With inclement weather having curtailed the last two Sprintcar events scheduled for south-east Queensland, drivers will be itching for action when they gather for round six of the East Coast Logistics Track Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway this Saturday night (November 25). Round five was washed out after the completion of the opening round of heats, while the event at Toowoomba last weekend was also abandoned, leaving teams with just two more opportunities to fine-tune their preparations for the upcoming international season. In what will be another huge program, the meeting will also feature round four of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship, round three of the Shock Absorber Therapy AMCA Nationals Track Championship and the largest field of Lightning Sprints so far this season, plus Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans.
Of the three rounds of racing completed thus far (round three on October 14 was also washed out), Andrew Scheuerle and Allan Woods have been the victors, but it is defending champion Luke Oldfield who leads the series pointscore as a result of more consistent results across qualifying and feature races. No doubt competitors have been buoyed by Woods’ success at a time when it looked as though the series might again become a battle in two between Oldfield and Scheuerle, who has actually slipped to equal third in the standings as a result of a 9th-place finish in round four. The format this weekend will see two 20-lap feature races run, providing even more opportunity for drivers to stake their claim as championship contenders. Having moved into second overall on the back of consecutive podium results, Mitchell Gee is edging ever closer to his first feature win of the year, while Toowoomba’s Peter Lack has also moved into contention and sits equal third with Scheuerle. Can Woods do it again? Will Scheuerle take three? Will Oldfield, Gee or Lack break through for their first win of the year or will somebody else stand up and make their mark?
Callum Walker and Ben Hilder occupy fourth and fifth respectively in points at the moment ahead of Brent Kratzmann, Dave Whell and Mark Pholi, all of whom will be in action this weekend. In a series already blessed with an abundance of young talents in the likes of Gee and Walker, Saturday night sees the arrival of another young gun into the mix in Western Australia-based racer Kaiden Manders, who returns to Brisbane for his series debut as a feature race winner in both Midgets and Sprintcars. Mick Sauer, Brent Kratzmann, Brock Dean and Dan Murray have shown glimpses of speed without yet converting that pace into strong feature race results, while World Series-bound Kevin Titman will be hoping to find some form after looking decidedly out of sorts in his truncated season debut at the previous round.
Peter Campbell will be looking to extend his unbeaten run in the Sprintcar Development Series and it seems it will be sooner, rather than later, that Campbell makes the transition to the East Coast Logistics Championship given his domination at this level.
Whilst the Midgets have been a little inconsistent with regard to the number of cars competing at each round of their track championship thus far, the quality of the field at each event has been very strong and the racing has been exceptional. This Saturday night will again see current points leader Darren Vine (who won rounds one and three) take on round two winner Scott Farmer and a loaded line-up that includes the likes of Troy Ware, Adam Wallis, defending series champion Rusty Whittaker and another dozen daring dudes determined to find their way to the top of the Polar Ice podium. Vine and Farmer have been outstanding in the opening rounds, leaving Wallis, Whittaker and Ware in search of a little extra oomph in their bid to satiate in the spoils of victory.
After an entertaining display at their previous round, AMCA Nationals are back with a small but competitive field of cars chasing track championship glory. Archerfield master and former Victorian champ Steve Potts leads the charge, with Matt Hardy, Steve Price, Russ Hardy and Michael Mason seeming the most likely candidates in the challenge to prevent Potts from prevailing.
Having started the season somewhat slowly in terms of competitor numbers and following a washout in Lismore last weekend, Lightning Sprints look to be on an upward trajectory if the field for round five of the Everyday Finance Solutions Club Championship is any indication. Queensland champ Wayne Iacono is amongst those making their first appearance for the season, taking on former titleholder Keith Blatch and another 13 competitors.
The trusty Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans complete another huge program, with gates opening at 4.00pm. Early racing kicks off at 5.00pm, with Sprintcar time trials scheduled for 5.30pm and the main program to get underway at 6.00pm.
East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round six nominations: Adam Butler, Allan Woods, Andrew Corbet, Andrew Liebke, Andrew Marks, Andrew Scheuerle, Anthony Lambert, Ben Hilder, Brad Ayers, Brent Kratzmann, Brett Minett, Brock Dean, Callum Walker, Cody Maroske, Dan Murray, David Whell, Dylan Menz, Jayden Peacock, Kaiden Manders, Karl Hoffmans, Kevin Hill, Kevin Titman, Luke Oldfield, Mark Pholi, Mitchell Gee, Nelson Reddacliff, Peter Lack, Phil Foster, Stewart Craig, Travis Woods
Polar Ice Midget Track Championship round four nominations: Adam Wallis, Audi Malt, Brad Young, Brad Harrison, Cal Whatmore, Corey Stothard, Dallas Sharp, Darren Dillon, Darren Vine, Mark George, Mitchell Rooke, Nathan Mathers, Rodney Harders, Rusty Whitaker, Scott Doyle, Scott Farmer, Troy Ware
Shock Absorber Therapy AMCA Nationals Track Championship round three nominations: Chris Wright, David Moore, Matt Hardy, Matthew Herne, Michael Mason, Nick Storey, Ricky Sendall, Russ Hardy, Stephen Ward, Steve Potts, Steve Price, Thomas Vickery
Everyday Finance Solutions Lightning Sprint Club Championship round five nominations: Aaron Kelly, Andrew Sparks, David Van Vegchel, Gary Thorne, Jason George, Jason Rae, Jayden Mathers, Jeremy Hassell, Keith Blatch, Kirsty Kelly, Michael Gollagher, Nick Galea, Sean Hill, Sean Iacono, Wayne Iacono
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