VALVOLINE RACEWAY ANNOUNCES THE USC NSW CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON
official release: Valvoline Raceway / USC
July 20, 2017
The 2017/2018 Ultimate Sprintcar Championship NSW schedule promises a comprehensive list of wheel-to-wheel and wing-to-wing wizardry at Valvoline Raceway kicking off on Saturday, September 30.
It’s only a little over nine weeks until the new season blast off and excitement is growing.
Defending USC NSW and Ultimate Sprintcar Champion Robbie Farr has been working with his ECP Team to prep for another successful summer ahead.
The season marks the Sydney born Gold Coast domiciled Farr’s 28th year behind the wheel.
“It’s been a lifetime of racing,” Farr explains, “I’ve never had a period from when I started racing where I had two years off or anything, it’s been my life constantly since that moment. It’s what I do and what I love and I’m going to do it for as long as I can.”
The ECP Team are currently working on the hauler and prepping their motor and chassis package.
“Nothing’s changing in that regard,” Robbie says, “we’re staying with the Cool Chassis and Garrett engine package and looking to step things up further in 2017/2018. We’ve had a lot of success with this combination and we’re looking for more.”
Some 17 rounds of USC NSW will be held from the September 30 until April 7 including the fortnightly domestic action and the traditional blue-ribbon spectaculars.
The Scott Darley Challenge remains as Sydney’s most prestigious USC Sprintcar race and this year’s event on Friday, January 12 and Saturday, January 13 (2018) is no exception.
Throughout the season the Brian Healey Cup, the Sid Hopping Shootout, the Valvoline Australian Sprintcar Grand Prix and a new finals series for USC NSW will all be hallmarks.
The final three USC rounds will be known as Preliminary Finals, Semi-Finals and the final itself on April 7.
The USC Final round on Saturday, April 7 will be revolutionary this season with only the highest scoring 48 drivers from the USC NSW to that point being eligible to compete.
As excitement builds around the 2017/2018 USC NSW season the concept of “Development Sprintcars” has also been met with widespread enthusiasm.
Dates and information on the Development concept will follow soon.
For the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship NSW these are the following dates.
USC Round dates include:
USC NSW Round 1
Brian Healey Cup
USC NSW Round 2
USC NSW Round 3
USC NSW Round 4
Sid Hopping Shootout
USC NSW Round 5
Ultimate Pink Night
USC NSW Round 6
George Tatnell Challenge (double duty with Speedcars)
USC NSW Round 7
Valvoline Australian Sprintcar Grand Prix
USC NSW Round 8
USC NSW Round 9
NSW Sprintcar Championship
USC NSW Round 10
USC NSW Round 11
Scott Darley Challenge Night One
USC NSW Round 12
Scott Darley Challenge Night Two
USC NSW Round 13
USC NSW Round 14
Monsters vs Ultimate Sprintcars & Ramp Race
USC NSW Round 15
USC Preliminary Final
USC NSW Round 16
USC NSW Round 17
USC Grand Final
World Series Sprintcars – Schedule Locked and Loaded
Speedway Australia confirmed today 14 rounds, 15 nights of exciting, elite level Sprintcar action will make up the schedule for Australia’s toughest national sprintcar series WSS31.
Huge interest centres on the schedule that will potentially be contested by up to 20 contracted teams.
Speedway Australia is amidst the planning of the competition that boasts the traditional events plus introducing new venues to the competition that are sure to add spice to an already challenging competition.
The fan favourite Speedweek returns with the opening event at the picturesque Murray Bridge Speedway. Murray Bridge will host the first 2 rounds back to back with Speedweek considered a holiday destination for many race fans from across Australia.
Murray Bridge Speedway Track Manager Darren Shaddock is excited by the opportunity to host the opening round on Boxing Day. “Logistically hosting 2 days of World Series is a mammoth task, but we are up for the job.” Shaddock said. “We have secured local council support and planning is now in progress to cater for an influx of racefans to Murray Bridge.”
New to the calendar is the return to Tasmania for 3 rounds of the competition that will make up the ‘Devil Swing’. Promoter Guy Thompson said “The series return to the Apple Isle has been met with much local approval and we look forward to welcoming the largest contingent of Sprintcar teams to Tasmania that I can remember.”
Add in the Australian Sprintcar Open at the Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway, the return to Attwell Park Speedway in Albany and a Grand Final masterpiece at Perth Motorplex, competitors and fans are certain of a quality competition, fitting for the mantle of Australian Speedway.
Attwell Parks Kevin Theyer said “This is an important event for the south and south east regions of West Australia. Fans drive and travel many hours and they can be assured a great show will be in place. Our new track surface has been tried and proven and with further improvements to be in place by early February, the Albany Speedway Club are enthused by the potential of the series return.”
The 20 teams offered contracts to contest WSS31 will be announced in the near future.
SPEEDWEEK – South Australia, Victoria
Murrays Machining and Sheds, Murray Bridge Speedway. Rd. 1 December 26
Murrays Machining and Sheds, Murray Bridge Speedway. Rd. 2 December 27
Borderline Speedway, Mt Gambier. Rd. 3 December 28
Avalon Raceway, Geelong. Rd. 4 December 30
Sungold Stadium Premier Speedway, Warrnambool. Rd. 5 January 1
Sunshine Swing - Queensland
Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway. Rd. 6 January 3
Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway. Rd. 7 January 5 & 6 - the Australian Sprintcar Open
The Devil Swing - Tasmania
Gulf Western Independent Oils Raceway, Latrobe. Rd. 8 February 2
Gulf Western Independent Oils Raceway, Latrobe. Rd. 9 February 3
Solo Hobart Speedway. Rd. 10 February 10
The Western Swing – West Australia
Attwell Park Speedway, Albany. Rd. 11 February 16
Quit Bunbury Speedway. Rd. 12 February 17
Perth Motorplex, Kwinana Beach. Rd.13 February 24
Perth Motorplex, Kwinana Beach. Rd. 14 February 25 – Grand Final
Another Super Season Set for Archerfield
Archerfield Speedway Media Release
With winter having settled in across the Brisbane region, the countdown begins for the start of a new season of competition at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway. Once again, Queensland’s premier speedway venue has a massive season scheduled for 2017/2018, with variety aplenty and a slew of big events for various racing categories across more than 30 nights of racing between September and March.
Sprintcars again dominate the schedule, which kicks off on September 16, with the season-long East Coast Logistics Track Championship, in addition to the Queensland Championship and two rounds of World Series Sprintcars, which looks set to bring a very strong field of contenders to take on Brisbane’s best. In Track Championship action, Luke Oldfield will be out to defend the title he secured last season in remarkable circumstances, clinching the crown in the final round after a captivating season-long duel with Andrew Scheuerle. Having won 10 feature races last season, Oldfield faces a big challenge to replicate that success and his championship defence and, given the emergence of so many talented young drivers over the last couple of seasons, the level of competition each week is unprecedented. The teenaged trio of Mitchell Gee, Lachlan McHugh and Callum Walker have firmly established themselves as feature race contenders every time they hit the track, pushing their more experienced rivals to raise the bar in their pursuit of championship success. Can Oldfield go back to back? Will Scheuerle reclaim the crown? Perhaps it will be Bryan Mann or Brent Kratzmann or Peter Lack who emerge with the title, but with so much racing to come, the only certainty is that the competition will be intense.
Adding a further challenge to proceedings is the return of World of Outlaws superstar Donny Schatz for another exclusive Archerfield campaign. Schatz loves racing in Brisbane and he will contest six nights of racing during the international season. His first appearance will be on Boxing Night (December 26), with subsequent shows on December 30, January 1 and the World Series event on January 3 before wrapping up his tour at the WSS Australian Open over two nights on January 5 and 6 where he will be chasing his ninth win in the $20 000-to-win feature race. Having finished second behind Australian champion Kerry Madsen last season, Schatz will be fired up to have his name etched into the Australian Open trophy once again.
The East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship will get underway on September 16 as part of a huge season-opening show that will also feature Monster Trucks, Fireworks and the opening round of the Midget Track Championship, plus Formula 500s and Compact Speedcars. Round two will be decided on October 7, with another 14 rounds of racing prior to the championship finale on May 26. Archerfield will again host a round of the Easter Triple Challenge on March 31, with the Queensland Sprintcar Championship to be decided over two nights on May 5 and 6 in what will result in more than 20 nights of Sprintcar racing over the course of the season.
Growing stronger with each season as a result of the level of competition in their Archerfield Track Championship, the mighty Midgets will be back out in force in 2017/2018, looking to capitalise on the growth they have experienced in recent seasons with the addition of new drivers into their ranks. A three-way battle for series honours last season between Troy Ware, Brock Dean and Rusty Whittaker fell in favour of the latter and the 2017/2018 championship will comprise 10 rounds. The track will again host the only Queensland round of the World Midget Championship on January 19/20, an event won last season in brilliant fashion by Rico Abreu over compatriot Brady Bacon, with the annual 50-lap event also on the schedule once again.
Perhaps the fastest growing division of all at the moment is the Formula 500s and if last season is any indication of what we can expect, they are going to deliver something very special. Blessed with a pool of precociously talented drivers piloting immaculately presented race cars that generate some serious speed, these guys and girls are proof positive of the benefits of regular competition on the Archerfield clay and with 13 shows scheduled next season, expect to see further growth and even more action. Of course, the stars of the future in the Formula 500 Juniors will also feature regularly throughout the season.
Compact Speedcars and AMCA Nationals have also wisely opted to do the bulk of their racing at Archerfield once again next season and both categories will contest more a dozen shows. The Compacts will run 12 rounds of their club pointscore series, while AMCA competitors will contest an 11-round track championship and their Queensland Championship event, which will also be decided on May 6.
A round of the Super Sedan Summer Slam Tour has been confirmed for December 30, with Super Sedans also scheduled for December 2, while Dirt Modifieds will make four appearances. Also featuring prominently on the schedule are Lightning Sprints, Modlites and Wingless Sprints, with Late Models and Microsprints also slated for a handful of shows. Street Stocks will make an early season return to run the Queensland Championship event washed out last season, while Open Sedans and the Ford v Holden v Sigma Sedans will again provide great support before finishing the season with their own championship events.
2017/2018 Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway Event Schedule
September 16: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 1, Midget Track Championship Rd 1, Formula 500s, Formula 500 Juniors, Compact Speedcars, Monster Trucks, Fireworks
September 23: Lightning Sprints, Wingless Sprints, RSA Street Stocks, Modlites, Open Sedans, Ford v Holden v Sigma Sedans
October 7: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 2, Midget Track Championship Rd 2, Compact Speedcars, Formula 500 Juniors
October 14: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 3, AMCA Nationals, Lightning Sprints, Formula 500s, Wingless Sprints, Modlites, Ford v Holden v Sigma Sedans
October 28: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 4, Midget Track Championship Rd 3, Formula 500s, Compact Speedcars, Open Sedans
November 4: Dirt Modifieds, AMCA Nationals, Lightning Sprints, Late Models, Ford v Holden v Sigma Sedans
November 11: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 5, Midget Track Championship Rd 4, Formula 500s, Compact Speedcars, Open Sedans, Formula 500 Juniors
November 25: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 6, Midget Track Championship Rd 5, AMCA Nationals, Lightning Sprints, Ford v Holden v Sigma Sedans
December 2: Super Sedans, Dirt Modifieds, Modlites, Open Sedans, Late Models
December 9: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 7, AMCA Nationals, Compact Speedcars, Ford v Holden v Sigma Sedans, Formula 500 Juniors
December 26: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 8, Formula 500s, Compact Speedcars, Modlites, Formula 500 Juniors, Monster Trucks, Fireworks
December 30: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 9, Super Sedan Summer Slam, AMCA Nationals, Lightning Sprints, Ford v Holden v Sigma Sedans
January 1: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 10, Dirt Modifieds, Formula 500s, Open Sedans, Formula 500 Juniors, Demolition Derby, Derby Fireworks
January 3: World Series Sprintcars, Midget Track Championship Rd 6, Compact Speedcars, Modlites
January 5: World Series Sprintcars Australian Open Lightning Sprints, Modlites, Formula 500 Juniors
January 6: World Series Sprintcars Australian Open AMCA Nationals, Formula 500s, Wingless Sprints
January 19/20: World Midget Championship, AMCA Nationals, Lightning Sprints, Wingless Sprints, Modlites, Open Sedans, Ford v Holden v Sigma Sedans, Caravan, Boat and Dunny Derby, Fireworks
February 10: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 11, AMCA Nationals, Formula 500s, Compact Speedcars, Wingless Sprints, Ford v Holden v Sigma Sedans, Formula 500 Juniors
February 24: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 12, Midget Track Championship Rd 7, Formula 500s, Compact Speedcars, Microsprints, Formula 500 Juniors
March 3: Wingless Sprints, AMCA Nationals, Open Sedans, Late Models, Ford v Holden v Sigma Sedans
March 10: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 13, Midget Track Championship Rd 8, Lightning Sprints, Modlites, Formula 500 Juniors, Ford v Holden v Sigma Sedans
March 24: Midget Track Championship Rd 9, Dirt Modifieds, AMCA Nationals, Formula 500s, Compact Speedcars, Open Sedans
March 31: Sprintcars Easter Triple Challenge (ECL Track Championship Rd 14), Formula 500s, Wingless Sprints, Formula 500 Juniors
April 14: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 15, Midget Track Championship Rd 9, Lightning Sprints, Formula 500s, Open Sedans
April 28: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 16, Compact Speedcars, Wingless Sprints, Modlites, Formula 500 Juniors, Ford v Holden v Sigma Sedans
May 5: Queensland Sprintcar Championship, Midget 50 Lapper, Lightning Sprints, Formula 500s, Open Sedans
May 6: Queensland Sprintcar Championship, Queensland AMCA Nationals Championship, Dirt Modifieds, Microsprints, Monster Trucks, Fireworks,
May 19: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Rd 17, Wingless Sprint 50 Lapper AMCA Nationals, Late Models, Modlites, Ford v Holden v Sigma Sedans
May 26: ECL Sprintcar Track Championship Grand Final, Midget Track Championship Grand Final, Formula 500s, Compact Speedcars, Formula 500 Juniors, Caravan, Boat & Dunny Derby, Fireworks
June 2: Lightning Sprints, Wingless Sprints, Modlites, Open Sedans Track Championship, Ford v Holden v Sigma Track Championship, Enduros, King of the Ring
VALVOLINE RACEWAY ANNOUNCES NEW DEVELOPMENT SPRINTCARS CONCEPT
Official release: Valvoline Raceway
June 16, 2017
In a bid to foster and develop new driving talent Valvoline Raceway has announced a new concept known as “Development Sprintcars” to compete over six nights in the 2017/2018 season.
The concept will be open to a maximum of 18 drivers per night and will be run over three heats in total (two heats per driver) and an all-in 18 car 20 lap main event.
“It’s a daunting process fronting up to run USC Sprintcars at Parramatta,” concedes USC Champion Robbie Farr, “it’s brutal racing against anywhere from fifty to seventy cars depending on the night. You only get qualifying and your heat to get it right or you can find yourself buried in the C or B-Main. When you’re just starting out or your operating on a small budget that’s a big challenge.”
The idea is to get track time for drivers who are selected on their current experience and track speed.
“You won’t be seeing any of the front running teams using this as a test session”, Farr explains, “This is specifically designed for drivers who currently struggle to finish beyond mid-pack in a B-Main. This idea gives them some laps in a less hectic environment and more importantly it will boost their confidence. Something like this benefits not only the drivers involved but the A-Main teams who race with them.”
With such limited practice and test opportunities in Australian Speedway across the board it’s not practical for a newcomer to just go out and do hundreds of laps before a race event to get up to speed at Valvoline Raceway.
The Development Sprintcars will run as a support program for the other categories racing on the night.
They are not the headline act and as such are really an extension to the program.
“This is just perfect for a team like ours,” says Global Racing second year USC racer Cordi O’Hehir, “confidence is such a huge part of racing these cars and if we can improve my confidence and my speed at the same time it’s got to be better for everyone. I’m excited about it.”
Drivers who race in the Development Sprintcars nights are not restricted from competing in rounds of the USC.
The dates for these Development Sprintcar nights are: