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Dumesny’s Set to Vie for Vic Title Father-Son Honors

The field for this Saturday nights Victorian Sprintcar Title at Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool has swelled to 50 entrants with both Matthew and Marcus Dumesny now attempting to add their names to the record books with thanks to event partner Go Traffic.

The original list of entrants included both Jamie Veal and Grant Anderson, whose fathers both secured Victorian Sprintcar Title wins during their illustrious careers, with Ken Veal winning the event in 1991, while Anderson’s father David recorded a hat-trick of wins from 1996 to 1998.

Now two young stars of the sport who carry one of the most famous Sprintcar pedigrees will aim to emulate their father Max Dumesny, who is the most crowned Victorian Champion with nine career wins in the event.

With a high-quality field of entrants for the 2017 Victorian Sprintcar Title this Saturday nights promises to be another high-class night of Speedway entertainment with the coveted Jack Willsher Cup also on offer in the Formula 500 division.

All drivers in the Victorian Sprintcar Title will be vying for the Graeme McCubbin Trophy which is named in honor of the highly respected two-time Victorian Champion.

Public gates will open at 4.00pm with cars on-track from 5.00pm.

Admission is: Adults $27.00; Concession $22.00 (Aged, Disability and VA only), Children 10-15 $10.00; Children 9 and Under are Free.

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Trio of South Aussies Adds Class to Vic Title Field

South Australian duo Brad Keller and Ryan Jones have added their names to the entry list for this Saturday nights Victorian Sprintcar Title at Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool as presented by Go Traffic.

Keller, who will pilot his familiar James Rosenberg Racing / Brad Keller Racing, Shadetec S19, in what will prove to be yet another invaluable hit out for the 2017-18 World Series Sprintcars contracted driver.

Four-time Australian 360 Sprintcar Champion, Jones, needs no introduction to Victorian Race Fans, having himself been a contracted World Series Sprintcars Driver and a regular visitor to Premier Speedway.

Chad Ely who will be at the wheel of the Jamie Stark owned S72 car, is another former Australian 360 Sprintcar Champion and will be most determined to add some more silverware to his trophy cabinet this weekend.

Since Ron Clark claimed the first Victorian Sprintcar Title back in 1968, there have only 25 different drivers who have claimed the right to be crowned as Victorian Champion.

Since claiming his first Title in 1984, the legendary Max Dumesny has claimed nine wins, the most recent being in 2002. Ron Smith is next on the list after he too enjoyed a golden run during the 1970’s where he tasted success with a hat-trick of victories from 1970-72, before returning to the top step of the podium again in 1974 and 1975.

David Anderson and Garry Brazier both secured a hat-trick of wins as well, with Anderson saluting in 1996, 97 and 98, while Brazier enjoyed his golden run from 1993 to 1995.

This weekend, five drivers will try to add their names to the record books for a second time, with David Murcott (2006), Tim Rankin (2011), Darren Mollenoyux (2013), Daniel Pestka (2015) and last years winner Aidan Hall all aiming to collect a second Victorian Title.

Of the entrants for this weekend, both Grant Anderson and Jamie Veal will be trying to emulate the deeds of their fathers, in becoming Victorian Champions, with David Anderson as mentioned above being a three-time winner, while Ken Veal was able to claim his maiden Victorian Title back in 1991.

This weekend’s entry list is a star-studded line-up with Keller, Jones and Ely set to be joined by Veal, Anderson, Mollenoyux, Murcott, Rankin, Hall, Pestka, while Ben Atkinson, Brett Milburn, Corey McCullagh, Jye O’Keeffe and current Western Australian and Northern Territory State Champ Tim Van Ginneken will be in the field which is rapidly approaching 50 cars.

All drivers in the Victorian Sprintcar Title will be vying for the Graeme McCubbin Trophy which is named in honor of the highly respected two-time Victorian Champion.

Public gates will open at 4.00pm with cars on-track from 5.00pm. The Formula 500 Jack Willsher Cup will run in conjunction with the Victorian Sprintcar Title, with more than 30 entries, including the defending Jack Willsher Cup winner and current Aussie Champion Liam Williams headlining an impressive entry list.

Admission is: Adults $27.00; Concession $22.00 (Aged, Disability and VA only), Children 10-15 $10.00; Children 9 and Under are Free.

Victorian Sprintcar Champions:
1968    Ron Clark
1969    Bill Willis
1970    Ron Smith
1971    Ron Smith
1972    Ron Smith
1973    Dave Conlin
1974    Ron Smith
1975    Ron Smith
1976-77    Les Harrower
1977-78 Bill Wigzell
1978-79 Graeme McCubbin
1979-80 Graeme McCubbin
1981    Daryl Jago
1982    Garry Rush
1983    Bill Barrows
1984    Max Dumesny
1985    Danny Smith
1986    Ian Lewis
1987    Max Dumesny
1988    Brett Lacey
1989    Max Dumesny
1990    Max Dumesny
1991    Ken Veal
1992    Max Dumesny
1993    Garry Brazier
1994    Garry Brazier
1995    Garry Brazier
1996    David Anderson
1997    David Anderson
1998    David Anderson
1999    Max Dumesny
2000    Max Dumesny
2001    Max Dumesny
2002    Max Dumesny
2003    Kurt Winker
2004    Ken Satori
2005    Robbie Farr
2006    David Murcott
2007    Matthew Reed
2008    John Vogels
2009    Matthew Reed
2010    Stephen Bell
2011    Tim Rankin
2012    Stephen Bell & Robbie Farr (Dead Heat)
2013    Darren Mollenoyux
2014    Kyle Hirst
2015    Daniel Pestka
2016    John Vogels
2017    Aidan Hall

2017 Victorian Sprintcar Title Entry List:
D2    Ben Atkinson
NT2    Damian Throne
S4    Lisa Walker
T7    Tim Hutchins
V8    Bobby Daly
V9    Rod Matthews
S13    Brock Hallett
V14    Chris Rodda
S14    Brendan Quinn
S15    Aidan Hall
V17    Dennis Jones
VA18    Scott Reilly
S19    Brad Keller
S20    Glen Sutherland
V22    Terry Rankin
W25    Taylor Milling
S27    Daniel Pestka
V28    Andrew Hughes
V32    Stephen Spark
V35    Jamie Veal
V36    Tim Van Ginneken
V37    Grant Anderson
V42    Jye O'Keeffe
V45    Mike Van Bremen
S45    Jake Tranter
V47    Tim Rankin
V48    Adam King
V52    Darren Mollenoyux
V58    Rhiannon Burleigh
V59    Chris Heard
V60    Jordyn Charge
V61    Robert Nicholas
S63    Ryan Jones
V67    Luke Walker
V68    Brett Milburn
S71    Sam Putland
S72    Chad Ely
V72    Jacob Smith
V73    Charles Hunter
V75    Nigel Harding
V77    Brayden Parr
VA81    Rhys Baxter
V81    Robbie Paton
V88    David Murcott
VA88    Grant Stansfield
V90    Corey McCullagh
W96    Aldo DePaoli
V98    Peter Doukas

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TOP GUNS WEAR THEIR STRIPES THIS SATURDAY

Toowoomba' Speedway racers have united under one banner as the covers have come off the new "Toowoomba Top Guns" logo ahead of this weekend's Ultimate Pink Night at Hi-Tec Oils Speedway, Charlton.

Racers across all divisions will adopt the logo on their race cars, signalling a united approach to promoting speedway across the Darling Downs and beyond.

Likable Withcott legend, Peter Lack proudly applied the decal on Monday and was upbeat about the area's current depth of talent in the sport.

"This is a great initiative and something we can all be proud of, in representing this awesome part of Australia, wherever we go to race. I remember as a kid going to the racing and always barracking for the racers from my own town, and I hope that Toowoomba's Speedway fans, young and old, can cheer for us wherever we race because there's enormous talent in this city."

Fellow Toowoomba region raised Sprintcar ace, Andrew Scheuerle echoed Lack's comments as he applied the logo to his Ausdeck Group Q25 tail tank.

"We are all very parochial and proud of this region, and even though I lived away from the area for a few years, I feel very much at home living back on the Darling Downs and this label just puts us into one big group of racers who are very proud of our part of the world and what we've achieved in the sport."

Reigning NSW and QLD Modified Sedan Champion, Rodney Pammenter embraced the idea, predicting that bringing every racer from the area under one umbrella could foster a territorial approach to racing in other regions.

"If the Toowoomba Speedway fans get behind this, it may just create another rivalry at our events that we didn't bargain for, and what I'd love to see is some "Teams Racing" in the future, where the best racers from Toowoomba take on teams from Kingaroy, Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast – wherever! I loved Teams Racing when I was younger and I'd love to bring that back and represent our region!"

The Toowoomba Top Guns will be well represented this weekend at the annual "Ultimate Pink Night" where all General Admission women receive free entry, as Hi-Tec Oils Speedway raises money for breast cancer research. The Opening Ceremony begins at 6pm after qualifying and pre-program racing, before Ultimate Sprintcars contest the 3rd Annual Will Power 500 and Modified Sedans and Wingless Sprints enter another round of their respective club championships. Check out the Hi-Tec Oils Speedway Facebook page for news and weather updates.

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Wet Weather Wins Again

Archerfield Speedway Media Release

Despite the best efforts of promoter John Kelly to get the track back into shape after a shower swept across Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway, more light rain eventually forced the abandonment of round five of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship on Saturday night (November 11). It is the second time this season that a track championship round has been by curtailed by inclement conditions, with only one round of heats being completed before the weather intervened.

In his final local outing before hitting the road to contest the World Series Championship, Lachlan McHugh would have been hoping for more track time but had to be content with setting KRE Fast Time, stopping the timer at 11.522. Dan Murray was second best with 11.593, followed by Mark Pholi (11.637), Brent Kratzmann (11.666) and series leader Luke Oldfield (11.671). Andrew Scheurele, Brodie Tulloch, Callum Walker, Andrew Corbet and Peter Lack rounded out the top ten in a session that saw Kristy Bonsey get upside down in her run against the clock. Andrew Marks had earlier whacked the wall and rolled in hot laps, while Adam Butler and Nathan McFarlane also failed to record a time.

The opening heat saw Mick Sauer muscle his way under Jayden Peacock to assume the lead before racing away to win by more than 3.5 seconds. Peacock withstood the advances of Scheuerle and McHugh to finish second.

Having lost the lead to Oldfield, a fortuitous restart put David Whell back in front of the heat two field and he took full advantage to thwart Oldfield's subsequent advances, with Ben Hilder securing third.

Lack scorched to a resounding result in heat three, romping home well clear of Mitchell Gee, with Kratzmann a similar distance further back in what would be their last outing for the night.

The next event at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway is Saturday, November 25 with round six of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship, round four of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship and round three of the Shock Absorber Therapy AMCA Nationals Track Championship, plus Lightning Sprints and Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans.   

An additional show has been added to the Archerfield schedule on December 16. The program will feature the washed-out Sprintcar Track Championship round from October 14, giving local teams an extra night of racing to fine tune in preparation for the arrival of Donny Schatz fresh from claiming his ninth World of Outlaws Championship. Schatz kicks off his exclusive Archerfield season on December 26, with further appearances on December 30, January 1 and January 3 before finishing up with the WSS Australian Sprintcar Open on January 5 and 6.

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Jamie Veal takes another Eureka Garages & Sheds Series Round Win
By Ian Vale

Jamie Veal took the win in last night’s round three of the Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series at Premier Speedway to lead home the Warrnambool  posse of James McFadden, Darren Mollenoyux and Corey McCullagh that filled the top four placing’s and Rusty Hickman continued his impressive performance to  take sixth place and the outright lead in the Eureka Series points score.

While Veal took the feature win he didn’t have it all his own way having to keep the challenges of Mollenoyux and McFadden at bay during the A main event.

The night stared off with four groups of time trials that saw Tim Van Ginneken, Jamie Veal, Darren Mollenoyux and Glen Sutherland set fast times in their respective time trial groups. With the time trials done the grids for the eight heat races were set.

After the heat race were run and won by eight different drivers, V28 Andrew Hughes, V35 Jamie Veal, V52 Darren Mollenoyux, V37 Grant Anderson, T7 Tim Hutchins, V60 Jordyn Charge, V3 Shaun Dobson and V32 Stephen Sparks the main events grids were done. the top six drivers got their time trial time back setting the top six starting order with all other drivers lining up as per there qualifying points from the time trials and heat races in their respective Main events.

Five drivers from the C Main, Luke Walker, Jye Okeeffe, Taylor Millings, Rhys Baxter and Grant Stansfield transferred to the back of the B Main.

After fifteen laps of the B Main Tim hutchins took the win and transferred to the A Main taking with him Ben Atkinson, Chad Ely, Domain Ramsay, Brett Milburn and Dennis Jones.

The starting order for the Eureka Garages & Sheds A Main had Jamie Veal in P1 and the young charger Rusty Hickman sitting alongside of him, Darren Mollenoyux and Glen Sutherland were on row two while Grant Anderson and James McFadden who was having a guest drive in Jack Lee V25 car for the night filled row three. Corey McCullagh, Andrew Hughes, Jacob Smith, Brayden Parr, Peter Doukas and Shaun Dobson rounded out automatic qualifiers in the A Main who were then joined by the B Main transferring drivers.

Race time and it was Hickman that got the jump as the green flag waved but that was short lived with Veal taking command and leading the first lap leaving Hickman in second place who was being strongly challenge by Mollenoyux who made the pass on the very next lap to take second place.

The field settled down over the next few laps with Veal in the lead but Mollenoyux was keeping in touch with him, Hickman was holding third place from McCullagh then Anderson and McFadden, Parr and Hutchins were next in line then Sutherland who had lost a few spots at the start and Milburn who had picked up a couple of placing’s to round out the top ten when the only stoppage for the race came when Ramsay tagged the wall in turn two and rolled over.

Ramsay was out but bad news for Parr was about to happen when rolling around for the restart, the right rear tyre of his V77 machines was deflating that also sent him to the infield.

Back under way and Mollenoyux was putting the blow torch on Veal straight away looking for a pass to snare the lead from Veal at just on half race distance as the leaders were now heading into lapped traffic. Just behind the leading pair a monster battle was raging between McCullagh who made a pass on Hickman and McFadden who had great car speed and Anderson who wanted in on the action.

Mollenoyux seemed to be in control keeping Veal at bay but Veal being the chaser could see different lines that he needed to use to close back in on Mollenoyux to try and regain the lead. Veal found the momentum and swooped to take the lead back on lap twenty three demoting Mollenoyux into the clutches of the fast closing McFadden.

Five to go and McFadden got the job done to take second place and set his sights on the leader, Mollenoyux who was now in third place but had McCullagh looking to chase him down to try and take the final podium spot.

McFadden was looking fast in the final few laps of the race but as the leaders worked their way thru traffic but he could not quite get a clear run for a last chance shot at the race win, Veal went on to take the win with a safe margin from McFadden, Mollenoyux did enough to secure third place while McCullagh took a well deserved forth place giving the Warrnambool posse the top four placing’s.

Grant Anderson came home with another strong performance in fifth place and Rusty Hickman took sixth place which was good enough to also move Rusty into the lead of the Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series points.

Rounding out the finishers were Glen Sutherland in seventh place who worked his way back up the order after being shuffled back at the start of the race, Peter Doukas took eighth place ahead of the current Eureka Series Champion Brett Milburn, Tim Hutchins filled tenth place followed by Shaun Dobson, Chad Ely, Ben Atkinson, Andrew Hughes and Dennis Jones.

The Eureka Garages and Sheds Sprintcar Series heads to South Australia’s Borderline Speedway at Mount Gambier on Saturday night the 25th of November for round four. For more information go to the Borderline Speedway web site. www.borderlinespeedway.com.au  
oted on by the drivers in the Series. (End of Series award)
 
Eureka Garages and Sheds Series – KTM Top 10
1st – Rusty Hickman -1080
2nd – Jamie Veal - 1047
3rd – Tim Hutchins– 1046
4th – Brett Milburn - 1009
5th – Glen Sutherland - 919
6th – Jacob Smith – 870
7th – Jye Okeeffe - 783
8th – Charles Hunter - 726
9th – Jordyn Charge - 709
10th – Domain Ramsay - 676
11th – Shaun Dobson - 676
12th – Andrew Hughes – 643
13th – Scott Reilly - 643
14th – Jamie Heyen - 589
15th – Brayden Parr - 558
16th – Peter Doukas - 558
17th – Sam Wren - 528
18th – Stephen Spark - 510
19th – Bobby Daly - 457
20th – Terry Kelly - 455

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Darren's Dominate at Archerfield

Archerfield Speedway Media Release

On a night that produced some high quality competition from several racing divisions, the main event saw Darren Vine emerge victorious in round three of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship. Executing a perfect start from the second row of the grid, Vine took control of the 25-lap feature race from the outset and saw off several challengers on his way to securing his second feature race win for the season. Previous round winner Scott Farmer was great again in finishing second on this occasion, having pounced on a mid-race restart to slip ahead of Vine momentarily, only for the positions to change again before the lap was completed. In a great run through the field after starting on row five, Anthony Chaffey charged home to finish in third spot, relegating pole qualifier Brendan Palmer to fourth ahead of Michael Harders.

A strong 20-car field fronted for the Polar Ice Midget action and it was defending series champion Rusty Whittaker who set the pace in time trials, stopping the clock as 13.664 to set quick time ahead of Palmer (13.6810), Farmer (13.709), Scott Doyle (13.715) and Harders (13.765), while Brock Dean remarkably timed sixth overall after resuming from an incident that saw him tip over in turn three. Reid Mackay, Vine, Chaffey and Brad Young rounded out the top ten.

The racing throughout the heats was sensational and it was Mackay who maxed his points haul in the opening preliminary, leading home Farmer and Whittaker.

Scott Wilson set the early pace in heat two and remained at the front of the field until Vine swept to the front on lap six to take the race. Brendan Palmer finished in third spot, while Adam Wallis, Dan Biner and Brad Young all exited with varying degrees of damage after the latter spun in turn one while running second, although all three would make it back on track for the feature.

Heat three saw a similar scenario unfold as Vine again moved though to assume the lead on lap six, usurping Wallis on this occasion, with Whittaker third.

Palmer powered home to take the final heat, leading home Young and Darren Dillon as Farmer, Mackay and Dean found themselves in strife and failed to go the distance.

The first attempt to get the feature race underway only made it as far as turn one before Dillon upended, while Wallis also exited without completing a lap. At the resumption, Vine gazumped the front row pair of Palmer and Whittaker to emerge with the lead as early as turn two. The race was halted again on lap seven when Dan Biner spun and was collected by Audie Malt, putting both cars out of action. Brad Harrison also failed to make the restart, which only lasted one more lap before Whittaker spun in the same spot, throwing away second spot in the process. Having also moved ahead of Palmer, Farmer charged under Vine when racing resumed but he couldn't make the pass stick as Vine immediately returned serve and moved back to the front. Chaffey, meanwhile, was surging forward and pounced on Palmer with just three laps remaining to secure a place on the podium. Behind Palmer came Harders and Whittaker, who stormed back through the field, with Dean, Mackay, Wilson and Doyle completing the top ten.

Sprintcars return to Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway next Saturday night (November 11) for round five of the East Coast Logistics Track Championship, with Formula 500s, Compact Speedcars and Open Sedans also on the program.

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Midgets Take Centre Stage

Archerfield Speedway Media Release

The action never ends at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway and this Saturday night (November 4) it is the mighty Midgets in the spotlight with a big field of cars to contest round three of the Polar Ice Track Championship. More than 20 drivers have nominated for the event, including the winners of the opening two rounds in Darren Vine and Scott Farmer, and if those two events are any indication of what we can expect this weekend, the racing will be red hot. Also on the program is round two of the Shock Absorber Therapy AMCA Nationals Track Championship, plus Lightning Sprints, Late Models, Stockcars and Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans, while a selection of classic speedway vehicles from the past will also be cutting some laps.

Such is the level of competition in the local Midget ranks at the moment that after winning the opening round, Vine could do no better that fifth in next event, a race that saw Farmer score his breakthrough feature race win. Having made an early exit from the opening round and then being chased down by Farmer and relegated to runner-up in round two, defending track champion Rusty Whittaker will be primed to make amends and re-establish his status as the pack leader.

Having finished second in the opening round, a broken oil pump drive sidelined Adam Wallis in round two and the versatile racer will be fighting furiously to finagle his first feature race win since taking over the cockpit of the Nielsen Motorsport Boss/Esslinger, while the likes of Reid Mackay and Anthony Chaffey (fourth and sixth respectively in the previous round) are also very much in the frame as potential feature winners. Add a returning Brock Dean and Scott Doyle to a field that also includes Sydney's Dan Biner and a collective of Compact Speedcar converts in Robbie Stewart, Mitchell Rooke and Nathan Mathers and the scene is set for a sensational showdown.  

Although down in numbers from their impressive season opener, round two of the Shock Absorber Therapy AMCA Nationals Track Championship still promises to deliver some close competition. Whilst the first round of the track championship on October 12 fell victim to rain after the opening round of heats (won by Nathan Durston and Steve Price respectively), racing in Bundaberg last weekend saw Price emerge victorious in the feature race ahead of defending Archerfield track champion Steve Potts and Durston, with Queensland champ Matt Hardy finishing fourth. All four drivers are in the field tonight to continue their battle, with Russ Hardy, Michael Mason and NSW's Tony Blanch expected to offer plenty of resistance.

After a few seasons away from the big stage, Late Models make their return with a small field, although it is anticipated that more regular racing at Archerfield will see numbers grow. The line-up is headed by former national champ Darren Kane, who is also the current Australian Super Sedan champion. Kane's biggest threats seem likely to be Nick Girdlestone, Aaron Van Zeeland or Carter Armstrong, who looked impressive during pre-season practice here and will be hoping to produce similar pace under racing conditions.

Stockcars are also making their return after a lengthy absence, with Lightning Sprints and Ford versus Holden versus Sigma sedans as well, while the classic Midgets and Sprintcars will complete a series of demonstration runs throughout the night. Gates open at 4.00pm and early racing from 5.30pm, with Midget time trials scheduled for 5.30pm and the main program to get underway at 6.00pm.

Polar Ice Midget Track Championship round three nominations: Adam Wallis, Anthony Chaffey, Audie Malt, Brad Young, Scott Doyle, Brad Harrison, Callum Whatmore, Michael Harders, Scott Farmer, Robbie Stewart, Scott Wilson, Reid Mackay, Dallas Sharp, Dan Biner, Mitchell Rooke, Brendan Palmer, Nathan Mathers, Darren Vine, Brock Dean, Darren Dillon, Rusty Whittaker

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Eureka Garages & Sheds Series of to Premier Speedway for $5000 to Win

By Ian Vale

The Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series round three that has $5000 on the line for the winner heads to Premier Speedway this Saturday night with a strong field of nominations that includes many of the country’s finest sprintcar drivers.

What a cracker of a field, while current Eureka Series Champion Brett Milburn is one of the many drivers nominated there is also four other drivers nominated that have been Eureka Garages & Sheds Series Champions, Jamie Veal, Shaun Dobson, Darren Mollenoyux and Mike Van Bremen, then add in two more drivers that have had great success at the Premier Speedway venue, James McFadden and Darwin’s Ben Atkinson and you’ve nearly got a hamburger with the lot!

Now if that isn’t a list of top drivers that any venue operator would like to have on any given night lets add some other drivers that are no strangers to podium placing’s Grant Anderson, Tim Rankin, Chad Ely, Tim Hutchins, Glen Sutherland, Tim Van Ginneken plus some of the new generation drivers that have show already they are stars of the future, Brayden Parr, Jordyn Charge and Rusty Hickman who is on fire at the moment.

The format for this round of the Eureka Garages and Sheds is the heat group time format, drivers are seeded into the time trial groups and then time trial for their starting position in their first heats against the drivers in their group only where the fastest driver will start from pole second fastest from P2 and so on. The second round of heats will be an inversion of the first round and swap heats. The points from these events will form the Top six driver shootout for pole position in the Eureka Garages & Sheds A Main while the other drivers will line up in the A, B and C Main as per there qualifying points.

While some of the drivers nominated will not be able to contest all the rounds of the Series due other commitments that will see six of the drivers nominated on the WSS trail this season this round of the Series will see all the top ten drivers in the Series points in action. Along with most of the drivers from eleventh thru to twentieth place in the points standings.

With many of the regular series drivers throwing their hat into the ring there is  a few rookie drivers from the Warrnambool area in the field too, Carly Walsh, Chris Heard, Rhys Baxter and from down Gippsland way is Bobby Daly.

With over forty five plus nominations received at the time of writing this round of the Series thanks to all the Series sponsors (see below) and Premier Speedway is going to be a huge night of Sprintcar action and it will all happen under the new track lighting hat has been install over the off season.  

The month of November, what a big month of Sprintcar action for the SRA, Eureka Series R3 Premier Speedway $5000 to win on Saturday the  4th, the following week the 11th it’s off to Avalon Raceway for the $10,000 to win Sprintcar Jackpot Invitational race.  Back to Premier Speedway on the 18th for the SRA Open Sprintcar Title presented by Go Traffic that pays another $5000 to win then to round out the month the Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series heats to the home of the Kings Challenge, Borderline Speedway for round four of the Eureka Series.  

The Eureka Garages and Sheds Sprintcar Series round three - Premier Speedway  Saturday night the 4th of November. For more information go to the Premier Speedway web site. www.premierspeedway.com.au

On track action is scheduled for 5pm for the sprintcar engine starts and hot laps with qualifying shortly afterwards.
 
Eureka Garages and Sheds Series – KTM Top 10:
1st – Tim Hutchins - 736
2nd – Brett Milburn – 729
3rd – Rusty Hickman - 718  
4th – Jamie Veal - 647
5th – Jacob Smith – 623
6th – Glen Sutherland - 601
7th – Jye Okeeffe - 593
8th – Charles Hunter - 571
9th – Jordyn Charge - 505
10th – Domain Ramsay - 493
11th – Scott Reilly - 457
12th – Jamie Heyen - 431
13th – David Murcott - 430
14th – Andrew Hughes - 385
15th – Sam Wren - 378
16th – Shaun Dobson - 376
17th – Matthew Dumesny - 364
18th – Terry Kelly - 344
19th –Aldo De Paoli - 341
20th – Brayden Parr - 336

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Scelzi Returning to Australia to Compete for World Series Sprintcars Championship

FRESNO, Calif. (Oct. 25, 2017) - Dominic Scelzi is pleased to announce that he will return to Australia this winter to compete for the World Series Sprintcars championship.

Scelzi will head overseas to drive for Wormall Motorsport during the 14-race series that invades 10 tracks in Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania and West Australia from Dec. 26 to Feb. 25. The team will also participate in several marquee events, including the Kings Challenge, President's Cup and Scott Darley Classic to name a few.

"To be able to compete at the highest level down there is going to be exciting," he said. "It will be a challenge because it's the best guys there are. My game has to be on.

"My goal is to win the championship. The Rookie of the Year Award would be cool, but I want to go down there and compete to win the championship. James McFadden and Jamie Veal are two of the toughest guys to beat in Australia and guys I've raced with this year in the United States."

Scelzi made his Australia debut throughout the 2016-17 offseason when he drove for Wormall Motorsport. He helped lead Team USA to the Origin of Speed victory, placed sixth during a preliminary night of the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic and recorded two podiums, three top fives and four top 10s to finish tied for third place in the USA vs. WA Sprintcar Speedweek standings.

"I want to thank the Wormall Family for bringing me back," he said. "They are like a second family to me. I look forward to getting down there, spending time with them and racing with them."

Scelzi is off this weekend before returning to action on Nov. 4 at Stockton Dirt Track in Stockton, Calif., with the King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Series and Sprint Car Challenge Tour. It will be his second-to-final weekend of racing in the United States this season.

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V8 Double Header at Archerfield Saturday Night

Archerfield Speedway Media Release

Having suffered a wet weather-induced early finish after the opening round of heat races at the previous round two weeks ago and then suffering a total washout last weekend in Toowoomba, Sprintcar drivers will be primed for round four of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship this Saturday night (October 28) at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway. In what will be a big night of V8 action, Dirt Modifieds get their season underway with current and two-time Australian champion Kevin Britten heading an 19-car entry list, while Formula 500s are also out in force for the latest round of their KRE race Engines Championship Series. Compact Speedcars and a double dose of sedan action featuring Open Sedans and Ford vs Holden v Sigmas complete another big night of action at Queensland's home of speedway.

With just time trials and three heat races completed at the previous round before the rains came, little has changed at the top of the series leader board, with defending track champion Luke Oldfield maintaining his position atop the championship standings, albeit in the very early stages of the title chase. Despite the fact that Andrew Scheuerle has won both of the completed feature races so far this season, runner-up finishes in both events combined with superior qualifying performances (which includes clocking the fastest lap in time trials at all three rounds) has enabled Oldfield to establish 19-point lead over Scheurele. Whilst there is absolutely no doubt that this dynamic duo will be again be leading the way this weekend, what's not so certain is which, if any, of the other 20+ drivers can break the monopoly on the top two positions.

Thus far, Mitchell Gee and Lachlan McHugh have been the only others to secure a place on the feature race podium and, given their determination, fearlessness and thirst for success, they again seem the most likely candidates.  Callum Walker, Peter Lack, Brent Kratzmann and Ben Hilder have proven the best of the rest and no doubt this quartet have used the extended break in competition to fine-tune their equipment and tactics in their bid to visit victory lane. Mark Pholi and Allan Woods have produced glimpses of speed at times, but will need to harness their horsepower with more consistency if they hope to challenge for outright honours.

The second outing for the Sprintcar Development Series will also hit the track on Saturday night as former Lightning Sprint racer Peter Campbell looks to maintain his unbeaten run, having won both heats and the feature in their opening round.

With several of the established front runners absent, Britten and former national titleholder Andrew Pezzutti will be the drivers to beat in Dirt Modified action. Always willing to charge hard on the high side, Britten has produced some remarkable performances at this track and his battle with Pezzutti promises to be something quite spectacular. The experience of Ray Klarich and Garry Wathen always makes them a threat to spring an upset, while Sam Bruggy, category newcomer Terry Leerentveld and NSW's Andrew Firth, who snagged a feature race win on his home track in Grafton last month will be poised to pounce should the favourites falter.

The rain interruption two weeks ago denied national champ Liam Williams the opportunity to secure his third Formula 500 feature race win in succession, so look for the transplanted Victorian to be fast, focussed and out front again this Saturday. However, in what is one of the most competitive categories at the moment, Williams will face formidable opposition, not the least of which will come from girlfriend Kristin Brown. Throw in speedsters such as Tristan Johnson, Ryan McNamara, Nick Hodges, Piper Ogilvie, Mitchell Whittaker and Graham Williams, plus a dozen others including current Australian Lightning Sprint champion Kurt Wilson and action seems assured.  

Dave Collins and Trent Usher have taken out the opening two Compact Speedcar feature races of the season and both are back in action again on Saturday night, with Wayne Corbett, Steve Swingler, Emma Harris, Jim Kennedy, Tim Farrell and Matt O'Neill looming as the collective most likely to quash any hopes Collins or Usher may have or replicating their success.  

With over 25 Open Sedans expected along with all the regulars of the Ford vs Holden Vs Sigma sedans, more than 120 cars will hit the track on the night, with gates opening at 4.00pm and early racing from 5.00pm. Sprintcars hit the track for qualifying (time trials) at 5.30pm before the main program gets underway at 6.00pm.

East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round four nominations: Allan Woods, Andrew Corbet, Andrew Liebke, Andrew Scheuerle, Ben Hilder, Brad Ayers, Brent Kratzmann, Brett Minett, Brock Dean, Brodie Tulloch, Callum Walker, Dan Murray, Karl Hoffmans, Kristy Bonsey, Lachlan McHugh, Luke Oldfield, Mark Pholi, Mitch Gowland, Mitchell Gee, Nelson Reddacliff, Peter Lack, Steve Greer

Sprintcar Development Series nominations: Aleesha Woods, Peter Campbell, Ashley Morgan, David Kenway, Libby Ellis, Jason King, Liam Atkinson, Kris Jenings

Dirt Modified nominations: Andrew Firth, Andrew Pezzutti, Anthony Ashen, Garry Wathen, Graeme Holland, John Jones, Kevin Britten, Marcus MacKenzie, Nick Knott, Phil Roberts, Ray Klarich, Ray Eggins, Russell Knight, Sam Bruggy, Terry Leerentveld, Trevor Wiley, Zac MacDonald, Josh Rose, Mark Connolly

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Classic Ticket Sales Strong as Doukas Signs Up for 2018 Duty

The 2018 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic may still be the best part of four months away, but it hasn’t stopped the first entrant from signaling his intentions at this very early stage.

Victorian Peter Doukas, who hails from Mailors Flat, which is located just to the north of Warrnambool is the first driver to officially enter the Classic, which again looks like attracting a huge field of drivers from right around Australia and the USA!

Doukas has steadily improved with each and every outing in the Warrnambool Locksmith’s, Giblin Family Homes, Lane Transport, AKC Kitchens, HEC’s Screens and Services and P.T.S backed V98 machine.

Having contested the 2016 Classic where he mustered a 9th place finish in C-Main 2, Doukas was able to improve his performance in 2017 to finish in 14th in B-Main 2. No doubt 2018 will see he and his team eyeing of a coveted A-Main starting spot come January 21.
 
The Classic will again act as a qualifying event for the Speed Sport News Challenge which will be held during the Knoxville Nationals next August and with strong opening day ticket sales, race fans are urged to pre-book tickets by visiting www.premierspeedway.com.au.

“The Grandstand is sold out and the Terrace Area proved popular during our opening day of ticket sales yesterday”, Premier Speedway General Manager David Mills said.

“With large quantities of General Admission tickets available, those that are looking for a reserved seat for the three nights of the Classic should hop on-line and get their seats now, because if yesterday is anything to go by, the reserved seating mightn’t last long”, he added.

“We expect that General Admission tickets will still be available for purchase on race day, it is just the reserved sections that will be gone”, Mills concluded.

The 2018 46th edition of the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic will be supported by the following sponsors; Performance Racegear, KRE Race Engines, The Lady Bay Resort and KFC.

Copies of the 2018 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic entry form have been forwarded to the 2017 entrants while a PDF version is available for download from the Premier Speedway website www.premierspeedway.com.au

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Eureka Garages & Sheds Series Round Two taken by David Murcott

By Ian Vale

David Murcott one of three A Main race leaders continued his good from at Heartland Raceway last night when he took the win in round two of the Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series on a very racy track that was used from the bottom to the top all night long. Matthew Dumesny recovered from an early race spin to climb thru the field to take second place while Rusty Hickman claimed third place after a sterling drive from fifteenth starting position.

The A Main event had its share of dramas and disappointments before the race settled down just over the half way mark.

Jamie Veal won pole position by setting fastest time in the top six shootout, Matthew Dumesny went forward in the shootout to line up beside Veal leaving top points scorer David Murcott to start from position three. From position four was Tim Hutchins followed by Jordyn Charge and Jake Smith to round out the top six.

The A Main field was set with Brett Milburn and Glen Sutherland filling row four to be followed by Charles Hunter, Domain Ramsay, Scott Reilly, Jye Okeeffe and the last chance B Main transferring drivers of Sam Walsh, Marcus Dumesny who had to do a motor change after his second heat before the B Main, next was Rusty Hickman who dropped a heat race with a broken driveline, rounding out the final transferring drivers were Brayden Willmington, Jessie Attard and Eddie Lumbar.

Down to business with the green flag waved to start the Eureka Garages & Sheds A Main event and Jamie Veal lead the pack away from Matthew Dumesny, David Murcott, Tim Hutchins, Jake Smith and Jordyn Charge who filled the top six places. One lap down and the red light was on, with a tight field going down the back straight on lap two contact between a few drivers was made that would see Domain Ramsay roll and out of the race. Sam Walsh also pulled infield with a problem.

Back under way and Veal lead the pack once again when nearing the completion of lap two Matthew Dumesny spun in turn four up high leaving Murcott nowhere to go but somehow Dumesny just managed to keep the car going while Murcott had a slight touch with the wall and the spinning Dumesny but also managed to keep his machine running, both drivers would lose a few positions on the track. Jake Smith kept clear of the Dumesny and Murcott show to take over second place while Tim Hutchins also gained a few spots to be in third place by the end of lap two.

It was not long and both Murcott & Dumesny were back on the move but Hutchins quickly passed Smith to take second place while Veal continued leading in a dominate fashion.

Rusty Hickman wasn’t wasting any time early in the race and had picked off a few positions to be into ninth place when the next caution period came on.

Underway once more and again Jamie Veal was in control moving away from the pack that would see Tim Hutchins, Matthew Dumesny and David Murcott battling hard for third place, while these drivers worked each other over Glen Sutherland was moving into the picture ahead of both Brett Milburn and Rusty Hickman when disaster struck for Veal at one third race distance when he caught a lapped car and had slight contact high on the track that would see the V35 machine stopped against the wall.

Veal was sent to the rear of the field for the restart leaving Hutchins, Murcott and Dumesny to fight it out for the lead on the restart. Hutchins would lead the next lap when a slide job war started between both Hutchins and Murcott, each lap Murcott would lead the lap before eventually opening a gap on Hutchins who now had Dumesny working him over.

While the main action was going on up front both Rusty Hickman and Marcus Dumesny were moving thru the pack and mixing it with Glen Sutherland and Brett Milburn in another very entertaining battle.

All eyes were now on Jamie Veal to see if he could drive thru the field and what a show he was putting on but unfortunately it all come to halt when Jamie had moved himself thru the field to be in eight place in one and half laps but contact with the wall in the middle of turns three and four would see Veal roll and out of the race.

Murcott now had Matthew Dumesny on his tail for the restart but within a few laps Murcott put a lapped car between himself and Matthew Dumesny to open a slight gap. Hickman was still on the move taking third place from Hutchins, Sutherland was now into fifth ahead of Milburn and the fast finishing Marcus Dumesny.

But there was no stopping David Murcott who took the win in the V88 machine, to make it his second straight will at Heartland Raceway. Matthew Dumesny drove a strong race to take second place ahead of the hard charger Rusty Hickman who passed twelve cars on his way to a well deserved third place. Tim Hutchins crossed the line in fourth place and also took over the lead of the Eureka Garages & Sheds Series points, Glen Sutherland was next home in fifth from the current Eureka Series Champion Brett Milburn who rounded on the top six.

Marcus Dumesny drove well to take seventh, rounding the finishers were Jye Okeeffe, Jacob Smith, Charles Hunter, Scott Reilly who raced most of the race with a broken right front shocker, Jesse Attard finished in twelfth position followed by Braydan Willmington, Jordyn Charge and Eddie Lumbar.

The B Main was conducted over fifteen laps that was taken out by Sam Walsh from Marcus Dumesny, Rusty Hickman, Braydan Willmington, Jessie Attard and Eddie Lumbar.

Stephen Spark took the win in the C Main from Kim Becker and Bobby Daly who transferred to back of the B Main.

The Eureka Garages and Sheds Sprintcar Series next stop is at Premier Speedway on Saturday night the 4th of November for round three. For more information go to the Premier Speedway web site. www.premierspeedway.com.au

Eureka Garages and Sheds Series – KTM Top 10:
1st – Tim Hutchins - 736
2nd – Brett Milburn – 729
3rd – Rusty Hickman - 718  
4th – Jamie Veal - 647
5th – Jacob Smith – 623
6th – Glen Sutherland - 601
7th – Jye Okeeffe - 593
8th – Charles Hunter - 571
9th – Jordyn Charge - 505
10th – Domain Ramsay - 493
11th – Scott Reilly - 457
12th – Jamie Heyen - 431
13th – David Murcott - 430
14th – Andrew Hughes - 385
15th – Sam Wren - 378
16th – Shaun Dobson - 376
17th – Matthew Dumesny - 364
18th – Terry Kelly - 344
19th –Aldo De Paoli - 341
20th – Brayden Parr - 336

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Remarkable Finish Favours Scheuerle in Round Two

Archerfield Speedway Media Release

Andrew Scheuerle executed a miraculous last gasp victory in round two of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (October 7),  chasing down Luke Oldfield in the final metres of the event  to prevail by just  0.016 seconds after 30 torrid laps of racing. On a super sticky race track, Oldfield established a substantial lead after qualifying on pole position and still looked a certain winner for all but those final moments, finishing runner-up behind Scheuerle for the second round in succession. Further back, a mesmerising battle for third spot resulted in Lachlan McHugh besting fellow teens Mitchell Gee and Callum Walker to secure third spot.

In the second round of racing in the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship, Scott Farmer powered to victory in the 25-lap feature event. Rusty Whittaker set the pace for much of the duration but had no answer when Farmer pounced on lap 17, leaving the defending champ to settle for second ahead of a barnstorming Troy Ware, who bounced back from a wild heat race wreck to finish third ahead of Reid Mackay and Darren Vine.

On a newly laid track surface and under threatening skies, 22 cars hit the track for Sprintcar qualifying and it was Oldfield who emerged with KRE Quick Time, topping the timesheets at 11.721 to edge out Gee (11.751), Scheuerle (11.869) and surprise packet Brad Ayers (11.880), with Mark Pholi (11.929), Ben Hilder (11.955), Brent Kratzmann (11.972) and David Whell (11.998) the only others to run under 12 seconds.   

Walker whipped his rivals in the opening heat, finishing half a second clear of Oldfield, with Peter Lack trailing in third ahead of McHugh.

A late addition to the field, Simon Jupe headed Hilder and Kratzmann in winning heat two, while Gee suffered a setback when he hooked a rut and took a tumble that also eliminated Jayden Peacock.

A kamikaze move from David Whell resulted in a kerfuffle in turn two on the opening lap of heat three that put both Whell and Bryan Zelinski on the infield. Despite starting from the back of the inversion, Oldfield found his way to the front to defeat Kratzmann and McHugh.

Pholi and Gee swapped the lead in the final heat before the latter ultimately prevailed, leaving Lack to fend off Scheuerle in securing third.

A fortuitous pre-race grid draw saw Oldfield retain pole position for the Dash and he was untroubled in leading throughout the 6-lapper, finishing in advance of Scheuerle, Hilder, Gee, Kratzmann, Lack, Pholi and Ayers.

An uncharacteristically subdued B Main resulted in a win for Karl Hoffmans over Andrew Liebke and Rob Hamilton, with Mitch Gowland securing the final transfer into the main event.

When the feature field was launched into action, it was Scheuerle who shot to the lead and held sway for five laps before Oldfield zoomed to the front and set forth building a buffer that looked more than enough even as the laps wound down but ultimately proved insufficient by the narrowest margin, the merest hindrance in lapped traffic enabling Scheuerle to pounce for his second win in as many rounds.  The fight for the final podium position was a cracker, with Gee and the 10th-starting McHugh putting on a terrific display before being joined by Walker, who had stormed through the field after an opening lap tangle saw him restart from the rear. These three young guns were spectacular on a challenging track that rewarded the fearless and just when it looked like McHugh had a lock on third, Gee moved ahead again before a final change in the order gave McHugh the advantage when it mattered most. Hilder finished sixth ahead of Lack and Kratzmann, with Pholi and Nelson Reddacliff rounding out the top ten. Whell, Liebke, Andrew Marks, Hoffmans and Gowland completed the finishers, while it was Ayers who made the most spectacular exit with a wild ride along the main straight.

Lightning Sprint convert Peter Campbell completely dominated the opening round of the Sprintcar Development Series, winning both heats and the feature race with a minimum of fuss.  Kris Jennings finished second on each occasion, while Aleesha Woods improved with each outing and was rewarded with third place in the feature race, which doubled as the C main and afforded the opportunity for two drivers to advance into the B Main.   

The opening Midget heat race saw Whittaker outgun Robbie Stewart and Reid Mackay, followed by a Ware win over Vine and Mackay in heat two.

Wallis proved too swift in downing Vine and Mackay in heat three, while Ware's night looked done when he rode out a wild flip through turn two.

Chaffey kick started his season when he withstood Whittaker's best efforts to win the final heat, with Michael Harders third home.

From pole position in the 25-lap feature, Whittaker was expected to set the pace and that was how things panned out until Farmer found his way into second spot and zeroed in on the lead, catching Whittaker unawares with eight laps remaining. Ware survived a couple of close calls in his charge to third while Mackay followed his podium result in Sydney last weekend with a fine fourth in tougher company. Vine was next in line ahead of Chaffey, Brad Young and Mitchell Rooke, with Harders and Dallas Sharp the only others to go the distance.
 
Racing continues next Saturday night (October 14) at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway with round three of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship, along with Formula 500's, AMCA Nationals, Wingless Sprints, Modlites, Lightning Sprints and Ford versus Holden versus Sigma sedans.

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Round Two Action for Archerfield

Archerfield Speedway Media Release

A huge line-up of more than 70 open wheel race cars will hit the track this Saturday night (October 7) at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on a big program that includes round two of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship and round two of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship, plus Compact Speedcars and the future stars of the Formula 500 Juniors.

Having lost his Sprintcar track championship to Luke Oldfield last season, Andrew Scheurle started his bid for reclaim the crown in the best possible way when he took out the opening round of the East Coast Logistics championship last month. In what was a fabulous start to the chase for Queensland's premier Sprintcar series, Scheurele prevailed in a thrilling feature race, with Oldfield finishing second ahead of Mitchell Gee. All three will be in the thick of the action again this week, but look out for Lachlan McHugh on a redemption mission after a flat tyre robbed him of what seemed a certain victory in round one. The Gold Coast-based racer is tackling  World Series Sprintcars later this season and a feature win or two at home would be a huge boost before he hits the road for his first ever WSS campaign.

Brent Kratzmann heads into the weekend as the most recent feature race winner in the field, claiming his maiden victory in Toowoomba two weeks ago and, whilst such a result at Archerfield poses a much bigger challenge, Kratzmann should be brimming with confidence. In addition to his on-track exploits, Kratzmann is a strong supporter of the category and back-to-back wins would be a worthy reward for his commitment and perseverance. Peter Lack is another who brings strong form into the event, finishing fifth in the season-opener and then snaring third spot behind Kratzmann and Oldfield in Toowoomba, with Scheuerle fourth on that occasion. A top five finish in round one puts Callum Walker very much in the frame, while fellow young guns in Cody Maroske and Jayden Peacock are also poised to secure a place on the podium.

In addition to the East Coast Logistics Track Championship round, the night will also feature the inaugural outing for the Sprintcar Development Series. To be staged over 10 events throughout the season, the Sprintcars Queensland Development Series is aimed at encouraging new drivers into the sport and providing them with racing opportunities as they develop their skills.      

After a slow start to the season with a small field for the opening round of their Polar Ice Track Championship, the Midgets have produced a much stronger line-up for their second outing, with opening round winner Darren Vine no doubt relishing the challenge that comes with proven front runners in Scott Doyle, Troy Ware and Anthony Chaffey joining the field. After striking trouble early in the night, Adam Wallis bounced back to finish second in the opening round, while defending series champion Rusty Whittaker made a very early exit with a lack of oil pressure and will be primed for maximum attack to minimise the points deficit incurred as a result of his setback. Third and fourth in the series opener, Michael Harders and Mark George are both Queensland championship winners and are therefore expected to again feature amongst the leaders throughout the night.   

Gates open at 4.00pm and early racing kicks off at 5.00pm, with Sprintcar time trials from 5.30pm. The main program, featuring East Coast Logistics Sprintcars, Polar Ice Midgets, Compact Speedcars and Formula 500 Juniors, will get underway from 6.00pm.

Sprintcar  round two nominations: Jayden Peacock, David Whell, Andrew Corbet, Andrew Liebke, Callum Walker, Andrew Scheuerle, Cody Maroske, Andrew Marks, Ben Hilder, Brad Ayers, Bryan Zelinski, Brent Kratzmann, Luke Oldfield, Mitchell Gee, Brett Minett, Karl Hoffmans, Lachlan McHugh, Mark Pholi. Mitch Gowland, Peter Lack, Stewart Craig, Phill Foster, Nelson Reddacliff, Brock Dean, Rob Hamilton

Midget round two nominations: Brad Young, Corey Stothard, Brad Harrison, Adam Wallis, Anthony Chaffey, Darren Vine, Kristy Bonsey, Dallas Sharp, Mark George, Scott Farmer, Michael Harders, Mitchell Rooke, Nathan Mathers, Reid Mackay, Rusty Whittaker, Scott Doyle, Robbie Stewart, Troy Ware

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Scheurele Strikes First

Archerfield Speedway Media Release

In a thrilling start to the 2017/2018 East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (September 16), it was Andrew Scheurele who emerged triumphant in the 30-lap feature race. Having started on the outside front row alongside pole qualifier and defending series champion Luke Oldfield, Scheuerle shot to the front early before being rounded up by a rampaging Lachlan McHugh, who subsequently looked on track to record a resounding win until a flat tyre ended his run and handed the lead back to Scheuerle. Although Oldfield narrowed the gap in the closing stages, he was never able to launch a concerted bid for the lead, finishing in second spot ahead of Mitchell Gee, with Peter lack and Callum Walker rounding out the top five.

In the opening round of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship, it was Darren Vine who prevailed over a small field, leading home Adam Wallis and Michael Harders in the 20-lap showdown. Having led the opening laps, Mark George faded to finish fourth, with Scott Wilson snaring fifth spot.

In supporting action, Liam Williams was untroubled in winning the Formula 500 feature race and Dave Collins survived a late challenge to win the Compact Speedcar feature event.

A stout 29-car field fronted for the opening round of East Coast Logistics Sprintcar competition and it was no surprise to see Oldfield emerges with KRE Quick Time in qualifying, stopping the clock at 11.916 in a perfect start to his championship defence. Walker (12.024), Gee (12.069), Scheuerle (12.106) and Paul Rooks (12.107) were next quickest ahead of Dan Murray, Lack, Mark Pholi, McHugh and Brad Ayers.

The opening heat saw Andrew Liebke make a lightning start to lead the field, only to end his night in turn three on the opening lap when he whacked the wall and tipped over. Ben Hilder took control from the restart and finished first ahead of Lack and South Aussie visitor Glen Sutherland.
 
Stewart Craig enjoyed a winning return to racing in heat two when he downed David Whell and Pholi, with Michael Saller prevailing in heat three from Allan Woods and with McHugh.

Oldfield charged through the field to win heat four, with Woods second again ahead of Andrew Marks on this occasion. Brock Dean secured a place in the Dash when he prevailed in heat five in advance of Gee and Whell before Brett Minett took the final heat ahead of Lack and Rob Hamilton.

Emerging as top qualifier from the heats, Oldfield found some good fortune in the pre-race grid draw for the Dash when he selected pole position for the 6-lap shootout, taking full advantage to lead Scheuerele, Gee, McHugh, Walker, Lack, Dean and Murray to the chequer.

Mitch Gowland led from go to whoa to win the B Main over Minett and Hilder, with Sutherland grabbing the final transfer spot despite the best efforts of a fast-finishing Saller.

When the feature fired into action, Scheuerle shot to the front and held sway until McHugh made his move, the duo putting on a marvellous display of tit-for-tat lead-swapping slide jobs before McHugh skipped clear and seemed destined for victory lane before a tyre capitulation forced him to the infield. Back in control of proceedings, Scheurele powered forth to secure the early advantage in what seems certain to be another closely contested championship. Oldfield narrowed the gap over the final laps to ultimately finish half a second in arrears, with Gee more than five seconds clear of Lack in third spot. Behind Walker came Woods, Brent Kratzmann, Dean, Whell, Sutherland and Pholi, with Ayres, Hilder and Murray completing the finishers.

Midget heat winners were Vine, Wallis and Scott Farmer, but it was George who emerged as the pole qualifier for the feature, taking advantage to lead the opening laps. Vine surged to the front on lap three and was unstoppable from this point, charging to the chequer in impressive fashion. After a somewhat inauspicious start to the night, Wallis bounced back in a big way to pilot the Nielsen Motorsport #89 into second spot ahead of Harders, whose late decision to race proved prophetic. Having slipped to fifth at one stage, George fought back to fourth ahead of Wilson, Reid Mackay, Brad Young, Mitchell Rooke and Farmer.

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MEGA DEAL FOR TOOWOOMBA SPRINTCAR TEAM

September 15 , 2017

Toowoomba's GW Racing is celebrating the start of the new sprintcar season this weekend with three major new backers and an exciting new-look Q5
winged-racecar.

Australia's newest bulk fuel supplier MEGA Fuels,  Kawana Signs and Team Navy have joined the team's long term supporters in 2017/18.

Car owners Wendy and Graham Erhart believe their tremendous support underscores the Withcott-based outfit's serious commitment to perform at the highest level this season.

"Peter Lack and Q5 were runners-up in last year's Queensland State Championship and we're determined to go one better in 2017/18, " Wendy Erhart  said .

"The support from MEGA Fuels, Kawana and Team Navy is  a terrific vote of confidence in our race programme  and the great bunch of people - many of whom have worked with us for the past 20 years , " Graham Erhart said .

MEGA's Motorsport Manager, Terry Knight says the fledgling fuel company is  excited about the prospect of adding sprintcars to its already impressive stable of Supercar and Motocross  teams .

"GW Racing has impressed us with its performances and its professionalism, " Knight  said.

"We can't think of a better vehicle to deliver brand awareness of our new business    as quickly and effectively as a championship-contending sprintcar, " he said.

The deal with MEGA Fuels as naming rights sponsor also means a slick new look for the race car and transporter - a remarkably eye-catching transformation created by another new sponsor Kawana Signs.

Kawana director and CEO Shane Moroney says while it's the company's first foray into sprintcars, it is no stranger to high-performance motorsport in the dirt.

"We already back  a Brisbane-based Kawasaki motorcross team and we think now the time is right to partner with one of the standout teams in speedway racing,"
Moroney said.

"We're delighted how well the new team colours and livery have come up and we're confident Q5 will be one of the flashest, if not the fastest sprintcars in South East Queensland this  season."

GW Racing has also struck a strategic alliance with the Royal Australian Navy through its programme that works with high performance sporting teams and individuals to promote  and enhance Navy brand recognition - particularly in regional Australia .

"The Erharts and their race team are committed to the same organisational goals as us, according to Team Navy Brand and  Marketing Manager , Lieutenant Commander Don Hogarth RANR.

"Each week they are testing themselves and their technologically-advanced equipment and tactics against the very best  in a no-holds barred contest , LCDR Hogarth said .

Peter Lack, Q5 and GW Racing begin their 2017/18 campaign this Saturday night in the season-opener at Archerfield Speedway.

After all the hard work over the past few months, the racing can't come soon enough for Wendy and Graham Erhart.

"I've been actively involved in speedway for 41 years as a car owner, driver and crew chief and if anything I'm getting a bigger adrenaline kick out going racing now than ever, " Graham Erhart said.

"We're a small team, with a great bunch of people who get a big kick out of the challenge of sprintcar racing and we're delighted to have terrific new supporters like MEGA Fuels, Kawana and Team Navy working with us, Wendy Erhart said.

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New Season Launches on Saturday Night

Archerfield Speedway Media Release

The wait is over! Racing returns to Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway this weekend with a massive night of action scheduled for Saturday night (September 16) to launch the 2017/2018 season. With a huge open wheel program that includes the opening round of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship, plus three Monster Trucks and a spectacular fireworks show, the event is shaping as a fabulous night of family entertainment. Supporting the Sprintcar action will be the opening round of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship, along with Formula 500s, Compact Speedcars and Formula 500 Juniors.

Drivers from three states, and as far afield as South Australia, are amongst the 28 competitors who will take on the challenge of the opening round of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship, all of whom will be looking to secure an early advantage in their bid to prevent Luke Oldfield from securing back-to-back series wins. Superb last season in taking the championship despite missing a round, Oldfield now finds himself the benchmark that must be met by anybody hoping to relieve him of his championship trophy.

Of course, having lost out to Oldfield in his bid to defend the track championship in a battle that went to the final round, Andrew Scheuerle will be determined to reverse that result this season and wrest the crown back. Racing as part of a two-car operation this season with team owner Stewart Craig back behind the wheel, Scheuerle will be primed to reclaim the championship trophy.

Whilst Oldfield and Scheuerle are rightly regarded as the pre-race favourites, look for the likes of Peter Lack and Brent Kratzmann to emerge as spoilers in pursuit of an early advantage. Lack was terrific last season, only to endure some misfortunes that ultimately prevented him from emerging as series champion, while Kratzamnn enjoyed a great run through the second half of last season and knows that a strong start this weekend will prove critical for his championship aspirations.  

Needless to say, all of the standout young guns who emerged last season are back again, with Lachlan McHugh, Mitchell Gee and Callum Walker primed to continue the rapid ascendancy that seems certain to bring them many more feature race wins and podium results, while Sydney's Michael Saller and South Australia's Glen Sutherland are also amongst the entries, knowing that a strong showing in such tough company will prove a huge advantage when their local racing gets underway.

Although a little down in numbers, a solid field has nominated for the opening round of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship, including defending champion Rusty Whittaker. Darren Vine, Scott Farmer, Scott Wilson, Reid Mackay and Adam Wallis, who replaces Chris Gwilliam in the #89 Nielson Motorsport entry, loom as Whittaker's most likely challengers, although Mark George is a former state titleholder and therefore cannot be underestimated. Rob Stewart brings plenty of experience and Kristy Bonsey showed some good form in practice recently that suggests she might also be a contender.

Australian champion Liam Williams is set to continue his rivalry with James Kennedy in the Formula 500 events, with Kristin Brown, Ryan McNamara and Mitchell Whittaker unlikely to offer the pair any leeway in their own pursuit of feature race success. Undoubtedly the most improved race division last season, both in numbers growth and the quality of the racing, we can expect plenty of close competition again this year.

Compact Speedcars also showed solid growth last season and despite the absence of several category regulars, they have still gathered a solid 16-car field for their season opener. The experience of Wayne Corbett will be hard to beat, but the likes of Trent Usher, Jim Kennedy, Dave Collins, Riki Harrison and Emma Harris will be in the thick of the action.

Gates open at 4.00pm (with online ticketholders securing entry from 3.30pm) and early racing kicks off at 4.30pm, with Sprintcar time trials from 5.30pm. The main program, featuring East Coast Logistics Sprintcars, Polar Ice Midgets, Formula 500s, Compact Speedcars, Monster Trucks and fireworks, will get underway from 6.00pm.

East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship Round 1 nominations: Allan Woods, Andrew Scheuerle, Andrew Corbet, Andrew Liebke, Andrew Marks, Ben Hilder, Brent Kratzmann, Brock Dean, Brett Minett, Brad Ayers, Callum Walker, Bryan Zelinski, Dan Murray, David Whell, Glen Sutherland, Karl Hoffmans, Kevin Hill, Lachlan McHugh, Luke Oldfield, Mark Pholi, Michael Saller, Mitch Gowland, Mitchell Gee, Nelson Reddacliff, Paul Rooks, Peter Lack, Phil Foster, Rob Hamilton, Stewart Craig

Polar Ice Midget Track Championship Round 1 nominations: Scott Wilson, Adam Wallis, Brad Young, Scott Farmer, Dallas Sharp, Rusty Whittaker, Darren Vine, Rob Stewart, Kristy Bonsey, Reid Mackay, Mark George, Mitchell Rooke

For more information, or to purchase online tickets, head to the track website at www.brisbanespeedway.com.au or follow Archerfield Speedway on Facebook for event updates.

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