More than 100 cars will take to the track this Saturday night (March 11) at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway as part of a massive racing program that includes round eleven of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship and round seven of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship. However, in addition to the two headline events, the supporting action is also shaping up as something special with big fields from across Queensland and interstate.
Wingless Sprints have secured their best field for the season and if all nominated competitors are in attendance, 21 cars will hit the track for round 12 of their Club Championship. Current point leader Adam Butler will again be the man to beat, with Glenn Wright, Cody O’Connell and Trent Martin looming as his biggest threats. Wright currently sits second in the championship, O’Connell won the previous feature event at Archerfield and Martin is fresh from a win in the 100-lap Australian Grand Prix in Lismore.
When you throw the likes of Jason King, Kevin Willis and Paul Robinson into the mix, this weekend looms as perhaps the most competitive Wingless Sprint gathering for the season thus far, with each driver to contest two preliminary heats prior to the 20-lap feature event.
Also out in force with a 20-car field in a continuation of what has been a very strong season for them so far will be Compact Speedcars. Whilst the likes of Darren Vine, Robbie Stewart and Wayne Corbett are always in the thick of the action at the front of the field come feature race time, this season has seen the emergence of several new drivers who are proving competitive at each outing and the standout amongst these has been Nathan Mathers. Undaunted by the experience of his rivals, Mathers has enjoyed a stellar season thus far to emerge as a genuine contender every time he hits the track.
Trent Usher, Dave Collins, Chris Pidgeon and Lightning Sprint convert Jim Kennedy have all been on the pace in recent weeks, while club champion Nick Gannon is obviously another one to watch. The Compact Speedcar program will also see each driver contest two qualifying heats enroute to the feature race.
Having struggled for numbers for much of the season, Lightning Sprints have secured the biggest line-up so far with a 14-car field set to lock horns. Australian champ Kurt Wilson has dominated the racing at Archerfield so far and he returns fresh from successfully defending his New South Wales title in Sydney. However, Queensland titleholder Keith Blatch joins the field this weekend, perhaps presenting Wilson with his biggest challenge, while the form of young Aaron Kelly in recent outings suggests the teenager will also be a contender. Add the experience of Peter Campbell and Michael Gollagher into the mix and Wilson will need to bring his very best form to continue his winning ways.
Completing the program are AMCA Nationals contesting the latest round of their Shock Absorber Therapy Series and once again Steve Potts is the man to beat. A stalwart of the AMCA category and a former Victorian champion, Potts is a model of consistency whenever he hits the track and he again looms as the benchmark performer. Michel Mason showed some good form at the previous round and the return of Nathan Durston after a lengthy lay-off has been a welcome boost for the category and he showed in his first meeting back that he will again be a front runner. With Matt Enders always a podium contender, Stephen Ward having shown considerable improvement this season and Leonie Knight returning after her wild ride a few weeks ago, there will be plenty of AMCA action over three heats and a 20-lap feature race.
With 30 Sprintcars and 20 Midgets also confirmed, there will be over 120 cars and drivers in action on Saturday night at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night. Gates open at 4.00pm and early racing gets underway from 4.45pm. Sprintcars will hit the track for time trials at 5.30pm and the main show will get underway at 6.00pm.
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