Round four of World Series Sprintcars headed to Hi-Tech Oils Speedway in Toowoomba last night and while a brief rain delay before the meeting got underway, forced a change in format, we were still in for a thrilling night of Sprintcar racing. Thirty-one cars took to the track to put on a show, with a star-studded field set to entertain the large, and patient crowd. The afternoon started hot and steamy, followed by a rain delay, after which the temperature dropped and wind picked up. The wind added an interesting element to the racing, with even drivers in non-wing divisions struggling at times with the conditions. We were set up for an exhilarating A-Main event, with David Murcott and Robbie Farr set to share the front row, however a massive crash in the B-Main that saw Kevin Titman tear down a large section of the catch fence, forced the abandonment of the entire race meeting. Titman, thankfully, walked away from the wreck unscathed. David Murcott, who had earned pole position for the start of the A-Main after a spectacular run in the shootout events, was credited with the round win.
Last night World Series Sprintcars rolled into town to take on some of the best South East Queensland has to offer, and in a field of twenty-seven cars, it was Queenslander Luke Oldfield who stood atop the podium at the conclusion of the thirty-lap feature event. Oldfield started the night strongly, setting quick time in qualifying before putting in couple of spectacular heat race drives and secured his spot in the Gold Shootout event. Oldfield ultimately started the feature event from the second row and spent the first third of the race chasing race leader Brooke Tatnell before racing brilliantly around the outside of Tatnell to take control of the race. Oldfield and Tatnell had a brilliant race for the lead, but disaster struck for Tatnell after just eighteen laps. Left with nowhere to go when a lapped car made a mistake in front of him, Tatnell made heavy contact with the stricken lapped car and the fence, ending his race. James McFadden inherited second and while he tried to find a way past Oldfield during through final twelve laps, Oldfield went on to take the win with McFadden and Daniel Harding rounding out the podium. Andrew Scheuerle, always a textbook example of consistency, crossed the line in fourth.
Last night twenty-seven Sprintcars took to the high banks of Hi-Tech Oils Speedway in Toowoomba for Ultimate Pink Night to raise some money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation and help drive out Breast Cancer. It was a massive night full of thrills, and spills, with each driver and team adding a little, or in some cases a lot, of pink to their cars and crew uniforms in support of Ultimate Pink Night. The night was also the Will Power 500 and Round Three of the Queensland USC series and while the competition was fierce, at the end of the night it was current series leader Luke Oldfield who took the win to extend his series points lead. Andrew Scheuerle came from position fourteen on the starting grid in the A-Main after an unfortunate incident during the heat events, but had a spectacular run to climb through the field and into second by the time chequered flag flew. Kevin Titman ultimately started the A-Main race from the front row but faded quickly during the first half of the race, only to come back strongly on the high side mid-race and begin to make up ground. Titman and his team had the Q59 set up beautifully and as the laps wore on Titman really stepped up the pace, making his way back into third and really taking the challenge to Scheuerle as the pair argued over second. Bryan Mann and Lachlan McHugh rounded out the top five finishers.
Sprintcars Queensland started the season with a massive five consecutive weekends of racing before taking last weekend off, giving the teams a chance to regroup and revitalise before returning to AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway last night for Round Four of the Sprintcar Track Championship. Twenty-eight cars hit the track to put on a show and what a show it was! Jayden Peacock and Brent Kratzmann, who had entered the night a very slender one point lead in the series, both crashed out of the event early in separate incidents, while Lachlan McHugh, Mitchell Gee and Callum Walker all proved once again what a great depth of talent we have coming up through the ranks with some truly inspiring drives. Gee and McHugh shared the front row for the start of the A-Main with Gee quickly settling into the lead, only to come under immense pressure from McHugh who soon stole the lead. The pair were in complete control of the race and while Gee pushed hard and ran spectacularly around the top, lapped traffic saw him come unstuck in turn three, relegating him to the rear of the field with eighteen laps left to run. McHugh led for a further ten laps, with Bryan Mann, Andrew Scheuerle and Peter Lack on his tail, but with eight laps left to run he had contact with a lapped car that left him stranded on the track and relegated to the rear of the field. Bryan Mann inherited the race lead and despite mounting pressure from Lack and Scheuerle, Mann went on to take a very popular win. Peter Lack finished an impressive second while Andrew Scheuerle seemed to have banished the gremlins that have plagued him the past couple of meetings and secured a strong third to round out the podium. Callum Walker had a brilliant night and had a smooth and consistent run to come home in fourth with Steve Greer putting in a truly spectacular effort to round out the top five.
Luke Oldfield won an action packed Round Three of the Sprintcar Track Championship at AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway last night, with Brent Kratzmann having a truly mesmerising drive to secure second after initially starting from position eight. With just six laps completed in the main event Kratzmann had not only survived the chaos of the multiple restarts, he had caught, and passed, Mitchell Gee, before seriously challenging Oldfield for control of the race. Kratzmann had the always immaculate presented Q2 simply flying but an inopportune stoppage six laps in, just as Kratzmann was having a massive look underneath Oldfield in turns three and four, brought the race under caution. Oldfield switched to the low line when the race resumed and despite a strong challenge from Kratzmann, eventually went on to secure the win quite comfortably. Mitchell Gee put in yet another solid and consistent performance to once again fill the final podium position for the night, while Ben Hilder and Callum Walker completed the top five after each driver came from the rear of the field. Twenty four sprintcars turned up at Archerfield last night ready to put on a show, and while the opening laps of the A-Main saw more than half the field exit the race prematurely, the entire night was a sight to behold.
For the fourth week in a row the stars of Sprintcars Queensland headed trackside for another night of racing, last night hitting Hi-Tec Oils Speedway in Toowoomba for Round Two of the Queensland USC Series and the 2016-2017 Queensland Sprintcar Title. It was a spectacular night for Sprintcar racing and while the field may have been smaller than that which attended the same venue a fortnight ago, there was plenty of talent in the field, with anyone of at least a dozen drivers more than capable of taking the win. Peter Lack had a mesmerising run the GW Racing Q5 car, winning both of his heat events before securing second in the Shootout and then leading most of the A-main event. Mitchell Gee also impressed in the feature event, spending much of the race inside the top three and putting up an incredible fight as he raced for every spot on the podium. Lack had a very healthy lead but once lapped traffic came into play that lead quickly diminished and, when Lack hesitated for just a fraction of the second behind a lapped car, Farr took advantage and stole the lead. Lack didn't surrender the lead without a fight, making last nights race one of the most entertaining, and heart-stopping Sprintcar A-Mains seen in recent times. In the end though it was Robbie Farr who took the win, his sixth Queensland Title, with Peter Lack securing second and Luke Oldfield having a powerful drive to finish third. Danny Reidy and Bryan Mann rounded out the top five, the pair involved in their own race long battle for the minor places and really putting on a show for the fans.
It was a beautiful evening for Sprintcar racing at AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway last night where a field of twenty-four Sprintcars took to the track for the second round of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship. Teenager Callum Walker had an absolutely brilliant night, securing quick time in qualifying before winning the dash event in spectacular fashion and leading the first ten laps of the A-Main event after beating Andrew Scheuerle off the line. In the end though experience triumphed and Andrew Scheuerle managed to race under Callum Walker to take control of the race. Luke Oldfield had a magnificent drive and put some pressure on Scheuerle in lapped traffic, but it was Andrew Scheuerle who walked away with the win, his first of the season. Oldfield finished a strong second while Mitchell Gee stole third from Brent Kratzmann in the last half dozen laps of the race. Brent Kratzmann had a very impressive drive in the A-Main and crossed the line in fourth, with Peter Lack rounding out the top five.
With perfect weather for the opening night of the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship at Hi-Tech Oils Speedway in Toowoomba an impressive field of 38 Sprintcars turned up to put on a spectacular show. The entire field lined up for a truly spectacular four wide parade lap to start the show before hot-lapping and qualifying got under way. It was an action-packed night of Sprintcar racing that thrilled the crowd and made each and every driver work hard for each track positions. Track conditions were somewhat rough and trying and played a massive part in the results, but at the end of the night it was Luke Oldfield who stood atop the dais after taking the win in the feature event. Robbie Farr, second, and Jamie Veal, third, joined him on the podium, while Andrew Scheuerle and Jake Tranter completed the top five.
With the 2015-2016 race season now concluded the drivers, crews, families, friends and sponsors of Sprintcars Queensland gathered at Easts Leagues Club for the annual end of season celebrations and festivities. Almost 140 people attended the black tie event, with Wade Aunger acting as MC for the night. It was a night to celebrate the season that was – and what a truly remarkable season we have had. It was a season full of plenty of thrills, spills and close competition, but also one that saw the best once again rise to the top, as well as a host of newcomers and young talent that really gave some of our most seasoned competitors a run for their money.
Former Australian Champion David Murcott took the win in the 2015-2016 season finale at AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway last night, with Andrew Scheuerle and Luke Oldfield joining him on the last podium of the season. Lachlan McHugh and Ben Atkinson rounded out the top five in very slick track conditions and a tough field behind them. Lachlan McHugh entered the final round of the East Cost Logistics Crispy Memorial Sprintcar Series just twelve points ahead of Andrew Scheuerle, and while Scheuerle had a brilliant night to significantly close the gap to McHugh on the points ladder, McHugh did just enough to secure the series championship. The Sprintcar Rookie, who turned eighteen on Friday, managed to win the East Cost Logistics Crispy Memorial Sprintcar Series by just two points, with Andrew Scheuerle officially second in the series.
Teenage rookie Lachlan McHugh last night stole the show when he took the win in the 30-lap A-main event at AusDesk Patios Archerfield Speedway for Round Four of the East Coast Logistics Crispy Memorial Series. McHugh started the feature event from position ten but gradually worked his way skilfully through the field, seemingly effortless weaving his way past some far more experienced rivals, taking the lead with a beautiful slide job underneath Luke Oldfield through turn four two thirds of the way through the race before opening a sizable lead and taking the win some three seconds ahead of Oldfield in second. Mitchell Gee had a brilliant run to claim the third and final podium position, with Dave Whell and Ben Atkinson rounding out the top five. Early race leader Brent Kratzmann had an absolutely breath-taking run, comfortably leading the first half of the race before being challenged for position by Oldfield. Unfortunately for Kratzmann contact between the pair nineteen laps in ended with Kratzmann stopped on the track and bringing the race under caution. Kratzmann restarted at the rear of the field with eleven laps to run and all eighteen starters still in the race, but put on an inspiring run to climb his way to a very impressive nineth before the fall of the chequered flag.
It was an action packed affair at AusDeck Patios Archerfield Speedway last night for Round Three of the East Coast Logistics Crispy Memorial Sprintcar Series. An incident eighteen laps into the 30-lap A-Main event saw almost half the field involved, including then race leader David Murcott, as well as Luke Oldfield and Andrew Scheuerle, who were running second and third at the time. Mitchell Gee, Mark Pholi, Bryan Mann and Peter Milnes were also involved, with Brandon Rawlings getting hard on the brakes in a desperate effort to avoid contact. Gee inverted the Q41 racer during the chaos, and while he was uninjured he was out of the race. Everyone else involved was able to restart, albeit from the rear, with just twelve laps left to run. Brent Aprile, who had been running a strong fourth at the time of the incident, inherited the race lead and went on to take the win, while Lachlan McHugh stole second from Brandon Rawlings in the final corner. Kevin Titman had a brilliant run to chequered flag, racing past both Brent Kratzmann and Brandon Rawlings on the final lap to steal third moments before crossing the line. Rawlings finished fourth with Kratzmann rounding out the top five after an impressive, and almost race-long, battle with McHugh.
Luke Oldfield is our new Queensland Sprintcar Champion after taking a popular win in last nights gruelling 35-lap A-main Title race. Oldfield, who started the race from pole, initially settled into second behind Robbie Farr when the lights went green, but quickly moved into the race lead half a dozen laps into the race, using lapped traffic beautifully to secure the lead. Farr of course didn’t surrender the lead without a fight and the battle that raged between the pair was really something to behold until contact between the pair left Farr pirouetting on his tail tank in turn two. Farr restarted at the rear of the field, and in the following sixteen or so laps had climbed his way back inside the top ten before crashing out of the event with nine laps left to run. Oldfield had complete control of the race and while David Murcott closed in and challenged a couple of times, Oldfield was focused and determined, letting nothing, and no one, slow him down. Oldfield slammed the wall hard heading down the back straight with only half a lap left to run but went on to take the win. David Murcott finished a solid second in the Title race while Peter Lack had a very impressive drive around the high side to fight his way into third to round out the podium. The battle for the minor places was certainly a fierce one and while Brent Kratzmann and Darren Jensen both put on a truly spectacular show for the race fans on the hill, it was Bryan Mann who came through to finish fourth ahead of the ever-consistent Andrew Scheuerle in fifth.