Kerry Madsen broke Donny Schatz' strangle hold on the Australian Sprintcar Open crown when he took the win in the gruelling 50-lap A-Main event, that ran from flag to flag without incident. The event, held at AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway, also doubled as the concluding night of Round Seven of World Series Sprintcars and saw Madsen dominate the $20,000 to win main event after stealing the lead just a few laps into the 50-lap affair. Brooke Tatnell crossed the line in second while Donny Schatz filled the final podium after working his way from seventh on the grid. Schatz was gaining ground on the leaders but after having spent twelve laps at the start of the race caught behind James McFadden and Andrew Scheuerle, and a further seventeen behind Kyle Hirst and Steven Lines, the margin created by Madsen and Tatnell proved unsurmountable. Steven Lines and David Murcott, who had a spectacular drive from thirteenth on the grid, rounded out the top five, while Andrew Scheuerle in eighth was the best of the Brisbane regulars. The race ran its full 50 laps without incident, with Madsen lapping up to and including tenth, and taking the chequered flag just half a second short of the 50-lap record.
Brisbane's AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway last night played host to night one of the 2016 Australian Sprintcar Open, which doubles as Round Seven of World Series Sprintcars. Twenty-nine cars took to the track, with American Donny Schatz the defending champion looking to continue his dominance in this event, and get back on the podium after missing the top three in Wednesday nights Construction Solutions Piston Cup. Schatz was in fine company with a field rich in both talent and experience, setting the scene for a thrilling night of Sprintcar racing action. Schatz started the twenty-lap A-Main event from position seven, and spent almost the entire race working his way forward. Brooke Tatnell led most of the race but a spectacular outside passing move down the back straight with just a lap and a half to run was enough for Schatz to secure the win. Schatz, knowing the A-Main tonight will be 50 gruelling laps, ran the same right rear tyre for the entire program last night, to see just how the tyre might perform in the final tonight. Brooke Tatnell finished last night in second, while Kerry Madsen managed to hang on to third, despite a late race challenge by Andrew Scheuerle. Scheuerle finished an impressive fourth to be the first Queenslander home, with James McFadden rounding out the top five.
Last night at AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway, thirty-four Sprintcars contested Round 10 of the SuperCheap Auto Sprintcar Track Championship, which also doubled as the Construction Solutions Piston Cup. Americans Donny Schatz and Brad Sweet, as well as Kerry Madsen, Ian Madsen, Brooke Tatnell, Steven Lines, James McFadden, David Murcott, Andrew Wright and Ryan Jones joined Brisbane regulars in a star-studded field set to put on a great show for the Wednesday night race fans. Brooke Tatnell and Andrew Scheuerle shared the front row for the start of the A-Main affair, with Donny Schatz back in fourteenth and a very tough field in between. Scheuerle quickly secured the lead and while Tatnell held a comfortable second, occasionally challenging Scheuerle for the lead, Scheuerle looked in remarkable form and seemed to have a firm grasp on the lead. The last four laps of the race were truly something special as Andrew Scheuerle, Brooke Tatnell and Kerry Madsen fought for the race lead. Scheuerle ran a fraction wide in turn two on lap 32 (of 35), with Tatnell and Madsen, who had already been running two abreast for half a lap as Madsen attempted to steal second, dove underneath the Q25 racer. The trio went three wide through turn two, with Scheuerle managing to hang on to the race lead, but with Madsen now up to second and just three and a half laps left to run. Madsen took to the high line and while Scheuerle was able to hang on to the lead for almost a lap and a half, Madsen raced around the outside to steal the lead just a couple of laps from home. While Scheuerle tried to fight back in the remaining couple of laps, Kerry Madsen went on to take the win, with Andrew Scheuerle forced to settle for second with Brooke Tatnell rounding out the podium. Donny Schatz managed to work his way to an impressive fourth, with Steven Lines completing the top five.
For the second time in as many nights, and the fourth since Christmas, Sprintcars Queensland ventured back to AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway for Round 9 of the SuperCheap Auto Sprintcar Track Championship. Twenty-Six cars lined the pits with Donny Schatz again joining twenty-five locals to put on a brilliant night of Sprintcar racing action. Andrew Scheuerle won the Dash event and surprised everyone by accepting the Kratzmann's Caravans Challenge and inverting the top fourteen starters in the A-Main event. Scheuerle started the 40-lap race from position fourteen, with Mark Pholi alongside and Donny Schatz and Kevin Titman a row in front. Within five laps Schatz was up to fifth, before spending the next five laps making his way into the race lead. Donny Schatz went on to take the win, his fourth consecutive win in Brisbane this season. His winning streak in Brisbane now stands at fourteen meetings undefeated spanning the past few years. Bryan Mann had a remarkable drive to finish second last night, an especially impressive result for Mann and the team after Bryan flipped the Q16 racer in an earlier heat. Kevin Titman had a breath-taking drive after starting out of position twelve and skilfully worked his way through the field to secure the final podium position at the conclusion of the 40-lap A-Main. Andrew Scheuerle and Luke Oldfield rounded out the top five in what proved to be a very entertaining race.
Thirty-two cars rolled into AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway last night ready to do battle in Round 8 of the SuperCheap Auto Sprintcar Track Championship with Donny Schatz taking his third straight win at the Brisbane venue this season. Schatz came from fourteenth on the starting grid, after winning the Dash and accepting the Kratzmann's Caravans Challenge, and spent the first twenty-three laps working his way through the field, before racing around the outside of Brandon Rawlings to steal the lead with seventeen laps left to run. Schatz was again unstoppable in the race lead as he weaved his way through lapped traffic, while Rawlings had perhaps the best drive of his Sprintcar racing career so far. Donny Schatz of course went on to take the win with Brandon Rawlings a very strong second and Darren Jensen in third. Andrew Scheuerle and Luke Oldfield rounded out the top five.
Donny Schatz again dominated proceedings at AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway last night, and put on a truly spectacular show for race fans. When Schatz drew pole position for the Dash event, even his fellow Dash contenders were expecting Schatz to win the dash and subsequently accept the Kratzmann Challenge to invert the top fourteen starters in the A-Main event. Schatz did not disappoint and much to the delight of the Archerfield Speedway crowd, the top fourteen starters were inverted, with Schatz now starting the 40-lap A-Main event from position fourteen. Local racer Clem Hoffmans started from pole position and led the first nineteen laps, holding off Mark Pholi as Bryan Mann and Donny Schatz worked their way through the field. It was a truly remarkable run for Hoffmans, but all eyes were on Schatz and Mann as they climbed their way towards the front. Mann secured the race lead on lap twenty and continued to lead for the next fourteen laps. Mann looked solid out in front, even breaking away a little from Schatz at one stage, but when lapped traffic came into play once more, Schatz found a gap straight between Mann on the high side, and a lapped car on the bottom and stole the lead with just seven laps left to run. Bryan Mann had a spectacular run, making sure Schatz worked hard for his win and put on a brilliant show for the fans, officially finishing second with young up-and-coming racer Mitchell Gee crossing the line in a very impressive third. Luke Oldfield and Andrew Scheuerle rounded out the top five, while Clem Hoffmans managed to hang to finish a very solid sixth.
Donny Schatz was undefeated in his last Australian visit twelve months ago and last night at AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway he continued his winning streak. Schatz dominated easily all night, securing quick time in qualifying, and winning a heat before an unlucky dash draw saw him start that event from the rear of the field. Schatz started the A-Main event from fourth and while in the opening few laps Luke Oldfield looked like he had a strong hold on the race lead, the leaders hit lapped traffic in only nine laps. Just two laps later, with 24 (of 35) laps still to run, Schatz made his way into the race lead. Oldfield initially challenged but Schatz soon managed to pull away and went on to take the win. Andrew Scheuerle, who had been undefeated at the Brisbane venue so far this season, finished a strong second with Kevin Titman having a brilliant run to fill the final podium position. Luke Oldfield and Bryan Mann rounded out the top five on a night that saw plenty of carnage for more than a couple of drivers.
Round Five of the SuperCheap Auto Sprintcar Track Championship got underway at AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway last night, with twenty-six cars set to do battle. Luke Oldfield got the jump from the front row on the start of the A-Main and looked set to bring an end to Andrew Scheuerle's winning streak, but lapped traffic became the deciding factor and while Oldfield was patient, Scheuerle managed to not only close in, but run around the outside of Oldfield, before slipping straight in between a pair of lapped cars to secure the lead just seven laps from the chequered flag. Scheuerle went on to take his fifth straight win to remain unbeaten so far this season at the Brisbane track. Luke Oldfield crossed the line in second with Bryan Mann and Mitchell Gee crossing the line side-by-side. Mann beat Gee to the line, and the podium, by just 0.001 seconds, leaving Gee in fourth. Peter Lack rounded out the top five.
Round Four of the SuperCheap Auto Sprintcar Track Championship was run and won at AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway last night, with 30 Sprintcars doing battle. Andrew Scheuerle was certainly the man to beat, having won the three previous rounds, and while for a short time it looked like we may have been in for a different winner, Scheuerle was just unstoppable in the Q25 racer and went on to take his fourth consecutive win at the Brisbane track this season. It was a huge night of racing, with plenty of thrills, and big spills, and even a short rain delay. Ben Hilder had a magnificent start to the A-Main race, starting on the front row alongside Scheuerle and getting the jump on the start to secure the lead. Twice. But unfortunately for Hilder he faded as the race wore on and ended up sixth. Mitchell Gee and Paul Morris joined Scheuerle on the podium, while Bryan Mann, in his first night back for the season, and Steven Johnson rounded out the top five.
Twenty-six Sprintcars rolled into AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway last night for Round Three of the SuperCheap Auto Sprintcar Track Championship. Trying wet track conditions for qualifying saw an interesting line up for the heats, with many of the usual front runners forced to fight for every position, desperate to make their way to the front of the points chase before the A-Main. In the end it still came down to a battle between Andrew Scheuerle, Peter Lack and Luke Oldfield, with Lack and Scheuerle putting on an unbelievable show out in front. The lead changed several times over the course of the race, with Scheuerle eventually taking the win. Lack secured another strong second while Oldfield rounded out the podium, hanging on to third despite a broken right rear shock on the Titan Garages Q36 racer, and after starting back in thirteenth place. Steven Johnson, who started twelfth, had a brilliant run to finish fourth, even stealing third from Oldfield for a moment before a red light stoppage brought the race to a stop and reinstated Oldfield into third. Ben Hilder transferred from the B-Main but had a mesmerising run in the A-Main to finish a very impressive fifth.
Andrew Scheuerle scored his second feature event victory of the season at AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway last night after a thrilling battle with Peter Lack and David Murcott. In a strong field of twenty-four cars, Scheuerle, Lack and Murcott were dominant all night, and while Lack led the opening lap of the 30-lap feature, Scheuerle was quick to make his way to the front and was unstoppable from there. Lack and Murcott battled for the rest of the race over the minor positions, with Lack holding down second for most of the race. Murcott managed to slip into second just before the half-way mark, but Lack was quick to fight back and regained his position just two laps later. With five laps left to run Murcott managed to secure second, leaving Lack to settle for third after a spectacular drive in the immaculately presented Q58 racer. Brent Kratzmann and Mitchell Gee rounded out the top five, with Paul Morris and Steven Johnson close behind. Johnson had a very impressive run to finish in seventh in the A-Main event after initially starting seventh in the B-Main.
AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway opened the 2015-2016 season last night with a spectacular night of racing. Sprintcars Queensland had a field of 23 cars, and after a hectic night of racing action Andrew Scheuerle was able to pull of a win in the 30-lap A-Main event. For Scheuerle and his AuskDeck Patios team, the win is their first at the venue in over a season, with the Q25 racer unable to secure a main event win in Brisbane last season, despite the team’s dominance at the away venues. Last night's victory on the first night of the season should boost the teams confidence in Brisbane and really set them up for a spectacular year. Also set for a big year is Kevin Titman, who topped the qualifying order at the end of time trials, won the Dash event and finished second in the A-Main. Titman will absolutely be one to watch this season with more podium finishes likely as the team strive for greater consistency in their A-Main results. Andrew Liebke finished in third last night, a career best for the Q47 racer and a much-needed boost to the teams' confidence. Liebke won both his heats after poor qualifying results, and started the A-Main event from position ten, before working his way to his first podium finish. Steven Johnson crossed the line in fourth, also a career best result after a thrilling run in the later stages of the main event, slipping past Brandon Rawlings in the final couple laps of the race. Rawlings too had a brilliant run to finish a very respectable fifth.
Last night Hi-Tech Oils Toowoomba Speedway played host to round two of the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship, with a strong field of 22-cars set to do battle. The management team at the venue spent the past week trying to solve the dust issues from round one, leaving the competitors a somewhat different track to contend with. Toowoomba local Peter Lack again entertained the crowd, the strongest of the Queensland contenders for most of the night, but it was the Western Australian based W3 racer of Steven Lines who led the feature event. Lines and Lack were in a class of their own out in front and putting on a truly spectacular show for the race fans once again, however the race was brought to a very sudden stop when then fourth-placed Matt Smith rode a wheel and launched his N11 racer into a quick series of flips in turn one. Smith got considerable height and speed before testing the effectiveness of the catch fence, entangling his car and coming to rest hanging up-side-down. Fortunately Smith quickly emerged the wreck unscathed, while the catch fence did it’s job and kept the car from crashing into the fans on the hill. Unfortunately the fence suffered extensive damage and officials had no choice but to abandon the final ten laps of the race. Steven Lines was declared the winner with Peter Lack securing his third podium in as many weeks officially second, while Toby Bellbowen rounded out the podium. Andrew Scheuerle and Luke Oldfield rounded out the top five.