KIWI GWILLIAM WINS A THRILLER IN TOOWOOMBA

The high banked Hi-Tec Oils Toowoomba Speedway is renowned for producing some great racing and there was no exception when Chris Gwilliam piloted the Dwayne Neilson Boss/Esslinger to victory in the feature race on Saturday September 24. It was the New Zealander’s first feature win in Australia and only his second meeting in the Neilson car.

On a very big night of speedway the Speedcar feature race lined up at 11.15 pm after the Sprintcar main and as a consequence the race distance was reduced to 12 laps. Top man from the heats, Brendan Palmer (EastLinkAir Breka/Esslinger), was pole-sitter for the feature and blasted into the lead at the start.  He went straight to the top of the track which appeared to be the fastest way around the Toowoomba oval.  Gwilliam, who started beside Palmer, gave chase by using the bottom of the track which was also the shortest distance.  He kept closing on the leader only to see Palmer pull away exiting the turns.

The yellow lights appeared during lap 4 when Troy Ware (Ware Constructions Spike/Mopar) caught a rut and spun around finishing beside the inside wall but was able to go again. During the caution period Brock Dean (ACERS Engine Reconditioners Breka/Gaerte) wisely withdrew when his foot felt cold possibly due to a methanol fuel leak.  Last start winner Darren Vine had been moving swiftly from the fourth row and kept heading towards the front after dices with Ware, Dean, Scott Doyle and Brad Young and was third by lap 5.

Gwilliam maintained the pressure on Palmer and as the race headed into the last couple of laps the leader appeared to be struggling with brake issues as the rear brake rotor glowed bright red. Gwilliam became the new leader during lap 10 and when Palmer tried to regain his position he lost second place to Vine.  Vine charged into the last lap with Gwilliam in his sights but fell short and had to be satisfied with second.  Despite being a shorter than normal race it was a great contest with plenty of passing and the result not determined until near the end.

The first heat was run in bright sunshine at one end of the track and shade at the other and the track still quite wet. Not the ideal situation but everyone coped as best they could with the conditions.  Gwilliam set the pace from the green but proceedings came to a stop during the second lap when Darren Vine (Mike Vine Turbos Spike/Esslinger) spun and was collected by close following Troy Ware who rolled onto his side.  Unfortunately both were out of the restart.  Gwilliam went on to take the win from Palmer and Scott Doyle (Boss Hogs Steakhouse Beast/Gaerte).

Ware recovered from his earlier accident to be the all the way winner in the second heat from Reid Mackay (Dutchys Concreting XXX/Gaerte) and Brad Young (Federal Tyres Spike/Gaerte). Brock Dean finished at the back but was happy to even be there after his truck had suffered clutch problems when they were half way to Toowoomba.  He was forced to return home and transfer his race car and all of his equipment to his other truck and then head off again.  After all his hard work and dedication, he deserved a better result for the night.  Palmer powered from the second row to win the last heat with Dean and Mackay in the places.

 

There was a another Expat New Zealander racing on the night but not a name familiar to the current crop of competitors. Doug Kay raced ‘midgets’ in the Shakey Isles during the 1980’s but gave up racing when he moved to Australia.  In recent years he was a part of the very successful Dwayne Neilson/Michael Kendall team but when Kendall retired at the end of the last season he decided he needed a new challenge.  He joined with Cal Whatmore to look after car set-up and to mentor the road-racing convert.  Kay ran Whatmore’s Speedy Refrigeration Spike in the first heat and within a couple of laps was up to speed.  He said that now he has driven the car he has a better understanding of how it should be setup.  He hasn’t discounted having some more outings in the future.

Young gun Charlie Brown had a disappointing night after the Singleton Racing Esslinger developed a miss during engine starts. Despite the best efforts of car owner Rodney Singleton the problem couldn’t be overcome at the track.

Round 2 of the Polar Ice Midget Series is set for the Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday October 8 with the Speedcar/Midget Super Series following on November 5 also at Archerfield. A number of drivers are still to make their first appearance of the season as they complete rebuilds or upgrades.  A couple who are aiming to be ready for the Super Series round are Michael Harders, Adam Wallis and Matt Greenwood.

Heat 1

1 Chris Gwilliam (NZ) 2 Brendan Palmer 3 Scott Doyle

Heat 2

1 Troy Ware 2 Reid Mackay 3 Brad Young

Heat 3

1 Brendan Palmer 2 Brock Dean 3 Reid Mackay

Feature

1 Chris Gwilliam (NZ) 2 Darren Vine 3 Brendan Palmer

4 Reid Mackay 5 Troy Ware 6 Brad Young

7 Scott Doyle 8 Cal Whatmore

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VINES WINS OPENING NIGHT

Australian Compact Champion Darren Vine started the 2016-17 season in the best possible way with victory in both the Compact and Midget feature races at the Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday September 17. There were many changes to cars and drivers during the winter but with twenty-one cars on hand for the first night it augurs well for the big season ahead.

The heats were drawn and then inverted for the second round but when the dust settled Troy Ware (44) was top qualifier ahead of Brock Dean (39) Brad Young (38) and Scott Doyle, Vine and Anthony Chaffey all tied on 37. When the green lights appeared for the opening round of the Polar Ice Midget Series Ware (Ware Constructions Spike/Mopar) charged to the front in the 25 lap main with Dean, Chaffey and Doyle slotted in behind.  Unfortunately, Doyle’s race was short when he suffered a blown tyre during the second lap and was fortunate to be able to get off the track without any contact.  Lance Towns (i Custom Colour Phone Repairs Breka/Gaerte) was spun around during lap 4 and was sent to the back for the second start.  During the hectic opening laps Brad Young (Federal Tyres Spike/Gaerte) had a coming together with another car which pushed the left side crash bar onto the rear tyre.  It didn’t cause a stoppage and he was able to continue on but finished the race with a big groove in the tyre that was almost right through the rubber at the end.

At the 10 lap mark Ware held a comfortable lead from Dean, Chaffey, Young, Lance Burgess (NZ), Vine, Chris Gwilliam (NZ) and Mark George. The following lap Chaffey (Terry Holland MAC/Eagle) moved to second and Burgess advanced to fourth as the field began to close in on the tail Enders.  Ware’s good run came to a sudden stop at the end of lap 16 when he was hit by a lapped car and spun around.  No damage was suffered but he was rear of field for the restart and his chance for a first up main event win was gone.

Chaffey led the away the field but within half a lap the running order quickly changed with Vine (Mike Vine Turbos Spike/Esslinger) going to second and Dean (ACERS Engine Reconditioners Breka/Gaerte) shuffled back to fifth. Chaffey maintained the point but Vine applied the pressure and with less than three laps remaining went to the front where he stayed to the end.  Chaffey held second until the last lap when his engine faltered and he had to watch Gwilliam, Burgess and Dean go past while he struggled to the end in fifth.  Darren Vine’s car is a Spike formerly owned by Jason Gray with a normally aspirated Esslinger engine.  The car is owned by good friend and long-time pit crew member Paul McMannim and is a great back up to the Vine family XXX/Turbo Esslinger.

Kiwis Chris Gwilliam and Leon Burgess are familiar faces to Brisbane speedway followers but this season will see them as regular competitors in the River City. Gwilliam has slotted into the seat of the Dwayne Neilson Boss/Esslinger and Burgess and his team have purchased one of the former Brett Thomas/Illuminated Water cars and are focused on the Australian Speedcar Championship at Archerfield in February.

 

The first round of heats went through without interruption with Young and Towns claiming the wins. Standout F500 driver Charlie Brown made his maiden appearance in the Rod Singleton Spike/Esslinger in the first heat and was content to get the feel of the car.  Brendan Palmer (EastLink Breka/Esslinger) led the way until half way in the second heat when the engine dropped a cylinder and he wisely pulled in.  His team made many changes but the problem couldn’t be overcome at the track and he sat out the rest of the meeting.  Heat 3 suffered with a couple of spins and minor incidents with Chis Gwilliam (Boss Chassis/Esslinger) the victor over Vine and Burgess.  Ware claimed the win in the last heat over Scott Doyle and Mark George.

 

Corey Stothard had updated to a Mopar engine during the off-season but broke a fuel fitting when the car was pushed over the concrete lip on the track when he went out for engine starts. It was repaired only for the power steering pump to fail when he eventually got the car going.  Michael Harders had a guest drive in the Foreman Brothers Stealth/Porsche and was grateful to be able to get in some laps.  Rusty Whittaker had a quiet night by his standards but came forward late in the feature to finish seventh.

 

Next Saturday, September 24, the Brisbane Speedcars venture up the ‘Big Hill’ to Toowoomba for a meeting at the Hi-Tec Oils Toowoomba Speedway. Keep an eye on the QSRA website for the list of nominations which will include New Zealander Chris Gwilliam.

 

Heat 1   Brad Young 2 Anthony Chaffey 3 Troy Ware

Heat 2

1 Lance Towns 2 Brock Dean 3 Reid Mackay

Heat 3

1 Chris Gwilliam (NZ) 2 Darren Vine 3 Lance Burgess (NZ)

Heat 4

1 Troy Ware 2 Scott Doyle 3 Mark George

 

A Main

1 Darren Vine 2 Chris Gwilliam (NZ) 3 Leon Burgess (NZ)

4 Brock Dean 5 Anthony Chaffey 6 Brad Young

7 Rusty Whittaker 8 Mark George 9 Charlie Brown

10 Robb Stewart 11 Lane towns 12 Dallas Sharp

13 Cal Whatmore 14 Michael Harders

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QUEENSLAND COMPACT SPEEDCARS/TQS

Hey Race Fans don’t forget to check out our smaller sister class in the Queensland Compact Speedcars/TQs you may just recognise some names there who currently race Speedcars

This division is growing at a rapid rate here in Queensland and is well worth a like on FB so check out the hard charging racers in the Compact Speedcars either on line or at the track  !

https://www.facebook.com/QueenslandCompactSpeedcarClub/?fref=ts

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AMERICAN RACER SD38 OR HARDER FOR POLAR ICE

Just a reminder the controlled R/R tyre for the Polar Ice Midget series is an American Racer SD38 or harder compound.

Other Polar Ice Rules and Regs if you don’t have them will be available at the track this weekend !

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2016/17 QSRA SEASON OPENER

This is it race fans we are just days away from the season opener back at Archerfield Speedway !!

The 2016/17 Polar Ice Midget Series kicks us off with a fantastic line up of Midgets set to rock the oval !

With the likes of young Rusty Whittaker , Troy Ware ,  Reid MacKay , Mark George , Darren Vine and Anthony Chaffey all nominated not forgetting the two car team of mega powers Brendan Palmer and Dallas Sharp and if that wasn’t enough don’t forget the Stylin’, profilin’, limousine riding, jet flying, kiss-stealing, wheelin’ n’ dealin’ son of a guns the kiwis !!  Leon Burgess and Chris Gwilliam !!

Wholly smoke !! That’s epic !

Archerfield Speedway race fans this Saturday night you wont want to miss this !

Nominations so far are

2Q Chris Gwilliam (NZ)

3Q Charlie Brown

4Q Anthony Chaffey

6Q Darren Vine

16Q Mark George

17Q Leon Burgess (NZ)

33Q Lance Towns

36Q Callum Whatmore

40Q Dallas Sharp

41Q Brendan Palmer

44Q Corey Stothard

58Q Rusty Whittaker

71Q Troy Ware

76Q Reid MacKay

91Q Robbie Stewart

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SPEEDCARS AUSTRALIA ANNOUNCEMENT

New Speedcars Australia Board & Executive Committee Announcement
Wednesday 24th August 2016
Speedcars Australia Inc PR

Speedcars Australia Incorporated are pleased to announce our new Executive Committee effective immediately, as elected by the Speedcars Australia Inc board.

Michael Harders (QLD) who has spent a combined 4 years in the national Secretary role, has today been elected as the Speedcars Australia President. Harders replaces long term presidential stalwart Mark Cooper (NSW), who recently stepped down from his NSW Delegate position. We thank Mark for his dedication and efforts having represented both Speedcars Australia and NSW for a number of years. Subsequently we also welcome Glenn Gorham back to the board as the replacement NSW delegate. Glenn was previously on the Speedcars Australia board before moving offshore for work.

Brendan Sexton returns as Speedcars Australia Inc’s Treasurer & Public Officer; while we also welcome Alison Dwyer as the new national Secretary. Neither role represents a delegate position, but staff roles as engaged by the board.

A national Technical Committee is also in development, to be headed by Michael Harders with technical representatives elected by their respective States. Further news will be shared once the technical committee is formed.

Effective immediately, new contact details for Speedcars Australia Inc are as follows:

President:
Michael Harders
michael@speedsport.com.au
0411 209 030

Treasurer & Public Officer:
Brendan Sexton
brendan99@internode.on.net
0414 377 055

Secretary:
Alison Dwyer
SpeedcarsAUS@welovedirt.com
0419 352 231

Speedcars Australia Board:
QLD Michael Harders, Delegate
QLD John Dean, QSRA President
NSW Glenn Gorham, Delegate
NSW Dean Wellfare, SANSW President
VIC Leroy Beasley, Delegate
VIC Tim Fisher, VSDA President
TAS Kim Webster, Delegate
TAS Geoff Henri, TSDA President
SA Ben Hall, Delegate
SA Mark Harrington, SASA President
WA Keith McAllan, Delegate
WA Trevor Henderson, WASDA President

National Technical Committee:
State technical representatives to be confirmed
Michael Harders (Committee Head)

For any further information, please contact Speedcars Australia inc via SpeedcarsAUS@welovedirt.com or your local delegate.

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2016/17 Calendar – Subject to change

11th September Show and Shine Day Archerfield

17th September Polar Ice Series Archerfield

24th September QSRA Show Toowoomba

8th October Polar ice Series Archerfield

5th November Speedcar Super Series Round Archerfield

19th November Speedcar Super Series Round Lismore

3rd December Polar Ice Series Archerfield

31st December QSRA Show Toowoomba

4th January Polar Ice Series Archerfield (International Sprintcars)

20th/21st January World Midget Championship Archerfield

3rd/4th February Australian Speedcar Title Archerfield

4th March Speedcar Super Series Toowoomba

18th March QSRA Show Lismore

25th March Polar Ice Series Archerfield

1st April QSRA Show Lismore

14th April Easter Extravaganza QSRA Show Toowoomba

22nd April Polar Ice Series Archerfield

13th May Polar Ice Series Archerfield

27th May Brisbane 50 Lapper Archerfield

Queensland Title and Danny Davidson Memorial date to be confirmed in this list.

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SPEEDY RECOVERY BC

Everyone here at the QSRA would like to wish Bryan Clauson a very speedy recovery from a recent crash.

Bryan was severely injured while competing in the Belleville Nationals midget race at Belleville High Banks in Kansas.

He was airlifted to Bryan Medical Center West in Lincoln, Nebraska following the accident, where he remains in critical condition and under the care of the medical staff.

Any news updates we will keep all the fans down here updated with progress.

#BCstrong

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2016 SHOW AND SHINE

This years annual “Show and Shine” inspection day will be held at Archerfield Speedway on the 11th of September kick off at 9am.

All cars inspected and paid for will be issued a new 2016/17 Speedcars Australia Rego Tag.

Club Membership renewal forms will also be available on the day and can also be paid then too.

The new 2016/17 Polar Ice Rules and Regulation will be there for collection too.

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FEE’S ARE NOW DUE

QSRA Membership fees are also due and remain at $70 Quad riders/Mule drivers still require an insurance card.

Anyone who pays either the club fees or rego please use either your name as the reference for the club and car number for the rego

A date for the show and shine is still to be confirmed.

Bank details below are for rego’s and membership fees for direct deposit.

Bank of Queensland
BSB 124057
ACCOUNT 22219841

2016/17 Proposed Calendar

17th September Polar Ice Series Archerfield
24th September QSRA Show Toowoomba
8th October Polar ice Series Archerfield
5th November Speedcar Super Series Round Archerfield
19th November Speedcar Super Series Round Lismore
3rd December Polar Ice Series Archerfield
26th December Polar Ice Series Archerfield
31st December QSRA Show Toowoomba
4th January Polar Ice Series Archerfield (International Sprintcars)
20th/21st January World Midget Championship Archerfield
3rd/4th February Australian Speedcar Title Archerfield
4th March Speedcar Super Series Toowoomba
18th March QSRA Show Lismore
25th March Polar Ice Series Archerfield
1st April QSRA Show Lismore
14th April Easter Extravaganza QSRA Show Toowoomba
22nd April Polar Ice Series Archerfield
13th May Polar Ice Series Archerfield
27th May Brisbane 50 Lapper Archerfield

Queensland Title and Danny Davidson Memorial date to be confirmed in this list.

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