Luke Oldfield returned to his barnstorming best at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (November 24), dominating the 30-lap feature race to emerge a comfortable winner in round four of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship. Having qualified on pole position, Oldfield led every circulation and was no doubt oblivious to the action taking place behind him as the minor positions underwent myriad changes before Andrew Scheuerle and Brent Kratzmann ultimately secured second and third respectively ahead of Allan Woods and Peter Lack.
Rusty Whittaker delivered a similarly dominant display in winning round three of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship, with the Sydney-based pair of Harley Smee and Brayden Willmington joining Whittaker on the podium.
Despite the best efforts of a strong interstate contingent, it was the locals who prevailed in round four of the Ian Boettcher Race Parts Wingless Sprints Super Series with Josh Dreaver leading home Dan Moes in the 20-lap feature event. Ben Hull finished third ahead of Brant Chandler and Mason Cattell.
In other feature race results, Nick Gannon won the Compact Speedcar final, while Dave Tookey took out the Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedan feature.
Another stout field of 33 cars checked in for KRE Sprintcar qualifying and, somewhat remarkably, the top three from time trials would go on to fill the same positions in the feature race. As such, it was Oldfield who topped the timesheets with 12.360, followed by Scheuerle (12.380), Kratzmann (12.478), Lack (12.483) and Mitchell Gee (12.530). Next best were Kevin Titman, David Whell, Woods, Scott Genrich and Brent Aprile, whose mighty drive in the feature race would ultimately come to nothing.
Anthony Vanderreyden led every circulation to win the opening heat despite the best efforts of Oldfield in his advance from the outside of row four to second spot, with Phil Foster third.
Trent Vardy got a great start in heat two, only to throw away his lead with a spin in turn one on lap two. Andrew Corbet inherited the lead and maintained his position to the end, leading home Mark Pholi and Dan Murray.
Like Vardy, Steve Greer failed to take advantage of his front row start in heat three, also spinning in front of the field. Kris Jennings pounced on the opportunity afforded him and took the win ahead of Kristy Bonsey and James Grady.
Young Randy Morgan raced away to win heat four as Oldfield again charged from the fourth row to finish second, with Jennings third.
Corbet downed Lack and Scheuerle to win again in heat five before Woods wrapped up the preliminaries with victory in the final heat over Clem Hoffmans and Brock Dean.
The Spanloc Dash brought little change to the grid order for the feature as Oldfield cemented his pole slot in leading home Scheuerle, Woods, Mitchell Gee, Lack, Aprile, Genrich and Corbet.
Jennings locked in a feature race start when he took out the B Main ahead of Morgan, with David Whell and Clem Hoffmans also transferring to the main event as Adam Butler fell agonisingly short after advancing from 16th to finish fifth.
In the feature race, Oldfield went straight to the front and set about distancing himself from the field, clocking the fastest lap of the race as he charged to his first win of the season. Whilst it was an emphatic result for Oldfield on a track surface that wasn’t to his liking, the conditions did enable some fantastic racing behind him as the likes of Gee, Woods, Lack, Scheuerle, Kratzmann and Aprile put on a mighty show in their fight for the minor placings. Woods held second spot initially before Gee took the spot on lap five, only for Woods to reclaim the position on lap 11 courtesey of a clash between Gee and Lack in the main straight saw a miraculous save from the latter when a rollover seemed inevitable. A flat tyre slowed Gees progress from this point while Lack somehow escaped without damage. Meanwhile, Aprile was on a charge and, having rounded up Woods for second spot on lap 16, he was making inroads on the leader when contact with a lapped car sent him upside down through turn three and out of action just six laps from home. The restart proved costly for Woods as he found himself swamped simultaneously by Scheuerle and Kratzmann, who had started from row five. Although both Scheurele and Kratzmann subsequently clocked their quickest laps of the race, Oldfield held firm at the front and would take the chequer more than 1.5 seconds ahead of Scheuerle, with a similar margin to Kratzmann. Woods and Lack were next, with Corbet completing his best night ever in finishing sixth ahead of Dean and Gee. For the second time in as many rounds, Morgan climbed into the top ten after transferring from the B Main, with Genrich, Kristy Bonsey and Mick Sauer next best.
In Polar Ice Midget action, Whittaker proved a class above the field on this occasion, emulating Oldfields effort in clocking fast time in qualifying before going on to lead every lap of the feature race. The biggest field of the season so far saw 19 cars hit the track with Whittaker stopping the clock at 14.170, to edge out Ricky McGough (14.217) and Charlie Brown (14.253), whose night ended early with an engine misfire in his opening heat.
Whittaker backed up to win the opening heat over Tim Farrell and Mitchell Rooke, with Harley Smee taking heat two in advance of McGough and Braydon Willmington.
Rooke proved too pacey in heat three to down Smee and Chris Singleton before Willmington blitzed the field in the final heat, leaving Dawson a distant second ahead of Whittaker.
As Oldfield did in the Sprintcar feature, Whittaker cleared away from the field and faced little resistance in his drive to victory. Smee and Willmington settled into the minor placings early and, with everybody seemingly content to run the bottom and consolidate rather than move up-track in a bid to chase down the front runners, the race settled became a somewhat processional exercise. Having spun on the opening lap, McGough was making some progress through the field until his dice with rookie Bodie Smith ended with both cars upside down in turn three on lap nine. Whittaker ultimately finished more than four seconds clear of Smee and Willmington, with Rooke wrangling fourth ahead of Cal Whatmore, Riki Harrison and Singleton. Next best was Brad Dawson, with DJ Raw and Farrell rounding out the top ten.
Wingless Sprints were out in force for the second time in as many meetings with another big field of cars from Queensland and New South Wales fronting for round four of the Ian Boettcher Race Parts Super Series.
The southerners started strongly with David Eggins, Mason Cattell and Ben Hull sharing the spoils in the opening round of heats. However, the locals bounced back big time in the second round of preliminaries with Dan Moes, Brant Chandler and Josh Dreaver emerging victorious.
Uncharacteristically off the pace during the heats, Cody OConnell found his mojo in the B Main, leading home Dave Ellis, Mick Reid and Tim Harris.
From pole position, Dreaver dictated the pace in the 20-lap feature race and would lead every circulation on his way to victory lane. Moes finished second ahead of Hull, Chandler and Cattell, while sixth-placed Scott Thomsen was the best placed of the podium placegetters from the previous round. Michael Butcher secured seventh, while OConnell surged from the back to finish eighth. Natasha Herne was next and round three winner Paul Robinson could no better than 10th on this occasion.
The Compact Speedcar feature race saw Nick Gannon make easy work of a very small field, leading home Matt ONeill, Trent Usher and Glenn Wright, who had earlier won two heats and finished second behind ONeill in the other, with Dave Swan the only other finisher.
Dave Tookey dominated the Ford vs Holden vs Sigma racing, winning two heats and finishing runner-up in the other before streaking away to win the feature race. Robert Kynaston finished second, followed by Michael Laver, Daniel Wright and Kevin Maher.
In Formula 500 Junior action, Boyd Chaffey and Taylor Prosser shared the spoils with two heat wins apiece. After splitting Chaffey and Prosser in the opening heat, Jy Corbet finished third in the remaining races.
Next Saturday night (December 1) at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway will feature the rescheduled round two of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship, plus Dirt Modifieds, Late Models, Lightning Sprints, Formula 500s, Microsprints, Open Sedans and Ford v Holden v Sigma sedans.