Last night over 150 people attended the Sprintcars Queensland Presentation Dinner to celebrate the successes of the 2014-2015 race season. The black tie event was held at Easts Leagues Club with drivers, crews, families and sponsors gathering for a night of good food and great company as we remembered an exciting and eventful season, and recognised the efforts and achievements of the many people who made the 2014-2015 race season one of our best to date.
Last night was the final night of the 2014-2015 race season for Sprintcars Queensland, with the final round of the East Coast Logistics Crispy Memorial Series held at AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway. Bryan Mann and David Murcott entered last night's competition tied on points for the lead but after a truly spectacular night of racing it was Murcott who managed to secure the series win. Mann did however manage to secure the overall Sprintcar Track Championship, while Andrew Scheuerle officially won the Sprintcars Queensland Club Championship. The Right Price Exhausts Heat Race points chase literally went down to the final heat event of the season. Andrew Scheuerle led the points chase at the beginning of the night, but Kevin Titman had two impressive heats events and managed to make his way six points in front of Scheuerle by the conclusion of the heat races. With so many points battles on the line it was always going to be a thrilling night of Sprintcar racing action, and while having not competed locally enough to feature prominently in the various series points chases, Robbie Farr was simply a class above the rest last night, topping the qualifying order, putting in some impressive heats, and leading the entire feature, only rarely challenged for his position, before taking the win. Joining Farr on the final podium for the season was David Murcott in second and Andrew Scheuerle in third. Bryan Mann had a brilliant run to finish in fourth with Mitchell Gee getting past Andrew Liebke in the final few laps to secure fifth. Liebke finished in sixth, his best A-Main result to date.
David Murcott was absolutely unstoppable in the A1 Sprintcar at AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway last night, putting on a spectacular show for race rans as he seemingly effortlessly raced to victory in the Main event. Unsurprisingly Murcott had been a standout performer all night, topping the qualifying order and winning a heat to see him in the Dash event. After inverting the entire eight car field for the start of the Dash Murcott only managed to move into seventh and started the A-main event from the fourth row of the grid. Ben Hilder in the Motorguard Motorsport Q95 racer had a great run, winning the Dash event before leading the first half of the A-Main race, only to fade to fifth by the final fall of the chequered flag. Murcott made his way past Hilder and into the race lead with half the race still to run, and quickly started to open a margin on his rivals, weaving his way through lapped traffic. Robbie Farr had a less than ideal start to his A-Main race, dropping back several positions on the opening lap, but gradually worked his way back to cross the line in second. Archerfield Speedway regular Bryan Mann has had a truly remarkable season, he and his team really putting in a season full of strong and consistent performances, and last night added another impressive result to their 2014-2015 season achievements. Mann crossed the line in third, filling the final podium position of the night, with Darren Jensen and Ben Hilder completing the top five.
After an intense rain system passed through Brisbane on Friday afternoon many parts of the river city were left more than a little damp and AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway was no exception. Despite clear skies all day Saturday the infield area of the track remained far too wet and the event was postponed until Sunday 03 May 2015. It would be an afternoon event, with racing starting from 1pm, and concluding by 6pm. Several of the nominated drivers were unable to make the Sunday afternoon event, leaving twenty-five Sprintcars to contest another round of the East Coast Logistics Crispy Memorial Series. David Murcott was the standout from the beginning, setting quick time, winning a heat and taking race honours at the end of the 30-lap A-Main event. Andrew Scheuerle put in another strong and consistent run to finish the night in second with Darren Jensen filling the final podium position. Bryan Mann and Kevin Titman rounded out the top five.
Sprintcars Queensland would like to welcome Tyler Alexander Moes into our speedway family. Tyler, the second child of Sprintcar racer Dan Moes (Q60) and his partner Melanie, made his grand entrance at 5.20am this morning at a Hervey Bay hospital and weighed in at 3.9kg. He was only a week and a half overdue and perfectly timed between race meetings.
It was another night of thrills and spills at AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway last night with 30 Sprintcars in the pits ready to put on a truly spectacular show for race fans. There was plenty of great racing and some spectacular wrecks but at the end of the day there was simply no stopping James McFadden as he raced to yet another victory at the Brisbane venue. Andrew Scheuerle, back after a nasty wreck just last weekend, crossed the line in second with Brent Aprile rounding out the podium. Bryan Mann is having perhaps the best season so far in his racing career, with some fantastic race results, wins and greater consistency making him one of the top contenders on the local scene. Last night was no different with Mann bringing the Q16 racer home in a very solid fourth, while Brent Kratzmann, who started the night by topping the leader board after qualifying, completed the top five in the A-Main event.
Twenty-nine Sprintcars turned up at AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway last night for the final night of competition in the SuperCheap Auto Sprintcar Track Championship series. Andrew Scheuerle led the points going into the round, with Luke Oldfield just a handful of points behind and both Bryan Mann and Kevin Titman a mathematical chance of stealing the Championship if they had a good night on the track and a little luck on their side. The Twin Feature format was always going to make things interesting, especially with a championship on the line, but no-one expected what unfolded last night. If you weren’t there you missed an exceptional night of racing with plenty of spills, thrills disappointments and spectacular racing action. Darren Jensen had a truly inspiring run, while James McFadden and Danny Reidy each got a win in the A-Main events. Bryan Mann put in two very solids runs to finish third and second respectively, and claiming the overall win for the weekend just one point clear of Danny Reidy. James McFadden took the win in the first A-main with young Mitchell Gee securing his first podium in second ahead of Bryan Mann, Darren Jensen and Danny Reidy. The top eight finishers were inverted for the start of the second A-Main with Danny Reidy the first to greet the chequered flag ahead of Bryan Mann, David Murcott, Ben Hilder and Richard Morgan. Bryan Mann managed to secure the overall win for the weekend with Danny Reidy in second and David Murcott in third. Darren Jensen and James McFadden completed the top five for the weekend while Bryan Mann, with both Andrew Scheuerle and Luke Oldfield unable to contest the second A-Main event after coming together in the first, was able to sweep in and steal the SuperCheap Auto Sprintcar Track Championship crown in the very last race for the series.
With Mother Nature finally on our side 24 Sprintcars headed back to the Toowoomba Speedbowl last night to contest the final night of the 2015 Queensland Sprintcar Easter Trail. After two consecutive washed out meetings on Friday and Saturday night, everyone was keen to get some racing in and put on a show for the race fans. And what a show it was! The racing was breath-taking, with James McFadden, who was simply a class above the rest all night, comfortably and effortlessly leading literally the entire 35-lap A-Main event only to be pipped at the post by Robbie Farr who, aided by lapped traffic, beat McFadden to the line by just 0.278 seconds. A yellow light stoppage six laps from home had bunched the field up, leaving Farr right on McFadden’s tail, and while McFadden continued to lead comfortably the pair approached lapped traffic together. With just two corners left to run Farr began making his move on the low line through turn three. McFadden seemed to have the race in the bag but disaster struck for Andrew Wright, one of two lapped cars in front of the leaders, and Wright flipped down the main straight and across the line. Steve Caunt, who had been following Wright, moved up track slightly and slowed a little to avoid the airborne #78 racer, with Farr and McFadden then racing either side of Caunt to cross the line. Farr, who actually climbed over the left rear wheel of Caunt as they crossed the line, was credited with the win with James McFadden in second and Blake Skipper an impressive third. Bryan Mann crossed the line in fourth with Andrew Scheuerle salvaging fifth after transferring from the B-Main and surviving an incident plagued A-Main race. Andrew Wright walked away from the crash.
Last night 39 Sprintcars turned up at AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway ready to put on a spectacular show for race fans. After being washed out in Toowoomba on Friday night all were itching to get some racing in, though Mother Nature was again threatening to steal the show. One look at the weather radar made it clear it was just a matter of time, but Archerfield Speedway Promoter John Kelly and his team pushed on with the show, desperately trying to get in as many races as they could before rain intervened.
Last night nineteen 410ci Sprintcars headed to the Toowoomba Speedbowl for another night of frantic racing action. The format for the night was a bit different to our usual format and proved to provide some very interesting results. The format was somewhat similar to a World of Outlaws event where each car got a set of hot laps and one heat event with the heat results determining who would start the Dash event, the B-Main and A-Main race. In the end it came down to a brilliant battle between Peter Lack and Andrew Scheuerle that lasted most of the 25-lap A-Main event. Lack had led the points heading into the feature event, and secured the lead when the race got underway, but Scheuerle was relentless and persistent and managed to steal the lead in the last half of the race. Lack fought back hard, but with tyre wear taking its toll on everyone there was little he could do. Andrew Scheuerle went on to take the win with Peter Lack in second and Kevin Titman filling the final podium position. Brent Kratzmann had a brilliant run in the Q4 racer, holding third for most of the race, only loosing the position to Titman in the final few laps. Jamie Bricknell finished fifth with Bryan Mann having a truly spectacular run, having transferred from the B-Main after a mechanical issue saw him fail to finish his earlier heat event.
It has been over a month since Sprintcars last raced around the AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway circuit but last night the winged warriors returned for Round 11 of the SuperCheap Auto Sprintcar Track Championship. With double points on the line it would prove to a critical night of competition for many drivers, and one that was full of plenty of thrilling racing action and carnage. Ben Hilder started the night off in spectacular fashion when he secured quick time in qualifying. Hilder had a great night behind the wheel of the Motorguard Motorsport #95 racer and finished the night inside the top ten. Brock Dean also had a great night and finished the night in sixth after a solid qualifying run and leading the points battle heading into the feature events. But there was simply no stopping Bryan Mann who was in a class of his own in the feature event. Mann started the event from position four, swiftly made his way into second before stealing the lead from Kevin Titman in the first ten laps of the main race. Mann was untouchable out in front and seemingly effortless ran away from the field on each restart before going on to take a well deserved win. Kevin Titman had an exceptionally strong run to finish a very solid second while Andrew Scheuerle put in yet another very consistent run to fill the final podium position. Luke Oldfield impressed as he clawed his way back to fourth after being relegated to the rear of the field at the start, with Richard Morgan completing the top five.
Seventeen Sprintcars headed to Toowoomba Speedbowl last night to contest the first round of the War of the Wings series at the Charlton venue. With previous rounds abandoned due to inclement weather, everyone welcomed the clear blue skies above the venue yesterday morning. Hot, dry and windy weather left a track that instantly took rubber, with drivers from all divisions very concerned about tyre wear from the very first look at the racing surface. In the end concerns about tyre wear and time constraints resulted in a modified program of events with interval moved forward, our B-main event cancelled and the Twin Feature format discarded in favour of a single 25-lap A-Main event. Andrew Scheuerle and Luke Oldfield had led the start of the feature event, with Scheuerle quickly securing the race lead when the lights went green. Peter Lack quickly made his way in front of Oldfield to secure second and while Oldfield faded a couple of positions further back, Lack really put the challenge to Scheuerle. Lack managed to steal the lead when Scheuerle ran too wide in turn four just a couple of laps from the chequered flag, but Scheuerle was able to steal his position back with one lap left on the board. Andrew Scheuerle went on to take the win, with Peter Lack in second and Luke Oldfield climbing his way back into third. Bryan Mann finished a strong fourth while Brodie Tulloch managed to get the better of Kevin Titman in the final few laps to steal fifth.
Last night Donny Schatz concluded his 2014-2015 Australian tour with his sixth consecutive win at AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway, taking out Round Seven of World Series Sprintcars, and his eighth Australian Open, lapping up to and including 10th place in a very strong 20-car field. It was a clean sweep for Schatz on this tour, remaining undefeated during his six appearances, and while Kerry Madsen, who led the first fifteen laps of the A-Main event, was the best positioned Australian to try beat Schatz to the line, but Schatz proved too strong. Madsen faded slightly as the race wore on and it was with James McFadden and Jamie Veal both having beautiful runs to round out the podium. Kerry Madsen finished fourth ahead of Brad Sweet in fifth.