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.
After a late change to our race calendar a week ago it was decided that our washed out meeting from October would be re-run last night. With only a few days notice we were able to pull together a field of twenty-one quality cars to contest Round Five of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Series at Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway last night. Andrew Scheuerle was in breath-taking form all night, and after qualifying third quickest in qualifying, putting together a couple of solid heat race runs, and starting the A-Main from the front row, he was absolutely unstoppable. Andrew Scheuerle went on to take his first win of the season, leading Kevin Titman across the line with Peter Lack filling the final podium position. Kristy Bonsey had a truly phenomenal night, crossing the line in fourth, after qualifying for her first Dash event, with Brock Dean, who spent most of the A-Main in second, crossing the line in fifth.
Last night thirty-three Sprintcars rolled into Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway for Round Four of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Series and while the battle for the minor positions was fierce, there was just no stopping Luke Oldfield as he raced seemingly effortlessly to his first victory of the 2018-2019 race season. Andrew Scheuerle, Allan Woods and Brent Kratzmann had a thrilling battle for the minor positions over the final few laps of the race, with Kratzmann challenging both Scheuerle and Woods in a breathtaking bid to steal second. Andrew Scheuerle held on to finish second while Brent Kratzmann managed to secure third, after starting ninth, ahead of Allan Woods and Peter Lack. Brent Aprile had an exhilarating run in the NQ42 racer, making his way into second before disappointingly crashing out while making his way past lapped traffic with only six laps left to run.
Twenty-Seven Sprintcars rolled into Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway last night for round three of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Series, with Lachlan McHugh getting the win and becoming the first driver to get two wins on the board this season. McHugh was magnificent out in front during the feature event, weaving through the traffic and withstanding relentless pressure from a very much in-form Mitchell Gee. Luke Oldfield closed in during the later stages of the race, challenging Gee for second, but it was still Lachlan McHugh who got the win, with Mitchell Gee home in second and Luke Oldfield rounding out the podium in third. Allan Woods and Peter Lack completed the top five, while Randy Morgan, in his first race back this season finished an impressive sixth after transferring from the B-Main, and Kristy Bonsey, who had started back in 11th in the B-Main, had a sensational driver to bring the Q42 car across the line in ninth. Ryan McNamara, in only his second race meeting in a Sprintcar, not only qualified for the A-Main, but also put on a spectacular show as he raced his way home in fourteenth position.
Sprintcars Queensland returned to Hi-Tec Oils Speedway in Toowoomba last night for another round of the Queensland Ultimate Sprintcar Championship and the first night of the Ultimate Speedway Challenge. The racing was absolutely phenomenal all night, but it was young gun Jayden Peacock who upstaged the entire field, from charging from the back of his heats, to winning the Pole Shuffle, and finally completely dominating the A-Main to take his maiden feature race win in a Sprintcar. Luke Oldfield challenged Peacock for the lead but a cut down left rear tyre prematurely ended his race with eight laps still to run, while Lachlan McHugh challenged in the closing stages of the race, momentarily gaining the lead before the race was brought under caution. Peacock regained the lead for the restart and didn't look back, and while McHugh again closed in once lapped traffic came into play, it was Jayden Peacock who got a well-deserved win. Lachlan McHugh finished second while Mitchell Gee made a late race pass around the top-side of Robbie Farr to secure third. Andrew Scheuerle got the better of Farr as they raced closer to the chequered flag and crossed the line in fourth with Robbie Farr rounding out the top five.
After an series of wet weekends in Queensland we finally had Mother Nature on side last night for Round Two for the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Series at Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway. With over thirty cars in attendance, a dry, slick track surface, and a somewhat different format for proceedings, we were in for a HUGE night. Peter Lack was the eventual winner, leading the main event while withstanding challenges from Brent Kratzmann, Lachlan McHugh early in the race, before going wheel-to-wheel with a very hard-charging Allan Woods for the reset of the 30-lap journey. Lack got the win with Woods in second and Brent Kratzmann, who faded back as far as fifth just five laps in, patiently worked his way back to third and began chasing down the leaders. Kratzmann displaced both Steven Lines and Lachlan McHugh and crossed the line in third to round out the podium, while McHugh finished fourth ahead of Luke Oldfield. Lines failed to finished event after coming together with a lapped car while running in third with two laps left to run.