KENDALL WINS THE 20/21 STAN BURROW STAMPEDE

KENDALL WINS THE 20/21 STAN BURROW STAMPEDE

The return of Kiwi Michael Kendall to the Queensland Midget scene has proved a success for the IPRB 35Q TRD team where he was close to securing the teams maiden victory on Wednesday the 13th at Archerfield Speedway falling painfully close when a fuel pump dislodged, the team then turned the car around and headed to the track this time the Highbanks of the Hi-Tec Oils Toowoomba Speedway and got the job done.

Charlie Brown ran the 30 lap Feature event in second behind the flying Kiwi with Bodie Smith in third

Zac MacDonald clocked the nights “Quicktime” in hot laps with a 13.264 @ 101.779 kph

Heat race victories went the way of Darren Vine, Rusty Whittaker and Kendall by 2

The night’s roll over victims were Tony Stephens in the hot lap session and Scott Doyle departed for the night during the 2nd round of heats , both cars hard into the fence and unable to return while Rusty Whittaker recorded the feature events only DNF

The Bob Baker Challenge will return to the Highbanks on January the 30th and the best news is all 20 who made the trek up the hill in this show are eligible for the Bob Baker Cash!

Official Stan Burrow Stampede results are

35Q Michael Kendall

11Q Charlie Brown

77Q Bodie Smith

6Q Darren Vine

34Q Mitchell Rooke

18Q Nathan Mathers

46Q Chris Singleton

81Q Brad Dawson

36Q Cal Whatmore

15Q Darren Dillon

66Q Barry Gibbes

14Q Kody Stothard

88Q Scott Jeynes

The QSRA next event on the calendar will be the 20/21 Danny Davidson Memorial back in Toowoomba on January the 30th

Photo Credit = Renee Leggo Photography and Designs

 

INKSANE TATTOO STUDIO QUEENSLAND TITLE WRAPPED UP BY REID MACKAY

INKSANE TATTOO STUDIO QUEENSLAND TITLE WRAPPED UP BY REID MACKAY

(Article by Archerfield Speedway)

The finale of the Inksane Queensland Midget Championship also served up plenty of memorable moments before Reid Mackay emerged the victor, having taken over the lead in the aftermath of a clash between Kaidon Brown and Matt Jackson that put both out of contention. In finishing second, Darren Vine continued his run as the only driver to appear on the podium in every Archerfield Midget event so far this season, while Cal Whatmore snared third spot ahead of Chris Singleton, with Charlie Brown surging from the back of the field (twice) to finish fifth.

Despite starting from the outside of row four, Kaidon Brown was untroubled in winning the first of the Midget heats, romping home by a sizeable margin as Bodie Smith and Zac McDonald filled the minor placings.

Heat two saw Brad Dawson hold firm at the front to defeat Matt Jackson and Matt O’Neill, with Darren Vine downing Reid Mackay and Darren Dillon in heat three after Sean Dyson threw away what looked a likely win when he tipped over in turn four.

A front row start gifted Brown another win in heat four, this time over Scott Doyle and Dawson.

Jackson downed Reid Mackay and Jordan Mackay in heat five, the latter only securing his position in the wake of a moment late in the race that saw Vine tapped into a spin by O’Neill in turn three.

The final heat proved problematic when the cars of Darren Dillon and Rusty Whittaker became entangled in turn two on the opening lap. Glen Arnold then looked to have the race in his keeping, only to spin himself out the lead with three laps remaining, enabling Cal Whatmore to grab a win over Chris Singleton and Nathan Mathers.

Having endured a miserable night thus far, Whittaker looked to have the B Main win secured, only to somehow find himself upside down in turn two on lap seven. Having also endured a horror night to this point, Charlie Brown would inherit the lead, and the race, taking Brodie Tulloch, Andy Hassan and Nick McDowell into the feature race with him.

Despite a distinct lack of racing for the NSW-based Kaidon Brown and Jackson, these two proved far too quick for the locals and quickly distanced themselves from the locals. A moment exiting turn four on lap 12 saw Arnold slip to third momentarily and allowed Brown to skip clear out front before a restart was called on lap 15 when Charlie Brown, who had climbed into the top ten from 17th, found himself stranded on the edge of the track in the back straight. As the laps wound down, Brown found himself under increasing pressure from Jackson and it was on lap 28 when the latter launched his bid for the lead. Jackson got a great run out of turn two and drew alongside Brown along the back straight. However, Brown refused to yield and his efforts to block the pass resulted in contact between the two cars that left Brown in a spin and Jackson on the infield. With just two laps remaining, Mackay now found himself in the lead and was able to able to keep Vine at bay to score his first state championship win. Whatmore finished a couple of seconds further back in third ahead of Chris Singleton, with the other Brown surging through the field again to finish fifth ahead of Dawson and Cody O’Connell, who made a good fist of his Midget debut. Nathan Mathers, Kaidon Brown and Brodie Tulloch completed the top ten, with Dyson and Jordan Mackay the only others to go the distance.

The next event at Archerfield Speedway is on Boxing Night (December 26) featuring round five of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship, along with Monster Trucks, Fireworks, TFH Archerfield Midget Series, Modlites and Lightning Sprints.

 

2020 QUEENSLAND SPEEDCAR CHAMPIONSHIP – BY BARRY LANE

2020 QUEENSLAND SPEEDCAR CHAMPIONSHIP – BY BARRY LANE

Saturday night December 19 at the Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway will feature the biggest night of midget racing this year with the running of the 2020 Queensland Speedcar Championship.  When the Covid-19 virus closed the country earlier this year speedway came to a complete stop.

Through the financial support of Nathan Mathers (Ink Sane Tattoo Studio – Oxley) and Speedcars Australia and the co-operation of promoters John and Kathy Kelly, it has been become possible to stage this long-standing event before the end of the year.

It is over 74 years since the inaugural title was won by future Hall of Famer Ray Revell on April 5, 1946. Since then, the title has been won many of the heavy hitters from around the country and overseas.  National champions Revell (NSW), Johnny Stewart (NSW), Blair Shepherd, Ron Mackay (NSW), Ron Wanless, Jim Holden, Steven Graham (NSW), Craig Brady (NSW), Nathan Smee (NSW) and Adam Clarke (NSW) have tasted success in this event.  Some on more than one occasion.

Barrie Watt sits on top of the win total with five victories followed by Ron Wanless and Danny Davidson with four and Eric Mitchell, Mark Brown (NSW) and the reigning champion Nathan Smee (NSW) with three. The only international drivers to claim the title are Frank Brewer (NZ) in 1954, Leroy Warriner (USA) in 1961 and the most recent Michael Kendall (NZ) in 2014.

Queensland drivers Blair Shepherd and Bill Goode, who have been inducted into the Australian Speedway Hall of Fame, also have title wins against their name. During the 1960s they were household names around the country as they chased glory in the Craven Filter National Speedcar Championship in their potent Offenhauser powered cars.

The most unexpected win belongs to former solo and super-modified star Keith Blicharski who led home national champion Johnny Stewart in the 1967 event. He did it in a car that he built himself using a Renault engine.  When he debuted the car earlier that season, he claimed he would be able to mix it with the best in their Offenhausers which the experts viewed as being rather optimistic.  Within two months he proved he was right, and the knockers were wrong!

Fast forward to 2020 and the crazy year everybody has endured. This title had originally been set for Toowoomba in April, but the pandemic forced a change in plans.  When speedway recommenced in south-east Queensland back in October everyone hoped that there would not be any further lockdowns and that racing would continue.  Fortunately, we are now at the stage that the title can be run and even drivers can travel from interstate to compete.

At this point (7 December), 30 entries have been received but with nominations not closing for another week that number could rise. Rusty Whittaker (2015) is the only former champion amongst them and will again be a major contender while three times runner up and reigning club champion Brock Dean is very determined to go one better.  Darren Vine has been a top competitor in compacts and midgets for many years but is yet to add a Queensland Speedcar Championship to his long resume. Will 2020 be his year?  Charlie Brown has won numerous championships in junior sedans and F500s and knows how to win. If he fails, it will not be from a lack of trying.  Last start winner Chris Singleton has come into form at the right time and being a former Queensland Compact Champion is no stranger to standing at the top of the podium.

A handful entries have been received from south of the border including third generation driver Kaidon Brown and fourth generation racer Reid Mackay. Brown won the Australian Championship in 2018 while Mackay was successful in the 2018 Australian Speedcar Grand Prix.  He is fully recovered from a horrific accident at Parramatta the same year and is itching to get back behind the wheel after being in lockdown in Sydney.  If Brown, also a former New South Wales champion, does take out the Queensland crown he will join his father, Mark, as only the third father/son combo to hold the title joining Ron/Todd Wanless and Sid/Rusty Whittaker.  If Mackay wins, he will join his grandfather Ron (1979) and become the first grandson/grandfather winners.

The main event will be over 30 laps with the drivers vying for the John Mulchay perpetual trophy which was inaugurated in 1996 to honour the memory of John Mulchay who was a long-time car owner, administrator and official in Brisbane. His son Gary, a former accomplished driver, will be ‘Grand Marshall’ for the event and be on hand to present the trophies.

If you enjoy close side-by-side, wheel to wheel speedway action book your tickets for the ‘Ink Sane Tattoo Studio’Queensland Speedcar Championship at the Archerfield Speedway on Saturday December 19.

JANUARY THE 23RD SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED BUT THE 16TH IS NOW LOCKED IN

JANUARY THE 23RD SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED BUT THE 16TH IS NOW LOCKED IN

With other divisions having to drop shows and title events with the COVID number restrictions still lingering our show which was a on one of the nights of the Australian Dirt Modified Title – January the 23rd has been cancelled at Archerfield

We have although booked a date in for the Highbanks of Toowoomba which will see a QSRA Highbank Heist on January the 16th instead !

#highbankheist #droponepickupone

PROPOSED RULE CHANGE SUBMISSIONS REQUIRED FOR THE 20/21 SPEEDCARS AUST AGM

PROPOSED RULE CHANGE SUBMISSIONS REQUIRED FOR THE 20/21 SPEEDCARS AUST AGM

Don’t forget this coming Wednesday nights QSRA Club Meeting in the Vintage Speedcar Club Rooms , 29 Market Street New Market kick off at 7pm sharp

We also require any proposed rule changes submitted for the 20/21 Speedcars Australia AGM

We know its early however time gets away from us all so if you want your voice heard as a Speedcars Australia Registered car owner now is the time to submit within the club for advancement and possible change

DECEMBER 12 SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED

DECEMBER 12 SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Just a note to remind racers the show that was planned for December the 12th at Archerfield has been CANCELLED

After this weekend’s Highbank Heist round our next show will be the Inksane Tattoo Studio Queensland Title re-run from the 19/20 season run in conjunction with the TFH Archerfield Midget Series R4 on December the 19th

#inksanetattostudioqldtitle #tfharcherfieldmidgetseries