With current series front runner Lachlan McHugh representing Queensland interstate this weekend, opportunities abound for his rivals to take advantage of his absence when they hit the track for round four of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (November 24). However, with more than 30 drivers nominated for action, the likes of Peter Lack, Andrew Scheuerle, Brent Kratzmann, Mitchell Gee, Luke Oldfield and Allan Woods will face plenty of resistance as they fight for the right to visit victory lane and perhaps emerge with the championship lead.
After a terrific display two weekends ago, Wingless Sprints return with another bumper field of 24, while Midget numbers are also on the rise for round three of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship with several strong additions to the field. Compact Speedcars and Ford vs Holden vs Sigma Sedans are also programmed, along with a growing number of Formula 500 Juniors.
In what has been a complete contrast to the misfortunes he endured last season, Peter Lack has been in terrific form so far in 2018/2019 and, as the only other competitor to have recorded a Sprintcar feature race win at Archerfield and the only driver other than McHugh to have finished inside the top five at each round, the Toowoomba-based veteran heads into the weekend as the man to beat. Of course, this weekend also represents the perfect opportunity for defending series champion Andrew Scheurele to snare a truckload of points after mixed results in the opening rounds. A strong start saw him finish runner-up in the season opener, but he has been out of podium reckoning since then and knows there will be few better opportunities to reassert his authority, so look for a big run from the Ausdeck/Castrol Cool come Saturday nights 30-lap feature race.
Kratzmann, Gee, Oldfield and Woods have featured on the podium this season and, with the likes of Brent Aprile, Jayden Peacock and Kevin Titman having also achieved such a result in previous seasons, the potential permutations are plentiful when the field is unleashed on Saturday night. In what is a terrific sign as the season edges closer to the big Christmas/New Year schedule that will feature American stars Donny Schatz and Logan Schuchart, the number of drivers hitting the track continues to swell each week with Mick Sauer, Steve Greer, Scott Johnstone and Tony Michelle the latest to join the throngs and certainly Sauer could emerge as a spoiler on the night given his experience and demonstrated ability to run at the front of the field. After an impressive feature race run at the last round, look for young Randy Morgan to again feature prominently, while the experience of Brock Dean and Mark Pholi should also see them in the thick of the action.
With a trio of drivers journeying from New South Wales and a New Zealander also in the mix, this round of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship looms as the most competitive thus far this season. Brayden Willimington, DJ Raw and Harley Smee are the southern invaders hell bent on upstaging the local stars, while Kiwi gun Ricky McGough returns for a shot at redemption after failing to make much impression in the previous round. Despite the visiting quartet and the presence of regular Polar Ice front runners such as Darren Vine, Rusty Whittaker and Scott Doyle in the field, it might just be another local who outguns them all. After a superb season debut at Toowoomba a few weeks ago that resulted in a third-place finish as the first Queenslander home in the feature event, Charlie Brown looms large as a significant threat to the established pecking order and possesses a hard-charging approach that proved as exciting as it did successful during several championship-winning seasons of competition in the Formula 500 ranks. It is good to see Brad Dawson amongst the entries after a heavy crash at the previous round, while a trio of Compact converts in Tim Farrell, Riki Harrison and Bodie Smith are also in the field.
After suffering a washout at Lismore last weekend, the Wingless Sprint brigade are out in force with another abundant assemblage of drivers from Queensland and interstate set to strut their stuff in round four of the Ian Boettcher Race Parts Super Series. Despite having won the previous round here two weeks ago, Paul Robinson currently sits outside the top ten the Super Series standings and will be gunning for a repeat performance to bolster his championship stocks. Meanwhile, it is Mason Cattell who leads the series just one point ahead of Michael Butcher, who is only three points clear of third-placed Dan Moes, margins that reflect the closeness of the on-track competition. Cody OConnell and Ben Hull are next best and, with every driver currently sitting inside the top 15 amongst the starters, the scene is set for another splendiferous spectacle from the Wingless warriors.
With Compact Speedcars, Ford vs Holden vs Sigma Sedans and the biggest field of Formula 500 Juniors so far this season also on the card, gates open at 4.00pm and early racing gets underway from 5.00pm. Sprintcars hit the track for time trial qualifying from 5.30pm and the main program kicks off at 6.00pm.
East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round three nominations: Adam Butler, Allan Woods, Andrew Baumber, Andrew Corbet, Andrew Scheuerle, Anthony Vanderreyden, Brent Aprile, Brent Kratzmann, Brock Dean, Bryan Zelinski, Clem Hoffmans, Dan Murray, David Whell, Jayden Peacock, Kevin Titman, Kris Jennings, Kristy Bonsey, Libby Ellis, Luke Oldfield, Mark Pholi, Mick Sauer, Mitch Gowland, Mitchell Gee, Nelson Reddacliff, Peter Lack, Phil Foster, Randy Morgan, Scott Genrich, Scott Johnston, Steve Greer, Steven Johnson, Tony Michelle, Trent Vardy
Polar Ice Midget Track Championship round three nominations: Audie Malt, Bodie Smith, Brad Dawson, Brad Harrison, Brayden Willmington, Cal Whatmore, Charlie Brown, Chris Singleton, Darren Vine, DJ Raw, Gavin McDowell, Harley Smee, Mitchell Rooke, Ricky McGough, Riki Harrison, Rusty Whittaker, Scott Doyle, Tim Farrell, Tom Clauss
Ian Boettcher Race Parts Wingless Sprints Super Series round four nominations: Andrew Robinson, Ben Hull, Ben Jennings, Brad Claridge, Brad Keiler, Brant Chandler, Cody OConnell, Corey OToole, Dan Moes, Dave Ellis, David Eggins, Jacob Jolley, Jamie Usher, Josh Dreaver, Mason Cattell, Matt Wright, Michael Butcher, Mick Reid, Natasha Herne, Nathan Smith, Paul Robinson, Robert Mazzer, Scott Thomsen, Tim Harris
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