Sprintcars returned to Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway last night to resume the local East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Series, with newly crowned Australian Sprintcar Champion Andrew Scheuerle racing to victory in Round 10 last night. Brent Kratzmann was exceptionally fast during the thirty-lap affair, making his way into second, after starting fifth, and rapidly closing in on Scheuerle in lapped traffic, but was forced to settle for second at the fall of the chequered flag, while Allan Woods held off a hard-charging Peter Lack to secure the final podium position. Lack finished fourth while Andrew Corbet rounded out the top five.
Luke Oldfield got the win last night in the BK Trading Australia Mayor’s Cup at Toowoomba Speedway after taking the lead from Kerry Madsen with a spectacular outside passing move just a few laps from the chequered flag. Madsen finished second while Sam Walsh got the better of Jayden Peacock late in the race to snare the final podium position. Peacock, who spent most of the race in third, crossed the line in fourth after a brilliant run in the early laps of the race to advance from seventh, with James McFadden rounding out the top five.
Last night Queenslander Andrew Scheuerle got the biggest win of his twenty-five year racing career when he raced the across line and was first past the chequered flag in the 57th Australian Sprintcar Title, which was proudly sponsored by BK Trading Australia. Scheuerle, fittingly driving the Ausdeck Group and Castrol Edge Q25 racer, got the win at Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway in Brisbane, in front of a massive crowd at an event sponsored by his good friend Brent Kratzmann and on a night when his own almost six-year old son sang the National Anthem at the beginning of the night. It was a near perfect weekend for Scheuerle and the entire Ausdeck team, with Scheuerle taking the lead of the main race at around the half way point before racing his way into the history books. It is only the second time a Queenslander has won an Australian Sprintcar Title, with the only other Queenslander on the winners list being Todd Wanless back in 1996. Scheuerle was exquisite on track, less conservative than when he has series points on the line, and the always immaculately presented Q25 racer was set up beautifully thanks to crew chief Justin White and the Ausdeck Racing crew. James McFadden managed to hang on to finish second in the main race despite a damaged front wing, while Jamie Veal finished third to round out the podium. David Murcott crossed the line in fourth, a solid drive from eleventh on the grid, while Ian Madsen completed the top five.
The BK Trading Australia Australian Sprintcar Title kicked off at Ausdeck Patios and Roofing last night with a MASSIVE night of Sprintcar racing, culminating in a thrilling twenty-five lap Preliminary A-Main. Robbie Farr withstood several challenges over the course of the feature event to stand atop the podium after the chequered flag flew, with Brooke Tatnell, who was elevated to second after Jamie Veal, James McFadden and Kerry Madsen were all involved in incidents that ruled them out of contention last night, challenging for control in the final stages of the race. Tatnell even briefly took the lead but Farr fired straight back, refusing to surrender and went on to take the win with Tatnell in second and Steven Lines a solid third. Andrew Scheuerle ended up the best of the locals last night, crossing the line in fourth with Ian Madsen rounding out the top five. With seven laps to run Jamie Veal and James McFadden came together in turn one, while negotiating over third, with both Danny Reidy and Luke Oldfield unable to avoid becoming involved in the incident. Veal and Reidy were unable to continue the race while McFadden and Oldfield restarted from the rear of the field. Lachlan McHugh was running well inside the top five when a drive line failure prematurely ended his race just five laps from home. Kerry Madsen was attempting a spectacular outside run around Robbie Farr for the race lead with six laps to run when contact between the pair left Madsen with front end damage and out of the race.
Kerry Madsen got the win in the Prelude to the Championship at Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway last night, masterfully taking the lead from Jamie Veal around two thirds of the way in. Jamie Veal crossed the line in second but it was the drive by Gold Coast based young gun Lachlan McHugh that stole the show. McHugh had started the B-Main in position three, but was forced rear of the field after crew worked on his car during a stoppage early in the race. McHugh charged through the B-Main field to snare second, started the A-Main from position sixteen and proceeded to weave his way through the field, eventually displacing Andrew Scheuerle from third and closing in on Veal. McHugh crossed the line third, with Andrew Scheuerle and Jordyn Brazier rounding out the top five.
Last Night, for a special Wednesday night show, twenty-nine Sprintcars rolled into Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway for Round Seven of World Series Sprintcars, and the last appearance of Donny Schatz at the venue this season. And what a night of racing it was! On one of the best tracks we have seen at Archerfield this festive season the night culminated in a thrilling thirty-five-lap A-Main, with a four-way battle for the lead and a captivating challenge for the lead in the final few laps of the race. Donny Schatz had control but Jamie Veal challenged hard, getting his nose in front on the final lap while in heavy lapped traffic. Schatz found some extra momentum as they exited the final corner of the race, racing back around the high side of Veal and drag racing him across the line. Donny Schatz got the win, just 0.280 seconds ahead of Jamie Veal, while Queenslander Luke Oldfield managed to get third after an epic battle with James McFadden early in the race. Kerry Madsen finished a solid fourth while Peter Lack advanced from ninth to fifth by the fall of the chequered flag. Lachlan McHugh again won the Hard Charger Award for his efforts, having made his way to ninth after once again transferring from the B-Main, while James McFadden exited the race, while running in third, with only four laps to run after suffering front end damage as he made his way through lapped traffic.
Last night Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway played host to the final night of competition in the Titan Garages Australian Sprintcar Open, which also doubled as Round 6 of QSS World Series Sprintcars. The two night affair culminated in a thrilling 50-lap A-Main and while eighteen of the twenty starters finished the event, which ran the first forty-eight-laps without a stoppage, it was once again Donny Schatz who collected the win, adding another tally to the list of Australian Open events he has won. Logan Schuchart initially secured the lead and went on to lead most of the first half the race, surrendering the lead to Schatz in lapped traffic just before the half-way point of the race. Schuchart went on to finish second, while Kerry Madsen rounded out the podium ahead of Steven Lines and Jamie Veal. Queensland young gun Lachlan McHugh had a truly brilliant drive, crossing the line in sixth, after initially starting from position nine in the B-Main, earning a transfer and then charging through the A-Main field. McHugh was awarded the Hard Charger Award for his efforts.
It was a rough night out at Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway last night for night one of the Australian Sprintcar Open and round six of World Series Sprintcars, with trying track conditions for most of the night, thanks in large part to the deluge of rain the track received Thursday night and early Friday morning. It was an 'elbow up' kind of race track event in qualifying, with large ruts littering the track and catching some surprising victims as the night wore on. Archerfield Speedway Promoter John Kelly worked tirelessly all night to improve track conditions, pausing the program on a few occasions to run a few more laps with the grader, with track conditions finally starting to improve a little once the preliminary mains hit the track. Kerry Madsen, James McFadden, Brooke Tatnell and Peter Lack led the field in B-Main, the fact that these four were even in the B-Main tells how unique track conditions were last night, but it was young Rusty Hickman who picked up the win in the Preliminary A-Main. Jamie Veal crossed the line in second while James McFadden had a brilliant drive from the back of the field after winning the B-Main to claim third. Donny Schatz and Jessie Attard rounded out the top five, while Steven Lines was the first Queensland car home in sixth and Lachlan McHugh was the best of the local drivers in twelfth. Luke Oldfield had very comfortably led nineteen-laps of the twenty-five lap affair with a significant margin on his rivals, but mechanical issues on board the Q17 racer saw him fade rapidly in the last six laps of the race, surrendering the lead to Hickman and then dropping back a few positions each lap after that. The Oldfield Motorsport team have blamed a power steering problem, which had plagued the Q17 racer for the entire race, for hindering their progress.
Donny Schatz dominated Round Eight of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Series at Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway last night, making it look easy as he raced to the win with about half a lap margin on second placed Logan Schuchart, and lapping up to and including sixth place by the fall of the chequered flag. Schuchart secured second after an epic battle with Luke Oldfield, with Oldfield throwing away a podium result after looping the Q17 racer in the later parts of the race. While Oldfield was able to keep the car moving and avoid going to the rear of the field, he surrendered several positions and buried himself deep in the field. Mitchell Gee raced home in third, a particularly impressive result after a nasty crash in his opening heat, where he was left with nowhere to go after another competitor spun in front of him, while Peter Lack crossed the line in fourth. Allan Woods was having a great run in the Q28 racer, spending the early part of the race well inside the top five, only to spin the car to a stop with twenty-nine laps left to run. Woods had an absolutely sensational run in those final twenty-nine laps, weaving his way past his rivals and making it as high as fourth with one lap left to run. The battle with Lack as they fought over fourth and fifth was mesmerising, with the pair exchanging positions several times, only for Lack to lead the pair across the line, leaving Woods in fifth.
Luke Oldfield got the win in Round Eight of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Series at Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway in an action-packed affair that saw Andrew Scheuerle and Logan Schuchart share the podium after the race was declared with one lap left to run. A light drizzle of unexpected rain in the early part of the race saw the track quickly get greasy, while Donny Schatz rode the wheel of a lapped car, while running in second, and inverted the beautifully presented U15 racer out of the event. A little bit of wheel-packing and a few hot laps brought the track back in and allowed us to complete the final twenty-one laps, but the race was declared when Brent Kratzmann, who had spent most of the race running inside the top four, clipped the wall in turn three with one lap remaining, tipping the always immaculately presented Q2 racer on its side and bringing the race to a stop. Mitchell Gee inherited fourth while Darren Jensen completed the top five, and Peter Lack had an impressive run to finish sixth after transferring from the B-Main.
Donny Schatz showed us once again last night why he is the best in the world as he ran away from his rivals in the Sprintcar A-Main at Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway for Round Seven of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Series and Night One of USA Sprintcars. Our own Brent Kratzmann provided an initial challenge, racing the high side and fighting Schatz for control of the race as they negotiated the first lap of the thirty-five-lap affair, but Schatz was just too quick in the U15 racer, quickly securing the lead and beginning to open what would quickly become a sizable margin. Kratzmann was left to defend his position from an extremely hard-charging Luke Oldfield, and, while not taking anything away from Schatz, it was the breath-taking and unrelenting race-long battle between Kratzmann and Oldfield that stole the show. While Schatz weaved his way seemingly effortlessly through the back markers, at one point lapping up to and including sixth and searching for a way past Allan Woods and Andrew Scheuerle, who were running fourth and fifth at the time, Kratzmann and Oldfield traded places back and forth as they negotiated over second and third. Oldfield was relentless, and managed to get in front of Kratzmann on several occasions, but Kratzmann was determined and immediately fired back each time Oldfield found a way in front, quickly regaining his position. The battle between the pair was truly exceptional, with Brent Kratzmann eventually crossing the line in second and Luke Oldfield securing third. Andrew Scheuerle sat in fourth for most of the race, occasionally looking to join Kratzmann and Oldfield in the fight for the minor places, but faded in the final six laps, with Allan Woods and Mitchell Gee charging through to claim fourth and fifth respectively, leaving Scheuerle in sixth.
Last night Sprintcars Queensland headed back to Hi-Tec Oils Speedway in Toowoomba, despite a less than favourable weather forecast, for Ultimate Pink Night, proudly presented by The Chronicle, and another round of the Queensland USC. We had nearly thirty cars set to put on a brilliant show, and support fund raising efforts for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, and what a night it was. The threat of imminent inclement weather meant we pushed through the program as quickly as possible and while the team at Hi-Tec Oils Speedway did a magnificent job to get and hour and a half ahead of schedule, rain at around 8.30pm, after our B-main was completed but before the A-Main could hit the track, left everyone with no choice but to abandon the rest of the race meeting. Peter Lack and Robbie Farr were set to share the front row for the start of the A-Main, with Mitchell Gee and Jayden Peacock set to come out of the second row. Mother Nature was the winner last night and while we are all disappointed we could not complete our final race of the evening, we do hope that some of the much-needed rain reached some of the places that really do need it.
Luke Oldfield dominated Round Six of the East Cost Logistics Sprintcar Series at Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway last night, from locking in the quickest qualifying time, coming from the back of his heats to claim a second and a win, leading the points going into the dash only to invert the entire eight-car field for the start before coming home in second and, eventually, getting the win in the A-Main, he was certainly a class above the rest last night and there was little anyone could do to slow him down. Kevin Titman led the early stages of the A-Main before surrendering the lead to Oldfield a few laps in, while Lachlan McHugh started working his way forward. It was however hard to ignore the battle unfolding between Mitchell Gee and Brent Aprile as they fought over, at that stage, third and fourth. Right on the tail of Titman, until Titman unceremoniously exited the race around half way through, Gee and Aprile raced mostly two abreast, and while Aprile sometimes emerged in front, Gee always came back hard on the bottom unwilling to surrender. They were both absolutely relentless, determined and fearless, and while there were a few close calls, they also gave each other plenty of racing room. Lachlan McHugh, who came from back in tenth, joined them late in the race but it was Mitchell Gee who secured second. Lachlan McHugh snared third from Aprile in the final few laps of the race with Brent Aprile finishing fourth. Andrew Scheuerle rounded out the top five. The race was however marred by a massive crash three laps in when Steve Greer and Paul Rooks came together on the back straight, resulting in a huge crash that also involved Anthony Vanderreyden. Fortunately all drivers walked away.