Andrew Scheuerle and Luke Oldfield have dominated the results thus far in the 2018/2019 East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship and the two will continue their championship battle this Saturday night (March 9) in round 12 at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway. However, with a few notable additions to the field this weekend, the series leaders face a formidable challenge in maintaining their run of success. Making his first appearance for the season, former track championship winner Bryan Mann will be primed for a big night, while Lachlan McHugh returns from World Series commitments as the only other driver aside from Scheuerle, Oldfield and American superstar Donny Schatz to have won multiple feature races at Archerfield so far this season.
On a night that will see more than 100 competitors hit the track, the huge program will also feature round nine of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship and round six of the Shock Absorber Therapy AMCA Nationals Track Championship, plus Formula 500s, Compact Speedcars and Open Sedans.
So far this season, Scheuerle and Oldfield have won six of the eleven rounds between them, with Oldfield having visited victory lane on four occasions. However, having missed the rescheduled round two, he finds himself trailing Scheuerle in the championship standings but remains very much in contention and armed with the knowledge that he has won the championship before despite missing a round. However, since his stunning run to victory in the Australian Championship, Scheuerle has been in superb form and the previous round saw both men at the peak of their powers to share the spoils in the two 20-lap feature races with a win apiece from which Oldfield emerged as the overall winner.
McHugh dominated the early rounds of the ECL Track Championship, collecting two wins in the opening three rounds before hitting the road for an extensive interstate campaign and he certainly seems a likely candidate to halt the Scheuerle/Oldfield domination. In addition to being the only driver other than Scheuerle and Oldfield to have won the track championship in recent times, Mann is the only local driver to have won the prestigious Australian Open and should be on the pace from the outset in his return to the track that has brought him so much success. Having taken out round two back in October, Peter Lack is the only other driver in the field who has won a series round this season and he sits third in the championship standings but needs to find his way back to victory lane this weekend if he is to challenge for the championship.
Another possible spoiler in the field is Sydneys Michael Saller, who scored his first ever feature race win at this circuit last season, while Allan Woods, Brent Kratzmann and Kevin Titman have featured on the podium this season but are yet to make the drive into victory lane. Others to show some impressive form in recent weeks include Ben Hilder, Randy Morgan and Kristy Bonsey, who was on track for a top five finish at the previous round until she suffered at the hands of another competitor and was stricken with a flat tyre that dropped her out of contention.
Although the Polar Ice Midget action this season has seen several drivers emerge as contenders each time they hit the track, there has been an element of predictability in the results with familiar faces featuring in victory lane. The last three rounds of the championship have seen Darren Vine, Rusty Whittaker and Brock Dean share the love with a feature race win apiece, forcing the likes of Glenn Wright, Mitchell Rooke, Brad Dawson, Riki Harrison and Tim Farrell to bide their time in their efforts to upset the established front runners. This quintet have produced some strong form at times, have been rewarded with good results and are edging ever closer to a feature race win, ensuring that the old guard need to deliver their best every week to stay ahead of the pack.
After journeying to Goulburn last weekend and returning with the ACT Championship trophy safely in his keeping, current national titleholder Liam Williams heads a strong field for the Formula 500 events. Williams will take on his usual Archerfield nemeses in Ryan Skennar, Kristin Brown and Tristan Johnson, with Nathan Pronger, Tarhlea Apelt, Ron Barber and Jarrod Bampfield also expected to be in the thick of the action near the front of the field.
The boom season for AMCA Nationals continues unabated this weekend with Queensland, and the Archerfield Track Championship in particular, consistently producing the biggest fields of any region in the country. Some 24 drivers have nominated for competition, including both the current Australian Champion in Matt Hardy and Queenland titleholder Tony Blanch, along with a plethora of potential pacesetters in the likes of Steve Potts, Nathan Durston, Steve Price, Lee McKinnell, Thomas Vickery, Russ Hardy, Jim Knight, Michael Mason and several more besides.
With events also scheduled for Compact Speedcars and Open Sedans, gates open at 4.00pm and early racing gets underway from 5.00pm. Sprintcar time trials are scheduled for 5.30pm and the main program kicks off at 6.00pm.
East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round 12 nominations: Adam Butler, Allan Woods, Andrew Corbet, Andrew Scheuerle, Anthony Lambert, Ben Hilder, Brandon Haynes, Brent Kratzmann, Bryan Mann, Cody Maroske, Geoff Davey, James Grady, Jason King, Kevin Britten, Kevin Titman, Kristy Bonsey, Lachlan McHugh, Libby Ellis, Luke Oldfield, Mark Pholi, Michael Saller, Nicholas Whell, Paul Rooks, Peter Campbell, Peter Lack, Phil Foster, Randy Morgan, Ryan McNamara, Trent Vardy
Polar Ice Midget Track Championship round nine nominations: Bodie Smith, Brad Dawson, Brad Harrison, Brock Dean, Chris Singleton, Darren Vine, Glenn Wright, Jack Bell, Lachy Paulger, Mitchell Rooke, Ricky Robinson, Riki Harrison, Rusty Whittaker, Scott Doyle, Tim Farrell, Tom Clauss
Shock Absorber Therapy AMCA Nationals Track Championship round six nominations: Ben Manson, Dan Evans, Darren Miller, Graeme Holland, Jaime Czerwinski, Jim Knight, Lee McKinnell, Lewis Gamble, Mark Brownsey, Matt Hardy, Matthew Gamble, Michael Mason, Nathan Durston, Neville Norton, Nick Storey, Russ Hardy, Scott Hitchcock, Shaun Knight, Steve Potts, Steve Price, Stuart Jefferies, Thomas Vickery, Tim Gamble, Tony Blanch
Formula 500 nominations: Adrian Farrell, Brady Argles, Brock Thornton, Cameron Bertuch, Dekota Gay, Ethan Eyears, Jacob Gray, Jarrod Bampfield, Kristin Brown, Liam Williams, Nathan Pronger, Ron Barber, Royce Harvey, Ryan Skennar, Tarhlea Apelt, Tristan Johnson, Tony Bailey
Compact Speedcar Nominations: Andrew Parkes, Connor McCullough, Dave Collins, Dave Swan, Matt ONeill, Nick Gannon, Nick Hodges, Richard Rooke, Rob Stewart, Trent Usher
Open Sedan nominations: Ben Taylor, Colin Kane, Daniel Taylor, Gary Kivela, Greg Town, Greg Trezise, Haiden Grantz, Hans Van Der Ryken, Josh Manser, Les Eisenmenger, Mark Anderson, Maximo Hofmann, Michael Taylor, Nic Woolf, Rachael Hawkins, Ricky Price, Robin Bains, Ron Hornbuckle, Scott Taylor, Wayne Kirkman, Zane Williams
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