Kicking Up The Dirt - WSS - Round 6
Joanne White posted Sunday January 5, 2020.
Donny Schatz made it four wins from four race meetings at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway last night when Round Six of the World Series Sprintcars rolled into town, but he had to work a little harder for this win with Rusty Hickman putting on a spectacular show for race fans as he exchanged places back and forth with Schatz as they fought over control of the race. In the end though Schatz timed his run perfectly, racing around the high side of Hickman as the white flag flew before going on to take the win with Hickman forced to settle for second. Kerry Madsen rounded out the podium, with David Murcott and Lucas Wolfe rounding out the top five. Andrew Scheuerle was the best-placed local, coming home in seventh, while Kevin Titman deservingly won the Hard Charger Award after transferring from the B-Main and finishing the main event in tenth position.
Qualifying again proved just how close the competition was going to be, with all thirty qualifiers separated by less than one second. Jack Lee topped the qualifying order once all cars had had their turn on the track, stopping the clock at 11.571 seconds. Luke Oldfield secured second with an 11.609 second circulation, while Lucas Wolfe (11.713), Kerry Madsen (11.791) and David Murcott (11.862) completed the fastest five. Positions thirteen to twenty-one were separated by just one tenth of a second, while Anthony Vanderreyden suffered mechanical dramas in the Q72 racer during hot laps and did not take part in qualifying.
Heat one started with Jason Pryde and Kevin Titman from the front row, with Tim Farrell and Rusty Hickman close behind. Titman was quick off the start when the green flag flew, quickly securing the lead and starting to open a small margin on the rest, while Hickman tried to follow on the top side before slipping underneath Pryde as they rounded turn two. Tim Farrell had a look underneath Pryde, while Lachlan McHugh ran the top but allowed Brock Hallet, Jack Lee and Steven Lines through. Farrell persisted on the bottom, searching for a way underneath Pryde, before showing Hallett the way through, while McHugh started trying to make up lost ground. Kevin Titman went on to take the win ahead of Rusty Hickman and Tim Farrell, with Brock Hallet, Jack Lee, Steven Lines, Lachlan McHugh, Glen Sutherland, Ryan McNamara and Jason Pryde rounding out the finishers.
Brooke Tatnell and Callum Walker shared the front row for the start of heat two, with Tatnell securing the lead ahead of Walker and James McFadden. Mid-field got a little chaotic on the start, with a seemingly still luckless Bryan Mann caught up, the Q16 racer clipping the wall and loosing ground to Shaun Dobson and David Murcott, while almost tangling with Luke Oldfield. Kristy Bonsey got underneath Oldfield as they rounded turn one and then had a big look on the inside of Mann, while Dobson got underneath Cody Maroske. McFadden raced his way underneath Walker as they rounded turn three to steal second, while Maroske got back past Dobson and turned his attention to the battle between McFadden and Walker. Oldfield battled at the rear of the field, with Bonsey eventually showing him the way around Jai Stephenson, with Oldfield then getting underneath Bonsey a lap later. Oldfield set his sights on Mann, who was searching high and low for a way past Dobson, but it was Brooke Tatnell who got the win ahead of James McFadden and Callum Walker. David Murcott crossed the line in fourth and led Cody Maroske, Shaun Dobson, Bryan Mann, Luke Oldfield, Kristy Bonsey and Jai Stephenson past the chequered flag.
Queenslanders Randy Morgan and Andrew Scheuerle shared the front row for the start of heat three, with Brent Kratzmann and Jock Goodyer right behind them. Morgan and Scheuerle raced side-by-side towards the first corner but it was Scheuerle on the top-side who managed to secure the advantage. Morgan settled into second ahead of Goodyer, while Kratzmann surrendered fourth to a hard-charging Brock Dean as they rounded turn two. Donny Schatz swiftly followed Dean, leaving Kratzmann to try to defend his position from Kerry Madsen, while Dean, with Schatz still on his tail, made his way underneath Goodyer. Madsen was exceptional on the bottom, getting past Kratzmann before making short work of Goodyer and sliding beautifully underneath Schatz and Dean in quick succession. Schatz followed Madsen under Dean while Madsen closed in on Morgan and began challenging the Q54 racer for second. Andrew Scheuerle got the win, with a margin of just over four seconds, with Randy Morgan doing a magnificent job, denying Madsen a way through and securing second for himself. Kerry Madsen finished third and led Donny Schatz, Brock Dean, Jock Goodyer, Lucas Wolfe, Brent Kratzmann, Andrew Corbet and Nicholas Whell across the line.
Heat four started with Glen Sutherland from pole position with Tim Farrell alongside. Sutherland got the better start and quickly secured the race lead, with Jock Goodyer, from position three, following him on the low line to get underneath Farrell and settle into second. Shaun Dobson advanced to third when he swept underneath Farrell as they navigated turn two, only for Farrell to valiantly fight back and get back underneath Dobson a lap later. Dobson surrendered a position to Donny Schatz while Farrell boldly challenged Goodyer for second. Goodyer prevailed and went on to challenge Sutherland for the lead, while Schatz got past Farrell. Dobson and Brock Hallet battled mid-field until contact between them saw Dobson invert the VA21 racer coming out of turn four. Dobson was unscathed but unable to restart the event. Sutherland led the restart from Goodyer and Schatz, while deeper in the field Jack Lee quickly displaced Hallet and left Hallet to battle with Steven Lines. Glen Sutherland went on to take the win ahead of Jock Goodyer and Donny Schatz, with Tim Farrell home in fourth. Jack Lee was next across the line and led Brock Hallet, Steven Lines, Jason Pryde and Jai Stephenson home, while Shaun Dobson was the only non-finisher of heat four.
Brent Kratzmann and Randy Morgan led the field to green light conditions when heat five rolled onto the track, with Kratzmann getting a brilliant start from pole position and quickly securing the lead, leading Morgan and James McFadden through turn one. Kratzmann started opening a small but comfortable margin while Lachlan McHugh tried to make his way forward, running the high line and searching for a way around Brock Dean. Lucas Wolfe ran the bottom, looking underneath Dean as McHugh raced around the top, with Wolfe getting the better of McHugh while Dean maintained his advantage. Kerry Madsen challenged McHugh for position while closer to the front Morgan surrendered position to both McFadden and Brooke Tatnell. There was no stopping Brent Kratzmann out in front through, the Q2 racer the first past the chequered flag and snaring the win ahead of James McFadden and Brooke Tatnell. Randy Morgan came home in fourth and led Lucas Wolfe, Kerry Madsen, Brock Dean, Lachlan McHugh, Ryan McNamara and Kristy Bonsey home.
Heat six was almost exclusively a Queenslander affair, with Andrew Scheuerle and Callum Walker on the front row for the start. Scheuerle was too quick for his rivals when the green flag flew, quickly securing the lead while Walker settled into second ahead of Cody Maroske and Kevin Titman. Luke Oldfield charged through on the bottom, getting the better of Bryan Mann and Rusty Hickman, just as chaos unfolded in front of them. Maroske slid underneath Walker as they rounded turn four, but contact between the pair saw Maroske roll end-to-end several times into the bottom of turn one. The contact also saw Walker pushed up track, into the path of a luckless Titman, who made heavy contact with the wall and inverted the Q59 racer high on the track. Both Maroske and Titman were unscathed but were unable to restart the event, while Walker suffered a flat tyre and was given the mechanical defect flag by race officials and relegated to the infield. Scheuerle led the restart from Oldfield and Mann, though Hickman soon came charging through, displacing Mann and turning his attention to Oldfield. Andrew Scheuerle went on to take the win ahead of Luke Oldfield and Rusty Hickman, with David Murcott, Andrew Corbet, Bryan Mann and Nicholas Whell next across the line. Callum Walker was officially eighth, while Cody Maroske and Kevin Titman did not finish the event.
Steven Lines took out the Bronze Shootout event, earning a transfer to the Silver Shootout, with Rusty Hickman second quickest and also advancing. Donny Schatz and Lucas Wolfe were eliminated from the Shootout events.
Kerry Madsen and David Murcott joined Steven Lines and Rusty Hickman on track for the Silver Shootout, with David Murcott this time securing the best time. Rusty Hickman again went second quickest, and together with Murcott would advance to Gold Shootout, while Kerry Madsen and Steven Lines were relegated to the infield and out of the event.
The Gold Shootout saw Jack Lee and Luke Oldfield join David Murcott and Rusty Hickman on track, with Rusty Hickman this time going quickest and earning pole position for the main event. Luke Oldfield was second quickest, earning a front row start for the A-Main, with David Murcott and Jack Lee set to share the second row for the start of the feature event.
The B-Main event saw Brent Kratzmann and Tim Farrell lead the field to the green flag, with Kratzmann getting the better start and securing the lead ahead of Farrell, while Callum Walker got the better of Randy Morgan. Walker challenged Farrell on the top-side, while Randy Morgan and Kevin Titman both searched for a way through. Titman got underneath Morgan before racing underneath Walker and Farrell in quick succession, leaving Farrell, Morgan and Walker to negotiate over only two transfer positions. Farrell sat in third while Walker and Morgan raced wheel-to-wheel for several laps before Morgan emerged in front. A caution around half race distance for the spun car of Nicholas Whell briefly paused proceedings, with Kratzmann to lead them back to green light conditions ahead of Titman and Farrell. Morgan initially challenged Farrell but was soon forced on the defensive as Walker and Sutherland, who traded places between themselves several times, challenged for the final transfer to the main race. Brent Kratzmann took the win ahead of Kevin Titman and Tim Farrell, with Randy Morgan securing the fourth and final transfer to the back of the A-Main grid. Glen Sutherland finished fifth and led Callum Walker, Kristy Bonsey, Andrew Corbet, Ryan McNamara, Jason Pryde, Nicholas Whell and Jai Stephenson home.
Rusty Hickman and Luke Oldfield shared the front row and led the twenty-car field to the green flag. Hickman got the better start and led the way into turn one, with Oldfield dropping to third as David Murcott made his way underneath the Q17 racer and secured second for himself. From the back of the field Kevin Titman took to the high line and began making impressive progress forward against tough competition, while Oldfield dropped to fourth when Kerry Madsen slipped through on the bottom to take over third. Donny Schatz worked the bottom, searching for a way underneath Steven Lines and Jack Lee, while Oldfield looked for a way back underneath Madsen, and while it took a few laps, he did eventually get the job done as the pair rounded turn one. Schatz followed Oldfield a number of laps later, the ten-time World of Outlaws Champion quickly closing in on Oldfield in lapped traffic, while the pair both edged closer to Hickman. A caution for the spun car of Bryan Mann brought the race under caution with twenty-laps still to run.
Rusty Hickman led the restart from Luke Oldfield, Donny Schatz, David Murcott and Kerry Madsen, with Murcott and Kerry Madsen both challenging Schatz once the race resumed. Schatz soon got past Oldfield, leaving the Q17 racer with Madsen and Murcott, while Kevin Titman continued his charge through the field. Murcott, Madsen and Lucas Wolfe battled over minor positions just outside of the podium, while things were heating up at the front as the leaders began navigating lapped traffic once more. Oldfield had a massive look underneath Schatz, only for Schatz to fight back on the high-side and go on to challenge Hickman for the race lead. Schatz got around Hickman and took control of the race, but the V40 racer was determined, fighting back and regaining the lead from Schatz a lap later, sliding under the U15 racer as they made their way through turn two. Schatz got back around the high-side of Hickman, but Hickman refused to give up the lead, instead powering ahead of Schatz and thrilling the large Archerfield Speedway crowd. A caution followed a couple of laps later when Oldfield spun to a stop in the middle of turn three, ending his chances of a podium result with only six laps left to run.
Rusty Hickman led the restart with Donny Schatz on his tail. Mid-field Kevin Titman again thrilled the crowd as he tried to advance, while Luke Oldfield took to the high line and raced ahead of several rivals in an effort to make up lost ground. All eyes though were on Hickman and Schatz as they negotiated over the race lead, with Schatz having a big but unsuccessful look on the inside of the V40 racer as they rounded turn four. Schatz switched to the high line with the laps counting down, his run timed to perfection as he eventually raced around Hickman and into the lead just as the white flag unfurled. Donny Schatz got the win, making it four wins from four starts on this Australian trip, with Rusty Hickman forced to settle for second. Kerry Madsen filled the final podium position while David Murcott crossed the line fourth despite strong challenges from Lucas Wolfe and James McFadden in the final stages of the race. Lucas Wolfe finished fifth ahead of James McFadden, while Andrew Scheuerle was seventh across the line ahead of Lachlan McHugh and Steven Lines. Kevin Titman rounded out the top ten, a phenomenal drive after transferring from the B-Main, and earned the World Series Sprintcars Hard Charger Award, with Brock Hallet, Bryan Mann, Luke Oldfield, Randy Morgan, Brock Dean, Jock Goodyer, Brent Kratzmann, Jack Lee and Tim Farrell to round out the finishers. Brooke Tatnell suffered a flat right rear tyre and completed just twenty-nine of the 35-laps of the main race.
Sprintcars Queensland and World Series Sprintcars are heading out to Hi-Tec Oils Toowoomba Speedway tonight for a special Sunday night race program. There's a big field of nominations and it is set to be a thrilling night of Sprintcar racing not to be missed!
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