Kerry Madsen secured his second consecutive Sprintcar Australian Open at AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway last night in front of a massive crowd and in a field that included some of the best and toughest competition in the world. Madsen started the main event from pole position, with James McFadden alongside, but quickly took control of the 50-lap affair when the lights went green. Madsen led for the first eighteen laps before Donny Schatz made his way into the race lead. Schatz led for sixteen laps before Madsen got back past in lapped traffic and would go on to the take win while Donny Schatz, who had dropped back to third behind James McFadden with less than ten laps left to run, made a spectacular move on the outside of McFadden in the final corner to steal second and leave James McFadden in third. Carson Macedo made his way past both Luke Oldfield and Lachlan McHugh in the first five laps of the race, settling into fourth where he would remain for the rest of the race. McHugh followed Macedo for over 45-laps and crossed the line in fifth to be the first Queenslander home.
Thirty-five cars rolled into AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway last night for the first night of competition in the 2017 Sprintcar Australian Open. The contrast between the carnage and problems of Wednesday night and the almost incident-free run program of last night could not have been starker. With everyone conscious of the need to return tonight for the big race, and perhaps starting to run down a little on spares, most managed to get through the night relatively unscathed. Defending Australian Open Champion Kerry Madsen started the night with Quick Time in qualifying and remained strong all night, but it was Lachlan McHugh and Carson Macedo who stole the show in the Preliminary A-Main. Macedo led the first half lap of the race before McHugh raced through spectacularly on the bottom to steal the lead, opening a small margin. Macedo was relentless and closed the gap significantly when they hit lapped traffic, but McHugh remained smooth, consistent and fast as he weaved his way through the back markers, Macedo right on his tail. A yellow light stoppage with nine laps left to run gave them clean air for a couple of laps, but the battle between them only intensified. McHugh tried the bottom briefly, with Macedo going around the top to briefly get his nose in front, with McHugh promptly returning to the high side, only for Macedo to have a massive look on the bottom. Macedo hit a rut in turn two and lost a few car lengths on McHugh but began to close in once more as McHugh again started traversing lapped traffic. It was an absolutely epic battle that sets both drivers up beautifully for the finale tonight, with Lachlan McHugh taking the win ahead of Carson Macedo and current Australian Champion, and defending Australian Open Champion, Kerry Madsen. James McFadden and Donny Schatz rounded out the top five, with Darren Jensen the next best local in seventh behind Jamie Veal.
David Murcott took the win in an action-packed night of Sprintcar Racing at AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway last night for Round 11 of World Series Sprintcars. With thirty-two cars in the pits it was set to be a thrilling night of racing action that was full of carnage, disappointment and misfortune for many, but David Murcott remained focused and in control, dominating the 30-lap main event to take the win ahead of Jamie Veal and Donny Schatz. South East Queensland regulars Andrew Scheuerle and Luke Oldfield rounded out the top five, but not without controversy. Oldfield endured another wild flip during the heat events, the team cutting and welding the front end of the chassis back together just in time for the A-Main, but upset a few drivers during the course of the feature. Andrew Scheuerle was not immune to the controversy, and got many people talking after contact with James McFadden two thirds of the way through race. The incident saw McFadden make heavy contact with the turn four wall and brought about a premature end to his race. While McFadden walked away from the wreck he was none to happy with Scheuerle.
There is no better way to see in the New Year than a breath-taking night of Sprintcar racing action. The show the boys put on at AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway last night epitomises what remarkable talent we have here in South East Queensland, with some brilliant racing and a final four laps that truly captivated the crowd. Allan Woods led the first ten or so laps of the feature, under enormous pressure from Lachlan McHugh, with McHugh then taking control of the race for several laps before Andrew Scheuerle raced his way into the lead. Scheuerle did a superb job out in front, leading the vast majority of the race with a comfortable lead, but a series of yellow light caution periods in the last seven laps of the race bunched the field up behind him. Scheuerle led each restart but with two and half laps to run Luke Oldfield raced spectacularly around the outside as they headed down the back straight, stealing control of the race, while Donny Schatz, who had come from position nine on the grid, raced under McHugh to move into third. Schatz took to the high line as he challenged both Scheuerle and Oldfield for the lead, making his way past Scheuerle with just one lap left to run. Luke Oldfield took the win, a magnificent effort after rolling the car and damaging the front end of the chassis during the first round of heats. Donny Schatz crossed the line in second while Andrew Scheuerle was forced to settle for third. Lachlan McHugh and Bryan Mann completed the top five.
The last race meeting for 2016 sure was a big one at AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway last night. Thirty-two cars turned up to put on a show and they didn't disappoint. There were plenty of thrills and spills, with plenty of drivers getting up-side-down, but it was Donny Schatz who stole the show, inverting the top thirteen starters for the A-Main event and then taking the lead in the main race after just sixteen laps. Hard-charging locals Luke Oldfield and Peter Lack joined Schatz on the podium, while Logan Schuchart and David Murcott rounded out the top five.
Last night 33 Sprintcars rolled into AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway for Round Six of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship, and night one of USA Sprintcars, with Americans Donny Schatz and Logan Schuchart both having their Australian season debut. It was a very different night of Sprintcar racing, with early track conditions having a massive effect on qualifying, leaving many of the usually front runners struggling for points and forced to come through the B-Main event. After transferring from the B-Main event Schatz was systematically working his way through the A-Main field when contact with Bryan Mann just five laps into the race saw both drivers flip out of the event. Neither Mann nor Schatz were hurt in the incident but both teams will have a big couple of days ahead to get ready for the next race meeting on Friday night. Logan Schuchart impressed all night and initially led the feature event, withstanding a bold challenge for the lead by Paul Rooks, but pulled out of the event after just eleven laps, a mechanical issue on board the Motorguard Motorsport USA1 racer prematurely ending his night. Mitchell Gee inherited the race lead and while David Murcott closed in as the laps wore away, Gee managed to defend his position from Murcott, who had one last challenge for the lead with less than a lap left to run. Mitchell Gee took his maiden win in Sprintcars, in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd, with David Murcott across the line in second. Andrew Scheuerle survived the action-packed A-Main, after initially starting from position seven in the B-Main, and managed to climb his way into a very impressive third, with Peter Lack and Lachlan McHugh rounding out the top five.
Sprintcars Queensland returned to AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway last night for Round Five of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship, with Luke Oldfield once again dominating proceedings and walking away with yet another victory under his belt. Oldfield has been virtually unstoppable the past couple of months with multiple wins to his name, in both Brisbane and Toowoomba, and is in truly magnificent form heading into the busy Christmas period. Kevin Titman finally managed to ditch the bad luck that has plagued him for most of the season and despite initially qualifying outside the top ten, and having some unfortunate luck in the second round of heats, rebounded strongly to win the dash and then lead almost two-thirds of the main event. Titman had a brilliant run during the A-Main event but Oldfield closed in as they navigated lapped traffic and, eventually stole the lead. Titman ran a strong race and while Andrew Scheuerle had a look for a way through, Titman remained focussed and refused to surrender the position. Titman crossed the line in second while Peter Lack slipped under Andrew Scheuerle to steal third with just a couple of laps left to run. Andrew Scheuerle finished fourth with Mitchell Gee rounding out the top five.
Round four of World Series Sprintcars headed to Hi-Tech Oils Speedway in Toowoomba last night and while a brief rain delay before the meeting got underway, forced a change in format, we were still in for a thrilling night of Sprintcar racing. Thirty-one cars took to the track to put on a show, with a star-studded field set to entertain the large, and patient crowd. The afternoon started hot and steamy, followed by a rain delay, after which the temperature dropped and wind picked up. The wind added an interesting element to the racing, with even drivers in non-wing divisions struggling at times with the conditions. We were set up for an exhilarating A-Main event, with David Murcott and Robbie Farr set to share the front row, however a massive crash in the B-Main that saw Kevin Titman tear down a large section of the catch fence, forced the abandonment of the entire race meeting. Titman, thankfully, walked away from the wreck unscathed. David Murcott, who had earned pole position for the start of the A-Main after a spectacular run in the shootout events, was credited with the round win.
Last night World Series Sprintcars rolled into town to take on some of the best South East Queensland has to offer, and in a field of twenty-seven cars, it was Queenslander Luke Oldfield who stood atop the podium at the conclusion of the thirty-lap feature event. Oldfield started the night strongly, setting quick time in qualifying before putting in couple of spectacular heat race drives and secured his spot in the Gold Shootout event. Oldfield ultimately started the feature event from the second row and spent the first third of the race chasing race leader Brooke Tatnell before racing brilliantly around the outside of Tatnell to take control of the race. Oldfield and Tatnell had a brilliant race for the lead, but disaster struck for Tatnell after just eighteen laps. Left with nowhere to go when a lapped car made a mistake in front of him, Tatnell made heavy contact with the stricken lapped car and the fence, ending his race. James McFadden inherited second and while he tried to find a way past Oldfield during through final twelve laps, Oldfield went on to take the win with McFadden and Daniel Harding rounding out the podium. Andrew Scheuerle, always a textbook example of consistency, crossed the line in fourth.
Last night twenty-seven Sprintcars took to the high banks of Hi-Tech Oils Speedway in Toowoomba for Ultimate Pink Night to raise some money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation and help drive out Breast Cancer. It was a massive night full of thrills, and spills, with each driver and team adding a little, or in some cases a lot, of pink to their cars and crew uniforms in support of Ultimate Pink Night. The night was also the Will Power 500 and Round Three of the Queensland USC series and while the competition was fierce, at the end of the night it was current series leader Luke Oldfield who took the win to extend his series points lead. Andrew Scheuerle came from position fourteen on the starting grid in the A-Main after an unfortunate incident during the heat events, but had a spectacular run to climb through the field and into second by the time chequered flag flew. Kevin Titman ultimately started the A-Main race from the front row but faded quickly during the first half of the race, only to come back strongly on the high side mid-race and begin to make up ground. Titman and his team had the Q59 set up beautifully and as the laps wore on Titman really stepped up the pace, making his way back into third and really taking the challenge to Scheuerle as the pair argued over second. Bryan Mann and Lachlan McHugh rounded out the top five finishers.
Sprintcars Queensland started the season with a massive five consecutive weekends of racing before taking last weekend off, giving the teams a chance to regroup and revitalise before returning to AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway last night for Round Four of the Sprintcar Track Championship. Twenty-eight cars hit the track to put on a show and what a show it was! Jayden Peacock and Brent Kratzmann, who had entered the night a very slender one point lead in the series, both crashed out of the event early in separate incidents, while Lachlan McHugh, Mitchell Gee and Callum Walker all proved once again what a great depth of talent we have coming up through the ranks with some truly inspiring drives. Gee and McHugh shared the front row for the start of the A-Main with Gee quickly settling into the lead, only to come under immense pressure from McHugh who soon stole the lead. The pair were in complete control of the race and while Gee pushed hard and ran spectacularly around the top, lapped traffic saw him come unstuck in turn three, relegating him to the rear of the field with eighteen laps left to run. McHugh led for a further ten laps, with Bryan Mann, Andrew Scheuerle and Peter Lack on his tail, but with eight laps left to run he had contact with a lapped car that left him stranded on the track and relegated to the rear of the field. Bryan Mann inherited the race lead and despite mounting pressure from Lack and Scheuerle, Mann went on to take a very popular win. Peter Lack finished an impressive second while Andrew Scheuerle seemed to have banished the gremlins that have plagued him the past couple of meetings and secured a strong third to round out the podium. Callum Walker had a brilliant night and had a smooth and consistent run to come home in fourth with Steve Greer putting in a truly spectacular effort to round out the top five.
Luke Oldfield won an action packed Round Three of the Sprintcar Track Championship at AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway last night, with Brent Kratzmann having a truly mesmerising drive to secure second after initially starting from position eight. With just six laps completed in the main event Kratzmann had not only survived the chaos of the multiple restarts, he had caught, and passed, Mitchell Gee, before seriously challenging Oldfield for control of the race. Kratzmann had the always immaculate presented Q2 simply flying but an inopportune stoppage six laps in, just as Kratzmann was having a massive look underneath Oldfield in turns three and four, brought the race under caution. Oldfield switched to the low line when the race resumed and despite a strong challenge from Kratzmann, eventually went on to secure the win quite comfortably. Mitchell Gee put in yet another solid and consistent performance to once again fill the final podium position for the night, while Ben Hilder and Callum Walker completed the top five after each driver came from the rear of the field. Twenty four sprintcars turned up at Archerfield last night ready to put on a show, and while the opening laps of the A-Main saw more than half the field exit the race prematurely, the entire night was a sight to behold.
For the fourth week in a row the stars of Sprintcars Queensland headed trackside for another night of racing, last night hitting Hi-Tec Oils Speedway in Toowoomba for Round Two of the Queensland USC Series and the 2016-2017 Queensland Sprintcar Title. It was a spectacular night for Sprintcar racing and while the field may have been smaller than that which attended the same venue a fortnight ago, there was plenty of talent in the field, with anyone of at least a dozen drivers more than capable of taking the win. Peter Lack had a mesmerising run the GW Racing Q5 car, winning both of his heat events before securing second in the Shootout and then leading most of the A-main event. Mitchell Gee also impressed in the feature event, spending much of the race inside the top three and putting up an incredible fight as he raced for every spot on the podium. Lack had a very healthy lead but once lapped traffic came into play that lead quickly diminished and, when Lack hesitated for just a fraction of the second behind a lapped car, Farr took advantage and stole the lead. Lack didn't surrender the lead without a fight, making last nights race one of the most entertaining, and heart-stopping Sprintcar A-Mains seen in recent times. In the end though it was Robbie Farr who took the win, his sixth Queensland Title, with Peter Lack securing second and Luke Oldfield having a powerful drive to finish third. Danny Reidy and Bryan Mann rounded out the top five, the pair involved in their own race long battle for the minor places and really putting on a show for the fans.