Sprintcars returned to Hi-Tec Oils Speedway in Toowoomba last night for the final night of the Queensland Ultimate Sprintcar Championship. And what a night it was! Sprintcars never fail to put on a thrilling show but last night had it all – from new track records, an entire championship that literally went down to the final race and which driver finished in front of the other and, potentially, which one of them led the final feature event for the most laps, to some monumental wrecks and disappointments – there were some incredible highs and some devastating lows, not to mention some of the most entertaining Sprintcar racing of the season. Robbie Farr and Luke Oldfield traded blows for virtually the entire A-Main race, with the lead changing several times as the pair navigated lapped traffic, but in the end it was Robbie Farr who got a hard fought and very much deserved win, and wrapped up the Queensland Ultimate Sprintcar Championship. For Farr it means a clean-sweep of the three Ultimate Sprintcar Championship around the country, having already taken out both the New South Wales USC and the South Australia USC, a mammoth effort and testament to not only his undeniable skill and consistency, but his, and his teams, commitment to the series across the country. Luke Oldfield crossed the line second last night, and secured second in the Queensland USC. He was absolutely phenomenal to watch last night as he held nothing back while challenging Farr, for not only the race lead but for the USC Queensland title as well. Sam Walsh finished third last night, rounding out the podium with Ben Hilder and Jayden Peacock completing the top five. Peacock also managed to secure third overall in the Queensland USC.
Despite somewhat questionable weather yesterday morning, the skies cleared into a beautiful afternoon, just perfect for a huge night of Sprintcar racing. Thirty-six Sprintcars rolled into Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway last night for Round 13 of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Series and while the competition was fierce all night, at the end of the 30-lap A-Main event, it was Michael Saller who stood atop the podium. Saller, the only NSW registered driver in the field, started the feature event on the outside of pole-sitter Lachlan McHugh and quickly secured the lead. He withstood several challenges as the race wore on, even briefly surrendering the lead to Mitchell Gee late in the race, but Saller proved too good on the night and claimed top honours, with Mitchell Gee home in second, while Cody Maroske crossed the line in third, having taken the final podium position from Bryan Mann in the closing stages of the race. Mann finished fourth while Andrew Scheuerle made his way into fifth by the fall of the chequered flag after having started back in thirteenth. Peter Lack had a phenomenal drive from the rear of the field, crossing the line in sixth, after starting nineteenth, and salvaging some points on what was surely a trying night for the entire GW Racing Mega Fuels sponsored team. Lachlan McHugh, who initially ran second for several laps, was unable to finish the event after contact with a fellow competitor, while Luke Oldfield was relegated to the rear of the field only a few laps in after contact with Bryan Mann and was only able to climb his way back eighth by the fall of the chequered flag.
It is with a very heavy heart that we can confirm that long-standing Sprintcars Queensland member Rob Kyle sadly lost his battle with cancer in the early hours of this morning. Rob was one of the kindest and most generous people you could meet, and his passion for Speedway, and Sprintcars, is someth
Last night Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway played host to night two of the 2018 Easter Triple Challenge, which also doubled as a round of the East Coast Logistics Series, with Lachlan McHugh getting the win for second time in as many days. The Gold Coast based teenager started the forty-lap main event from position three, dropped back to fourth early in the race, only to fight his way forward, making his way past Andrew Scheuerle, only to then surrender the position to Peter Lack. Lack was in truly magnificent form in the Mega Fuels Q5 racer, having an intense battle with Mitchell Gee as they fought over second, Lack absolutely relentless as he tried to find a way underneath the Q36 racer, all the while McHugh sat back and waited for the right opportunity to make his move. Lack was persistent, running the bottom and racing side-by-side with Gee for several laps before contact between the pair turned Lack around in turn four. Lack was able to keep the car going, though surrendered positions to McHugh, Andrew Scheuerle, Luke Oldfield and Jayden Peacock. McHugh started his own challenge against Gee, the duo going wheel-to-wheel until McHugh finally managed to slip through on the bottom. Gee of course fought back, sliding back past McHugh on the bottom of turn three, only for McHugh to be too quick on the top side coming out of turn four. McHugh set out after race leader Robbie Farr, eventually closing in when they hit lapped traffic, before sliding straight underneath the Q7 racer as they rounded turn three. Farr regained the lead half a lap later, with McHugh again diving back into the lead on the following lap. Farr briefly regained the lead after a stoppage, diving underneath McHugh in turn one, only for McHugh to return serve and regain control of the race half a lap later. From there McHugh was unstoppable, opening a comfortable margin over Farr and the rest of the field, leaving them to argue over second as he raced toward the chequered flag and took his second win of the weekend. Luke Oldfield started the main event from position nine after some hard-luck in the heats, but managed to displace Farr from second and started closing the gap to McHugh as the laps ticked away. Luke Oldfield finished second with Robbie Farr home in third. Peter Lack had a brilliant run to finish fourth ahead of Mitchell Gee who rounded out the top five. Cody Maroske had a blistering run as well, crossing the line in sixth after starting back in sixteenth.
Forty-two Sprintcars rolled into Hi-Tec Oils Speedway last night for Round 5 of the Queensland Ultimate Sprintcar Championship and the first night of the 2018 Easter Triple Challenge. With Mother Nature finally on our side we were set for a MASSIVE night of Sprintcar racing on the high-banks of the Toowoomba circuit and the Sprintcar stars sure didn’t disappoint. The final few laps of the feature race were truly a sight to see, with experience battling youth as Robbie Farr and Lachlan McHugh went wheel-to-wheel, exchanging positions several times in a series of breath-taking slide jobs as they raced towards the chequered flag. A yellow light stoppage for a spun car left us with a green-white-chequer dash to the finish, with McHugh leading the way. Lachlan McHugh got the win ahead of Robbie Farr while Bryan Mann had a solid run to cross the line in third and round out the podium. Luke Oldfield clawed his way back to fourth, knocking on the door of a podium result after a somewhat ordinary qualifying run, with Peter Lack completing the top five.
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.