A Winning Start for Scheuerle
Archerfield Speedway Media Release
The opening round of the 2015/2016 Supercheap Auto Sprintcar Track Championship on Saturday night (October 3) saw Andrew Scheuerle rediscover his winning formula to emerge victorious in the 30-lap feature event. Having gone all of last season without a feature win at Archerfield, it was the best possible start to the championship for the former track titleholder, taking his new Ausdeck Patios and Roofing Cool to the front at the drop of the green and leading every lap on a track that produced fast racing and plenty of passing.
Kevin Titman was the stand-out performer for most of the night, only to fall short at the final hurdle in finishing second behind Scheuerle. Titman topped qualifying, scored a heat win despite being at the back of the inversion and then took out the Lucas Oils Dash to secure pole position for the feature. He shadowed Scheuerle in the early laps, but lost contact as the laps wound down to ultimately finish three seconds adrift.
In the best ever result of his career, Andrew Liebke drove terrifically under pressure to finish in third spot, advancing from tenth and then withstanding the advances of numerous challengers to secure his first podium appointment. In fact, several of his pursuers clocked faster lap times during the race, but Liebke remained unfazed to see off each new challenger that emerged from the battle pack in pursuit.
In the end it was Steve Johnson who emerged the best of the rest, edging out Brandon Rawlings with Luke Oldfield surging back to sixth after a tyre change saw him relegated to the back. Lachlan McHugh, who had advanced from 15th to be running fifth at one stage, was next ahead of Dan Murray, Kristy Bonsey and Jason Bottin rounding out the top ten. David Whell, Brent Kratzmann, Ben Hilder and Steve Greer were the remaining finishers.
With 10 drivers dipping below 12 seconds in Time Trials, it was Titman who bested the field with an 11.687 circulation to secure KRE Quick Time. Scheuerle was next quickest ahead of Mark Pholi, 16-year-old Callum Walker, Oldfield, Murray and another teenager in Mitchell Gee.
In winning the opening heat, Liebke clocked the fastest race lap of the night on his way to downing Johnson and Murray. Gee stormed home to win heat two over Greer and Oldfield, with Andrew Marks outpacing Hilder and Kratzmann to win in heat three.
Titman charged under Kristy Bonsey with just two laps remaining to win heat four, leading Bonsey and Walker to the chequer. Liebke did it again in heat five, keeping Scheuerle at bay on this occasion, with Scott Doyle third. The final heat saw Oldfield finish ahead of Greer and Johnson.
Fortune favoured Titman in the pre-race grid draw for the Lucas Oils Dash when he duly selected pole position and took full advantage to lead home Scheuerle, Hilder, Oldfield, Murray and Gee. Having declined to take the Kratzmann Caravan Challenge to invert the field, Titman started the feature race from pole position, but it was Scheuerle who proved too quick from the outside front row to find himself in the lead at the end of the opening lap.
In the opening round of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship, it was Troy Ware who staked an early claim with victory in the 15-lap feature race. Defending champion Michael Kendall finished second in an unfamiliar mount, with Anthony Chaffey completing the podium. Grant Draney and a much improved Chris Singleton were next in line, Lance Towns, Darren Vine, Brad Young and Craig Smith rounding out the depleted field.
Heat wins were shared between Draney, Ware and Kendall, who was driving for the Singleton team while his new car is readied and found himself disqualified from his opening heat when contact with Chaffey sent the latter into the wall.
Immediately after winning the Wingless Sprint feature race, Mitch Gowland had to make a hasty exit from the cockpit when his car erupted into flames. Adam Butler and Glen Wright filled the minor placings devoid of any such drama, with Brad Keiler and Jason King completing the top five.
No surprise in the Modlite feature with national champ Terry Leerentveld proving too strong. Aaron Prosser challenged early but couldn’t keep pace with Leerentveld as the race progressed, while Alex Coward annexed third ahead of William Butler and Chris Crowe.
Harding will heat up ENZED World Series Sprintcars 2015/16
Western Australian young gun, Daniel Harding, has committed to racing ENZED World Series Sprintcars 2015/16. Expect the W12 Harding Racing car to draw its fair share of attention, as the team take the competition to some of the big names of ENZED World Series Sprintcars in 2015/16.
During his participation in ENZED World Series Sprintcars 2014/15, Daniel’s solid racing performances often saw him finish races alongside the top order in Heats and Features. After wrapping up ENZED WSS 2014/15 Daniel has continued to race around Australia proving to be a strong contender at any race meeting. Now he is ready to put the pedal to the metal for the 2015/16 season of ENZED World Series Sprintcars:
‘As a team we enjoy getting on the road and travelling, and getting a lot of races in. There’s obviously good people and good teams on the road, we just enjoy racing with them and getting the laps in as well’, said Daniel.
‘This year we’ve got a lot to improve on from last year, we had some good runs we just hadn’t got the results. I’d like to get on the podium a couple of times. We’ll try to push for a top 5 position overall, it’s pretty hard to do that with the competition, but we’ll be pushing pretty hard too.’
Speedway Australia Operations Manager, Shane Collins, said that the return of the Harding team would be great for ENZED World Series Sprintcars.
‘Daniel, and the Harding racing team, are an asset to the Australian Sprintcar scene and to have them on the road for ENZED WSS again is really exciting. Daniel is one of those young drivers that learns and improves with each race meeting and on track results are not too far away. This goes hand in hand with the amazing race team that the Harding Motorsport team put together and the level of professionalism that they represent with on the road is wonderful for the sport.’
‘It’s going to be great to see the team in the mix challenging the likes of Tatnell and McFadden. He will be a driver fans will want to keep an eye on not only now, but also in the future, and particularly when ENZED World Series Sprintcars kicks off at Valvoline Raceway on December 12.’
October Means Action: New Season Starts this Saturday
Archerfield Speedway Media Release
October has arrived and that means that a new Queensland speedway season is upon us once again. This Saturday night (October 3) at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway, the 2015/2016 season gets underway in style with the opening round of the Supercheap Auto Sprintcar Track Championship. More than 25 drivers have nominated for competition, with a good mix of experienced campaigners and youthful newcomers amongst the entries.
Whilst the likes of Andrew Scheuerle, Brent Kratzmann, Kevin Titman and Luke Oldfield will no doubt again be at the forefront of the battle for championship honours. This quartet have a wealth of experience, particularly here at Archerfield, and whilst it would be reasonable to expect that they will feature prominently in the results, there are a growing number of young(er) guns looking to make their mark this season and steal the spotlight from these established stars.
On the back of some strong results towards the end of last season, Ben Hilder will be looking to continue his upward trajectory with a strong start to the new season, while the two-car team of Brandon Rawlings and Mitchell Gee will also be primed to build on their impressive efforts from last season. Having made the step up from the Modilite division at the very end of last season, Gold Coast-based teenager Lachlan McHugh will undertake his first full-time foray into Sprintcar competition, with former two-time state Formula 500 champion Dale Shilleto also making a move into the V8 ranks.
Another talented teenager in Callum Walker also returns for his sophomore season, while McHugh’s former Modlite adversary in Dylan Menz will make his Sprintcar competition debut this weekend. Another youngster on the rise is Travis Woods, while Kristy Bonsey will continue to build on her reputation as a low-budget racer who never gives less than 100% in her bid to upstage her higher profile rivals.
Throw in the likes of Bathurst 1000 champion Paul Morris and track regulars such as Andrew Liebke, Dan Murray, Jason Bottin, Steve Johnson, Mark Pholi, Steve Greer, Scott Doyle and Brad Ayers, along with Toowoomba’s David Whell, a returning Clem Hoffmans and a couple of wildcard entries in Andrew Marks and Luke Tinson and all the ingredients are in place to cook up something special on Saturday night.
There will be again be three separate Sprintcar championships up for grabs at Archerfield this season, with the Supercheap Auto Series to be decided over the first 14 rounds of racing. Rounds 15 to 19 will comprise the East Coast Logistics Crispy Memorial Series and the overall top pointscorer across both series’ will be crowned Track Champion.
The opening round of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship will also be decided on Saturday night, with defending titleholder Michael Kendall to face off against a dozen challengers, including proven feature race winners such as Brendan Palmer, Darren Vine, Anthony Chaffey, Grant Draney and Mark George. However, it might just be Troy Ware who emerges as the biggest threat if he can maintain the form he found towards the end of the 2014/2015 season.
Wingless Sprints, Modlites and Formula 500’s, with Queensland champ Kaydon Iverson and Kristin Brown leading the charge, complete the opening night racing program, with a huge fireworks show also scheduled to ring in the new season.
Pit gates open at 3:00pm, with spectator gates from 4:00pm. Early racing gets underway from 4:45pm and Sprintcars are scheduled to hit the track for the first time in 2015/2016 at 6:00pm.
DUMESNY UNVEILS SPRINTCAR SUPER-TEAM
official release: Valvoline Raceway
September 30, 2015
Just three days shy of the historic opening of the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship NSW at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway motorsport legend Max Dumesny has revealed his most ambitious season ever with the unveiling of a four car family assault.
Max’s sons Matt, Mitchell, Marcus and daughter Michaela will either race full time or rotate through the Mitchell Dumesny car on selected occasions in the massive operation backed by Valvoline and several valuable associate sponsors.
Valvoline Raceway today was the backdrop for the unveiling of the four stunning cars as Max and wife Melinda looked proudly on at the super-team they have undertaken.
“I didn’t honestly think this would happen this way because I didn’t think Mitchell was racing due to the time he’s taken off after his back injury. I’m pleased to see him back though and that he’s joining Matt and Marcus with their cars. Michaela will do some events on the nights that Mitchell’s not competing,” said Max today in front of the assembled media and sponsors.
Max (56), Mitchell (27), Michaela (26) Matt (21) and Marcus (16) will all wrestle their ultimate Sprintcars in the biggest season ever held at Valvoline Raceway.
Managing Director at Ashland (Valvoline Australia) Peter Besgrove, a long time supporter and friend of Max Dumesny, announced an incredible statistic today at the launch.
“We’ve done some research through the books and we believe that globally Max Dumesny is the longest serving Valvoline ambassador from all our sponsorship profiles. That’s a pretty impressive record. Worldwide he’s our longest serving ambassador.”
In career spanning some 33 years the now 56 year old father of four has amassed over 180 main event wins including seven coveted World Series Sprintcars Championships, three Australian Championships, three Warrnambool Classics, fifteen State titles in various corners of the country and in earlier days two Australian NASCAR titles.
Nowhere on the Sprintcar planet has one family entered all five family members in cars in the one season.
“There’s probably a good reason for that,” laughs the iconic Victorian who has lived most of his life in Nelson NSW, “you’d probably have to be quite mad to pull on what we’re doing this year.”
Dumesny’s wife Melinda was also a decorated Sprintcar racer ‘back in the day’ and she will actually pull on the helmet in a special match race for the six Dumesny family members on February 13.
Talk of retirement often surrounds Max Dumesny but sixteen-year-old son Marcus has put the kybosh on that.
“He told me I have to keep racing until he gets started,” grins Max, “so that’s basically what’s happening. I hadn’t decided I was retiring anyway but the chance to race with all my kids at some point this year certainly is cool.”
Max, Matt and Marcus will all saddle up this Saturday night as part of a whopping 57-car field at Valvoline Raceway for Round One of USC NSW which headlines the second annual Brian Healey Cup.
A talented field of Speedcars, Legend Cars and a car crunching metal munching Demolition Derby is also on the program.
Gates open from 2pm with action starting on track from 6pm.
USC Sprintcars (Brian Healey Cup) – Demolition Derby – Speedcars – Legend Cars
Prices: Adults $30 / Pension $20 / Juniors 13-15yrs $15 Family (2 adults and 2 teens) $70
Speedway Infoline: (02) 9637 0411
Address: 21 Wentworth Street Granville / Clyde
Gates open 2pm, action on track 6pm
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Brooke Tatnell is back for ENZED World Series Sprintcars 2015/16
The 2014/15 ENZED World Series Sprintcars Champion, Brooke Tatnell will return for the 29th edition of WSS and be shooting for a historic tenth Championship title.
Tatnell is the winner of five Australian Sprintcar Titles and three Grand Annual Sprintcar Classics, alongside his nine World Series Sprintcars’ Championships. Make no mistake, Brooke will be ready to take on the competition for the glory of a tenth ENZED WSS Championship, when the competition kicks off this December.
‘I truly enjoy the fact that to compete in the Series year after year is grueling and intense, it's not for the weak’ said Tatnell.
‘World Series Sprintcars and Sprintcar racing is a drug. There is no greater adrenalin rush than Sprintcar racing and World Series Sprintcars is the pinnacle of our sport.’
With KMS team owner, Shane Krikke, bravely continuing to undergo treatment for cancer, this year’s World Series campaign will be a very personal one for Tatnell.
‘This year is all about family, if the KMS team chasing the WSS championship can help give Shane Krikke a slight distraction from thinking about his battles and treatment for even just a moment then my bags are packed with guns blazing.’
Speedway Australia Operations Manager, Shane Collins, said that Brooke Tatnell returning to defend his 2014/15 title would be huge for the 2015/16 Series.
‘The Tatnell name is such a massive part of WSS, and to have Brooke back again is just fantastic for the series. With deeply valued and much respected car owner Shane Krikke fighting his own personnel battle this could be one of the greatest stories in WSS history if this amazing race team can get the job done, and you would be brave to doubt they can’
‘But with so many other first class drivers with the desire and ability to take home an ENZED World Series Championship, Brooke will have to fight tooth and nail to take the grand prize of another ENZED WSS Championship. Expect adrenaline-pumping racing right from the first Round of the 2015/16 ENZED World Series Sprintcars campaign, when WSS kicks off at Valvoline Raceway on December 12!’
James McFadden will be tearing up the track this coming racing season, as part of ENZED World Series Sprintcars 2015/16.
McFadden, and the Scott Milling-owned NQ #25 team, can be expected to take it to the competition at every Round for 2015/16 as an ENZED World Series Spr
intcars contracted team – from Valvoline Raceway in Sydney, to the Perth Motorplex.
No stranger to ENZED World Series Sprintcars success, McFadden took his first World Series Sprintcars Championship during the 2011-12 season, at the astonishingly young age of 22. His status as one of Australia’s most elite Sprintcar drivers was confirmed when he won his second World Series Sprintcars in 2012-13.
With these huge Championship wins, and two Australian Sprintcar Championships to his name, McFadden is one of the most exciting Sprintcar competitors both in
Australia and abroad.
McFadden was even raising the eyebrows of ENZED WSS statisticians last year, who noted that but for one missed WSS Round he may well have taken enough
points to take another ENZED WSS Championship. So WSS fans should make no mistake, with his 2015 American tour now finalised, McFadden will be seeking all the glory that comes with an ENZED World Series Sprintcars Championship!
Speedway Australia Operations Manager Shane Collins noted that it would be great to have a driver as exciting as McFadden back for ENZED World Series Sprintcars 2015/16.
"James is one of Australia's finest talents in the Sprintcar ranks both on and off the track. His record for one so young is unmatched, and I’m sure he wants to add some further milestones to his already blossoming career. A true professional off the track as well, means that James is such an asset for the sport so it’s great to have him touring the country and running for WSS glory!"
More announcements regarding other contracted ENZED World Series Sprintcars will be coming in the following days and weeks.
Ultimate Sprintcar Championship and ENZED World Series Sprintcars form partnership for 2015/16 season!
In what will be massive news to all Sprintcar fans around Australia, ENZED World Series Sprintcars and the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship (USC) will be forming an exciting corporate partnership for the 2015/16 season!
Now in its 29th outing, the World Series Sprintcars management decided to reach out to support USC, a brand new Sprintcar event for the 2015/16 season. The WSS team are now thrilled to announce the establishment of this wonderful new partnership between ENZED World Series Sprintcars and the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship.
In supporting ENZED World Series Sprintcars, the USC management have agreed to come on board as the 2015/16 Naming Rights Partner of World Series Sprintcars’ ‘Speedweek’. As a show of ENZED World Series Sprintcars’ support by USC, any driver who makes a podium during any ‘USC Speedweek’ round of ENZED World Series Sprintcars 2015/16, will automatically qualify for the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship chase starting in March.
Valvoline Raceway’s Managing Director, Steve Green, stated that “the partnership between the two Series would be a huge win for the growth of Sprintcars in Australia”.
‘The Ultimate Sprintcar Championship is excited to partner up with WSS, most of us involved in the USC have been a part of WSS over the years and we feel a Naming Rights Partnership with WSS speed week is a positive for the entire sport.
Speedway Australia Operations Manager, Shane Collins, said that forming a partnership between the USC and ENZED World Series Sprintcars for 2015/16 was a natural consequence of wanting to do the right thing for the sport:
‘It’s fantastic that this exciting new innovation into the Australian Sprintcar scene in the USC has also seen fit to support the longest standing National Sprintcar Series in Australia. The management of USC have been very supportive of protecting the WSS championship and to see them now join together is a great sign of unity for the sport. First to get WSS back into Sydney and now this, we cannot thank Barry and Felicity Waldron and Managing Director Steve Green enough.’
‘If Australian Sprintcar fans are not excited about this summer then they never will be, it promises to be a great season of competition throughout both ENZED WSS and then the all new USC’
USC EXPANDS TO PREMIER SPEEDWAY WARRNAMBOOL
The Ultimate Sprintcar Championship will expand to three tracks in three states in the coming 2015/2016 season with the announcement today that Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway Warrnambool has joined the spectacular new initiative.
“We’re delighted that Premier Speedway has joined us,” says Valvoline Speedway Managing Director Steven Green, “the concept of now having three States and three circuits involved in the USC gives us tremendous versatility, variety and even broader interest than what we originally envisaged for the first year.”
The USC 2015/2016 sees Premier Speedway join fellow USC circuits Valvoline Raceway in Sydney and Hi-Tec Oils Speedway in Toowoomba Queensland.
“When we first sat down with Valvoline Raceway in Sydney to listen to their plans for the USC it was obvious that this would be an exciting development for the Australian Sprintcar industry as a whole, says Premier Speedway General Manager David Mills, “we’re very excited to come on board as the Victorian arm of the initiative. It adds even more excitement to our season ahead.”
Ultimate Sprintcar Championship owners Barry and Felicity Waldron see Warrnambool’s inclusion as a logical step for the concept.
“Felicity and I are very pleased that Warrnambool have come on board,” says Barry, “Premier Speedway is without a doubt one of the blue-ribbon Speedway venues not only here in Australia but in fact the world. Having one of the best circuits in the world along with our sister tracks in Sydney and Toowoomba as part of the USC makes sense on many levels. We’ll be bringing plenty to the table for Warrnambool and they in return will bring plenty back. It’s a win-win situation for all parties.”
So how does this work?
All Sprintcar events conducted at Premier Speedway in 2015/2016 (with the exclusion of the Australian Championship) prior to March will carry the USC qualifying system and points.
In short, any driver finishing on the podium at any of the Premier Speedway, Valvoline Raceway or Hi-Tec Oils Toowoomba Speedway USC Sprintcar main events during October – February will qualify for the chance to race for “The Chase”.
“The Chase” is a selected number of major events held in March-April at Toowoomba Speedway, Valvoline Raceway and Premier Speedway carrying an overall bonus of $30,000 for the winner, $20,000 for runner-up and $10,000 for third.
None of the Chase event dates will clash between Toowoomba, Sydney and Warrnambool EXCEPT on the Easter weekend where bonus points are available – drivers must nominate only ONE of those Easter weekend events where they will vie for the bonus points.
“We support the idea of upping the ante for Sprintcar branding and promotion that the USC will drive,” says Mills, “with the option for us to explore TV exposure, the potential of Giant Video Screens interaction, video streaming and the raising of the awareness for the sport this is an exciting time to be involved. The Premier Speedway Club’s charter is to advance the promotion of Sprintcar racing to a wider audience as well so joining the USC alliance is another step forward for our members, sponsors and the teams that race with us.”
The official schedule and calendar of events for the 2015/2016 Ultimate Sprintcar Championship between Toowoomba’s Hi-Tec Oils Speedway, Valvoline Raceway Sydney and Premier Speedway Warrnambool will follow shortly.
How does ‘The Ultimate Sprintcar Championship’ work?
Every round at Valvoline Raceway will count towards the USC NSW.
(September to April).
Every round at Hi-Tec Oils Toowoomba Speedway will count towards the USC QLD. (September to April).
Every round at Sungold Stadium Premier Speedway will count towards the USC VIC. (September to April).
How do I qualify for the Ultimate Sprintcar Chase for the Championship?
To qualify for the Ultimate Sprintcar Chase for the Championship you must make a podium at one of the qualifying races at any USC member track through the months September to February.
Points will be awarded each time a driver makes a podium on the basis of 1st – 3 points, 2nd - 2 points, 3rd - 1 point.
These points will accumulate through the months of September to February and the accumulated amount will be the points each qualified driver will start the USC Chase for the Championship with.
Once the USC Chase begins each chase round will be awarded points as per the USC Points system.
WORLD SERIES SPRINTCARS TO RETURN TO SYDNEY!
Official release: Valvoline Raceway
June 26, 2015
World Series Sprintcars will return to Valvoline Raceway for the first time in three seasons for a one-night only engagement on Saturday night, December 12 to kick off the 2015/2016 WSS schedule.
The last time a WSS round was held at the iconic Parramatta venue was 2012/2013 for a double header that was dominated on both nights by Tennessee World of Outlaws star Jason Sides.
Valvoline Raceway Managing Director Steven Green was today ecstatic to confirm that WSS will return to his venue this season and with the added sizzle of a $10,000 to win main event.
“Obviously Sydney is an important location for World Series Sprintcars and World Series is important for our venue and our sport,” he explained, “we’re really excited about having a round once again. The date we have selected will coincide with a round of the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship NSW and is the week after the Homebush V8 Supercar event. We’re hoping we can cross-pollinate with a bit of V8 Supercar activity as well. It’s an exciting night for many reasons for us.”
World Series Sprintcars Race Director Shane Collins is naturally thrilled to bring the WSS show back to the Harbour City.
“The history between Valvoline Raceway and World Series Sprintcars is steeped in tradition,” says Collins, “it’s a really positive time for the teams and the fans that we can head back to Parramatta. The direction in which Sprintcar racing is headed at that circuit is very refreshing and we’re all excited to be adding Sydney back to our calendar this season.”
More information on the entire Valvoline Raceway schedule, including the USC dates, will follow soon.
WSS to take the West by storm in 2015/16
Jun 24, 2015
Speedway Australia is happy to announce that World Series Sprintcars will be running an explosive set of Rounds right across Western Australia in 2015/16! This announcement adds to a giant two night Grand Final at Perth Motorplex that will close a massive 2015/16 season!
The now famous ‘Western Swing’ of WSS will kick off on the 13th of February 2016 with a Round at Perth Motorplex, a venue that has given Sprintcar fans many memorable racing experiences over the years! Then it is regional Western Australia’s turn to feel the noise of a pack of furiously fast Sprintcars when WSS tears up the track at Albany Speedway and Bunbury Speedway, on the 19th and 20th of February respectively. Then it’s crunch time when WSS winds up with the Grand Final at Perth Motorplex on the 26th and 27th of February 2016! A race that is sure to separate the pros from the pack! The Annual WSS Gala Dinner will also take place in Perth on the 28th of February 2016, at which award winners for the 2015/16 running of World Series Sprintcars will be officially announced.
Speedway Australia’s Operations Manager Shane Collins said WSS fans could expect to see some of the best racing on the WSS calendar in WA:
‘Traditionally, by the time WSS reaches Western Australia the Championship points chase is incredibly close as we start to work towards wrapping up the Series. With Western Australia’s hugely competitive local posse thrown in the mix, this means the WSS competitors are pushing themselves to their absolute limits to win races, and this inevitably makes for great racing!’
‘The WSS fans in Western Australia, both metropolitan and regional, have always been great supporters of the Series and we are looking forward to really putting on a show for them this coming summer!’
Full WSS Western Swing dates are as follows:
13th February 2016 – Perth Motorplex, WA
19th February 2016 – Albany Speedway, WA
20th February 2016 – Bunbury Speedway, WA
26th February and 27th February 2016 – Perth Motorplex, WA (WSS Grand Final)