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Kicking Up The Dirt - ECL Series - Round 5
Joanne White posted Sunday December 1, 2019.

Luke Oldfield added his name to the winners list in the 2019-2020 East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Series at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway last night, making five winners from five rounds. Kevin Titman challenged Oldfield for most of the race, leading on several occasions as he and Oldfield negotiated over control of the race, but sadly for Titman his race came to an unexpected and premature end after contact with Oldfield with just four laps left to run. Andrew Scheuerle inherited second but could not find a way past Oldfield in the final four laps, while Bryan Mann fought back from a less than ideal qualifying run to finish third and round out the podium. Adam Butler crossed the line in fourth but was relegated back to sixth for passing before the cone on the final restart, leaving Andrew Corbet and Mick Sauer to complete the top five.

Luke Oldfield led the charge right from the first moment he hit the track, starting the night off by topping the leader board in qualifying and stopping the clock at 12.060 seconds. Cody Maroske, in his first Sprintcar drive this season, locked in second quickest with a 12.111 second lap, while Callum Walker (12.172), Kevin Titman (12.279) and Mitch Gowland (12.301) competed the fastest five. The top twenty-three cars, in a field of twenty-seven, were separated by just 0.634 seconds, with Andrew Scheuerle beating Brett Minett by just 0.003 seconds. Kevin Britten beat Dan Murray by just one thousandth of a second, while Brent Kratzmann beat Brock Dean by the same small margin, as did Allan Woods over Aaron Kelly.

Heat one started with Mick Sauer and Tim Farrell from the front row, with Sauer getting the better start and quickly securing the race lead. From there Sauer was untouchable out in front while Farrell settled into second ahead of hard-charging Kevin Britten. From towards the rear of the field Andrew Scheuerle and Luke Oldfield began to make their way forward from the moment the green flag flew, with Oldfield quickly racing underneath both Ryan McNamara and Scheuerle before the trio rounded the second corner, only for Scheuerle to fire straight back and slip underneath Oldfield to regain his position before completing the first lap. Scheuerle and Oldfield made their way underneath Dan Murray and set out after Kevin Britten. Britten had an exceptional run, thrilling the large crowd as he held off Scheuerle, the pair racing side-by-side as Britten refused to surrender his position without a fight. Scheuerle did eventually manage to secure the advantage, with Oldfield finding his own way underneath Britten soon after, but it was Mick Sauer who got the win ahead of Tim Farrell and Andrew Scheuerle. Luke Oldfield was fourth past the chequered flag and led Kevin Britten, Dan Murray, Ryan McNamara, Allan Woods and Karl Hoffmans across the line.

Anthony Lambert and Adam Butler led the field to the green flag when heat two hit the track. Lambert got a brilliant start and quickly secured the race lead ahead of Butler and Brent Kratzmann, while behind them Mitch Gowland had a quick look between Nick Whell and Brett Minett before the gap closed. Gowland got under Whell as they rounded turn two, with Aaron Kelly following soon after, while Butler found a way past Lambert and took control of the race. Lambert came under pressure from Kratzmann, while at the rear of the field Gowland, Whell, Kelly and Cody Maroske had a thrilling battle for the minor places. Adam Butler got the win ahead of Anthony Lambert and Brent Kratzmann, with Brett Minett home in fourth and leading Mitch Gowland, Nick Whell, Cody Maroske, Aaron Kelly and Libby Ellis home.

The third heat on the night started with young gun Randy Morgan from pole position with Bryan Mann alongside. Morgan got his nose in front as the lights went green, but Mann quickly powered around the top side and led the field through turn one. Deeper in the field Kevin Titman took to the high side in an attempt to get around both Andrew Corbet and Brock Dean, and while Titman managed to get the better of Corbet, Dean hung on to the advantage for a few more laps. Corbet fought back, challenging Titman for position, while Dean began closing in on Kristy Bonsey. Titman made it look easy as he swept underneath Dean a few laps into the race before getting past Bonsey soon after. Bonsey was in remarkable form last night and boldly fought back, looking underneath Titman and thrilling the crowd as she challenged the Q59 racer for position. Corbet and Dean had a close battle mid-field, and were soon joined by a hard-charging Callum Walker, but in the end it was Bryan Mann who got the win ahead of Randy Morgan and Kevin Titman. Kristy Bonsey finished fourth and led Andrew Corbet, Brock Dean, Callum Walker, Luke Dougherty and Andrew Baumber home.

Anthony Lambert and Tim Farrell led the field to the green flag when heat four hit the track, but the race was quickly brought under caution with officials deeming Lambert to have jumped the start. Second time around was a cleaner start with Lambert getting the jump and quickly securing the race lead while Nick Whell raced underneath Farrell to secure second, only for Farrell to fight back and race side-by-side with Whell as they fought over second. Luke Oldfield searched high and low for a way past Allan Woods, but with only one lap completed the race as brought to a stop when Brett Minett inverted the Q94 racer in turn three. Lambert led the restart from Farrell and Whell with nine laps still to run. Andrew Scheuerle made short work of racing around Whell and into third, setting his sights on Farrell, leaving Whell with both Kevin Britten and Luke Oldfield on his tail. Oldfield took to the high line in an attempt to get around Britten, but Britten made him work for it, the pair racing two abreast for several laps before Oldfield eventually emerged in front. Oldfield persisted on the high line, carrying incredible momentum as he raced around Whell and began closing in on Scheuerle. Anthony Lambert got the win ahead of Tim Farrell with Andrew Scheuerle home in third. Luke Oldfield managed to catch Scheuerle on the final lap, but could not quite get close enough to make a move. Oldfield crossed the line in fourth ahead of Nick Whell, Kevin Britten, Karl Hoffmans and Allan Woods. Brett Minett did not finish the event.

Brock Dean and Dan Murray shared the front row for the start of heat five with Dean securing the lead when the lights went green. Murray settled into second but immediately came under fire from Bryan Mann, while behind them Mitch Gowland tried to find a way past Brent Kratzmann. Kevin Titman and Aaron Kelly traded places towards the rear of the field, while race leader Dean made an error and handed control of the race to Mann. Dean faded back to mid-field, while Kelly, Gowland and Titman put on a show for race fans as they raced for minor positions. Titman was exceptional, searching the bottom before taking to the high line and making his way forward, while Kratzmann made his way underneath Murray as the pair rounded turn two. Murray fought back, having a bold but unsuccessful look underneath Kratzmann half a lap later but there was no stopping Mann out in front. Bryan Mann went on to take the win ahead of Brent Kratzmann and Dan Murray, with Brock Dean, Kevin Titman, Mitch Gowland, Aaron Kelly, Ryan McNamara and Libby Ellis rounding out the field.

Heat six started with Randy Morgan from pole position with Mick Sauer sharing the front row for the start. Morgan got a great start and looked like taking control of the race, but Andrew Corbet and Callum Walker came together moments after taking the green with Walker inverting the Q33 racer and bringing the race to a stop. Walker was unscathed and, despite significant damage to both his top and front wings, restarted at the rear of the field. On the restart Morgan and Sauer raced wheel-to-wheel into the opening corners, with Morgan managing to emerge in front as they rounded the third turn, while Corbet got underneath Kristy Bonsey and started challenging Adam Butler for third. Sauer raced underneath Morgan as they completed the first lap, taking over the race lead and while Morgan tried to fight back, Sauer was too quick and started to open a small margin over Morgan and the rest of the field. Cody Maroske battled briefly with Luke Dougherty before making his way in front of the NQ34 racer but the race was brought under caution soon after when Butler rode a wheel and spun to a stop in turn four. Sauer led the restart from Morgan and Corbet and with only a few laps left to run there was little anyone could do to stop Sauer. Mick Sauer got the win ahead of Randy Morgan and Andrew Corbet, with Kristy Bonsey home in fourth ahead of Cody Maroske, Andrew Baumber, Adam Butler and Callum Walker. Luke Dougherty did not finish the event.

With rain approaching the venue the Dash event was cancelled in an effort to get the mains run before the rain hit. It was a decision that was no doubt a little disappointing for Mitch Gowland who had finally qualified for his first Dash event, only to have it cancelled.

Nick Whell and Dan Murray led the eleven-car line-up to the green flag for the fifteen-lap B-Main event, with Whell immediately securing the lead when the race got underway. Murray settled into second ahead of Randy Morgan, while Adam Butler and Kevin Britten negotiated over the fourth and final transfer position while also looking for a way past Morgan. Allan Woods and Aaron Kelly had a fierce battle at the rear of the field but the race was soon brought under caution when Andrew Baumber spun to a stop in turn four. Whell led the restart from Murray and Morgan, with Butler sitting in fourth and Britten just outside the top four transfer positions. Butler came under pressure from Britten and Brock Dean, the trio having an intense battle while vying for the last starting position in the main race, with Butler soon pulling slightly ahead and leaving Britten and Dean to their own devices, the pair racing side-by-side for a number of laps with Dean strong on the bottom and Britten relentless on the top. Nick Whell was untroubled in the race lead and went on to take the win ahead of Dan Murray and Adam Butler, with Randy Morgan holding on to snare the fourth and final transfer to the main race. Brock Dean crossed the line in fifth ahead of Kevin Britten, Allan Woods, Karl Hoffmans, Aaron Kelly and Andrew Baumber. Libby Ellis did not finish the race.

Luke Oldfield and Kevin Titman led the field to green light conditions when the A-Main rolled onto the track, with Andrew Scheuerle and Cody Maroske from the second row. Oldfield got the jump when the lights went green and settled into the race lead ahead of Titman while Scheuerle got the better of Maroske, leaving the Q5 racer with Bryan Mann on his tail. Titman though was not content to settle for second and fought back, taking the lead from Oldfield before opening a small lead, while behind the leading duo Mann displaced Maroske, and, a little further back, Kristy Bonsey, who had advanced a couple of positions on the opening lap, was defending her position from Callum Walker, Ryan McNamara and Mick Sauer. Bonsey managed to pull slightly ahead of the battle behind her, turning her attention to closing the gap to Mitch Gowland, while Sauer got underneath McNamara and started challenging Walker for position. Brent Kratzmann, who had faded back several positions on the opening lap, made his way under McNamara while Sauer persisted on the inside of Walker, the pair racing two-wide for a couple of laps before Sauer secured the advantage. Sauer got underneath Gowland, who had relinquished a position to Bonsey, soon after, with Walker getting around the Q32 of Gowland a lap later as well. Walker chased Sauer, with Kratzmann beginning to close in, while Titman began weaving his way through lapped traffic. Oldfield and Scheuerle both managed to close in on Titman as they made their way past the back markers, while it was hard not to watch the battle unfolding between Sauer and Walker as they searched for a way past a very much in-form Bonsey. At the front of the field Oldfield was in magnificent form, quickly closing in on Titman in lapped traffic before racing underneath the Q59 racer and regaining control of the race. A caution a few laps later for the spun car of Anthony Lambert gave the leaders some clear track on the restart.

Luke Oldfield led the restart from Kevin Titman and Andrew Scheuerle with fifteen laps still to run, and while Sauer and Walker immediately resumed their battle, Walker soon dropped out of the race with mechanical dramas on board the Q33 racer. Cody Maroske was all over the back of Andrew Corbet while at the front of the field Titman made his way back past Oldfield and once again led the race. Titman started pulling away from Oldfield and Scheuerle but the race was promptly brought to a stop when Maroske inverted the Q5 racer high into the catch fence exiting turn three.

With less than a lap completed since Kevin Titman regained the lead, it was Luke Oldfield who led them back to green light conditions with twelve laps left to run. The leaders entered lapped traffic after only a few laps with Titman this time closing in on Oldfield as they began making their way past the back markers. Titman had a massive look on the inside of Oldfield as they headed down the back straight with only a few laps left to run, but contact between the pair launched Titman into the air, the immaculately presented Q59 racer tumbling out of the race. Titman was, fortunately, unscathed.

With only four laps left to run it was Luke Oldfield who led them past the green flag before being first to greet the chequered flag. Andrew Scheuerle came home in second while Bryan Mann finished third to complete the podium. Andrew Corbet was credited with fourth ahead of an impressive Mick Sauer, while Adam Butler, who crossed the line in fourth, was officially sixth after being penalised for passing Corbet before the cone on the last restart. Kristy Bonsey had a phenomenal drive to come home in seventh ahead of Brent Kratzmann, Tim Farrell and Mitch Gowland, with Dan Murray, Karl Hoffmans (whose used his provisional and started from position nineteen), Anthony Lambert, Nick Whell and Ryan McNamara rounding out the finishers. Kevin Titman, Randy Morgan, Cody Maroske and Callum Walker all failed to finish the event.

Next weekend Sprintcars Queensland head back to Hi-Tec Oils Toowoomba Speedway for the Sprintcar Mountain Masters event. It will be another big show so come on out and join us for another huge night of Sprintcar racing.


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