With the 2016-2017 race season now officially over last night the teams of Sprintcars Queensland swapped race suits and crew uniforms for more formal attire and headed to Hotel Grand Chancellor in Brisbane to celebrate the magnificent season that we have had and recognise the contributions and achievements of all those who make what we do possible.
The Sprintcars Queensland 2016-2017 race season concluded last night at AusDeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway with the final night of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship. There were double points of the line and with just eleven points separating the top two drivers (Luke Oldfield and Andrew Scheuerle) going into the night, with third placed Peter Lack still a mathematical chance just fifty-nine points behind Scheuerle, there was never any doubt that the championship would go down to the final race. All three drivers suffered misfortune in the feature event last night, and while Luke Oldfield has walked away with both the Track Championship and the Club Championship, last night there was no stopping Bryan Mann as he raced to victory at the conclusion of the thirty-lap affair. Mann led most of the race after starting from the front row, and while Oldfield briefly relieved him of control of the race and both Lack and David Murcott occasionally challenged for the lead, Mann drove a clean, solid race, skilfully navigating lapped traffic before taking the win for the final time this season. David Murcott crossed the line in second while Brent Kratzmann, who had a number of impressive runs in the heats, climbed through the field to return to the podium in third. Mick Sauer and Callum Walker rounded out the top five last night.
David Murcott stormed to victory in Round Fourteen of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship at AusDeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway last night in a stout field of twenty-seven immensely talented drivers. Murcott didn’t have an easy run to the chequered flag though with Luke Oldfield challenging relentlessly and even briefly stealing control of the race on a couple of occasions. Lapped traffic played a big part in the race and while Murcott and Oldfield weaved their way through the back markers as they jostled for the lead, Peter Lack held down a solid third and, as the race started to draw to a close, began challenging Oldfield for second. In a devastating blow to both his race and his championship hopes, Lack suddenly slowed to a stop just half a lap away from the chequered flag. Callum Walker, who had done a magnificent job to be sitting in fourth, inherited third to complete the podium, while Kevin Titman and Dave Whell rounded out the top five.
Twenty-Eight Sprintcars rolled into Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway last night, Saturday 29 April 2017, for Round Thirteen of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship. Andrew Scheuerle was the man to beat all night but a blistering right rear tyre in the feature event hampered his progress and whilst Scheuerle had a commanding lead in the first half of the race, Luke Oldfield soon raced into the lead. Oldfield opened a sizable margin over his rival, while Scheuerle held down a strong second for the rest of the race but with Brent Kratzmann closing in as the laps wore on. Scheuerle crossed the line in second while Brent Kratzmann completed the podium, managing to hold off a hard charging Peter Lack. Kratzmann and Lack battled for much of the race, putting on a mesmerising show for race fans, with Lack forced to settle for fourth at the fall of the chequered flag. Cody Maroske rounded out the top five after an impressive drive from ninth.
Thirty-four Sprintcars turned up at AusDeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway last night for Night Two of the Clayperview.com Easter Triple Challenge Easter Trail and Round Twelve of the East Coast Logistics Track Championship. Nothing compares to a thrilling night of Sprintcar racing and the field certainly did not disappoint last night, putting on an absolutely breath-taking show, mesmerising the crowd and taking the points chase to a whole new level. Luke Oldfield led the early stages of the forty-lap main event, with Farr taking control in lapped traffic just past the half way mark in the race. Oldfield however refused to surrender without a fight and, with a little over half a dozen laps to run, raced back into the lead in lapped traffic. Luke Oldfield went on to take the win ahead of Robbie Farr, with Peter Lack a very solid third. Brent Kratzmann, who was initially relegated to the rear of the field after becoming involved in a first lap incident that eliminated both Andrew Scheuerle and Kevin Titman, had a scintillating run, climbing through the field to make his way back to fourth and began closing in on Lack to challenge for a podium. Kratzmann crossed the line in a very impressive fourth, with Brock Dean, who spent most of the race inside the top five, crossing the line in fifth.
A massive field of forty cars turned up to Hi-Tec Oils Toowoomba Speedway last night for the first night of competition in the 2017 Clayperview.com Easter Triple Challenge Easter Trail and USC Queensland Grand Final. It was a magnificent day for Sprintcar racing and there is no better way to start the Easter weekend. Robbie Farr and Lachlan McHugh were stand-out performers all night and it was little surprise that the main event came down to battle between youth and experience. The pair shared the front row for the start of the main event until Farr was relegated to the second row, officials deeming him to have jumped the first start. Never one to let a small set back stand in the way of success Farr made his way into the lead almost as soon as the lights went green and led comfortably for the first twenty laps before McHugh began challenging for the lead. McHugh took control with about eighteen laps left to run and soon opened a small but reasonably comfortable margin over Farr and the rest of the field. Lachlan McHugh went on to take the win with Robbie Farr home in second and Danny Reidy rounding out the podium after a very impressive drive in the Q19 racer. Bryan Mann and Peter Lack rounded out the top five, while Darren Jensen, who transferred out of the B-Main event, had a truly sensational drive to finish an impressive sixth.
With the sun shining high over the venue yesterday twenty-seven sprintcars signed in to Hi-Tec Oils Speedway in Toowoomba for the Ultimate Sprintcar Chase and the second last round of the Queensland Ultimate Sprintcar Championship. Luke Oldfield led the USC Points battle heading into the competition and was widely considered the man to beat, but a less than ideal qualifying run saw him languishing deep in the field. A mid-field incident at the start of the A-Main event saw Oldfield, Allan Woods and Andrew Scheuerle all upside down before a lap was completed, with a number of other cars involved. An open red stoppage allowed crews to work feverishly to repair their cars before the race resumed, with Scheuerle and Simon Jupe the only two who failed to make the restart. On the restart Oldfield made his way as high as seventh in only eight laps, before a mechanical issue in the front end slowed his progress. Robbie Farr and Sam Walsh had a truly scintillating battle for control of the race, with Farr initially leading the event before Walsh secured the advantage in lapped traffic. Walsh led for ten laps before Farr regained the lead with six laps to run. Robbie Farr went on to take a hard fought win ahead of Sam Walsh, while Lachlan McHugh crossed the line in third after challenging Farr and Walsh for position late in the race. Bryan Mann, who had a thrilling battle with McHugh earlier in the race, and Danny Reidy rounded out the top five.
Andrew Scheuerle had not won a Sprintcar main event in South-East Queensland since the beginning of October, and while there have been a number of occasions in recent weeks where he came close, last night he finally managed to secure his second win of the season in a thrilling battle that captivated the crowd. Thirty Sprintcars turned up at Archerfield Speedway last night and what a show they put on! The entire night of racing action was a scintillating affair, with each driver and team certainly bringing their A-game. Every time Sprintcars hit the track the racing was sensational and quite clearly demonstrates some of the remarkable talent we have in the South-East corner of the state. Peter Lack led the start of the main event, but soon became involved in a truly epic battle with Scheuerle, Bryan Mann and Luke Oldfield as they fought for control of the race. Mann and Oldfield argued over third and fourth while Scheuerle was absolutely relentless as he searched for a way past Lack, eventually getting the job down as they raced down the main straight a few laps into the race. Lack faded as the race wore on, pulling out of the event just past the halfway mark. Oldfield challenged Scheuerle for most of the race, neither driver holding anything back as the raced ever-closer the chequered flag. Andrew Scheuerle took the win ahead of Luke Oldfield with Lachlan McHugh stealing third from Bryan Mann in the closing stages of the race. Mann finished fourth while Mitchell Gee crossed the line in fifth.
Despite the threat of inclement weather, a high-quality field of thirty-seven Sprintcars rolled into AusDeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway last night, Saturday 04 March 2017, ready to put on a spectacular show. While the track started off a little too wet and made early track conditions somewhat greasy, it soon turned into an extremely racy track, with multiple racing lines that the drivers took full advantage of as they put on a spectacular show. In the end though, with the first of two scheduled twenty-lap A-Main events heading trackside and getting ready to line up, Mother Nature intervened and we were forced to abandon the race meeting. Luke Oldfield and Peter Lack had been the star performers of the night and were set to share the front row for the start of the race, with Bryan Mann, Ben Hilder, Andrew Scheuerle and Cody Maroske completing the first three rows on the starting grid.
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.