Robinson and Smee Share the Spoils
Archerfield Speedway Media Release
Series leader Nathan Smee extended his championship advantage with another drive to victory in round two of the Diamond Air Midget Super Series at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (November 21). Having started seventh in the 30-lap feature event, Smee had advanced to third when a series of events unfolded that promoted him into the lead. Michael Stewart capped a fine night with a runner-up finish while national champ Adam Clarke finished in third spot ahead of Anthony Chaffey, the only local to offer any sustained resistance to the interstate invaders.
In Dirt Modified action, former national champion Mark Robinson proved that any race track is multi-lane if you get the set-up right, charging around the outside of Scott Cannon and Victoria’s Dan Scott to secure victory in the 25-lap Super Rooster Series feature race. Having led from the outset after qualifying on pole position, Scott finished second ahead of Cannon, David Clark and Geoff Phillips.
Presented by American Tire and Racing Services, 26 Midget competitors fronted for the Super Series shootout and it was Western Australia’s Lee Redmond who outpaced everybody in clocking 13.351 to set fast time in qualifying. Clarke was next quickest, followed by Matt Smith, Stewart and Dayne Kingshott.
The racing in the heats was stupendous at times with Clarke (2), Brown, Stewart, Paul Murphy and Braydon Willmington collecting wins, with heat three perhaps the best race we have seen all year. With Willmington clinging to the lead, Chaffey, Stewart and Smith were swapping spots in pursuit of the teenager and their dice was something to behold. Matt Smith was
The Dash mixed things up a bit with Brown passing Redmond late in the race to score the win and pole position for the feature. Redmond remained second at the chequer followed by Kingshott, Chaffey and Clarke, who emerged as top qualifier after the heats before inverting the first four in the Dash.
Brown shot to the front at the start of the feature race and was looking in control until he took the SA3 to the infield during a stoppage on lap 14 that changed the complexity of the race. With second-placed Redmond mistakenly believing there was a red light situation and stopping in the main straight, he subsequently had to restart from the rear with Kingshott, whose spin in turn one had triggered the restart. Smee inherited the lead but the race was halted again immediately after Michael Harders tipped over in the back straight. Taking maximum advantage of the good fortune that befell him, Smee led Stewart and Clarke to the chequer. Chaffey was solid in fourth despite a flat front tyre, with Jeremy Hassel, Rusty Whittaker and Willmington next best. Kingshott and Redmond clawed back to eighth and ninth respectively, with Brad Young, Jason Bell, Chris Singleton, Rodney Harders, Ken Stanaway and Mitch Haynes completing the finishers.
In a show of force for their season opener, 29 cars fronted for the Dirt Modified events and put on a terrific display. Heat wins were shared around between Scott, Clark, Cannon, Phillips, Gary Wathen and Scott Conlin.
The B main saw category stalwart and series sponsor Ray Klarich victorious, with Sam Bruggy, Brayd Stephenson, Paul Booker, Andrew Firth and Nick Stubbs also advancing to the main event.
The front row-starting pair of Dan Scott and Scott Cannon held sway at the front of the field for much of the feature race with Scott maintaining a miniscule advantage. There was action aplenty back in the pack though as several challengers emerged, only to drift out of contention again as the laps wound down. Ultimately it was Robinson who pounced late in the race, switching the Castrol Edge #9 to the outside to round up both Scott and Cannon and clinch a win that looked unlikely 10 laps from home. Scott was happy enough in finishing second ahead of Cannon, with Clark and Phillips next in line. Kevin Britten clocked the fastest lap of the race and looked a real threat early before being shuffled back to sixth, with David Ohl impressing in seventh ahead of Scott Conlin, Lee McKinnell and Bruggy and Klarich. Deserving greater reward for his efforts in running the highline through the early laps, Andrew Pezzutti finished 12th in advance of Wathen, Dallas Czerwinski, Rob Scofield and the final finisher in Andrew Shilletto.
Next Saturday night (November 28), Sprintcars return to Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway for round four of the Supercheap Auto Track Championship, along with Lightning Sprints, Compact Speedcars, 360 Sprintcars, Modlites and Open Sedans.
Pennsylvania’s Dietrich Highlights Latest Classic Entrants
Coming of a strong American season, Pennsylvania’s Danny Dietrich will team up with Western Australian car owner Steve Crabbe for a tilt at the 2016 Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.
Crabbe has hired Dietrich to pilot the SJ Crushing W56 entry, in the hope that Dietrich can bring to the team, the type of form that saw him claim 16 feature race wins throughout the 2015 American Season.
Dietrich was particularly strong in his native Pennsylvania, which saw him named as the Central Pennsylvania Racing Scene’s Driver of the Year for 2015. Included in Dietrich’s 2015 season was a World of Outlaws A Main win at Williams Grove’s Summer National in July.
Proving he is not simply a one track wonder, Dietrich also impressed during the Knoxville Nationals where he was able to qualify for the Saturday night A-Main courtesy of a strong second place finish in the Friday night A-Main. He would eventually settle for a 15th place finish.
Crabbe will provide Dietrich with all that he needs to be a force at the Classic, with some great support being afforded to the team by SJ Crushing, Mandurah Bolt Supplies, Lubrimaxx, Total Materials Handling, Mack Work Boot, Bosweld, Rail Possessions Australia and Pilbara Traffic Management and Martin Engineering.
Joining the ultra competitive native of Gettysburg, PA, will be the ever-popular Danny Reidy who will again be back behind the wheel of his familiar NQ5 entry.
Since bursting onto the scene with World Series Sprintcars, many years ago, Reidy has been a regular at the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic with 2015 yielding the talented Northern Territorian a tenth place finish in the Sunday Night Classic final.
Long time supporters of Reidy, Desert Palms Resort Alice Springs, Inglis Race Engines and Eagle Silicone Ignition Leads will be behind his 2016 Classic Campaign.
Another former World Series Sprintcars regular, Ricky Maiolo, will also venture to Warrnambool in January for the Classic.
Maiolo finished his 2015 Classic Campaign in strong style last January when he advanced from the C-Main through the B-Main to an eventual 8th place finish in B-Main 1.
The always immaculately presented S24 machine will again display the sponsorship decals of Maiolo’s great supporters TRG Transport, Peter Kittle Collision Repair Centre, Oval Track Imports and Active Motor Wreckers.
Another of Maiolo’s fellow South Australian’s, Hayden Pitt, will also be an entrant at the 44th running of the Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.
With the Pitt name synonymous with the South Australian Sprintcar scene, the Universal Metal Cleaners, Alloy Welding Pty Ltd, Peake Machinery and Maintenance and Greenacres Dry Cleaning S7 machine will be on show for all to see come the weekend of January 22 to 24.
The final nomination of the most recent batch of entrants is West Australian talent Daniel Harding.
Harding, who’s 2015 Classic campaign ended with a fifth placing in C-Main 1 on the Sunday night, will again embark on the grueling World Series Sprintcars Schedule throughout the 2015-16 season.
This ‘on the road’ experience will fast track the steep learning curve that is Sprintcar Racing, with the Classic to be the ultimate test as to the level of improvement Harding can display.
The ultra-professional Harding Team will make the trek to the East Coast with the support of Jolly Good Auto Electrics, Rentco, Diesel Motors, Valvoline, Boilertronics, Revolution Racegear, TLC and Motorworld.
“As always we are very excited about the quality of the nominations that are coming in at this early stage, it is extremely pleasing to have the likes of Danny Dietrich, Kraig Kinser and Kyle Hirst already committing to make the trip from the United States”, Premier Speedway General Manager David Mills said.
“We would like to take this opportunity to remind our drivers to ensure that they do nominate for not only the Classic but also the Prelude to the Championship event as well, the SCCA will then take care of any Australian Championship nominations”, he added.
“If there are race fans out there that wish to have a reserved seat for the Classic or any of our shows through the 2015-16 season, we urge them to get on-line and book now! The grandstand is sold out and the Terrace Area in turn two is filling fast, once it is gone it will only leave General Admission tickets for sale”, Mills concluded.
Entries Up to November 20, 2015:
V3 Ian Loudoun
W3 Steven Lines
S4 Kraig Kinser
NQ5 Danny Reidy
S7 Hayden Pitt
T7 Tim Hutchins
V12 Kristy Ellis
W12 Daniel Harding
T14 Mark House
W17 Kyle Hirst
NT21 Chase Karpenko
S24 Ricky Maiolo
Q25 Andrew Scheuerle
N36 Eddie Lumbar
Q36 Luke Oldfield
V37 Grant Anderson
Q41 Mitchell Gee
NQ44 Brandon Rawlings
ACT55 Stephen Bell
T55 Jamie Bricknell
W56 Danny Dietrich
Q59 Kevin Titman
NT62 Ben Atkinson
V67 Luke Walker
V96 Andy Caruana
V98 Peter Doukas
ACT99 Jay Waugh
Eureka Series Heads Across the Border to Mt Gambier for R4
By Ian Vale
The Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcars Series round four will be contested at Mt Gambier’s Borderline Speedway this Saturday night with another big field of entries looking to tame the Borderline track in search of a victory in this round of the Series.
With forty six entries received already and only eighteen starting positions in the Eureka Garages & Sheds A Main it will be a tough call for the drivers to qualify direct in the A Main without having to go through the last chance B and C mains.
Current Eureka Series point’s leader Brett Milburn will lead the charge along with one of the newer drivers Jye Okeeffe who continue to impress with his race craft.
Also in the field is three of the past Eureka Garages and Sheds Series Champions, Darren Mollenoyux, Shaun Dobson, and John Vogels, these three driver have been on the money in the early part of this season.
John Vogels showed he still has the form to be a main contender at any event with a very strong drive where he took the lead from the inform Jamie Veal before having to settle for second place at the last round of the Eureka Series held at Premier Speedway. Shaun Dobson came home in third place at that round also.
The Challenge for the win has to come from the local Mt Gambier driver Steven Lines, Steven has taken the last three Eureka Series round wins at the Borderline venue and will be out to make that four in a row, Steven heads into this round as the outright favourite.
Australian Champion David Murcott was entered for this meeting but due to excessive damage in two roller over’s in last weekend’s Jackpot race the have had to withdraw to put a new car together.
While it is disappointing that Murcott is out the good news is two times Australian and World Series Sprintcar Champion James McFadden is in the field and he could be the cat amongst the pigeon’s to take a win or a top placing.
Other drivers from South Australia in the field will be Daniel Pestka in his familiar S27 mount, Daniel knows his way around this track where he picked third place in last season’s Eureka event. Another of the hard chargers is Matt Egel who will be driving for the Downing Brothers, Glen Sutherland is a local driver and Eureka Series regular that will be out for a strong showing.
Brad Keller took an impressive win recently at Murray Bridge, Brad should be right in the mix for a top place on the night.
Ian Loudoun from New South Wales will be hoping for a change of fortunes, while he has been showing good car speed mechanical issues have hampered the quitley spoken driver.
A strong mix of the new breed in the feild are Jacob Smith, Jake Tranter, Brad Warren, Corey McCullagh and Jamie Hennessy that will challenge some of the more experienced drivers.
The format of eight heat races, a top six shootout followed by the C and B Main events before the Eureka Garages & Sheds A Main event will give the spectator plenty of action on the night.
Round one winner Nick Lacey missed the cut into the A Main at the last round, while Nick was disappointed he is only one hundred and thirty six points behind the Series point’s leader Brett Milburn, a strong result is not out of the question for Nick at Borderline Speedway.
Some of the other drivers nominated are Ryan Davis, David McKay, Rod Matthews, Dennis Jones, Quentin Tanner, Adam King, Sam Wren, Terry Pitt and Craig Vanderstelt plus another local driver Ashley Scott. Lady racer Kristy Ellis is in the field, Kristy had a very good showing at last weekend’s Avalon Raceway’s $10,000 to win Jackpot with a fifth place in the opening 25 lap feature race only to miss the final twelve cut by one position into the $10,000 to win race against some of the countries beset sprintcar drivers.
For More Information on round 4 of the 2015-2016 Eureka Garage and Sheds Sprintcar Series go to Borderline Speedway web site www.borderlinespeedway.com
Eureka Garages and Sheds Series – KTM Top 10:
1st – Brett Milburn - 854
2nd – Jye Okeeffe - 736
3rd – Nick Lacey - 717
4th – Glen Sutherland - 670
5th – Adam King - 600
6th – Luke Walker - 597
7th – John Vogels - 595
8th – Darren Mollenoyux - 583
9th – Tim Hutchins - 579
10th – Ian Loudoun – 576
Essendon Ford – Trip to Port Douglas
(End of Series random draw between 11th & 20th place)
11th – Corey McCullagh - 570
12th – Dennis Jones - 567
13th – Peter Milnes - 552
14th – Quentin Tanner - 522
15th – Shaun Dobson - 520
16th – Jay Waugh - 504
17th – Michael Tancredi - 502
18th – Eddie Lumbar - 487
19th – Tim Rankin - 487
20th – David Aldersley – 483
Green Steals The March On The Competition With Kraig Kinser Set for Classic Duty
Despite being forced into premature retirement due to injury, popular South Australian Sprintcar driver Trevor Green is ensuring he is not going to disappear from the radar anytime soon, recently announcing two very exciting driver appointments.
Green has enlisted 2005 Knoxville Nationals Champion Kraig Kinser to wheel the Natrad-Radiator & Auto Air, Green Brothers Racing Maxim at the 2016 Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.
Green has also hired the services of fellow South Australian Phil March to drive for the team at both the Prelude to the Championship and the 2016 Lucas Oil Australian Sprintcar Championship, some 17 years after March won the same event at the same venue!
Kinser, the 31 year old son of the legendary Steve Kinser, hails from Bloomington, Indiana and finished the 2015 World of Outlaws season 11th in overall points with 4 top five finishes and another 14 top 10’s, despite the fact his season was interrupted by a back injury.
The 2005 Knoxville Nationals Champions injury was the result of a race accident and saw him battle the pain of two herniated discs (L4/L5 and L5/S1), which in-turn severely impacted on his sciatic nerve.
Kinser was able to return to competition at the World of Outlaws World Finals recently held at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Despite living and racing in the imposing shadow of his father Steve, Kraig Kinser has a career that has been littered with some success.
Not only did he claim victory in the 2005 Knoxville Nationals, becoming the only father/son combination in the history of the famed event to have done so, but Kraig has an impressive World of Outlaws record, which commenced in 2000 and saw him record his first A-Feature win in 2004 at Cottage Grove Speedway.
Kinser now has 16 career World of Outlaws victories, with 2012 being his most successful thus far, with four wins being recorded that season.
Away from the dirt tracks of the United States, Kraig has also spent some time chasing success and developing his craft on the pavement ovals, most notably in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series where he ran between 2006 and 2007, chalking up 31 starts along the way.
With Kinser set to hit Australian Shores for Sydney’s International Season, the 44th Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic will be the last event of what looks a busy schedule for the Team Green.
Kinser will be a welcome addition to what is shaping as being a very competitive Classic field as he pilots the Natrad Radiators and Auto Air, Freightmaster, Maxwill Racing Engines and Goldstar Transport SA4 Maxim.
Following Kinser’s visit, the 54th Australian Sprintcar Championship looms large only a week later at Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool and again the forward thinking of Trevor Green is apparent with the announcement of 1999 Aussie Champ Phil March signing on for driving duties.
March famously won the 1999 Australian Championship in a tyre-shredding Sunday afternoon show, after the Saturday night program fell foul of inclement weather, a scenario that goes hand in hand with Trevor Green’s equally famous Classic victory of 1997, which was also won during a ‘Day Show’.
Car-Owner Trevor Green recently commented that he was doing a rain dance for late January, as he had the team and the driver accustomed to Day Time success at Premier Speedway in big events!
Joining Kinser in the Classic field will be Tasmania’s Tim Hutchins who will be aboard his familiar T7 entry with the support of GBE Maintenance, Warrnambool Locksmith’s and Bullet Race Engines.
Hutchins enjoyed arguably his best performance at the Classic in 2015, running strongly on the back of a concerted Main Land campaign to finish his weekend with a tenth place finish in B-Main 2.
Ben Atkinson, the talented native of the Northern Territory will be back for another crack at the Classic, driving again for Victoria’s Doug Downs.
This team will be far better off for having debuted in 2015, with a host of teething problems hampering their campaign, which ended with a lowly fifth placing in D-Main 1.
For their return visit to the Classic, the team will enjoy the backing of Mass Drill, Kirshner Trucks, Maca Mining and Techforce.
The 44th Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic will be held at Premier Speedway on January 22, 23 & 24, 2016.
Is Bryan the Man to End Scheuerle Streak?
Archerfield Speedway Media Release
When overseas business commitments prevent you from taking part in your Saturday night Sprintcar fix, who do you get to fill your seat? Well, that is the dilemma faced by Kevin Titman this week and he has certainly recruited the best possible substitute this weekend for round four of the Supercheap Auto Sprintcar Track Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway. Titman has opted for none other than current track champion Bryan Mann to steer the #59 RHK Graphics J&J into battle on Saturday night (November 14). The first on-track appearance from Mann this season brings an extra dimension to Saturday’s action as he, and 25 others, seek to break the stranglehold that Andrew Scheuerle has on the championship at the moment.
Scheuerle is yet to be beaten in a Supercheap Auto Track Championship feature race this season and will be both the favourite and a target when he hits the track this Saturday. It has been an audacious start to the championship for Scheuerle, who has conquered various race formats and 30 other drivers to finish atop the podium every time and establish a 60-point lead in the series standings.
Fresh from a runner-up result in Toowoomba last weekend, young gun Mitchell Gee will be looking to replicate, or even improve upon, that great performance. Having collected several strong results in regional races, Gee now faces the challenge of reproducing that form in the state’s toughest Sprintcar series. He has been plenty fast at Archerfield thus far this season, but is yet to turn that speed into the results that he has achieved elsewhere, so hopefully the confidence gained last weekend will signal a change in fortunes.
As the only person other than Scheuerle to have finished on the podium at more than one round this season, Toowoomba’s Peter Lack looms as a very serious threat, while Gold Coast-based Lachlan McHugh was sensational in the previous Supercheap round, emerging as top qualifier after the heats and seemingly on track for a podium finish until misfortune struck just a few laps from home. Expect both Lack and McHugh to be at the forefront of the action again this week, along with the likes of Luke Oldfield - who finished third behind Scheuerle and Lack in round three - Callum Walker, Steve Johnson and Brent Kratzmann.
Also nominated to compete this week are Ben Hilder, Brandon Rawlings, Scott Doyle, Brad Ayers, Kristy Bonsey, Mark Pholi, Clem Hoffmans, Dave Fanning, Steve Greer, Andrew Marks, Paul Morris, David Whell, Dan Murray, Jason Bottin, Nelson Reddacliff, Scott Doyle, Richard Morgan and Andrew Liebke, who finished on the podium at the opening round.
The inclusion of Midget ace Michael Kendall in the field might by the only thing to keep Terry Leerentveld from continuing his complete domination of the category. Nobody has got close to the Australian Champion so far this season, either at Archerfield or elsewhere, so Kendall might just be the man to make some inroads, particularly when it seems as though Dirt Modified star Kevin Britten, who finished second behind Leerentveld in Lismore recently, will be starting from the rear of the field.
In AMCA National action, Steve Potts will be chasing his second feature race win in a row after a dominant display at their previous outing. All the usual suspects will be in action to take on Potts, including Jason Dreaver, Matt Hardy, Michael Mason, Matt Enders and Thomas Vickery.
Lightning Sprints also return this weekend with a much stronger line-up than their opening event, with national champ Sean Iacono, Kirsty Kelly and Emma Harris hitting the track on a mission to challenge the dominance of Kurt Wilson.
Gates open at 4:00pm, with early racing from 4:45pm. Sprintcars will hit the track for round four of the Supercheap Auto Track Championship from 6:00pm.
PHILLIP MARCHES IN FOR SID HOPPING SHOOTOUT
Official release: Valvoline Raceway
November 11, 2015
Between them Phillip March and Trevor Green are the two most nationally decorated Sprintcar drivers to come out of South Australia in the modern era.
This Saturday the two former rivals become one as March steers the #4 Trevor Green Maxim to contest the Sid Hopping Shootout at Valvoline Raceway.
The event honours the great Sid Hopping, the man who created the now iconic Valvoline Raceway that rose from the Granville Sportsground way back in 1978.
The last time March - a former Australian Sprintcar and Speedcar Champion competed in Sydney was 13 years ago – and he won the main event that night at the time becoming the first South Aussie ever to do so at Parramatta.
It was October 25, 2002.
The following week, ironically or perhaps fittingly, Trevor Green did exactly the same thing!
With Trevor now retired as a driver but still in the sport as a car owner and Phillip a sporadic racer when time permits the two have paired up for a one-off this Saturday.
“Having Phillip race here this Saturday is a real thrill for a lot of people,” says VR Managing Director Steven Green, “and it’s extra special for South Aussie fans that he’s doing it in Trevor’s car. It’s fitting really.”
March has a national reputation as a racer who is never scared to press the accelerator to – and sometimes through – the firewall.
A pioneer of the World Series Sprintcars championship in the early 80’s and into the 2000’s March has a driving style that has left fans on the edge of their seats for three plus decades.
His inclusion into the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship NSW Round Five is bound to set tongues wagging as the in-form Garry Brazier seeks to do what many believed was impossible in recent years – scoring a hat-trick of main event wins.
It’s a feat he has never previously achieved.
60 Ultimate Sprintcars will line up this Saturday night with drivers from NT, QLD, ACT, SA and NSW.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14
Ultimate Sprintcar Championship Rd 5 NSW.
Wingless Sprints, Lightning Sprints
Prices: Adults $30 / Pension $20 / Juniors 13-15yrs $15 Family (2 adults and 2 teens) $70
Speedway Info line: (02) 9637 0411
Address: 21 Wentworth Street Granville / Clyde
Gates open 2pm, action on track 6pm
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Ultimate Sprintcar nominations:
ACT2 Ben ATKINSON
N3 Daniel SAYRE
S4 Phil MARCH
NQ5 Danny REIDY
V5 Max DUMESNY
Q6 Steve ROWELL
N7 Toby BELLBOWEN
NQ7 Robbie FARR
ACT9 Damian HART
N9 Steve CAUNT
N10 Adrian MAHER
N11 Matt SMITH
N12 Thomas JEFFREY
N13 Wayne MCKENNA
N17 Marty PEROVICH
N20 Troy LITTLE
N21 Garry BRAZIER
Q21 Jordyn BRAZIER
N22 James THOMPSON
S22 Chad ELY
ACT24 DJ RAW
N24 Blake SKIPPER
N25 Kelly LINIGEN
V25 Jack LEE
N27 Ian BURROWS
N28 Darryl CAMPBELL
N32 Warren FERGUSON
V37 Grant ANDERSON
N38 Max JOHNSTON
N39 Jeremy CROSS
N41 Jeff LAWLER
N43 Alex ORR
N46 Aidan CORISH
N47 Marcus DUMESNY
N48 Jackson DELAMONT
N50 Antony JEFFREY
N51 Sean RICHARDS
N54 Grant TUNKS
N56 Mick SALLER
ACT57 Brendon SCORGIE
V57 Matt DUMESNY
ACT58 Cameron WARE
N59 Brad HAYES
N61 Michael MATCHETT
N64 Chris STREET
N74 Craig BRADY
N78 Andrew WRIGHT
N79 Peter BOURKE
N80 Sebastian JOHNSTON
N86 Matthew CRAFT
N87 Warren VASSALL
N88 Jimmy MATCHETT
ACT92 Brian CZUCZi
N92 Sammy WALSH
N94 Lachlan ABBOTT
N95 Daniel NEEDHAM
V95 Ryan DAVIS
N96 Bruce WHITE
N97 Danny VASSALL
ACT99 Jay WAUGH
USA v Australia in Speedcar Shootout
Murray Machining & Sheds Murray Bridge Speedway hosts a double dose of exciting open wheel dirt racing this Saturday night, featuring the wild and wingless Speedcars and the winged Formula 500 pocket rockets.
Big fields approaching thirty cars for both division will see the Grand Final of the Rent a Fence Pro Speedcar Week incorporating the emotional Tim Crouch Memorial and the annual Formula 500 King of the Bridge event.
With the five round Pro Speedcar Week beginning in WA last weekend, the first two nights produced two different winners, one from Australia and one from the USA.
With plenty of competition for the wins and throughout the field, it certainly has shown Speedcar racing is well and truly alive and moving forward as a division, as the level of competition is certain at its highest on this series.
The opening round took place at the biggest meeting on the Australian Speedcar calendar, The Magic Man 34, held at arguably the countries finest venue the Perth Motorplex. Local legend of the sport, Neville Lance, showed that there is still plenty of fight in the old dog yet as the 55 year old racer worked his way forward from position thirteen to claim the $12,000 winners check.
While Lance made all the right moves early, young American import Austin Brown almost timed his run to perfection as he closed in on Lance in the final laps, crossing the line just a mere 0.195 seconds behind the West Australian veteran. Following Brown home was another West Australian in Lee Redmond, with Dayne Kingshott and Nathan Smee rounding out the top five.
It proved a popular win to the large crowd on hand in a race that honours one of the sports greats in Michael Figliomeni, who tragically passed away at the same venue nine years earlier after completing his heat race. This title will sit nicely with Lance’s Australian Championship crown he claimed only a couple of years earlier.
The next night the teams headed north of Perth to the Moora Speedway and its fair to say the majority of town headed to the races as a large crowd on hand witnessed California raised Darren Hagen mastered the dirt oval to perfection. He gained the lead before mid race distance and had to endure a number of stoppages as the rest of the field battled it out for the minor places.
South Australia’s Todd Bennet and Victorian based Joe Lostitch separately endured bone jarring accidents that saw both racers finish the final on the infield, as too did Tyler Thomas from the USA and another South Australian in Ben Hall who came together in an incident which left both with deflated tyres.
Behind Hagen the battles continued as the top five ran wheel to wheel with enthralling battles creating hard and close racing all through the A-Main. In the end Dayne Kingshott (WA) made a late race move on Nathan Smee (NSW) as Smee made a crucial error with only a handful of laps remaining. Brown backed up his previous nights second with a fourth, once again beating home Redmond who managed to hold on to fifth.
Rounds three and four will be run at Kalgoorlie and Whyalla before Saturday’s final at the Bridge.
Meanwhile the Formula 500’s have again attracted a star studded field for the prestigious King of the Bridge event, with cars nominated form SA, Victoria, WA and Tasmania.
Victorian will provide stout competition with ten cars including Australian Champion and regular Murray Bridge visitor Dylan Willsher, current SA1 Jack Bell and SA 2 James Aranyosi leading the charge.
Tasmania has sent Marcus Kelly who has the best equipment at his disposal, while WA guns Adrian Haywood and Thomas Davies are serious having crossed from Perth just to compete in this event.
South Australia has no shortage of talent either. Lisa Walker will be hoping to change the name of the event to “Queen of the Bridge, while Whyalla’s Angelo Karoussis and Jarrod Moore who is undefeated at Murray Bridge so far this year will all record strong results
Gates open at 3.30pm, with speedcar qualifying from 5pm.
Classic Nominations Continue to Grow
The nominations continue to roll in for the 2016 Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic with highly rated Queenslander Andrew Scheuerle heading up the latest batch of drivers who have committed to the Classic.
Scheuerle who is no stranger to Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool will return to take on the Classic with some fantastic support from Ian Boettcher Race Parts, Lucas Oil, Ausdeck Group, KRE Race Engines, Beut Sheetmetal, Roll Form Industries, Voight Contracting and arguably one of the more unique sponsors in Sprintcar Racing – Marlin For Miles Fishing Charters who are based out of Cairns in Queensland.
Scheuerle’s early season form has been strong as evidenced by the fact he currently leads the Supercheap Auto Series, whilst having also secured a strong amount of points in the Queensland division of the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship.
Joining the hard charging Queenslander in the field will be a former two-time winner of the R & M Security Best Presented Car and Crew Award, Tasmanian Jamie Bricknell.
Bricknell is somewhat of a hidden gem in Australian Sprintcar Racing, however his annual pilgrimages to the Main Land have produced some very strong performances not least of which was at the 2011 Australian Sprintcar Championship which was also held at Sungold Stadium.
Bricknell is another to enjoy some strong and loyal support with long time sponsors Precision Auto’s of Launceston back on board for another tilt at the Classic, while LADM and Jackson Motor Company are also right behind the talented young Tasmanian.
The Greatest thing to come from Deniliquin since the Ute Muster, Eddie Lumbar has ditched the cowboy hat and the B and S Ute for his helmet and a Sprintcar as he returns to the Classic with the support of Steelpipes Pty Ltd, Graham Thomson Motors, Ausbrokers Insurance and Roundabout Tyres.
The latest batch of Victorian nominations consists of three of the young guns in Luke Walker, Andy Caruana, Kristy Ellis and Peter Doukas.
Walker will again be at the helm of the Total Dairy Service V67 entry with support from Essendon Mitsubishi. Rob Hamilton Bearings and Oh3.
Caruana, who at times has shown some great car speed, will be back with the backing of his loyal bands of supporters including Melbourne Structural Engineering, FUCHS Lubricants and Shark Race Engines.
A favorite amongst many fans, Kristy Ellis will again be behind the wheel of the Combined Waste Services, Surface Technology Coating and Quality Powder Coating V12 entry.
After a ninth place in the D-Main at the 2015 Classic, the ultra-determined Ellis will be looking for improvement come January.
Hailing from Mailors Flat, just out of Warrnambool Peter Doukas adds to the strong local flavor of the Classic as he looks to improve each and every time he hits the track.
The former Junior Sedan stand out will also carry a lot of local sponsorship support, including from the likes of Giblin Family Homes, Warrnambool Locksmith’s, AKC Kitchens, Peter Ward Electrical, Lane Transport, NEVCON, P.T.S, Carter Tree Services, Hecs Screen and Services, Owen Trusses and The Tyre Factory, Warrnambool.
One driver who will be set to make his Classic debut is the Northern Territories Chase Karpenko.
Karpenko hails from Palmerston on the fringes of Darwin, and will contest his first Classic aboard the wonderfully presented NT21 entry.
The team will make the tow to Warrnambool with the assistance of Autosmart, Lubrimaxx, Maley’s Solicitors, Bridge Toyota, Sign City, Mick’s Aly Fab, NT Motorcycle Centre, Opposite Lock, H&R Block and Coonawarra Panel Works.
The 44th Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic as supported by Oval Express Magazine, GJ Gardner Homes, KRE Race Engines and the Lady Bay Resort Warrnambool will be held at Premier Speedway on January 22, 23 & 24, 2016.
VOGELS IMPRESSES AS VEAL MARCHES ON
Veteran Simpson racer and five time Eureka Garages and Sheds Sprintcar Series Champion was able to do something to Jamie Veal last night, that very few have been able to do in recent times at Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool.
The laconic Vogels, snatched the feature race lead from Veal on lap 17 of the 30 lap final to the Opening Night of the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship Victoria as presented by Go Traffic, only for Veal to restore order three laps later – from there it was all Jamie Veal.
Despite Veal’s dominance, leading 27 of the 30 laps, Vogels was like a dog with a bone on a track that certainly suited the driver of the Mainline Dynalog Dynamometers V70, as he snapped at the heels of the classy Veal.
While the two pace setters went about their titanic struggle at the front of the field, a battle royal was being waged between the likes of Shaun Dobson, Sydney Sider Toby Bell-Bowen aboard the Hog’s Breath Café N7, Aussie Champ David Murcott and Grant Anderson, with Dobson eventually being able to claim a top three position and a coveted qualification for the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship Chase as well as a very healthy bounty of points in both the Eureka Garages and Sheds Sprintcar Series and the Parr Motorsports USC Victoria Track Premiership.
Bell-Bowen narrowly missed claiming a spot in the Chase; finishing fourth in what was an impressive night for this young talent, while Murcott and Anderson battled all the way to the chequered flag and beyond! With Murcott eventually claiming fifth with Anderson in sixth in what were both very promising performances ahead of the major meetings to be held at Sungold Stadium later in the season.
Rounding out the top ten were Brett Milburn (7th), Luke Walker (8th after transferring from the B-Main), Jye O’Keeffe (9th) and Darren Mollenoyux (10th).
Adam King was next best in 11th and was followed home by Rod Matthews, Dennis Jones, Tasmania’s Tim Hutchins and Jeremy Cross.
Corey McCullagh was credited with 16th after being forced out of the race on in the early going with Craig Vanderstelt also experiencing some early race issues while Tim Rankin was unable to take his start after a crash earlier in the night.
Tim Hutchins won the last chance B-Main while earlier Eddie Lumbar took out the C-Main.
Heat winners on the night were John Vogels, Jamie Veal, Shaun Dobson, Grant Anderson, Jye O’Keeffe, Andy Caruana, Eddie Lumbar, Michael Tancredi, Jeremy Cross and James Gardiner.
With qualifying conducted in heat group fashion, the five quick timers on the night were John Vogels (Group 1), Jamie Veal (Group 2), Tim Rankin (Group 3), Jordyn Charge (Group 4) and James McFadden (Group 5).
It was also worth noting that Charge’s exemplary qualifying effort came in his opening laps around the famed Premier Speedway circuit, highlight what a talent this 16 year old is.
James McFadden’s night was again marred by engine woes, with the NQ25 team being unable to complete his opening heat, thus ending a night that promised so much for the two time Australian Champion.
Victoria’s Peter Milnes was able to walk away from a spectacular race incident after contact with a couple of cars at the commencement of heat 6, Milnes was another to fall spectacularly from the program having also qualified strongly during time trials.
A full update on series points for both the USC Victoria and the Eureka Garages and Sheds Sprintcar Series will be available in the coming days.
The Opening round of the Alfie’s Excavations Wingless Sprint Super Series also produced some great racing with the 20 laps final bing completed without a stoppage in a race time of 4:40.75.
The eventual winner David Cook can now claim feature race wins at Sungold Stadium in not only a Wingless Sprint but also a 360 Sprintcar and a Super Rod, highlighting his ability behind the wheel.
Cook proved to be too strong for second place finisher Glenn Watts who won a titanic struggle for second with Luke Weel and fourth placed James Wren.
The top ten was made up of Andy Hibbert (5th), Adrian Densley (6th), Dayn Bentvelzen (7th), Travis Millar (8th), Alex Thomson (9th) and David Alford (10th).
The next event at Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool will be held on Saturday November 28, 2015 when Round 2 of the USC Victoria will blast into life doubling as Round 5 of the Eureka Garages and Sheds Sprintcar Series.
The on-track action is set to kick off with a round of heats for the Formula 500’s as they battle it out for the Jack Willsher Cup from 5.00pm with the gates opening at 4.00pm.
Tickets are available at the gate or on-line via www.premierspeedway.com.au.
Clarke Clinches Polar Ice Round Three
Archerfield Speedway Media Release
Whilst the final result may have been what was expected, Australian champ Adam Clarke certainly had to work hard for his win in round three of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (November 7). Clarke occupied third spot for the first 14 circulations of the 30-lap feature event before demoting Michael Kendall to set sail in pursuit of Darren Vine, who had led from the outset. On lap 18, Clarke charged under Vine in turn three and contact between the pair resulted in Vine grinding to a halt. The restart saw Clarke assume control at the front with Vine banished to the back and ultimately on to the infield in a dispiriting end to what had been a great drive. Kendall finished in second spot to become the only driver to feature on the podium in all three rounds, with Anthony Chaffey finishing in third spot.
Once again there was a small field of cars in attendance with several nominated competitors failing to front, an ongoing issue that needs to be addressed. Vine, Clarke and Kendall all collected heat wins, as did Queensland champ Rusty Whittaker.
It was Kendall who qualified on pole position for the feature event, with Whittaker alongside. However, with Whittaker failing to take his place on the grid, Vine advanced to the outside front row and took full advantage for outpace Kendall at the drop of the green. Through the first half of the race, Vine established a considerable advantage as Kendall and Clarke engaged in a battle that looked to only be for the minor placings. However, when Clarke cleared Kendall on lap 15, he closed in on Vine in rapid time on a track that was super-fast but a little narrower than usual due to a heavy shower of rain just prior to the show getting underway. As a result, when Clarke charged under Vine, the two tangled and the national champ emerged with the lead, leaving Vine to ponder what might have been.
Behind Chaffey in fourth was Michael Harders, followed by Ken Stanaway, Tony Michelle, and Lance Towns, who put in his best drive thus far in the final heat when he kept Clarke at bay in finishing second behind Vine.
A small field of 360ci Sprintcars contested the feature event with less than half of the cars that started the night taking the green flag. Only three cars made it to the chequer with Jayden Peacock finishing almost six seconds clear of Gary Smith. Scott Johnston finished in third spot.
Peacock won two heats with the other taken out by Dylan Menz, who was one of several who failed to front for the feature.
Darren Dillon recovered from a fiery end to his opening heat to emerge victorious in the Compact Speedcar feature race. In a very close result, Chris Serle-Thrussell finished less than a second behind Dillon in second spot, with Matt Jurczak snaring third. Further back, Formula 500 ace Kristin Brown, who was strangely ordered to start from the rear of the field despite having won feature races in two categories, upstaged the category regulars when she surged from the back to finish fourth in her Compact Speedcar debut. Nick Gannon was the final member of the top five, followed by Dave Swan, Audie Malt, Graeme Flynn and Chris Pidgeon.
Serle-Thrussell won all three heats, with the minor placings shared around between Dillon, Jurczak and Brown.
Shane McCullough took out the Microsprint feature race, downing Eddie Schwehla, Dave Gwin and Robert Holstein.
Mark Lowe won the Open Sedan B Grade feature and it was the easiest of wins for Michael Tayler in the A Grade feature race. Lowe backed up to finish second behind Taylor, with Ben Harris, Ben Robertson and Ben Taylor the best of the rest.
ULTIMATE SPRINTCAR CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORIA SET TO FLEX SOME MUSCLE AT SUNGOLD STADIUM
The all-new Ultimate Sprintcar Championship Victoria will blast into life at Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool this Saturday night as a part of Round 3 of the Eureka Garages and Sheds Sprintcar Series.
Go Traffic, the Traffic Management Specialists, have thrown their support behind the opening night of the 2015-16 Sungold Stadium season which will feature more than 50 Sprintcars along with a stout field of 40 Wingless Sprints.
In the Sprintcar division drivers will be vying for an all important podium finish positions to guarantee their place in the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship ‘Chase’ which will be conducted during March and April.
In addition to that, the Parr Motorsports Ultimate Sprintcar Championship Victoria points will be also on the line, with the winner claiming a cool $10,000.00 voucher at seasons end from Parr Motorsports!
Then of course, on what could loosely be described as a Triple Crown Night, all drivers will be looking to bank some points in the quest for the lucrative Eureka Garages and Sheds Series Championship!
The List of Sprintcar Nominations is impressive with Dual National Champion David Murcott heading up a strong field of contenders.
Joining the Aussie Champ at Sungold Stadium on Saturday will be another two-time National Champion in James McFadden, while 2012 Classic Champion Ian Loudoun will also be in attendance.
The White Hot Jamie Veal experienced engine drama’s in Sydney last weekend, cruelly ending his quest for a third A-Main victory on the season in Sydney.
Veal’s team have been working around the clock to ensure that the V35 makes an appearance on Saturday night to add to what is already a tough field.
The winner of the opening round of the Eureka Garages and Sheds Series, Nick Lacey, will be back and is looking for more, while last years third place finisher in the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic – Grant Anderson – will also add a touch of class to the entry list.
Sydney’s Toby Bell-Bowen joins the likes of Stephen Bell, Shaun Dobson, Daniel Pestka, Darren Mollenoyux, John Vogels and Jeremy Cross in staking a claim for A-Main honors, while a host of young guns including Jye O’Keeffe, Corey McCullagh and Luke Walker will be looking for strong runs.
Interstate entrants Chase Karpenko, Tim Hutchins, Craig Vanderstelt and Mark House will be other drivers to keep an eye on as well.
Time Trials will be conducted in drawn heat groups, with two heats per car to follow before the all important C, B and A-Main events.
For the Wingless Sprints, another wide-open event is anticipated with a host of fresh faces making their way to Sungold Stadium for the opening round of the Alfie’s Excavations Super Series.
As mentioned with 40 cars nominated the action is sure to be fast and furious.
The on-track action is set to kick off with a round of Wingless Sprint Heats from 5.00pm with the gates opening at 4.00pm.
Tickets are available at the gate or on-line via www.premierspeedway.com.au.
Children Under 15 will be admitted for Free to the opening event of the season.
BRAZIER BRAINS ‘EM AGAIN
Garry Brazier won round four of the NSW Ultimate Sprintcar Championship on October 31, making this his second USC season win in as many weeks at Valvoline Raceway.
It was also his first back-to-back victory in Sydney since 1997.
The race was memorable for many reasons but one talking point in particular was the way that the two first cars ended up after the chequered flag fell.
The Saturday night Halloween spectacular saw 63 Ultimate Sprintcars team up with the Stadium Super Trucks in front of an enormous crowd despite the constant threat of thunderstorms and the occasional shower.
Once again Warrnambool’s Jamie Veal set Quick Time in Group One Qualifying and was the fastest man on track with 12.735-second lap whilst Newcastle’s Matt Smith was the fastest in Group Two with 13.007 seconds.
Unfortunately Veal hurt his motor in the process and with his spare engine in Melbourne the team was forced to load up early and head back to Victoria before their heat race began.
Jeff Lawler won the non-qualifier’s race with Brendan Scorgie coming in second.
Danny Reidy performed double duties on the night jumping from an Ultimate Sprintcar into a Stadium Super Truck. The Queensland based Territory born Reidy won heat the first Sprintcar heat of the night with Sam Walsh and Marty Perovich finishing second and third.
Livewire Tasmanian Shaun Dobson made his first appearance in the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship finishing fourth in heat one and finishing at the back of the A main in position
Max Johnston turned his luck around from the last meeting early in the night, winning heat two off the front row with Jimmy Matchett finishing second.
Matt Dumesny won heat three off the front row with Robbie Farr and Matt Smith closely behind.
Heat four saw teenage rookie Sean Richards crash in turn four when he ‘biked it up’ on the cushion and rolled the Omron #51 before Adrian Maher won the heat with Warren Ferguson finished second and Australian champion Dave Murcott in third.
Dave Murcott also made his debut in the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship setting time of 13.010 seconds in time trials, finishing third in heat four and finally second in the feature race after leading for the majority of the 30 lap affair.
18 year old Seb Johnston, younger brother of Max was another to make his first race in the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship making it into the C main and finishing in position thirteen with Mick Saller winning the race.
The top 8 pole shuffle determined Gary Brazier would start off the front row of the A main with James Thompson after the cagey veteran used some wily antics to ‘de-throne’ some of his rivals.
Johnston V. Adrian Maher - Maher wins by default because Max was deemed to have jumped the start
Maher V. Matt Dumesny - Maher wins
Maher V. Reidy - Maher wins
Maher V. Murcott - Murcott Wins
Murcott V. Brazier - Brazier wins by default because Murcott was deemed to have jumped the start
Brazier V. Smith - Brazier wins
Brazier V. Thompson - Brazier wins
Toby Bellbowen won the B main from Max Dumesny and Troy Little. Dumesny took the lead initially on the start but Bellbowen passed him with seven laps to go. A yellow light stoppage for Alex Orr (when Matt Craft rode Orr’s right rear wheel and cut down his tyre) allowed Toby to take the lead and finish on top.
Straight into the feature race went the top four transfer cars as they were given a short amount of time to change tyres and put more fuel in the car.
Brazier grabbed the lead into turn one of the 30 lap A-Main but a red light for Grant Anderson on lap one in turn two after contact with Toby Bellbowen allowed Murcott to take the lead on the restart, leading the next 23 laps through lap traffic until a yellow caution was unfortunately put out for Max Johnston when he slowed to a halt in turn three.
Single file restart was Murcott, Brazier, Maher, Reidy and Matt Dumesny.
With two laps to go Brazier took the lead with a big move on the inside in turn one where contact was made between the two Australian champions and they raced hard until the chequers.
After the chequered flag fell Murcott pulled up alongside Brazier to remonstrate and the two ended up locked together in a stationery position in turn three to the jeers and cheers of the crowd.
“I thought I’d give him a rub up to wind up the old bugger,” Murcott grinned after the pair settled down, “I didn’t mean for it to wind up that we both crashed.”
Brazier was quick to respond.
“He’s got my number,” Brazier grinned, “that’s the only reason I didn’t tolerate him running into me. It’s good to get the win but I enjoy watching my son race as much as I enjoy this whole driving thing really. It’s great to have my Dad back working on the racecars and I want to thank him, and Capalaba Wreckers and Castrol for their ongoing sponsorship of me.”
Adrian Maher was a sensational third place after a consistent drive all night.
“It’s hard work out there,” Maher conceded, “it’s good to get a third place result but I didn’t have anything left. I had the thing absolutely flat out the whole way around. Obviously those guys crashing each other out after the chequered flag don’t fix their own cars.”
Matt Dumesny recorded a career best USC result with a fine fourth place finish over the versatile Danny Reidy in fifth, James Thompson sixth, Maz Dumesny seventh, Jeremy Cross eighth, Matt Smith ninth and Robbie Farr rounding out the top ten.
Craig Brady finished eleventh, Troy Little twelfth, Sam Walsh thirteenth, Chad Ely fourteenth, Warren Ferguson fifteenth, Shane Dobson sixteenth, Lachlan Abbott seventeenth, Darryl Campbell eighteenth, Jimmy Matchett nineteenth and Jackson Delamont twentieth as the last registered finisher.
DNF’s were Max Johnston, Grant Anderson, Toby Bellbowen and Marty Perovich.
The Stadium Super Trucks were a huge hit with the massive crowd providing some spectacular wheels off the ground action and some real bump and run competition.
American teenager Sheldon Creed took the final race win despite a spirited battle with SST creator and motor racing legend Robby Gordon that enthralled the fans. The USA vs Australia competition was epic and certainly provided some wonderful theatre on the man-made hell track that was created over the last ten days.
Round five of the NSW Ultimate Sprintcar Championship will be in a fortnight on November 14 at Valvoline Raceway for the Sid Hopping Shootout featuring Ultimate Sprintcars, Lighting Sprints and Wingless Sprintcars.
The next event at Valvoline Raceway is this Saturday, November 7 featuring Late Model Sedans, Legend Cars, the NSW Street Stock Championship and Fender Benders.
Scheuerle Wins Again
Archerfield Speedway Media Release
Andrew Scheuerle gave his rivals every chance to upstage him at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (October 31), but when the chequered flag unfurled at the end of 30 laps, it was Scheuerle who again emerged triumphant to score his third feature race win in succession. In what was perhaps the hardest of his three wins thus far, Scheuerle finished ahead of Peter Lack and Luke Oldfield, who charged through the field after starting 13th. Lapped traffic provided Lack with several opportunities to run down Scheuerle but a final green-white-chequer restart cleared the way for Scheuerle to again visit victory lane.
Big drives from Steve Johnson and Brad Hilder propelled them into the top five, with Dave Fanning enjoying a solid return in sixth spot. Mark Pholi, Brad Ayers, Dale Shilleto and David Whell rounded out the top ten and were the only other finishers. Lachlan McHugh was looking good for a top three result until a he ran wide in turn two with just three laps to run and made contact with Oldfield which forced the teenager to the infield lamenting what might have been.
A 25-car field fronted for qualifying and it was Toowoomba’s Whell who left everybody in his wake in time trials to clock KRE Race Engines Fast Time. As the only driver to go under 12 seconds (11.747), Whell finished ahead of Richard Morgan, McHugh, Andrew Liebke and Steven Greer, with the likes of Lack (12th), Scheuerle (13th) and Oldfield (17th) languishing somewhat and needing to turn things around in the heats.
The opening heat saw Scheuerle score maximum points when he downed Nelson Reddacliff and Lack. Hilder hightailed to victory in heat two, defeating Callum Walker and Andrew Marks.
Oldfield proved too pacey in heat three, trumping Fanning and McHugh, with Lack outgunning Pholi and Ayers in heat four.
Brent Kratzmann bounced back from a setback in his opening heat to take out the fifth preliminary in advance of Fanning and Reddacliff. In the final heat, Oldfield doubled up to deny Scheuerle, with Luke Tinson in third spot.
At the completion of the preliminaries, it was McHugh who emerged as the top qualifier for the first time. In the Lucas Oils Dash, Greer and Fanning were eliminated in the bronze shootout, to be joined on the infield by Morgan and Pholi from the silver shootout. In the finale, it was Lack who triumphed to secure pole position for the feature event, outpacing Whell and McHugh, who rounded up Scheuerle with a great outside run.
Ben Hilder was untroubled in winning the East Coast Logistics B Main, taking Tinson, Shilleto and Dan Murray into the feature race with him. After an uncharacteristically subdued performance through the preliminaries, Kevin Titman exited the B Main on the opening lap along with Reddacliff and Marks.
It was actually Whell who got the best of the start from the outside front row to lead the opening lap of the feature. However, the race was halted on the very next circulation following a tangle between Fanning and Kratzmann that left the latter out of action. The restart did not go well for Whell, with firstly lack and then Scheuerle moving ahead within one lap of the resumption. Scheuerle went to the front on lap eight and held sway for the remainder despite Lack’s valiant efforts to reel him in. Morgan and McHugh relegated Whell further on lap nine, with Oldfield and Johnson doing likewise a lap later. As the laps wound down, lapped traffic was heavy and unpredictable and Lack looked set to pounce on more than one occasion. Two late race restarts – the first to remove the stricken McHugh on lap 28 and the second following an incident involving Walker and Dan Murray on the final lap – enabled Scheuerle to keep Lack at bay and secure another win.
The Wingless Sprint feature race was a straightforward affair with Brant Chandler leading from the outset to defeat Adam Butler, Mitch Gowland, Jason King and Brad Keiler.