Seventeen Sprintcars headed to Toowoomba Speedbowl last night to contest the first round of the War of the Wings series at the Charlton venue. With previous rounds abandoned due to inclement weather, everyone welcomed the clear blue skies above the venue yesterday morning. Hot, dry and windy weather left a track that instantly took rubber, with drivers from all divisions very concerned about tyre wear from the very first look at the racing surface. In the end concerns about tyre wear and time constraints resulted in a modified program of events with interval moved forward, our B-main event cancelled and the Twin Feature format discarded in favour of a single 25-lap A-Main event. Andrew Scheuerle and Luke Oldfield had led the start of the feature event, with Scheuerle quickly securing the race lead when the lights went green. Peter Lack quickly made his way in front of Oldfield to secure second and while Oldfield faded a couple of positions further back, Lack really put the challenge to Scheuerle. Lack managed to steal the lead when Scheuerle ran too wide in turn four just a couple of laps from the chequered flag, but Scheuerle was able to steal his position back with one lap left on the board. Andrew Scheuerle went on to take the win, with Peter Lack in second and Luke Oldfield climbing his way back into third. Bryan Mann finished a strong fourth while Brodie Tulloch managed to get the better of Kevin Titman in the final few laps to steal fifth.
Last night Donny Schatz concluded his 2014-2015 Australian tour with his sixth consecutive win at AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway, taking out Round Seven of World Series Sprintcars, and his eighth Australian Open, lapping up to and including 10th place in a very strong 20-car field. It was a clean sweep for Schatz on this tour, remaining undefeated during his six appearances, and while Kerry Madsen, who led the first fifteen laps of the A-Main event, was the best positioned Australian to try beat Schatz to the line, but Schatz proved too strong. Madsen faded slightly as the race wore on and it was with James McFadden and Jamie Veal both having beautiful runs to round out the podium. Kerry Madsen finished fourth ahead of Brad Sweet in fifth.
Donny Schatz remains undefeated so far in his 2014-2015 Australian tour after easily taking the win in the Preliminary A-Main last night at Archerfield Speedway. It was the first night in a big weekend of racing for Round Seven of World Series Sprintcars, that also doubles as the Australian Sprintcar Open. The event will conclude tonight, Saturday 10 January 2015, culminating in an enthralling 50-lap A-Main event that pays the winner $20,000. Schatz has dominated this event for the past seven years and is certainly the undeniable favourite to top the podium once again. His win last night in the preliminary A-Main cements him at the top of the leader board going into tonight's events, while his main opposition is likely to come from Brad Sweet or Steven Lines, who rounded out the podium last night. James McFadden and Kerry Madsen, who without a doubt stole the show last night as they argued over the minor positions and exchanged positions several times, finished fourth and fifth respectively, and are more than capable of challenging Schatz.
World Series Sprintcars rolled into AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway last night for Round Six of World Series Sprintcars. Twenty-Five cars turned up ready to put on a show for race fans and see if anyone has what it takes to beat World Champion Donny Schatz. Several drivers gave it a good go, with Luke Oldfield leading the points chase going into the Shootout events and both Andrew Scheuerle and David Murcott also really putting the challenge to Schatz in the A-Main. But despite the best efforts of the Scheuerle, Murcott, Oldfield and the rest of the field, Donny Schatz went on to take the win, his fourth in as many nights of competition, with David Murcott in second and Brooke Tatnell rounding out the podium. Brent Aprile had a brilliant run in the NQ42 racer to finish fourth with Andrew Scheuerle, who early in the race really challenged Schatz for the lead, getting his nose in front several times as they raced wheel-to-wheel for the lead, completing the top five.
While it was raining in many parts of Brisbane yesterday Mother Nature kindly spared AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway and let 27 Sprintcars contest Round 9 of the SuperCheap Auto Sprintcar Track Championship last night. It was another thrilling night of Sprintcar racing action with plenty of spectacular racing, but come the final fall of the chequered flag it was an unstoppable Donny Schatz who took the win, after inverting the top fourteen starters on his acceptance of the Kratzmann Challenge. It was a massive drive from position fourteen on the grid, with Bryan Mann, who led some of the race after stealing the lead from Kevin Titman, across the line in second and Brent Kaeding rounding out the podium. Kevin Titman and Brent Kratzmann both had brilliant runs to complete the top five, while Dave Fanning had perhaps his best night in a Sprintcar to date, crossing the line in sixth after sliding underneath both Davey Heskin and Andrew Scheuerle in one huge breath-taking inside passing move through turn two in the final few laps. Fanning had transferred from the B-Main.
After mother-nature claimed two consecutive nights of racing Sprintcars Queensland returned to AusDeck Archerfield Speedway last night for the eighth night of the SuperCheap Auto Sprintcar Track Championship. Americans Donny Schatz, Brent Kaeding and Davey Heskin joined local favourites Andrew Scheuerle, Luke Oldfield, Bryan Mann, Kevin Titman, Brent Kratzmann and a host of others in a 28-car strong field. Luke Oldfield dominated early but when Bryan Mann won the dash and accepted the Kratzmann Challenge to invert the top fourteen starters things really got interesting. Despite starting the A-Main from position ten Donny Schatz spent only a couple of laps making his way to the front of the field. Andrew Scheuerle led the early stages of the race but proved powerless to stop Schatz on his way to the front. Schatz stole the lead in lapped traffic and went on to take the win ahead of Andrew Scheuerle and Bryan Mann who had a sensational drive from towards the back of the field. Luke Oldfield, who started from position eleven and went to the rear of the field after an early race spin, crossed the line in fourth with Brent Kaeding in fifth.
Christmas has been and gone for another year but the festive season race schedule is just beginning. We have two very busy weeks of racing coming up, with the Summer of Speed starting last night at AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway for Round Seven of the SuperCheap Auto Sprintcar Track Championship. The night also doubled as Night One of the USA Sprintcars at the venue with Americans Sonny Schatz, Brent Kaeding and Davey Heskin joining a host of local talent for a thrilling night of racing action. The Americans were certainly the stars of the night, with Schatz taking quick time in qualifying before later winning the A-Main event, while Heskin had a brilliant run to win the Dash and lead the early stages of the A-Main. Schatz took the win at the end of the night, making the eighth winner from eight nights of racing in south-east Queensland this season, with Andrew Scheuerle and Bryan Mann both having brilliant drives to round out the podium. Brent Kaeding also had a great run, at one stage a very strong second, but drag raced Mick Sauer across the line beating him to fourth by just 0.097 seconds. Sauer had perhaps one of his best ever runs in a Sprintcar and crossed the line in a very impressive fifth.
Round Six of the SuperCheap Auto Sprintcar Track Championship got underway at AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway last night with 32 cars set to compete for valuable Championship points and some last-minute practice laps and fine tuning before the busy Post-Christmas race period. It was a spectacular night of Sprintcar racing action on a difficult track, but in the end it was Ian Madsen, in his first Australian race since his very successful season at Knoxville, who took the win at the end of gruelling 30-lap Feature event. David Murcott crossed the line in second with Andrew Scheuerle a strong third to round out the podium. Bryan Mann and Brent Aprile completed the top five.
Round Five of the SuperCheap Auto Sprintcar Track Championship was held at AusDeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway last night. After savage storms unleashed havoc at the venue on Thursday evening, uplifting grandstand seating and hurling it at the track fence and bringing down trees and fences around the venue, the Archerfield Speedway team worked tirelessly across Friday to clean up and make repairs before last nights event. Difficult track conditions, especially early in the evening during the qualifying rounds, resulted in some very different results at the conclusion of qualifying and the heat events. By the end of what was one of the very best Feature event races seen in South-East Queensland in a long time, most of the usual front-runners had made their way to the front. The battle for the lead of the A-Main event between Kevin Titman and Luke Oldfield was breath-taking, the pair exchanging the lead several times while navigating lapped traffic in a race that ran from green to chequer without incident. Luke Oldfield, having graced the podium several times already this season without being able to secure the top spot finally managed to get a very hard fought win with Kevin Titman a solid second. Brent Kratzmann had a brilliant run, finishing an impressive third after winning the Dash event and leading the early stages of the A-Main. Paul Rooks and American young gun Cap Henry, driving the U23 racer for David Whell, rounded out the top five.
Thirty cars rolled into AusDeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway last night for the fourth round of the SuperCheap Auto Sprintcar Track Championship. Robbie Farr and David Murcott dominated early, securing the two fastest qualifying times, but it was Peter Lack, in his season debut at the Brisbane circuit, who dominated the feature event and went on to take a very well deserved and hard-fought race win. David Murcott came on strong in the closing laps of the A-Main event to finish second while Luke Oldfield likewise had a very impressive run and claimed his third consecutive podium finish, this time crossing the line in third. Robbie Farr finished fourth while Andrew Scheuerle put in another very consistent run to cross the line in fifth.
It has been a long time coming but last night Danny Reidy finally managed to pull off a win at AusDeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway after dominating for most of the night and holding off an aggressive challenge from Luke Oldfield during the feature event. Reidy and Andrew Scheuerle had started from the front row of the A-Main and while Reidy got the jump on the start Oldfield from position four was quick on the low line to secure the race lead by the end of the first lap. Reidy however was all class as he fought his way back into the race lead, the pair really putting on a spectacular show for the race fans. The battle at the front only intensified as they entered lapped traffic but at the fall of the chequered flag it was Reidy who took the win and stood atop the podium. Luke Oldfield finished second with the ever-consistent Andrew Scheuerle rounding out the podium. Bryan Mann had an unbelievable run in the #16 racer to finish a very impressive fourth after initially transferring from the B-main, while Jamie Bricknell, in his first appearance at AusDeck Archerfield Speedway this season, rounded out the top five.
Challenging track conditions at AusDeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway set the scene for a thrilling night of Sprintcar racing last night. Round one winner and current Australian Champion David Murcott was back, looking to make it two from two, while Brisbane locals Andrew Scheuerle, Luke Oldfield, Bryan Mann and Brent Kratzmann, who all had brilliant runs in the opening round a fortnight ago, were all keen to move closer to the top of podium. Joining the field for the first time this season was Danny Reidy and Robbie Farr, both of whom have already secured some impressive results in Sydney this season. The addition of Reidy, with his striking new war-paint, and Farr to an already strong field, guaranteed a breath-taking night of Sprintcar racing action. Farr went on to take the win at the end of the A-Main after a truly brilliant start from position three, with Andrew Scheuerle and Luke Oldfield joining him on the podium and Danny Reidy and Bryan Mann rounding out the top five finishers.
Twenty-Five Sprintcars rolled into AusDeck Archerfield Speedway last night for the opening night of competition in the 2014-2015 race season and Round One of the SuperCheap Auto Sprintcar Track Championship. With a star-studded field it was sure to be an exhilarating night of Sprintcar racing action with defending series champion Andrew Scheuerle joined by local guns Luke Oldfield, Bryan Mann, Kevin Titman, Brent Kratzmann, Brock Dean and a strong local field of contenders, as well as former Australian Champion James McFadden and current Australian Champion David Murcott. What followed was indeed a thrilling night of racing action, with plenty of close racing to keep the large crowd enthralled. By the final fall of the chequered flag it was David Murcott who stood atop the podium, starting his race season off with a beautiful and hard fought win. James McFadden and Andrew Scheuerle joined Murcott on the podium, both having impressive runs in the feature event. Local stars Brent Kratzmann and Bryan Mann rounded out the top five and will certainly be ones to watch this season.