With the 2015-2016 race season now concluded the drivers, crews, families, friends and sponsors of Sprintcars Queensland gathered at Easts Leagues Club for the annual end of season celebrations and festivities. Almost 140 people attended the black tie event, with Wade Aunger acting as MC for the night. It was a night to celebrate the season that was – and what a truly remarkable season we have had. It was a season full of plenty of thrills, spills and close competition, but also one that saw the best once again rise to the top, as well as a host of newcomers and young talent that really gave some of our most seasoned competitors a run for their money.
Former Australian Champion David Murcott took the win in the 2015-2016 season finale at AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway last night, with Andrew Scheuerle and Luke Oldfield joining him on the last podium of the season. Lachlan McHugh and Ben Atkinson rounded out the top five in very slick track conditions and a tough field behind them. Lachlan McHugh entered the final round of the East Cost Logistics Crispy Memorial Sprintcar Series just twelve points ahead of Andrew Scheuerle, and while Scheuerle had a brilliant night to significantly close the gap to McHugh on the points ladder, McHugh did just enough to secure the series championship. The Sprintcar Rookie, who turned eighteen on Friday, managed to win the East Cost Logistics Crispy Memorial Sprintcar Series by just two points, with Andrew Scheuerle officially second in the series.
Teenage rookie Lachlan McHugh last night stole the show when he took the win in the 30-lap A-main event at AusDesk Patios Archerfield Speedway for Round Four of the East Coast Logistics Crispy Memorial Series. McHugh started the feature event from position ten but gradually worked his way skilfully through the field, seemingly effortless weaving his way past some far more experienced rivals, taking the lead with a beautiful slide job underneath Luke Oldfield through turn four two thirds of the way through the race before opening a sizable lead and taking the win some three seconds ahead of Oldfield in second. Mitchell Gee had a brilliant run to claim the third and final podium position, with Dave Whell and Ben Atkinson rounding out the top five. Early race leader Brent Kratzmann had an absolutely breath-taking run, comfortably leading the first half of the race before being challenged for position by Oldfield. Unfortunately for Kratzmann contact between the pair nineteen laps in ended with Kratzmann stopped on the track and bringing the race under caution. Kratzmann restarted at the rear of the field with eleven laps to run and all eighteen starters still in the race, but put on an inspiring run to climb his way to a very impressive nineth before the fall of the chequered flag.
It was an action packed affair at AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway last night for Round Three of the East Coast Logistics Crispy Memorial Sprintcar Series. An incident eighteen laps into the 30-lap A-Main event saw almost half the field involved, including then race leader David Murcott, as well as Luke Oldfield and Andrew Scheuerle, who were running second and third at the time. Mitchell Gee, Mark Pholi, Bryan Mann and Peter Milnes were also involved, with Brandon Rawlings getting hard on the brakes in a desperate effort to avoid contact. Gee inverted the Q41 racer during the chaos, and while he was uninjured he was out of the race. Everyone else involved was able to restart, albeit from the rear, with just twelve laps left to run. Brent Aprile, who had been running a strong fourth at the time of the incident, inherited the race lead and went on to take the win, while Lachlan McHugh stole second from Brandon Rawlings in the final corner. Kevin Titman had a brilliant run to chequered flag, racing past both Brent Kratzmann and Brandon Rawlings on the final lap to steal third moments before crossing the line. Rawlings finished fourth with Kratzmann rounding out the top five after an impressive, and almost race-long, battle with McHugh.
Luke Oldfield is our new Queensland Sprintcar Champion after taking a popular win in last nights gruelling 35-lap A-main Title race. Oldfield, who started the race from pole, initially settled into second behind Robbie Farr when the lights went green, but quickly moved into the race lead half a dozen laps into the race, using lapped traffic beautifully to secure the lead. Farr of course didn’t surrender the lead without a fight and the battle that raged between the pair was really something to behold until contact between the pair left Farr pirouetting on his tail tank in turn two. Farr restarted at the rear of the field, and in the following sixteen or so laps had climbed his way back inside the top ten before crashing out of the event with nine laps left to run. Oldfield had complete control of the race and while David Murcott closed in and challenged a couple of times, Oldfield was focused and determined, letting nothing, and no one, slow him down. Oldfield slammed the wall hard heading down the back straight with only half a lap left to run but went on to take the win. David Murcott finished a solid second in the Title race while Peter Lack had a very impressive drive around the high side to fight his way into third to round out the podium. The battle for the minor places was certainly a fierce one and while Brent Kratzmann and Darren Jensen both put on a truly spectacular show for the race fans on the hill, it was Bryan Mann who came through to finish fourth ahead of the ever-consistent Andrew Scheuerle in fifth.
After one night of competition, in a field of thirty-three cars, Luke Oldfield leads the points chase going into the second and final night of competition in the 2016 Hungry Jacks Queensland Sprintcar Championship at AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway. Oldfield started the night strongly securing quick-time in qualifying, beating Andrew Scheuerle by just six thousandths of a second, and scored a second and a third in his heats before going on to take the win in the thrilling 20-lap preliminary A-Main. Oldfield was focussed and determined and while Scheuerle led the early stages of the race, lapped traffic came into play and Oldfield fought his way in front. Unfortunately for Scheuerle an incident with a lapped car seven laps into the race saw the former Queensland Champion relegated the to rear of the field where he spent the rest of the race trying to fight his way forward whilst dealing with some front-end damage on the AusDeck Patios Q25 racer. David Murcott finished the Preliminary A-Main in second with Robbie Farr in third. Peter Lack had an impressive drive to cross the line in fourth, after initially starting from position eight, with Brent Kratzmann having a very solid run to round out the top five. Bryan Mann, who crashed hard coming out of turn four while challenging Oldfield for the lead, and Kevin Titman, who had an incident on the back straight while battling for position with Kratzmann, are both ones to watch tonight, as are Richard Morgan, Darren Jensen and Mark Pholi who all had impressive runs in the preliminary A-Main.
Round two of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Series was held at AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway last night with a star-studded field of twenty-six Sprintcars set to do battle around the tight Brisbane circuit. David Murcott was the early leader of the feature event, but his A-Main raced ended prematurely when he became involved in an incident with a lapped car. In a 30-lap main event that was plagued by nine stoppages, the race between the top five was brilliantly breath-taking. Andrew Scheuerle had a reasonably comfortable lead, but was, on more than one occasion, seriously challenged for his position by both Lachlan McHugh and Luke Oldfield. McHugh and Oldfield had an enthralling battle over second and third that lasted most of the race, while Brent Kratzmann had an impressive run in fourth, putting a serious challenge to both McHugh and Oldfield, while trying to defend his position from a hard charging Bryan Mann. Andrew Scheuerle managed to hang on to take the win, while Lachlan McHugh, still in his rookie season, secured second with Luke Oldfield crossing the line in third to fill the final podium position. Brent Kratzmann and Bryan Mann rounded out the top five, while Ben Hilder finished an impressive sixth after transferring from the B-Main.
Last night twenty-four Sprintcars headed to Hi-Tec Oils Toowoomba Speedway for the Ultimate Pink Night, supporting and raising money for Breast Cancer research, and the final night of the Queensland Ultimate Sprintcar Championship. James McFadden was strong all night, setting quick time in qualifying and leading the points going into the Shoot Out events, before earning pole position for the start of the A-Main. Unfortunately for McFadden contact with David Murcott on the opening lap of the A-Main ended his night early and sent Murcott to the rear of the field for the 30-lap A-Main event. Jamie Veal took the win at the end of the action-packed race, with Robbie Farr in second ahead of Bryan Mann, with Peter Lack and Jake Tranter rounding out the top five. Robbie Farr won the Queensland Ultimate Sprintcar Championship, with Peter Lack in second and Andrew Scheuerle securing third overall.
Last night twenty-nine Sprintcars returned to Hi-Tech Oils Toowoomba Speedway for the third and final night of the 2016 Clay Per View Easter Triple Challenge. While Saturday nights' Archerfield Speedway got abandoned before the feature events due to rain at venue, and the weather in Toowoomba looked a little dubious yesterday morning, the team at Hi-Tech Oils Toowoomba Speedway were determined to put on a show. With light drizzle easing as the day progressed and blue skies appeared over the circuit, we were set for a thrilling night of speedway racing action. The 50-lap feature was a sight to behold, with Robbie Farr leading the early stages until David Murcott swept underneath and stole the lead in the last half of the race. Murcott went on to take the win ahead of Robbie Farr, with Andrew Wright from NSW having a brilliant run to finish third. Brent Kratzmann finally managed to have a little luck on his side, and after an impressive night of racing, and a strong A-Main race that saw him exchange positions with Wright several times over the course of the race, he finished a very impressive fourth to be the first of the regular Sprintcars Queensland competitors home. Darren Jensen rounded out the top five in last nights' A-Main event, but it was Robbie Farr who won the Clay Per View weekend points battle, with David Murcott second and Luke Oldfield officially third.
Round one of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Series, which also doubled as night two of the Clay Per View Easter Triple Challenge, was held at AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway last night with an impressive thirty-four car star-studded field of Sprintcars. In the end it was Mother Nature who took the win, unleashing a load of heavy and persistent rain over the venue just after 8pm at the conclusion of the heat race events. Luke Oldfield was the quickest in qualifying, while heat race wins went to Dave Whell (x2), Darren Jensen (x2), Robbie Farr and David Murcott.
Last night 27 Sprintcars contested the thirteenth and final round of the SuperCheap Auto Sprintcar Series at AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway, with defending Champion Bryan Mann taking the win at the end of the 30-lap Feature event. Kevin Titman and Peter Lack joined Mann on the podium after a gruelling and intense race long battle for the lead. Rain across the venue moments before the race meeting got underway left a very hooky and somewhat one lane racetrack and while Mann initially held a slender lead over his rivals, once he got caught behind lapped traffic both Titman and Lack really closed in and put on a spectacular show for fans as the trio argued over the lead. Andrew Scheuerle, who was already so far in front in the SuperCheap Auto Sprintcar Series that he was unbeatable regardless of what happened on the final night of competition, crossed the line in a very consistent fourth, with Scott Doyle having a very impressive run to finish fifth.
Sprintcar Rookie Lachlan McHugh last night broke through for his maiden round win after taking second in the first of the Twin 20-lap feature events and backing it up with a win in the second. Having secured his first Sprintcar podium just a fortnight ago, McHugh was keen to climb a little higher on the podium and despite being only a rookie in the division, showed a level of skill and determination that should have his rivals more than a little worried. Luke Oldfield took the win in the first of the 20-lap feature events, with Lachlan McHugh in second and Mitchell Gee third. Brent Kratzmann and Paul Morris rounded out the top five finishers. The second 20-lap A-Main, where the top eight starters had been inverted by Oldfield after winning the first feature, was won by Lachlan McHugh, with Mitchell Gee in second and Luke Oldfield rounding out the podium. David Whell and Bryan Mann completed the top five. Lachlan McHugh took out the round win, with Luke Oldfield officially second and Mitchell Gee third. David Whell and Brad Ayers completed the top five for the weekend.
Last night Sprintcars Queensland returned to AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway for Round 11 of the SuperCheap Auto Sprintcar Track Championship. While several teams ventured interstate in the past few weeks, for many it was the first race meeting in over a month and all were keen to get a win on the board. Luke Oldfield, back behind the wheel of the Titan Garages and Carports Q36 racer, had a spectacular night, finally breaking through for his maiden A-Main win for the team. Oldfield easily won the Shootout events to start the 30-lap feature event from pole position and quickly secured the lead in the main event when the lights went green. Andrew Scheuerle almost caught him several times in lapped traffic, but Scheuerle was soon forced on the defensive as Lachlan McHugh began challenging for second. It was clear from the very beginning of the season that Lachlan McHugh, in only his Rookie season in Sprintcars, was going to be one driver to keep an eye on. Last night he demonstrated once again just how much potential he holds, securing quick time in qualifying, and then racing underneath Scheuerle for second in the closing stages of the A-Main event. Scheuerle fought back hard, but McHugh was faultless and went on to take second with Scheuerle forced to settle for third. Kevin Titman and Bryan Mann rounded out the top five.