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With the 2017/2018 Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway season having just wrapped up, attention now turns to what is shaping as a massive 2018/2019 campaign at the Brisbane venue. The 2018/2019 season calendar has been released and the highlight of the upcoming season will undoubtedly be the staging of the 57th Australian Sprintcar Championship over two spectacular nights on January 26 and 27. Is there a better way to celebrate the Australia Day weekend than watching Australias finest Sprintcar drivers do battle for the prestige that comes with an Australian Championship victory? It promises to be something very special and will be preceded by a special midweek Prelude to the Championship event on Wednesday, January 23 that will also feature the Queensland AMCA Nationals Championship.
On a very chilly winter evening, the 2017/2018 season of competition at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway drew to a close on Saturday night (June 2) with a mixed program of sedan and open wheel events that produced some close racing and a couple of huge crashes, the most spectacular of which resulted in a damage to the safety fence and brought about a delay in proceedings. Despite finishing second in their respective feature races, it was Brant Chandler and Aaron Kelly who prevailed in the Wingless Sprint and Lightning Sprint season pointscores, while Jason Walsh, Wayne Kirkman and Nathan Lowe shared the spoils in the Australian Championship finals for Open Sedans and Holden vs Ford vs Sigma Sedans.
The end is nigh. After 15 rounds of racing since it kicked off in September, the 2017/2018 East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship wraps up this Saturday night (May 26) at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway with Andrew Scheuerle poised to reclaim the title. Also on the program this weekend is the final round of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship and the final round of the KRE Race Engines Formula 500 Championship Series, along with Compact Speedcars, Fireworks and the chaos and carnage of the Caravan, Boat and Dunny Derby.
Refusing to surrender his title without a fight, Luke Oldfield scorched to victory in round 15 of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (May 19). Recovering from a setback earlier in the night that left his #17 Mud Buddy mount with a ruptured fuel tank, Oldfield advanced from position six to deny Ben Hilder a maiden feature race win, with Bryan Mann surviving several challenges to secure third ahead of Cody Maroske and Michael Saller, with series leader Andrew Scheuerle snaring sixth.
Anointed top dog of the sunshine state Sprintcar scene as a result of his win in the Queensland Championship less than two weeks ago, Mitchell Gee returns to the scene of his state title triumph this weekend to contest the penultimate round of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship on Saturday night (May 19) at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway. With the state title trophy safely in his keeping, Gee now has his sights set on chasing down current leader Andrew Scheuerle in a bid to win the ultimate double by also snaring the track championship crown. The Sprintcar showdown is part of another huge Archerfield program that will also feature the Wingless Sprint 50-lapper and the final round of the Shock Absorber Therapy AMCA Nationals Track Championship, plus Modlites, Late Models and Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans.
In an epic Queensland Sprintcar Championship final at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Sunday night (May 6), Mitchell Gee withstood the very best efforts of Luke Oldfield to secure the biggest win of his burgeoning career. The final stages of the event were outstanding as Gee and Oldfield swapped the lead before a late restart provided Gee sufficient respite to consolidate his position and race to the chequer for a stunning win. Gracious in defeat, Oldfield was his typically bullish self throughout the 35-lap race, running the highline to great effect as he advanced from position 10. Bryan Mann snatched third from Andrew Scheuerle in the closing stages, while Jayden Peacock finished fifth.
Interstate drivers dominated at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (May 5) with NSWs Matt Smith outpacing and outlasting an international field to win the American Tire and Racing Services Jim Holden Memorial Midget 50-lap feature race, while South Australias Ryan Jones proved too strong in the Queensland Sprintcar Championship Preliminary feature. On a night that produced misfortune and marvellous moments in equal measure, it was Scott Farmer and Rusty Whitaker who filled the minor placings in the Midget main, with Andrew Scheuerle and Jayden Peacock doing likewise in the Sprintcar feature.
In a race that delivered an emphatic demonstration of Sprintcar racing at its brilliant best, Andrew Scheuerle consolidated his lead in the East Coast Logistics Track Championship with a resounding victory in round 14 at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (April 28). Behind Scheuerle, the battles for the minor placings that developed throughout the 30-lap race were something to behold as the likes of Luke Oldfield, Michael Saller, Mitchell Gee, Robbie Farr and Lachlan McHugh engaged in a series of breathtaking battles that eventually resulted in Oldfield snaring second spot ahead of Farr and Gee. A late surge from Mark Pholi saw him secure fifth ahead of Saller, with Allan Woods, Jayden Peacock, Bryan Mann and Mick Sauer rounding out the top ten.
It is action central at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway this Saturday night (April 28) when Sprintcars return with 30 competitors to carve up the clay in round 14 of the East Coast Logistics Track Championship. With the battle for the track title edging closer to a thrilling conclusion and the Queensland Championship just one week away, drivers will be primed to perpetuate peak performance in Saturday nights 30-lap feature race. Also featuring on the program will be round 11 of the Ian Boettcher Race Parts Wingless Sprint Club Championship plus Compact Speedcars, Modlites, Formula 500 Juniors and Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans.
In a race that delivered heroics and heartbreak in equal measure, Sydney young gun Michael Saller proved unstoppable in his charge to victory in round 13 of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (April 14). In a fitting reward for his willingness to hit the road in search of experience, Saller led all 30 laps of the feature event to finish ahead of Mitchell Gee and Cody Maroske, with Bryan Mann and Andrew Scheuerle rounding out the top five. A mighty drive from Peter Lack saw him surge from the back row to finish sixth in advance of Jayden Peacock, Luke Oldfield, Kevin Britten and Mick Sauer.
In the wake of their recent Easter heroics, Lachlan McHugh and Luke Oldfield lead the charge for round 13 of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (April 14). Of course, McHugh emerged as the Easter Triple Challenge champion with two stunning feature race victories in the opening two rounds while Oldfield, who finished fourth in the opening round and was runner-up behind McHugh the following night, stormed to victory in the final round. In addition to 35+ Sprintcars, the huge program also includes round eight of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship, along with Formula 500s, Lightning Sprints and Open Sedans, plus fireworks and all the carnage and chaos of a Demolition Derby.
For the second time in 24 hours, Gold Coast young gun Lachlan McHugh chased down Robbie Farr to score a Sprintcar feature race win, scorching to victory in round two of the Easter Triple Challenge at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (March 31). Having started the 40-lapper from position three, McHugh spent the early laps in a duel with Mitchell Gee before breaking the shackles and setting out after Farr, who fell to third in the closing stages as Luke Oldfield produced one of his typically barnstorming runs to snare second after a problem-plagued run through the heats saw him launch from position 10 in the feature field. Peter Lack recovered from a spin to fight his way back to fourth ahead of Gee and Cody Maroske.
It seems like forever since the last time Sprintcars were unleashed on Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway, with wet weather playing havoc on the season schedule. However, everything changes this Saturday night (March 31) when more than 40 V8 monsters are unleashed for round two of the Easter Triple Challenge. What better way could there be to spend Easter Saturday night than watching Queenslands best Sprintcar exponents locked in combat against the interstate invaders hell bent on taking the Triple Challenge trophy? That is a rhetorical question obviously, because nothing could be better than seeing local stars such as Luke Oldfield, Andrew Scheuerle, Lachlan McHugh, Mitchell Gee, Callum Walker, Peter Lack and 30 fellow Queenslanders taking on former national champion Robbie Farr and the likes of Michael Saller, Andrew Wright, Jackson Delamont and more at Queensland’s home of Sprintcar racing.
In a spectacular race that showcased Midget racing at its breathtaking best, Troy Ware emerged victorious in a torrid 20-lap feature race to win round seven of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (March 24) to secure his third consecutive Danny Davidson Memorial. After a terrific start, Scott Farmer found himself unable to ward off Ware’s advances and had to settle for second spot, with the battle for third equally hard fought and only decided in the charge out of the final corner when Callum Walker edged ahead of Rusty Whittaker to clinch the spot by the merest of margins.
With Sprintcars dominating the speedway landscape, it is easy to overlook those competitors whose performances in other categories rank them amongst the very best the sport has to offer, and this Saturday night (March 24) will see two such competitors in action at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway when Kevin Britten and Liam Williams hit the track. Despite a vastly reduced racing schedule this season, Britten journeyed to Heartland Raceway in Moama two weekends ago and spanked a very strong field to retain his Australian Dirt Modified Championship crown. Like Britten, Formula 500 ace Liam Williams is a three-time and current national champion who has been a class above his rivals with a consistency that is as impressive to witness as it is dispiriting to those trying to find a way to beat him.
Following his emphatic performance last weekend, Andrew Scheuerle will be looking for a repeat performance this Saturday night (March 10) in round twelve of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway. However, with defending champ Luke Oldfield back in action after missing the previous round and Gold Coast youngster Lachlan McHugh making his return from a stellar debut season of World Series competition, Scheuerle will need to draw on his vast wealth of experience if he is to achieve back-to-back feature race successes. In addition to the Sprintcar action, Midgets will contest round seven of their Polar Ice Track Championship, with Development Sprintcars, Compact Speedcars, Lightning Sprints and Formula 500s completing an all open wheel program.
In the absence of series leader Luke Oldfield, round eleven of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (March 3) went almost exactly as might have been expected given what was at stake. Sitting second and third respectively in the championship heading into the round, Andrew Scheuerle and Mitchell Gee gleefully gathered a gaggle of points to give their championship aspirations an almighty boost. In the 30-lap feature race, Scheuerle streaked away to win with Gee sitting second for much of the race, only to falter on the final turn when an audacious pass from Jayden Peacock pushed Gee back to third.
In a program that will now also feature round eleven of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship that was postponed from last weekend due to inclement weather, the Australian Modlite Championship will be decided at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway this Saturday night (March 3). Wingless Sprints will also feature, along with the Sprintcar Development series and track championship events for Open Sedans. Originally set to be decided at Tamworth in New South Wales in January but cancelled with only a few days notice, the Australian Modlite Championship found a new home at Archerfield and, as a result, 24 cars from Queensland and interstate will do battle to secure the #1 status for the next 12 months. In Sprintcar action, nearly 40 cars will hit the track in an effort to take full advantage of the absence of championship leader Luke Oldfield, who is unable to make the rescheduled event.
As the rain continues to bucket down at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway and with the forecast of no relief in sight overnight or tomorrow - coupled with the back pits starting to now go under water, unfortunately we have no choice but to cancel tomorrow night's event.