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.
Despite some very patchy weather, thirty Sprintcars last night ventured to Hi Tech Oils Toowoomba Speedway in an attempt to run Round Five of the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship and Firecracker 50. It was the largest Sprintcar car count at the venue this season and was set to be a spectacular night of racing, culminating in a thrilling 50-lap final with the top 20 cars at the end of the night. Unfortunately though Mother Nature had other ideas, and light drizzle fell over the venue on and off all afternoon and into the evening. Unfortunately for Sprintcars Queensland we had only completed qualifying, with Robbie Farr topping the qualifying order, and had the first heat lined up, just half a lap away from taking the green, when the rain brought a holt to proceedings. Whilst the promotional team at the venue did everything they could to put on a show, in the end, while it was only light rain, by eight thirty they were forced to abandon the race meeting.
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.