Sprintcar Showdown on Saturday Night
Author : Archerfield Speedway
Sprintcar racing returns to Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway this Saturday night (April 1) with 30 cars to hit the track for round 13 of the East Coast Logistics Track Championship. With the previous round producing a sensational feature race win to series leader Andrew Scheuerle, there is going to be desperation and determination aplenty from his series rivals and, with some very interesting additions to the field this week, the scene is set for another superb night of Sprintcar action. Also on a huge program are Formula 500s, Compact Speedcars, AMCA Nationals, Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans, fireworks and the Queensland vs New South Wales Demolition Derby.
Winning round 12 on March 11 was critical for Scheuerle as his series lead had been narrowed in the weeks prior following a string of strong performances from Luke Oldfield which had seen him move into third overall in the standings despite missing round four. Oldfield chased Scheuerle to the chequer in the previous round in what was a great duel and, with Peter Lack making an early exit from the feature race, Oldfield now sits in second spot in the championship chase. Lack remains third overall and it now seems likes these are the only three drivers with any realistic chance of winning the series, despite the strong performances from several others in recent weeks.
Lachlan McHugh drove splendidly in round 12 to finish third and the Gold Coast teenager seems ready to return to victory lane, while Mitchell Gee is another who has been impressive in recent racing, along with fellow young guns Callum Walker, Dylan Menz and Ben Hilder and more experienced racers such as Bryan Mann and Brent Krtazmann, all of whom are in the field this Saturday night. However, perhaps the most interesting addition to the field this weekend is four-time Australian Midget champion Adam Clarke. The Polar Ice team are making the step up into the Sprintcar ranks and Clarke will be looking to make an immediate impact when he hits the track, so don’t be surprised to see the #29 in the thick of the action. Supercar champion Garry Jacobson is also back for another run, along with another 20 drivers hell bent on making their mark in Queensland’s premier Sprintcar competition.
If ever anybody needed convincing that regular racing at Archerfield is the best way to build your race category, the Formula 500s are living proof. From just a handful of cars a few seasons ago, there are 22 nominations for round 11 of the KRE race Engines Championship Series this weekend and current national champ Liam Williams, who also took out the Queensland Title two weeks ago in Rockhampton, will face his toughest test of the season. Williams will face off against the likes of Kaydon Iverson, Charlie Brown, James Kennedy, Kristin Brown, Ryan Skennar and Ryan McNamara, all of whom are proven race winners.
Compact Speedcars return to Brisbane for what will be a clash of champions as newly crowned state titleholder Robbie Stewart takes on national champ Darren Vine and current club champion Nick Gannon. Throw in Wayne Corbett and Barry Gibbes, who finished second and third behind Stewart in the state title, and all the big guns are ready to fire. Throw Nathan Mathers, Trent Usher and Jim Kennedy into the mix and the scene is set for some intense competition in pursuit of the Paul Messer Memorial trophy.
The return of four-time Australian titleholder Shane McKinnell to the AMCA Nationals ranks will certainly spice things up and should give the likes of recently deposed national champ Matt Hardy and perennial feature race winner Steve Potts some extra motivation to perform at the best. With just a couple of meetings completed since returning after a lengthy absence, Nathan Durston has been impressive from the get-go is another who should be in the action at the front of the field.
The trusty Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans complete the racing program, but with a spectacular fireworks show during the interval break and the mayhem of the Demolition derby to close out the evening, there is plenty of entertainment for everybody. Gates open at 4.00pm (3.30pm for online ticketholders) and early racing will get underway at 4.45pm. Sprintcar time trials get underway from 6.30pm and the main program will fire into action 6.00pm.
East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round 13 nominations: Adam Clarke, Allan Woods, Andrew Corbet, Andrew Scheuerle, Ben Hilder, Brad Ayers, Brendan Parker, Brendon Claridge, Brent Kratzmann, Brett Minett, Bryan Mann, Callum Walker, Dan Murray, Darren Silcock, David Whell, Dylan Menz, Garry Jacobson, Jayden Peacock, Kevin Hill, Kevin Titman, Kristy Bonsey, Lachlan McHugh, Luke Oldfield, Mark Pholi, Mick Sauer, Mitchell Gee, Neil Howard, Paul Rooks, Peter Lack, Phil Foster, Steve Greer
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