Toowoomba racer Peter Lack proved too good in round two of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (October 27), leading every circulation in the 30-lap feature race to defeat Allan Woods and Brent Kratzmann. Having finished third in the opening round after leading early, a repeat of such a scenario never looked likely on this occasion as Lack rebuffed every overture from those who dared to venture forth in search of the lead. Opening round winner Lachlan McHugh was the early threat until he found himself losing touch with Lack, enabling Woods to take up the chase. There were a few occasions where Woods looked as though he might surge to the front, but Lack saw off every challenge to take the race and emerge as the only driver to finish on the podium in both completed rounds. McHugh found himself fourth at the chequer, with Luke Oldfield rounding out the first five.
In round two of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship, Troy Ware enjoyed an impeccable night, taking two heat wins before also clinching the feature in advance of Adam Clarke, Darren Vine, Anthony Chaffey and Cal Whatmore.
Liam Williams continued his run of success with a straightforward win in the NuPave Formula 500 feature race, while the AMCA Nationals feature race proved a much tighter affair in which Steve Potts prevailed despite the best efforts of Steve Price.
A couple of late withdrawals resulted in a 32-car field fronting for competition and, for the second time in as many ECL rounds, it was Queensland champion Mitchell Gee who set the benchmark lap for the night, stopping the clock at 11.575. Kratzmann (11.785) was second quickest ahead of Woods (11.858), McHugh (11.944) and Scott Genrich (12.033), with Darren Jensen, Steve Johnson, Kevin Britten, Andrew Baumber and Oldfield completing the top ten.
The opening heat saw McHugh surge from the third row of the grid and snatch victory with a last-corner pass on Jensen, with Woods third.
Oldfield started his season in the best possible way when he stormed from seventh to win heat two, relegating Jayden Peacock to a runner-up result in advance of Lack.
Lines likewise advanced from the third row to triumph in heat three, leading home Mitch Gowland and Dan Murray.
Woods bested Britten and McHugh in heat four before Whell edged out Kevin Titman and Lack in heat five, with less than a second separating the trio at the flag.
Brock Dean locked himself into the Dash when he outpointed Andrew Scheuerle and Mark Pholi to win the final heat.
In a preview of what was to come in the main event, Lack led from go to whoa in the Spanloc Dash as Kratzmann advanced from fifth to snare second and a front row berth in the main event. McHugh, Lines, Woods and Whell were next in line, while with Dean and Peacock at the back of the bunch.
As always, the B Main produced plenty of tension as drivers desperately chased a transfer spot into the feature. Brett Minett, Britten and Gowland filled the top three places while Ryan McNamara, in his first ever Sprintcar meeting, fended off the advances of Gee to claim the final berth in the main event, leaving Gee to rue what might have been for the second time in as many events after great starts, topping the timesheets on both occasions.
The early laps of the feature race had a very familiar feeling about them as Lack found himself in front with McHugh in pursuit, the exact same scenario that played out in the opening stages of round one. However, on this occasion, McHugh was unable to chase down the lead and, by half race distance, had been relegated to third by Woods. Falling as far as fifth at one stage after starting alongside Lack on the front row, Kratzmann had clawed his way back into a podium position by races end, aided by the misfortune of Lines who, having climbed to third, found himself prostrate on the infield with two laps remaining following a clash with Pholi. Oldfield advanced from ninth to finish fifth and was followed home by Peacock, Scheuerle, Dean and Jensen, while rookie Tim Farrell impressed in finishing tenth to upstage Gowland, Whell, Britten and Pholi, who soldiered on with a damaged front wing courtesy of an incident on lap three that put Minett on the infield. McNamara and Titman also made early exits, with Lines the only other driver who failed to go the distance.
Aboard a brand new car, Troy Wares only blemish in round two of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship was finishing second behind Rusty Whittaker (13.374) in time trials. From this point, Ware was untouchable, taking out both of his heat races before doing likewise in the 20-lap feature event. Adam Clarke was dogged in his pursuit of Ware and even edged ahead on one occasion but ultimately had no answer to Ware and had to settle for second. After striking trouble in his second heat race, Darren Vine bounced back to secure third overall ahead of Anthony Chaffey, Cal Whatmore and Tom Clauss.
Chaffey and defending series champion Scott Farmer also collected heat wins, while New Zealander Ricky McGough struggled to make much impression before, like Farmer, failing to go the distance in the feature, as was the case also for Whittaker and Chris Singleton. Brad Dawson struck trouble much earlier in the night when he speared into the main straight wall at the commencement of heat three.
With Formula 500 officials abandoning plans for a full inversion of the feature race field, national champion Liam Williams was subsequently untroubled in winning the 15-lap feature race from pole position. As expected, Kristin Brown and Ryan Skennar proved the biggest threat and finished second and third respectively, with Ethan Eyears and Brady Argles next best ahead of Tarhlea Apelt, Bryn Upshall, Brock Thornton and Mitchell Whittaker.
Williams won the opening heat, but it was Brown the biggest mover in the field with surge forward to bag a runner-up result ahead of Eyears, although interestingly it was young Apelt who cut the quickest lap of the race.
Skennar upstaged Williams to win the second heat, with Brown finishing third to secure a front row start for the feature.
Whilst the level of competition in the opening round of the Shock Absorber Therapy AMCA Nationals Track Championship was intense, it was the experience of Steve Potts that perhaps proved critical as he fended off the best efforts of Steve Price to take the 20-lap feature race. Price finished second ahead of Lee McKinnell, Queensland champ Nathan Durston and Cody Simmons, who impressed earlier in the night when he took out the opening heat. Declan Brownsey, Stuart Jefferies, Russ Hardy, Thomas Vickery and Michael Mason rounded out the top ten.
Simmons led Price and Durston home in the first heat, with Potts outpacing McKinnell and Tony Blanch in heat two.
Durston downed Price and Russ Hardy in the third preliminary before Potts backed up to take the final heat from Kevin Stow and Mason.
Greg Town took out the Open Sedan B feature race, defeating Steve Bradford, Rachael Hawkins, Hayden Grantz and Aaron Buchanan, while Wayne Kirkman was awarded the Open Sedan A feature after trailing Robin Bains to the chequer. Allan Pearson nabbed second spot, with Bains third.
Ronnie Young downed a depleted field to win the Holden vs Ford vs Sigma feature race, leading home just two other finishers in Aaron Wells and Michael Laver.
The next meeting at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway in Saturday, November 10 features round three of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship, Wingless Sprints, Formula 500s and Lightning Sprints.
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