Forget eggs and bunnies and hot cross buns, Easter in Queensland (and northern New South Wales) is all about Sprintcar racing and, as such, the tradition will continue in 2018 with the annual Easter Triple Challenge to deliver three consecutive nights of V8 action across three different venues. This veritable feast of Easter Sprintcar goodness will kick off at Toowoomba’s Hi-Tec Oils Raceway on Good Friday (March 30), with round two to be decided at Audeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday, March 31. The series finale on Sunday evening (April 1) will once again be contested across the border in New South Wales in what will be the only Sprintcar event of the season at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway.
Last night twenty-seven open Sprintcars, plus eight contenders in the Development Series, headed to Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway for another round of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar series. With series leader Luke Oldfield unable to attend the event, rescheduled to last night after last weekend was abandoned due to rain, the rest of the field were keen to try and close the points margin, with each driver determined to secure as many points as possible to maximise the opportunity to change the course of the Championship chase. With double points on the line, determined by a random pill draw at drivers briefing, it became even more important for the championship contenders to bag as many points as they could. Andrew Scheuerle capitalised on the double points on offer, making it look easy as he led every lap of the main event to secure the win. Mitchell Gee ran a very solid second for most of the race, edging closer to Scheuerle in lapped traffic while defending his position from Jayden Peacock. Peacock was phenomenal, relentlessly chasing after Gee and biding his time before finally pulling off a bold but perfectly timed charge on the final lap. Peacock dove underneath Gee in the final corner, stealing second and leaving Gee to settle for third. Brent Kratzmann ran a comfortable fourth for most of the race, but a last corner charge from Allan Woods almost spelt disaster for the pair as they crossed the line. Kratzmann secured fourth with Woods officially home in fifth, just 0.012 seconds between them.
Last night thirty-four Sprintcars rolled into Hi-Tec Oils Speedway in Toowoomba for the Pitstop 50 and Round Four of the Queensland Ultimate Sprintcar Championship. It was an eventful night of Sprintcar racing, culminating in a thrilling 50-lap feature event, which saw Bryan Mann, Brent Kratzmann, Andrew Scheuerle, Robbie Farr and Luke Oldfield amongst the casualties that littered the infield by the time the chequered flag flew. Despite the long list of casualties, it was Danny Reidy who stood atop the podium at the end of the night, never phased as the chaos unfolded behind him. Reidy spent the first half of the main race in second before racing exquisitely underneath Farr to secure the race lead with twenty-one laps left remaining. Farr exited the race soon after, having collected the wall and spectacularly inverting the Q7 racer. Behind Reidy the battle for second was literally decided on the line. Mitchell Gee had run a brilliant race, sitting inside the top three for most of the race, but the late race battle with Jayden Peacock captivated the crowd. Peacock made one last charge as the pair exited the final corner, crossing the line side-by-side, with Jayden Peacock just managing to snare second by just 0.156 seconds. Mitchell Gee was forced to settle for third with Geoff Ensign and Jordyn Brazier rounding out the top five. Peter Lack crossed the line in a very impressive sixth, after having come from the rear of the field, twice.
After just over a month with no racing locally, the stars of Sprintcars Queensland were keen to get back track side at Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway last night where they were set to contest Round 10 of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Series. While the day saw beautiful blue skies, the sun shining with a typical Queensland heat, the clouds rolled in during qualifying and we endured yet another rain delay. With only two bouts of rain on the radar we waited the weather out and Archerfield Speedway Promoter John Kelly jumped straight into prepping the track. Having lost a couple of hours we were forced to alter our format, once again adopting the Outlaws format, with Luke Oldfield finally managing to get a win on the board this season. Oldfield led every lap of the main event after starting from pole position, but Andrew Scheuerle stepped up the pace in the closing laps, challenging hard in lapped traffic but ultimately forced to settle for second. Mitchell Gee crossed the line in third, edging ever closer to the leaders as they navigated lapped traffic, with Callum Walker home in fourth. Peter Lack crossed the line an impressive fifth, after initially starting the B-Main from position seven before securing a transfer and weaving his way through the field to salvage a top five finish.
Donny Schatz regained his Performance Wholesale Australian Sprintcar Open crown last night, after taking the lead from Kerry Madsen in the first few laps of the race, and settling into a comfortable lead, making it look easy as he opened a sizable margin over his rivals and weaved his way through the back markers. The 50-lap affair had one caution ten laps in, but ran the remaining forty-laps without incident, with Schatz lapping up to and including ninth place, and, incredibly, all twenty starters, made it to the chequered flag. The event, held over two nights, doubled as Round Seven of World Series Sprintcars, and attracted a massive crowd to Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway, plus an even bigger audience via pay per view live streaming. While Schatz dominated to get the win, the battle over second, and post-race decision by the chief steward, became the talking point of the night. Reigning Australian Champion Kerry Madsen led the opening few laps before surrendering the lead to Schatz, before spending the rest of the race trying to defend his position from a hard-charging and determined Lucas Wolfe. The margin between Madsen and Wolfe fluctuated as the race wore on, with Wolfe repeatedly closing in on Madsen, and, at one stage, briefly getting the 5W racer in front when Madsen got caught behind a lapped car. Madsen immediately fought back on the inside to regain his position and ultimately crossed the line in second, only for officials to issue a penalty after the race concluded, for an infield pass, that saw Lucas Wolfe elevated to second and left the defending Australian Open Champion in third. Jamie Veal crossed the line in fourth ahead of Carson Macedo. Lachlan McHugh and James McFadden had an epic battle for the minor places, the pair changing positions several times in the closing laps of the race, and while Lachlan McHugh crossed the line in sixth, a post-race penalty for an infield pass saw him relegated to seventh, elevating James McFadden to sixth. McHugh was the best placed Queenslander, with Luke Oldfield the next best local in tenth.
Night one of the 2018 Australian Sprintcar Open, held at Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway last night, perfectly set the stage for what is set to be a thrilling climax tonight. Kerry Madsen, who has won the Australian Open for the past two years, was in unbeatable form, dominating proceedings all night and after quick timing in his qualifying flight (second quickest overall), securing two top three finishes in his heats, entered the preliminary A-Main as highest points scorer. Madsen started the preliminary main from pole position and while there was an initial struggle for control of the race as Donny Schatz tried to re-establish his dominance of the event, Madsen quickly secured the lead. The margin fluctuated in lapped traffic, with Schatz always staying within striking distance, challenging for the lead on several occasions, but Madsen was too good on the topside and went on the take the win, perfectly positioning himself for tonight as he attempts to make it three Australian Sprintcar Opens in a row. Donny Schatz crossed the line in second ahead Carson Macedo, with James McFadden and Logan Schuchart rounding out the top five. Lachlan McHugh was the best-placed Queensland local, crossing the line in sixth.
Last night a MASSIVE field of 45 Sprintcars rolled into Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway for round six of World Series Sprintcars, and while it looked like the venue would once again be hit by rain in the mid-afternoon, the approaching storm kindly split and missed the speedway altogether. It was an absolutely huge night of Sprintcar racing, where our local boys took on some of the best in both Australia and the World, doing us all proud and showing that we have some pretty remarkable home grown talent right here in Queensland. Luke Oldfield was consistently our best-performing local, while Donny Schatz, Lucas Wolfe and Logan Schuchart, all based in Queensland for this Australian trip, were all at the front of the field. Donny Schatz got the win in convincing fashion last night, running mostly unchallenged for the lead until the closing stages of the main race when Lucas Wolfe had a brief look at upstaging the Worlds best. Wolfe, who has already secured a fifth and a third here in Queensland this past week, crossed the line in second while Shaun Dobson and Luke Oldfield had a mesmerising battle for third. Dobson got the finial podium position in the last few laps of the race, leaving Oldfield in fourth with reigning Australian Champion Kerry Madsen rounding out the top five. Logan Schuchart, driving the Queensland-owned Motorguard Motorsport USA1 racer of John Weatherall, finished a strong sixth, while the next best Queenslander was Callum Walker, who had a phenomenal drive in the Q33 racer to come in a very impressive twelfth against some of the best in the word.
It seems to have became normal for us this season but Mother Nature once again played a huge part in last nights running of Round Nine of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Series at Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway. Qualifying was just wrapping up and light rain began to fall across the venue, the track receiving just the very edge of a nasty storm which side-swiped the speedway. After a short rain delay, Archerfield Speedway promoter John Kelly graded the track to bring it back into a usable condition, while once again adjusting the Sprintcar format to run akin to the World of Outlaws format. Logan Schuchart, back after motor issues curtailed his last Archerfield Speedway outing, was again phenomenal in the Motorguard Motorsport USA1 racer, and, after winning his heat event and the top-eight Dash, went on to lead every lap of the A-Main race. Schuchart was unstoppable out in front and while Donny Schatz came from ninth to challenge for control of the race two thirds of the way through the 35-lap journey, Schuchart stood his ground. Schatz uncharacteristically spun the USA15 racer to a stop and was forced to the rear of the field with ten laps left to run. Schatz managed to climb back as high as eighth place in those final eleven laps, and Logan Schuchart was unchallenged for the rest of the race before taking the second win of this Australian trip. Joining him on the podium was Kaiden Manders and American Lucas Wolfe, who had started from position ten only to be relegated to the rear of the field after being involved in an opening lap incident. It was a sensational drive from Wolfe to come from the rear of the nineteen-car field and secure a podium, and it will certainly be interesting to see what he can do if he starts towards the front. Mark Pholi was the best of the locals, coming home a very solid fourth, while Allan Woods rounded out the top five after another very consistent run. Mitchell Gee had an inspiring run in the Q36 Titan Garages and Carports racer, initially starting from position ten in the B-Main and coming ever so close to earning a transfer, before electing to use his provisional to start the A-Main from position nineteen. Gee managed to make his way up to a very impressive sixth by the fall of the chequered flag.
With no rest for the committed, Sprintcars Queensland returned to Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway last night for Round Eight of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Series, and Round Two of the USA Sprintcars. Donny Schatz and Logan Schuchart returned, with Lucas Wolfe joining the American contingent and USA-Based Lynton Jeffrey piloting the NQ28 racer for team owner Allan Woods. With storms developing to the west of the track and heading in the direction of the Speedway, the decision was made, during qualifying, to alter the format for the night to run similar to the World of Outlaws format used in the States, in an effort to get the program concluded before more inclement weather arrived. The A-Main was declared with just two laps left to run, with Donny Schatz the official winner ahead of Andrew Scheuerle, while Brent Kratzmann joined them on the podium in third. Peter Lack and Lucas Wolfe rounded out the top five, while the drive of the night had to be Darren Jensen, who came from fourteenth in the B-Main before making it inside the top ten in the main race, only to have race-ending contact with another competitor with four laps left to run.
After a false start on Tuesday 26 December 2017 when rain interrupted proceedings before qualifying was completed, we finally managed to get a race meeting completed at Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway last night, Thursday 28 December 2017. And boy was it worth the wait! Thirty-Six Sprintcars took to the track and while it was not an overly quick racetrack, it was definitely a multi-lane racetrack and it certainly provided plenty of opportunity for two and three-wide racing. Donny Schatz started the A-Main from position three and spent just half a lap making his way past Brent Kratzmann and Logan Schuchart before settling into a comfortable lead. Schatz led for a number of laps, through a number of stoppages, but a little past the half way point Schatz and Schuchart, who had managed to stay with the leader, approached lapped traffic. Schuchart was simply phenomenal on the high line, running just millimeters from the fence and soon made it look easy as he raced around the outside of Schatz and into the lead. Schuchart quickly tried to put a couple of lapped cars between himself and Schatz and once Schuchart had opened a comfortable margin there was no stopping him. Logan Schuchart got the win ahead of Donny Schatz, with Luke Oldfield the best of the locals rounding out the podium in third after a spectacular drive. The battle for the minor places between Bryan Mann, Peter Lack and Mark Pholi was completely riveting, the trio putting on an absolutely mesmerizing show as they negotiated over the remaining top five places, with Peter Lack eventually managing to secure fourth ahead of Mark Pholi and Bryan Mann.
It has taken months for us to get here but we finally had some fine weather on a race day and Sprintcars Queensland headed back to Hi-Tec Oils Toowoomba Speedway last night for the Will Power 500, Ultimate Pink Night and Round Three of the Queensland Ultimate Sprintcar Championship. Thirty-three Sprintcars rolled into the venue and what a night it was! Previous winners of the Will Power 500, Luke Oldfield and Peter Lack, were both phenomenal as they tried to become the first repeat winners of the event, while Robbie Farr did what he does best with one simple goal in mind - to stand atop the podium in a race that had, so far, eluded him. Robbie Farr eventually got the win, though it was hard fought as he faced intense challenges from early leader Andrew Wright and a very hard-charging Luke Oldfield. Farr led comfortably for much of the race, but Oldfield and Wright both managed to close the gap in lapped traffic with seven laps to go, the trio having a captivating battle as they raced closer the chequered flag. Robbie Farr got a very much deserved win, with Luke Oldfield home in second and Andrew Wright rounding out the podium after a very solid drive. Peter Lack and Allan Woods completed the top five.
Last night twenty-seven Sprintcars and ten Development Series cars descended on Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway for Round 6 of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Series. The night culminated in twin 20-lap feature events, with Mitchell Gee and Cody Maroske each earning hard fought and very much deserved wins as the chequered flags fell, but once the points from both feature events were tallied it was Mitchell Gee who claimed victory and stood atop the final podium. The first feature event was Luke Oldfield across the line in second ahead of Andrew Scheuerle, Ben Hilder and Callum Walker, while Dave Whell had a truly brilliant run in the second feature, leading a significant portion of the event but ultimately finishing second and leading Brent Kratzmann, Luke Oldfield and Mitchell Gee across the line. With a win and a fifth place finish to his name Mitchell Gee had just enough points to take the overall win, with Luke Oldfield missing out by just one point. Oldfield was officially second with a very impressive Cody Maroske rounding the podium and Brent Kratzmann and Dave Whell completing the overall top five.
Round Five of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Series got off to a brilliant start at Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway last night, with cloudy but fine weather. Unfortunately though as the second round of heats were about to hit the track, light rain began falling over the venue and forced us into our first rain delay of the evening. Archerfield Speedway Promoter John Kelly was determined that the show would go on, and, after an early interval and a few laps on the grader the support divisions made it back trackside. As heat four was once again trackside and being pushed off for the start, the rain returned and we were forced into our second rain delay of the evening. After another break, and even more laps on the grader, the showers returned for a third time and John Kelly had no option but to abandon the rest of the program. Lachlan McHugh was leading the Sprintcar points at the time, with Luke Oldfield, Mark Pholi, Brent Kratzmann and Dan Murray the top five when the event was called off.