Donny Schatz regained his Performance Wholesale Australian Sprintcar Open crown last night, after taking the lead from Kerry Madsen in the first few laps of the race, and settling into a comfortable lead, making it look easy as he opened a sizable margin over his rivals and weaved his way through the back markers. The 50-lap affair had one caution ten laps in, but ran the remaining forty-laps without incident, with Schatz lapping up to and including ninth place, and, incredibly, all twenty starters, made it to the chequered flag. The event, held over two nights, doubled as Round Seven of World Series Sprintcars, and attracted a massive crowd to Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway, plus an even bigger audience via pay per view live streaming. While Schatz dominated to get the win, the battle over second, and post-race decision by the chief steward, became the talking point of the night. Reigning Australian Champion Kerry Madsen led the opening few laps before surrendering the lead to Schatz, before spending the rest of the race trying to defend his position from a hard-charging and determined Lucas Wolfe. The margin between Madsen and Wolfe fluctuated as the race wore on, with Wolfe repeatedly closing in on Madsen, and, at one stage, briefly getting the 5W racer in front when Madsen got caught behind a lapped car. Madsen immediately fought back on the inside to regain his position and ultimately crossed the line in second, only for officials to issue a penalty after the race concluded, for an infield pass, that saw Lucas Wolfe elevated to second and left the defending Australian Open Champion in third. Jamie Veal crossed the line in fourth ahead of Carson Macedo. Lachlan McHugh and James McFadden had an epic battle for the minor places, the pair changing positions several times in the closing laps of the race, and while Lachlan McHugh crossed the line in sixth, a post-race penalty for an infield pass saw him relegated to seventh, elevating James McFadden to sixth. McHugh was the best placed Queenslander, with Luke Oldfield the next best local in tenth.
Night one of the 2018 Australian Sprintcar Open, held at Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway last night, perfectly set the stage for what is set to be a thrilling climax tonight. Kerry Madsen, who has won the Australian Open for the past two years, was in unbeatable form, dominating proceedings all night and after quick timing in his qualifying flight (second quickest overall), securing two top three finishes in his heats, entered the preliminary A-Main as highest points scorer. Madsen started the preliminary main from pole position and while there was an initial struggle for control of the race as Donny Schatz tried to re-establish his dominance of the event, Madsen quickly secured the lead. The margin fluctuated in lapped traffic, with Schatz always staying within striking distance, challenging for the lead on several occasions, but Madsen was too good on the topside and went on the take the win, perfectly positioning himself for tonight as he attempts to make it three Australian Sprintcar Opens in a row. Donny Schatz crossed the line in second ahead Carson Macedo, with James McFadden and Logan Schuchart rounding out the top five. Lachlan McHugh was the best-placed Queensland local, crossing the line in sixth.
Last night a MASSIVE field of 45 Sprintcars rolled into Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway for round six of World Series Sprintcars, and while it looked like the venue would once again be hit by rain in the mid-afternoon, the approaching storm kindly split and missed the speedway altogether. It was an absolutely huge night of Sprintcar racing, where our local boys took on some of the best in both Australia and the World, doing us all proud and showing that we have some pretty remarkable home grown talent right here in Queensland. Luke Oldfield was consistently our best-performing local, while Donny Schatz, Lucas Wolfe and Logan Schuchart, all based in Queensland for this Australian trip, were all at the front of the field. Donny Schatz got the win in convincing fashion last night, running mostly unchallenged for the lead until the closing stages of the main race when Lucas Wolfe had a brief look at upstaging the Worlds best. Wolfe, who has already secured a fifth and a third here in Queensland this past week, crossed the line in second while Shaun Dobson and Luke Oldfield had a mesmerising battle for third. Dobson got the finial podium position in the last few laps of the race, leaving Oldfield in fourth with reigning Australian Champion Kerry Madsen rounding out the top five. Logan Schuchart, driving the Queensland-owned Motorguard Motorsport USA1 racer of John Weatherall, finished a strong sixth, while the next best Queenslander was Callum Walker, who had a phenomenal drive in the Q33 racer to come in a very impressive twelfth against some of the best in the word.
It seems to have became normal for us this season but Mother Nature once again played a huge part in last nights running of Round 10 of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Series at Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway. Qualifying was just wrapping up and light rain began to fall across the venue, the track receiving just the very edge of a nasty storm which side-swiped the speedway. After a short rain delay, Archerfield Speedway promoter John Kelly graded the track to bring it back into a usable condition, while once again adjusting the Sprintcar format to run akin to the World of Outlaws format. Logan Schuchart, back after motor issues curtailed his last Archerfield Speedway outing, was again phenomenal in the Motorguard Motorsport USA1 racer, and, after winning his heat event and the top-eight Dash, went on to lead every lap of the A-Main race. Schuchart was unstoppable out in front and while Donny Schatz came from ninth to challenge for control of the race two thirds of the way through the 35-lap journey, Schuchart stood his ground. Schatz uncharacteristically spun the USA15 racer to a stop and was forced to the rear of the field with ten laps left to run. Schatz managed to climb back as high as eighth place in those final eleven laps, and Logan Schuchart was unchallenged for the rest of the race before taking the second win of this Australian trip. Joining him on the podium was Kaiden Manders and American Lucas Wolfe, who had started from position ten only to be relegated to the rear of the field after being involved in an opening lap incident. It was a sensational drive from Wolfe to come from the rear of the nineteen-car field and secure a podium, and it will certainly be interesting to see what he can do if he starts towards the front. Mark Pholi was the best of the locals, coming home a very solid fourth, while Allan Woods rounded out the top five after another very consistent run. Mitchell Gee had an inspiring run in the Q36 Titan Garages and Carports racer, initially starting from position ten in the B-Main and coming ever so close to earning a transfer, before electing to use his provisional to start the A-Main from position nineteen. Gee managed to make his way up to a very impressive sixth by the fall of the chequered flag.
With no rest for the committed, Sprintcars Queensland returned to Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway last night for Round Nine of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Series, and Round Two of the USA Sprintcars. Donny Schatz and Logan Schuchart returned, with Lucas Wolfe joining the American contingent and USA-Based Lynton Jeffrey piloting the NQ28 racer for team owner Allan Woods. With storms developing to the west of the track and heading in the direction of the Speedway, the decision was made, during qualifying, to alter the format for the night to run similar to the World of Outlaws format used in the States, in an effort to get the program concluded before more inclement weather arrived. The A-Main was declared with just two laps left to run, with Donny Schatz the official winner ahead of Andrew Scheuerle, while Brent Kratzmann joined them on the podium in third. Peter Lack and Lucas Wolfe rounded out the top five, while the drive of the night had to be Darren Jensen, who came from fourteenth in the B-Main before making it inside the top ten in the main race, only to have race-ending contact with another competitor with four laps left to run.
After a false start on Tuesday 26 December 2017 when rain interrupted proceedings before qualifying was completed, we finally managed to get a race meeting completed at Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway last night, Thursday 28 December 2017. And boy was it worth the wait! Thirty-Six Sprintcars took to the track and while it was not an overly quick racetrack, it was definitely a multi-lane racetrack and it certainly provided plenty of opportunity for two and three-wide racing. Donny Schatz started the A-Main from position three and spent just half a lap making his way past Brent Kratzmann and Logan Schuchart before settling into a comfortable lead. Schatz led for a number of laps, through a number of stoppages, but a little past the half way point Schatz and Schuchart, who had managed to stay with the leader, approached lapped traffic. Schuchart was simply phenomenal on the high line, running just millimeters from the fence and soon made it look easy as he raced around the outside of Schatz and into the lead. Schuchart quickly tried to put a couple of lapped cars between himself and Schatz and once Schuchart had opened a comfortable margin there was no stopping him. Logan Schuchart got the win ahead of Donny Schatz, with Luke Oldfield the best of the locals rounding out the podium in third after a spectacular drive. The battle for the minor places between Bryan Mann, Peter Lack and Mark Pholi was completely riveting, the trio putting on an absolutely mesmerizing show as they negotiated over the remaining top five places, with Peter Lack eventually managing to secure fourth ahead of Mark Pholi and Bryan Mann.
It has taken months for us to get here but we finally had some fine weather on a race day and Sprintcars Queensland headed back to Hi-Tec Oils Toowoomba Speedway last night for the Will Power 500, Ultimate Pink Night and Round Three of the Queensland Ultimate Sprintcar Championship. Thirty-three Sprintcars rolled into the venue and what a night it was! Previous winners of the Will Power 500, Luke Oldfield and Peter Lack, were both phenomenal as they tried to become the first repeat winners of the event, while Robbie Farr did what he does best with one simple goal in mind - to stand atop the podium in a race that had, so far, eluded him. Robbie Farr eventually got the win, though it was hard fought as he faced intense challenges from early leader Andrew Wright and a very hard-charging Luke Oldfield. Farr led comfortably for much of the race, but Oldfield and Wright both managed to close the gap in lapped traffic with seven laps to go, the trio having a captivating battle as they raced closer the chequered flag. Robbie Farr got a very much deserved win, with Luke Oldfield home in second and Andrew Wright rounding out the podium after a very solid drive. Peter Lack and Allan Woods completed the top five.
Last night twenty-seven Sprintcars and ten Development Series cars descended on Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway for Round 6 of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Series. The night culminated in twin 20-lap feature events, with Mitchell Gee and Cody Maroske each earning hard fought and very much deserved wins as the chequered flags fell, but once the points from both feature events were tallied it was Mitchell Gee who claimed victory and stood atop the final podium. The first feature event was Luke Oldfield across the line in second ahead of Andrew Scheuerle, Ben Hilder and Callum Walker, while Dave Whell had a truly brilliant run in the second feature, leading a significant portion of the event but ultimately finishing second and leading Brent Kratzmann, Luke Oldfield and Mitchell Gee across the line. With a win and a fifth place finish to his name Mitchell Gee had just enough points to take the overall win, with Luke Oldfield missing out by just one point. Oldfield was officially second with a very impressive Cody Maroske rounding the podium and Brent Kratzmann and Dave Whell completing the overall top five.
Round Five of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Series got off to a brilliant start at Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway last night, with cloudy but fine weather. Unfortunately though as the second round of heats were about to hit the track, light rain began falling over the venue and forced us into our first rain delay of the evening. Archerfield Speedway Promoter John Kelly was determined that the show would go on, and, after an early interval and a few laps on the grader the support divisions made it back trackside. As heat four was once again trackside and being pushed off for the start, the rain returned and we were forced into our second rain delay of the evening. After another break, and even more laps on the grader, the showers returned for a third time and John Kelly had no option but to abandon the rest of the program. Lachlan McHugh was leading the Sprintcar points at the time, with Luke Oldfield, Mark Pholi, Brent Kratzmann and Dan Murray the top five when the event was called off.
Sprintcar racing is a phenomenal sport that almost always puts on a scintillating show for race fans, but the racing at Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway last night, Saturday 28 October 2017, was something truly special. Qualifying saw several drivers lock in personal best times, heat race action saw three and four car battles for mid-field positions that captivated the crowd, while the main event saw four separate leaders over the thirty-lap journey. Peter Lack led the first stages of the race until young Callum Walker, committed boldly to the high line, and raced spectacularly around the outside of Lack to steal the lead. Walker, who has been in brilliant form already this season and produced a number of very consistent results, had extraordinary speed on the top side and soon opened a lead of over a quarter of a lap on his nearest rivals. Unfortunately a mistake on the exit of turn four when he deviated from the high line saw then second-placed Gee close the gap. Gee took control of the race half a lap later and began to make his way through lapped traffic while Allan Woods, who had started from position ten, displaced both Peter Lack and Callum Walker from their positions and set out after Gee. Woods caught Gee in the closing stages of the race before racing around the outside and into the lead. Allan Woods took a popular and well-deserved win ahead of Mitchell Gee in second, with Callum Walker crossing the line in third to round out the podium. Peter Lack and Ben Hilder completed the top five.
Twenty-seven Sprintcars rolled into AusDeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway last night in an effort to contest Round Three of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Series. Andrew Scheuerle was looking to make it a three in a row after winning the opening two rounds of the series but Mother Nature had other plans. Despite the imminent threat of inclement weather, the rain avoided the track all day and Archerfield Speedway promoter John Kelly did everything he could to try and get the race meeting in. We were able to complete qualifying and the first round of heats before conditions forced the abandonment of the remainder of the program.
Round Two of the East Coast Logistic Sprintcars Series was held at AusDeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway last night and what a magnificent night of racing it was! Luke Oldfield dominated right from the first green of the night setting quick time in qualifying, leading the points heading into the Dash, and winning the Dash event to earn pole position for the main race. Oldfield initially settled into second once the A-Main started but stole the lead from Andrew Scheuerle early in the race when they first approached lapped traffic. Oldfield soon opened a commanding lead as he weaved his way through the lapped traffic but as the laps wore on Scheuerle was able to close the gap. The final half lap of the race was unbelievable as Scheuerle challenged for the lead coming out of the final corner. Scheuerle sat on the bottom, Oldfield on the top, and a lapped car running mid-track as the trio raced down the main straight. It was a photo finish with Andrew Scheuerle managing to get his nose a couple of inches in front to steal the win in the very last moments of the race. The margin between the top two was a miniscule 0.016 seconds, which in itself speaks volumes about how close the competition is this year between these two drivers. While the battle for the lead was intense, so was the battle for the final podium position as Lachlan McHugh and Mitchell Gee put on a truly spectacular show, racing wheel-to-wheel for much of the race. McHugh eventually crossed the line in third with Gee home in fourth, while Callum Walker had a truly inspiring drive to come home in fifth and complete the top five, after tipping the immaculately presented Q33 racer on its side on the opening lap of the race.
Sprintcars returned to the high banks of Hi-Tec Oils Speedway in Toowoomba last night for the Carnival of Power and the opening night of the Queensland Ultimate Sprintcar Championship. There could not have been a better way to start the USC in Toowoomba than the show Sprintcars Queensland put on, with the night culminating in a spectacular, emotional and long overdue maiden win for Brent Kratzmann in the BK Trading Q2 racer. Robbie Farr led the first twenty-six laps of the A-Main but tragically stalled the Q7 racer in turn four whilst trying to get around an upturned lapped car. Farr restarted at the rear of the field but with only four laps left to run victory was out of his reach. Kratzmann, who had held down a very solid second for most of the race, inherited the race lead and was unstoppable as he raced to victory, with Peter Lack and Luke Oldfield joining him on the podium. Andrew Scheuerle managed to climb his way to fourth in the last nine laps of the race, having spent the first two thirds of the race back in seventh, while Jayden Peacock, who for several laps had a breath-taking battle with Peter Lack as the pair argued over third, faded to fifth by the fall of the chequered flag.