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Another Super Season Set for Archerfield
Sunday June 25, 2017. Archerfield Speedway
With winter having settled in across the Brisbane region, the countdown begins for the start of a new season of competition at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway. Once again, Queensland’s premier speedway venue has a massive season scheduled for 2017/2018, with variety aplenty and a slew of big events for various racing categories across more than 30 nights of racing between September and March.

Sprintcars again dominate the schedule, which kicks off on September 16, with the season-long East Coast Logistics Track Championship, in addition to the Queensland Championship and two rounds of World Series Sprintcars, which looks set to bring a very strong field of contenders to take on Brisbane’s best. In Track Championship action, Luke Oldfield will be out to defend the title he secured last season in remarkable circumstances, clinching the crown in the final round after a captivating season-long duel with Andrew Scheuerle. Having won 10 feature races last season, Oldfield faces a big challenge to replicate that success and his championship defence and, given the emergence of so many talented young drivers over the last couple of seasons, the level of competition each week is unprecedented. The teenaged trio of Mitchell Gee, Lachlan McHugh and Callum Walker have firmly established themselves as feature race contenders every time they hit the track, pushing their more experienced rivals to raise the bar in their pursuit of championship success. Can Oldfield go back to back? Will Scheuerle reclaim the crown? Perhaps it will be Bryan Mann or Brent Kratzmann or Peter Lack who emerge with the title, but with so much racing to come, the only certainty is that the competition will be intense.

Adding a further challenge to proceedings is the return of World of Outlaws superstar Donny Schatz for another exclusive Archerfield campaign. Schatz loves racing in Brisbane and he will contest six nights of racing during the international season. His first appearance will be on Boxing Night (December 26), with subsequent shows on December 30, January 1 and the World Series event on January 3 before wrapping up his tour at the WSS Australian Open over two nights on January 5 and 6 where he will be chasing his ninth win in the $20 000-to-win feature race. Having finished second behind Australian champion Kerry Madsen last season, Schatz will be fired up to have his name etched into the Australian Open trophy once again.

The East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship will get underway on September 16 as part of a huge season-opening show that will also feature Monster Trucks, Fireworks and the opening round of the Midget Track Championship, plus Formula 500s and Compact Speedcars. Round two will be decided on October 7, with another 14 rounds of racing prior to the championship finale on May 26. Archerfield will again host a round of the Easter Triple Challenge on March 31, with the Queensland Sprintcar Championship to be decided over two nights on May 5 and 6 in what will result in more than 20 nights of Sprintcar racing over the course of the season.

Growing stronger with each season as a result of the level of competition in their Archerfield Track Championship, the mighty Midgets will be back out in force in 2017/2018, looking to capitalise on the growth they have experienced in recent seasons with the addition of new drivers into their ranks. A three-way battle for series honours last season between Troy Ware, Brock Dean and Rusty Whittaker fell in favour of the latter and the 2017/2018 championship will comprise 10 rounds. The track will again host the only Queensland round of the World Midget Championship on January 19/20, an event won last season in brilliant fashion by Rico Abreu over compatriot Brady Bacon, with the annual 50-lap event also on the schedule once again.

Perhaps the fastest growing division of all at the moment is the Formula 500s and if last season is any indication of what we can expect, they are going to deliver something very special. Blessed with a pool of precociously talented drivers piloting immaculately presented race cars that generate some serious speed, these guys and girls are proof positive of the benefits of regular competition on the Archerfield clay and with 13 shows scheduled next season, expect to see further growth and even more action. Of course, the stars of the future in the Formula 500 Juniors will also feature regularly throughout the season.

Compact Speedcars and AMCA Nationals have also wisely opted to do the bulk of their racing at Archerfield once again next season and both categories will contest more a dozen shows. The Compacts will run 12 rounds of their club pointscore series, while AMCA competitors will contest an 11-round track championship and their Queensland Championship event, which will also be decided on May 6.

A round of the Super Sedan Summer Slam Tour has been confirmed for December 30, with Super Sedans also scheduled for December 2, while Dirt Modifieds will make four appearances. Also featuring prominently on the schedule are Lightning Sprints, Modlites and Wingless Sprints, with Late Models and Microsprints also slated for a handful of shows. Street Stocks will make an early season return to run the Queensland Championship event washed out last season, while Open Sedans and the Ford v Holden v Sigma Sedans will again provide great support before finishing the season with their own championship events.

2017/2018 Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway Event Schedule

September 16: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 1, Midget Track Championship Rd 1, Formula 500s, Formula 500 Juniors, Compact Speedcars, Monster Trucks, Fireworks

September 23: Lightning Sprints, Wingless Sprints, RSA Street Stocks, Modlites, Open Sedans, Ford v Holden v Sigma Sedans

October 7: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 2, Midget Track Championship Rd 2, Compact Speedcars, Formula 500 Juniors

October 14: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 3, AMCA Nationals, Lightning Sprints, Formula 500s, Wingless Sprints, Modlites, Ford v Holden v Sigma Sedans

October 28: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 4, Midget Track Championship Rd 3, Formula 500s, Compact Speedcars, Open Sedans

November 4: Dirt Modifieds, AMCA Nationals, Lightning Sprints, Late Models, Ford v Holden v Sigma Sedans

November 11: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 5, Midget Track Championship Rd 4, Formula 500s, Compact Speedcars, Open Sedans, Formula 500 Juniors

November 25: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 6, Midget Track Championship Rd 5, AMCA Nationals, Lightning Sprints, Ford v Holden v Sigma Sedans

December 2: Super Sedans, Dirt Modifieds, Modlites, Open Sedans, Late Models

December 9: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 7, AMCA Nationals, Compact Speedcars, Ford v Holden v Sigma Sedans, Formula 500 Juniors

December 26: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 8, Formula 500s, Compact Speedcars, Modlites, Formula 500 Juniors, Monster Trucks, Fireworks

December 30: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 9, Super Sedan Summer Slam, AMCA Nationals, Lightning Sprints, Ford v Holden v Sigma Sedans

January 1: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 10, Dirt Modifieds, Formula 500s, Open Sedans, Formula 500 Juniors, Demolition Derby, Derby Fireworks

January 3: World Series Sprintcars, Midget Track Championship Rd 6, Compact Speedcars, Modlites

January 5: World Series Sprintcars Australian Open Lightning Sprints, Modlites, Formula 500 Juniors

January 6: World Series Sprintcars Australian Open AMCA Nationals, Formula 500s, Wingless Sprints

January 19/20: World Midget Championship, AMCA Nationals, Lightning Sprints, Wingless Sprints, Modlites, Open Sedans, Ford v Holden v Sigma Sedans, Caravan, Boat and Dunny Derby, Fireworks

February 10: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 11, AMCA Nationals, Formula 500s, Compact Speedcars, Wingless Sprints, Ford v Holden v Sigma Sedans, Formula 500 Juniors

February 24: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 12, Midget Track Championship Rd 7, Formula 500s, Compact Speedcars, Microsprints, Formula 500 Juniors

March 3: Wingless Sprints, AMCA Nationals, Open Sedans, Late Models, Ford v Holden v Sigma Sedans

March 10: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 13, Midget Track Championship Rd 8, Lightning Sprints, Modlites, Formula 500 Juniors, Ford v Holden v Sigma Sedans

March 24: Midget Track Championship Rd 9, Dirt Modifieds, AMCA Nationals, Formula 500s, Compact Speedcars, Open Sedans

March 31: Sprintcars Easter Triple Challenge (ECL Track Championship Rd 14), Formula 500s, Wingless Sprints, Formula 500 Juniors

April 14: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 15, Midget Track Championship Rd 9, Lightning Sprints, Formula 500s, Open Sedans

April 28: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 16, Compact Speedcars, Wingless Sprints, Modlites, Formula 500 Juniors, Ford v Holden v Sigma Sedans

May 5: Queensland Sprintcar Championship, Midget 50 Lapper, Lightning Sprints, Formula 500s, Open Sedans

May 6: Queensland Sprintcar Championship, Queensland AMCA Nationals Championship, Dirt Modifieds, Microsprints, Monster Trucks, Fireworks,

May 19: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 17, Wingless Sprint 50 Lapper AMCA Nationals, Late Models, Modlites, Ford v Holden v Sigma Sedans

May 26: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Grand Final, Midget Track Championship Grand Final, Formula 500s, Compact Speedcars, Formula 500 Juniors, Caravan, Boat & Dunny Derby, Fireworks

June 2: Lightning Sprints, Wingless Sprints, Modlites, Open Sedans Track Championship, Ford v Holden v Sigma Track Championship, Enduros, King of the Ring

For calendar updates and event information, visit the track website at www.brisbanespeedway.com.au or follow Archerfield Speedway on Facebook.
Mann Too Fast in Finale but Oldfield is Champ
Sunday May 28, 2017. Archerfield Speedway
Amidst all of the action, drama and heartache you would expect with so much on the line, it was Bryan Mann who emerged triumphant in the final round of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (May 27). In a race that saw all three championship contenders strike trouble, Mann raced from the outside front row to ultimately finish ahead of David Murcott and Brent Kratzmann in a thrilling race that served as a fitting finale for what has been another spectacular season. In a stunning run through the field after transferring from the B Main, Mick Sauer surged into fourth ahead of Callum Walker, David Whell and Luke Oldfield, who emerged as the new track champion despite throwing away the race lead with a mistake on lap 20.

The final round of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship saw New Zealander Chris Gwilliam finish the season with success, leading from flag to flag in an uninterrupted 20-lap Jim Holden Memorial feature race. Darren Vine chased throughout to fill second spot ahead of Troy Ware, who had dropped as low as seventh at one stage before climbing back to third. Scott Farmer finished fourth, followed by Brock Dean, Robbie Stewart and Rusty Whittaker.

A rough and tumble KRE Race Engines Formula 500 Championship feature race went to James Kennedy over Liam Williams, Kaydon Iverson, Tristan Johnson and Kristin Brown, while Nathan Pronger, Glenn Morgan and Marshall Lewis were the only other survivors.

A 28-car field hit the track for Sprintcar qualifying and it was Andrew Scheurele who, having started the meeting just 11 points behind Oldfield in the battle for the championship, hit the track as the last car to run against the clock and emerged with KRE Fast Time at 11.659, a mere .004 quicker than Adam Clarke. Walker was next quickest from Peter Lack and Mann, with Brent Aprile, Oldfield, Murcott, young Karl Hoffmans and Andrew Liebke rounding out the top ten.

The opening heat brought championship protagonists Oldfield and Scheuerle together and it was Oldfield who surged from position six to take the win ahead of his season-long adversary. Brett Minett led the early going and eventually finished third.

Heat two saw Sauer keep Clarke and Murcott at bay to score a win before Kratzmann bounded home ahead of Whell and Lack to take heat three.

Murcott blitzed the field in heat four, finishing well clear of Minett and Mann, with Scheuerle fourth.

Kratzmann collected a double when he edged out Oldfield to win heat five, leaving Anthony Lambert more than five seconds adrift in third place.

It was northerner Brent Aprile who took out the final heat race for the season, leading Nelson Reddacliff and Walker to the chequer. In the only incident of the heats, Mitch Gowland rolled in turn four on lap three, but he would make it back on track for the B Main.

The bronze round of the Lucas Oils Pole Shootout eliminated Walker and Kratzmann, with Murcott and Oldfield ending their run in the silver stage, leaving Clarke to down Mann, Scheurele and Lack in the Gold Dash and secure pole position for the main event.

The B Main fell in favour of Sauer over Andrew Corbet and Rob Hamilton, with Kristy Bonsey moving ahead of Lambert to snare the final transfer spot into the feature race.

Mann pounced at the drop of the green in the 30-lap Crispy Memorial feature race, pacing Lack and polesitter Clarke through the opening two laps before Hamilton climbed the wall in turn four on lap three to trigger a restart, which saw Mann again lead the field. Scheurele saw his championship challenge come to an unceremonious end when he slammed the turn four wall on lap 14, effectively handing the title to Oldfield who, despite just needing to finish to be assured of championship success, was hell bent of securing his 11th feature win for the season. Sure enough, Oldfield surged into the lead on lap 17 when Mann faltered exiting turn four, but it was just three laps later that Oldfield struck trouble in the same spot, spinning to a halt but avoiding any contact with the concrete to enable a restart from the rear. Mann went back to the front for the final restart and duly led through the final 10 laps. Sitting third in the championship standings and possessing a genuine chance of winning the series with double points on offer, Lack endured late-race misfortune for the second time in as many rounds when a flat tyre ended his race on lap 23 whilst running in second spot. Lack’s demise elevated Murcott into second spot and promoted Kratzmann onto the podium. The barnstorming Sauer was next in front of Walker and Whell, with Oldfield climbing back to seventh ahead of Liebke, Brad Ayers, Kristy Bonsey and the final finisher in Kevin Britten.

It has been a stellar season for Oldfield with 10 feature race wins, including a WSS victory and, even with the championship on the line, he refused to step back from the hard charging style that has made him such a popular figure with local fans. Whilst the final round didn't bring the result he would have liked, his effort to win the championship despite missing a round is a remarkable achievement, particularly given the gallant efforts of Scheurele in his championship defence. Both drivers were quick every time they hit the track and there was nobody who demonstrated the wherewithal to match their pace with any consistency.

Whittaker took out the opening Midget heat race from Rodney Harders and Dean, while heat two saw Gwilliam upstage Michael Harders and Scott Doyle.

Brad Harrison bolted at the start of heat three and that was enough to see him home in first place, leading Jamie Hall and Reid Mackay to the flag.

After crashing out of his opening heat with a rollover in the main straight, Ware bounced back brilliantly to take out the final heat from Mark George and Vine.

In a performance that was a far cry from the misfortunes that have befallen him over the course of several weeks, Gwilliam was untroubled in the feature race and had stretched his lead to more than four seconds when the chequer appeared. Vine was similarly untroubled in second spot throughout, while Ware advanced from fifth to take third ahead of Farmer, Dean, Stewart and Whittaker, who was aboard Harrisons #28 after his own mount expired in his final heat. Michael Harders was next in line, with Wingless Sprint regular Glenn Wright making a good fist of his cameo in the Brendan Palmer #41 to nab ninth from Doyle. Mackay, Hall, Charlie Brown, Rodney Harders, Corey Stothard and Tony Eickenloff were the final finishers.

In light of his two heat race wins, James Kennedy would start the KRE Race Engines Formula 500 feature race from pole position beside series leader Liam Williams who, along with Ryan Skennar, also picked up a heat win. Unfortunately, despite gathering their biggest field of the season, the feature race descended into a series of incidents and interruptions as more than half the field exited within the first five laps. Ryan McNamara, Garry Edwards, Jayden Peacock, Piper Ogilvie, Randy Morgan and Ryan Skennar all found themselves upside down in separate incidents that resulted in the race being shortened to 15 laps. In between interruptions, there was good racing at the front of the field with Kennedy, Williams and Skennar running three-wide for consecutive laps. When the race finally settled into a rhythm, just eight of the 21 starters remained and Kennedy kept possession of the lead despite a late surge from Williams, whose runner-up result was enough to clinch the championship.

Modlite heat wins went to Terry Leerentveld (2), Aaron Prosser and Klinton Hancey and this was how they finished in the feature event as Queensland champ Leerentveld took the race and the Tri-City Series. Prosser closed to within less than half a second by races end, while Hancey saw off the best efforts of Brad Dawson to secure third after a miraculous save on the opening lap when he seemed certain to roll in turn two. Will Butler finished fifth ahead of Sean Rose, who recovered from a heat race rollover to surge from position 13. Steve Collins, Jake McRae, Dylan Hunter and Nathan Politch rounded out the top ten.

The first meeting of the 2017/2018 Archerfield season will be on September 16 featuring Sprintcars, Midgets, Formula 500s, Compact Speedcars, Monster Trucks and Fireworks.
Three Championship Finals at Archerfield this Saturday
Wednesday May 24, 2017. Archerfield Speedway
After 14 rounds of racing in a series that kicked off back in September, less than a dozen points separate Luke Oldfield and Andrew Scheuerle heading into the final round of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway this weekend. It is remarkable that the championship battle remains so close and it sets the scene for a high stakes feature race on Saturday night (May 27) when Scheurele and Oldfield are joined by another 20+ drivers to contest the championship Grand Final. In what is going to be a massive night of open wheel championship action, Midgets drivers are also contesting the final round of the Polar Ice Track Championship and the Formula 500s have gathered a cracking field for the final round of their KRE Race Engines Series.

Heading into the previous round two weekends ago, Oldfield trailed Scheuerle by 11 points, but now the situation has been reversed with Scheurele sitting 11 points in arrears, having lost the series lead for the first time since the championship began. The round 14 action saw Oldfield finish second behind two-time Australian champ Dave Murcott, while Scheuerle soldiered on to salvage a 9th-place finish after contact with another car on the opening lap necessitated a tyre change and subsequent restart from the rear of the field. Running third in the championship, Peter Lack seemed certain to finish on the podium at the previous round, only to expire on the final lap. However, with double points on offer this Saturday night, Lack can still win the series if both Scheurele and Oldfield strike trouble, setting the scene for a sensational showdown to secure the series crown.

Whilst several drivers have thrown in the towel for this season, opting to focus their attentions on preparing for their 2017/2018 championship campaign, the field for the final is still very strong indeed, with Murcott and three-time national Midget champion Adam Clarke returning to take on the locals and, potentially, take vital points from those fighting to secure the best possible overall result in the championship. Just four points separate 4th-placed Ben Hilder from Brent Kratzmann, while there is less than 30 points between the next three drivers in David Whell, Kevin Titman and Callum Walker, who brings some great form into the final with his first podium result in the previous round. With so many possible permutations given the double dose of points up for grabs, it is going to be a fitting end to what has been a superb series

If the results throughout the second half of the season are any indication, the final round of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship looms as another showdown between Brock Dean, Darren Vine, Troy Ware and series leader Rusty Whittaker. This quartet have been the standouts in recent weeks, with Vine, Dean and Whittaker filling the podium in the recent 50-lap event. However, Scott Farmer’s disappointment from that event (having led the race before spinning) will no doubt serve as motivation, while New Zealand’s Chris Gwilliam will be desperate to finish his season on a positive note after a series of setbacks that have prevented him from repeating his feature wins from earlier in the season. Throw in Michael Harders, Reid Mackay, Scott Doyle and Charlie Brown, who showed what he is capable of in the 50-lapper before again being beset with mechanical problems, and the race to secure the final feature race of the season will be everything we have come to expect from the mighty Midgets.

The Formula 500 fraternity are determined to leave an impression with their series finale, securing a stellar 26-car field for the KRE Championship closer. Whilst Australian champ Liam Williams has been the dominant performer over the course of the season, it is actually Kristin Brown who heads into Saturday night’s showdown as the form driver of the moment, having scored an all-the-way win in the previous round. Besides Brown and Williams, the field is bursting with talent, with Kaydon Iverson, Ryan McNamara, Ryan Skennar and James Kennedy having established themselves amongst the best in the country, while Graham Williams has also performed with distinction here and interstate. When you add Tristan Johnson and Piper Ogilvie into the mix, along with a couple of talented young rookies in Randy Morgan and Nick Hodges, this promises to be a fitting finale for a series that has been the catalyst for a rampant resurgence for the category that doesn’t look like ending any time soon.

A 20-car field of Modlites, which includes Australian champ Aaron Prosser and Queensland titleholder Terry Leerentveld, will also take to the track for their final fling, with Fireworks and the Caravan, Boat and Dunny Derby completing a huge night of family entertainment.

Gates open at 4.00pm (3.30pm for online ticketholders), with early racing from 4.45pm and Sprintcar time trials from 5.30pm. The main program, featuring the final rounds of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship, the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship and the KRE Race Engines Formula 500 Series, gets underway at 6.00pm.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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