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Brisbane Season Wraps Up
Sunday June 3, 2018. Archerfield Speedway
On a very chilly winter evening, the 2017/2018 season of competition at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway drew to a close on Saturday night (June 2) with a mixed program of sedan and open wheel events that produced some close racing and a couple of huge crashes, the most spectacular of which resulted in a damage to the safety fence and brought about a delay in proceedings. Despite finishing second in their respective feature races, it was Brant Chandler and Aaron Kelly who prevailed in the Wingless Sprint and Lightning Sprint season pointscores, while Jason Walsh, Wayne Kirkman and Nathan Lowe shared the spoils in the Australian Championship finals for Open Sedans and Holden vs Ford vs Sigma Sedans.

Heading into the night, Cody OConnell needed to significantly outscore Chandler if he was to somehow snatch victory in the Ian Boettcher Race Parts Wingless Sprint Club Championship and he certainly rose to the challenge, finishing ahead of Chandler in three of the four races and winning the feature race, but ultimately falling short in his championship chase.

It was Matt Wright who kicked things off in winning the opening heat ahead of OConnell and Chandler, with Brad Keiler downing Paul Robinson and OConnell in heat two.

Josh Dreaver led every lap of heat three except for the one that counted most, edged out by Brody Thomsen in the final millimetres to lose by 0.051, with Chandler third on this occasion.

OConnell set a cracking pace in the 15-lap feature race and never looked under threat but needed Chandler to finish well down the order to secure the Club Championship. However, Chandler knew that a top-five finish would be enough and he slotted into second spot from the outset and followed OConnell home. Brad Keiler occupied third spot in the early stages before being relegated to fifth behind Scott Thomsen and Michael Butcher in what was a spirited scrap for the minor placings. Robinson, Dreaver and Wright were next best, with Rob Hamilton and Corey O’Toole rounding out the top ten.

The Lightning Sprint Club Championship played out along similar lines with Keith Blatch trying to chase down Aaron Kelly to take the series. With Kelly plagued by a series of setbacks in the heats, Blatch emerged as top qualifier for the feature race and subsequently went on take the race to end his Queensland Championship-winning season with further success. However, driving the #51 normally campaigned by Tyler Stralow after failing to finish the second or third heats, a surging run into second place in the feature race was enough to ensure that Kelly clinched to club pointscore. Bouncing back from a heat race rollover, Jeremy Hassall finished third in the feature ahead of Jason Rae, with Kurt Wilson salvaging a fifth-place finish after spinning twice in turn four.

Blatch won the opening heat from Wilson and Kelly, with Hassall high-tailing it to the chequer in heat two to defeat Blatch and Darren Baldwin.

Driving the #48 usually campaigned by David Van Vegchel, Wilson took out the third heat in advance of Blatch and Rae.

A distinctly State of Origin flavour pervaded the Junior Sedan racing and the youngsters put on a terrific display. Queensland struck first blood with state champ Casey OConnell leading home Dakota Laverty in the opening heat, leaving Josh Boyd in third as the best of the southerners.

The Blues bounced back in heat two though with a trifecta result that saw Josh Weir lead Brock Youngberry and Boyd to the flag, with Matthew Weir prevailing in heat three over Laverty and Youngberry.

Laverty led the opening laps of the feature before being swamped at a restart after Josh Weir flipped out through turn one. In a thrilling battle at the front of the field, it was Boyd who emerged victorious over Youngberry, OConnell, Laverty and Matthew Weir, with Zac Pascoe snaring sixth after starting at the back of the pack.

Brock Armstrong downed Luke Gray and Aiden Weir in the opening Street Stock heat and heat two then saw Nigel O’Neill home first, with Weir second ahead of Gray on this occasion. However, come feature race time there was no stopping Madison Harkin from the front row as he led every lap to defeat Glen Armstrong, Paul Youngberry, Gray and O’Neill.

The heat racing took its toll on the Holden vs Ford vs Sigma field, leaving just six cars to contest their Australian Championship final. Jason Walsh emerged a comfortable winner, finishing more than four seconds clear of Matthew Hannigan, who had earlier won two heat races. After making a smoky exit from his opening heat and then missing his next start, Michael Laver bounced back to finish in third spot ahead of Troy Price.

Dave Tookey was the only other heat winner but was one of several drivers who failed to start the feature.

Having completely dominated the Open Sedan B racing this season, Ben Robertson started his championship campaign with a win in the opening heat but was plagued by mechanical maladies for the rest of the night and failed to finish his remaining starts, including the feature race. Scott Taylor took out the second heat but also failed to go the distance in the main event, leaving Nathan Lowe to take the race with a margin of more than eight seconds over Alex Sweeney and newcomer Noel Caplet. In a race that saw more than half the field fail to go the distance, Lesley Beer finished fourth and was followed to the flag by Jaycina Craft and John Woolf.

Wayne Kirkman and David Mortimer shared the spoils in the Open Sedan A heats and then duelled throughout the feature race before Kirkman emerged victorious. Mortimer finished second ahead of Scott Trussell, with Nathan Jones fourth at the flag.

Kyle Honour won the Modlites final ahead of Jared Stephenson and Angela Leerentveld, with other winners on the night including Graeme Rangihuna (Stockcars), Lesley Beer (Ladies Race) and Nigel ONeill (King of the Ring), while Larkin teamed up with Dave Putsey to win the Open Enduro and bring the season to a close.

Massive Season Set for Archerfield
Sunday June 3, 2018. Archerfield Speedway
With the 2017/2018 Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway season having just wrapped up, attention now turns to what is shaping as a massive 2018/2019 campaign at the Brisbane venue. The 2018/2019 season calendar has been released and the highlight of the upcoming season will undoubtedly be the staging of the 57th Australian Sprintcar Championship over two spectacular nights on January 26 and 27. Is there a better way to celebrate the Australia Day weekend than watching Australias finest Sprintcar drivers do battle for the prestige that comes with an Australian Championship victory? It promises to be something very special and will be preceded by a special midweek Prelude to the Championship event on Wednesday, January 23 that will also feature the Queensland AMCA Nationals Championship.

In the lead-up to championship week, Archerfield will once again host an exclusive Australian campaign from World of Outlaws superstar Donny Schatz that will include another assault on the rich Titan Garages Australian Open on January 4 and 5, which doubles as a round of World Series Sprintcars. Schatz will start his Archerfield residency on December 26, with subsequent appearances on December 29, and January 1 prior to the Australian Open before wrapping up his tour with a round of World Series Sprintcars on January 9 presented by Performance Wholesale.

In addition to the Australian Championship, two World Series rounds and a round of the Easter Triple Challenge on April 20, Sprintcar competitors will contest 16 rounds of the East Coast Logistics Track Championship and it will be interesting to see who can follow in the footsteps of young guns such as Mitchell Gee, Lachlan McHugh and Callum Walker and emerge as series contenders against those who have already tasted track championship success such as Luke Oldfield, Bryan Mann and current champ Andrew Scheuerle. With several new drivers expected to swell the local Queensland ranks even further, Sprintcar fans will experience a season like no other as their local heroes face off against the best drivers from Australia and overseas in a series of events that will prove the ultimate test of preparation, determination and skill.

In addition to the abundant Sprintcar action on offer, there are plenty of other highlights on the calendar, including no less than 10 outings for the mighty Midgets and five scheduled appearances each for Super Sedans and Dirt Modifieds. With both categories having grrown exponentially as a result of basing their racing operations at Archerfield in recent seasons, Formula 500s and Compact Speedcars again feature prominently with 12 shows apiece, with Lightning Sprints, AMCA Nationals, Modlites and Wingless Sprints also getting plenty of runs.

Following two practice nights on August 25 and September 8, the season kicks off on September 22 and there are 28 nights of racing scheduled for the season, with the full 2018/2019 Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway calendar as follows:

September 22: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 1, Midgets, Compact Speedcars, Formula 500s, Formula 500 Juniors, Fireworks

October 13: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 2, Super Sedans, Compact Speedcars, Formula 500s, Wingless Sprints

October 27: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 3, Midgets, Formula 500s, AMCA Nationals, Open Sedans, Ford vs Holden vs Sigma Sedans

November 10: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 4, Lightning Sprints, Formula 500s, Wingless Sprints, Formula 500 Juniors

November 24: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 5, Midgets, Compact Speedcars, Wingless Sprints, Formula 500 Juniors, Ford vs Holden vs Sigma Sedans

December 1: Dirt Modifieds, Formula 500s, Lightning Sprints, Late Models, Microsprints, Open Sedans

December 8: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 6, Midgets, AMCA Nationals, Modlites, Ford vs Holden vs Sigma Sedans

December 26: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 7, Midgets, Compact Speedcars, Mod Lites, Fireworks

December 29: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 8, Super Sedans, AMCA Nationals, Open Sedans

January 1: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 9, Dirt Modified Paul Britten 44, Formula 500s, Ford vs Holden vs Sigma Sedans, Fireworks, Demolition Derby

January 4: Titan Garages World Series Sprintcar Australian Open, Midgets, Lightning Sprints

January 5: Titan Garages World Series Sprintcar Australian Open, Formula 500s, AMCA Nationals, Wingless Sprints

January 9: Performance Wholesale World Series Sprintcars, Compact Speedcars, Modlites

January 23: Sprintcars Prelude to the Australian Title, Queensland AMCA Nationals Championship

January 26: Australian Sprintcar Championship, Lightning Sprints, Modlites, Formula 500 Juniors

January 27: Australian Sprintcar Championship, AMCA Nationals, Compact Speedcars

February 9: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 10, Midgets, Formula 500s, Compact Speedcars, Lightning Sprints, Formula 500 Juniors

February 16: Super Sedans, Wingless Sprints, AMCA Nationals, Modlites, Open Sedans, Ford vs Holden vs Sigma Sedans

February 23: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 11, Compact Speedcars, Lightning Sprints, Modlites

March 9: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 12, Midgets, Formula 500s, Compact Speedcars, AMCA Nationals, Open Sedans

March 23: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 13, Dirt Modifieds, Compact Speedcars, Modlites, Formula 500 Juniors, Ford vs Holden vs Sigma Sedans

April 6: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 14, Midgets, Formula 500s, AMCA Nationals, Lightning Sprints, Modlites, Fireworks, Demolition Derby

April 20: Sprintcars Easter Triple Challenge, Formula 500s, Wingless Sprints, Modlites, Formula 500 Juniors

April 27: Super Sedans, Dirt Modifieds, Compact Speedcars, Lightning Sprints, Ford vs Holden vs Sigma Sedans

May 11: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 15, Midget 50 Lapper, Wingless Sprints, AMCA Nationals, Formula 500 Juniors

May 18: Super Sedans, Dirt Modifieds, Lightning Sprints, Modlites, Open Sedans, Ford vs Holden vs Sigma Sedans

May 25: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Grand Final, Midgets, Compact Speedcars, Formula 500s, Fireworks, Caravan, Boat & Dunny Race

June 2: Modlites, Open Sedan Australian Championship, Ford vs Holden vs Sigma Sedan Australian Championship

The full calendar is available on the track website and is subject to change. Additional support categories may be added to some events and other attractions such as Monster Trucks are yet to be confirmed.

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Grand Final to Lack, but Scheuerle is Champ
Sunday May 27, 2018. Archerfield Speedway
On an evening that proved as unpredictable as it did entertaining, Peter Lack put a wretched season of misfortune behind him to win the final round of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (May 26). Running the high line on a track that remained super juicy through the night as a result of afternoon rain that threatened to curtail proceedings, Lack had two stints at the head of the field enroute to nabbing a morale-boosting win. In finishing second, Andrew Scheuerle wrapped up the championship, while Mitchell Gee put in a mighty run from 17th to finish third ahead of Brock Dean and Kevin Britten.

In the final round of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship, New Zealander Taylor Clarke prevailed in the feature race, leading Mark George and Cal Whatmore to the chequer.

No surprises in the final round of the KRE Formula 500 Championship Series with Australian champ Liam Williams leading all the way to defeat James Kennedy and Kristin Brown, while a spectacular end to the Compact Speedcar feature race resulted in Tim Farrell clinching the win ahead of Corey Stothard and Robbie Stewart.

After a delayed start to proceedings courtesy of late afternoon showers, 29 cars hit the track for Sprintcar qualifying and with the track improving through the course of the session, it looked as though the youngest driver in the field was going to top the timesheets when Randy Morgan stopped the clock at 12.739. However, the last group to hit the track had other ideas and it was Stewart Craig who ultimately emerged on top with a 12.484 effort to edge out Brodie Tulloch (12.622) and Morgan. Saving his best performance for the season finale, Andrew Corbet timed fourth quickest ahead of Dan Murray, Bryan Mann, Scheuerle and Luke Oldfield, with Karl Hoffmans and Mitch Gowland rounding out the top ten.

Brent Kratzmann was untroubled in winning the opening heat from Britten and Mann as Scheuerle suffered an early setback when a turn two territorial dispute put him out of action.

The first sign that Lack was in the midst of a change in fortunes came in heat two when he pounced to take the race after the battle for the lead between Gee and Oldfield became so close that the two cars hooked together and were subsequently left stranded on the infield as Lack charged to the chequer ahead of Dean and Kris Jennings.

The first attempt to get heat three underway resulted in the two front row starters in Anthony Lambert and Mark Pholi executing a synchronised slew onto the infield, bringing about a restart with Lambert relegated to the second row and Pholi at the back of the pack. Cody Maroske took full advantage of his elevation to pole position, leading all the way to finish ahead of Gowland and Corbet.

Lambert bounced back in heat four to win from Kratzmann and Kristy Bonsey, with Kris Jennings withstanding the best efforts of Scheuerle and Ben Hilder, to win heat five.

Refusing to concede his track championship crown without a fight, Oldfield chased down Brad Ayers to win the final heat, leaving Ayers second ahead of Scott Genrich.

As top qualifier, Craig was one of several drivers to make their first appearance in the Dash and it was another of those in Britten who emerged with pole position from the pre-race grid draw. Drawing on the wealth of experience he has accumulated as a three-time Australian Dirt Modified champion, Britten led the 6-lap sprint from go to whoa, leading Morgan, Corbet, Lack, Mann, Tulloch and Murray home, while Craigs great night took a decidedly downward turn when he whacked the wall in turn two on the opening lap and tipped over, never to be seen again.

The B Main carried more weight than usual with both Hilder and Gee amongst the starters in their fight for third overall in the championship. It was another driver with plenty at stake who emerged victorious though with Gowland leading home Pholi, Lambert, Gee and Bonsey, all of whom advanced to the back of the feature race grid. Nathan McFarlane was looking strong and charging hard with a transfer berth in his sights until he wiped out in turn two with just three laps to run.

With Hilder also granted a start in the main event, 19 cars gridded for the final feature race of the 2017/2018 Archerfield Sprintcar season with the unlikely front row pairing of Britten and Morgan to lead the field away. The first attempted start only made it to turn two before Tulloch made an unceremonious exit when he climbed the concrete. The next start was even shorter lived as a result of Mann tipping over in turn one to bring his run of podium results to an end. Once underway, Morgan shot to the front in a preview of what we can expect from him in coming seasons, only to leave himself lamenting what might have been when he tagged the turn four wall and tripped over on lap five. Having moved ahead of Britten on lap two, Lack would lead the field away at the restart, with Oldfield having already advanced from 10th to be sitting third. Oldfield wasted little time in disposing of Britten to grab second spot and then chased down Lack on lap 13 to assume the lead. Having distanced himself from his pursuers, Oldfield looked on track to score yet another feature race win until he tangled with Pholi in turn four with five laps remaining to bring his championship defence to an end. With Oldfield out, Lack found himself back in front again and made easy work of the final four laps to end on otherwise ordinary season on a high. Scheuerle climbed from 11th to clinch the championship courtesy of a runner-up result, while Gee was spectacular in his surge into third after starting from the back row. Dean was another to enjoy a reversal of fortunes with a strong run into fourth ahead of Britten, Kratzmann, Murray and Bonsey, who also made inroads from deep in the field. Hilder and Ayers rounded out the top ten, followed by Gowland, Jennings and Corbet.

In its first appearance on track, the Ian Boettcher Race Parts entry being piloted by Darren Vine was a class above the field in Midget time trials. Vine was the only driver to run under 16 seconds (15.572), half a second quicker than his nearest rivals in Brad Young and Anthony Chaffey, with fourth-fastest George more than a second adrift of Vines effort.

Rusty Whittaker romped home to win the opening heat over Whatmore and Vine, with Mitchell Rooke downing Farmer and Chaffey to two.

Heat three saw Clarke prevail over Vine and Whatmore, with George snaring the final heat of the season ahead of Farmer and Tim Farrell.

In the feature race, Darren Vine was a cut above the rest and had carved out a sizeable advantage before inexplicably spinning to a halt in turn three with just three laps to run. Clarke took maximum advantage of the good fortune bestowed upon him to score his first Archerfield feature win, leading George, Whatmore, Chaffey and Farrell to the chequer, with Vine languishing in ninth behind Robert Mazzer, Brad Young and Brad Dawson, with Barrie Valentino the only other to go the distance. Having already wrapped up the Polar Ice Championship, Farmer endured a disappointing end to an otherwise stellar season, heading infield on lap five where he would be joined by the outgoing champ in Whittaker, along with Audie Malt and Riki Harrison.

It was business as usual in the Formula 500 ranks as Williams again went through the program undefeated, taking out the feature race ahead of Kennedy, Brown, Kurt Wilson and Tomas Partington to add another feature race success and a series win to his already significant list of accomplishments. Bryn Upshall snared sixth in front of Phil Roberts, Ryan McNamara and the most recent Junior graduate in Tarhlea Apelt, with Brady Argles, Vicki Canfield, Luke Edwards and Tony Bailey completing the finishers.

Kennedy claimed the opening heat in advance of McNamara and Partington, with Williams besting Brown and Roberts in the second preliminary.

Wilson led early in heat three before being rounded up by Williams, with Tristan Johnson bouncing back from a roll in his opening heat to finish third.

Partington powered home to take the final heat and secure a front row start in the feature, leading Upshall and Apelt to the flag.

In his first ever appearance in the Compact Speedcar ranks, Bodie Smith almost conjured himself a miracle win after chasing down Tim Farrell and relieving him of the lead. However, when Smith's car stuttered out of turn four with just two laps to run, Farrell pounced to regain the top spot. Stothard finished second ahead of Stewart, with Wayne Corbett awarded fourth despite finishing upside down after riding a wheel in the scramble to avoid the stricken Smith.

Heat winners were Farrell, Stewart and Dave Swan, with Smith making an instant impact in a highly impressive step up from the Junior Formula 500 ranks.
The War is (Almost) Over
Friday May 25, 2018. Archerfield Speedway
The end is nigh. After 15 rounds of racing since it kicked off in September, the 2017/2018 East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship wraps up this Saturday night (May 26) at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway with Andrew Scheuerle poised to reclaim the title. Also on the program this weekend is the final round of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship and the final round of the KRE Race Engines Formula 500 Championship Series, along with Compact Speedcars, Fireworks and the chaos and carnage of the Caravan, Boat and Dunny Derby.

Despite his blistering drive to victory in round 15 of the ECL Sprintcar Track Championship last Saturday night, a heat race misfortune cost vital points and prevented defending champ Luke Oldfield from narrowing the gap significantly in his bid to reel in Scheuerle. Interestingly, across the 15 completed rounds of racing in the series, Oldfield has outscored Scheuerle on 10 occasions, with round 11 ultimately proving to be the pivotal moment in the championship. With the original running of round 11 washed out, the event was rescheduled for the following weekend and, with Oldfield unable to make the new date, Scheuerle took full advantage of the double points on offer to establish a lead that proved insurmountable, despite some barnstorming performances from Oldfield in subsequent rounds.

The fight for third overall is much closer heading into the series finale with the heat race incident that cost Oldfield last Saturday also having significant consequences for Queensland champion Mitchell Gee who, like Oldfield, was an innocent party in the collision. With Gee subsequently unable to take his place in the feature race, Ben Hilders superb run into second place moved him ahead of Gee in the championship standings, albeit by a mere 12 points. Can Hilder deliver a repeat performance and clinch a top-three result or will Gee replicate his state title-winning form to climb back onto the championship podium?

There is also plenty of interest in the battles for the minor placings with Brent Kratzmann currently fifth just 23 points ahead of Peter Lack who, despite a season beset by bad luck, could still secure himself a top-five finish. Further back, Mitch Gowlands persistence has been rewarded and he now finds himself in a very strong position to move into the top ten, needing just 20 points to accomplish what would be a significant feat for the former Wingless Sprintcar competitor. Despite some teams having already ceased operations for the season, a very strong 29-car field has nominated for the grand final, including Bryan Mann, who has featured on the podium at the last two events and will be one of several drivers with no championship position to protect or pursue and therefore no need to hold back in their quest for victory.

In the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship, Scott Farmer has been the standout performer all season and there seems little reason to imagine that he wont be at the forefront once again come feature race time this weekend. Darren Vine has been Farmers biggest rival throughout the championship and he again looms large as the man most likely to prevent Farmer from finishing the season with another win, although defending series champ Rusty Whittaker has rediscovered his best form in recent outings that has put him back on the podium. Others in the field with feature race winning credentials include Mark George, who is a former Queensland champion, and Anthony Chaffey, who has won plenty of races both here and interstate. There are a couple of wildcards in the mix though in Sydneys DJ Raw and New Zealander Taylor Clarke, who impressed here earlier in the season.

In the KRE Formula 500 pointscore, Australian champ Liam Williams has already wrapped up the championship on the back of a dominant season that has seen him snaffle several state titles and major events around the country in addition to his success at home. Williams is almost 200 points clear of Tristan Johnson in the standings, with Ryan McNamara another 140 points back in third place ahead of Bryn Upshall. Sitting jointly in fifth at the moment are Tomas Partington and Kurt Wilson, so expect these two to engage in some very spirited competition with a top-five position in the KRE standings at stake. In fact, all of the top ten drivers in the championship are amongst the 19 nominations while, fresh out of the Junior ranks, Tarhlea Apelt will make her series debut on the back of an impressive run into the top five during her first senior outing last weekend at Gatton.

A very busy season has taken its toll somewhat on Compact Speedcar numbers, with 15 competitors to fight it out in their final outing. Wayne Corbett, Robbie Stewart, Tim Farrell and Glenn Wright make a formidable foursome and it will take a particularly polished performance from another competitor to prevent the feature race winner coming from this quartet. Such an upset is certainly possible though, with the likes of Dave Collins, Matt ONeill and Richard Treanor very much worth watching.

Gates open at 4.00pm (3.30pm for online ticketholders), with early racing from 5.00pm. Sprintcar time trials are scheduled from 5.30pm, with the main program to get underway at 6.00pm.

East Coast Logistics Sprint Car Track Championship Grand Final nominations: Andrew Corbet, Andrew Scheuerle, Anthony Lambert, Ben Hilder, Brad Ayers, Brent Kratzmann, Brock Dean, Brodie Tulloch, Bryan Mann, Cody Maroske, Dan Murray, Jason King, Karl Hoffmans, Kevin Britten, Kris Jennings, Kristy Bonsey, Libby Ellis, Luke Oldfield, Mark Attard, Mark Pholi, Mitch Gowland, Mitchell Gee, Nathan McFarlane, Peter Campbell, Peter Lack, Peter Milnes, Phil Foster, Randy Morgan, Scott Genrich

Polar Ice Midget Track Championship Grand Final nominations: Anthony Chaffey, Audie Malt, Brad Dawson, Brad Young, Cal Whatmore, Darren Vine, DJ Raw, Lance Towns, Mark George, Mitchell Rooke, Nathan Mathers, Riki Harrison, Rusty Whittaker, Scott Farmer, Taylor Clarke, Tim Farrell

KRE Race Engines Formula 500 Championship Series Grand Final nominations: Brady Argles, Bryn Upshall, Cameron Bertuch, Ethan Eyears, Graham Williams, James Kennedy, Kristin Brown, Kurt Wilson, Liam Williams, Luke Edwards, Phil Roberts, Royce Harvey, Ryan McNamara, Tarhlea Apelt, Tristan Johnson, Tomas Partington, Tony Bailey, Vicki Canfield, Wayne Wallace

Compact Speedcar nominations: Bernie Clarke, Brodie Smith, Corey Stothard, Dave Collins, Dave Swan, Glenn Wright, Jayden O’Toole, Matt Jurczak, Matt ONeill, Nick Gannon, Richard Rooke, Rich Treanor, Rob Stewart, Tim Farrell, Wayne Corbet

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Oldfield Fights Back
Sunday May 20, 2018. Archerfield Speedway
Refusing to surrender his title without a fight, Luke Oldfield scorched to victory in round 15 of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (May 19). Recovering from a setback earlier in the night that left his #17 Mud Buddy mount with a ruptured fuel tank, Oldfield advanced from position six to deny Ben Hilder a maiden feature race win, with Bryan Mann surviving several challenges to secure third ahead of Cody Maroske and Michael Saller, with series leader Andrew Scheuerle snaring sixth.

In a thrilling finish to the Wingless Sprint 50-lap Feature Race, Glenn Wright grabbed the lead on the final lap to edge Brant Chandler, with Sydneysider Harley Smee snaring third in advance of Cody OConnell and Paul Robinson.

Queensland champion Nathan Durston outgunned Steve Potts and Russ Hardy to win the AMCA Nationals feature race, while Terry Leerentveld upstaged national champ Klinton Hancey to win the Modlite feature race.

Darren Kane faced little resistance in winning the Late Model feature race over David Doherty and Carter Armstrong, with Ronnie Young prevailing in the Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedan feature.

A couple of late withdrawals left 25 cars to take on the clock in Sprintcar time trials and it was Mann who emerged with KRE Fast Time, stopping the timer at 11.680 to edge out Oldfield (11.689) and Dan Murray (11.760). Peter Lack was next quickest ahead of Hilder, Michael Saller and Brock Dean, with Maroske, Scheuerle and Brent Kratzmann rounding out the top ten.

Nelson Reddacliff looked to have the opening heat safely in his keeping until a moment in turn four enabled Brett Minett to pounce for the win ahead of Brad Ayers, leaving Reddacliff third at the flag.

Victorian visitor Peter Milnes established a sizeable lead early in heat two and then held on to keep a fast-finishing Mitchell Gee at bay, with Kevin Britten third home.

Heat three went to Scott Genrich over Scheuerle and Brodie Tulloch, while the fourth qualifier fell in favour of Maroske in advance of Mark Pholi and Britten.

Heat five could ultimately prove critical in the outcome of the championship with Mitchell Gee, in his first outing as the newly ordained Queensland champion and running second in the track championship points at the time, crashing out when he was unable to avoid Oldfield, who himself had been powerless to evade a sputtering Milnes in the back straight, putting all three cars on the infield. With a new fuel cell installed, Oldfield would return but both Milnes and Gee were done for the night.

There was more action in the final heat when a mistake from Minett in turn four on the opening lap resulted in contact between Brad Ayers and Lack that put both cars on the grass. Saller subsequently sailed home to down Mitch Gowland and Randy Morgan.

Mann emerged from the preliminaries as top qualifier before bumping himself back to fourth in the pre-race draw for the Dash, elevating Hilder and Saller to the front row. With the exception of Oldfield advancing from eighth to sixth, the field finished as they started with Hilder winning from Saller, Murray, Mann and Kratzmann, with Oldfield followed home by Scheuerle and Maroske.

In a drive that belies his lack of experience, Morgan raced around the outside to round up Karl Hoffmans, Gowland, Minett and Ayers on his way to winning the B Main. Having led from the opening lap, Gowland found himself shuffled to third in the final turn as Ayers also slipped ahead, with Minett grabbing the final transfer into the main event.

Hilder shot to the front of the feature at the drop of the green with Saller and Mann in pursuit as third-starting Murray found himself shuffled back several spots on the opening lap. Lacks run of outs continued when a clash with Murray exiting turn two left him prostrate and in the path of Morgan, resulting in both cars exiting the event. Hilder continued to lead at the resumption as Oldfield started to make forward progress, having climbed to third when Minett stopped in turn three on lap nine to halt proceedings again. It took just three laps into the recommencement of racing for Oldfield to find his way to the front and a final interruption on lap 18 following an incident in turn one that put Tulloch out and left Kratzmann sans front wing proved no barrier to Oldfield’s objective as he charged to the chequer to set up a thrilling championship conclusion next Saturday night. Saller slipped back as the laps wound down, enabling Mann to advance into third ahead of Scheuerle, although it would be Maroske whose late surge threatened to bump Mann from the podium. In the end though, Maroske managed fourth ahead of Saller and Scheuerle, with Murray steadying to secure seventh. Britten, Dean, Ayers and Gowland were next in line, with Reddacliff, Pholi and Kratzmann the remaining finishers.

In Development Sprintcar action, Nathan Black won the opener over Jason King and Andrew Baumber, with Peter Campbell home first ahead of David Kenway and Libby Ellis in the second heat.

The Wingless Sprint feature race looked on track to run 50 laps without interruption until Geoff Davey lost a wheel with just seven laps remaining to bring about the first and only stoppage. Prior to this moment, Brant Chandler had established what looked to be a winning margin over Glenn Wright after the pair had spent a large portion of the race engaged in a great dice. Smee was the early leader until Chandler took over on lap six, only for Wright to charge to the front on lap eight. Chandler chased doggedly for the next 20 laps before relegating Wright on lap 30 and clearing away to establish what seemed a big enough buffer, only for Daveys demise to eradicate his advantage. Chandler continued to hold sway until Wright moved ahead on lap 45, only for Chandler to go ahead again on the next circulation. Just when the order seemed settled, Wright surged on the final lap to snatch a last gasp win. Having twice been bumped out of the top three, firstly by Paul Robinson and then by Cody OConnell, Smee rallied late to reclaim third, leaving OConnell fourth ahead of Robinson and John Slack, with Natasha Herne, Michael Butcher, Josh Dreaver and Mick Reid the best of the rest.

Wingless Sprint heat wins were shared between Smee, Slack, Butcher and Brody Thomsen.

Terry Leerentveld, Dan Lewis and Jac Carnall were Modlite heat winners and it was Leerentveld who backed up to take out the feature race and demolish the 15-lap record. Hancey finished second in all three heats before securing the same result in the feature to wrap up what has been a stellar season of championship successes for him. Modified Sedan standout Rodney Pammenter took a liking to the little cars and raced to a third place finish ahead of Steve Collins, Lewis and Neil Gregson.

Following heat wins to Russ Hardy, Steve Potts and Damien Groer, it was Durston who led every lap of the AMCA Nationals feature race to win the final round of the Shock Absorber Therapy Track Championship. A perennial podium placer, Potts did it again with second on this occasion, some five seconds clear of third-placed Hardy. Declan Brownsey finished fourth ahead of Michael Mason, who was the last car to remain on the lead lap.

Darren Kane was a class above the very small field of Late Models, winning the opening two heats before settling for fourth in the final preliminary with a pole start in the feature race assured. Kane cleared away to win the 15-lap feature with ease, his biggest challenge coming courtesy of negotiating traffic as he romped home ahead of David Doherty, Carter Armstrong and Aaron Van Zeeland.

Ronnie Young won all three heats as a preview to his feature race winning performance in Ford vs Holden vs Sigma, leaving the field in his wake to defeat Mark Tookey, Troy Price, Michael Laver and Andy Reinhardt.

Racing continues at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway next Saturday night (May 26) with the final rounds of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship and the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship, plus Formula 500s, Compact Speedcars, Fireworks and the Caravan, Boat and Dunny Derby.
Gee Chases Championship Double
Wednesday May 16, 2018. Archerfield Speedway
Anointed top dog of the sunshine state Sprintcar scene as a result of his win in the Queensland Championship less than two weeks ago, Mitchell Gee returns to the scene of his state title triumph this weekend to contest the penultimate round of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship on Saturday night (May 19) at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway. With the state title trophy safely in his keeping, Gee now has his sights set on chasing down current leader Andrew Scheuerle in a bid to win the ultimate double by also snaring the track championship crown. The Sprintcar showdown is part of another huge Archerfield program that will also feature the Wingless Sprint 50-lapper and the final round of the Shock Absorber Therapy AMCA Nationals Track Championship, plus Modlites, Late Models and Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans.

The fight for the ECL Sprintcar Track Championship is, realistically, a battle in three between Scheurle, Gee and defending champion Luke Oldfield, although it will take something out of the ordinary for Scheuerle to be denied. With 679 points accrued across the 14 completed rounds, Scheuerle has a 57-point lead over Gee in the standings with just two rounds remaining. Oldfield is a further 23 points adrift in third spot, his absence from the rescheduled round 11proving costly. Whilst both Gee and Oldfield are (mathematically at least) still capable of catching Scheuerle, it will require a couple of particularly bad nights from the series leader, which seems unlikely given the consistency with which Scheuerle goes about his racing. However, the good thing for race fans is that neither Gee nor Oldfield are the type to settle for second when there is a sliver of hope that victory is within which, so expect plenty of action as they set forth on their mission to maximise their points haul at the expense of each other and the man they are chasing.

Ben Hilder and Peter Lack sit fourth and fifth overall in the championship standings at the moment and whilst a series win is beyond their reach, there is certainly plenty of opportunity to climb into the top three if they can find their way to the podium. Hilder has been the quiet achiever in the championship, going about his business with a minimum of fuss, while Lacks best results have been tempered somewhat by a series of misfortunes that have prevented him from contending with any consistency. Fresh from a podium finish in the Queensland Championship behind Gee and Oldfield, Bryan Mann looms as a potential spoiler, as does Sydney racer Michael Saller, who scored a slashing feature race win here just a few weeks ago. Of the rest, expect Brent Kratzmann, Cody Maroske and Jarrod Peacock to be amongst the front runners while, perhaps buoyed by the success of Saller, James Duckworth is also making the trek from NSW looking to replicate the podium result he secured in Sydney earlier in the season.

Like Gee, AMCA Nationals ace Nathan Durston makes his first appearance since winning the Queensland Championship, looking to finish his season in style with a repeat performance. Durston was in superb form during the state title showdown against drivers from four states and he will again face some interstate challengers this weekend, with the NSW-based trio of Darren Miller, Aaron Knox and Shane Newstead taking advantage of the longer Queensland season. Having finished third in the state title, Steve Potts will be a threat as always, along with the likes of Michael Mason, Russ Hardy, Thomas Vickery and Steve Price, who endured a wretched run of misfortune at the state title.

A strong 20-car field has been assembled for the Wingless Sprint 50-lapper, led by the two standout performers of the season thus far in Cody OConnell and Brant Chandler. Both are feature race winners at Archerfield and elsewhere this season and have earned the right to share pre-race favouritism. However, Sydney’s Harley Smee returns to Archerfield as a previous winner of this event and he will lead a sextet of southerners into battle against the likes of OConnell, Chandler, Josh Dreaver, Paul Robinson, Glenn Wright, Brad Keiler and a trio of Thomsens.

The Modlite show will no doubt feature national/state champion Klinton Hancey and former titleholder Terry Leerentveld in the lead roles once more, with a solid supporting cast that includes Steve Collins, Chris Were and former state champ Will Butler, with a cameo appearance from Modified Sedan standout Rodney Pammenter.

Development Sprintcars, Late Models and Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans complete the program, with gates opening at 4.00pm and early racing from 5.00pm. Sprintcar time trials will kick off at 5.30pm and the main program is scheduled for a 6.00pm start. As always, racing will be completed by 10.30pm.

East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round 15 nominations: Andrew Corbet, Andrew Scheuerle, Ben Hilder, Brad Ayers, Brent Kratzmann, Brock Dean, Bryan Mann, Cody Maroske, Dan Murray, James Duckworth, Jayden Peacock, Karl Hoffmans, Kris Jennings, Kristy Bonsey, Luke Oldfield, Mark Pholi, Michael Saller, Mitch Gowland, Mitchell Gee, Peter Lack, Peter Milnes, Randy Morgan, Scott Genrich, Stewart Craig

Development Sprintcar nominations: Andrew Baumber, David Kenway, Jason King, Libby Ellis, Liam Atkinson, Peter Campbell

Wingless Sprint nominations: Brad Keiler, Brant Chandler, Brody Thomson, Cody OConnell, Corey OToole, Geoff Davey, Glenn Wright, Harley Smee, John Slack, Joshua Dreaver, Kevin Willis, Matthew Wright, Michael Butcher, Mick Reid, Natasha Herne, Paul Robinson, Ryan Harris, Scott Thomsen, Steve Thomsen, Tyson Williams

AMCA Nationals nominations: Aaron Knox, Dallas Czerwinski, Damien Groer, Darren Miller, Declan Brownsey, Hans Van Der Ryken, Matthew Herne, Michael Denning, Michael Mason, Nathan Durston, Nick Storey, Ricky Sendall, Russ Hardy, Shane Newstead, Steve Potts, Steve Price, Thomas Vickery

Modlite nominations: Adam Walker, Chris Were, Dan Lewis, Darren Cardiff, Dylan Hunter, Jac Carnell, Klinton Hancey, Nathan Politch, Neil Gregson, Rodney Pammenter, Steve Collins, Terry Leerentveld, Tim Jackson, Will Butler

Late Model nominations: Aaron Van Zeeland, Allan Schultz, Carter Armstrong, Darren Kane, David Doherty, Josh Schultz, Michael Jenner, Steve Van Zeeland, Tim Walters

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Gee Crowned as Queensland Sprintcar Champ
Tuesday May 8, 2018. Archerfield Speedway
In an epic Queensland Sprintcar Championship final at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Sunday night (May 6), Mitchell Gee withstood the very best efforts of Luke Oldfield to secure the biggest win of his burgeoning career. The final stages of the event were outstanding as Gee and Oldfield swapped the lead before a late restart provided Gee sufficient respite to consolidate his position and race to the chequer for a stunning win. Gracious in defeat, Oldfield was his typically bullish self throughout the 35-lap race, running the highline to great effect as he advanced from position 10. Bryan Mann snatched third from Andrew Scheuerle in the closing stages, while Jayden Peacock finished fifth.

In the Queensland AMCA Nationals Championship, a strong interstate contingent went home empty-handed as Nathan Durston rounded up Lee McKinnell to take the title-deciding feature race. Steve Potts finished in third spot ahead of Tasmanias Daniel Brooks, with Tim Gamble rounding out the top five.

It was a different story in the Queensland Microsprint Championship with NSWs Jackson Isaacs proving too quick in the feature race, leading home Shane Munro, John Lawson, Eddie Schwehla and Australian titleholder Ernie Havas to the line.

In a result that would prove prophetic, Gee got the second night of Sprintcar competition underway when he scored a comfortable win in heat seven, downing Brodie Tulloch and Mann.

Having missed all of the heats from the previous night courtesy of an engine issue, Oldfield was unstoppable in heat eight, finishing more than four seconds ahead of Brock Dean, with Allan Woods third.

Anthony Lambert scored a narrow win over Brad Ayers and Michael Saller in heat nine before Peacock prevailed in heat ten from Gee and Kristy Bonsey amidst a shower of rain that passed quickly but resulted in a delay to proceedings as the track was manicured back into shape.

Once back underway, Cody Maroske was untroubled from the front row in downing Brent Kratzmann and Mann to win heat 11 and then Oldfield wrapped up qualifying with a stunning run in the final heat that saw him finish more than eight seconds clear of Lambert and Scheuerle, lapping the likes of Peter Lack and Victoria’s Peter Milnes along the way.

Maroske was on the front line again for the B Main and he took maximum advantage to lead Darren Jensen, Brodie Tulloch and Randy Morgan in transferring into the 35-lap title fight, leaving the likes of Brock Dean, Andrew Corbet and Kris Jennings on the sidelines for the main event.

The Pole Shootout proved fruitful for both Gee and Mann as they advanced from the bronze round to the gold showdown, downing Saller, Scheuerle, Titman and Lack along the way. However, it was opening night winner Ryan Jones who prevailed to secure pole position for the main event, outpacing Gee and Mann while Peacock, who had emerged as top qualifier after two nights of racing, was relegated to fourth on the feature race grid.

Jones set a cracking pace in leading the opening laps of the feature race, putting Maroske a lap down after just five circulations with Gee situated in second spot ahead of Mann, Saller and Scheuerle. On lap 8, Gee charged into the lead, with Mann advancing into second ahead of Jones on lap 10. Lap 13 proved more than unlucky for Jones and Saller when their dispute over territory heading into turn three resulted in a collision that left both cars upside down and out of action, advancing Scheuerle to third for the ensuing restart ahead of Lack, Oldfield, Peacock, Kratzmann and Titman. Gee remained in command as Oldfield set forth on his charge, rounding up Lack and then chasing down Scheuerle to secure third on lap 17. With nine laps remaining, Mann and Oldfield bounced off each other as the latter moved into second spot, with Scheuerle pouncing to grab third. With six laps to run, Oldfield moved ahead of Gee for the first time and the pair swapped the lead through traffic until an incident in the back straight left Kratzmann stranded on the edge of the track and triggered a restart with two laps remaining. Having snatched the lead back just moments before the interruption, Gee was now blessed with a clear track for the restart and there was nothing Oldfield could do to pressure the youngster into a mistake as Gee piloted the Titan Garages #36 to a memorable win. Mann, meanwhile, was able to usurp Scheuerle from the podium in the sprint to the finish, leaving the former champ fourth at the flag. After losing ground early, Peacock powered on to culminate his outstanding weekend with a fifth-place finish, with Lack, Mark Pholi and Dan Murray next in line. Woods and Lambert rounded out the top ten ahead of Kristy Bonsey, with Jensen, Morgan, Maroske and Tulloch the remaining finishers.

The Queensland AMCA Nationals Championship attracted 33 drivers from four states and the opening round of heats kicked things off in style with some great racing that resulted in wins for Lee McKinnell, Raymond Kime and Tony Blanch.

The second round of heats were a complete contrast with incidents aplenty as many drivers seemed to struggle with the slickening track conditions. McKinnell came from deep in the field to win again, with Nathan Durston and Steve Potts also visiting victory lane.

The shenanigans continued in the final brace of heats, with the most serious incident resulting in Cody Simmons finishing upside down in the back straight. Wins were shared between Peter Markulin, Tim Gamble and Russ Hardy, whose accumulated results secured him pole position for the 30-lap title decider.

Unfortunately for Hardy, he never made it beyond the opening lap of the final, heading infield as McKinnell led the field away from the outside front row with Durston and Michael Mason in pursuit. Australian champ Jeremy Moore exited early, retreating to the grass on lap seven whilst running in fifth spot as McKinnell continued to lead, occupying the prime position until Durston launched an outside run in lapped traffic, sweeping around McKinnell through turn two on lap 13 to take control of the race. With Mason backsliding through the field, Potts advanced to third and, whilst he closed in on McKinnell, he couldn’t advance any further. Brooks emerged the best of the interstate brigade in fourth, followed by Gamble, Matt Hardy and Markulin, with Jim Knight the last runner on the lead lap. Rod Bassett and Damien Groer completed the top ten, while Mark Chiplin, Stephen Ward, Mark Brownsey and Mason rounded out the finishers.

In the Queensland Microsprint Championship, Andrew Baker, Mitch Isaacs and Jason Glynn were heat winners, but it was Jackson Isaacs who outgunned the field to win the 15-lap feature race. Isaacs took the lead from Glynn on lap two and then survived a late challenge from Shane Munro to secure the title. John Lawson annexed third place ahead of Schwehla and Havas, who had to advance from the rear after being unable to avoid a spinning Glynn in turn four.

Rounding out a huge program, Ray Klarich collected his second Dirt Modified feature race victory for the season at Archerfield when he led home Andrew Pezzutti and Australian champ Kevin Britten, who made a spectacular charge into third spot, running a cushion so high that sparks would ensue when he scraped the wall. Zac McDonald finished fourth in advance of Geoff Hayes and Graeme Holland, with Trevor Wiley snaring seventh ahead of the only other finishers in Kevin Stow, Chris Polsen and Marcus McKenzie.

Heat winners were Klarich, Pezzutti, Britten and Andrew Firth, who was a non-starter in the feature along with Geoff Phillips, who looked on track for a winning return until he made a smoky exit from heat two.

Racing returns to Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday, April 19 for round 15 of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship plus AMCA Natonals, Modlites and Ford v Holden v Sigma sedans.
The Smith and Jones Show at Archerfield
Sunday May 6, 2018. Archerfield Speedway
Interstate drivers dominated at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (May 5) with NSWs Matt Smith outpacing and outlasting an international field to win the American Tire and Racing Services Jim Holden Memorial Midget 50-lap feature race, while South Australias Ryan Jones proved too strong in the Queensland Sprintcar Championship Preliminary feature. On a night that produced misfortune and marvellous moments in equal measure, it was Scott Farmer and Rusty Whitaker who filled the minor placings in the Midget main, with Andrew Scheuerle and Jayden Peacock doing likewise in the Sprintcar feature.

Smith set the pace from the get-go, topping the time sheets in time trials with a 13.513 lap to outpace Kiwi duo Taylor Clarke (13.944) and Hayden Williams (13.979), with Darren Vine (13.995) fourth fastest and the best of the locals. Cal Whatmore, Brendan Palmer, Jason Bell, Whitaker and Anthony Chaffey rounded out the top ten.

The third New Zealand contender in Chris McCutcheon proved too swift in the opening heat, leading home Brad Harrison and Troy Ware.

Despite a rearward start as fastest qualifier, Smith was unstoppable in heat two and stormed home to beat Brendan Palmer and Farmer, with Williams outgunning Whittaker and Nathan Smee to win in heat three

Smith looked on track for another win the final preliminary until he found himself unable to avoid the stricken Brad Dawson in turn three. Restarting at the rear, Smith could only salvage seventh as Vine charged to the chequer to grab a fortuitous win in advance of Clarke and Chaffey.

As top qualifier, Williams drew a 10 inversion for the feature race grid, giving Chaffey and Vine the front row berths ahead of Jason Bell and Clarke. Farmer and Whittaker shared row three, followed by Smee, McCutcheon, Smith, Williams and the remainder of the 20-car field. The first start was abandoned with Vine deemed to have jumped, moving Clarke to the outside front row for the restart. Chaffey led the field away, only for his race to end on lap three when he slowed in turn three and handed the lead to Vine, who pounced as Clarke found himself baulked by the ailing Chaffey. Lap five saw the lead change again when Farmer moved to the front before the first interruption on lap six as a result of a spin by Dawson in turn four. Having already climbed to fourth, Smith continued his ascension after the restart and had deposed Clarke, Vine and Farmer by lap 13 to assume the lead. Vine headed infield on lap 24, handing third spot to Williams, who parked in turn three less than a lap later to bring on another restart. Having fallen as far as seventh, Clarke set forth on a surge that carried him back to second, only for Farmer to regain the position prior to the final restart with 16 laps remaining. Smee was a casualty at this point, joining Williams, Ware, Bell, Nathan Mathers and Mitchell Rooke on the infield. At one stage looking as though he might reel in Smith, Clarke was unable to replicate his success from Sydney the previous weekend and eventually faded to fourth as Whittaker pounced to grab the final place on the podium. Behind Clarke in fifth came Brad Harrison, with Brad Young, Mark George, Dallas Sharp, Tim Farrell and Paul Murphy the only others to go the distance. Chris McCutcheon made a late charge that ended on lap 42 when contact with countryman Clarke flattened a tyre and put him out.

In Sprintcar time trials, Luke Oldfield was a cut above the rest and the only driver to go under 12 seconds (11.824), outpacing Bryan Mann (12.065), Peter Lack (12.086), Jones (12.093),Peacock (12.135).and the rest of the 31-car field. Lachlan McHugh failed to set a time with a problem that proved serious enough to put him out of action for the night, while Oldfields reign was short lived because he failed to start in the opening heat, heading infield as the field formed to await the start and he was also done for the night.

Heat winners were Jones, Peacock, Scheuerle, Mark Pholi David Whell and Kristy Bonsey, with Mitchell Gee another fancied contender to suffer a setback when he crashed out of his opening heat.

Starting from pole position in the 20-lap preliminary feature, Ryan Jones led throughout in a race that suffered only one interruption when Allan Woods stopped on the main straight on lap seven. A late charge from Scheuerle saw him round up Peacock to snare second spot, with Michael Saller continuing his great run of late with a fourth-place finish. Lack was next in line ahead of Pholi, Whell, Kevin Titman and Brent Kratzmann.

In other feature race results, Liam Williams won in Formula 500s ahead of Tristan Johnson and Ryan McNamara, while the Lightning Sprint feature saw Jeremy Hassall down Araron Kelly and Justin Purlo. It was Michael Taylor prevailed in the Open Sedan feature race, downing Keith Craft and Les Eisenmenger.

Racing in the Queensland Sprintcar Championship continues tonight with final heats and feature race. The Queensland AMCA Nationals Championship and Queensland Microsprint Championship are also on the program, along with Dirt Modifieds and fireworks.
Scheuerle Slays in Round 14
Sunday April 29, 2018. Archerfield Speedway
In a race that delivered an emphatic demonstration of Sprintcar racing at its brilliant best, Andrew Scheuerle consolidated his lead in the East Coast Logistics Track Championship with a resounding victory in round 14 at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (April 28). Behind Scheuerle, the battles for the minor placings that developed throughout the 30-lap race were something to behold as the likes of Luke Oldfield, Michael Saller, Mitchell Gee, Robbie Farr and Lachlan McHugh engaged in a series of breathtaking battles that eventually resulted in Oldfield snaring second spot ahead of Farr and Gee. A late surge from Mark Pholi saw him secure fifth ahead of Saller, with Allan Woods, Jayden Peacock, Bryan Mann and Mick Sauer rounding out the top ten.

In supporting events, Robbie Stewart topped the Compact Speedcar twin feature format, Cody OConnell won in Wingless Sprints, Klinton Hancey prevailed in the Modlite main and Thomas Hunter triumphed in the Ford vs Holden vs Sigma feature race.

With more than half of the 33-car field running under 12 seconds in Sprintcar time trials, it was Farr who emerged quickest of all with a 11.295 circulation to edge out Oldfield (11.326) for KRE Fast Time. Gee (11.372) and Peter Lack (11.519) and Scheuerle (11.523), were next best ahead of Peacock, Cody Maroske, Karl Hoffmans, Brock Dean and Kevin Titman.

Andrew Corbet blasted into the lead of the opening heat, only to throw it away with a spin in turn four that handed the race to Pholi. Mann advanced from the third row of the grid to finish second ahead of David Whell.

Elevated to the front row when Kristy Bonsey was deemed to have jumped the start and dealt a one-row penalty, Woods took full advantage of his good fortune to lead home Sauer in heat two, with Bonsey finishing third as Oldfields charge through the field came to nothing when he spun in turn three on the final lap.

McHugh chased down Ben Hilder to win heat three, with Lack third in a race punctuated by a wild ride from Steve Greer that saw him launched into orbit through turn three before rebounding off the catch fence and returning to earth.

Hilder led Saller and Woods home in winning heat four before Oldfield carved his way through the field to take out heat five from Brad Ayers and Whell.

In the final heat, Sauer outpaced Pholi and Kratzmann for the win, although his success was not enough to secure direct entry into the feature, leaving him to negotiate the B Main.

Having emerged as top qualifier at the completion of the heats, Lacks fortunes looked to be on the rise when he selected pole position for the Dash in the pre-race grid draw and subsequently triumphed in the 6-lap shootout. As he did at the previous round, Saller would start on the outside front row and maintained that position to the finish ahead of Scheuerle, Oldfield, Gee, Farr, Woods and Peacock.

After a wild start to the B Main that saw Peter Campbell, Andrew Corbet and Liam Atkinson involved in a crash before they had even reached the start line, it was Sauer, Kratzmann, Whell and Murray who filled the first four spots and advanced into the feature.

The opening laps of the feature race saw Lack launch into the lead and set sail in search of an elusive feature race win. From the outset, Saller planted his right rear on the cushion and set about putting on a show that was every bit as impressive as his feature race-winning performance from two weeks earlier. Just as it seemed like Lack was on track to secure an overdue feature win, he threw away the lead with a spin in turn four on lap 10. Once Scheurele extricated himself from his duel with Saller, he took control of the race and the young Sydneysider found himself trying to fend off the advances of Oldfield, Gee and McHugh. As the laps wound down, McHugh looped in turn four to extinguish his podium aspirations, while Oldfield closed in on the lead as lapped traffic became a factor. However, a spin from Hoffmans brought about a restart with 10 laps to run, presenting Scheuerle with clear track on which he could go about extending his advantage once again. Gee pounced at the restart to surge ahead of Oldfield, with Saller fourth ahead of Farr at this stage of proceedings. Hoffmans halted proceedings again with 6 laps to run when he tipped over in turn four. Upon resumption, Oldfield pounced to reclaim second spot and Gee soon found himself under attack from Farr. At the chequer, Scheuerle remained in control to secure a timely win over Oldfield, Farr and Gee, with Pholi snatching fifth from Saller. Completing the finishers behind Woods, Peacock, Mann and Sauer, were Murray, Hilder, Cody Maroske and McHugh, who would spin again, with Kratzmann the final finisher.

In the Henchcraft Summer Showdown, Compact Speedcar drivers contested time trials and a heat race each to determine starting positions for the first of two feature races and it was Robbie Stewart who cut the quickest lap before Wayne Corbett and Emma Harris took out the heats.

The first of the 15-lap features saw Stewart enjoy an untroubled run to win ahead of Glenn Wright, Harris, Nick Gannon and Bernie Clarke, with the field inverted for the second feature race to put Stewart at the back of the bus. Matt ONeill ran out an easy winner of the second feature race but, after climbing through the field, a second-place finish gave Stewart victory overall ahead of Wright, Harris, Gannon and Dave Collins.

A clean sweep performance from Cody OConnell saw him win two heats and the 20-lap feature race to dominate round 11 of the Ian Boettcher Race Parts Wingless Sprints Club Championship. Brant Chandler finished second in the feature race ahead of Paul Robinson, who was the only other heat winner on the night, with Geoff Davey and John Slack completing the top five.

Australian champ Klinton Hancey proved too strong once again in Modlite competition, winning two heats and holding off a late challenge from Terry Leerentveld to also clinch the feature. Sam Gollschewsky finished in third spot, with Brock Lehfeldt climbing back to fourth after a spin saw him banished to the back.

Boyd Chaffey (2), Jy Corbet and Tarhlea Apelt, in her final outing before stepping into the senior ranks, shared the spoils in Formula 500 Junior events and it was Thomas Hunter who prevailed in the Ford vs Holden vs Sigma feature race, leading home Michael Laver, Bernie Wright and Dave Tookey.
Saller Seeking More Success
Wednesday April 25, 2018. Archerfield Speedway
It is action central at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway this Saturday night (April 28) when Sprintcars return with 30 competitors to carve up the clay in round 14 of the East Coast Logistics Track Championship. With the battle for the track title edging closer to a thrilling conclusion and the Queensland Championship just one week away, drivers will be primed to perpetuate peak performance in Saturday nights 30-lap feature race. Also featuring on the program will be round 11 of the Ian Boettcher Race Parts Wingless Sprint Club Championship plus Compact Speedcars, Modlites, Formula 500 Juniors and Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans.

At the previous round two weeks ago, the track championship contenders were upstaged by Sydney’s Michael Saller, who blasted from the outside front row to lead every lap and score his maiden feature race victory. Needless to say, Saller returns this weekend in a bid to replicate his success and again leave the likes of Andrew Scheuerle, Mitchell Gee, Luke Oldfield and Lachlan McHugh flailing in his wake. It is Scheuerle who currently leads the track championship chase and it was McHugh who took the challenge to Saller in round 13 and pinched the lead momentarily on a couple of occasions before spinning, but it was Gee who ultimately emerged as the best of the locals in finishing second, the same position he currently occupies in the championship standings. Oldfield, the defending track titleholder, saw his bid for back-to-back titles suffer a setback when he also spun in his pursuit of the race lead although, unlike McHugh, he was able to restart and salvaged an 8th-place finish to maintain third in the series.

Other strong runners at the previous round who are back in action again this week include Bryan Mann, Cody Maroske, Jayden Peacock, Mick Sauer, Randy Morgan and Dan Murray, who upstaged all of the above to top qualifying before failing to capitalise with a 13th-place result in the main event. Joining the field this week is former national champion Robbie Farr, who found himself unable to navigate a path to victory lane during the recent Easter Triple Challenge and will no doubt be determined to deliver a dominant display, with South Australian Ryan Jones also making the trek north to extend his season in the sunshine state. Of course, with another 15+ drivers in the mix, including several making the step up from the Development Series, there are myriad potential permutations that could unfold in their collective quest for success.

After a country sojourn last weekend, Compact Speedcars return home with a 16-car field and are expected to again produce the close racing that they have delivered on most occasions so far this season. The experience and accumulated success of Robbie Stewart and Wayne Corbett makes them the drivers to beat, with the likes of Trent Usher, Emma Harris, Dave Collins, Glenn Wright and Matt ONeill expected to feature in any fight for a place on the podium.

Wingless Sprint numbers have continued to improve as the season has progressed and they have gathered perhaps their strongest field with 15 competitors nominated to compete. Brant Chandler has been the standout performer thus far and it is hard to imagine him not being be at the forefront of the feature race action once again. On form, Cody OConnell seems to be Chandlers likeliest threat, while Brad Keiler, Josh Dreaver, Paul Robinson and Brian Dixon also loom as podium contenders.

After struggling to find his mojo for much of the season, Terry Leerentveld recently clocked his 40th feature race win in Modlite competition (twice as many as anybody else) and his battle with Australian Champion Klinton Hancey (who is also the current Queensland, New South Wales and South Australian champion) is an expected highlight of the Modlite action this weekend. The 14-car field also includes former state champ Will Butler and an in-form Sam Gollschewsky who picked up a feature win in Lismore recently and finished second behind Leerentveld in Toowoomba last weekend.

The trusty Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans and the future stars of the Formula 500 Juniors complete another blockbuster program, which gets underway with early racing from 5.00pm. Sprintcars hit the track for time trials from 5.30pm and the main program is scheduled to kick off at 6.00pm.

East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round 14 nominations: Andrew Marks, Andrew Scheuerle, Ben Hilder, Brad Ayers, Brent Kratzmann, Brock Dean, Bryan Mann, Cody Maroske, Dan Murray, David Whell, Jason King, Jayden Peacock, Karl Hoffmans, Kevin Titman, Kristy Bonsey, Lachlan McHugh, Liam Atkinson, Libby Ellis, Luke Oldfield, Mark Pholi, Michael Saller, Mick Sauer, Mitch Gowland, Mitchell Gee, Peter Campbell, Peter Lack, Randy Morgan, Robbie Farr, Ryan Jones, Steve Greer

Ian Boettcher Race Parts Wingless Sprints Club Championship round 11 nominations: Brad Keiler, Brant Chandler, Brian Dixon, Brody Thomsen, Cody OConnell, Corey OToole, David Ellis, John Slack, Josh Dreaver, Mick Lampard, Paul Robinson, Sam West, Scott Thomsen, Stephen Thomsen, Tim Harris

Compact Speedcar nominations: Audie Malt, Bernie Clarke, Cory Sthothard, Dave Collins, Dave Swan, Emma Harris, Glenn Wright, Matt Jurczak, Matt ONeill, Mitchell Rooke, Nick Gannon, Richard Rooke, Richard Treanor, Robbie Stewart, Trent Usher, Wayne Corbett

Formula 500 Junior nominations: Boyd Chaffey, Jy Corbet, Nic Whell, Tarhlea Apelt, Taylor Morgan, Taylor Prosser

Ford vs Holden vs Sigma nominations: Bernie Wright, Dave Tookey, Jason Walsh, Kevin Maher, Michael Laver, Robert Kynaston, Troy Price

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Saller Storms to Archerfield Feature Win
Sunday April 15, 2018. Archerfield Speedway
In a race that delivered heroics and heartbreak in equal measure, Sydney young gun Michael Saller proved unstoppable in his charge to victory in round 13 of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (April 14). In a fitting reward for his willingness to hit the road in search of experience, Saller led all 30 laps of the feature event to finish ahead of Mitchell Gee and Cody Maroske, with Bryan Mann and Andrew Scheuerle rounding out the top five. A mighty drive from Peter Lack saw him surge from the back row to finish sixth in advance of Jayden Peacock, Luke Oldfield, Kevin Britten and Mick Sauer.

In round eight of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship, Scott Farmer strengthened his grip on the title with another feature race win, this time over Rusty Whittaker, Glenn Wright, Reid Mackay and Mark George.

It was business as usual in the Formula 500 feature race with Liam Williams home first ahead of Kristin Brown and Kurt Wilson, while Aaron Kelly cleaned up in the Lightning Sprint feature race to defeat Keith Blatch and Jeremy Hassall.

When Mitchell Gee stopped the clock at 11.717 in the first group to hit the track for Sprintcar qualifying, the general consensus seemed to be that Gee had secured maximum points. Alas, that was certainly not how things panned out as Gee found himself shuffled to tenth overall with Bryan Mann ultimately topping the timesheets with an 11.375 effort that edged out Dan Murray (11.419), Mick Sauer (11.442) and Maroske (11.453). Saller, Brock Dean and Lachlan McHugh also outpointed Gee, whose closest championship rivals in Andrew Scheuerle and Luke Oldfield languished in 22nd and 17th respectively in the 30-car field.

The opening heat saw Scott Genrich notch his first win of the season, leading home Andrew Corbet and Andrew Marks in a race that saw Mann struggle to make any inroads and ultimately trail the field some 13 seconds adrift of the leaders.

A miraculous finish to heat two saw Oldfield snatch victory by the narrowest possible margin, denying Brad Ayers by 0.001 as they raced under the chequer, with Allan Woods third.

Scheuerle was untroubled in winning the next two preliminaries from the front row, downing Mitch Gowland and McHugh in heat three and then outpacing Dave Whell and Woods in heat four.

Oldfield doubled up to take heat five and propel himself into the field for the Dash, finishing ahead of rookie youngster Randy Morgan, who is making very quick progress in his development, with Jayden Peacock third.

His earlier success amounted to nothing when Genrich earlier flipped heavily in the final heat and ended his participation in proceedings while Gee raced away to defeat Ayres and Mitch Gowland.

At the completion of the preliminaries, McHugh, Murray, Titman and Gee sat equal atop the points table but it was Murray, by virtue of his superior effort in time trials, who emerged as top qualifier before drawing a position six start in the Dash. In his best effort so far this season, Kevin Titman finished second overall and subsequently selected position four, while third-placed McHugh drew the pole marble and would share the front row with Saller. Taking full advantage of his good fortune, McHugh raced through the 8 laps in a new track record time to defeat Saller, Titman, Gee, Mann, Oldfield, Maroske and Murray.

Peter Campbell and Jason King shared the spoils in the Development Sprintcar heats before Campbell scored a comfortable win in the C Main. Liam Atkinson finished second to also secure a berth in the B Main, with Aleesha Woods home third ahead of King and Libby Ellis.

Having raced to a place on the feature race podium just a few weeks ago, Peacock made easy work of the B Main, leading Whell and Ayers to the line. Drawing on all his experience, Australian Dirt Modified champion Kevin Britten advanced from 10th to secure the final transfer spot into the main event.

At the drop of the green to get the feature underway, Saller shot to the front and settled into a fast groove on the cushion with McHugh in hot pursuit. Proceedings were halted on lap three when Woods and Brock Dean came to rest in a cuddle against the turn one wall, putting the latter out of action. Before another lap could be completed, the race was paused again when Oldfield spun to a halt in turn two and cruelled his podium aspirations. McHugh was the next to see his victory hopes dashed when, having dived under Saller through turn one, he spun in turn two and retired to the infield. The demise of McHugh demise elevated Titman into second spot ahead of Gee and Mann and the order at the front remained unchanged until Titman rode the back straight wall on lap 18 and flipped out, moving Gee into second spot. Having started 13th, 15th and 19th respectively, Scheurele, Peacock and Lack were making massive inroads further back to be running fifth through seventh at this stage. Saller continued to lead and when a flirtation with the bottom of the track enabled Gee to draw alongside with a couple of laps to run, the Sydneysider promptly moved uptrack once more and kept Gee at bay to secure his maiden feature race win. A late run from Maroske moved him ahead of Mann into third, with Scheurele and Lack next best in another wonderfully entertaining race. Peacock, Oldfield, Britten and Sauer rounded out the top ten, with Morgan upstaging some vastly more experienced rivals in finishing eleventh ahead of the remaining finishers in Whell, Murray, Brent Kratzmann and Ayers.

Defending Polar Ice Midget series champion Rusty Whitaker emerged with the fastest lap in time trials before racing home in the opening heat to defeat Brad Harrison and Tim Farrell, while Darren Vine made an early exit when he tipped over in turn three on lap four.

Farmer romped home in heat two over George and Nathan Mathers, who pounced on a Whittaker spin to win heat three ahead of George and Wright.

Farmer doubled up in heat four in advance of Brad Young and Mitchell Rooke, securing pole position for the 20-lap Polar Ice feature race.

With Whittaker alongside him on the front row, Farmer won the sprint into turn one and the pair cleared away from the field and, whilst Whittaker was unable to wrest the lead, a runner-up finish was a welcome result in what has been a season of frustrations and failures thus far. With Farmer maintaining a narrow, but largely unchallenged lead over Whittaker throughout, there was action aplenty courtesy of those fighting for the final place on the podium. George occupied third for much of the running before being relegated by Wright on lap 14 and then again by a fast-finishing Mackay on lap 18. Rooke, Mathers, Harrison, Brad Dawson, Dallas Sharp, Young and Farrell were the remaining finishers in a small field.

Formula 500 heat wins were shared between Liam Williams, Ryan McNamara and Kristin Brown but, come feature race time, it was a familiar story with Williams racing away from pole position to continue his dominance of the category, both here and interstate. Kristin Brown snared second spot ahead of Kurt Wilson, who bounced back from a heat race rollover, with McNamara and Ethan Eyears rounding out the first five. Brown would taste success later in the night though when she took out the Demolition Derby.

Daring to do double duty that included running consecutive races on more than one occasion, Kurt Wilson scored two heat wins in the more familiar surrounds of Lightning Sprint competition. Aaron Kelly won the other heat and then followed up with a strong run to win the feature race. Queensland champ Keith Blatch finished second ahead of Jeremy Hassall, Andrew Sparks and Darren Baldwin.

Wayne Kirkman downed Michael Taylor, Keith Craft, Daniel Taylor and Les Eisenmenger to win the Open Sedan feature race.

The next event at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway is on Saturday, April 28 featuring round 14 of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship plus Compact Speedcars, Wingless Sprints, Modlites, Formula 500 Juniors and Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans.
Track Championship Battle is Heating Up
Wednesday April 11, 2018. Archerfield Speedway
In the wake of their recent Easter heroics, Lachlan McHugh and Luke Oldfield lead the charge for round 13 of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (April 14). Of course, McHugh emerged as the Easter Triple Challenge champion with two stunning feature race victories in the opening two rounds while Oldfield, who finished fourth in the opening round and was runner-up behind McHugh the following night, stormed to victory in the final round. In addition to 35+ Sprintcars, the huge program also includes round eight of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship, along with Formula 500s, Lightning Sprints and Open Sedans, plus fireworks and all the carnage and chaos of a Demolition Derby.

With McHugh having spent much of his season criss-crossing the country chasing World Series success and therefore not a contender for the track championship, his only focus will be securing another feature race win. Oldfield, on the other hand, is locked in a furious fight to defend his track title, sitting third in the standings at the moment after missing the rescheduled round 11. Andrew Scheurele currently leads the championship chase with 569 points, a lead of 51 over Mitchell Gee, who is just 22 points clear of Oldfield. Although he was able to win the title last year after missing a round, Oldfields challenge in chasing down Scheuerle and Gee is significant and the current form of McHugh is another hurdle to overcome in his bid to retain his track championship trophy.

Ben Hilder and Peter Lack have been consistently fast throughout the season and currently sit fourth and fifth respectively in the standings without yet being able to break through for a round win, while Brent Kratzmann, David Whell, Callum Walker, Mark Pholi and Brad Ayers round out the top ten in the series. However, the absence of Walker with a season-ending injury leaves the door open for the likes of Mitch Gowland, Andrew Marks and Stewart Craig to climb into the top ten over the remaining rounds. Others not chasing the championship but likely to feature in the thick of the action include Bryan Mann, Allan Woods, Mick Sauer, Mark Pholi and Brock Dean, for whom it will no doubt be an emotional night following the death of team owner Rob Kyle earlier this week.

In Polar Ice Midget action, Scott Farmer and Darren Vine will resume their battle for series honours, taking on Australian Grand Prix winner Reid Mackay and defending Polar Ice champion Rusty Whittaker, who is the latest driver to occupy the seat of the #89 Nielson Motorsport entry. Fresh from scoring their best ever Midget results in finishing second and third in the Queensland Championship, Brad Harrison and Dallas Sharp will carry the burden of expectation into this weekend, while Mitchell Rooke and Tim Farrell have also announced themselves as potential front runners with strong performances in recent weeks.

Fresh from yet another interstate win – this time at Bordertown in South Australia - Australian champion Liam Williams returns home on a mission to continue his domination of the KRE Championship Series. Despite facing a field each week that is as strong as anything he has encountered on his interstate excursions, Williams enjoys a lead of more than 100 points in the championship. Tristan Johnson sits second overall ahead of Tomas Partington, Bryn Upshall and Ryan McNamara, all of whom will be in action on Saturday. Although not in contention for series honours, Kristin Brown is a proven feature race winner, as is Kurt Wilson, the current national Lightning Sprint champ who faces a very busy night competing in both categories.

Wilsons biggest threats in the Lightning Sprint events seem most likely to come from Queensland champ Keith Blatch, the experienced Michael Gollagher and Speedway Australia Rising Star program participant Aaron Kelly.

Development Sprintcars and Open Sedans complete the racing program, which gets underway with early racing from 5.00pm. Sprintcar time trials will kick off at 5.30pm, with the main program from 6.00pm. Gates open at 4.00pm and online tickets can be purchased in advance from the track website at www.brisbanespeedway.com.au

East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round 13 nominations: Allan Woods, Andrew Corbet, Andrew Marks, Andrew Scheuerle, Anthony Lambert, Ben Hilder, Brad Ayers, Brent Kratzmann, Brock Dean, Bryan Mann, Bryan Zelinski, Cody Maroske, Dan Murray, David Whell, Jayden Peacock, Karl Hoffmans, Kevin Britten, Kevin Titman, Kris Jennings, Lachlan McHugh, Luke Oldfield, Mark Pholi, Michael Saller, Mick Sauer, Mitch Gowland, Mitchell Gee, Nelson Reddacliff, Peter Lack, Randy Morgan, Scott Genrich, Steve Greer, Stewart Craig

Development Sprintcar nominations: Aleesha Woods, Jason King, Liam Atkinson, Libby Ellis, Nathan Black, Pater Campbell

Polar Ice Midget Track Championship round eight nominations: Brad Dawson, Brad Young, Brad Harrison, Cal Whatmore, Dallas Sharp, Darren Vine, Glenn Wright, Lance Towns, Mark George, Mitchell Rooke, Reid Mackay, Rusty Whittaker, Scott Farmer, Tim Farrell

KRE Formula 500 Championship Series round ten nominations: Adrian Farrell, Brady Argles, Bryn Upshall, Cameron Bertuch, Ethan Eyears, Kristin Brown, Kurt Wilson, Liam Williams, Mitchell Whittaker, Royce Harvey, Ryan McNamara, Tomas Partington, Tony Bailey, Tristan Johnson, Vicki Canfield

Lightning Sprint nominations: Aaron Kelly, Andrew Sparks, Darren Baldwin, David Van Vegchel, Jason Rae, Jeremy Beer, Jeremy Hassell, Keith Blatch, Kurt Wilson, Laurie Deegan, Michael Gollagher

Open Sedan nominations: Ben Taylor, Daniel Taylor, Haiden Grantz, Keith Craft, Les Eisenmenger, Michael Cheeseman, Michael Taylor, Rachel Hawkins, Ricky Price, Scott Manser, Tristan Price, Wayne Kirkman

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McHugh Doubles up at Archerfield
Sunday April 1, 2018. Archerfield Speedway
For the second time in 24 hours, Gold Coast young gun Lachlan McHugh chased down Robbie Farr to score a Sprintcar feature race win, scorching to victory in round two of the Easter Triple Challenge at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (March 31). Having started the 40-lapper from position three, McHugh spent the early laps in a duel with Mitchell Gee before breaking the shackles and setting out after Farr, who fell to third in the closing stages as Luke Oldfield produced one of his typically barnstorming runs to snare second after a problem-plagued run through the heats saw him launch from position 10 in the feature field. Peter Lack recovered from a spin to fight his way back to fourth ahead of Gee and Cody Maroske.

In the Queensland Compact Speedcar Championship, Robbie Stewart was untroubled in retaining his title, finishing the 25-lap feature race five seconds clear of second-placed Matt ONeill. Tim Farrell finished third ahead of Wayne Corbett and a fast-finishing Glenn Wright.

David Eggins emulated McHugh’s efforts when he snared his second Wingless Sprint feature race win in as many nights, leading home Brant Chandler, Jacob Jolley, Josh Dreaver and Ryan Harris.

The Formula 500 feature proved a thriller with Ryan Skennar edging James Kennedy for his first win at home this season. After a horror run last weekend, Kristin Brown bounced back to finagle a third-place finish ahead of Kurt Wilson and Charlie Brown.

Under blue skies, 42 cars fronted for competition and 41 hit the track for time trials and it was a familiar tale at the top of the timesheets with Oldfield besting the bunch with a fastest lap of 11.645. Farr was next best with 11.718, followed by Andrew Scheuerle (11.732), McHugh (11.738) and Bryan Mann (11.760), with Lack, Dylan Menz, Gee, Jackson Delamont and Jayden Peacock rounding out the top ten.

The opening heat was an action-packed affair, with the first incident coming on lap three when Oldfield found himself wedged between the wall and Stewart Craig in turn two. Once the cars were separated, Craig was out of action but Oldfield was able to continue, only for the race to be halted again when contact between Randy Morgan and Bryan Zelinski left the latter upside down. Out front, Mark Pholi was a comfortable winner over Nelson Reddacliff and Gee, with Oldfield advancing from the rear to snare fifth behind Brett Minett.

A penalty for jumping the start proved costly for Darren Jensen in heat two as the subsequent restart saw him rounded up by the likes of Peacock and Farr as he slipped to fifth at the finish. Out front, it was all Karl Hoffmans in leading Brad Ayers and Peacock to the chequer.

Heat three saw Mitch Gowland home first ahead of Kristy Bonsey and Brendan Scorgie, with Mick Sauer securing a win in heat four in advance of McHugh and Anthony Lambert.

Maroske made the most of a front row start in heat five to lead home Adam Butler and Lambert, who consistently outshines several higher profile rivals despite minimal resources.

More dramas for Oldfield in heat six when Tony Wynne spun and tipped over in turn three, leaving Oldfield nowhere to go and sending the Mud Buddy #17 upside down. Wynne also failed to continue, while David Whell soldiered on with a damaged top wing as Kristy Bonsey charged to the chequer to defeat Phil Foster and Ayers.

Jensen made no mistake in heat seven to lead all the way, surviving a late charge from Michael Saller, with Sauer third on this occasion.

Craig bounced back from his opening heat misfortune to clinch the final preliminary, downing Scorgie and Jackson Delamont.

A terrific late-race charge from Dale Shilletto carried him to victory in the C Main, leading Kris Jennings and Andrew Marks in transferring to the B Main.

In a race plagued by stoppages courtesy of spins from Hoffmans, Reddacliff, Shilletto and Minett, it was Brent Kratzmann who ultimately prevailed in the B Main in advance of Sauer, Bonsey, Hilder and Jensen.

In the Pole Shootout, Gee advanced from the bronze round through to the gold showdown, eventually finishing second behind Farr. Third quickest was McHugh, with Scheuerle, Lack, Mann, Saller and Peacock completing the order.

The first attempt to get the feature underway saw Farr outwitted by both Gee and McHugh, only for Kratzmann to ride out a wreck at the end of the back straight which stalled proceedings and necessitated a restart that included Jensen as a substitute for Kratzmann. Farr made no mistake at the resumption, but it was to no avail as Saller spun in turn two to trigger a third attempt at getting underway. Third time lucky saw laps completed as Farr established a lead over Gee, who soon found himself under pressure from McHugh and Lack, who spun on lap seven and continued after dropping several spots. After an extended scrap between Gee and McHugh that saw them swap second position, McHugh made a clean break and set off in pursuit of Farr, moving into the lead on lap 25, only for Farr to take the spot back a lap later before succumbing again on lap 27 for the final time. Once in front, McHugh set about extending his advantage as Gee now found himself under attack from Scheuerle and Oldfield. The only red light interruption came on lap 30 when Menz tipped over in turn two and, whilst a very clever restart from Farr took him back to the front momentarily, there was no stopping McHugh as he calmly reasserted his authority and completed the remaining laps to secure back-to-back wins. Having disposed of Scheuerle and Gee, Oldfield subsequently surged into second, with Lack making a strong recovery to climb back into fourth behind Farr, leaving Gee fifth at the flag. Maroske was another to make a late surge, moving ahead of Scheuerle for sixth as Delamont, Lambert and Saller completed the top ten. Whell was next in line, followed by Hilder, Scorgie, Bonsey, Sauer, Jensen and Ayers.

Compact Speedcar heats were shared between Matt ONeill, Wayne Corbett, Tim Farrell and Graeme Flynn, with ONeill setting the early pace in the Queensland Championship feature race. Having started sixth, Stewart always looked in control of the race though, moving into third on lap two and then advancing to second on lap five. It was lap 13 when Stewart decided to make his move for the lead, rounding up ONeill and then clearing away from the field to emphatically retain his title. ONeill remained second to the chequer, with Farrell third ahead of Corbett and Glenn Wright, both of whom started outside the top ten. Flynn, Dave Collins, Bernie Clarke, Dave Swan and Glenn Prowse were the remaining finishers from what was, surprisingly, one of their smallest field of the season so far. Emma Harris was looking every bit a serious threat until a flat tyre intervened and rendered her a spectator.

Brant Chandler led the opening laps of the Wingless Sprint feature race before Ray Eggins took control and, despite an audacious move from Chandler at a late race restart that saw him momentarily reclaim the lead, Eggins was soon back in control to finish his Queensland feature race campaign undefeated. Jacob Jolley enjoyed an impressive Archerfield debut in finishing third, while Josh Dreaver got the best of a spirited scrap to finish fourth ahead of Ryan Harris and Michael Butcher.

Wingless Sprint heat winners were Chandler, Dreaver, Jolley and Cody OConnell, who exited the feature race on lap 15.

Kristin Brown won two heats and James Kennedy the other in the Formula 500 preliminaries, but it was Skennar who prevailed by less than half a second in the 15-lap feature race. Kennedy was relentless in his pursuit but couldn’t find a way to usurp Skennar. Kristin Brown, Kurt Wilson and Charlie Brown, sporting a replacement wing after an heat race rollover, were next best ahead of Ryan McNamara, Nick Hodges and Phil Roberts.

The Formula 500 Junior heats were shared between Tarhlea Apelt and Jy Corbett with two wins apiece.

The next event at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway is on Saturday, April 14 and will feature Sprintcars, Midgets, Formula 500s, Lightning Sprints and Open Sedans plus fireworks and a Demolition Derby.
Sprintcars Back for Easter Action
Wednesday March 28, 2018. Archerfield Speedway
It seems like forever since the last time Sprintcars were unleashed on Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway, with wet weather playing havoc on the season schedule. However, everything changes this Saturday night (March 31) when more than 40 V8 monsters are unleashed for round two of the Easter Triple Challenge. What better way could there be to spend Easter Saturday night than watching Queenslands best Sprintcar exponents locked in combat against the interstate invaders hell bent on taking the Triple Challenge trophy? That is a rhetorical question obviously, because nothing could be better than seeing local stars such as Luke Oldfield, Andrew Scheuerle, Lachlan McHugh, Mitchell Gee, Callum Walker, Peter Lack and 30 fellow Queenslanders taking on former national champion Robbie Farr and the likes of Michael Saller, Andrew Wright, Jackson Delamont and more at Queensland’s home of Sprintcar racing.

Having spent much of his season competing in Sydney and at Murray Bridge in South Australia, Farr will no doubt relish the tougher competition he will encounter north of the border over three consecutive nights. The Easter Triple Challenge kicks off in Toowoomba on Friday night (March 30) and concludes in Lismore on Sunday evening (April 1), with the Archerfield round not only attracting the biggest field, but also featuring the Queensland Compact Speedcar Championship, Wingless Sprints and Formula 500s in a massive open wheel program.

In addition to the sextet of local speedsters already identified as those whose season form thus far suggests they will be the pacesetters come Saturday night, there are plenty of others with the credentials to feature at the top end of the results, including Ben Hilder, Brent Kratzmann, Darren Jensen, Mick Sauer, Jayden Peacock, Cody Maroske and former Archerfield track champion Bryan Mann. Each driver will contest time trials and two rounds of heats to accumulate points towards qualification into the 40-lap feature race, which pays $4000 to the winner. The top 16 point scorers will qualify directly into the 40-lap feature event, while the drivers who qualify in positions 1 to 8 will contest the Pole Shootout over three rounds, from which the winner of the Gold Shootout will secure pole position in the big show. Those competitors who don’t qualify directly into the feature race will chase the remaining spots by contesting the B Main and/or C Main.

In what has been a standout season for the category thus far, Compact Speedcar competitors are chasing state championship glory on Saturday night in what promises to be a hotly contested event given the number of drivers who have emerged as feature race contenders every time they hit the track. Whilst Darren Vine will be absent after his heavy crash last weekend, category veterans Robbie Stewart and Wayne Corbett have earned the right to pre-event favouritism, however with Dave Collins, Trent Usher and Tim Farrell having all won feature races this season, they will be supremely confident of establishing a new pecking order within the Compact Speedcar ranks. Others who have impressed in recent weeks and should feature in any battle pack for a place on the podium include Glenn Wright, Emma Harris, Richard Treanor and Nick Gannon.

The Formula 500s turned on the action last weekend and are returning to again showcase their high velocity heroics. In the absence of Australian champ Liam Williams with interstate commitments, look for James Kennedy, Kristin Brown, Charlie Brown and Ryan McNamara, who stormed from 18th to fifth in the feature race last weekend, to become embroiled in some spirited competition to fill the void. Ryan Skennar, Nick Hodges and Kurt Wilson are also proven front runners in a category that brings the action every time they take to the Archerfield track.

The Wingless Sprint events are shaping as a Queensland versus New South Wales showdown with eight drivers making the trek from south of the border. Brant Chandler has been the standout at Archerfield this season and he will no doubt relish the extra competition, all the while trying to fend off the challenge that he will invariably face from the likes of Cody OConnell, Brad Keiler, Paul Robinson and the rest of his regular combatants.

Formula 500 Juniors are also on the program, which will feature more than 100 competitors. Gates open at 4.00pm and early racing gets underway from 5.00pm, with Sprintcar time trials scheduled for 5.30pm and the main program set to launch from 6.00pm.

Easter Sprintcar Triple Challenge round two nominations: Adam Butler, Andrew Corbet, Andrew Marks, Andrew Scheuerle, Andrew Wright, Anthony Lambert, Ben Hilder, Brad Ayers, Brendan Scorgie, Brendon Claridge, Brent Kratzmann, Brett Minett, Bryan Mann, Bryan Zelinski, Callum Walker, Cody Maroske, Dale Shilletto, Darren Jensen, David Whell, Dylan Menz, Jackson Delamont, Jason King, Jayden Peacock, Jessie Attard, Karl Hoffmans, Kris Jennings, Kristy Bonsey, Lachlan McHugh, Liam Atkinson, Luke Oldfield, Mark Pholi, Michael Saller, Mick Sauer, Mitch Gowland, Mitchell Gee, Nelson Reddacliff, Peter Lack, Phil Foster, Randy Morgan, Robbie Farr, Scott Genrich, Steve Greer, Steven Rowell, Stewart Craig, Tony Wynne

Queensland Compact Speedcar Championship nominations: Audie Malt, Bernie Clarke, Corey Stothard, Dave Collins, Dave Swan, Emma Harris, Glenn Prowse, Glenn Wright, Graeme Flynn, James Barton, Jayden OToole, Matt ONeill, Nick Gannon, Richard Treanor, Robbie Stewart, Tim Farrell, Trent Usher, Wayne Corbett

Formula 500 nominations: Adrian Farrell, Cameron Bertuch, Charlie Brown, Ethan Eyears, James Kennedy, Kristin Brown, Kurt Wilson, Nick Hodges, Richard Morgan, Royce Harvey, Ryan McNamara, Ryan Skennar, Tony Bailey, Vicki Canfield, Wayne Wallace

Wingless Sprint nominations: Ben Hull, Brad Keiler, Brant Chandler, Cody Boulding, Cody OConnell, David Eggins, David Ellis, Geoff Davey, Jacob Jolley, Josh Dreaver, Mason Cattell, Matthew Wright, Michael Butcher, Michael Reid, Mick Lampard, Paul Robinson, Ryan Harris, Sam West, Tim Harris

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Ware Wows in Midget Memorial
Sunday March 25, 2018. Archerfield Speedway
In a spectacular race that showcased Midget racing at its breathtaking best, Troy Ware emerged victorious in a torrid 20-lap feature race to win round seven of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (March 24) to secure his third consecutive Danny Davidson Memorial. After a terrific start, Scott Farmer found himself unable to ward off Ware’s advances and had to settle for second spot, with the battle for third equally hard fought and only decided in the charge out of the final corner when Callum Walker edged ahead of Rusty Whittaker to clinch the spot by the merest of margins.

In a series of bizarre mishaps so crazy that even the most vivid imagination could not have possibly envisaged the course of events that resulted in Chris Corbett recovering from a rear-of-field penalty to somehow find himself the winner of the Dirt Modified feature race. Banished to the back after collecting Sam Bruggy in turn two on lap 10, Corbett charged back to the front and took full advantage of the misfortunes that unfolded around him to assume the lead with three laps remaining. In his best ever result, Graeme Holland finished in second spot, with Dale Corbett third ahead of Trevor Wiley and Mark Griffith.

On a night that featured great fields and produced some fantastic racing, other feature race winners were Liam Williams (Formula 500s), Tim Farrell (Compact Speedcars), Nathan Durston (AMCA Nationals), Wayne Kirkman (Open Sedans) and Matthew Hannigan (Ford vs Holden vs Sigma).

A few late entries boosted the field for the Danny Davidson Memorial, with 17 cars hitting the track. Stopping the clock at 13.771 in time trials, Ware was the only driver to dive under 14 seconds, leaving Whitaker (14.004) next best ahead of Mark George (14.229), Walker (14.313) and Farmer (14.373).

Usurping Nathan Mathers from the lead on lap five, George went on to take out the opening heat race, finishing ahead of Ware and Lance Towns as Mathers faded to fourth.

Brad Harrison had skipped clear of the field in heat two before riding out a roll through turn one on lap four to end his race and elevate Tim Farrell into the lead. Farrell held firm to win despite the best efforts of Darren Vine through the final laps, with Whittaker third home.

Once he disposed of early leader Cal Whatmore, Vine cleared away to win heat three by more than four seconds. Despite the fact that three drivers behind him recorded quicker lap times, Whatmore refused to concede another position and clung to second spot ahead of Reid Mackay.

After struggling in his opening heat, Farmer bounced back to score maximum points in the final preliminary, leading Ware and Towns to the chequer to set the scene for the feature race battle to come.

With Vine unable to take his place in the field after riding out a heavy wreck in the Compact Speedcar feature race, Farmer found himself starting fourth in the main event alongside Whittaker, with Ware and George sharing the front row. At the green, Ware and George were slow to go and Farmer rounded them up to assume the lead in what would, quite remarkably, be his fastest lap of the race. A restart came on lap four when Harrison spun in turn four, a feat he would repeat three laps later that would leave him watching from the infield. An aggressive move from Ware exiting turn two on lap eight took him to the lead, however Farmer had no intention of simply settling for second and the two become embroiled in a fantastic fight. Farmer went back to the front on lap 10, only for Ware to regain the ascendancy again on the next circulation. Despite Farmer’s best efforts from this point, Ware was not to be denied a third Danny Davidson Memorial trophy. Having started sixth, Walker had climbed to third by lap five before dropping a spot to Whittaker on lap 10. Despite moving back to third on lap 17, Walker found himself in fourth again at the start of the final lap, only for Whittaker to falter in the shadow of the chequer. In his best drive since stepping into Midgets, Mitchell Rooke finished fifth ahead of Reid Mackay, George and Brock Dean, with Glenn Wright and Brad Young rounding out the top ten.

Dirt Modified action got underway with Chris Corbett taking out the opening heat ahead of Australian champ Kevin Britten and Terry Leerentveld, with Zac McDonald outpacing Ray Klarich and Sam Bruggy to win heat two.

In his first hometown appearance for the season, David Clark proved too swift in heat two, leading home Bruggy and Klarich before Kevin Britten blitzed the field in the final heat, finishing in advance of Kevin Stow and Anthony Ashen.

The feature race was running as expected in the early stages with Britten leading Clark as two podium contenders in Klarich and McDonald made an early exit on lap four. Lap six produced a moment that ultimately had a hugely significant bearing on the outcome, with Britten and Clark making contact through turn two. With Clark seemingly redressing and allowing Britten to resume in front, both drivers continued without dropping a spot although neither would make it to the finish. Britten exited on lap 13 and handed the lead to Clark, who would also head infield on lap 19, soon after losing the lead to Bruggy, who had seemingly emerged unscathed from clash with Corbett. However, just a lap into his stint at the front, Bruggy whacked the back straight wall with sufficient force to end his night. Having stormed back into contention, Chris Corbett now found himself at the top of the order and on target for the most unlikely of wins. Despite a flat left rear tyre, Corbett finished more than two seconds clear of Holland, who enjoyed a similar margin over Dale Corbett, with Wiley, Griffith, Ash Hall and Marcus McKenzie the only other finishers.

Liam Williams was again unstoppable in the Formula 500 feature race, leading every lap to win round nine of the KRE Race Engines Championship Series. The only driver inside the top four who didn’t win a heat, Williams was fastest when it mattered most, leading home James Kennedy, Tristan Johnson, Charlie Brown and Ryan McNamara, who slipped into the top five with a last-lap pass on Tomas Partington. Next best was Ryan Skennar, with Cameron Bertuch, Bryn Upshall and Tony Bailey rounding out the top ten. The race was marred by two spectacular crashes, the first from Kristin Brown who, having made progress from a rearward staring position after a heat race mishap, found herself squeezed for room t before climbing the wall and rolling. Five laps later, Royce Harvey rode out a heavy series of somersaults along the main straight from which he thankfully emerged unscathed.

Kennedy won the opening heat from Charlie Brown, who was subsequently penalised four spots for an alleged starting infringement, elevating Williams to second in advance of Skennar.

Heat two saw Johnson prevail after chasing chase down Kristin Brown, with Nick Hodges third.

Skennar downed Williams and Victorian visitor Jarrod Bamfield in heat three before Charlie Brown bounced back to win the final preliminary over Johnson and Kennedy.

Round nine of the Shock Absorber Therapy AMCA Nationals Track Championship resulted in an emphatic win for Nathan Durston in the feature race. Surprisingly, given the level of competition in the class this season, once Durston shot to the front on the opening lap there were no changes within the top three for the duration of the 20-lapper. Pole qualifier Thomas Vickery finishing in second spot ahead of Steve Price, with Steve Potts and Tim Gamble moving ahead of Declan Brownsey to fill the top five. Behind Brownsey came Michael Mason, Jason Molle, Mark Chiplin, Dallas Czerwinski and the rest in a race that saw all 17 starters still running at the fall of the chequer.

The night started with a typically close contest that saw Gamble edge out Price and Vickery, with less than a second separating the trio. Mason won heat two, Potts prevailed in heat three and then a win by Vickery in the final heat was enough to secure pole position for the feature.

Just a week out from their Queensland Championship, the tension was palpable in the Compact Speedcar ranks, with action aplenty from the big field, including a wild ride from Darren Vine that ended his feature race challenge after just two laps. It was Tim Farrell who triumphed in the main event, withstanding the valiant effort of a fast-finishing Wayne Corbett, who surged from deep in the field. Glenn Wright finished third in advance of Steve Swingler and Dave Collins, while Emma Harris was desperately unlucky to finish as low as sixth after running inside the top three for so much of the race. Mark Maczek, James Barton and Richard Rooke were the only others to go the distance. Graeme Flynn was running inside the top five before clobbering the concrete and grinding to a halt in turn one, triggering the final restart from which Corbett launched his late surge.

Old foes Vine and Swingler renewed their rivalry in the opening heat, finishing first and second respectively ahead of Flynn. Heat two saw Wright score a hard-fought win over Barton and Farrell before Vine returned to win again in heat three, this time ahead of Farrell and Wright.

The final heat went to Flynn over Barton and Collins, but not before Richard Treanor made his mark with a wild moment in turn four that saw him running the highest line possible - along the top of the safety wall - before bouncing back to the track.

Open Sedans ran a combined feature that resulted in a win for Wayne Kirkman from Allan Pearson and a trio of B Division runners in Ben Robertson, Scott Taylor and Michael Taylor.

Victory spoils in the Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans went the way of Matthew Hannigan, who finished more than seven seconds clear of Dave Tookey and third-placed Robert Kynaston.

Racing continues next Saturday night (March 31) at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway with another huge show featuring round two of the Easter Sprintcar Triple Challenge and the Queensland Compact Speedcar Championship, plus Wingless Sprints and Formula 500s.

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