World Series Showdown This Saturday
Author : Archerfield Speedway
Sure, Queensland speedway fans are used to seeing some of the best Sprintcar racing throughout each season with the Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway Track Championship, but this Saturday night (November 26) the local stars will be out to defend their territory against the very best drivers from across Australia in round three of the 30th Anniversary World Series Sprintcar Championship presented by Performance Wholesale. Jamie Veal, James McFadden and Brooke Tatnell, who have 12 WSS championship wins between them, lead the interstate invasion and it is defending champion Veal who currently sits atop the championship standings, having won both of the opening rounds in vastly different circumstances.
The opening event at Murray Bridge Speedway was rained out after the completion of all the heat races, leaving Veal as the top pointscorer overall, while round two in Sydney saw Veal drive to a dominant win in the 30-lap feature event. McFadden and Tatnell finished fourth and fifth respectively in Sydney and will be looking for improved results in Brisbane to prevent Veal from further expanding his advantage. However, whilst all three of these drivers have outstanding records of success across the country, winning at Archerfield has always proven a somewhat tougher proposition than at other venues and that certainly doesn’t look like changing any time soon. Veal in particular has been unable to produce the brilliant form here that has carried him to so much success elsewhere, but he will need to be at his absolute best if he is going to keep McFadden, Tatnell and more than 20 other drivers at bay to further expand his series lead.
Other interstaters hitting the track on Saturday night include Andrew Wright from New South Wales, South Australian Jake Tranter and the Western Australia-based duo of Daniel Harding and Jason Pryde, while current track champion Andrew Scheuerle and Toowoomba’s Peter Lack are leading the local challenge. Proven performers at WSS level, Scheuerle and Lack have both won championship rounds, while the likes of Bryan Mann, Luke Oldfield, Brent Kratzmann and Darren Jensen also bring a wealth of big race experience and success into the contest. Oldfield has been in sensational form this season and he should be supremely confident of taking the challenge to the contracted stars.
Young guns Mitchell Gee and Callum Walker took the opportunity to acquire some WSS experience in Sydney last weekend and both will relish the opportunity to tackle the contracted stars on the track that has been the catalyst for their rapid development into genuine contenders, and it will be no surprise to see either of them in the thick of the action at the front of the feature race field. Jayden Peacock is another rising star looking to shine in the WSS spotlight, while Kevin Titman could also be a contender if he can rid himself of the bad luck that has plagued his Archerfield campaign so far this season.
Also looking to make a big impression on Saturday night will be the Super Sedans contesting round five of the Think Money Championship Series. Current points leader Mark Pagel will be looking to continue the remarkable run of success that has seen him feature on the podium at all four rounds, with two feature race wins. However, Pagel will face off against no less than four Australian Championship winners in Darren Kane, Matt Pascoe, Steve Jordan and Michael Nicola, along with Wayne Randall, Ian Brims, defending series champion Sean Black and another dozen drivers looking to make their mark on what is looming as a huge night of action.
Determined not to be overshadowed, the Compact Speedcars look set to produce their biggest field so far this season with 19 drivers slated to compete. National champ Darren Vine is the obvious favourite, but there are plenty of potential challengers in the field, such as Wayne Corbett, Rob Stewart, Mark Maczek, Dave Collins and Steve Swingler.
Only Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway brings you Australia’s very best drivers in three divisions on one massive action-packed program. Gates open at 4.00pm (3.30pm for online ticket holders), with early racing from 4.45pm. Round three of the 30th Anniversary World Series Sprintcar Championship presented by Performance Wholesale will get underway with time trials from 5.30pm, with the main racing program kicking off at 6.00pm. Tickets can be purchased online via the track website, with family passes available from just $80.00.
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