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Kicking Up The Dirt - Australian Sprintcar Title - Night 1
Joanne White posted Sunday January 27, 2019.

The BK Trading Australia Australian Sprintcar Title kicked off at Ausdeck Patios and Roofing last night with a MASSIVE night of Sprintcar racing, culminating in a thrilling twenty-five lap Preliminary A-Main. Robbie Farr withstood several challenges over the course of the feature event to stand atop the podium after the chequered flag flew, with Brooke Tatnell, who was elevated to second after Jamie Veal, James McFadden and Kerry Madsen were all involved in incidents that ruled them out of contention last night, challenging for control in the final stages of the race. Tatnell even briefly took the lead but Farr fired straight back, refusing to surrender and went on to take the win with Tatnell in second and Steven Lines a solid third. Andrew Scheuerle ended up the best of the locals last night, crossing the line in fourth with Ian Madsen rounding out the top five. With seven laps to run Jamie Veal and James McFadden came together in turn one, while negotiating over third, with both Danny Reidy and Luke Oldfield unable to avoid becoming involved in the incident. Veal and Reidy were unable to continue the race while McFadden and Oldfield restarted from the rear of the field. Lachlan McHugh was running well inside the top five when a drive line failure prematurely ended his race just five laps from home. Kerry Madsen was attempting a spectacular outside run around Robbie Farr for the race lead with six laps to run when contact between the pair left Madsen with front end damage and out of the race.

Qualifying was done within pre-determined heat groups, with Andrew Scheuerle (11.811), Jamie Veal (11.716), Kerry Madsen (11.762), Robbie Farr (11.787) and Luke Oldfield (11.960) topping the qualifying order for their respective heat groups. Veal was the quickest of the fifty-eight contenders to hit the track while there were seventeen drivers who managed to get into the eleven-second bracket. Tony Wynne and Kevin Titman both ended up up-side-down in turn one after hitting the wall in their respective qualifying runs, while Anthony Vanderreyden had mechanical problems that prevented him form recording a qualifying time at all.

Heat one started with Brent Aprile from pole position with Jock Goodyer alongside. The first start was aborted, officials warning Aprile about going too early, and a full restart followed. Aprile secured the lead while Goodyer settled into second and James McFadden raced underneath Jordyn Brazier as the pair fought over third. Behind them Dave Whell and Andrew Scheuerle raced underneath Sam Walsh, with Scheuerle then starting to challenge Whell for his mid-field position. Scheuerle, already showing incredible form and determination, was relentless and soon managed to get underneath Whell as they rounded turn four a few laps into the race, turning his focus to closing in on the back of Jamie O'Neill and leaving Whell with Mitchell Wormall and Ryan McNamara on his tail. Brent Aprile went on to take the win ahead of James McFadden and Jock Goodyer, with Jordyn Brazier home in fourth ahead of Andrew Scheuerle, Jamie O'Neill, Mitchell Wormall, Dave Whell, Ryan McNamara, Tony Wynne and Sam Walsh.

Heat two started with Daniel Sayre and Garry Brazier from the front row and while Brazier quickly secured the lead when the light went green and Sayre settled into second, the battle between Mark Pholi, Darren Jensen and Peter Lack for third captivated the crowd. Pholi raced underneath Jensen as they rounded turn one, with Lack following as they made their way through turn two. Pholi started to open a small margin over Lack and Jensen while Jensen fought back hard on the inside of Lack as they came around to complete the first lap of the race. Lack held on to fourth while Jensen faded as both Jamie Veal and Ian Madsen came through just moments before the race was brought under caution for the spun car of Nathan Black in turn two. The caution quickly turned to a red light stoppage when Kevin Britten climbed over the right rear of Marcus Dumesny as the field slowed for a caution, with Britten inverting the Q34 racer entering turn one and Dumesny suffering a cut down right rear that prematurely ended his race. Britten restarted the Q34 racer but was promptly given the mechanical defect flag to allow him to pull out of the race and still receive points. Brazier led the restart with eleven laps still to run and was unstoppable out in front. Mark Pholi and Peter Lack had a brilliant battle as they negotiated over third, with Lack having a couple of big looks underneath Pholi, only for Pholi to deny him every time, while Darren Jensen managed to hold off both Jamie Veal and Ian Madsen, opening a small margin and leaving Veal and Madsen to battle it out for the mid-field positions. Veal eventually got the better of Madsen and began closing in on Jensen and Lack, eventually getting underneath Lack as the race drew to a close. Garry Brazier got the win ahead of Daniel Sayre and Mark Pholi with Darren Jensen home in fourth and leading Jamie Veal, Peter Lack, Ian Madsen, Anthony Vanderreyden, Nathan Black and Ryan Jones across the line. Marcus Dumesny and Kevin Britten did not finish the event.

Dan Murray and Danny Reidy started heat three from the front row with Brodie Tulloch and Brent Kratzmann right behind them. Murray and Reidy raced side-by-side into turn one but it was Reidy on the high side who secured the race lead, leaving Murray in second ahead of Kratzmann and Randy Morgan, while Tulloch made a small mistake in turn two and faded quickly through the field. Randy Morgan did a phenomenal job in the Q54 racer, challenging Kratzmann for third before Kratzmann managed to pull away and generate a small margin over Morgan. Kratzmann started trying to close in on the back of Murray while Morgan held the advantage over Madsen and Steven Lines, who were holding nothing back as they tried to advance from mid-field. Mitchell Gee spun the Q1 racer to a stop in turn two and brought the race under caution, with Reidy, Murray and Kratzmann to lead the field to green with five laps left to run. Kratzmann had a brief and unsuccessful look underneath Murray before switching to the high side to get the job done, moving into second just one lap into the restart, leaving Murray with Madsen and Lines on his tail. Danny Reidy went on to take the win, with Brent Kratzmann home in second ahead of Dan Murray, Kerry Madsen, Steven Lines, Randy Morgan, Jye O'Keefe, Brodie Tulloch, Mitch Gowland, Kristy Bonsey and Karl Hoffmans. Mitchell Gee did not finish the event.

Steve Greer and Max Dumesny shared the front row for the start of heat four, and while Greer led them to the first corner Dumesny challenged on the bottom of turn two. Contact between the pair as they fought for the lead ended with Dumesny leading them down the back straight and Greer making contact with the turn two wall. Officials brought the race under caution, warning Greer about jumping the start and a full restart followed. The second start was much more even with Greer and Dumesny racing wheel-to-wheel into the first corner, only this time it was Dumesny who emerged in front and secured the advantage. Greer held second briefly but soon slipped back to third as Lachlan McHugh charged through on the bottom to make his way into second with barely half a lap completed. Unfortunately the race was brought under caution when Brenden Rallings upended the N65 racer in turn two. Another full restart followed with Dumesny again leading way, with McHugh this time racing around the outside of Greer and taking second by the time they made their way through the second corner of the race. McHugh set out after Dumesny while Kevin Titman and David Murcott came together mid field and lost several positions as they raced towards the first corner. Lachlan McHugh was phenomenal on the bottom, racing underneath Dumesny just a few laps into the race, taking control and beginning to open a small margin on the rest of the field. Robbie Farr also made his way forward while Murcott and Titman started climbing back through the field. Lachlan McHugh went on to take the win ahead of Max Dumesny and Robbie Farr, with Brayden Willmington crossing the line in fourth and leading Brock Dean, Kevin Titman, Steve Greer, David Murcott, Ben Atkinson and Adam Butler past the chequered flag. Nathan McFarlane and Brenden Rallings both failed to finish the event.

Jessie Attard started heat five from pole position with Matt Dumesny alongside and while Attard managed to get his nose in front as they made their way through the opening turn, it was Dumesny who powered into the race lead as they raced through turn two. Luke Oldfield took to the high line and raced around Michael Saller and Allan Woods, just as Brooke Tatnell came through on the bottom, and while Tatnell challenged Oldfield for position, the pair racing spectacularly two abreast for a number of laps, Oldfield soon sailed around the outside of Jack Lee, and then a lap later Ben Hilder, and began putting significant distance between himself and Tatnell. Tatnell found a way past Lee and turned his attention to Hilder, while Oldfield began closing in on Attard. Matt Dumesny got the win and led Jessie Attard and Luke Oldfield across the line, while Brooke Tatnell eventually got the better of Hilder to finish fourth. Ben Hilder came home in fifth and led Jack Lee, Michael Saller, Andrew Corbet, Phill Foster, Allan Woods and Jason King home.

The sixth heat of the weekend started with Andrew Scheuerle and James McFadden from the front row, and while the first start was aborted, officials waring Scheuerle about going too early, it was Scheuerle who led the way second time around. Scheuerle immediately opened a small but comfortable lead while McFadden sat in second but immediately came under fire as Sam Walsh tried to get underneath and Ryan McNamara raced around the top. McNamara was breath-taking in the Q88 racer, boldly searching the high line for a way around McFadden, and managed to, briefly, get his nose in front of the former Australian Champion as they rounded turn three. McFadden fought back on the bottom to maintain second, leaving McNamara to defend his position from Jordyn Brazier, while Brent Aprile was having a spectacular run around the top side as he tried to make his way forward after starting from position eight. Out in front Scheuerle had opened massive lead and began expertly weaving his way through lapped traffic, clearly on a mission and oblivious to how large a margin he had on second place. Andrew Scheuerle made it all look easy has raced to victory, almost three seconds ahead of James McFadden in second. Ryan McNamara had a sensational run in the Q88 racer to come home in third and led Jordyn Brazier, Sam Walsh, Jock Goodyer, Brent Aprile, Mitchell Wormall, Dave Whell and Tony Wynne across the line. Jamie O'Neill endured unrelenting mechanical problems in the NT24 racer and was unable to start the event.

Jamie Veal and Ian Madsen made for a formidable front row for the start of heat seven and while Madsen was cautioned for jumping the first start it was Veal who led the way second time around. Madsen settled into second while behind the leading duo the battle for third raged fiercely between Peter Lack, Marcus Dumesny and Darren Jensen. Lack held the advantage but Dumesny challenged hard on the high side, while Mark Pholi challenged Jensen for position and behind them Garry Brazier and Daniel Sayre argued over the minor positions. Sayre got the best of Brazier before turning his attention to Pholi, spending a few laps closing in on the Q14 racer before racing through on the bottom and advancing one position closer to the front of the field. Jamie Veal got the win ahead of Ian Madsen and Peter Lack, with Marcus Dumesny forced to settle for fourth. Darren Jensen was fifth across the line ahead of Daniel Sayre, Mark Pholi, Garry Brazier, Kevin Britten, Nathan Black and Anthony Vanderreyden.

Heat eight saw Kerry Madsen from pole position with Steven Lines alongside, with Madsen getting the jump when the green flag flew and leading the field into the first corner. Lines settled into second while Randy Morgan continued to impress as he got the better of Mitchell Gee to secure third. Brent Kratzmann challenged Gee for position but ended up surrendering a spot to Danny Reidy, with Jye O'Keefe soon joining the battle for the minor positions. O'Keefe slid underneath Kratzmann as they rounded turn three, only for Kratzmann to get back underneath O'Keefe as they made their way through turn four. The race was brought under caution a few laps later for Brodie Tulloch who had clipped the infield tyre on the edge of the track in turn four and spun the Q43 racer, damaging the front end and prematurely ending his race. Madsen led the restart from Lines and Morgan, while deeper in the field Kratzmann challenged Reidy for position before being forced back on the defensive as O'Keefe again tried to make his way forward. Kratzmann and O'Keefe exchanged places a few times with Kratzmann eventually securing the advantage, but there was no stopping Kerry Madsen out in front as he raced to victory. Steven Lines finished second ahead of Randy Morgan and Mitchell Gee. Danny Reidy finished fifth and led Brent Kratzmann, Jye O'Keefe, Mitch Gowland, Dan Murray, Karl Hoffmans and Kristy Bonsey across the line. Brodie Tulloch did not finish the event.

Just went you think the front row of a heat starting grid cannot get any tougher, out rolls Robbie Farr and David Murcott, the pair ready to share the front row for the start of heat nine. The pair raced side-by-side into turn one but it was Farr on the bottom who managed to secure the lead, leaving Murcott in second. All eyes though were on Kevin Titman has he raced spectacularly around the high side, denying Lachlan McHugh who was trying to charge through on the bottom, with Titman swiftly racing around Brock Dean and David Murcott to make his way into second with only half a lap completed. Titman however was far from done and had Farr firmly in his sights and while McHugh was trying to find a way past Dean, Titman committed to the high line and started challenging Farr for control of the race. Titman was bold and unrelenting, eventually managing to get around Farr in turn four and taking control of the race while Lachlan McHugh put all kinds of pressure on Murcott as they fought over the minor positions. McHugh was having a massive look underneath Murcott and had almost managed to secure the advantage when the race was brought under caution for Steve Greer and Nathan McFarlane who had come together in turn four. Titman led the restart from Farr and Murcott, with Farr almost immediately challenging Titman for control of the race. Farr slipped underneath Titman just one lap into the restart, taking the lead and beginning to open a small margin on the rest of the field. McHugh and Murcott closed in on Titman but another caution for the spun car of Adam Butler brought the race to another stop. Farr led the restart and while Titman held down second, the battle behind him between Murcott and McHugh was fierce. Robbie Farr got the win ahead of Kevin Titman, while Lachlan McHugh timed his run perfectly, racing up the inside of Murcott as they exited the final corner of the race to steal third as they crossed the line. David Murcott finished fourth and led Brock Dean, Max Dumesny, Ben Atkinson, Brayden Willmington, Steve Greer and Adam Butler past the chequered flag, while Nathan McFarlane was unable to finish the event.

The tenth and final heat of night one of the BK Trading Australia Australian Sprintcar Title was led the to the green by Luke Oldfield and Brooke Tatnell. The first attempt at a start was quickly aborted, with Oldfield quickly securing the advantage second time around. Tatnell settled into second but immediately came under pressure from Michael Saller and Allan Woods, while deeper in the field Ben Hilder searched for a way underneath Jack Lee, only for Matt Dumesny to come charging through on the bottom to displace both Hilder and Lee in one breath-taking move on the low line. Hilder quickly returned serve, racing back in front of Dumesny, while Andrew Corbet and Jessie Attard fought over minor positions towards the back of the field. Allan Woods brought the race to a stop when he inverted the Q28 racer in turn two before restarting at the rear of the field. Oldfield led the restart from Tatnell and Saller, with Tatnell quickly taking to the high side and racing around Oldfield to secure the lead just half a lap into the restart. Brooke Tatnell went on to take the win ahead of Luke Oldfield and Michael Saller, with Ben Hilder coming home in fourth ahead of Matt Dumesny and Jack Lee. Jessie Attard finished seventh and led Andrew Corbet, Phill Foster, Allan Woods and Jason King across the line.

Sixteen cars took to the track for the Preliminary B-Main, with Marcus Dumesny and Brock Dean leading them to the green. Dumesny quickly secured the lead in advance of Dean while Jordyn Brazier and David Murcott quickly raced around Brent Kratzmann to move into third and fourth respectively. Jensen got underneath Kratzmann as they completed the first lap but the race was promptly brought under caution when Michael Saller spun in turn two. Dumesny, Brazier, Dean and Murcott led the restart with Kratzmann and Jensen sitting just outside the top four transfer positions with fourteen laps still to run. Murcott quickly made his way underneath Dean, while Jensen got around Kratzmann and turned his attention to Dean, while Kratzmann surrendered a position to Max Dumesny before slamming the wall coming out of turn two and limping the Q2 racer to the infield shortly after. Another caution for the spun car of Daniel Sayre in turn two bunched the field up once more with Murcott now leading from Matt Dumesny, Brazier, Jensen and Max Dumesny. Brent Aprile was charging hard, trying to find a way through on the low side of Dean, when he spun the NQ42 racer in turn four and brought the race back under caution. Murcott again led the restart while deeper in the field Mark Pholi continued to make impressive progress, making his way past Brock Dean and setting out after Jessie Attard as he edged closer to the front. David Murcott got the win with Matt Dumesny home in second and Darren Jensen securing third. Jessie Attard eventually got the better of Max Dumesny to cross the line in fourth and secure the final transfer to the Preliminary A-Main, while Max Dumesny finished fifth. Mark Pholi crossed the line a very impressive sixth, after initially starting from position thirteen, and led Michael Saller, Jock Goodyer, Brock Dean, Brent Aprile, Ben Hilder and Ryan McNamara across the line. Daniel Sayre, Jordyn Brazier, Brent Kratzmann and Garry Brazier all failed to finish the event.

The eighteen-car Preliminary A-Main field rolled onto the track for the twenty-five lap main event, with Robbie Farr and Kerry Madsen to lead them away, and Luke Oldfield and Jamie Veal from the second row. Farr quickly secured the lead in advance of Madsen and Veal, while Oldfield briefly held fourth but was quickly usurped by James McFadden. Brooke Tatnell raced through underneath Andrew Scheuerle, just as Lachlan McHugh went around the outside, with Tatnell emerging in front and turning his attention to Oldfield, leaving McHugh, Scheuerle and Steven Lines to negotiate over the minor positions. Kevin Titman struck trouble one lap in and limped the Q59 racer to infield, but not before Danny Reidy got caught behind him and lost several positions trying to avoid a bigger incident. Oldfield challenged Tatnell while behind them Scheuerle and McHugh traded places back and forth a few times, with Scheuerle eventually securing he advantage and returning his attention to Oldfield. Scheuerle and his Ausdeck team had the car set up beautifully and Scheuerle was fast in the Q25 racer, rapidly closing in on Oldfield before slipping underneath the Q17 racer as they rounded turn two. McHugh and Lines had a brilliant battle for mid field positions, trading places a number of times as they put on a show for the huge crowd in attendance, while Randy Morgan again impressive with a solid drive as he challenged Peter Lack for position. Farr continued to lead, but Madsen, McFadden and Veal began closing in as they all approached lapped traffic. Madsen looked underneath Farr before trying the top side, but could not find a way through, while Veal and McFadden came together in turn one as they fought for the same piece of race track. A luckless Danny Reidy was left with nowhere to go as Veal and McFadden drifted up track, and while Reidy did everything he could to avoid the pair, there was simply nowhere to go. Luke Oldfield also became involved as he tried to avoid the chaos in front, while Jessie Attard came to a stop on the main straight. Both Reidy and Veal were unable to restart the race while McFadden, Oldfield and Attard took to the restart from the rear of the field.

Robbie Farr led the restart from Kerry Madsen and Brooke Tatnell, with Lachlan McHugh up to fourth with seven laps left to run. Luke Oldfield and James McFadden started making their way forward from the rear of the field, while Lachlan McHugh and Steven Lines traded places back and forth once more. Madsen searched the high line for a way around Farr and was attempting a big run on the top side when contact between his own left front and the right rear of Farr as they entered turn three could have ended in a massive moment for both drivers. Unfortunately for Madsen though front end damage on the W2 racer left him stranded low on the track in turn four, bringing the race under caution. He was unable to restart the event.

Robbie Farr led the restart with six laps still to run and Brooke Tatnell now on his tail and Steven Lines in third ahead of Lachlan McHugh and Ian Madsen. Tatnell boldly challenged Farr for control when the race resumed, but was forced to settle for second, only to slide through underneath Farr a lap later as they rounded turn three, briefly leading the race before Farr shot through on the bottom of turn four to regain control. Tatnell continued to challenge Farr while Lachlan McHugh pulled out of the event with a drive line failure on board the Q23 racer, and Andrew Scheuerle and Ian Madsen negotiated over fourth and fifth positions. Robbie Farr got the win with Brooke Tatnell in second and Steven Lines in third. Andrew Scheuerle eventually got the better of Ian Madsen to secure fourth and be the first Queenslander home, with Ian Madsen rounding out the top five. Peter Lack crossed the line in sixth, a welcome change of fortunes for the Team Navy driver after a disastrous lead-up to the Championship, while James McFadden was able to weave his way back to seventh in just seven laps. David Murcott finished eighth and led Matt Dumesny, Luke Oldfield, Jessie Attard, Randy Morgan and Darren Jensen across the line. Lachlan McHugh, Kerry Madsen, Jamie Veal, Danny Reidy and Kevin Titman all failed to finish the event.

The BK Trading Australia Australian Sprintcar Championship concludes at Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway tonight, where we will crown our new Australian Champion. Can Kerry Madsen go four in a row? Will a Queenslander get the win or can someone else stand atop the podium tonight. As evidenced last night anything can, and probably will, happen and the only thing that is pretty certain at this point is that we are in for an absolutely MASSIVE night of Sprintcar racing. Come on out to Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Archerfield Speedway, or tune in live via clayperview.com (for a small fee) and see all the action for yourself! See you trackside!


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