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  • Sprintcars returned to Hi-Tec Oils Speedway in Toowoomba last night for the final night of the Sprintcar State's Series QLD/NSW: Super Sevens Series, with Marcus Dumesny snaring the win in a thrilling and action-packed main event, with Jayden Peacock and Randy Morgan joining him on the podium. Lachlan McHugh and Luke Oldfield rounded out the top five place getters last night, both racing forward from the rear of the A-Main field, with just thirty-five laps to use to get to the front. Lachlan McHugh also wrapped up the Sprintcar State's Series QLD/NSW: Super Sevens Series, taking the overall win ahead of Marcus Dumesny and Luke Oldfield with Cody Maroske and Ryan McNamara completing the top five in the series.

    Qualifying got under way and in the end Lachlan McHugh proved too quick for the rest, securing the top spot with a 10.906 second lap. Brent Kratzmann clocked in second quickest, locking in an 11.236 second lap, with Randy Morgan (11.319), Dylan Menz (11.376) and Mitchell Gee (11.396) rounding out the fastest five. The top twelve cars were separated by less than one second, while Marcus Dumesny beat Nicholas Whell by just one thousandth of a second. Luke Oldfield and his team seemed to miss the set up a little and would have a busy night fighting back from position eighteen.

    The Development Sprintcars were first up on the track with Jason King and Jeremy Gaudry leading them to green light conditions. King was quick to secure the lead ahead of Nicholas O'Keefe, but the race was soon brought under caution when Dave Jobe backed into the turn three wall while trying to find a way around Brant Chandler. King led on the restart with Nicholas O'Keefe second ahead of Jeremy Gaudry. King was quick to open a sizable lead, while Brant Chandler settled into fourth ahead of Libby Ellis. Chandler slowly closed in on Gaudry mid-field, while towards the rear of the field Dave Jobe searched for a way past Erin Vanderreyden. Race leader Jason King approached lapped traffic with two laps left to run, before going on to take the win ahead of Nicholas O'Keefe, Jeremy Gaudry and Brant Chandler. Libby Ellis finished fifth and led Erin Vanderreyden, Dave Jobe and Steve Woods across the line.

    Tim Farrell and Cody Maroske shared the front row for the start of the first open Sprintcar heat of the night, with Farrell getting a brilliant start when the green flag flew and taking control of the race. It was short-lived though, with Cody Maroske racing around the top side and into the lead, relegating Farrell to second. Jayden Peacock wasted no time and promptly slipped underneath Farrell to move in to second, only for Farrell to fight back hard, the pair trading places back and forth until Farrell managed to secure the advantage. Lachlan McHugh started making his way forward from the rear of the field and soon began challenging Peacock for third. Maroske pulled away from the field, opening a very comfortable margin, while the battle between McHugh and Peacock really started to heat up, the pair putting on a brilliant show until McHugh slipped underneath the Q55 racer to relegated Peacock back to fourth and set his sights on Farrell. Peacock faded further, surrendering a position to a hard-charging Mitchell Gee but it was Cody Maroske who got the win, while Tim Farrell held on to second, despite a final corner challenge from Lachlan McHugh, with McHugh forced to settle for third. Mitchell Gee finished fourth and led Jayden Peacock, Dylan Menz, Nicholas Whell, Brodie Tulloch and Scott Genrich across the line.

    Heat two started with 17-year-old Taylor Prosser from pole position, with Sean Rose sharing the front row. Prosser was quick to secure the race lead, while Mick Sauer initially got his nose into second, only to fade a fraction. Contact between Sauer and a hard charging Ryan McNamara on the back straight brought the race to a stop, with Brent Kratzmann, left nowhere to go, also making heavy contact with his right rear as he tried to avoid the stranded cars in front. All involved restarted the event. Prosser again controlled the race when we returned to race conditions, with Marcus Dumesny in second and both Brent Kratzmann and Luke Oldfield starting to make their way forward from the rear of the field. Kratzmann searched for a way past Randy Morgan, while Oldfield was all over the back of Ryan McNamara. At the front of the field Marcus Dumesny had closed in on Prosser before sliding underneath the Q91 racer and into the lead. Prosser valiantly fought back, eager to regain control of the race, and while it was thrilling to watch he was unable to get the job done. Marcus Dumesny got the win ahead of Taylor Prosser, while Randy Morgan got underneath Aaron Kelly on the final lap to steal third. Kelly finished fourth and led Brent Kratzmann, Luke Oldfield, Ryan McNamara, Mick Sauer and Sean Rose across the line.

    The second of the Development Sprintcars heats started with Libby Ellis and Brant Chandler sharing the front row and leading the field to green light conditions. The pair raced side-by-side through the opening corners but it was Chandler who was able to secure the lead as they raced down the back straight. Ellis settled into second while mid-field Jason King and Nicholas O'Keefe traded places back and fourth as they negotiated over fourth place, while towards the rear of the field Erin Vanderreyden and Dave Jobe had their own battle for the minor places. King was all over the back of O'Keefe trying to find a way past, while race leader Chandler entered lapped traffic with one lap left to run. Brant Chandler got the win ahead of Libby Ellis, Jeremy Gaudry, Jason King, Nicholas O'Keefe, Erin Vanderreyden, Steve Woods and Dave Jobe.

    The third of the open Sprintcars heats hit the track with Sean Rose and Tim Farrell leading them to green light conditions. It was a messy start for the leaders, with Jayden Peacock slipping straight between the pair and taking control of the race, while Luke Oldfield was in magnificent form, racing around the top side and making his way into fifth, from the very rear of the field, by the end of the first lap. Lachlan McHugh had already made his way into third while Luke Oldfield made short work of displacing Ryan McNamara, advancing to fourth, and turned his attention to McHugh. Oldfield was on a mission and made his way past McHugh, quickly pulling slightly ahead of McHugh as he began to close in on Mitchell Gee, just as Gee closed in the tail tank of the Q55 racer of Peacock. McHugh fought back, racing underneath Oldfield while Gee started putting pressure on Peacock with just a couple of laps left to run. Oldfield was relentless as he challenged McHugh for third, but with the white flag in the air the race was brought under caution when Tim Farrell spun to a stop in turn four. Peacock led the restart from Gee, McHugh, Oldfield and McNamara for a quick two-lap sprint to the chequered flag. Cody Maroske slipped underneath McNamara as the battle for the minor positions heated up, while closer to the front McHugh raced spectacularly around the high side of Gee to steal second, but it was Jayden Peacock who got the win ahead of Lachlan McHugh and Mitchell Gee. Luke Oldfield finished fourth ahead of Marcus Dumesny and Cody Maroske, with Ryan McNamara, Tim Farrell and Sean Rose rounding out the finishers.

    The final heat of the night saw Brodie Tulloch and Mick Sauer share the front row to lead the field to the green flag. When the race got underway it was Sauer who initially secured the race lead, only for Tulloch to fight back hard on the bottom. The battle for the lead was fierce, with Tulloch soon taking control of the race, leaving Sauer to try to defend his position from a determined Nicholas Whell. Whell and Sauer traded places back and forth several times, while Brent Kratzmann had a phenomenal drive from the rear of the field and was up to fourth with his sights set on Whell and Sauer, before beginning to challenge them both for position. Further back in the field Aaron Kelly and Taylor Prosser negotiated over the minor positions, while all eyes were on Kratzmann as he raced past both Whell and Sauer to advance to second and set out after Tulloch with three laps to run. Brodie Tulloch went on to take the win ahead of Brent Kratzmann and Nicholas Whell with Aaron Kelly fourth ahead of Dylan Menz, Taylor Prosser, Randy Morgan, Mick Sauer and Scott Genrich.

    Jason King and Brant Chandler led the Development Sprintcars to the green flag for the start of their feature event, with Jeremy Gaudry and Nicholas O'Keefe close behind. Chandler got a brilliant start on the high side and quickly moved into the race lead, with King sitting in second but quickly under enormous pressure from O'Keefe. Gaudry raced his way underneath O'Keefe and set his sights on King, just as O'Keefe slowed and retired from the race. Chandler continued to lead from King, the leading pair approaching lapped traffic, with Gaudry in third ahead of Erin Vanderreyden. King began to close in slightly on Chandler as the laps started to run out, catching the tail of the Q45 racer but unable to get quite close enough the make a more. Brant Chandler got the win ahead of Jason King and Jeremy Gaudry with Erin Vanderreyden home in fourth ahead of Libby Ellis. Dave Jobe and Nicholas O'Keefe retired from the race before greeting the chequered flag.

    The Bronze Shootout hit the track with Randy Morgan, Aaron Kelly, Jayden Peacock and Dylan Menz on track for a couple of laps, with Aaron Kelly setting the quickest time of the quartet. Kelly recorded a 11.322 second lap and would advance to the Silver Shootout. Jayden Peacock locked in the second fastest time (11.392) and would join Kelly in the Silver Shootout, with Randy Morgan (11.435) and Dylan Menz (11.814) eliminated from the shootout events.

    Mitchell Gee and Marcus Dumesny joined Aaron Kelly and Jayden Peacock on the track for the Silver Shootout, but neither would be able to beat either Kelly or Peacock. Jayden Peacock this time secured the quickest time, stopping the clock at 11.513 seconds, with Aaron Kelly second after locking in an 11.537 second lap. Mitchell Gee (11.539) missed a transfer to the Gold Shootout by just 0.002 of a second and, along with Marcus Dumesny (11.666), were eliminated from the Shootout events.

    The Gold Shootout hit the track to decide the front row for the start of the main race. Lachlan McHugh and Brent Kratzmann joined Aaron Kelly and Jayden Peacock on track for the Gold Shootout, with Lachlan McHugh this time proving too quick for the rest of the quartet. McHugh stopped the clock at an impressive 11.213 seconds to earn pole position for the main race, with Brent Kratzmann to share the front row after securing second in the Gold Shootout with a 11.495 second lap. Aaron Kelly (11.722) and Jayden Peacock (11.925) rounded out the Gold Shootout contenders.

    Twenty cars rolled onto the track for the thirty-five-lap A-Main event, with Lachlan McHugh and Brent Kratzmann to lead them to green light conditions. McHugh quickly secured the lead as they greeted the green flag, but Kratzmann was determined and quickly slipped underneath McHugh and into the race lead as they rounded turn one. Unfortunately it was short-lived, with McHugh uncharacteristically looping the NQ7 racer, whilst under enormous pressure from Jayden Peacock on the high side, in front of the rest of the oncoming field. Mitchell Gee had nowhere to go, making contact with McHugh and suffering front-end damage, while McHugh tipped the NQ7 racer over and brought the race to a stop. It became an open red situation with McHugh and his team working hard to change the top wing and fix the damage before restarting at the rear of the field. Unfortunately for Gee his race was over.

    With Lachlan McHugh relegated to the rear of the field for the restart, Aaron Kelly was elevated to pole position alongside Brent Kratzmann for the restart. Kelly initially got the jump on the start but Kratzmann was absolutely sensational as he raced around the top side of Kelly and into the race lead, leaving Kelly with Jayden Peacock on his tail. As Kratzmann began to open a comfortable margin over the rest of the field Kelly surrendered second to Peacock and faded further as Marcus Dumesny and Randy Morgan came through and relegated Kelly back to fifth. Luke Oldfield and Lachlan McHugh began charging forward from the back of the field, the pair weaving their way past their rivals, determined to make up lost ground, while out in front Peacock had closed in on Kratzmann and was beginning to challenge for the lead. Peacock soon displaced Kratzmann and took control of the race, only for Kratzmann to boldly fire straight back to regain the lead. The pair traded places back and forth several times, neither willing to surrender the advantage, but it was Peacock who soon managed to pull slightly ahead as they approached lapped traffic. Kratzmann continued to chase Peacock, putting all kinds of pressure on the Q55 racer, while deeper in the field Oldfield was making impressive progress towards the front. Kratzmann soon came under pressure from Marcus Dumesny as he sought a way into second, the N47 racer soon getting underneath Kratzmann, with Randy Morgan quick to follow as well. Kratzmann now back in fourth began to challenge Morgan for third, with the race soon brought under caution for the spun car of Taylor Prosser in turn four.

    Jayden Peacock led the restart ahead of Marcus Dumesny, Randy Morgan, Brent Kratzmann, Aaron Kelly and Luke Oldfield. Dumesny soon challenged Peacock for the lead but was unable to get the job done, while Oldfield raced underneath Kelly and into fifth just moments before the race was again brought under caution, this time for the spun car of Nicholas Whell, with Dylan Menz also involved after being left nowhere to go.

    With twenty-two laps still to run it was again Jayden Peacock who led them back to race conditions, with Marcus Dumesny second ahead of Randy Morgan, Brent Kratzmann, Aaron Kelly and Luke Oldfield. Oldfield took to the high line this time and raced around Kelly, with Cody Maroske also making his way past the Q7 of Kelly. Kratzmann got back past Morgan, with Oldfield on his tail, only for Morgan to fight back in an effort to regain third. Morgan and Kratzmann battled fiercely, entertaining the crowd while they fought over minor positions, while Lachlan McHugh soon joined their battle. Morgan and Kratzmann traded places several times, while Luke Oldfield had advanced and was challenging Dumesny for second, a spectacular effort after coming from the rear of the field, while Kratzmann held fourth ahead of Morgan, Maroske and McHugh. Peacock continued to lead with thirteen laps to run, weaving his way through lapped traffic while Dumesny and Oldfield fought over second while navigating their way through the back markers. Oldfield had a bold but unsuccessful look on the high side of Dumesny with just ten laps to run, but Dumesny hung on to second and started closing in on Peacock and the race lead. Cody Maroske caught the front-runners and began challenging Kratzmann for position, the pair switching places several times, but all eyes were on Jayden Peacock and Marcus Dumesny as they fought over the race lead. Dumesny was all over the back of Peacock, searching for a way through, eventually racing around the high side and taking control of the race, while Luke Oldfield and Randy Morgan battled for the final podium position with three laps left to run. Marcus Dumesny went on to take the win ahead of Jayden Peacock and Randy Morgan, with Lachlan McHugh getting the best of Luke Oldfield in the final moments of the race. McHugh finished fourth ahead of Oldfield in fifth, with Cody Maroske, Brent Kratzmann, Aaron Kelly, Nicholas Whell and Tim Farrell rounding out the top ten. Brodie Tulloch, Taylor Prosser, Mick Sauer, Scott Genrich, Dylan Menz, Brant Chandler, Sean Rose and Jason King rounded out the finishers, with both Ryan McNamara and Mitchell Gee failing to finish the event.

    The Sprintcar State's Series QLD/NSW: Super Sevens Series also wrapped up with Lachlan McHugh the overall winner with 1704 points. Marcus Dumesny finished second with 1468 points, his results on the final night of racing moving him ahead of Luke Oldfield in the Super Sevens Series points. Luke Oldfield was relegated to third overall in the series with 1397 points, with Cody Maroske (1088) and Ryan McNamara (1031) rounding out the top five place getters in the series.

    Sprintcars Queensland will now have a couple of weeks break before returning to Archerfield Speedway on Saturday 06 February 2021 for another round of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Series. Stay safe race fans - see you trackside!
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