The drivers, crews, family, sponsors and supporters of Sprintcars Queensland gathered last night at Hotel Grand Chancellor in Brisbane to celebrate not only what was one our best seasons to date but to celebrate the achievements of the people who made the race season everything it was.
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.
Thirty Sprintcars rolled into Ausdeck Archerfield Speedway last night for the second last time this season and treated the large crowd to some truly breath-taking racing. Peter Lack advanced through the three shootout events to earn pole position for the main race, with Kevin Titman sharing the front row. Titman led the field to the first corner but soon surrendered control to a determined Lack who went on to lead the first half of the race. Andrew Scheuerle, who displaced both Cody Maroske and Michael Saller in the first five laps to advance to third, came on strong at mid-race distance, catching Titman and Lack in lapped traffic. Scheuerle raced beautifully underneath Titman as they headed down the back straight before getting up the inside of Lack and getting his nose in front of Lack less than half a lap later. Lack fired back around the top side, refusing to surrender the lead, but Scheuerle was not done and persisted on the bottom, spending a few laps looking underneath Lack before eventually getting the job done and taking over the race lead. Lack of course fought back but soon found both Kevin Titman and Lachlan McHugh, who had transferred from the B-Main, on his tail. Titman got underneath Lack and moved into second, with McHugh looking to follow him through, but Lack dove back underneath Titman, shutting the door on McHugh, as they rounded turn three with twelve laps left to run. The trio raced three-wide through turn four as they negotiated over second, with Titman leading them into turn one. McHugh and Lack traded places back and forth as they fought over the final podium position with Cody Maroske closing in behind. Maroske made heavy contact with the wall and brought the race to a stop with only four laps left to run. Lack raced around Titman when the race resumed and set his sights on Scheuerle, challenging the Australian Champion all the way to the line, while Titman tried to hold off the hard-charging McHugh. Andrew Scheuerle got the win with Peter Lack home in second and Lachlan McHugh snaring third. Kevin Titman crossed the line in fourth, with Michael Saller rounding out the top five. Bryan Mann rode a massive crash in the Q16 racer with just two and half laps completed. The wonderful people of the crash crew and trackside paramedics assisted him off the track and we wish him a very speedy recovery.
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.
Lachlan McHugh got a hard-fought win in the Queensland Sprintcar Title at Hi-Tec-Oils Toowoomba Speedway last night, racing to victory after starting back in tenth position. It really was a truly EPIC feature event, full of passing, with an intense four-way battle for the lead over the final ten laps, several lead changes and some thrilling battles all the way through the field. Defending Queensland Champion Mitchell Gee finished second, having led briefly late in the race, while Marcus Dumesny finished third and rounded out the Queensland Title podium. Danny Reidy had a phenomenal run to finish fourth, after a captivating battle with Michael Saller, while Bryan Mann got the better of Saller in the final few laps of the race to finish fifth. Andrew Scheuerle led the first twenty-seven laps of the race quite comfortably but faded to seventh by the fall of the chequered flag as a Gee, McHugh and Dumesny made their way in front and fought over the lead.
With night two of the Easter weekend abandoned due to wet weather in Brisbane, the field headed back to Hi-Tec Oils Toowoomba Speedway last night for night three of the BK Trading Australia Easter Triple Challenge. It was another action packed night of Sprintcar racing, culminating in a thrilling forty-lap A-Main that saw three different feature race leaders and several lead changes, as well as a few breath-taking battles and some big wrecks, but it was Lachlan McHugh who got the win when the final chequered flag of the weekend flew. Bryan Mann, who led almost the entire first half of the main event, finished second while Jackson Delamont secured third on the final lap. Allan Woods crossed the line in fourth, having surrendered third to Delamont with less than half a lap left to run, while Daniel Sayre rounded out the top five. Luke Oldfield and Andrew Scheuerle were among the early casualties, both exiting the race, in separate incidents, in the first few laps.
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.
Lachlan McHugh dominated Round Fourteen of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Series at Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway last night, taking out Quick Time in qualifying before taking the win in the main event. Andrew Scheuerle was strong all night in the Ausdeck A1 racer and managed to secure second while Kevin Titman managed to hold off a hard-charging Michael Saller to round out the podium. Saller was forced to settle for fourth, a margin of just 0.109 between him and Titman, while Bryan Mann completed the top five. Peter Lack, who had qualified to start the A-Main from pole position, exited the race on the opening lap after contact with McHugh as they negotiated over the lead, while Luke Oldfield crashed out of the event in truly spectacular fashion five laps in, while leading the field and beginning to make his way through lapped traffic. It was a night that saw some incredible racing and several nasty crashes, including a four-car pile up at the start of the B-Main. Fortunately all drivers were able to walk away from their wrecks.
Bryan Mann got the win at Archerfield Speedway last night in round thirteen of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Series. It was a 35-lap affair that started with the top fourteen contenders inverted, courtesy of Dash winner Luke Oldfield and his acceptance of the BK Trading Challenge, and saw four different leaders over the course of the race, while Luke Oldfield made his way from fourteenth to ninth before a spin three laps in saw him relegated back to eighteenth. Oldfield was brilliant as he again made his way through field, this time climbing as high as second before a second spin ended his race just a couple of laps from home. Lachlan McHugh, who had started back in thirteenth after the inversion, challenged Mann for the lead but could not find a way through and was forced to settle for second while early leader Randy Morgan finished a very impressive third. Andrew Scheuerle and Brent Kratzmann rounded out the top five. Cody Maroske displaced Randy Morgan from the race lead at just before half race distance and led for around a dozen laps before he surrendered the lead to Bryan Mann. Unfortunately for Maroske contact between himself and the race leader a few laps later would leave him stranded in turn four and relegated the rear of the field. Maroske managed to climb back into thirteenth in the remaining three laps but a far cry from what was almost a podium finish just a few laps beforehand.
Lachlan McHugh got the win in Round Twelve of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Series at Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway last night after a truly breathtaking battle with Australian Sprintcar Champion Andrew Scheuerle for most of the race. Scheuerle led most of the race after starting from the front row, while McHugh quickly found his way into second and started challenging Scheuerle for control of the race. The pair switched positions several times, with McHugh persistent and unrelenting while Scheuerle refused to surrender, but with lapped traffic in play it all came undone for Scheuerle with half a dozen laps to run. McHugh was charging around the top side while Scheuerle tried to get underneath the lapped car of Andrew Corbet as they rounded three, but contact between Scheuerle and Corbet ended with Scheuerle making heavy contact with the turn three wall and Corbet up-side-down. Unfortunately neither were able to restart the event. Lachlan McHugh got the win ahead of Luke Oldfield while Kevin Titman had a great run to finish third, with Peter Lack and Ben Hilder rounding out the top five.
Sprintcars Queensland returned to Hi-Tec Oils Speedway in Toowoomba last night for another round of the Ultimate Speedway Challenge, yet despite the very best efforts of the entire team at the venue, Mother Nature proved unbeatable. The night saw several very light showers pass over the track and briefly pause proceedings, before a heavier and more prolonged shower began to fall just moments after the B-Main concluded. Mark Pholi and Ben Atkinson Jnr were to share the front row for the start of the A-Main, with Randy Morgan, Robbie Farr, Sam Walsh and Brent Kratzmann close behind. Luke Oldfield had exited the competition after a crash in the first round of heats, and Australian Sprintcar Champion Andrew Scheuerle was set to start deeper in the A-Main field that he is accustomed to, but it was not meant be, with Mother Nature intervening once more as another shower of light rain hit the venue. While every effort was made to be able to try and finish the program, there was more rain on the way and the team at Hi-Tec Oils Speedway were left with no other choice than to abandon the remainder of the program and allow teams and fans alike to pack up before conditions deteriorated further.
Sprintcar racing does not get much better than the show the Sprintcars Queensland drivers put on at Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway last night. Round Eleven of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcars got underway with twenty-seven contenders, individual qualifying, two rounds of heats a fifteen-lap B-Main and a pair of twenty-lap A-Mains to round out the night, yet despite the format the competition at the top was fierce, with Luke Oldfield and Andrew Scheuerle dominating both feature events, taking one win and a second each and ending up tied on points at the final fall of the chequered flag. Oldfield, having won the first of the twin features, was credited with the round win, with Scheuerle officially second and Allan Woods, who finished fourth in both features, securing enough points to finish fourth. Randy Morgan had probably his best night in a Sprintcar to date, and scored two fifth place finishes in the feature events. He finished fifth overall. Luke Oldfield won the first of the feature events, from Andrew Scheuerle, Brent Kratzmann, Allan Woods and Randy Morgan, and while Oldfield inverted the top ten for the start of the second event he and Scheuerle fought their way to the front, with Scheuerle taking the win in the second feature and leading Oldfield, Kevin Titman, Allan Woods and Randy Morgan across the line.