Kicking Up The Dirt - Hi-Tec Oils Speedway - Round 2
Joanne White posted Sunday October 11, 2020.
It was another action-packed night of Sprintcar racing at Hi-Tec Oils Speedway in Toowoomba last night, ending in what is fast becoming a very familiar and consistent podium. Lachlan McHugh again stood on the top step at the end of the night after securing yet another win in the NQ7 car, with Luke Oldfield running second and Cody Maroske again finishing third, replicating the podium from the opening night of the season a fortnight ago. This time though Aaron Kelly managed to snare fourth, his first top five result this season, with Randy Morgan salvaging fifth after going to the rear of the field with twenty-laps to run.
When qualifying got underway it was Brent Kratzmann, in the final group to hit the track, who secured quick time, stopping the clock at a quick 10.855 seconds. Lachlan McHugh went second quickest with a 10.905 and was the only other driver able to get into the ten-second bracket. Cody Maroske (11.033), Luke Oldfield (11.203) and Randy Morgan (11.210) rounded out the fastest five. Just 0.028 seconds separated Luke Oldfield, Randy Morgan, Aaron Kelly and Jayden Peacock, while Kevin Titman was just one thousandth of a second quicker than Taylor Prosser.
Heat one started with Richard Morgan from pole position with Andrew Corbet alongside and Kevin Titman and Randy Morgan from the second row. Titman got a brilliant start from the second row and slipped underneath Richard Morgan and almost nabbed the lead from Corbet, but Corbet was too quick on the top-side, settling into the race lead ahead of Titman. Randy Morgan raced around the topside of Richard Morgan, as Brent Kratzmann raced underneath, the trio three-wide as they negotiated over position. While Randy Morgan settled into third and started chasing Corbet and Titman, Kratzmann tried to defend his position from a hard-charging Luke Oldfield, who had displaced Richard Morgan. Oldfield raced underneath Kratzmann as they made their way through turns three and four, with Oldfield washing up track a fraction and Kratzmann ending up in the turn four wall, making heavy contact with the concrete and tipping the immaculately presented Q2 racer on its side. Kratzmann walked away from the incident but sadly was unable to return trackside for the rest of the night, the Q2 car suffering enough damage to end his night of competition. Corbet led the restart from Titman, Randy Morgan and Oldfield, with Titman having a big, but unsuccessful, look under Corbet as the race returned to green light conditions. Titman kept on the tail of Corbet, while Randy Morgan challenged Titman for second and, deeper in the field, Nelson Reddacliff and Brodie Tulloch fought over minor positions. Andrew Corbet got the win ahead of Kevin Titman and Randy Morgan with Luke Oldfield, Richard Morgan, Brodie Tulloch, Nelson Reddacliff, Jason King and Brant Chandler rounding out the field. Brent Kratzmann did not finish the event and was sadly out for the rest of the night.
Tim Farrell and Nicholas Whell shared the front row for the start of heat two, with Jayden Peacock and Aaron Kelly from the second row. Farrell was quick to secure the lead with Peacock finding his way past Whell and settling into second while Lachlan McHugh started making his way forward, making impressive progress towards the front from the middle of the field. With only one lap completed the race was brought to a stop as Peacock rode out a massive end-to-end flip in turn three. The Q55 racer got plenty of height and rolled several times, with Peacock fortunately walking away from the wreck. Unfortunately for Peacock the Q55 car suffered enough damage to bring about a premature end to his night of racing. Farrell led the restart from Whell and McHugh, with Aaron Kelly in fourth ahead of Cody Maroske and nine laps still to run. Farrell had control of the race while Maroske quickly got the better of Kelly, while McHugh made his way underneath Whell and set out after Farrell. Maroske was on a mission to get to the front and before long had raced past Whell and into third, his sights set on McHugh and Farrell. With lapped traffic coming into play and half the race still to run, McHugh caught the tail of Farrell with Maroske closing in fast. McHugh had a big look underneath Farrell but could not quite make it work, Farrell maintaining the advantage while Maroske quickly slipped past McHugh in lapped traffic. With one lap remaining Maroske stepped up his challenge for the race lead, pushing Farrell all the way to the line. Over the course of the final lap Maroske had several massive looks underneath Farrell, and while they crossed the line side-by-side, it was Tim Farrell who managed to secure the win. Cody Maroske crossed the line in second with Lachlan McHugh home in third and leading Nicholas Whell, Michael Rowell, Aaron Kelly, Nathan Black, Libby Ellis and Taylor Prosser across the line. Jayden Peacock did not finish the event.
Heat three started with Michael Rowell and Nicholas Whell from the front row, with Whell getting the best start and sailing around the top-side to secure the lead. Tim Farrell, who started from position three, got too wide on the opening lap and faded back several positions, while Kevin Titman made his way into second and set out after Whell, with Cody Maroske in hot pursuit. Titman closed in on Whell and was all over the back of the #21 racer, searching high and low for a way past and into the race lead, relentlessly keeping the pressure on as he tried to find a way into the lead. Titman had a massive look underneath Whell with less than a lap left to run but Whell was determined and managed to withstand the pressure and fight back to maintain the advantage. Nicholas Whell hung on to take the win ahead of Kevin Titman and Cody Maroske. Randy Morgan crossed the line in fourth and led Tim Farrell, Taylor Prosser, Nathan Black and Nicholas O'Keefe home. Michael Rowell did not finish the event.
The final heat of the evening started with Brodie Tulloch from pole position and Richard Morgan sharing the front row, while Luke Oldfield was promoted to third when Aaron Kelly failed to make the start, a steering box issue forcing the Q7 racer to miss the heat. The first attempted start was aborted when Libby Ellis and Jason King came together at the rear of the field, with King unable to restart the race. The second start was aborted with officials relegating Tulloch back to the second row deeming him to have jumped the start, leaving Luke Oldfield from pole position. Oldfield secured the lead on start attempt number three, while Lachlan McHugh ran the high line in an effort to move through the field. Andrew Corbet had contact with the right rear of Brodie Tulloch in turn one and brought the race back under caution before the end of the first lap, with a fourth start attempt soon following. Oldfield again secured the lead when the green flag flew, while Richard Morgan and Brodie Tulloch negotiated over second as McHugh again began making his way forward. Corbet spun in turn four and brought the race under caution once more, with the leaders having only just completed the first lap. Oldfield led the restart from Richard Morgan, Brodie Tulloch and Lachlan McHugh. McHugh slipped underneath Tulloch and set out after Morgan, with Oldfield leading, Morgan in second and McHugh closing in fast. McHugh was all over the back of Morgan, searching high and low for a way through, with McHugh having a big but unsuccessful look on the inside of Morgan as Morgan refused to surrender the position. McHugh stayed right on the bumper of Morgan for several laps, eventually slipping underneath the NQ54 racer a few laps later and set about trying to close the gap to Oldfield. Luke Oldfield, who had opened a considerable margin on the rest of the field, went on to take the win some 3.774 seconds ahead of second placed Lachlan McHugh. Brodie Tulloch was officially third ahead of Nelson Reddacliff, with Richard Morgan officially fifth after being penalised two positions after the fall of the chequered flag. Brant Chandler and Libby Ellis rounded out the finishers while Andrew Corbet and Jason King did not finish the event.
Lachlan McHugh and Cody Maroske led the field to the green flag for the start of the six-lap Dash event, the pair racing wheel-to-wheel for half a lap before Maroske was able to secure the advantage and settle into the race lead ahead of McHugh. Luke Oldfield and Kevin Titman battled over third and fourth, with Titman having a big look underneath Oldfield but was unable to find a way ahead. Cody Maroske got the win in commanding style ahead of Lachlan McHugh and Luke Oldfield with Kevin Titman fourth ahead of Randy Morgan and Nicholas Whell.
Cody Maroske and Lachlan McHugh led the field to the green flag for the start of the action-packed thirty-lap main event and while Maroske got his nose in front as they took the green it was McHugh who quickly secured the lead. From deep in the field Aaron Kelly started running the high line in an effort to move forward, while the action at the front of the field began heating up as Oldfield put all kinds of pressure on Maroske as they fought over second and third. Oldfield found his way past Maroske four laps in and turned his attention to chasing down McHugh, who had already opened a sizable margin, quickly catching the tail of the field and beginning to work his way through the back markers. Randy Morgan sat in fourth ahead of Kevin Titman, with Morgan starting to close in on Maroske as lapped traffic allowed Oldfield to get a little closer to McHugh and the race lead. Oldfield ran the high line, coming ever so close to the fence, but the race was soon brought under caution when Randy Morgan got out of shape in turn one ten laps in, leaving a luckless Kevin Titman with nowhere to go. Randy Morgan and Kevin Titman tangled in turns one and two, and while Tim Farrell tried to squeeze the Q51 racer between the stranded cars and the fence, there was not quite enough room. Farrell tagged the wall and inverted the beautifully presented Q51 racer in spectacular fashion, ending his race a little prematurely. Both Titman and Morgan got new tyres, Titman a right rear and Morgan a left rear, and restarted the event from the rear of the field.
Lachlan McHugh led the restart from Luke Oldfield, Cody Maroske and Brodie Tulloch with Nicholas Whell sitting in fifth. Mid-field Richard Morgan, Andrew Corbet and Aaron Kelly negotiated over minor positions, while both Kevin Titman and Randy Morgan began climbing their way back through the field. McHugh was exceptional out in front with a healthy lead, and hit lapped traffic again after only five laps. Oldfield closed in on McHugh as they again started making their way past the back markers with Maroske in hot pursuit. With ten laps still to run Oldfield was all over the back of McHugh, searching high and low for a way into the race lead. Oldfield raced underneath McHugh and managed to get a fraction ahead of McHugh only moments before the race was brought under caution for Nicholas Whell who had stopped against the fence in turn one.
With ten laps still to run Lachlan McHugh led the restart from Luke Oldfield, Cody Maroske and Brodie Tulloch. Richard Morgan had a big look underneath Tulloch but could not quite find a way through, and soon found Kevin Titman on his tail. Titman was in fine form and quickly displaced Richard Morgan before turning this attention to Tulloch. The next caution followed when Tulloch spun the Q74 racer in turn one, with Andrew Corbet and Nicholas Whell both doing a remarkable job to avoid both the stranded Q74 racer and the wall as they squeezed through a very narrow gap on the top side.
The leading trio of Lachlan McHugh, Luke Oldfield and Cody Maroske led the field back to green light conditions, with Kevin Titman back to fourth after an impressive drive. Maroske had a big look underneath Oldfield but could not find a way through, with the race promptly brought under caution when Nathan Black spun at the rear of the field.
With eight laps left to run it was Lachlan McHugh who again led the way with Luke Oldfield, Cody Maroske and Kevin Titman close behind. Maroske again looked underneath Oldfield, with Oldfield firing straight back around the top-side. Oldfield and Maroske traded places back and forth several times, thrilling the Toowoomba crowd, with Maroske eventually getting the job done and emerging a fraction ahead of Oldfield. Oldfield spun the Q17 racer in turn one moments later, leaving Titman with nowhere to go. Contact between them followed, with Oldfield able to keep the car running and Titman coming to a stop and bringing the race back under caution.
Lachlan McHugh led the restart with Luke Oldfield still second ahead of Cody Maroske. McHugh began to pull away slightly as Maroske chased Oldfield and challenged for second while behind them Aaron Kelly made his way into fourth with three laps left to run. Oldfield closed a fraction on McHugh but there was no stopping the NQ7 racer as he sailed to yet another victory. Lachlan McHugh got the win ahead of Luke Oldfield and Cody Maroske, a repeat of the podium seen at Toowoomba a fortnight ago and in the preliminary feature event from night one of the Queensland Title in Brisbane last weekend. Aaron Kelly secured his first top five result of the season, crossing the line in fourth ahead of Randy Morgan, Richard Morgan and Brodie Tulloch with Kevin Titman climbing back to eighth by the fall of the chequered flag. Taylor Prosser and Andrew Corbet rounded out the top ten and led Nicholas Whell, Nelson Reddacliff, Jason King, Brant Chandler and Nathan Black home. Libby Ellis, Tim Farrell and Nicholas O'Keefe all failed to finish the event.
Sprintcars Queensland will head back to Archerfield Speedway in Brisbane next weekend, Saturday 17 October 2020 for another thrilling night of Sprintcar racing. Can anyone beat Lachlan McHugh to the chequered flag? Luke Oldfield and Cody Maroske have been ever so close several times this season, while Kevin Titman is sure to be a contender if only a little less bad luck can befall the Q59 racer. Not to mention Mitchell Gee, Dave Fanning, Brent Kratzmann, Callum Walker, Aaron Kelly, Darren Jensen, Allan Woods and the rest who will be seeking victory themselves. Come and join us trackside next weekend race fans! See you there!
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