I'm walking 40km for AEIOU Foundation for children with autism. On Sunday June 2, 2013 I will be participating in the second annual Take a Hike Gold Coast challenge to raise funds for children with autism. Spanning 40 kilometres over nine hours, I and a team of hikers will set out on this challenge to eliminate the funding deficit at AEIOU Foundation's Gold Coast Centre. This year, we are striving to increase our footprint with a goal to raise as much as $75,000. That means I have an individual fundraising target of $3,000.
SuperCheap Auto Archerfield Speedway last night played host to Round Twelve of the KRE Sprintcar Series and while James McFadden and Darren Jensen again dominated proceedings, for the second time in as many weeks filling the top two positions on the evenings podium, it was a night that saw not only some thrilling racing, but also, unfortunately, a significant amount of carnage. Todd Wanless joined McFadden and Jensen on the podium, finishing the evening in third after inverting the Q2 racer in an earlier heat event. Andrew Scheuerle and David Muir rounded out the top five, but the main event was marred by several incidents that took front runners out of the competition. Danny Reidy rode out a huge wreck early in the race, while Peter Lack had a brilliant run only to collide with the turn one wall three-quarters of the way through the race and ending his chance of a podium finish.
James McFadden last night once again showed everyone why he is Australian 1 and one of the best Sprintcar competitors this country has ever produced. McFadden took the win in Round 11 of the KRE Sprintcar Series at SuperCheap Auto Archerfield Speedway after winning the Dash event and casually accepting the Kratzmann Challenge and inverting the top fourteen starters for the A-Main event. After about 12 laps McFadden had made his way into second, and spent the next three laps searching for a way past then race leader Darren Jensen. With a little over half the 35-lap race distance left to run McFadden took over the race lead and began to pull away while Jensen was forced to settle for second and try to fend off the advances of a very hard charging Danny Reidy. James McFadden took the win with Darren Jensen across the line in second and with Danny Reidy filling the final podium position. David Muir, who had transferred from the B-Main event, finished fourth with Todd Wanless rounding out the top five.
Saturday 27 April 2013 saw twenty-six Sprintcars head to Maryborough Speedway a few hours north of Brisbane for the 2012-2013 Queensland Sprintcar Title. Defending champion Cameron Gessner was unable to attend, but there were plenty of talented drivers ready to stake their claim on this years event. Robbie Farr has won the event several times before and went into last nights competition as one of the favourites. Farr proved to be the man to beat all night and while James McFadden, David Murcott, David Muir, Andrew Scheuerle, Peter Lack, Danny Reidy and North Queenslander Brent Aprile all put on a spectacular show and made sure Farr had to work hard for every moment he spent in front of the field, it was Robbie Farr who walked away with the win last night. It was a race that was impacted in a big way by tyre wear, with almost half the field exiting the race with blown or flat right rear tyres. Danny Reidy somehow managed to nurse his tyres across the line for a very impressive second with Brent Aprile doing an absolutely magnificent job to round out the podium in third. Bryan Mann and South Australia's Jake Tranter completed the top five.
Last night Sprintcars Queensland and 17 cars ventured to Lismore Speedway in Northern New South Wales for the Lismore Gold Cup. It’s been a long time since Sprintcars Queensland have competed at Lismore Speedway and for most of the drivers it was their first look at the Lismore circuit. From the very start of proceedings it was clear that tyre wear was going to be an ongoing issue for all the drivers right throughout the night. The track began taking rubber from the first group of qualifying and had teams scrambling to find the best tyre choices. In the end it was Andrew Scheuerle who took the win after stealing the lead from Brock Dean around half race distance. Dean had a brilliant night but pulled out of the event with only one lap left to run, with Danny Reidy and Bryan Mann, this weekend driving the Voight Contracting #20 racer, filling the podium and Paul Morris and David Muir rounding out the top five.
Robbie Farr put in a masterful performance at Supercheap Auto Archerfield Speedway last night (Saturday, March 30) to win round two of the 2013 East Coast Logistics Tri-City Shootout. After reeling in early leader Shane Stewart, Farr swept into the lead through lapped traffic on lap 12 and surged clear to score a much needed win after an engine problem had sidelined him the previous evening.
After a big night at Maryborough Speedway on Friday Night, Sprintcars Queensland headed back to SuperCheap Auto Archerfield Speedway last night for Round Two of the East Coast Logistics Easter Tri-City Shoot Out. Twenty-Nine cars contested the event with plenty of drama and thrilling racing action. Ian Madsen had a late charge in the final six laps of the A-main event, and while he put the pressure on racer leader Robbie Farr, there was little he could do to stop Farr taking the win. Madsen settled for second, but with inclement weather forcing the abandonment of tonight's final night of competition at Charlton Raceway in Toowoomba, has been announced as overall winner of the weekend. Todd Wanless filled the final podium position in last nights A-Main event, while David Murcott finished in fourth with David Muir drag racing Andrew Scheuerle across the line to steal fifth after coming from the rear of the field.
Unfortunately, round three of the East Coast Logistics Tri-City Shootout, scheduled for Charlton Raceway this evening, has been cancelled due to inclement weather in the Toowoomba region. The cancellation leaves opening round winner Ian Madsen as the 2013 Tri-City Shootout champion and the winner of the Crispy Memorial Trophy. A runner-up finish last night at Archerfield placed Madsen on top of the series standings with 201 points.
Ian Madsen emerged triumphant in a rain-interrupted opening round of the East Coast Logistics Tri-City Shootout at Maryborough Speedway last night (Friday, March 29). After occupying fifth spot for the opening 10 laps, Madsen had advanced into third by the halfway point before assuming the lead on lap 17. Todd Wanless finished in second place ahead of Andrew Scheurele, with Brent Kratzmann doing a great job to snare fourth in advance of Danny Reidy.
The Easter long weekend sees a massive weekend of racing in South East Queensland, with the running of the annual Tri-City Challenge, this year proudly sponsored by East Coast Logistics. Three consecutive nights of racing across three tracks throughout South East Queensland, starting last night, Friday 29 March 2013, at Maryborough Speedway, and continuing tonight at SuperCheap Auto Archerfield speedway in Brisbane before concluding at Toowoomba’s Charlton Raceway tomorrow night. Last nights opening round saw 28-cars turn up to put on a truly spectacular show for the large Maryborough crowd, despite a lengthy rain delay. Ian Madsen, this weekend driving the Voight Contracting Q20 racer, took the win after an intense A-Main, with Todd Wanless and Andrew Scheuerle rounding out the podium. Brent Kratzmann had an absolutely brilliant night in the Q77 car and crossed the line an impressive and hard fought fourth, with Danny Reidy completing the top five.
This weekend, 30 Sprintcar drivers from across Queensland, interstate and overseas will hit the road to chase championship success in the East Coast Logistics Tri-City Shootout. The 2013 tournament has attracted a stellar line-up of drivers for the three consecutive nights of racing at three distinctly different venues across the Easter holiday weekend.
In the last race meeting before the big Easter weekend next week, twenty-eight Sprintcars turned up at SuperCheap Auto Archerfield Speedway last night ready to contest Round 10 of the KRE Sprintcar Series. Brisbane locals Todd Wanless, Darren Jensen, David Muir and Bryan Mann were all in top form all night, but no one had an answer for American Shane Stewart who dominated the night's proceedings and stood atop the podium after taking the win at the end of the 30-lap A-Main event. Darren Jensen drove a memorable race, leading the early stages and making Stewart work hard in order to steal and maintain the lead, before crossing the line in second ahead of David Muir. Bryan Mann and Andrew Scheuerle completed the top five.
The 2013 East Coast Logistics Tri-City Sprintcar Shootout will utilise a World Series-style format for the three consecutive nights of competition to be staged over the Easter holiday weekend. Participating drivers will contest time trials, two rounds of heats and a series of timed shootouts to determine the starting grid for each of the 30-lap feature events.