After a well deserved break to rest, repair and re-group, Sprintcar teams fire up again this Saturday night (February 23) for round 11 of the East Coast Logistics Track Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway. Another impressive field of drivers is set to lock horns as Andrew Scheuerle chases his third consecutive feature race win in his bid to defend his track championship crown. Of course, the first of Scheuerles back-to-back wins was the Australian Championship feature race late last month, which he followed with an emphatic victory in round 11 of the ECL Series two weeks later. Also featuring this weekend on another packed Archerfield program will be Lightning Sprints, Compact Speedcars, Modlites and Microsprints.
Presenting for the previous round with the #1 proudly adorning the top wing and tail tank, Scheuerle replicated his stunning national title form to dish out some punishment to his rivals with a dominant display in the 35-lap feature race, a result that increased his advantage over Luke Oldfield in the fight for the track championship. However, the different format tonight could prove critical for those trying to tame the national champ as the break between the two 20-lap feature races will give them a chance to make adjustments should they again find themselves unable to keep pace with Scheuerle in the opening stanza. Having scored a $10 000 payday in Toowoomba just a week after the Australian Championship and looking set to challenge Scheuerle in the previous round here before contact with a parked car ended his race, Oldfield again looms as the biggest threat, although the form of Brent Kratzmann at the previous round was certainly impressive.
Having qualified fourth, Kratzmann had advanced to second spot after just 10 laps and remained there to the chequer, with Allan Woods climbing onto the podium again with a third place finish. Peter Lack finished fourth on that occasion and will certainly be in the mix again this Saturday night, while Kevin Titman is another who has featured on the podium this season and will no doubt be desperate to relive that experience. Meanwhile, Ben Hilder has been absolutely sensational since teaming with car owner Ray Michelle and a top-three result seems inevitable sometime very soon, while Andrew Corbet is another who will be worth watching, having produced his best ever performance in the previous round that saw him finish fifth behind Lack.
After a slow start to the season, Compact Speedcars have promised their strongest field thus far with 17 drivers entered, including a rare appearance from Darren Vine, the most decorated driver in the category. Focused primarily on his Midget racing endeavours these days, Vine is a welcome addition to the field and will be the benchmark his rivals need to meet if they hope to feature somewhere near the front in the feature race. Having both scored feature race wins in recent weeks, Matt ONeill and Cody Maroske are the form drivers of the moment and they will certainly relish the opportunity to take on Vine, while category stalwarts Rob Stewart and Wayne Corbett are almost always in the fight at the front as the final laps of the feature race play out.
Like Vine, Klinton Hancey also divides his time between two race categories and is a frontrunner in both. As the current Australian Modlite Champion, Hancey will take on arch rival and former champion Terry Leerentveld on Saturday night, just a week after winning the Queensland Dirt Modified Championship in Maryborough. In Hanceys absence, Leerentveld won the feature race at Archerfield last weekend to extend his record as the most successful driver in the history of the category, while Sam Gollschewsky is another who has been in terrific form and it is from this trio that a feature winner seems most likely to emerge, although the other 14 drivers no doubt have other ideas. Nathan Politch and Dan Lewis filled the minor placings last week, while Kyle Honour is another front runner returning after missing the previous event.
Gates open at 4.00pm and early racing gets underway from 5.00pm, with Sprintcar qualifying from 5.30pm. The main program, which will culminate with two 20-lap Sprintcar feature races to decide round eleven of the East Coast Logistics Track Championship, kicks off at 6.00pm.
East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round 11 nominations: Allan Woods, Andrew Corbet, Andrew Scheuerle, Anthony Lambert, Ben Hilder, Brent Kratzmann, Brett Minett, Bryan Zelinski, David Kenway, David Whell, Geoff Davey, Jason King, Justin Snellman, Kevin Britten, Kevin Titman, Kristy Bonsey, Libby Ellis, Luke Oldfield, Mark Pholi, Mitch Gowland, Nicholas Whell, Paul Rooks, Peter Lack, Phil Foster, Randy Morgan, Ryan McNamara, Scott Johnston, Steve Greer, Trent Vardy
Compact Speedcar Nominations: Andrew Parkes, Bodie Smith, Cody Maroske, Connor McCullough, Darren Vine, Dave Collins, Dave Swan, Jayden Iacono, Mark Maczek, Matt ONeill, Mitchell Rooke, Nick Gannon, Nick Hodges, Richard Rooke, Rob Stewart, Trent Usher, Wayne Corbett
Everyday Finance Solutions Lightning Sprint Club Championship round eleven nominations: Andrew Sparks, Ben Wright, Darren Baldwin, David Van Vegchel, James Elliott, Jason George, Jason Rae, Jim Kennedy, Keith Blatch, Kurt Wilson, Sean Iacono, Scott Jukes, Tyler Stralow
Modlite nominations: Adam Walker, Anthony Stewart, Chris Were, Dan Lewis, Dylan Hunter, Jac Carnall, Joel Smith, Joshua Smith, Klinton Hancey, Kyle Honour, Nathan Politch, Sam Gollschewsky, Sean Egan, Steve Collins, Terry Leerentveld, Tim Jackson, Troy Carnall
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