58 SPRINTCARS FOR BRIAN HEALEY GOLD CUP USC NSW OPENER AT VALVOLINE RACEWAY
Official release: Valvoline Raceway
September 28, 2016
A fantastic 58 cars have entered for the Brian Healey Gold Cup - Round One of the 2016/2017 USC NSW this Saturday night at Valvoline Raceway, and what a line-up it is!
Defending Brian Healey Gold Cup and USC Champion Jamie Veal leads a star-studded cast that includes three former national champions, Max Dumesny, Garry Brazier and Robbie Farr and former track champion James Thompson.
A strong contingent of interstate raiders includes Queensland's Danny Reidy and Brandon Rawlings, Northern Territory's Ben Atkinson, Tasmania's Shaun Dobson, Victorian Corey McCullagh and South Australia's Jake Tranter, Chad Ely and Terry Kelly.
Toby Bellbowen has prepared for this Saturday night’s curtain raiser with a recent stint of racing in California and a strong run at last weekend’s Queensland USC opener.
Sam Walsh, Jackson Delamont, Jordyn Brazier, Matt Dumesny, Jimmy Matchett, Max Johnston, Troy little, Matt Smith, Jeremy Cross and Marty Perovich form a formidable list of experienced racers capable of upsetting their more fancied rivals.
Marcus Dumesny, Cameron Ware, Thomas Jeffery and Mick Saller head a group of young-guns who now have at least one season of experience whilst a new breed of Sprintcar rookies join the fray including Courtney O'Hehir, Matt Geering, Brayden Wilmington and Adam Hourigan.
Nathan Smee, Michael Stewart, Jamie McKinlay, Reid Mackay, Matt Jackson and Bob Jackson lead a small but fiercely competitive field of 17 nominated Speedcars whilst current Australia #1 Rob Rawlings heads up a big field of Legend Cars.
USC SPRINTCAR NOMINATIONS:
ACT 2 Atkinson Ben
V 3 Loudoun Ian
NQ 5 Reidy Danny
V 5 Dumesny Max
N 6 Geering Matt
N 7 Bellbowen Toby
NQ 7 Farr Robbie
N 9 Caunt Kyle
ACT 11 Hourigan Adam
N 11 Smith Matt
N 12 Jeffrey Thomas
N 13 McKenna Wayne
N 16 Sayre Daniel
N 17 Perovich Marty
N 20 Little Troy
ACT 21 Dobson Shaun
N 21 Brazier Garry
NQ 21 Brazier Jordyn
N 22 Thompson James
S 22 Ely Chad
N 23 Alexander Scott
N 24 Skipper Blake
N 31 Davis Jason
N 32 Ferguson Warren
ACT 35 Anthony Kaitlyn
V 35 Veal Jamie
V 37 Anderson Grant
S 37 Kelly Terry
N 38 Johnston Max
N 39 Cross Jeremy
N 41 Lawler Jeff
N 44 O'Neill Peter
NQ 44 Rawlings Brandon
S 45 Tranter Jake
N 47 Dumesny Marcus
N 48 Delamont Jackson
N 49 Matherson Jamie
N 50 Jeffrey Antony
N 54 Tunks Grant
N 56 Saller Mick
ACT 57 Scorgie Brendan
N 57 Dumesny Matthew
ACT 58 Ware Cameron
N 61 Matchett Mick
N 64 Sheedy Shane
N 65 Rallings Brenden
N 71 O'Hehir Courtney
ACT 72 Vanderreyden Anthony
ACT 75 Hart Damien
N 78 Wright Andrew
N 80 Johnston Sebastian
N 81 Lagerlow Graham
N 88 Matchett Jimmy
ACT 89 Wilmington Braydan
V 90 McCullagh Corey
N 92 Walsh Sam
N 96 White Bruce
ACT 99 Waugh Jay
N 5 Andy HASSAN
N 6 Michael JORDAN
W 7 Nick ROWE
N 8 Nathan SMEE
S 9 Michael STEWART
N 26 Paul RAYNES
N 41 Jordan MACKAY
N 42 Jaimie MCKINLAY
N 54 Alan DAY
N 58 Jeremy EVANS
N 62 Dan BINER
N 71X Reagan ANGEL
N 76 Bob JACKSON
Q 76 Reid MACKAY
N 97 Matt JACKSON
N 98 Jay HALL
N 99 Jack BLACK
Round Two Ready to Rumble
Archerfield Speedway Media Release
Anybody who witnessed the action that unfolded during round one of the Sprintcar Track Championship two weeks ago will be much anticipating the second round of competition to be contested this Saturday night (October 1) at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway. The opening round produced action aplenty and some sensational on-track combat that ended with Robbie Farr standing atop the podium alongside Andrew Scheuerle and Bryan Mann. With Farr is not racing this weekend, Scheuerle and Mann – both of whom have won the track championship over the previous two seasons – will no doubt fancy their chances of making their first visit to victory lane. However, with Luke Oldfield clocking a feature race win in Toowoomba last weekend and more than 20 other drivers desperate for success, the only certainty is that the racing will be red hot.
One driver who produced plenty of excitement during the opening round - in more ways than one - was Kevin Titman. Having produced plenty of pace throughout the night, Titman started the 30-lap feature race from pole position and was leading the race until a miscue whilst manoeuvring through lapped traffic curtailed his victory charge and also ended Oldfield’s race. Titman and Oldfield will be a huge threat again this weekend, with Brent Krazmann and Peter Lack also expected to feature prominently after strong drives into fourth and fifth respectively during round one.
A welcome addition to the field this weekend is Gold Coast youngster Lachlan McHugh. The teenager enjoyed a tremendous campaign last season that included a maiden feature race win and, having missed the series opener, he will be looking to kick off his new season with the best possible result. Whilst McHugh was the standout amongst the batch of youngsters that emerged last season, Mitchell Gee, Callum Walker and Jayden Peacock are also on the cusp of something big and will again be in the thick of the action.
Having caused a sensation when he scored a Sprintcar feature race win in only his second ever meeting in the category, Northern Territory racer Chris Harrison takes a significant step forward in his racing career when he joins the field this Saturday, with New Zealand’s Brett Sullivan returning after a miserable opening round that saw his night end early following a heat race crash.
Former national sedan champions Darren Kane and Andrew Corbet are continuing their open wheel education, with both drivers hoping for better fortunes after crashing out on debut. Corbet flipped out in his opening heat race, while Kane impressed to qualify for the feature race, only to become involved in Oldfield’s turn three wipe-out.
Also in the field this Saturday night are Paul Rooks, Ben Hilder, Anthony Lambert, Mark Pholi, Kristy Bonsey, David Whell, Steve Greer, Clem Hoffmans, Dylan Menz and James Grady.
Compact Speedcars have assembled a solid 16-car field for their second event of the season, with Australian Champion Darren Vine once again the man to beat after cruising home to win the season-opening feature race. Wayne Corbett finished second on that occasion and again looms as the most likely to challenge Vine this weekend, although Rob Stewart will also be a serious threat. Of the rest, expect Matt Jurczak, Kristin Brown and Emma Harris, who was very quick but out of luck at the previous event, to feature in the fight for the minor placings.
Also on the program this weekend will be Lightning Sprints, Microsprints, Formula 500 Juniors and Open Sedans, so for the ultimate night of speedway action, make tracks to Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway. Gates open at 4.00pm, early racing gets underway at 4.45pm and Sprintcars will hit the track for time trial qualifying from 5.30pm.
Oldfield Strikes First Blood in USC
Highland Park’s Luke Oldfield has emerged the victor of Round One of the Queensland Ultimate Sprintcar Championship, holding off Robbie Farr and Jamie Veal to claim the $10,000 prize.
Farr claimed the Ian Boettcher Race Parts Quicktime prize at the start of the night, before ruts developed through the middle of the turns, sending racers in all directions to find a consistent race line through the heats.
In an ironic forecast of the feature race podium, Oldfield, Farr and Veal would claim wins in the first round of heats, however the second round where the quickest qualifiers were relegated to start from the fifth row produced a different result.
Jamie Veal got tangled in an early turn two incident in heat four ending his race, which would lock him into 16th position on the feature race grid, while Peter Lack went on to take an impressive win, before Robbie Farr put on the display of the night with a phenomenal heat win after starting tenth. Callum Walker also claimed a solid heat victory to lock him into the A-Main.
With an incident free dash deciding the first four rows, Robbie Farr would start on pole alongside hometown hero Peter Lack, with the edgy young duo of Toby Bellbowen and Mitchell Gee sharing the second row, and Oldfield alongside an impressive Brent Kratzmann who is surely knocking on the door of a podium result in the near future.
Bellbowen was the early threat to Farr’s lead, advancing 3 spots in the first two laps before Peter Lack retired with a driveline issue, setting the stage for scramble between the top five with multiple order shuffles in the minor placings while Farr continued to lead.
Andrew Scheuerle was flying under the radar, advancing eight spots in the first seven laps. Meanwhile, Oldfield was carving through the field into second spot and passed Farr in traffic at lap 14 with Bellbowen catching a rut into the turn 3 wall for one of the most heart-wrenching crashes of the night.
With the original top five whittled down, Jamie Veal emerged in the running for the podium, but despite numerous restarts from a sting of minor incidents, neither Farr nor Veal had enough for the gutsy Oldfield who manhandled the Shock Shack/Dryden Signs Q17 to his first ever USC win.
“It was definitely a bit hairy out there, but I don’t really mind that sort of racetrack,” he said savouring the $10k payday, “but I was on one wheel a few times so it kept everyone on their toes!”
It was a great confidence boost for the reigning Queensland Champion, who will have the opportunity to defend his title in two weeks back at Toowoomba.
In the support divisions, Auckland’s Chris Gwilliam produced a staggering win in the Speedcars after a lead swapping frenzy with Darren Vine and Brendan Palmer, while current Australian Champion Kurt Wilson was only marginally better than reigning Queensland champion Keith Blatch in the Lightning Sprints with Jason Busk claiming third.
Liam Williams withstood an intense challenge from Kayden Iverson in the Formula 500’s with Nathan Pronger’s first race in twelve months gaining him a third position on the podium and Glen Wright finally achieved his maiden Wingless Sprints win over the Lismore duo of David Eggins and Rob Mazzer.
The Queensland Sprintcar Title returns to Toowoomba on October 8 along with the Modified Sedan Golden Helmet Series, Compact Speedcars and National 4’s. Check out the Hi-Tec Oils Facebook page and www.toowoombaspeedway.com for details.
ALL STARS 10th Anniversary
The Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series are approaching their 10th season and have released an anniversary logo to help celebrate the occasion.
“How time flies. I am so proud of what we have all achieved in the past 9 seasons. I have to admit I was very nervous starting a new Series and it was reliant on the 360 Competitors getting behind and supporting it – and they have. I remember our first ever drivers meeting when I told the drivers – It’s up to you guys now , I have done the ground work and now need you all to turn up and support the Series for it to work; and they have done that ever since. We have had our ups and downs but we have stayed strong and passionate and with the possibility of 6 or 7 new teams on board for this season it is shaping up to be awesome one.” Series Promoter Searle tells us.
Over the short 9 seasons the All Stars have competed at 12 different tracks and with 2 new ones scheduled this season making it a total of 14. 180 drivers have competed from every state in Australia and the United States. These statistics just prove how popular 360’s are.
“We are so pleased to have had such loyal sponsors. Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers have been naming rights sponsor for the past 4 seasons as well as naming rights of the All Star Challenge since its conception and we have just announced their recommitment again for this oncoming season. GKR, Hoosier Tire Australia, Red Ed Sheds & Max Dumesny Motorsport have also been there since we started. I am not sure how we can thank these companies enough for what they have done over the past 9 seasons – sometimes a thank you just doesn’t seem enough.”
Mandy says. “The same must be said for our Team Kerrie Donnelly, Mark Hales & Len Edwards have all worked with the series since the start. Our newer team members have also been with us for 5 years or more – Keith Mitchell, Blair Caldwell, Michael ‘Paris’ Karfut, Daniel ‘Doris’ Kirby & Cassandra West all share the same passion and without these guys we could not put on a show.”
Driver of the Year Returns to Toowoomba for Biggest Field Ever!
Reigning World Series Sprintcars and Ultimate Sprintcar Champion, Jamie Veal will return to Toowoomba’s Hi-Tec Oils Speedway this Saturday for the season opening “Carnival of Power” just two weeks after being named Australian Speedway’s “Competitor of the Year.”
The Warrnambool whiz will launch his 2016-17 campaign at Toowoomba as the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship of Queensland presents the first of eight events, which will include two rounds of the famed World Series Sprintcars.
The likable 27 year old made his first ever appearance at Toowoomba in April last season, and despite never racing at the venue before, claimed a $10,000 win in the thirty lap feature race, displaying the talent has made him the undeniable dominant force in Australian Speedway in the last year.
“I’m really excited to get back up there. We had a great run in America in recent months, and I can’t wait to put into practice back in Australia what I learned over there, but what I’m really looking forward to is meeting the fans after the show, because last time I was in Toowoomba they came down in droves and we almost ran out of ink on the pen from signing autographs!”
Veal will be under fire from three time Australian champ, Robbie Farr and a host of interstate entries, making a 37 car cavalcade all vying for the $10k first prize purse.
“It’s a quick track and I love it but with 36 other drivers coming, I’m obviously not the only one who likes it. We didn’t qualify so well last time so we need to get better at the start of the night, because we don’t want to have to fight our way through a field that big, but we have our notes from last time and we will hopefully have a better idea from the start this time,” he said from Singapore, on his way home from a pre-season break.
Toowoomba Speedway Events Manager, Ben Bishop was ecstatic about Veal topping the bill of what is a record number of Sprintcar entries for the venue.
“I’ve been talking with the guys who’ve been around since the start like Doug Schultz and Joe Ramia and they’re confident this is the biggest line up of Sprintcars we’ve ever had, but it’s not just the quantity, it’s the quality that I’m excited about and to have Jamie here again after he made such an impression in April will be fantastic.”
The Ultimate Sprintcars will enter the arena just after sunset, sharing the track with a full list of Speedcars, Wingless Sprints, Formula 500’s and Lightning Sprints. Check out the Hi-Tec Oils Speedway Facebook page and www.toowoombaspeedway.com for details and weather updates.
Farr Too Strong in Series Opener
Archerfield Speedway Media Release
Robbie Farr raced to victory in the opening round of the 2016/2017 Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway Sprintcar Track Championship on Saturday night (September 17), combining patience and precision with his years of experience to emerge victorious in the 30-lap feature event. In what was a cracking start to the new season, defending track champion Andrew Scheuerle finished in second spot, with Bryan Mann securing third after leading the race on two occasions. Brent Kratzmann finished fourth ahead of Peter Lack, with young Sydneysider Michael Saller impressing with his drive into sixth spot.
Jayden Peacock was another standout in seventh, his best result thus far, while 16th-starting Callum Walker climbed to eighth in advance of Matt Butler and Mitchell Gee, both of whom also transferred from the B Main. Dan Murray was next in line ahead of early leader Kevin Titman, with Paul Rooks and David Whell completing the finishers.
In the Polar Ice Midget Series feature race, Darren Vine proved too swift for New Zealanders Chris Gwilliam and Leon Burgess in a race that saw several drivers on the cusp of victory but unable to seal the deal. Vine remained steady throughout and pounced late in the race to lead Gwilliam and Burgess to the line. Brock Dean and Anthony Chaffey filled the first five, followed by Brad Young, Rusty Whittaker, Mark George, Charlie Brown and Rob Stewart.
The night got underway with Scheuerle continuing where he left off last season, clocking an 11.564 circulation to set KRE Fast Time for the night, outpacing Lack, Oldfield, Allan Woods, Farr and Mann. Murray, Walker, Gee and Whell rounded out the top ten.
The opening heat saw Paul Rooks become the first Sprintcar race winner of the new season when he led home Kratzmann and Rob Hamilton. Anthony Lambert withstood sustained pressure from Titman and Farr to win heat two, with Saller skedaddling to take out heat three over Peacock and Gee in a race that Woods end his night when he was unceremoniously pitched into the turn three concrete by David Whell. To add insult to injury, the second team car piloted by Kiwi Brett Sullivan also crashed out and also failed to reappear.
Young Peacock powere home ahead of Whell and Lack to win heat four before Ben Hilder bounced back from an earlier mishap to take heat five, leading Titman and Kratzmann to the chequer. Rooks doubled up in the final heat, outpointing Oldfield and Kristy Bonsey.
The Lucas Oils Dash saw Titman inherit pole position for the 6-lap shootout courtesy of a pre-race draw and he made no mistake in maximising his good fortune to secure the same starting slot for the feature by leading home Mann, Farr, Lack, Luke Oldfield, Kratzmann, Scheuerle and Rooks.
It was Gee, now piloting the Titan Garages Cool, who prevailed in the East Coast Logistics B Main, taking Walker, Butler and Whell with him into the main event.
From the outside front row, Mann led the first five laps until Titman zoomed to the front and set about expanding his lead before a misjudged manoeuvre under the lapped car of Lambert proved his downfall and triggered a chain of events that saw Oldfield ride the right rear of Lack and somersault to a halt atop the turn four wall, being collected by Darren Kane along the way. Until this point, Kane had enjoyed a solid Sprintcar competition debut in qualifying directly into the feature. With Lambert and Oldfield out of action and Titman banished to the back, Mann regained the lead for the restart but had no answer to Farr’s victory aspirations as the former national champ zoomed to the front immediately upon the race resumption. A late surge from Scheuerle saw Mann relegated to third in the final few laps with Kratzmann and Lack also closing in as the laps wound down.
Midget heat winners were Lance Towns, Young, Gwilliam and Troy Ware, who led the first 15 laps of the feature before a spin in turn three promoted Chaffey to the head of the queue. Inexplicably, Chaffey was swamped in the closing stages as Vine pounced to take control and keep the Kiwis at bay. Replacing Michael Kendall in the Nielson Motorsport team, Gwilliam edged Burgess for second spot, with Dean and Chaffey completing the first five.
Presenting with their biggest opening night field for many years, the Midget racing was of a very high standard and augers well for the season ahead. Young rounded out a solid night in sixth ahead of Whittaker and George, with Brown advancing from deep in the field to nab ninth. Ware could only climb back to 11th behind Stewart, while Towns, Dallas Sharp, Cal Whatmore and Michael Harders rounded out the finishers. Scott Doyle, Jason McDowall, Reid Mackay, Michael Wilson and Corey Stothard failed to go the distance.
Despite a big field of challengers, Vine proved unstoppable in the Compact Speedcar feature race, finishing more than three seconds clear of runner-up Wayne Corbett. Graeme Flynn edged out Nathan Mathers to complete the podium, with Nick Gannon, Dave Collins, Matt O’Neill and Christian Pidgeon next in line. After a great start, Matt Jurczak surrendered his pursuit of Vine when he pirouetted to a halt in turn two, eventually climbing back through the field to be ninth at the fall of the chequer. Emma Harris was looking very strong with a podium finish in sight until she clipped the back straight wall.
Heat winners were Collins, Jurczak and Mathers, while the Formula 500 preliminaries produced two wins for national champ Liam Williams and a solitary success for veteran Ken Newton.
The next event at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway is on Saturday, October 1 featuring round two of the Sprintcar Track Championship plus Lightning Sprints, Compact Speedcars, Microsprints, Open Sedans and Formula 500 Juniors
Racing Resumes for New Season this Saturday At Archerfield
Anthony Chaffey. Photo Copyright Chris Metcalf
Preparations are complete, practice is done and now it’s time to get serious for another season of competition at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway, the home of Queensland speedway. This Saturday night (September 17), the 2016/2017 season launches into action with the opening round of the Sprintcar Track Championship. In what will be a massive night of motorsport entertainment, the show will also feature an international field contesting the opening round of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship, plus two mighty Monster Trucks and a huge season-opening fireworks extravaganza, plus additional racing courtesy of Formula 500s, Compact Speedcars and Modlites.
Andrew Scheuerle is the defending Sprintcar track champion and, whilst he was fairly dominant last season - particularly in the early weeks of the season where he won five consecutive feature races – he certainly had to work hard to maintain his advantage as the season progressed with the likes of Bryan Mann, Kevin Titman, Peter Lack, Luke Oldfield and Brent Kratzmann proving his biggest rivals each week and this quintet (not to mention the other 20+ drivers) will be out to ensure that Scheuerle does not enjoy another dream start to the season. This Saturday night also sees former national champion Robbie Farr amongst the 29 competitors who will contest the event, setting the scene for a sensational season-opening showdown.
One of the most exciting aspects of last season was the emergence of a batch of talented young drivers establishing themselves in the category and staking their claim as stars of the future. Several of these, namely Mitchell Gee, Brett Minett, Callum Walker, Dylan Menz and Jayden Peacock, are in action this weekend and with Lachlan McHugh to return in the weeks ahead, there is plenty to be excited about for Sprintcar fans.
In what is their strongest opening night field for several seasons, New Zealand stars Chris Gwilliam and Leon Burgess will be amongst the starters in the opening round of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship. Both drivers competed at Archerfield last season in World Midget Championship events, with Gwilliam replacing defending Polar Ice series champion Michael Kendall in the Nielsen Motorsport team for the coming season. In addition to the Kiwi duo, a strong local line-up has nominated, including Queensland championship winners Rusty Whittaker and Mark George, along with proven feature winners in Anthony Chaffey, Brendan Palmer, Darren Vine and Troy Ware.
Formula 500’s are out in force with several new drivers taking on Australian champion Liam Williams and track regulars as Kristin Brown, Ryan McNamara, James Kennedy, Piper Ogilvie, Adrian Farrell, Royce Harvey, Brad Vee, Phil Roberts and Graham Williams. New names include Glen Douglas, Robert Kite, Tomas Partington, Vicki Canfield and former Lightning Sprint racer Ethan Eyers, while the experienced Gary Edwards is also making a rare Brisbane appearance.
Compact Speedcars have assembled a stout 18-car field for their events, with Australian champion Darren Vine doing double duty to take on club champion Nick Gannon and a couple of state title winners in Wayne Corbett and Matt Jurczak, along with Emma Harris and the returning Mark Maczek. Again, there are several newcomers in the field and, with several more drivers expected for future outings, this might prove to be a breakthrough season for the category.
Modlites complete the racing program and all interest will be on whether anybody can beat Australian champion Terry Leerentveld. Of those nominated this weekend, Aaron Prosser and Sean Butcher are perhaps the most likely candidates to achieve what nobody could do last season.
In addition to the racing action, the two thundering monster trucks will be unleashed several times throughout the night, with gates opening at 4.00pm (3.30pm for online ticketholders). Early racing gets underway from 4.45pm and the main program kicks off at 6.00pm. For more information, head to the track website at www.brisbanespeedway.com.au or follow Archerfield Speedway on Facebook.
Archerfield Sprintcar Track Championship Round 1 nominations: Andrew Scheuerle, Bryan Mann, Kevin Titman, Brent Kratzmann, Peter Lack, Luke Oldfield, Robbie Farr, Mitchell Gee, Brett Minett, Callum Walker, Dylan Menz, Jayden Peacock, Allan Woods, Andrew Corbet, Darren Kane, Ben Hilder, Brett Sullivan, Clem Hoffmans, Dan Murray, Darren Silcock, David Whell, Mark Pholi, Kristy Bonsey, Michael Saller, Paul Rooks, Rob Hamilton, Simon Jupe, Anthony Lambert, Matthew Butler
Polar Ice Midget Track Championship Round 1 nominations: Anthony Chaffey, Darren Vine, Troy Ware, Brendan Palmer, Rusty Whittaker, Mark George, Chris Gwilliam, Leon Burgess, Brad Young, Michael Wilson, Lance Towns, Cal Whatmore, Cory Stothard, Dallas Sharp, Rob Stewart, Reid Mackay, Charlie Brown, Reid Mackay
Another Huge Season Scheduled for Archerfield
Midgets will also contest their Australian Championship at Archerfield this season. Photo by Chris Metcalf
Queensland’s premier speedway venue is readying for another superb season of speedway competition, with championship races, blue ribbon events and track championship series’ for a variety of racing divisions. The upcoming season at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway will again feature more variety than other track in Queensland, with no less than 18 different race categories included on the 2016/2017 event schedule. The season gets underway on Saturday, September 17 and will wrap up on May 27, with 34 nights of racing scheduled during this time.
To be staged over 17 rounds, the Sprintcar Track Championship will see Andrew Scheuerle endeavour to defend his title against a growing field of challengers comprising championship winners, experienced racers and a gaggle of young guns looking to make their mark. The likes of Queensland champion Luke Oldfield, former track champion Bryan Mann, Toowoomba’s Peter Lack, experienced duo Kevin Titman and Brent Kratzmann and last season’s standout new stars in Lachlan McHugh and Mitchell Gee will be among those looking to take the challenge to Scheuerle. However, there is another batch of youngsters on the cusp of something special, so look for Callum Walker, Brett Minett, Jayden Peacock and Dylan Menz to score some strong results this season.
In addition to the Track Championship action, Archerfield will host three rounds of the 30th Anniversary World Series Sprintcar Championship, including the prestigious two-night Australian Open on January 6 and 7 featuring World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz and fellow American hotshoe Lucas Wolfe against the travelling WSS troupe. The inimitable Schatz will again compete exclusively at Archerfield this season, while Wolfe will also be based in Brisbane for his Australian campaign.
The mighty Midgets are also gearing for a bumper season that will include the Polar Ice Track Championship Series once again, plus the Australian Championship and a round of the World Championship. The inclusion of the two biggest events on the Australian Midget calendar on the Archerfield schedule is sure to lure the very best drivers from Australia and overseas to do battle. Michael Kendall has been the dominant driver in the Polar Ice Series for several seasons, so who is going to step up this season to take the mantel of track champion? Will it be Darren Vine, Ken Stanaway, Brock Dean or Michael Harders? If the likes of Troy Ware, Brendan Palmer and Rusty Whittaker make regular appearances this season, they will certainly be contenders and, with the national title coming to town, there is every reason to every driver to hit the track for every round in preparation for the big event.
In exciting news for sedan fans, Super Sedans are back in a big way this season and will do the majority of their racing at Archerfield this season with six events scheduled, including a round of the inaugural Summer Tour that will bring the best drivers from interstate to take on locals stars in national championship winners Darren Kane and Matt Pascoe, defending SSA series champion Sean Black and prolific feature race and championship winners such as Wayne Brims, Ian Brims and Wayne Randall. Long regarded as the strongest Super Sedan region in the country, the level of competition at every show should be sensational.
Likewise, Archerfield will also host the majority of events on the Queensland V8 Dirt Modified calendar, with eight scheduled appearances throughout the season, including the Paul Britten Memorial event on New Year’s Day (January 1). All of the biggest names in the category, including current Australian Champion Kevin Britten and former national titleholders in Mark Robinson, Andrew Pezzutti and David Clarke, are all Archerfield regulars and never fail to disappoint when they unleash on the Archerfield clay.
Another division gearing for a big season are Compact Speedcars, who will be contesting their Australian Championship at Archerfield on January 20/21. With the club having indicated that more than 30 drivers will hit the track this season, there seems no reason why we can’t expect full fields at each of their 14 events this season to showcase the quality racing the category can deliver.
The category that has perhaps experienced the biggest improvement in recent seasons – in both car numbers and the quality of their racing - are the Formula 500’s and they are on track for continued growth again this season. Several new cars and drivers have already hit the track for practice in preparation to take on national champion Liam Williams and the talented bunch of youngsters that make the category so exciting. Look out for Charlie Brown, Kristin Brown, Ryan Skenner, Kaydon Iverson, Ryan McNamara, James Kennedy and Piper Ogilvie to feature prominently in the results once again.
A very exciting addition to the schedule this season is the Queensland Modified Sedan Championship to be staged in Brisbane for the first time ever. A category renowned for its close, hard racing, a massive field of Modified Sedan stars from near and far will invade Archerfield on April 8 for their championship shootout.
Other categories scheduled regularly throughout the season include Lightning Sprints, AMCA Nationals, Wingless Sprints, Stockcars, Modlites, Junior Formula 500’s and Microsprints, with the Open Sedans and the Ford v Holden v Sigma sedans again providing their all-important supporting action each week.
Of course, in addition to all the speedway action, Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway will also host a variety of special events throughout the season, including three appearances by the thundering Monster Trucks, the first of which is at the season opener next Saturday night (September 17). There will also be numerous fireworks shows, several demolition derbies and the caravan, boat and dunny races that always produce so much mayhem.
To see the full schedule of events for the 2016/2017 season at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway, visit the track website at www.brisbanespeedway.com.au or follow Archerfield Speedway on Facebook for the latest news and event updates.
WSS Schedule 2016-2017
November 12 Rd 1: Murray Bridge Speedway, SA
November 19 Rd 2: Valvoline Raceway Sydney, NSW
November 26 Rd. 3: Archerfield Speedway, QLD
December 3 Rd 4: Toowoomba Speedway, QLD
December 26 Rd 5: Adelaide Motorsport Park, SA (WSS Speedweek)
December 27 Rd 6: Murray Bridge Speedway, SA (WSS Speedweek)
December 28 Rd 7: Borderline Speedway, SA (WSS Speedweek)
December 30 Rd 8: Avalon Speedway, VIC (WSS Speedweek)
January 1 2017 Rd 9: Premier Speedway, VIC (WSS Speedweek Final)
January 3 2017 Rd 10: Toowoomba Speedway, QLD (Sunshine Swing)
January 4 2017 Rd 11: Archerfield Speedway, QLD (Sunshine Swing)
January 6 2017 Rd 12: (Night 1): Archerfield Speedway QLD (Australian Open & Sunshine Swing)
January 7 2017 Rd 12: (Night 2): Archerfield Speedway QLD (Australian Open & Sunshine Swing)
February 3 2017 Rd 13: Adelaide Motorsport Park, SA (George Tatnell Cup)
February 4 2017 Rd 14: Murray Bridge Speedway, SA
February 11 2017 Rd 15: Perth Motorplex, WA (Western Swing)
February 17 2017 Rd 16: Attwell Park Speedway, WA (Western Swing)
February 18 2017 Rd 17: Bunbury Speedway, WA (Western Swing)
February 24 2017 Rd 18: Perth Motorplex, WA (Western Swing)
February 25 2017 Rd 19: Perth Motorplex, WA (Western Swing)