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.
Sprintcars Queensland were finally back in action at AusDeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway last night, kicking off our 2017-2018 Race Season with Round 1 of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Series. We had an impressive field of twenty-nine cars turn up for the first night of the new season, a field rich in talent, ambition and passion, and what an incredible show they put on for race fans. With championships in South-East Queensland often coming down to the very last race of the season, the championship chase was on from the very first fall of the green flag. Luke Oldfield, defending series champion, was the man to beat all night and led the field to the start of the A-Main, but Andrew Scheuerle was truly magnificent in the immaculately presented Q25 racer and quickly took control of the race once the lights went green. Scheuerle led the first third of the A-Main before Lachlan McHugh, who had displaced Oldfield in the opening few laps, stormed though to steal the lead. McHugh and Scheuerle traded positions five times in a lap and a half, captivating the crowd and putting on a completely mesmerising display for race fans. McHugh eventually secured the lead and began pulling ahead of Scheuerle, the pair weaving their way through lapped traffic as the laps wore on. Unfortunately for McHugh he cut down a left rear tyre with seven laps left to run and was forced to retire to the infield for the final laps of the race. Scheuerle inherited the race lead and despite Oldfield closing in over the final few laps of the race, it was Andrew Scheuerle who took a hard fought and well-deserved win. Luke Oldfield crossed the line in second while Mitchell Gee had a brilliant run in the Q36 racer to come home in third and round out the night one podium. Peter Lack and Callum Walker completed the top five.
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.