Kicking Up The Dirt - Easter Night 1
Joanne White posted Saturday April 20, 2019.
Hi-Tec Oils Toowoomba Speedway last night played host to night one of the BK Trading Australia Easter Triple Challenge, with over thirty cars contesting the event. Robbie Farr got the win despite the efforts of Lachlan McHugh, Andrew Scheuerle and Michael Saller, with Saller home in second and Brent Kratzmann home in third after a brilliant drive in the second half of the forty-lap A-Main. Daniel Cassidy and Andrew Scheuerle rounded out the top five last night, while misfortune befell Lachlan McHugh, Peter Lack and Luke Oldfield, all three ending their night on the infield and out of contention.
Qualifying got off to a rough start with both Scott Johnston and Geoff Davey getting up-side-down in separate incidents as the first group tried to get some qualifying laps in. Johnson was first to climb the wall, getting considerable height in the Q73 as he inverted the car into the turn four fence less than one lap into the first qualifying session. The session restarted but it was only a matter of moments before Davey performed his own breath-taking stunts, climbing even higher into the catch fence, giving fans on the hill a particularly unique view of the underneath side of the NQ74 racer as he rode around the fence. Fortunately both drivers were able to walk away from the wrecks, though neither returned to the track for the rest of the night, while the track crew completed a few quick fence repairs before the qualifying sessions resumed. By the time all cars had taken to the track for qualifying, it was Robbie Farr who topped the leader board, stopping the clock at a quick 10.745 seconds, narrowly beating the 10.761 recorded by Brent Kratzmann. Andrew Scheuerle secured third quickest overall with a 10.869 second lap, just 0.019 seconds quicker than Michael Saller (10.888) who was fourth quickest overall. Luke Oldfield (10.914) rounded out the fastest five, while Ryan McNamara was the only other car to get into the 10-second bracket, stopping the clock at 10.999 seconds. Daniel Cassidy, Dylan Menz, Jackson Delamont, Anthony Lambert and Danny Reidy were all separated by just 0.051seconds, while further through the qualifying order Lachlan McHugh, Ben Hilder and Kevin Titman were separated by just 0.004 seconds. Less than one second separated the top twenty-five cars and set the scene for a thrilling night of Sprintcar racing.
Heat one started with Kevin Titman from pole position and while Ben Hilder was supposed to share the front row, Mitch Gowland inherited the spot when Hilder pulled to the infield with a mechanical issue on board the Q12 racer before taking the green. Hilder was able to get the car restarted however was relegated to the rear of the field for the start. Titman and Gowland raced wheel-to-wheel into the first couple of corners but it was Gowland who managed to secure the lead with Titman forced to settle for second. Ryan McNamara settled into third while Robbie Farr made his way into fifth and began challenging Mick Sauer for fourth. Farr had a look underneath Sauer but could not quite find a way through, but Sauer soon spun on the back straight, leaving Farr nowhere to go. Contact between the pair left both stranded and brought the race under caution and while both drivers were able to restart the event, they would do so from the rear of the field with seven laps left to run. Gowland led the restart from Titman and McNamara and while Gowland got a brilliant start and opened a small lead, Titman found himself under increasing pressure from McNamara, with McNamara having a big look on the inside of the Q59 racer only for Titman to fight back and deny McNamara a way through. Robbie Farr was making impressive progress from the rear of the field and raced around Michael Rowell, with Ben Hilder close behind and challenging both Farr and Rowell for position. Farr quickly turned his attention to Nathan Black, quickly making his way through on the bottom of the Q37 racer before setting his sights on Daniel Cassidy. Out in front both Titman and McNamara began to close in on Gowland as the trio approached lapped traffic, but there was no stopping Mitch Gowland as he raced to victory in heat one. Kevin Titman crossed the line second ahead of Ryan McNamara with Robbie Farr home in fourth ahead of Daniel Cassidy, Nathan Black, Ben Hilder, Michael Rowell, Mick Sauer and Libby Ellis.
Chris McInerney and Lachlan McHugh shared the front row as they led heat two to the green, but it was McHugh who quickly secured the race lead when the green flag flew. From deep in the field Luke Oldfield advanced to fourth by the end of the first lap, displacing both Dave Whell and Dylan Menz, while Brent Kratzmann searched for a way past Whell before Whell began to slow with problems that would soon end his race. Oldfield ran the high line in spectacular fashion as a very light sprinkle of rain began to fall over the venue. Whell slowed even more and circulated slowly on the high side before officials brought the race under caution to get Whell safely off the track. McHugh led the restart with three laps to run with McInerney and Danny Reidy on his tail. Reidy had a big look underneath McInerney when the race resumed, only for Oldfield to join the battle, the Q17 racer sliding beautifully underneath Reidy as they raced through turn three. Reidy fought back but was unable to regain the position, while Lachlan McHugh opened a very comfortable margin before taking the win ahead of Chris McInerney and Luke Oldfield. Danny Reidy was forced to settle for fourth ahead of Dylan Menz, now piloting the Q74 racer for Brodie Tulloch. Brent Kratzmann was sixth past the chequered flag, leading Nathan McFarlane, Scott Genrich and Shane Matthews home. Dave Whell did not finish the event.
Heat three started with Daniel Sayre and Randy Morgan leading the field to the green, with Peter Lack and Anthony Lambert right behind them. Sayre got a terrific start and quickly secured the race lead, while towards the back of the field Jai Stephenson looped the N45 racer, loosing a couple of positions as he straightened the car and rejoined the race. Michael Saller was all over the back of Lambert as the pair negotiated over mid field positions, while Randy Morgan pulled to the infield with ongoing mechanical issues in the Q54 racer. Andrew Scheuerle was in magnificent form, making his way past Jackson Delamont before turning his attention to Peter Lack, while Saller continued to pursue Lambert as the pair raced for second and third. While Sayre had opened a significant lead, Lack and Scheuerle began closing in on Lambert and Saller as the laps wore on, making for a close four-way battle for the minor placings. Daniel Sayre got the win while Michael Saller slid exquisitely underneath Anthony Lambert as they raced through the final corner to steal second. Unfortunately for Lambert he spun the Q90 racer moments later, while navigating the final corner of the race, allowing Peter Lack to slip through and take third, while an unlucky Andrew Scheuerle got caught behind Lambert and surrendered his position to Delamont. Jackson Delamont crossed the line in fourth ahead of Andrew Scheuerle and Anthony Lambert, with Anthony Vanderreyden and Jai Stephenson rounding out the finishers. Randy Morgan did not finish the event.
Heat four started with Dave Whell and Mick Sauer sharing the front row, with Lachlan McHugh and Anthony Lambert right behind them. Whell secured the lead when the lights went green while McHugh had a big look underneath Sauer in an effort to steal second. The race was however quickly brought under caution when Ryan McNamara spun to a stop before the end of the first lap. A full restart followed with Whell again securing the lead only this time he was immediately challenged on the bottom by Sauer while McHugh charged around the top side. Daniel Cassidy challenged on the bottom while McHugh raced around the high side, staying on the outside of Cassidy before switching to the bottom and sliding underneath Sauer, while Robbie Farr quickly advanced from towards the back of the field, making his way ahead of both Cassidy and Sauer in quick succession. Anthony Lambert began searching for his own way past Sauer while at the front of the field McHugh made it look easy as he slid underneath Whell to take over the race lead with four laps still to run. Whell faded as Robbie Farr came charging through, the Q7 racer holding nothing back as he chased after McHugh. Lachlan McHugh got the win ahead of Robbie Farr and Dave Whell, with Mick Sauer, Anthony Lambert, Daniel Cassidy, Ryan McNamara, Randy Morgan, Nathan McFarlane and Shane Matthews rounding out the finishers.
Ben Hilder and Chris McInerney led the field to the green when heat five got underway, with Hilder quickly securing the race lead. From the middle of the field Luke Oldfield started making his way forward and quickly advanced to position three within the first couple of laps. Peter Lack tried to slide back underneath Oldfield but could not quite make it work, while Oldfield ran the high side beautifully, quickly catching McInerney and having a look underneath the N40 racer but could not quite get the job done. The pair almost came together a few laps later, with Oldfield then getting underneath McInerney before turning his attention to Hilder and starting to close the gap to the leader. Lapped traffic came into play, with Oldfield chasing relentlessly as the laps wore on, but unfortunately for Oldfield he could not get close enough to Hilder to make a move. Ben Hilder got the win ahead of Luke Oldfield and Chris McInerney with Peter Lack home in fourth. Danny Reidy finished fifth and led Michael Saller, Mitch Gowland, Scott Genrich, Jai Stephenson and Libby Ellis across the line.
Steve Rowell and Kevin Titman shared the front row for the start of the sixth and final heat of the night, and while Rowell initially got his nose in front when the lights went green, Titman was magnificent on the top side and quickly raced around the high-side and took control of the race while Rowell faded quickly. Deep in the field a fierce battle was beginning, with Brent Kratzmann and Andrew Scheuerle trading places back and forth as they negotiated over mid-field positions. Kratzmann made his way ahead of Scheuerle and Rowell, only for Scheuerle to race back underneath both Kratzmann and the Q6 racer of Rowell. Kratzmann immediately fired back around the high line, racing around both Rowell and Scheuerle, the Q2 racer looking strong as he started opening a small margin on Scheuerle, while at the front of the field Titman had opened a sizable lead with five laps remaining. As Titman approached lapped traffic all eyes were on the captivating battle mid field as Scheuerle again closed in on Kratzmann, repeatedly closing the margin every time Kratzmann pulled ahead. Scheuerle had a big look underneath the Q2 racer but could not quite make it through, the pair continuing to trade places back and forth as they raced closer to the chequered flag. Kevin Titman got the win, despite getting caught behind some lapped traffic, with Daniel Sayre and Jackson Delamont securing second and third respectively. Andrew Scheuerle got underneath Brent Kratzmann one last time in the final few laps of the race to cross the line in fourth, leaving Brent Kratzmann in fifth. Dylan Menz finished sixth and led Michael Rowell, Anthony Vanderreyden and Nathan Black across the line.
Brent Kratzmann, Ryan McNamara, Jackson Delamont and Lachlan McHugh took to the track for the Bronze Shootout, with Lachlan McHugh the quickest of the quartet. McHugh stopped the clock at 11.420 seconds, securing his transfer to the next event, with Jackson Delamont set to join him in the Silver Shootout after locking in an 11.453 second lap. Brent Kratzmann (11.625) and Ryan McNamara (11.681) were eliminated from the shootout event.
Michael Saller and Andrew Scheuerle joined Lachlan McHugh and Jackson Delamont on track for the Silver Shootout, but it was Lachlan McHugh who again turned the quickest lap. McHugh recorded a 11.361 second lap, enough to secure his transfer to the Gold Shootout, with Jackson Delamont again second quickest with a 11.517 second lap. Michael Saller (11.641) and Andrew Scheuerle (11.746) did not advance from the Silver Shootout.
Lachlan McHugh and Jackson Delamont were joined on track by Luke Oldfield and Robbie Farr for the Gold Shootout event, with Robbie Farr this time securing the quickest time, stopping the clock at 11.480 and earning pole position for the upcoming feature event. Jackson Delamont had a phenomenal run in the N28 racer, locking in second quickest with a 11.513 second lap and securing a front row start alongside Farr for the final. Lachlan McHugh (11.569) and Luke Oldfield (11.667) would share the second row of the starting grid for the 40-lap A-Main.
Chris McInerney and Ben Hilder led the field to the green for the start of the fifteen-lap B-Main event, with only the top four finishers to transfer to the back of the A-Main. McInerney quickly secured the lead but Hilder was exceptionally quick in the Q12 racer and dove underneath McInerney as they rounded turn three to take control of the race before the end of the first lap. Randy Morgan made impressive progress early, quickly advancing from sixth to third and setting his sights on McInerney while Anthony Vanderreyden began searching for a way past Mick Sauer, the pair trading places a couple of times before Sauer secured the advantage. Vanderreyden chased Sauer for most of the race, while Morgan began to close in on McInerney and started challenging for second. Dave Whell sat comfortably in fourth but with Sauer and Vanderreyden starting to close in, while Morgan was magnificent in lapped traffic, racing around the high side of McInerney to take over second and set out after Hilder. Morgan closed in quickly, catching Hilder as the pair navigated lapped traffic with five laps still to run, while behind them Sauer had caught Whell and the pair were having a thrilling battle for the final transfer position. Sauer searched relentlessly for a way past Whell, only for Whell to fight back and maintain his position, the battle raging all the way to the line with the pair taking the chequered flag side-by-side. Ben Hilder got the win ahead of Randy Morgan and Chris McInerney with Dave Whell just managing to hang on to fourth to secure the final transfer to the A-Main. Mick Sauer crossed the line in fifth, just 0.188 seconds behind Whell, and led Anthony Vanderreyden, Michael Rowell, Nathan McFarlane, Jai Stephenson, Scott Genrich, Shane Matthews, Libby Ellis and Nathan Black across the line.
Robbie Farr and Jackson Delamont led the field to the green for the start of the 40-lap A-Main event last night, with Farr quickly securing the lead while Delamont came under immediate pressure as Lachlan McHugh began challenging for second. McHugh soon got underneath Delamont and moved into second, while deeper in the field Brent Kratzmann faded a little when he ran a little too wide in turn four. McHugh set out after Farr and left Delamont to try and defend his position from Oldfield, the Q17 racer quickly making his way underneath the N48 with Andrew Scheuerle closing in fast. Delamont made a small mistake and faded several positions, while Scheuerle chased after Oldfield. Farr entered lapped traffic after just seven laps, with McHugh mesmerising in the Q23 racer and staying with Farr with each passing lap. Farr was, as he always is, exceptional in lapped traffic, but McHugh was quick and managed to slide underneath Farr as they raced through turn one. Farr charged on the high side, regaining control of the race as they made their way through turn two with twenty-one laps still remaining. McHugh stayed with him though, again sliding underneath Farr a couple of laps later as they rounded turns three and four, with McHugh this time managing to pull ahead of Farr. McHugh started to put lapped traffic between himself and his biggest championship rival, while behind the leaders Danny Reidy was making his way forward, challenging Michael Saller for position, while Luke Oldfield found himself under increasing pressure from a determined Andrew Scheuerle. The battle between Oldfield and Scheuerle over this position was captivating, the pair holding nothing back and even making contact as they fought over the final podium position. Scheuerle eventually got the better of Oldfield, while Oldfield suffered a flat left rear tyre when the pair came together, which sadly ended his race a few laps later, the Q17 racer forced to pull to the infield after completing just seventeen laps. Meanwhile Farr again closed in on McHugh as the leaders continued to make their way through lapped traffic. Dylan Menz had a moment in turn four, right in front of the leaders, and while McHugh took evasive action, he spun the Q23 racer slightly, leaving a still luckless Peter Lack with nowhere to go. Heavy contact between McHugh and Lack left both stranded, while Ben Hilder spun to avoid contact with the pair. McHugh managed to restart the event, from the rear of the field, with front end damage to the Q23 racer that would make it rather difficult to steer.
Robbie Farr inherited the race lead with twenty-one laps left to run, with Andrew Scheuerle and Michael Saller right behind him. Scheuerle had a massive look on the inside of Farr when the lights went green but could not quite secure the lead, but the race was quickly brought under caution when McHugh spun the damaged Q23 racer to a stop. McHugh was relegated to the infield and out of the race.
Robbie Farr again led the restart from Andrew Scheuerle and Michael Saller, with Danny Reidy up to fourth. Brent Kratzmann started his run towards the front, taking seventh from Jackson Delamont shortly after the restart. Delamont quickly returned serve, regaining his position momentarily, but Kratzmann was too quick and soon made his way back in front of the N48 racer. Farr started to open a sizable lead, while Saller raced beautifully underneath Scheuerle to steal second and turn his attention to Farr, leaving Scheuerle to try and defend his position from a very hard-charging Reidy. Saller closed in on Farr as the pair approached lapped traffic with fifteen laps still remaining, the N56 racer looking exceptionally quick. Three laps later and Saller was all over the back of Farr, while an epic battle was unfolding deeper in the field as Kratzmann, Daniel Cassidy and Ryan McNamara fought over minor positions. Saller had a massive look underneath Farr but could not quite make it through, before trying again a lap later and almost getting the job done. With lapped traffic in the way Saller was unable to get the better of Farr, while behind them Kratzmann had advanced from seventh to fourth and was challenging Scheuerle for third. Kratzmann managed to get the Q2 racer underneath the A1 of Scheuerle, taking over the final podium position, while Saller had another unsuccessful look underneath Farr with three laps left to run. Robbie Farr got the win ahead of Michael Saller, with Brent Kratzmann home in a very impressive third. Daniel Cassidy managed to get the better of Andrew Scheuerle in the final few laps of the race to come home in fourth with Scheuerle rounding out the top five. Danny Reidy crossed the line in sixth and led Daniel Sayre and Randy Morgan, who had a brilliant drive after transferring from the B-Main, across the line. Jackson Delamont, Ryan McNamara, Anthony Lambert, Kevin Titman, Ben Hilder, Dylan Menz, Chris McInerney and Mitch Gowland rounded out the finishers, while Dave Whell, Lachlan McHugh, Peter Lack and Luke Oldfield all failed to finish the event.
With Mother Nature already winning tonight's Night Two event at Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway, we now look ahead to tomorrow night when the Sprintcar stars will return to Hi-Tec Oils Toowoomba Speedway for the final night of the BK Trading Australia Easter Triple Challenge. It will be a massive night of Sprintcar racing action, with Lachlan McHugh, Luke Oldfield and Peter Lack all keen to make up lost ground, while Robbie Farr, Michael Saller, Brent Kratzmann, Daniel Cassidy and Andrew Scheuerle will be looking to battle it out at the pointy-end of the points chase. See you trackside!
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