries and their numbers were reduced further when Garry Wathen found himself upside down whilst in possession of a the lead in heat two. With Lee McKinnell having won the opening heat ahead of David Clark and Kevin Stow, Wathen had established a substantial lead in heat two before being collected by a lapped car and sent hard into the turn one wall. Nick Stubbs inherited the lead and took the win over Ray Klarich and Andrew Pezzutti.
Klarich triumphed in heat three, leading McKinnell and Andrew Firth to the line before Mitchell Randall romped home to take heat four in advance of Chris Corbett and Pezzutti.
Just 14 cars fronted for the feature and it was McKinnell who shot to the front to lead through the opening laps. However, Pezzutti had quickly slipped into second spot and was using the cushion to great effect, roaring around the outside of McKinnell on lap 13 to assume the lead, with contact between the pair allowing Klarich to momentarily advance into second spot. McKinnell recovered quickly though and, after disposing of Klarich, he emulated Pezzutti’s use of the high line to regain the lead from the former national champ and charge top the chequer for an impressive win. Klarich consolidated third ahead of Clark, Firth and Chris Corbett, with Simon Blandford, Trevor Wiley, Nick Knott and Graeme Holland the only others to go the distance.
Tristan Johnson downed Ryan Skennar and Kristin Brown in the first of the Formula 500 heats, with national champ Liam Williams waltzing home ahead of Ryan McNamara and Tomas Partington in heat two.
Graham Williams did a good job to keep his titled namesake at bay in winning heat three, with McNamara third on this occasion, while the final heat went to Skennar over Brown and Upshall.
Skennar enjoyed a fleeting moment at the front of the feature race before Liam Williams surged into the lead through turn two on the opening lap and had skipped well clear of the field when the race ended early following a clash between Skennar and Brown as they battled for third spot, a tangle that prevented either driver from securing a place on the podium. McNamara clinched second spot ahead of Upshall and Graham Williams, with Piper Ogilvie finishing fifth ahead of Randy Morgan, Cameron Bertuch and Partington.
Wins in the Formula 500 Juniors were shared around with Nick Whell, Boyd Chaffey, Nick Hodges and Tarhlea Apelt all visiting victory lane.
Kurt Wilson was untroubled against a very small field to win the Lightning Sprints feature race from the front row, leading home Kirsty Kelly, Jason Rae and Andrew Sparks.
Heat wins were shared between Wilson, Aaron Kelly and Peter Campbell, with neither Kelly nor Campbell going the distance in the feature.
The Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedan feature went to Jason Walsh from Thomas Hunter and James Ivermee.
Next Saturday night (February 25) at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway will feature another big double header show with Super Sedans and Midgets on the program, plus AMCA Nationals, Compact Speedcars, Modlites and Open Sedans.
Wednesday February 15, 2017. Archerfield Speedway
After an extended absence of some five weeks during which some teams took the opportunity to refresh and regroup, while others headed south to contest major events in New South Wales and Victoria, Sprintcars return to Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway this Saturday night (February 18) for round eight of the East Coast Logistics Track Championship. No other speedway venue in the state delivers the consistently good racing that Archerfield produces each week and with 30 nominations received so far, it certainly seems as though the drivers are delighted to be back in action at Queensland’s home of Sprintcar racing.
However, this Saturday night will be more than just Sprintcars with a big field of Dirt Modifieds also entered, ensuring that there will be 50 V8 race cars hitting the track and, with Lightning Sprints, Formula 500s and Ford v Holden v Sigma sedans also on the program, the scene is set for another fabulous night of dirt track action.
As always, the Sprintcar line-up is a potent mix of the old and the new; the fearlessness and raw talent of youth verses the guile and knowledge that only comes with experience. It is always a fascinating mix and this weekend promises to be especially interesting given the break in competition that should have all teams primed and ready to perform at the highest level.
Luke Oldfield has been the standout performer so far this season and it is only his absence from round four with an engine problem that has kept him from assuming the championship lead. In addition to his ECL series wins, Oldfield also prevailed in World Series Sprintcar competition in November and is one of only two local competitors to finish ahead of World of Outlaws superstar Donny Schatz in a Sprintcar feature race at Archerfield this season.
The only other track championship contender to defeat Schatz was Gold Coast-based teenager Lachlan McHugh, who stormed to a career-best WSS preliminary feature win on January 6, leaving Schatz, Australian champ Kerry Madsen, defending WSS champ Jamie Veal and current World Series points leader James McFadden in his wake. Continuing his great form, McHugh contested his first ever Australian Sprintcar Championship in Sydney last month against more than 100 other drivers from across the country and performed superbly to finish 12th overall in the feature race.
So, will it be the experience of Oldfield, defending track champion Andrew Scheuerle, Bryan Mann, Peter Lack, Kevin Titman or Brent Kratzmann that prevails in the 30-lap feature race, or will it be a young gun such as McHugh, Mitchell Gee (who scored his maiden feature race win here earlier in the season), Callum Walker, Jayden Peacock, Dylan Menz, Ben Hilder, Brett Minett or Cody Maroske who emerges triumphant? Perhaps somebody else will rise to the challenge and stake their claim because there are certainly plenty of candidates to be considered as potential feature race winners.
Dirt Modifieds are also out in force this weekend with a genuine QLD versus NSW battle looming as the field comprises 10 cars from each state. With Australian champ Kevin Britten stepping into Sprintcars for this weekend, the contest becomes a much more open affair with several potential feature race winners amongst the nominations. Former national champions Andrew Pezzutti and David Clark are obvious contenders, while Lee McKinnell has also earned a place amongst the pre-race favourites with some exceptional results of late. Mitchell Randall was outstanding here in the Paul Britten Memorial event in January, finishing third behind Kevin Britten and Pezzutti, with the likes of Trent Schofield, David Ohl, Garry Wathen, Chris Corbett and Nick Knott also expected to feature in the thick of the action.
As always, the Formula 500s will provide some great competition in the latest round of their KRE Race Engines Championship Series, with gates opening at 4.00pm. Early racing gets underway at 4.45pm, Sprintcar time trials are from 5.30pm and the the main program, featuring round eight of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship plus Dirt Modifieds, Formula 500s, Lightning Sprints and Ford v Holden v Sigma sedans, kicks off at 6.00pm.
East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round eight nominations: Andrew Corbet, Andrew Liebke, Andrew Scheuerle, Ben Hilder, Brad Ayers, Brent Kratzmann, Brett Minett, Brock Dean, Bryan Mann, Callum Walker, Chris Harrison, Cody Maroske, David Whell, Dylan Menz, Jason Bottin, Jayden Peacock, Karl Hoffmans, Kevin Britten, Kevin Titman, Kristy Bonsey, Lachlan McHugh, Luke Oldfield, Mark Pholi, Mick Sauer, Mitch Gowland, Mitchell Gee, Paul Rooks, Peter Lack, Rob Hamilton, Tim Ford
Dirt Modified nominations: Andrew Firth, Andrew Pezzutti, Chris Corbett, Chris Holdt, Dale Corbett, David Clark, David Ohl, Garry Wathen, Greame Holland, Kevin Stow, Lee McKinnell, Marley Weller, Mitchell Randell, Nick Knott, Nick Stubbs, Sam Brown, Simon Blandford, Stuart Jeffries, Trent Schofield, Trevor Wiley
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Sunday February 5, 2017. Archerfield Speedway
Having dominated proceedings throughout the weekend, California’s Rico Abreu led every lap of the Kratzmann Caravans Australian Midget/Speedcar Championship feature race at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (February 4) to score a popular win. Abreu qualified his #97 Spike/Toyota on pole position for the championship finale and was faultless in powering to the fourth feature race win of his Australian campaign, finishing ahead of fellow American Brady Bacon and former champion Nathan Smee.
Bacon was brilliant in his charge through the field after starting 10th, surging into second spot on lap 20 and setting forth on a pursuit of Abreu that saw him narrow the margin considerably in the closing stages, ultimately finishing less than a second in arrears.
In finishing third, Smee was obviously the best of the Australian contingent, with Pennsylvania’s Alex Bright finishing fourth ahead of Michael Stewart, who advanced from position 11 in a very strong showing. Four-time champ Adam Clarke was next best ahead of WA’s Dayne Kingshott, who was the last car on the lead lap in a race that saw just one interruption. Two more Americans in Zach Daum and Andrew Felker were next in line, with Matt Smith rounding out the top ten ahead of Brendan Palmer, who was the first Queenslander home in an event dominated by overseas and interstate competitors.
Kaidon Brown enjoyed a terrific national championship debut in finishing 12th, followed home by Anthony Chaffey, Brock Dean, Troy Jenkins, Rusty Whittaker and Chris Gwilliam, who was the only New Zealander to go the distance.
Defending champion Michael Pickens looked as though he might retain his title when he slotted into second spot on lap 12, only for his race to end four laps later when an engine problem forced him to the infield, joining fellow Kiwi Brad Mosen who had exited two laps earlier. Other casualties were Scott Farmer, Darren Vine and front row starter Hayden Williams who chased Abreu in the early going before dropping a spot to Pickens, only to regain it when Pickens expired. Williams was pushed back to third again when Bacon made his move, he dropped another spot to Smee and then found himself backsliding further before calling it quits on 28.
Needing a win to secure a place in the feature race field, 16-year-old Kaydon Brown did exactly that in the opening heat of the night (heat 13), fending off the spirited advances of Smith to score a narrow win, with Matt Jackson third in a NSW trifecta.
Scott Doyle may have momentarily believed he had Abreu’s measure in heat 14, leading the first six laps before the inevitable pass came that brought Abreu his third heat win for the weekend and ensured he finished as top qualifier. An untidy last couple of laps saw Doyle slip to third behind Kingshott.
Heat 15 was one of the best races of the season with a stacked field putting on a surfeit of slide-jobs in a wonderful exhibition. It was a last lap pass from Bright that propelled him into the lead and the win, relegating Clarke to second ahead of Palmer, Bacon, Pickens and Daum.
Felker proved too fast in in the final heat of the weekend, giving his championship aspirations a boost with a win over Gwilliam and Victoria’s sole representative in Travis Mills.
Michael Harders downed Darren Dillon in a hastily convened C Main, with both drivers progressing into the B Main.
Doyle romped home in the B Main, eventually finishing more than three seconds clear of Vine, Farmer and Jenkins, who looked to be the last of the transferees into the feature race until Doyle found himself unable to take his place in the field, elevating fifth-placed Whittaker into the main event.
The opening round of the Pole Shuffle saw Smee defeat Daum before being upstaged by Smith in round two. Smith was subsequently beaten by Clarke, who also downed Bright before jumping the start in the clash against Pickens and being ordered to the infield. Pickens was outpaced by Williams in the penultimate clash, setting up a best-of-three final clash against Abreu, who was untroubled in winning 2-0 to secure pole position.
Sure, had Bacon started closer to the front of the field, the 40-lap feature race may have taken on a different complexion, but Abreu was the form driver of the weekend and was not going to be denied, becoming the 10th American to win the event, much to the delight of the vocal crowd.
In Compact Speedcar action, Barry Gibbes won two heats and Nathan Mathers the other, but it was Robbie Stewart who emerged an easy winner in the Garnie Laffin TQ Classic Feature Race. Mathers finished second ahead of Wayne Corbett, Trent Usher and Audie Malt, with Gibbes next best in advance of Steve Swingler and American Ty Tilton.
A delighted Cody O’Connell collected his first ever Wingless Sprint feature race win, downing Glenn Wright, Adam Butler, Kyle Mock and Scott Thomsen in an entertaining display.
Steve Potts sailed home to win the AMCA Nationals feature race, downing Russ Hardy, Jason Dreaver, Thomas Vickery and Stephen Ward.
Ben Robertson took out the Open Sedan B feature and it was Wayne Kirkman who prevailed in the Open Sedan A feature.
Saturday February 4, 2017. Archerfield Speedway
After the opening night of competition in the Kratzmann Caravans 2016/2017 Australian Midget/Speedcar Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Friday night (February 3), it is the international contingent who lead the way, with California’s Rico Abreu sitting atop the championship standings after three rounds of qualifying heats. With two heat wins and a runner-up result in the other, Abreu sits five points clear of New Zealand’s defending champion Michael Pickens who, after finishing second in his opening two heats, finished the night with a brilliant drive to victory in his final outing. Another Kiwi in Hayden Williams is third overall, while Nathan Smee is the best of the Aussies in fourth, followed by two more American hotshoes in Zach Daum and Brady Bacon.
The NSW-based pair of Matt Smith and four-time champion Adam Clarke are equal seventh, with Anthony Chaffey next best as the highest placed of the locals. Western Australia’s Dayne Kingshott rounds out the top ten ahead of Michael Stewart and two more Americans in Alex Bright and Andrew Felker.
A 41-car field fronted for competition and it was Smee who got things underway when he cleaned up in the opening heat, leading Bright and Bacon to the line.
Having inherited a pole position start in heat two when Lee Redmond headed infield before the race got underway, Chaffey took maximum advantage to lead home Abreu, who advanced from the back of the grid, with Brad Mosen third.
Daum downed Pickens and Michael Stewart in heat three, with Williams striking in heat four to finish ahead of Troy Ware and Felker.
Smith sailed home in heat five to down Chris Gwilliam and Chaffey before Abreu snared the first of his two wins when he outpaced Mosen and Kingshott in heat six.
Williams doubled up in heat seven to down Pickens and Felker, while heat eight fell in favour of Clarke over Scott Farmer and Rusty Whittaker.
The racing through the first two rounds of heats was somewhat tame by Midget standards, but things heated up in the final rounds and perhaps offered some insight into how things might pan out tonight.
Heat nine saw Smee cement his place as the best of the Aussies with another win, this time over Michael Stewart who, after an early spin, stormed back through the field to snatch second spot from Smith on the final lap.
In a remarkable performance, Abreu took less than two laps to advance from position nine to the lead in heat ten before clearing away to win with ease ahead of Kingshott and Michael Harders, who bounced back after crashing out of his opening heat.
Bacon was even more impressive in heat eleven, finishing more than six seconds clear of Brock Dean and Troy Jenkins.
The final heat of the night was also the best with Pickens pouncing on the final lap to usurp Daum from the lead after the pair had swapped spots on more than one occasion. Further back, Bright surged from the deep in the field to grab third late in the race.
When newly crowned Australian champ Aaron Prosser spun himself out of the race with just two laps remaining, Terry Leerentveld took maximum advantage to score yet another Modlite feature race win. Sean Butcher capped a very good night with a runner-up finish ahead of Steve Collins, Ben Walker, Richard Mapp, Troy Evans and Sean Rose. Heat wins went to Prosser, Butcher, Walker and Klinton Hancey, whose feature race ambitions were scuttled after just two laps.
Kurt Wilson held on from a fast-finishing Kirsty Kelly to win the Lightning Sprint feature race. Improving with each outing throughput the night, Jason Rae climbed to third ahead of American Ty Tilton, with Darren Baldwin and Andrew Sparks the only other finishers. It was Wilson, Kirsty Kelly and Aaron Kelly who shared the heat wins.
Formula 500 Junior race wins were also shared around with Nick Hodges, Bodie Smith, Dekota Gay and Boyd Chaffey visiting victory lane.
The Kratzmann Caravans 76th Australian Midget/Speedcar Championship concludes tonight (February 4) at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway with a final round of heats, B Main, Pole Shuffle and 40-lap championship feature race. AMCA Nationals, Wingless Sprints, Compact Speedcars and Open Sedans are also on the program, along with fireworks and a Demolition Derby.
Tuesday January 31, 2017. Archerfield Speedway
For 75 years, Speedcars have been a staple of the Australian speedway landscape and the history and tradition of the category is unparalleled on Australian dirt track ovals. Speedcars, or Midgets as they now more commonly known in Queensland and Worldwide, have produced some of the greatest drivers in Australian motorsport, including three-time Formula 1 World Champion Jack Brabham, while others such as Johnny Stewart, Ray Revell, Blair Shepherd, Andy McGavin, Len Brock and many more became dirt track superstars in the halcyon days of the sport in the 1960s. To this day, Midget racing has continued to produce some of the finest speedway talent in the country and consistently delivers some the toughest, most intense competition on speedway circuits across the country.
As a truly international formula, the biggest names from overseas have regularly visited Australia to take on our best competitors. From the likes of American stars such as Bob Tattersall, AJ Foyt, Sleepy Tripp, Mel Kenyon, Davey Ray and Bryan Clausen to legendary New Zealander Barry Butterworth, international drivers have been a part of the Australian midget scene since the earliest days of the division and that tradition continues to this day. Furthermore, international drivers have always been welcome to participate in all of the biggest Midget races in Australia and that tradition also continues this weekend when Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway hosts the Kratzmann Caravans 76th Australian Midget/Speedcar Championship. To be staged over two nights of competition (Friday/Saturday, February 3 & 4), the championship weekend has attracted more than 40 drivers from across Australia, New Zealand and the United States in what is shaping as an epic encounter from the very best in the business.
Leading the international charge and having earned the right to pre-race favouritism with three feature race wins already on his Australia tour this season is Californian ace Rico Abreu. Having won all three World Championship events staged at Archerfield and Lismore over the previous two weekends, Abreu is in superb form and the former USAC National Midget champion and two-time Chilli Bowl winner is the man to beat. Joining Abreu in representing the United States will be a quartet of ultra-talented professionals in Alex Bright (2016 ARDC Champion and a three-time podium finisher in this event), Andrew Felker (POWRi Midget Championship winner and runner-up in this event last season), Zac Daum (3-time POWRi champion and winner of the Victorian Midget Championship) and Brady Bacon (winner of more than 50 feature events in various open-wheel categories). As their records attest, each of these drivers bring a wealth of experience and abundant talent in their bid to join the likes of Tattersall, Ray and the seven other Americans who have won the event since it was first staged in 1935.
Last year, New Zealander Michael Pickens created history when he became the first Kiwi to lift the title, winning a thrilling championship finale at Sydney Speedway. Whilst he suffered an engine failure at Archerfield two weeks ago in an unfortunate setback in his bid to defend his title, he will bounce back big time this weekend because he is a world class competitor who has accrued seven New Zealand Championships and countless feature race wins in three countries with organisations such as USAC and POWRi. The rest of the New Zealand contingent is also very impressive and includes Brad Mosen, Hayden Williams and Chris Gwilliam. Williams is a three-time track champion at Western Springs Speedway in Auckland and won a 50-lap feature race at Archerfield last season and Mosen is also a New Zealand Championship winner, while Gwilliam has been based at Archerfield this season and has already collected a feature race win in the Polar Ice Track Championship.
If the international line-up looks strong, then the interstate contingent converging on Brisbane for this event is as good as it can possibly be with drivers travelling from New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia amongst the nominations, including three previous winners in Neville Lance, Nathan Smee and four-time champion Adam Clarke, the man who lost his crown to Pickens last season in the Sydney thriller. Along with Dayne Kingshott and Lee Redmond, Lance is trekking from WA for the event in search of a second title in a career spanning 30+ years, while Clarke and Smee lead an 11-strong NSW contingent into battle. With Travis Mills also trekking north to represent Victoria, more than half of the 42-car field will be from interstate or overseas.
It is perhaps fitting that this most prestigious event has been awarded to Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway this season given that the venue, perhaps more so than any other track, has been a great supporter of Midget racing through the Polar Ice Series, World Championship rounds and other major events, such as the annual 50-lap feature race. As such, local drivers will be desperate to repay that support by bringing the championship trophy to Queensland by outpacing and upstaging the international and interstate drivers invading their territory. Amongst those expected to challenge for championship honours are Troy Ware, Scott Doyle, Brendan Palmer, Darren Vine and former Queensland champion Rusty Whittaker, while rookie Scott Farmer might prove a surprise packet after an excellent performance in the recent World Championship event when he emerged as the best placed of the locals despite his limited experience in the Midget ranks.
Regardless of the outcome, the racing will be red hot over both nights of competition as drivers fight for the right to carry the Australia #1 mantle for the next 12 months. Friday night will comprise three rounds of qualifying heats (12 in Total), with Saturday action to include a final brace of qualifying heats, a B Main, Pole Shuffle and the Kratzmann Caravans Championship Feature Race.
Support action on Friday will comprise Lightning Sprints, Modlites and Formula 500 Juniors, with AMCA Nationals, Compact Speedcars, Wingless Sprints and Open Sedans also featuring on Saturday night, along with fireworks and the car crunching craziness of a Demolition Derby. Another American racer in Ty Tilton will be doing double duty over the weekend, competing in Lightning Sprint competition on Friday night before taking on the local Compact Speedcar stars on Saturday.
Gates open at 4.00pm each day (3.30pm for online ticket holders) and early racing gets underway at 4.45pm both nights, The main program kicks off at 6.00pm and the battle for championship honours will, as it always does, produce some superb Midget competition.
Kratzmann Caravans 76th Australian Midget/Speedcar Championship nominations:
Michael Pickens NZ
Chris Gwilliam NZ
Charlie Brown QLD
Alex Bright USA
Rodney Harders QLD
Darren Vine QLD
Anthony Chaffey QLD
Travis Mills VIC
Andrew Felker USA
Lee Redmond WA
Zach Daum USA
Michael Harders QLD
Neville Lance WA
Mark George QLD
Dayne Kingshott WA
Mitch Haynes QLD
Scott Farmer QLD
Jamie Hall NSW
Brad Mosen NZ
Adam Clarke NSW
Cal Whatmore QLD
Dallas Sharp QLD
Brendan Palmer QLD
Brad Young QLD
Michael Stewart NSW
Darren Dillon QLD
Scott Doyle QLD
Dan Biner NSW
Nathan Smee NSW
Matt Smith NSW
Brady Bacon USA
Troy Ware QLD
Reid Mackay QLD
Troy Jenkins NSW
Rusty Whittaker QLD
Hayden Williams NZ
Jason Bell NSW
Aidan Corish NSW
Matt Jackson NSW
Rico Abreu USA
Kaidon Brown NSW
Brock Dean QLD
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Sunday January 22, 2017. Archerfield Speedway
It was the international stars who dominated the World Midget Championship finale at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (January 21), with two-time Chili Bowl champion Rico Abreu racing to victory in a terrific feature event. Abreu qualified on pole position for the 40-lap feature race presented by Speedcars Australia and took command of the race from the outset, seeing off an initial challenge from Zach Daum and then withstanding a late race surge from fellow statesider Brady Bacon to secure victory. An American trifecta looked to be on the cards until Daum exited on lap 28, enabling preliminary feature winner Nathan Smee to snare the final spot on the podium.
In a remarkable run through the field, Scott Farmer somehow secured fourth ahead of New Zealander Chris Gwilliam and Brock Dean, with Reid Mackay, Jason Bell, Kaiden Brown and Rodney Harders rounding out the top ten. Having moved ahead of Smee on lap 28, Troy Jenkins looked set to repeat his podium result from Friday night until he slowed and exited just five laps later, joining Daum, Matt Smith, Chris Singleton, Scott Doyle, Brad Young and Brendan Palmer on the infield.
On the same program, Darren Vine maintained his stranglehold on the Australian Compact Speedcar Championship, taking maximum advantage of the turbo-charged power at his disposal to score a comfortable win in in the 30-lap championship final. Robbie Stewart settled into second early and faced little threat for his position once Wayne Corbett exited on lap nine after shedding a wheel. As a spectacle, all of the action came courtesy of the battle for third as Nathan Mathers kept Victorian champion Justin Paull and Mark Heaton at bay to secure third and ensure a Queensland trifecta. Starting the weekend with only 22 cars, a few absentees on the second night resulted in just 17 cars facing the starter in the championship final, only ten of whom made it to the chequer, with Jim Kennedy, Mitchell Rooke, Nick Gannon, James Barton and Dave Swan completing the finishers.
Having finished the opening night as top poinstcorer, Daum consolidated his position in the opening heat of the night when he downed Singleton and Dallas Sharp.
Heat eleven saw the locals prevail with Rodney Harders leading home Young and Dean, while the final heat proved an emphatic win for Abreu over Mackay and Gwilliam.
In the pole shootout, Abreu advanced from the bronze round and then took out the silver showdown before completing his climb up the order when he outpaced Daum in the gold shootout to secure pole position, the two Americans outpacing Smee and Jenkins by half a second.
At the drop of the green to get the feature underway, Abreu shot to the front ahead of Smee, who had slipped ahead of Daum. The two highest qualifiers amongst the locals in Doyle and Young had their race end after just one lap when they tangled in turn four, taking Palmer with them to the infield. Back underway, Daum pounced to usurp Smee and set off in pursuit of Abreu while, back in the pack, Bacon was riding the cushion in his forward charge, rounding up the likes of Matt Smith and Gwilliam on his surge to the front. Bacon deposed Smee on lap 12 and then relegated Daum on lap 25, only for the latter to reclaim the position momentarily before grinding to a halt in turn two and retiring. Further back, Jenkins found a way past Smee to secure what would have been third until he too headed infield, leaving it to Smee to try and reel in the American duo. Bacon made significant inroads on Abreu, but was unable to wrest the lead, while Smee couldn’t repeat his Friday night heroics and had to be content with third place.
Compact Speedcar heat wins went to Justin Paull, Barry Gibbes and Corbett, who would start on the front row of the feature race alongside Stewart. However, Vine had made his way to the front after just five laps and that was, as they say, all she wrote as he cleared away to secure win without anybody getting close enough to mount a serious bid for the top spot. The biggest incident of the night came when Mark Maczek rode out a wild ride in the main straight, but nothing was going to prevent Vine from clocking yet another win.
Modlite heat wins went to Klinton Hancey, Ben Walker and Trent McClean, but it was Chris Ruane who proved too pacey in the feature event, leading home Hancey, Sean Butcher, McClean and Will Butler.
Ben Robertson won the Open Sedan B feature and then Wayne Kirkman pounced late in the race to take out the Open Sedan A feature when Ray Lane suffered a flat tyre whilst in control of the race.
The mighty Midgets return to Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on February 3 and 4 for the Kratzmann’s Caravans Australian Midget Championship featuring more Americans, more New Zealanders and all of the best drivers from across Australia.
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