Thirty-five Sprintcars checked into AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway last night for Round Nine of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship and what a night it was! Andrew Scheuerle led the early part of the main event with style and opened a comfortable margin over Luke Oldfield in second, only for Oldfield to close in and begin challenging for the lead once they entered lapped traffic. Oldfield was in breath-taking form and a restart with seven laps left to run gave the pair some clear track, with Oldfield diving to the bottom half a lap into the restart and racing his way into the lead with just over six laps left to run. Scheuerle of course immediately fought back on the topside before having a look on the bottom as they came out of turn two, but Oldfield refused to surrender the lead. Luke Oldfield went on to take the win, his seventh for the season so far, with Andrew Scheuerle home in second. Peter Lack had an impressive run and after getting past Dave Whell in the first few laps of the race Lack settled into a very comfortable third, staying close to the leaders while opening a very comfortable margin on his rivals. Lack crossed the line in third to fill the final podium position, while Mitchell Gee came from thirteenth on the starting grid and managed to climb his way into fourth and even started looking for a way past Lack in the final few laps of the race. Gee finished fourth with Ben Hilder rounding out the top five after another solid drive in the Motorguard Motorsport Q95 racer.
Thirty-four cars checked into Hi-Tec Oils Toowoomba Speedway last night for the Kratzmann Caravans Firecracker 50 and the first Sprintcar race in South East Queensland for nearly a month. While some our drivers have spent the past few weeks doing us proud and representing Queensland in the big races further south, most in the club have had a number of weeks off racing and were ready to put on a spectacular show for the large Toowoomba crowd. Difficult track conditions made for a tough night of racing, with the second round of heats abandoned and the 50-lap A-Main a test of skill, endurance, fuel conservation and tyre wear, but in the end it was the ever popular Dave Whell who took the win, his first feature event win in Sprintcars. Mick Sauer, back in the Sprintcar after some time on the sidelines, made a triumphant return when he crossed the line in second ahead of Robbie Farr in third. Farr had suffered engine issues in the Q7 racer and failed to complete his one and only heat, forcing him to contest the B-Main event to earn his spot in the main race. Luke Oldfield finished the feature in fourth, having led the early stages of the race before dropping to second and then electing to change his rear tyres in the open red stoppage eighteen laps from home. The fresh rubber enabled Oldfield to climb as high as fourth before the race concluded, with the Q17 racer even challenging Farr for third. Andrew Scheuerle put in yet another solid performance to cross the line in a very respectable fifth.
Kerry Madsen secured his second consecutive Sprintcar Australian Open at AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway last night in front of a massive crowd and in a field that included some of the best and toughest competition in the world. Madsen started the main event from pole position, with James McFadden alongside, but quickly took control of the 50-lap affair when the lights went green. Madsen led for the first eighteen laps before Donny Schatz made his way into the race lead. Schatz led for sixteen laps before Madsen got back past in lapped traffic and would go on to the take win while Donny Schatz, who had dropped back to third behind James McFadden with less than ten laps left to run, made a spectacular move on the outside of McFadden in the final corner to steal second and leave James McFadden in third. Carson Macedo made his way past both Luke Oldfield and Lachlan McHugh in the first five laps of the race, settling into fourth where he would remain for the rest of the race. McHugh followed Macedo for over 45-laps and crossed the line in fifth to be the first Queenslander home.
Thirty-five cars rolled into AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway last night for the first night of competition in the 2017 Sprintcar Australian Open. The contrast between the carnage and problems of Wednesday night and the almost incident-free run program of last night could not have been starker. With everyone conscious of the need to return tonight for the big race, and perhaps starting to run down a little on spares, most managed to get through the night relatively unscathed. Defending Australian Open Champion Kerry Madsen started the night with Quick Time in qualifying and remained strong all night, but it was Lachlan McHugh and Carson Macedo who stole the show in the Preliminary A-Main. Macedo led the first half lap of the race before McHugh raced through spectacularly on the bottom to steal the lead, opening a small margin. Macedo was relentless and closed the gap significantly when they hit lapped traffic, but McHugh remained smooth, consistent and fast as he weaved his way through the back markers, Macedo right on his tail. A yellow light stoppage with nine laps left to run gave them clean air for a couple of laps, but the battle between them only intensified. McHugh tried the bottom briefly, with Macedo going around the top to briefly get his nose in front, with McHugh promptly returning to the high side, only for Macedo to have a massive look on the bottom. Macedo hit a rut in turn two and lost a few car lengths on McHugh but began to close in once more as McHugh again started traversing lapped traffic. It was an absolutely epic battle that sets both drivers up beautifully for the finale tonight, with Lachlan McHugh taking the win ahead of Carson Macedo and current Australian Champion, and defending Australian Open Champion, Kerry Madsen. James McFadden and Donny Schatz rounded out the top five, with Darren Jensen the next best local in seventh behind Jamie Veal.
David Murcott took the win in an action-packed night of Sprintcar Racing at AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway last night for Round 11 of World Series Sprintcars. With thirty-two cars in the pits it was set to be a thrilling night of racing action that was full of carnage, disappointment and misfortune for many, but David Murcott remained focused and in control, dominating the 30-lap main event to take the win ahead of Jamie Veal and Donny Schatz. South East Queensland regulars Andrew Scheuerle and Luke Oldfield rounded out the top five, but not without controversy. Oldfield endured another wild flip during the heat events, the team cutting and welding the front end of the chassis back together just in time for the A-Main, but upset a few drivers during the course of the feature. Andrew Scheuerle was not immune to the controversy, and got many people talking after contact with James McFadden two thirds of the way through race. The incident saw McFadden make heavy contact with the turn four wall and brought about a premature end to his race. While McFadden walked away from the wreck he was none to happy with Scheuerle.
There is no better way to see in the New Year than a breath-taking night of Sprintcar racing action. The show the boys put on at AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway last night epitomises what remarkable talent we have here in South East Queensland, with some brilliant racing and a final four laps that truly captivated the crowd. Allan Woods led the first ten or so laps of the feature, under enormous pressure from Lachlan McHugh, with McHugh then taking control of the race for several laps before Andrew Scheuerle raced his way into the lead. Scheuerle did a superb job out in front, leading the vast majority of the race with a comfortable lead, but a series of yellow light caution periods in the last seven laps of the race bunched the field up behind him. Scheuerle led each restart but with two and half laps to run Luke Oldfield raced spectacularly around the outside as they headed down the back straight, stealing control of the race, while Donny Schatz, who had come from position nine on the grid, raced under McHugh to move into third. Schatz took to the high line as he challenged both Scheuerle and Oldfield for the lead, making his way past Scheuerle with just one lap left to run. Luke Oldfield took the win, a magnificent effort after rolling the car and damaging the front end of the chassis during the first round of heats. Donny Schatz crossed the line in second while Andrew Scheuerle was forced to settle for third. Lachlan McHugh and Bryan Mann completed the top five.
The last race meeting for 2016 sure was a big one at AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway last night. Thirty-two cars turned up to put on a show and they didn't disappoint. There were plenty of thrills and spills, with plenty of drivers getting up-side-down, but it was Donny Schatz who stole the show, inverting the top thirteen starters for the A-Main event and then taking the lead in the main race after just sixteen laps. Hard-charging locals Luke Oldfield and Peter Lack joined Schatz on the podium, while Logan Schuchart and David Murcott rounded out the top five.
Last night 33 Sprintcars rolled into AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway for Round Six of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship, and night one of USA Sprintcars, with Americans Donny Schatz and Logan Schuchart both having their Australian season debut. It was a very different night of Sprintcar racing, with early track conditions having a massive effect on qualifying, leaving many of the usually front runners struggling for points and forced to come through the B-Main event. After transferring from the B-Main event Schatz was systematically working his way through the A-Main field when contact with Bryan Mann just five laps into the race saw both drivers flip out of the event. Neither Mann nor Schatz were hurt in the incident but both teams will have a big couple of days ahead to get ready for the next race meeting on Friday night. Logan Schuchart impressed all night and initially led the feature event, withstanding a bold challenge for the lead by Paul Rooks, but pulled out of the event after just eleven laps, a mechanical issue on board the Motorguard Motorsport USA1 racer prematurely ending his night. Mitchell Gee inherited the race lead and while David Murcott closed in as the laps wore away, Gee managed to defend his position from Murcott, who had one last challenge for the lead with less than a lap left to run. Mitchell Gee took his maiden win in Sprintcars, in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd, with David Murcott across the line in second. Andrew Scheuerle survived the action-packed A-Main, after initially starting from position seven in the B-Main, and managed to climb his way into a very impressive third, with Peter Lack and Lachlan McHugh rounding out the top five.
Sprintcars Queensland returned to AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway last night for Round Five of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship, with Luke Oldfield once again dominating proceedings and walking away with yet another victory under his belt. Oldfield has been virtually unstoppable the past couple of months with multiple wins to his name, in both Brisbane and Toowoomba, and is in truly magnificent form heading into the busy Christmas period. Kevin Titman finally managed to ditch the bad luck that has plagued him for most of the season and despite initially qualifying outside the top ten, and having some unfortunate luck in the second round of heats, rebounded strongly to win the dash and then lead almost two-thirds of the main event. Titman had a brilliant run during the A-Main event but Oldfield closed in as they navigated lapped traffic and, eventually stole the lead. Titman ran a strong race and while Andrew Scheuerle had a look for a way through, Titman remained focussed and refused to surrender the position. Titman crossed the line in second while Peter Lack slipped under Andrew Scheuerle to steal third with just a couple of laps left to run. Andrew Scheuerle finished fourth with Mitchell Gee rounding out the top five.
Round four of World Series Sprintcars headed to Hi-Tech Oils Speedway in Toowoomba last night and while a brief rain delay before the meeting got underway, forced a change in format, we were still in for a thrilling night of Sprintcar racing. Thirty-one cars took to the track to put on a show, with a star-studded field set to entertain the large, and patient crowd. The afternoon started hot and steamy, followed by a rain delay, after which the temperature dropped and wind picked up. The wind added an interesting element to the racing, with even drivers in non-wing divisions struggling at times with the conditions. We were set up for an exhilarating A-Main event, with David Murcott and Robbie Farr set to share the front row, however a massive crash in the B-Main that saw Kevin Titman tear down a large section of the catch fence, forced the abandonment of the entire race meeting. Titman, thankfully, walked away from the wreck unscathed. David Murcott, who had earned pole position for the start of the A-Main after a spectacular run in the shootout events, was credited with the round win.
Last night World Series Sprintcars rolled into town to take on some of the best South East Queensland has to offer, and in a field of twenty-seven cars, it was Queenslander Luke Oldfield who stood atop the podium at the conclusion of the thirty-lap feature event. Oldfield started the night strongly, setting quick time in qualifying before putting in couple of spectacular heat race drives and secured his spot in the Gold Shootout event. Oldfield ultimately started the feature event from the second row and spent the first third of the race chasing race leader Brooke Tatnell before racing brilliantly around the outside of Tatnell to take control of the race. Oldfield and Tatnell had a brilliant race for the lead, but disaster struck for Tatnell after just eighteen laps. Left with nowhere to go when a lapped car made a mistake in front of him, Tatnell made heavy contact with the stricken lapped car and the fence, ending his race. James McFadden inherited second and while he tried to find a way past Oldfield during through final twelve laps, Oldfield went on to take the win with McFadden and Daniel Harding rounding out the podium. Andrew Scheuerle, always a textbook example of consistency, crossed the line in fourth.
Last night twenty-seven Sprintcars took to the high banks of Hi-Tech Oils Speedway in Toowoomba for Ultimate Pink Night to raise some money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation and help drive out Breast Cancer. It was a massive night full of thrills, and spills, with each driver and team adding a little, or in some cases a lot, of pink to their cars and crew uniforms in support of Ultimate Pink Night. The night was also the Will Power 500 and Round Three of the Queensland USC series and while the competition was fierce, at the end of the night it was current series leader Luke Oldfield who took the win to extend his series points lead. Andrew Scheuerle came from position fourteen on the starting grid in the A-Main after an unfortunate incident during the heat events, but had a spectacular run to climb through the field and into second by the time chequered flag flew. Kevin Titman ultimately started the A-Main race from the front row but faded quickly during the first half of the race, only to come back strongly on the high side mid-race and begin to make up ground. Titman and his team had the Q59 set up beautifully and as the laps wore on Titman really stepped up the pace, making his way back into third and really taking the challenge to Scheuerle as the pair argued over second. Bryan Mann and Lachlan McHugh rounded out the top five finishers.
Sprintcars Queensland started the season with a massive five consecutive weekends of racing before taking last weekend off, giving the teams a chance to regroup and revitalise before returning to AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway last night for Round Four of the Sprintcar Track Championship. Twenty-eight cars hit the track to put on a show and what a show it was! Jayden Peacock and Brent Kratzmann, who had entered the night a very slender one point lead in the series, both crashed out of the event early in separate incidents, while Lachlan McHugh, Mitchell Gee and Callum Walker all proved once again what a great depth of talent we have coming up through the ranks with some truly inspiring drives. Gee and McHugh shared the front row for the start of the A-Main with Gee quickly settling into the lead, only to come under immense pressure from McHugh who soon stole the lead. The pair were in complete control of the race and while Gee pushed hard and ran spectacularly around the top, lapped traffic saw him come unstuck in turn three, relegating him to the rear of the field with eighteen laps left to run. McHugh led for a further ten laps, with Bryan Mann, Andrew Scheuerle and Peter Lack on his tail, but with eight laps left to run he had contact with a lapped car that left him stranded on the track and relegated to the rear of the field. Bryan Mann inherited the race lead and despite mounting pressure from Lack and Scheuerle, Mann went on to take a very popular win. Peter Lack finished an impressive second while Andrew Scheuerle seemed to have banished the gremlins that have plagued him the past couple of meetings and secured a strong third to round out the podium. Callum Walker had a brilliant night and had a smooth and consistent run to come home in fourth with Steve Greer putting in a truly spectacular effort to round out the top five.