Kicking Up The Dirt - ECL Series - Round 15
Joanne White posted Sunday May 12, 2019.
Last night Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway played host to Round Fifteen of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Series, with Andrew Scheuerle taking the win in a thrilling final. With double points on the line last night, and the absence of his nearest rival in the local series, Scheuerle has also wrapped up the East Coast Logistics Series with two nights still to run. The battle for the minor places in the series though is really heating up with Allan Woods, Peter Lack, Brent Kratzmann and Kevin Titman all vying for the minor places. Last night Peter Lack led the main race early, before surrendering control to Andrew Scheuerle as they made their way through lapped traffic, while Lachlan McHugh climbed his way back to third after fading on the start. McHugh and Lack battled for most of the race, with Lack eventually pulling slightly ahead and having a bold but ultimately unsuccessful look around the outside of Scheuerle in an effort to regain control of the race. Lack had one last look up the inside of Scheuerle as they rounded the final two corners but could not quite get the job done, while McHugh took advantage of the clear track on the top side, and raced around Lack on the final corner to steal second moments before they crossed the line. Andrew Scheuerle got the win ahead of Lachlan McHugh and Peter Lack, while Kevin Titman and Brent Kratzmann both had phenomenal runs to cross the line fourth and fifth respectively.
Mitchell Gee got his night off to a great start, recording the quickest qualifying lap, stopping the clock at 11.356 seconds. Andrew Scheuerle was second quickest with a 11.510 second lap while Peter Lack was just six thousandths of a second slower at 11.516 seconds. Lack secured third overall in the qualifying session, beating Lachlan McHugh by just 0.001 seconds. McHugh stopped the clock at 11.517 seconds to finish qualifying in fourth while Bryan Mann (11.651) rounded out the fastest five. The top twelve cars were all able to get into the eleven-second bracket, while the top twenty were separated by less than one second. Anthony Lambert beat Randy Morgan by three thousandths of a second, while Des Collier beat Brad Ayers by the same margin, and Blake Darcy beat Allan Woods by just 0.001 seconds.
Heat one started with Allan Woods and Blake Darcy sharing the front row with Woods getting a brilliant start and quickly securing the lead ahead of Darcy and Darren Jensen. Brent Kratzmann and Aaron Kelly raced side-by-side for most of the opening lap before Kratzmann on the top side was able to pull ahead, setting his sights on Anthony Lambert and quickly switching to the bottom to and get underneath the Q90 racer. As Kratzmann searched high and low for a way past Lambert, Mitchell Gee closed in from behind and began searching for his own way past. Gee showed his nose underneath Kratzmann as they rounded turn four, and promptly surrendered a position to Scott Genrich, but the race was soon brought under caution when Karl Hoffmans spun in turn two and was collected by Aaron Kelly. Woods led the restart from Darcy and Jensen with three laps left to run, with Jensen soon getting underneath Darcy to take over second, while Kratzmann continued to try and find a way past Lambert and simultaneously defend his position from a hard-charging Scott Genrich. Allan Woods got the win ahead of Darren Jensen and Blake Darcy. Anthony Lambert managed to hang on to finish fourth and lead Brent Kratzmann, Scott Genrich, Mitchell Gee, Aaron Kelly, Karl Hoffmans and Geoff Davey across the line.
Kevin Britten and Mitch Gowland shared the front row for the start of heat two, with Gowland quicker off the mark when the lights went green, the Q32 racer immediately securing the race lead ahead of Britten and Ryan McNamara. Unfortunately McNamara spun the Q88 racer in turn two and brought the race under caution. A full restart followed with McNamara now from the back of the field and while at the front of the field Britten got a better start second time around, Gowland was still too quick on the top side. Gowland quickly settled into the race lead ahead of Britten and Bryan Mann, while Steve Greer managed to get underneath Randy Morgan as they made their way through turn two. Morgan surrendered a position to Andrew Scheuerle half a lap later, while towards the rear of the field McNamara and Jason King negotiated over track position, the pair exchanging positions several times as the race wore on. Mann made his way past Britten and set about trying to close the gap to Gowland, while Scheuerle and Morgan both closed in on Greer and began challenging for mid-field positions. Mann had incredible speed in the #16 racer and quickly caught Gowland before racing through on the bottom and into the race lead with just a couple of laps left to run. Bryan Mann got the win ahead of Mitch Gowland and Andrew Scheuerle, with Kevin Britten fourth across the line. Steve Greer finished fifth and led Randy Morgan, Des Collier, Jason King, Ryan McNamara and Libby Ellis across the line.
Heat three started with Peter Campbell from pole position with Kristy Bonsey alongside. When the green flag flew Campbell and Bonsey raced side-by-side into turn one, neither willing to relinquish control of the race. Campbell was quick on the bottom and managed to get his nose in front as they exited turn one but Bonsey was exceptional on the top side, racing around the high side of Campbell and into the race lead as they rounded turn two and headed down the back straight. Bonsey led them into turn three but Campbell fought back on the bottom and regained the race lead as they came out of turn four, only for Bonsey to move to the low line and challenge Campbell once more. Moments later the race was brought under caution for the spun car of Michael Saller just moments before the leaders completed the first lap, necessitating a full restart. Bonsey got the jump second time around, with Ben Hilder quickly displacing Campbell, but officials quickly brought the race under caution and penalised Bonsey for jumping the start. Hilder inherited the front row alongside Campbell for the third attempt at a start, and while Campbell was again quick off the mark as the lights went green, it was Hilder who powered around the top side and secured the lead. Kevin Titman raced around Campbell as they made their way through turn two to secure second and set his sights on Hilder, while Peter Lack got the better of Lachlan McHugh on the start before slipping underneath Bonsey with less than half a lap complete. While McHugh made his way underneath Bonsey, Lack took the high side to get around Campbell before closing in on Titman and challenging the Q59 racer for second. Lack was mesmerising on the top side, racing two abreast with Titman for a lap before the Q5 racer was able to pull ahead and set out after Hilder. McHugh made his way past Campbell and began closing in on Titman, eventually getting underneath the #59 racer as they rounded turn three, before McHugh set his sights on Lack, closing in but unable to get close enough to make a move. Ben Hilder got the win ahead of Peter Lack and Lachlan McHugh, with Kevin Titman home in fourth and leading Michael Saller, Peter Campbell, Kristy Bonsey, Nick Whell and Sean Rose across the line.
Kristy Bonsey and Blake Darcy shared the front row for the start of heat four, with Bonsey securing the advantage as they raced into turn one. Mid-field Ben Hilder got the better of Brent Kratzmann before taking to the high side to try and get around Mitch Gowland and Anthony Lambert, while Peter Lack was quick on the bottom, quickly displacing both Kratzmann and Gowland as they completed the first lap. Kratzmann immediately switched to the bottom, following Lack underneath Gowland before getting underneath Lack less than half a lap later. Kratzmann closed in on Hilder and Lambert, with Lack on his tail, with Lack having a brief look on the inside of the Q2 racer as they rounded turn four. Kratzmann worked the bottom beautifully and got underneath Hilder before beginning to challenge Lambert, while behind him Scott Genrich managed to get underneath Lack. Lack fought back on the high side of Genrich, the pair racing side-by-side as they negotiated over the minor places, while Kratzmann found his way past Lambert and was starting to close in on Darcy. Kratzmann spent several laps closing the gap to the #48 of Darcy but with just one lap left to run Kratzmann made his move and slipped into second. Kristy Bonsey was untroubled out in front, taking the win with a quarter of a lap margin over Brent Kratzmann in second. Blake Darcy came home in third and led Anthony Lambert, Ben Hilder, Scott Genrich, Peter Lack, Mitch Gowland, Geoff Davey and Karl Hoffmans past the chequered flag.
Heat five started with Kevin Britten from pole position with Michael Saller alongside. Britten got a brilliant start and quickly secured the lead while Allan Woods, from position three, was quick to follow Britten in an effort to get the better of Saller. Saller though was not prepared to settle for third and fought back hard on the high side, getting the better of Woods and staying with Britten as the pair started to pull away from the rest of the field. Aaron Kelly came under pressure from both Steve Greer and Andrew Scheuerle, with Kelly refusing to surrender his position when Greer had a big look on the inside of the immaculately presented Q7 racer. Mitchell Gee was exceptional in the V3 racer and carried significant speed on the low line, racing underneath both Scheuerle and Greer as they headed down the main straight before turning his focus to Kelly. A small error for Gee in turn two allowed Greer to race back around the high side, while at the front of the field Woods had again got the better of Saller and was all over the back Britten as they fought for the race lead. Woods was attempting a spectacular outside passing move through turn three when he rode the right rear of Britten and ended up making heavy contact with the wall entering turn four, bringing the race under caution and spelling the end of his race. Britten led the restart from Aaron Kelly and Steve Greer, with Michael Saller, who was scheduled to restart in second, pulling out of the event with a flat left rear tyre. Gee spent just one lap searching for a way past Greer before slipping through on the bottom of turn two, with the V3 racer setting his focus on catching Kelly in second. It took a few laps but Gee was on a mission and soon not only caught Kelly, but slipped through on the inside of Kelly with less than half a lap left to run. Kevin Britten got the win ahead of Mitchell Gee and Aaron Kelly, with Andrew Scheuerle home in fourth ahead of Steve Greer, Sean Rose, Des Collier and Libby Ellis. Michael Saller and Allan Woods both failed to finish the event.
Ryan McNamara inherited pole position for the start of heat six when Peter Campbell slowed to a stop before taking the green. Campbell was able to restart but was relegated to the rear of the field to take the green, leaving McNamara and Randy Morgan from the front row. McNamara got a brilliant start and quickly secured the race lead while Morgan settled into second ahead of Kevin Titman. Titman quickly came under pressure from a hard-charging Lachlan McHugh with McHugh searching the high side for a way around the Q59 racer with no success. McHugh switched to the low line and, a lap later, managed to get underneath both Titman and Morgan as they rounded turn four. Titman and Morgan raced side-by-side, with Titman on the top side prevailing and eventually moving ahead of Morgan, while behind them Bryan Mann and Darren Jensen fought over the minor positions. McHugh quickly eroded the lead McNamara had built up and, within just a few laps was challenging the Q88 racer for the race lead. Lachlan McHugh went on to take the win ahead of Ryan McNamara and Kevin Titman, with Randy Morgan, Darren Jensen, Jason King, Bryan Mann, Peter Campbell and Nick Whell rounding out the finishers.
The Dash event started with Mitchell Gee and Peter Lack sharing the front row, with Ben Hilder and Andrew Scheuerle right behind them. While both Gee and Lack got a brilliant start when the lights went green, the pair remaining two abreast until Lack emerged in front as they exited the second corner, the race was quickly brought under caution when Bryan Mann came to a stop in turn two. Gee led them into turn one the second time around but Lack was mesmerising on the top side and raced around the high line, challenging Gee as they rounded turn two and headed down the back straight into turn three. Lack persisted on the top side, securing the lead as he and Gee completed the first lap, while behind them Hilder and Scheuerle were fighting over third and fourth as Lachlan McHugh closed in. McHugh made his way past Hilder, leaving Hilder to try and defend his position from a determined Titman, while McHugh set out after Scheuerle. Peter Lack got the win ahead of Mitchell Gee, while Andrew Scheuerle crossed the line in third despite a strong challenge from McHugh late in the race. Lachlan McHugh finished fourth ahead of Ben Hilder, Kevin Titman, Bryan Mann and Brent Kratzmann.
Fifteen cars lined up for the start of the fifteen-lap B-Main event, with Kevin Britten and Randy Morgan to lead them to the green. Britten got the jump when the green flag flew, with Morgan settling into second ahead of Blake Darcy. Allan Woods and Mitch Gowland began negotiating over the final transfer position before Woods secured fourth and turned his attention to Darcy. Scott Genrich got underneath Gowland and Darcy as Michael Saller closed in, while deeper in the field Des Collier and Jason King traded places back a forth as they raced for minor positions. Saller had an intense battle with Peter Campbell as the pair tried to find a way past Gowland, while at the front of the field Morgan and Woods had a close battle as they closed in on Britten. Darcy slowed to a stop in turn four with just nine laps completed and brought the race under caution. Britten led the restart from Morgan and Woods with Genrich sitting in the final transfer position. When the lights went green Saller took to the high side to displace Genrich from fourth, while Morgan too took to the high side in an effort to move into the race lead. Saller got underneath Woods half a lap later but it was not long before Woods took his position back. Randy Morgan eventually got the better of Kevin Britten and took the win, with Britten home in second ahead of Allan Woods. Michael Saller managed to secure fourth and earn his place in the A-Main, while Scott Genrich was forced to settle for fifth. Peter Campbell crossed the line sixth and led Nick Whell, Jason King, Mitch Gowland, Libby Ellis, Karl Hoffmans, Sean Rose and Des Collier home. Geoff Davey and Blake Darcy did not finish the event.
The thrilling thirty-lap A-Main, which ran from green to chequer without a stoppage, started with Peter Lack and Mitchell Gee from the front row, with Current Australian Campion Andrew Scheuerle from position three and newly-crowned Queensland Champion Lachlan McHugh from position four. Lack led the field into turn one, with Gee in second ahead of Scheuerle, while McHugh faded a little as a hard-charging and determined Kevin Titman slipped through underneath the Q23 racer as they rounded turn two. McHugh was challenged by Ben Hilder and they came through turn two, while Titman turned his attention to Scheuerle before being forced on the defensive as McHugh edged closer. Scheuerle made his way past Gee, leaving Gee with both McHugh and Titman on his tail, while behind them Brent Kratzmann searched for a way past Bryan Mann. Allan Woods was making truly impressive progress in the Q28 after transferring from the B-Main, challenging Anthony Lambert and Steve Greer for mid-field positions, while closer to the front McHugh had found his way past Gee and was challenging Scheuerle for second. Aaron Kelly and Anthony Lambert had a thrilling battle as they negotiated over minor positions mid-field, while Brent Kratzmann and Bryan Mann raced side-by-side as they tried to find a way past Ben Hilder. Kratzmann had a mesmerising run on the bottom, securing the advantage over both Mann and Hilder as they rounded turn four before quickly putting a couple of car lengths between himself and those now behind him. Lapped traffic came into play with Scheuerle and McHugh closing in on the back of Lack, the trio having a captivating battle for the race lead, with Scheuerle getting underneath Lack as they rounded turn four and taking over the race lead. Lack fought back on the high side but could not quite get the job done, while McHugh closed in heavy lapped traffic. McHugh made his way underneath Lack as they came out of turn four, taking second before challenging Scheuerle for the lead less than half a lap later, while Lack raced back around the top side, regaining second and instigating his own challenge for the race lead. Scheuerle and Lack raced side-by-side for several laps before Scheuerle again pulled ever so slightly ahead, leaving Lack with McHugh right on his tail. With half a lap left to run Lack had another bold look underneath Scheuerle as they headed into turn three, while McHugh took to the high line, the Q23 racer getting around the outside of Lack as they exited the final corner of the race. Andrew Scheuerle got the win ahead of Lachlan McHugh in second and Peter Lack rounding out the podium in third. Kevin Titman crossed the line in fourth ahead of Brent Kratzmann, Mitchell Gee, Ben Hilder, Bryan Mann and Anthony Lambert. Allan Woods finished an impressive tenth after transferring from the B-Main, with Darren Jensen, Michael Saller, Randy Morgan, Kristy Bonsey, Aaron Kelly, Kevin Britten, Steve Greer and Ryan McNamara rounding out the finishers.
Sprintcars Queensland will return to Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway in two weeks time, on Saturday 25 May 2019, as the battle for the minor positions in the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Series intensifies. See you there!
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