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Kicking Up The Dirt - ECL Series - Grand Final
Joanne White posted Sunday June 2, 2019.

Peter Lack got the win at Archerfield Speedway last night in the Grand Final of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Series, and his last race at the Brisbane venue before hanging up the helmet. Lack closed in on Australian Sprintcar Champion Andrew Scheuerle, who was leading with two laps left to run, the pair navigating lapped traffic before Lack committed to the bottom coming out of turn two, challenging Scheuerle for the race lead with just one and half laps left to run. Lack made his way ahead of Scheuerle as they come out of turn four and raced past the white flag, timing his run perfectly and securing a very popular win. Andrew Scheuerle crossed the line in second with Allan Woods rounding out the podium. Michael Saller and Brent Kratzmann completed the top five while Kristy Bonsey had a brilliant drive to come home in sixth ahead of B-Main transferee Brock Dean. Darren Jensen, Randy Morgan and Tim Farrell rounded out the top ten.

Qualifying got underway and it was Brent Kratzmann, who, on his last qualifying lap, secured Quick Time, stopping the clock at 11.634 seconds, narrowly beating Peter Lack (11.683). Lack was second quickest ahead of Andrew Scheuerle (11.769), Allan Woods (11.855) and Michael Saller (11.955). Darren Jensen beat Randy Morgan by just three thousandths of a second, Tim Farrell beat Brock Dean by just one hundredth of a second, while Anthony Lambert beat Sean Rose by just 0.01 seconds. Dave Whell was just one thousandth of second quicker than Karl Hoffmans, the pair securing the final two positions in the eighteen-car inversion. The top twenty drivers, in the twenty-four car field, were separated by less than one second.

Heat one got underway with Karl Hoffmans and Andrew Corbet from the front row, with Corbet quickly securing the lead when the lights went green. Darren Jensen got around Hoffmans as they rounded the first corner, the Q75 racer settling in to second and setting out after the race leaders, while behind them Brent Kratzmann got around Sean Rose before turning his attention to Hoffmans, while Rose surrendered a position to a hard-charging Kevin Titman before coming under pressure from Mitch Gowland. Titman got underneath Kratzmann and set out after Hoffmans, but wasted little time in finding his way around the Q3 racer. Titman was on a mission to get to the front of the field and he carried plenty of momentum as he began closing in on the leaders. Kratzmann followed him around Hoffmans and began closing in on both Titman and Jensen, while Rose and Gowland began challenging Hoffmans for the minor places. Andrew Corbet got the win ahead of Darren Jensen, Kevin Titman and Brent Kratzmann, with Karl Hoffmans, Sean Rose, Mitch Gowland and Libby Ellis rounding out the finishers.

Dave Whell and Anthony Vanderreyden shared the front row for the start of the second heat, with Whell getting the better start and quickly securing the race lead. Vanderreyden challenged on the high side as they rounded the second corner but was soon forced on the defensive as Randy Morgan began challenging him for his position. Peter Lack spent a couple of laps searching for a way past Anthony Lambert, with Michael Saller on his tail, with Lack eventually getting underneath Lambert as they rounded turn four a few laps into the race. Morgan took to the high line and raced around Vanderreyden before turning his focus to closing the gap to Whell, leaving Vanderreyden to try and defend his position from Lack. Lambert and Saller had their own intense battle unfolding towards the tail of the field, the pair putting on a spectacular show for race fans, while relentlessly pursuing Vanderreyden before finally making his way around the Q72 racer. Once he had displaced Vanderreyden, Lack set about closing in on the race leaders, with Randy Morgan having caught Dave Whell and holding nothing back as he searched for a way into the race lead. Morgan was captivating as he challenged Whell, and certainly had plenty of car speed, but it was Dave Whell who managed to hang on and take the win. Randy Morgan finished second, with Peter Lack right behind him in third. Anthony Vanderreyden finished fourth and led Anthony Lambert, Michael Saller and Scott Genrich across the line.

Kristy Bonsey and Trent Vardy shared the front row for the start of heat three, and while both got a great start when the green flag flew, it was Bonsey who led the field through the first corner. Bonsey immediately started opening a small lead over her rivals, while Allan Woods began searching for a way past Vardy, and, deeper in the field, Andrew Scheuerle made his way past Marshall Lewis and started challenging Tim Farrell for track position. Scheuerle got underneath Farrell as they completed the first lap of the race and set out after Vardy, who had just surrendered second to Woods. Scheuerle spent a few laps closing in on Vardy and looking for a way past before slipping through on the bottom and moving into third. A caution followed soon after for the spun car of Marshall Lewis in turn four, with Bonsey to lead the restart from Woods and Scheuerle. Bonsey got a brilliant start and immediately pulled away from her rivals, but another caution, when Lewis spun to a stop in turn two, brought the race back under caution. Lewis was relegated to the infield while Bonsey, Woods and Scheuerle led the field back to green light conditions. Bonsey again was too good on the start and quickly opened a small margin on her rivals, leaving Woods to try and defend his position from Scheuerle. Kristy Bonsey was unstoppable out in front and went on to take the win, with a margin of a second and half over second-placed Allan Woods. Andrew Scheuerle crossed the line in third and led Trent Vardy, Tim Farrell and Jason King home. Marshall Lewis did not finish the event.

Heat four started with Karl Hoffmans from pole position with Dave Whell alongside. The first start was aborted with officials deeming Whell responsible for jumping the start and relegating him to the second row for the restart, with Randy Morgan inheriting the front row alongside Hoffmans. Hoffmans got the jump when the lights went green, but Morgan was too quick on the top side, racing around the Q3 racer and into the race lead as they rounded the first corner, leaving Hoffmans in second ahead of Kristy Bonsey and Kevin Titman. Bonsey held down third but immediately came under increasing pressure from Titman, who had quickly displaced Whell as they took the green, while behind them Brent Kratzmann found his way underneath Whell and started chasing down Titman and Bonsey. Bonsey searched unsuccessfully for a way past Hoffmans before surrendering her position to Titman who found incredible momentum on the high side, racing around Bonsey and beginning to challenge Hoffmans. Bonsey fought back on the bottom, racing underneath Titman and regaining her position before Titman fired back half a lap later, getting underneath the Q42 racer before looking for a way through on the inside of Hoffmans. Titman eventually got underneath Hoffmans, while Bonsey defended her position from a hard-charging Brent Kratzmann. Kratzmann committed to the high line, racing beautifully around Bonsey with one and a half laps left to run, before racing around the top side of Hoffmans a lap later, taking over third on the final lap of the race. Randy Morgan got the win ahead of Kevin Titman and Brent Kratzmann, with Karl Hoffmans, Kristy Bonsey, Dave Whell and Mitch Gowland rounding out the finishers.

Brock Dean, who missed the first round of heats due to mechanical problems in the Q8 racer, started heat five from pole position with Sean Rose alongside and Anthony Lambert and Michael Saller close behind. Dean and Rose raced wheel-to-wheel into the first corner but it was Dean who managed to secure the advantage, leaving Rose in second ahead of Saller and Lambert. Peter Lack raced around the high side of Lambert and took over fourth, while Saller began challenging Rose for second, getting the job done as they rounded turn four for the first time. Saller started chasing down Dean while Lack began to challenge Rose, and Darren Jensen searched for a way past Lambert deeper in the field. Lack eventually made his way past Rose, while at the front of the field Dean ran a fraction too wide in turn four, allowing Saller to close gap significantly, the N56 racer then capitalising on his luck, racing underneath Dean and into the race lead less than half a lap later. Rose spun to a stop soon after and brought the race under caution, with Saller to lead the restart from Dean, Lack and Lambert. Jensen eventually found his way past Lambert, while Dean, with a broken front wing, surrendered second to Lack on the final lap of the race. Michael Saller got the win ahead of Peter Lack and Brock Dean, with Darren Jensen home in fourth and leading Anthony Lambert, Scott Genrich, Marshall Lewis and Sean Rose across the line.

The sixth and final heat of the night saw Trent Vardy start from pole position, with Andrew Corbet elevated to the front row when Anthony Vanderreyden pulled out with mechanical issues in the Q72 racer before taking the green. Corbet made the most of his front row start, immediately securing the race lead, while Allan Woods quickly displaced Tim Farrell before turning his attention to Vardy. Andrew Scheuerle started working his way forward, searching for a way past Farrell, with Farrell regaining a position from Woods when Woods and Vardy almost came together in turn two a few laps into the event. Half a lap later they were three-wide through turn four as Scheuerle, on the bottom, and Woods, running mid track, both tried to simultaneously get underneath Farrell. Farrell led them out of the turn but Woods powered around the top side soon after, getting past Farrell and turning his attention back to Vardy, with Scheuerle following a lap later. Woods and Scheuerle quickly made their way past Vardy, with Vardy taking the opportunity to study the driving style of the current Australian Sprintcar Champion from an on track position. Scheuerle soon made his way past Woods and started closing in on Corbet but ran out of laps before the chequered flag flew. Andrew Corbet got the win ahead of Andrew Scheuerle and Allan Woods, with Trent Vardy closing in on Woods a little in the final four laps of the race. Vardy finished fourth and led Tim Farrell, Jason King and Libby Ellis across the line. Anthony Vanderreyden did not start the event.

Peter Lack led the points going into the Dash event but inverted the top six starters for the event when he drew position six in the pre-dash draw. Kevin Titman and Randy Morgan shared the front row for the six-lap affair with Titman quickly securing the lead as the green flag flew. Morgan settled into second but immediately came under pressure from Allan Woods, while behind them Brent Kratzmann and Andrew Scheuerle fought over the mid field positions. Woods got underneath Morgan, as Scheuerle got past on the inside of Kratzmann, leaving Kratzmann with Michael Saller and Peter Lack on his tail, the trio having a captivating battle until Lack unexpectedly slowed and circulated slowly on the inside edge of the track. Scheuerle got the better of Morgan and set out after Woods, but it was Kevin Titman who secured the win, earning pole position for the main race. Allan Woods finished second ahead of Andrew Scheuerle, Randy Morgan, Brent Kratzmann, Michael Saller, Darren Jensen and Peter Lack.

Ten cars hit the track for the B-Main with Brock Dean and Sean Rose leading them to the green for the twelve-lap journey. Dean secured the lead and while Rose tried to challenge for control on the high side, he was forced to settle for second but soon came under pressure from Anthony Vanderreyden. Vanderreyden slipped underneath Rose and took over second, setting out after Dean and leaving Rose in third. Behind them the battle for the fourth and final transfer was starting to heat up, with Mitch Gowland and Scott Genrich fighting over track position while both tried to find a way past Karl Hoffmans. Moments later Hoffmans spun in turn four, with all drivers doing a magnificent job to avoid the Q3 racer. Dean, Vanderreyden and Rose led the restart, with Genrich sitting in the final transfer spot. Gowland surrendered fifth to Marshall Lewis before racing back around the top side a couple of laps later, while Genrich challenged Rose for third and Vanderreyden had a massive look on the inside of Dean as they fought over the race lead. A couple of cautions soon followed as Lewis spun, twice, and prematurely ended his race, with Dean remaining in control and opening a significant margin as the race drew to a close. Gowland, Rose and Genrich had a brilliant battle for the minor places, the trio fighting over just two transfer positions as they raced closer to the chequered flag. Gowland was magnificent on the top side, getting around Genrich and edging a little closer to Vanderreyden, but a small error on the final corner of the race allowed Genrich to slip up the inside and steal third as they crossed the line. Brock Dean got the win ahead of Anthony Vanderreyden and Scott Genrich, with Mitch Gowland scoring the final transfer to the last Sprintcar A-Main at Archerfield Speedway this season. Sean Rose was forced to settle for fifth and led Karl Hoffmans, Geoff Davey and Libby Ellis across the line. Marshall Lewis and Jason King did not finish the race.

Kevin Titman and Allan Woods shared the front row for the final Sprintcar Feature race at Archerfield Speedway this season, with a tough field behind them. The leading duo raced side-by-side towards the first corner and while Andrew Scheuerle had a brief look on the inside of the pair as they raced into turn one, it was Titman who led them all into turn two. Titman secured the lead ahead of Woods and while Woods challenged the Q59 racer for control of the race, Titman refused to surrender the lead. Behind them Randy Morgan had an unsuccessful look around the top side of Scheuerle, while Brent Kratzmann slammed the wall going down the back straight and surrendered his position to a determined Peter Lack. Kratzmann fought back through turn three but Lack was too quick on the bottom, getting the better of Kratzmann and Morgan before they completed the first lap of the race. Kratzmann switched to the bottom and got underneath Morgan half a lap later, while Lack closed in on Scheuerle, who was challenging Woods for second. Darren Jensen and Michael Saller exchanged positions back and forth a few times just outside the top five, while Kristy Bonsey was making impressive progress forward and was challenging Andrew Corbet for position. At the front of the field Woods had closed in on Titman and was challenging for the lead, the Q28 racer committed to the bottom and looking underneath Titman as they rounded turns three and four. Titman held on to the race lead but Woods was unrelenting, persisting on the bottom for a few more laps before eventually taking control of the race. Titman tried to fight back on the high side but soon found Andrew Scheuerle on the bottom, challenging hard for second, while mid-field Bonsey had displaced both Corbet and Darren Jensen. Trent Vardy, who was absolutely ecstatic to qualify straight into the main race, had a great battle with Tim Farrell, while at the front of the field Scheuerle made his way past Titman before racing around Woods and taking control of the race in lapped traffic. Peter Lack made his way into third just moments before Titman climbed the wall in turn four before slowing to a stop on the main straight and bringing the race under caution. Unfortunately for Titman his race was over with nineteen laps still to run.

Andrew Scheuerle led the restart from Alan Woods and Peter Lack, with Michael Saller and Brent Kratzmann close behind. Kristy Bonsey got underneath Randy Morgan was they rounded turn two, while closer to the front of the field Lack got underneath Woods and moved into second, leaving Woods with Saller and Kratzmann on his tail and Bonsey closing in. Saller took to the high line as he tried to find a way past Woods, but Woods refused to surrender his position, while deeper in the field Brock Dean, who transferred from the B-Main, was making impressive progress, sticking to the low line and making his way through the field, making his way past Morgan before turning his attention to Darren Jensen, quickly catching the Q75 racer and slipping by on the inside a few laps later. Lack closed in on Scheuerle as they made their way through lapped traffic, the Q5 racer timing his run perfectly, taking to the low line and racing up the inside of Scheuerle with just one and a half or so laps remaining in his last Brisbane race. Lack secured the advantage just before they raced past the white flag and from there was simply unstoppable, closing out an impressive racing career at Archerfield Speedway with one last win. Andrew Scheuerle finished second with Allan Woods managing to hold off a hard-charging Michael Saller to finish third. Saller crossed the line in fourth while Brent Kratzmann finished fifth. Kristy Bonsey impressed with a sixth place finish, after starting back in eleventh, while Brock Dean crossed the line seventh after transferring from the B-Main. Darren Jensen was eighth across the line and led Randy Morgan, Tim Farrell, Anthony Lambert, Mitch Gowland, Dave Whell, Andrew Corbet, Trent Vardy, Scott Genrich and Anthony Vanderreyden home. Kevin Titman was the only driver who did not finish the event.

That wraps up our 2018-2019 race season at Ausdeck Archerfield Speedway and the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Series for the year. Sprintcars Queensland will venture up to Fraser Shores Maryborough Speedway next weekend for the last night of our season. It will be your last chance to see Sprintcars in South East Queensland before the winter break and it is sure to be an entertaining night of Speedway action not to be missed. Get yourself trackside in Maryborough next Saturday night to see all the action yourself!


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