Aussie Champ Returns to the Scene of His Success
Author : Archerfield Speedway
Sprintcar action returns to Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway this Saturday night (February 9) when round ten of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship headlines a huge open-wheel program that has attracted almost 100 competitor nominations. Following consecutive weekends of Sprintcar action that saw Australias best drivers soundly beaten by Queensland stars at two different venues, race fans have plenty to get excited about as the two drivers who outgunned the so-called stars from interstate face off again this weekend. Andrew Scheuerle returns to the scene of his stunning Australian Championship triumph to proudly steer the Castrol Edge #1 Cool into battle against series nemesis Luke Oldfield, who is fresh from a $10 000 win last Saturday night in Toowoomba. Throw in Lachlan McHugh, who finished seventh in the Australian Championship final, plus the likes of Peter Lack, Brent Kratzmann and another 25 competitors hell bent on upstaging the Aussie champ and the scene is set for a continuation of the superb racing that has been the hallmark of the 2018/2019 Archerfield season thus far.
Also on the program will be round eight of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship and round eight of the NuPave Formula 500 Series, plus Compact Speedcars, Lightning Sprints and Formula 500 Juniors.
Having created history in becoming only the second Queensland driver to win the Australian Championship, Scheuerle returns to the scene of his greatest triumph fully aware that the #1 on the tail tank serves as extra motivation for his rivals and brings an expectation of excellence every time he hits the track. Given his 25 years of racing experience, Scheuerle will be unfazed by the pressure that comes with being officially recognised as Australias best and will now be focussed on his mission to defend his track championship crown.
Given the sense of anticipation that accompanies Luke Oldfield every time he hits the track, an outstanding Australian Championship campaign that saw him qualify fourth before eventually finishing 15th was seen as disappointing by some but, if Oldfield was disheartened by the result, he certainly didnt dwell on it too long, storming to victory in Toowoomba last Saturday night with another of his typically hard charging performances.
The last couple of seasons have seen Lachlan McHugh develop into one of Australias finest young prospects and, having dominated the early rounds of the ECL Track Championship prior to heading interstate, he will be looking to reacquaint himself with victory lane, as will Peter Lack who currently sits third in the track championship standings standings behind Scheuerle and Oldfield in what has been a season of remarkable consistency thus far for the Withcott-based team. The only others in the field who have featured on the podium so far this season are Brent Kratzmann and Allan Woods, however, having both qualified into the Australian Championship final, Ben Hilder and Randy Morgan might just be the next.
Darren Vine and Rusty Whittaker look likely to resume their battle in the Polar Ice Midget action, with Vine holding the upper hand at the moment courtesy of his win in the previous round. Whittaker finished second on that occasion and the former track titleholder and state champ will be determined to vanquish Vine and make another visit to victory lane. Troy Ware is a feature winner at Archerfield and Glenn Wright was running strongly in second spot at the previous round before making a smoky exit, while Compact Speedcar graduates Mitchell Rooke, Tim Farrell and Riki Harrison are also contenders in company with Brad Dawson. However, it might just be the return of Brock Dean that proves the biggest hurdle for the field to overcome in their quest for success.
Similarly, despite having attracted a very strong 19-car field, round eight of the NuPave Formula 500 Series also seems likely to emerge as a battle between two; namely Australian champion Liam Williams and his arch-rival Ryan Skennar. The pair have dominated the results thus far and continued their reign last weekend in Gympie when they finished first and second respectively in the feature race. Their biggest threat this weekend seems likely to come from Kristin Brown, Jarrod Bampfield and Tarhlea Apelt.
The return of former national champs Dave Fanning and Kurt Wilson adds some spice to round nine of the Everyday Finance Solutions Lightning Sprint Club Championship, while Compact Speedcars are still struggling for numbers but have mustered an 11-car field.
Gates open at 4.00pm and early racing gets underway from 5.00pm. Sprintcars hit the track for time trial qualifying from 5.30pm, with the main program set for launch at 6.00pm.
East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round ten nominations: Allan Woods, Andrew Baumber, Andrew Corbet, Andrew Scheuerle, Anthony Lambert, Ben Hilder, Brent Kratzmann, Brett Minett, Brock Dean, Dan Murray, David Kenway, Geoff Davey, James Grady, Jason King, Justin Snellman, Karl Hoffmans, Kristy Bonsey, Libby Ellis, Luke Oldfield, Mitch Gowland, Paul Morris, Peter Lack, Randy Morgan, Ryan McNamara, Scott Johnston, Sean Rose, Steve Greer, Steven Johnson, Trent Vardy
Polar Ice Midget Track Championship round eight nominations: Audie Malt, Brad Dawson, Brock Dean, Cal Whatmore, Chris Singleton, Dan Biner, Darren Vine, Glenn Wright, Jamie Hall, Lachy Paulger, Mitchell Rooke, Nathan Mathers, Ricky Robinson, Riki Harrison, Rusty Whittaker, Scott Doyle, Tim Farrell, Tom Clauss, Troy Ware
NuPave Formula 500 Series round eight nominations: Adrian Farrell, Brady Argles, Brock Thornton, Bryn Upshall, Dekota Gay, Ethan Eyears, Jacob Gray, Jarrod Bamprfield, Kristin Brown, Liam Williams, Mitchell Whittaker, Ron Barber, Royce Harvey, Russell Williamson, Ryan Skennar, Tarhlea Apelt, Tomas Partington, Tom Qualischefski, Tony Bailey
Everyday Finance Solutions Lightning Sprint Club Championship round nine nominations: Adam Norton, Andrew Sparks, Darren Baldwin, Dave Fanning, David Van Vegchel, James Elliott, Jason George, Jason Rae, Jim Kennedy, Keith Blatch, Kurt Wilson, Scott Jukes, Tyler Stralow
Compact Speedcar nominations: Bodie Smith, Connor McCullough, Dave Collins, Dave Swan, Jayden Iacono, Mark Maczek, Nick Gannon, Richard Rooke, Rob Stewart, Trent Usher, Wayne Corbett
Formula 500 Junior nominations: Blake Matthews, Jarred Harrison, Jy Corbet, Kacy Lee Black, Taylor Morgan, Taylor Prosser
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