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- Saturday 15th June Polar Ice Midget Series Grand Finale Archerfield Speedway
2012/13 Polar Ice Midget Series Grand Finale
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CLARKE CLEAN SWEEPS QUEENSLANDS BIGGEST SHOWS
Returning to the scene of his Queensland Championship victory two weeks earlier, Adam Clarke again proved unstoppable at Supercheap Auto Archerfield Speedway last Saturday night winning the American Tire and Racing Services Midget 50 Lapper on a cold Brisbane evening.
Clarke got things underway when he scorched to a new lap record in time trials, stopping the clock at 12.866 as the only driver to go under 13 seconds. Wanless was next quickest ahead of Kendall, Smith and Kingshot.
The nights time trial/shoot out got underway in the worse possible way for the pilot of the 85Q Aggressor Esslinger Trent Usher, coming off turn 4 the front end lifted as the power went down the car danced on the left rear and the rest is now history, after a few end for end rolls Trent emerged uninjured from the wreck with both car and driver heading back to the pits at different stages and out for the night.
Heat 1 pole sitter Gavin McDowell’s race lead was very short lived as the field thundered passed with Sprintcar #1 James McFadden on a mission for the lead and valuable points being chased down at the chequered by Adam Clarke,Adam Wallis,Lee Redmond and Mark Brown rounding out the top five.
The nights Heat 2 was as fast and furious as the pervious with Toowoomba’s Daryl Bonnell bringing the field across the line after the 10 lap duration followed by Brendan Palmer and Todd Wanless in 3rd.
Heat 3 had Ian Black in the 41N Eagle heading infield around lap 5 with a second hand looking front end as Steve Swingler brought the field home followed by Michael Kendall and Michael Harders in tow.
Not even Adam Clarke’s speed clocked at 102.703 kph was enough to take the win off Brendan Palmer in the nights Heat 4 event with all 10 starters running the entire duration Palmer bringing the field home over Darren Vine and Clarke in 3rd.
Anthony Chaffey parted the field in the fifth heat on the programme when a possible electrical failure in the 14Q car of Michael Harders slowed the racer dramatically and he headed infield as the field checked out it was the duo of Kendall and Brown following Chaffey across the line at the flag fall.
The final heat of the night had a little bit of biff and barge was Dayne Kingshot blasted to the lead and checked out ahead of Daryl Bonnell and Matt Smith 3rd crossing the line. It was on re-entry to the hot zone where things really heated up as the Lucky 7 racer with Smith still strapped in burst into flames engulfing the engine bay with extreme fury after a period of burning the flames were finally extinguished however with some extensive damage to the immaculately presented 7Q , somehow the team repaired the car enough to take the field in the stars dash and also the feature event which was a true credit of sheer determination.
In the dash it was Mark Brown and Todd Wanless knocking out Smith and Thomas then Kendall and Clarke took to the track with Clarke taking the cash over Brown, Kendall and Wanless.
Clarke took over the front running when Brendan Palmer headed infield and then survived a late-race restart and a mistake in the final corner to score a narrow win over Michael Kendall and West Aussie Dayne Kingshott.
Matt Greenwood was very impressive in advancing to fourth from 14th, with Anthony Chaffey finishing fifth ahead of Mark Brown, who spun himself out of contention on lap 28 whilst occupying second spot. Todd Wanless faded to finish seventh when a podium place seemed certain for much of the race, with Mark George, early leader Troy Ware and B Main winner Lee Redmond rounding out the top ten.
Ware took full advantage of his good fortune from the inversion, leading the first couple of circulations from pole position to pick up some lap leader bonus cash before succumbing to Palmer’s pass. Palmer held sway at the front of the field for more than 30 laps before veering infield and parking the Serco #82 and handing the lead to Clarke.
The end result was somewhat fitting given that Clarke and Kendall had been the standouts through qualifying, only to find themselves relegated to sharing row five on the grid after the top ten inversion. Both drivers methodically moved their way forward with Clarke making the better progress to quickly emerge in third spot. The banishment of Brown to the back following his spin and the subsequent demise of Palmer enabled Kendall to eventually climb into second spot before being forced to defend the position vigorously in the closing stages to keep Kingshott at bay.
Matt Smith’s expected challenge only lasted 12 laps before he headed infield, with Australian Sprintcar champion James McFadden exiting on lap 22 when contact with the turn four wall ended his otherwise solid Midget debut. Having somehow managed to keep his car upright with minimal loss of momentum in a spectacular back straight moment that saw all four wheels off the ground, Brett Thomas’s good work went unrewarded when a flat tyre ended his race on lap 20. Other casualties included Rob Mackay, Darryl Bonnell and Brock Dean, who triggered a final restart with 8 laps remaining when he tipped over in turn one.
Final placings were Adam Clarke, Michael Kendall, Dayne Kingshot, Matt Greenwood, Anthony Chaffey, Mark Brown, Todd Wanless, Mark George, Lee Redmond, Scott Wilson, Troy Ware, Ian Black, Ashley Jarvis, Brock Dean, Brendan Palmer, Daryl Bonnell, Rodney Harders, James McFadden, Brett Thomas and Matt Smith rounded out the 20 car field.
Well that’s number 2 of the QSRA big 3 shows to wrap up the season our 3rd and final “Big One” is the Polar Ice Midget Series Grand Finale on the 15th of June at Archerfield Speedway we will crown a new champion for the 2012/13 season so race fans remember the weather will be cold but the action so much hotter!!
See you all at the track on June the 15th!
AMERICAN TIRE AND RACING SERVICES 50 LAPPER
Here we go race fans the 2013 American Tire and Racing Services 50 Lapper vital information.
Location: Supercheap Auto Archerfield Speedway 63 Colebard Street West, Archerfield.
Date: Saturday 18th May.
Drivers Briefing: In race gear at 4.pm.
Nomination Fee: N/A
Format: Time trails (5 x Seeded Groups) ,Two (2) Heats Each Six in total (6), B Main (Top 4 Transfer ) A Main with highest points scorer drawing a marble( 6,8,10,12) to invert then picks driver to start beside working to grid 1 for the main event.
50 Lap Main Event Field Count: 20
Promotors Choice :1
Main Event Duration: 50 Laps.
Tire Rule: American Racer Right Rear. (Tires will be available at the track)
Chief Stewart Communication: Race receivers and transponders are compulsory.
CLARKE CREATES HISTORY IN BRISBANE
New South Welshman Adam Clarke claimed his maiden Queensland Midget Speedcar Title when he took out the ‘Auto Upgrade’ event at Archerfield on May 4. By doing so he had won every state championship in Australia since January of this year. Something that has never been achieved since the sport was established in Australia in 1934.
However he didn’t get it all his own way. He had to overcome pole sitter Matt Smith (Lucky 7 Racing Spike/Hawk) in what was a race long ‘dog fight’ to the finish. Clarke raced to the front on the green only to see Smith challenge for the lead the following lap as the red lights appeared. Jason Bell (Breka/Toyota – position 10) had been nudged into the wall near the start/finish line and rolled and rolled finishing up off the track on the inside of turn 1. It was one of the biggest midget accidents ever witnessed at Archerfield. Fortunately Bell climbed straight out of the car and although many of the bolt on bits were broken the chassis only suffered minor damage.
On resumption Clarke was using the inside of the track while Smith went to the top and soon rounded up the leader only to see Clarke use the same move to go back to the front. This set the pattern for the race with the duo continually changing lines and passing and re-passing each other. The action was electrifying with the duo racing side by side down the straights with their front wheels in the air. Just behind sat Mark Brown (Showpiece Signs Spike/Esslinger) waiting for opportunity as, at this point, there was nowhere to go.
Brendan Palmer in the other Bell Racing machine (Breka/Mopar) had worked hard to get up to fifth from position 11 just behind young Matt Greenwood (Pacific Rim Trading Spike/Gaerte – position 8) and they also become engaged in an intense battle. With a quarter of the race to go there was still no clear cut winner. Michael Harders suffered a split left rear tyre causing him to spin and slam the turn 3 wall with the left hand side of the car.
This set up a 6 lap run to the finish with an open track. Try as he may Smith could not get past Clarke. He managed to get beside him but just couldn’t go on with it. It was a very polished performance from former dual Australian Champion Clarke who has only come back to racing in the last six months. Since joining the professional West Australian team of Keith McAllan they have enjoyed an amazing run of wins and near wins.
Even though everyone was focused on what was happening up front there was plenty of action right through the field with 13 cars making it through the 30 laps. Former champions Todd Wanless and Mark George fought hard for their fifth and sixth positions while Adam Wallis came on strong later in the race. Unfortunately Matt Greenwood had an indiscretion late in the race which dropped him to the back of the field.
The six heat races ran through without a stoppage with wins to Matt Smith (2), Brett Thomas, Jason Bell, Adam Clarke and Mark Brown. With 30 cars on hand a ‘B’ main was required to obtain the remaining four spots for the 20 car main. The first stoppage for the night occurred during lap 3 with young Jaimie McKinlay spinning in turn 2 and putting the car onto its lid. It was a slow roll and he took his spot at the back of the field for the restart. McKinlay is, no doubt, a star of the future and has been included in the Speedway Australia ‘Rising Star’ program. Working for Graham Racing Developments has obviously also helped him gain valuable knowledge on set ups and tuning. Continuing on the race only progressed another four laps when Scott Wilson (Wilson Landscapes Spike/Mopar) up ended in the main straight. He was okay just a little sore and the car not badly bent. The interest on the restart was now on Jaimie McKinlay who had worked his way back up to fifth as the white flag was shown. Coming out of the final turn McKinlay raced up beside Steve Swingler and snatched fourth spot by inches. The front three were Anthony Chaffey who had fought his way past Rodney Harders late in the race and Rob Mackay.
The hard luck story of the night was 5 times New Zealand champion Michael Kendall who has been the dominant driver in Brisbane this season. He didn’t get to fire a shot in anger with an engine which just wouldn’t run on four cylinders. The team worked all night right up to the ‘B’ main to try and solve the problem without any luck later to be found as a failed MSD Box which had only just been replaced. Also Brock Dean who now has Rod Singleton’s Esslinger engine inside the chassis rails of his Aggressor ended his night in the formation laps of the main with a blown oil filter. Earlier he set the quickest time in Hot Laps with a 14.675 time on a greasy track. However the track settled down well and produced tremendous wheel to wheel racing.
It was a terrific night of racing and sincere thanks must go to Angela Harders for her continued support of Brisbane midget racing through her company ‘Auto Upgrade’. If you are looking to upgrade your car or accessories make sure you contact Angela on 0412 598 244
The annual American Tire & Racing Services 50 lapper is the next event for the QSRA at the SuperCheap Auto Archerfield Speedway on Saturday May 18. The field will include Adam Clarke, Mark Brown and all the local stars along with reigning Australian sprintcar champion James McFadden in the American Tire & Racing Services Spike/Esslinger. Even the experts agree that McFadden is a talented driver and will adapt to the smaller cars quickly. There is some big prize money up for grabs as well as the $100 a lap bonus money. If you missed the Qld Title DON’T miss the 50 lapper, it will be awesome.
1 Matt Smith (NSW) 2 Adam Clarke (NSW) 3 Matt Greenwood
1 Brett Thomas 2 Todd Wanless 3 Brendan Palmer
1 Jason Bell (NSW) 2 Mark George 3 Michael Harders
1 Matt Smith (NSW) 2 Adam Wallis (NSW) 3 Matt Greenwood
1 Adam Clarke (NSW) 2 Darren Vine 3 Sid Whittaker
1 Mark Brown (NSW) 2 Brock Dean 3 Todd Wanless
1 Anthony Chaffey 2 Rodney Harders 3 Rob Mackay
‘Auto Upgrade’ Queensland Championship
1 Adam Clarke (NSW) 2 Matt Smith (NSW) 3 Mark Brown (NSW) 4 Brendan Palmer 5 Todd Wanless 6 Mark George 7 Adam Wallis (NSW) 8 Jaimie McKinlay (NSW) 9 Darren Vine 10 Matt Greenwood 11 Rodney Harders 12 Ashley Jarvis 13 Rob Mackay
HURRICANE HEFFORD GETS A LIFE LINE
Firing into turn three at the last Polar Ice Midget Series round the season campaign seemed over for the 18Q Fontana Aggressor driver having the engine go off song for Matty “ The Hurricane” Hefford.
On the strip down it was revealed a valve missing a head and the season remainder being extremely uncertain along with the “B” Grade Championship lead with 2 points round to go.
Then a deal being struck between Hefford and the North side based Brock Dean Racing this weekend will see Hefford strapping into the 11Q Gaerte Aggressor “Both John and Brock have come to the rescue offering me the ride in the Gaerte when it all looked pretty pear shaped I’m just excited to be able to run the Queensland Title this weekend ” mentioned Matt.
“We will get through this weekend and see how it pans out for the 50 lap event and also the 15th of June Grand Finale” said Hefford.
Huge thanks to,
John and Brock Dean
Family and Friends
Mark Hefford Plumbing
Headcase Design Performance Graphics
Taylors Industrial Spray painters
Platinum Towing Services
MAYS MIDGET MADNESS KICKED OFF LAST NIGHT
Last nights large crowd at the SuperCheap Auto Archerfield Speedway began soaking up the atmosphere of whats to come for the QSRA and the month of May Midget Madness ,Gavin "The Bullet" Wesble's 67N and Michael Kendall's 89Q were both on display at Archerfield Speedway for all to inspect and get in the buzz of it all !! Don't forget fans next weeks Auto UpGrade Queensland Title (4th) and the American Tire & Racing Services 50 lapper (18th) both at the Super Cheap Auto Archerfield Speedway so see you all there !
KICKING OFF THE MONTH OF MAY MIDGET MAYHEM WITH A DISPLAY
This Saturday the 27th race fans we will be promoting the Queensland Month of May Midget Mayhem with a static display in the grounds of the SuperCheap Auto Archerfield Speedway so the public can check out some cars up close and personal.
New South Wales Gavin "The Bullet" Wesble will be on site with the 67N Mopar Aggressor along side Michael Kendall's 89Q Esslinger Aggressor.
So fans get in early for night two of a huge programme and be sure to check them out before they both compete in the Auto UpGrade Queensland Speedcar Title (4th May) and the American Tire & Racing Services 50 Lapper (18th May)
KIWI KENDALL STORMS TO 5 POLAR ICE ROUND VICTORIES
Michael Kendall stamped his name well and truly on the Polar Ice Midget Series on Saturday the 6th with a convincing feature race victory taking the tally to 5 in the Brisbane based Midget series with one round to go.
Kendall and the team started the night as they intended on running setting the Footworks QuickTime for the second show in a row with a blistering 13.866 ahead of Todd Wanless in the 29Q at 13.292 and New South Welshmen Matt Smith running the second Lucky 7 Racing Spike 7Q clocking the 3rd fastest time of 14.029.
Heat 1 of the night was very fast and furious with no incidents or accidents Trent Usher running the 85Q Esslinger Aggressor and Chris Singleton in the 26Q Gaerte Stealth were the only voluntary retirements as Darren Vine took the chequered from Matt Smith and Brock Dean in the 22Q Razor in 3rd.
Brendan Palmer had the 82Q CJR Motorsport Breka cranking in the nights second heat taking the win in another very fast 8 lapper from the 98Q Spike of Matt Greenwood and Anthony Chaffey in 3rd ahead of Rodney Harders, Todd Wanless, Troy Ware and Michael Harders.
The nights heat 3 wasn’t getting any slower with the track still offering a lot of drive however some large cushions were appearing in the turns which displayed some interesting times for the guys, Brock Dean seemed to set sail in the 22Q and led the 8 car field home from Mark George and Rodney Harders having a great steer in 3rd, Todd Wanless was seen limping the 29Q car home with a bent front axle after contact with the Lucky 7 car of Matt Smith mid race.
Heat 4 saw Michael Kendall from P8 work his way through the field to set about running down Darren Vine who had bolted and seemed to have checked out as Kendall closed the gap a yellow came out for a spun car at that was all the Kiwi needed to take the lead from Vine and cross the black and white as the heat race winner as mentioned from Vine and Michael Harders in 3rd.
The Polar Ice Round 8 Feature grid stacked up like this,
Kendall from Pole Position alongside Matt Smith from P2, Chaffey and Palmer occupied the 2nd row and grids 3 and 4 respectively, Mark George and Grant Draney were in grids 5 and 6, Row 4 saw Brock Dean and Darren Vine alongside each other, Todd Wanless was from P9 and Matt Greenwood from 10, Troy Ware and Rodney Harders filled the sixth row on the grid with Michael Harders and Trent Usher from P13 and P14, Ashley Jarvis and Chris Singleton rounded out the field.
From the get go the pace in the 20 lapper was very fast as Kendall lead the field into turn one and out of turn two being hunted down by Smith, Palmer and Chaffey as the laps counted down the mid pack battles heated up as Wanless, George and Michael Harders all battled for track supremacy Brendan Palmer in the 82Q Mopar was a surprise retirement heading infield handing the third place over to a hard charging Chaffey with just seven laps to turn, The field had a couple of yellows before the chequered which every time disposed of Kendall’s lead however at the green He set sail again bringing the 89Q Aggressor Esslinger home the victor ahead of Matt Smith and Anthony Chaffey rounding out the podium.
The next show for the QSRA will be the 2012/13 Auto UpGrade Queensland Speedcar Title held at the SuperCheap Auto Archerfield Speedway May the 4th with May being a great month for Midget racing as the American Tire and Racing Services 50 Lapper is also locked in to be run on the 18th so race fans book those in ya calendar also the 15th of June will be the Polar Ice Midget Series Grand Finale night and season closer …… saving the very best for last!!
COOL KENDALL DOMINATES ROUND 7 OF THE POLAR ICE MIDGET SERIES
Gold Coast based Kiwi Michael Kendall stamped his authority back on the podium in the latest round of the Brisbane based Polar Ice Midget Series in the weekend with a barn storming display kicking off with the nights Footworks sponsored “QuickTime” just edging out Todd Wanless in the last lap of the 5 lap stint running a 13.625.
It was the duo of Kendall in the 89Q EMAE Aggressor Esslinger and Wanless with the 29Q Polar Ice Breka Esslinger running for the top spots at the end of the night also again with Kendall the victor after the 20 lap event and Anthony Chaffey in the 4Q Magnum Machinery ED Pink Mac Chassis taking up the 3rd spot on the podium.
Ray Michell had an unwelcome meeting with the turn 2 wall on exiting and gave the concrete a huge lick up ending the 66Q GRP Retractable Tarps Gaerte car sustaining enough damage to not return for the remainder of the night.
Anthony Chaffey took out heat race 1 of the night on the super-fast surface followed by Michael Kendall and last round feature winner Brett Thomas in the 92Q Polar Ice Hawk Spike in 3rd
Heat 2 of the night was taken out in dynamic fashion from Michael Harders in the Auto Up Grade Eagle Stealth 14Q over Todd Wanless in 2nd and Daryl Bonell’s AutoZone Toowoomba Breka Gaerte 34Q rounding out the top .
Heat 3 went down to the wire with a fantastic run by Michael Harders being undone with a turn 2 bingle seeing the 14Q go from first to 4th in the blink of an eye and no laps left to regain the spot the race taken out by Bonell from Kendall and Wanless 3rd.
The fourth and final chance to bank points came with a win to Brett Thomas over Anthony Chaffey and Troy Ware in the Brookers Brake & Clutch Razor Ed Pink in 3rd.
The Polar Ice Round 7 Feature grid stacked up like this,
Kendall from pole alongside the 89Q was Chaffey in the #4, row 2 saw Wanless out of 3 and Michael Harders from P4, Brett Thomas and Daryl Bonell were in grids 5 and 6, Mark George and Matt Greenwood in slots 7 and 8, Row 5 and P9 was Ware and Hurricane Hefford in 10, Trent Usher and Rodney Harders in positions 11 and 12, new comers Matt Hunter and Ashley Jarvis slotted into grids 13 and 14 and Scott Wilson and Gavin McDowell rounded out the field.
From the green Michael Kendall checked out and exited turn 2 the leader of the pack leaving the rest to tussle for positions ,NSW’s Matt Hunter in the Lucky 7 Racing’s 67Q was the first to retire infield with just 5 down on the board as the field got under way again Kendall continued to lead with Wanless, Chaffey and Ware all coming on strong just unable to wheel the Kiwi in ,Matt Greenwood backed the Absolute Supplies Gaerte Spike 98Q into the turn 1 wall giving her a good ol Nascar lick and shortening up the rear a bit however was able to restart and get home within the top 10.
The remainder of the race was all fairly text book as mentioned Kendall blasting home with the win over Wanless and Chaffey in 3rd spot at the chequered.
The next show will be on the 6th of April and will be Polar Ice Midget Series R8 back at the SuperCheap Auto Archerfield Speedway so race fans get ya backside trackside!!
BRETT THOMAS GOES TO THE TOP STEP
Brett Thomas was ultra-impressive in his charge to victory in round 6 of the Polar Ice Track Championship, charging around the outside of Todd Wanless and Michael Kendall to secure a hard fought victory. Having assumed the lead from Kendall on lap 3, Thomas led the parade until Wanless surged to the front on lap 19. Not to be denied, Thomas surged back to the fro...nt on lap 22. On the next lap, Wanless made a final attempt for the lead which resulted in contact between the pair – both of whom were driving for car owner Jack Berry – but Thomas refused to concede and held on for a terrific win. A third-place finish was sufficient for Kendall to expand his series lead, with pole sitter Grant Draney annexing fourth ahead of Michael Harders and Brock Dean. Anthony Chaffey, Chris Singleton, Matt Hefford and Jason Bell completed the top ten.
The opening heat provided plenty of action with both Wanless and Brendan Palmer finishing upside down. Darren Vine ultimately triumphed in the event, with the remaining heats falling to Draney, Thomas and Chaffey.
After a great start to the feature that saw him slot into second spot on the opening lap, Vine’s race ended after he inverted in turn four. Troy Ware also emerged unscathed after a wild series of somersaults through turn one on lap 11.
POLAR ICE ROUND 6 NEXT WEEKEND (SATURDAY 9TH MARCH)
Just a note to confirm the rained out Polar Ice Midget Series Round 6 from Saturday the 2nd is now rescheduled for this coming Saturday at Archerfield.
If you are unable to run please text Brock Dean ASAP to let him know so the draws can be altered.
QUEENSLANDERS PUT IN A STRONG PERFORMANCE IN AVALON
With the 2012/13 Victorian State Title held last night at Avalon Speedway the Queensland trio put in a battle and half repping the Sunshine State.
Rob McKay in the 76Q Breka Gaerte had a 5th in the teams for heat of the night then unfortunately scored a dnf heat 4 and out for the night.
Former Vic Champion Anthony Chaffey running the 4Q Mac/Ed Pink picked up a 2nd in the programmes heat 3 then a 5th in heat 5 earning him a P7 start in the feature.
Super Sid Whittaker running the 58Q King/Mopar clocked up a heat race win in heat 3 then backed up with a 6th heat 5 which slotted himself into P6 for the 20 lapper.
Where the boys started was where they finished with Sid crossing the line in 6th and Anthony in 7th a great effort for the Queenslanders from 21 feature race starters!
Well done guys!
QUEENSLANDERS IN VICTORIAN STATE TITLE TONIGHT
Don’t forget race fans Queenslanders Sid Whittaker ,Rob MacKay and Anthony Chaffey have made the trek down to Sunny Victoria to contest this year’s Victorian State Title run at the "Place of Pace" Avalon Speedway. From everyone in rainy ol Queensland..... Get on it boys!!!
V0 Stewart G-Campbell
N0 Darren Jenkins
Q4 Anthony Chaffey
V5 Andy Pearce
S9 Ben Dillon
N9 Mark Brown
V10 Travis Mills
N11 Adam Wallis
V18 Braeden Palmer
S18 Daryl Knuckey
W21 Adam Clarke
V38 Wayne Smith
N39 Matt Hinton
N40 Dave Lambert
N42 Jamie McKinlay
V45 Grant Patton
V55 Craig Smith
Q58 Sid Whittaker
V71 Domain Ramsey
Q75 Rob Mackay
N78 Troy Jenkins
S78 Graham Knuckey
N88 Glen Shaw
V96 Keith Astrella
N97 Matt Jackson
V99 Darren Power
MOTHER NATURE WINS THIS WEEKEND
Unfortunately race fans with the amount of rain around Brisbane today,tonights Polar Ice Midget Series R6 is postponed with a possible re-rescheduled date of next Saturday the 9th of March however more info and confirmation on that later over the next coming days. Thank you all for the great nominations hopefully they will all be available for the new date when it’s confirmed.
POLAR ICE MIDGET SERIES ROUND 6 THIS WEEKEND
With a fair bit of water around Brisbane please keep a check on the Archerfield Speedway website for updates on this coming weekends Polar Ice series round
www.brisbanespeedway.com.au Updates will start on there from 11am Saturday morning and fingers crossed we get to go racing !!
MICHAEL KENDALL HEADS TO WESTERN SPRINGS THIS WEEKEND
Hot on the heels of last weekend’s 3rd placing in the Inaugural Australian Midget Championship at Archerfield the pilot of the EMAE/Speedway Shop 89Q Aggressor Esslinger Michael Kendall heads to the famous Western Springs Speedway in New Zealand and will compete in the 2013 Barry Butterworth Memorial ! Back in the hot seat of the Ron Kendall owned Terminator Esslinger MK is looking forward to running this show taking valuable Archerfield experience and ideas with him. Stay tuned for results via www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Queensland-Speedcar-Racing-Assos-Midgets/190899217681657 from Saturday nights show.
SMEE WINS AUSTRALIAN MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP
Nathan Smee continued his impressive record in major events at Supercheap Auto Archerfield Speedway with victory in the inaugural Australian Midget Championship on Saturday night February 2, claiming the win after a hard fought late race battle with American Davey Ray who had started alongside the NSW based speedster on the front row of the forty lap Championship Feature.
Ray had earlier set the fastest time of the Time Trial session with a 13.921s lap ahead of fellow American Dave Darland (14.131s) and Qld driver Anthony Chaffey (14.150s) with Smee surprisingly only seventh quick with a 14.469 and some work ahead of him in the qualifying Heats.
Troy Ware, Michael Harders, Jason Bell, Brock Dean, Matt Hefford, Brett Thomas, Smee and Matt Greenwood all recorded wins in the qualifiers with Smee emerging as high points man over Davey Ray to secure themselves a spot in the Gold Shootout which Smee went on to win.
The forty lap Feature was over before it even really began for Darryl Bonnell, Mark George, Anthony Chaffey and Rodney Harders who all got caught up in an incident on the opening lap and then for Brett Thomas and Sid Whittaker who were out of the event a lap later. Trent Usher (lap 15), Matt Hefford (lap23) and Rob Mackay (lap 32) would also fail to finish the event.
But the race was all about the number sevens, Smee in the N7 leading laps 1-29 before Ray in the Q7 upped the ante and showed Smee there was something other than the pole line with a nice move on the outside to take the lead on lap thirty. In hindsight, Ray may think he made his move a few laps too early when Smee regained the lead with the same move on lap thirty-three to relegate the American to second and then protecting his line over the final laps for the victory.
Third across the line was Michael Kendall, who had earlier transferred to the main race from the B Main after a night of troubles with the #89 Esslinger, with Darland fourth, Brock Dean fifth and Darren Vine, Adam Wallis, Matt Greenwood, Michael Harders, Troy Ware and Jason Bell completing the eleven finishers.
**As you would be aware by now last weekend’s event was cancelled due to rain.**
Details for the new event are as follows:
Event: Australian Midget Championship
Date: This Saturday 2nd February, 2013
Pit Gates: Open from 3pm
Compulsory Driver’s Briefing: 4.30pm
Format: If we have in excess of 24 cars: Time Trials, 3 x 3 Groups of heats – 8 laps each, with an inversion of 24
If we have 24 cars or under: Time Trials, 3 x 2 Groups of heats – 10 laps each, with an inversion of 20
Then: Top 8 shootout, B-Main, A-Main – 40 laps
Prize Money Schedule: (including GST if applicable)
Total A Main payout $11,000
Total for B Main $250
With regard to the nomination fee, it will reduce to $100 (and will include 3 x pit passes – with speedway aust discount). The balance of $100 will be paid back to your nominated bank account along when the prize money is paid out.
Thankyou for your support, it is greatly appreciated.
JK and the Archerfield Speedway Promtion Team
KENDALL CONTINUES TO DOMINATE POLAR ICE SERIES
A hectic week of midget meetings culminated at the SuperCheap Auto Archerfield Speedway with round 5 of the Polar Ice series and marking the mid way point of the competition. Point’s leader Michael Kendall started the night by drawing the ‘Double Points Round’ which meant those on hand stood to gain an abundance of points. A good crowd was on hand to take in the annual open wheel meeting featuring midgets and sprintcars.
Anthony Chaffey started the main from pole after two heat wins alongside Mark George who earlier was Quick Time man. The race was listed for 20 laps but this was reduced to 15 prior to the green due to time constraints. When the action kicked off Chaffey raced into the lead followed by Kendall (position 3), George, Brett Thomas, Sid Whittaker and Troy Ware as American T J Hartman (position 10) hit the high line. Chaffey built a small buffer for himself from the rest of the field as Kendall was hard on it trying to pull in the leader while George had his hands full with Whittaker and Ware applying lots of pressure.
In fact Ware had a go at passing Whittaker only to make contact. The car began bouncing and looked very much like it was going to roll. Somehow Ware caught it and continued on without losing a position.
It took until lap 9 before Kendall was able to mount a challenge and as they motored down the back stretch he took control and went on to record his third series win of the season. Chaffey was untroubled to grab second while the unflappable Mark George held out Whittaker for his first podium of 2012-13.
Hot Laps saw the first group comprising most of the heavy hitters with Draney quickest with a 14.522. The track was a little better for the second group with some of the wet material blown away and on the final lap Mark George came up with a 14.365 to get Quick Time for the night. Draney was second followed by Brett Thomas in the Polar Ice Spike/Esslinger (14.538) and Brock Dean (Singleton Racing Razor/Esslinger) 14.545.
The first heat went to Chaffey after chasing down early leader Darren Vine with Sid Whittaker also getting past Vine near the end. Pole sitter Troy Ware had overcome a brake problem to record a win in the second heat with Kendall coming from position 4 and Draney from position 6 to get second and third respectively.
The third heat saw Chaffey again go to the front and a good contest develop between Draney and Kendall. Heading into turn 1 on the fifth rotation there was some contact and then another clash as Draney’s Bullet/Hawk headed sideways towards the wall. It looked like he may have saved it until it dug in and rolled sideways 4 or 5 times touching the top of the pit gate as it tumbled. The car suffered a fair amount of damage and after inspection the frame may be unrepairable.It was an unfortunate incident and a bad blow for Draney who has been enjoying a good season and looking forward to the ‘Midget’ title at Archerfield.
Whittaker was successful in the final heat finishing ahead of his North Coast mate Troy Ware and George. Brock Dean, after a good showing in hot laps, suffered plug lead gremlins in both heats and drove his own Aggressor/Hawk in the feature.
The midgets now have a couple of weeks break as they prepare for the Australian Midget Title at Archerfield on 26/27 January 2013.
1 Anthony Chaffey 2 Sid Whittaker 3 Darren Vine
1 Troy Ware 2 Michael Kendall (NZ) 3 Grant Draney
1 Anthony Chaffey 2 Darren Vine 3 Rob Stewart
1 Sid Whittaker 2 Troy Ware 3 Mark George
1 Michael Kendall (NZ) 2 Anthony Chaffey 3 Mark George
4 Sid Whittaker 5 Troy Ware 6 Darren Vine
7 Brock Dean 8 T J Hartman (USA) 9 Brett Thomas
10 Trent Usher 11 Rodney Harders
NEW YEAR SPEEDCAR ROUNDUP
There has been a feast of speedcar racing over the New Year period with meetings at Grafton on the first day of 2013 and then at the Lismore Speedway on Saturday January 5. Both of these meetings highlighted the appearance of American T J Hartman and also featured a number of stunt performers.
Only four cars made it to the jacaranda town and that was further reduced when comeback driver Don Mackay upended in the first heat. Also Hartman’s normal mount the Scott Wilson owned Spike/Mopar had an engine problem so he stepped into the # 57 Spike/Esslinger of Sid Whittaker. A series of four tri match races and time trials saw Hartman and Anthony Chaffey face off in a best 2 out of 3 match races which, after some spirited racing, saw Hartman stand top of the podium.
A greatly improved car count fronted for Lismore with a huge crowd in attendance to see a night of speedway action and an array of Monster Trucks, Fireworks, Snowsled jumps and a jet powered quad bike. Yes you read right a snowsled in 30 degree heat. It’s drive belt having to be hosed off after each run to keep it both cool and clean.
The opening heats were split with wins to Brock Dean and Sid Whittaker with Dean back in his own CPM Landscape Constructions Aggressor/Hawk. The third heat was an all in affair and this time it was Rob Mackay (Breka/Gaerte) who raced away with Dean and T J Hartman filling the places. A couple of drivers had issues with Trent Usher (brakes), Don Mackay (fuel) and John McLaughlin (fuel) having some work to perform before the 25 lap main.
Promoter Dave Lander added some spice to the race offering some additional prize money to any driver who started 7th or further back and finished first or second. On the green Brett Foreman hit the front before Trent Usher (Andersen’s Carpets Aggressor/Esslinger) took over and raced off into the distance. Hartman was quickly into second as Dean, Whittaker and Rob Mackay were finding it difficult to get through a tightly bunched field to try and capture some of the additional money. Hartman moved into the lead on lap 14 and then Foreman’s strong run came to an end on lap 15 closing up the field for the last 10 laps. Usher pulled infield during the break believing he had a flat tyre only to discover he was mistaken. He was bitterly disappointed after putting in such a good drive.
Hartman now had Dean, Rodney Harders, Sid Whittaker (GW Racing King/Mopar) and Rob Mackay on his rear nerf bar as proceedings recommenced. Dean was all over the American and on lap 19 moved around the outside in turns 1 & 2 to go to the front. Whittaker had moved to third and also looking to pass his other car as the American appeared to be struggling as smoke began to appear. In the next to last lap Hartman pulled infield and was a very dejected young man after such a good performance.
Dean collected the top money ahead of Whittaker and Rob Mackay and the speedcars had enjoyed a return to the northern rivers venue after an absence of two years and our thanks go to Dave Lander for the opportunity.
1 Sid Whittaker 2 T J Hartman (USA) 3 Anthony Chaffey
1 T J Hartman (USA) 2 Anthony Chaffey 3 Sid Whittaker
1 Anthony Chaffey 2 Sid Whittaker 3 T J Hartman (USA)
1 Sid Whittaker 2 T J Hartman (USA) 3 Anthony Chaffey
1 T J Hartman (USA) 2 Anthony Chaffey 3 Sid Whittaker
T J Hartman 14.63 seconds
Anthony Chaffey 15.04 seconds
Sid Whittaker 15.95 seconds
Sid Whittaker def Anthony Chaffey
Anthony Chaffey def Sid Whittaker
TJ Hartman def Anthony Chaffey
Anthony Chaffey def T J Hartman
T J Hartman def Anthony Chaffey
Winner: T J Hartman (USA)
1 Brock Dean 2 T J Hartman (USA) 3 Rob Mackay
1 Sid Whittaker 2 Rob Stewart 3 Matt Hefford
1 Rob Mackay 2 Brock Dean 3 T J Hartman (USA)
1 Brock Dean 2 Sid Whittaker 3 Rob Mackay
4 Rodney Harders 5 Matt Hefford 6 Rob Stewart
MICHAEL HARDERS COMPETES IN THE 2013 LUCAS OILS CHILI BOWl
Touching down at Los Angeles International Airport in the early hours of Sunday morning with confirmation coming through from Speedsport Racing’s Michael Harders is he will compete in this year’s 2013 Lucas Oils Chili Bowl.
A deal being struck whilst the team were on course to Tulsa via Western Springs NZ will now see the Queenslander suit up and strap into the Elite Chassis /Chevy Fontana 77H car of the Alex Bright Racing.
Michael and everyone at Speedsport Racing would like to thank everyone who have helped in getting this deal together in time .
Special thanks to,
Brett Christie, Peter Harders, and the truck driver that took Michaels race gear to Sydney to meet a plane to get it to the Chili Bowl on time!
And also Michael Pickens from BSL for suppling Michael with a Butler seat to take to the event.
And last but not least sponsors on board at “The Bowl” , Auto Upgrade, Lightcap Electric USA, Fuchs, IGA Acacia Ridge, Acacia Ridge Hotel !
A SLICK KENDALL MASTERS ARCHERFIELD
Hot windy conditions on Saturday December 29 meant the SuperCheap Auto Archerfield track was going to be slick for the last meeting of 2012 for the Brisbane midgets. However a very ‘slick’ performance from Michael Kendall saw him untroubled to win round 4 of the Polar Ice series.
Kendall started from pole for the main alongside Darren Vine (Mike Vine Turbos XXX/Turbo Nissan) and was in control from the outset leaving Vine to fight his own battle for a place. The Nissan pilot hugged the pole line holding out Matt Greenwood, Anthony Chaffey and Rob Mackay until a minor mistake allowed Greenwood through during lap 11 and then Chaffey and Mackay the following lap. There was plenty of action further back with Mark George (Flashlube Breka/Porsche), Troy Ware (Brookers Brake & Clutch Razor/Ed Pink Ford) and Sid Whittaker (GW Racing King/Esslinger) fighting for the keys to the ‘sheep station’. The conditions were making it difficult to pass as a trip ‘upstairs’ saw drivers spinning wheels and going backwards so the only way was to find a gap on the bottom. Nevertheless the 20 lap event went non-stop with all starters going the distance. Kendall the victor and reversing the 1-2 from the last round with Greenwood (Lucas Oil Spike/Gaerte) second this time round and Chaffey (Magnum Machinery MAC/Ed Pink Ford) third.
Earlier Kendall (EMAE Aggressor/Esslinger) set the pace in the timed hot laps with a 14.379 followed by Matt Greenwood (14.536) and American T J Hartman (14.634). Unfortunately that was the end of the night for the American as falling oil pressure in the Mopar engine of the Scott Wilson owned car saw it parked so the problem could be investigated further. Another casualty of Hot Laps was third generation driver Don Mackay who was making a return to racing after an absence of some years. His XXX/Gaerte suffered fuel pump issues and his comeback would have to wait until another day.
The second group of Hot Laps had some excitement when first Trent Usher (Andersen’s Carpets Aggressor/Esslinger) spun and then had his air box catch fire when he restarted fortunately without any night ending damage. Then Matt Hefford (CSX Earthmovers Aggressor/Fontana) spun on the last lap of the session and as he was being pushed back to the pits his air box also caught fire with the whole air filter destroyed before the fire could be extinguished. A rush trip to Jason Gray’s home for a replacement saw Hefford not miss any action.
The heats were drawn and then reversed with Darren Vine and Rob Mackay (Lubrimaxx Breka/Gaerte) successful in the first round and Matt Greenwood and Michael Kendall taking out heats three and four respectively.
1 Darren Vine 2 Troy Ware 3 Matt Greenwood
1 Rob Mackay 2 Michael Kendall (NZ) 3 Anthony Chaffey
1 Matt Greenwood 2 Darren Vine 3 Sid Whittaker
1 Michael Kendall (NZ) 2 Michael Harders 3 Trent Usher
1 Michael Kendall (NZ) 2 Matt Greenwood 3 Anthony Chaffey
4 Rob Mackay 5 Darren Vine 6 Mark George
7 Sid Whittaker 8 Troy Ware 9 Jason Bell (NSW)
10 Trent Usher 11 Matt Hefford 12 Michael Harders
Drivers Matt Greenwood, Michael Harders and Brendan Palmer are leaving in a few days time to catch some racing in NZ before flying onto Tulsa Oklahoma and the 2013 Chili Bowl. Even though we are all jealous we hope they have a safe and enjoyable trip.
GREENWOOD CLAIMS MAIDEN VICTORY
Springwoods Matt Greenwood wheeled the 98Q Spike Gaerte into victory lane on Saturday the 15th at Brisbane’s Supercheap Auto Archerfield Speedway after a fantastic drive from p3 in the main. Matt kicked off the night’s proceedings with a 5th in the shootout and twin 3rd placing’s in the heats.
At the drop of the green it was the nights “Footwork’s QuickTime “ setter Grant Draney in the 67Q Hawk Bullet leading the thunderous field away however it wasn’t long until Greenwood hit the pointy end and checked out leaving the minor placing’s to be fought out.
Kiwi Michael Kendall’s night was a night of ups and downs ….literally with a 4th spot in the time trials with a heat win in the first race then being caught up in someone else’s misjudgement saw the 89Q Aggressor spinning and twisting through the air to DNF the 4th heat so from p8 the Kiwi would start and 2nd is where he would finish after the dust had settled.
Darren Vine in the Mike Vine Turbo’s Nissan Triple X 19Q finished the night on the 3rd step of the dais boosting the white turbo machine home to a strong finish .Perhaps Darren’s time trial not reflecting how strong the car is with a 11th spot in the early session but then backing it up with 2 heat wins in succession.
Apart from Michael Kendall the other car to enter into the “rollover” club was Matt Hefford in the 18Q Aggressor Fontana being pushed into the loose stuff way up high Matt gave the turn 3 wall a huge lick on the right rear side of the car which in turn sent the machine into a quick barrel roll coming to rest on its wheels however out for the remainder of the nights activities. Matt’s first heat race of the night saw him lock down 4th place at the end of the duration.
American Sprintcar Star TJ Hartman arrived on the Midget scene at BIS in the Scott Wilson owned WPS Landscape Supplies Spike Mopar 59Q after getting to grips with the immaculately prepared ride TJ clocked a 14.984 in the shootout then scored a 5th place in the first 10 lap heat race an electrical gremlin snuck in for the 4th heat of the night and the 59Q headed infield at the get go once that was sorted he ran the 20 lap main event in a comfortable 11th spot at the chequered.
Mark George in the 15Q Porsche Breka was the other heat race winner on the night with a win in heat 4,Chris Singleton is beginning to get the handle on his 26Q Stealth Gaerte setting a 7th spot in the time trials of the night and stringing together some great laps in the heats .Mitch Whittaker had a luckless night damaging a rear brake rotor after an on track bingle to then repair it and run 6th in a heat and rounded out the top 10 in the feature event with the other orange machine piloted by Sid Whittaker hooking a 14.744 early in the shootout then a 5th and a 2nd in the heat events coming home in 6th at the final flag drop.
Time trialing well seemed to be a curse on this night with the 2nd quickest man around the oval that being Troy Ware having some great finishes in the heats with a 2nd and a 3rd Troy was off the front row for the main however recorded a 12th at the finish.
As mentioned Grant Draney was the “Footworks QuickTime” man running a 14.377 Grant ran 4th in heat race one and 2nd in heat 2 however from p1 in the main crossed the flag in 5th spot still banking some valuable Polar Ice and QSRA Club Championship points.
Michael Harders rolled out the 14Q Stealth Eagle for the hot lap session clocking a 15.288 on the heavy surface running 6th in heat 1 and moving up 2 spots to 4th in his 2nd event bringing the Auto UpGrade racer home in 9th for the feature.
Brock Dean was seen running double duties as was Chris Singleton in the Compacts Brock was going between the Sprintcar ranks running the Rodney Singleton Razor Esslinger 22Q car setting the 3rd quickest in the early part of the nights programme then ran a 5th spot in a heat and 7th in the main event of the night.
Rob Mackay occupied 8th in the shootout with a 14.805 then a fantastic 2nd place in heat race 1 only to come unstuck in heat 4 finishing the 8 lapper at the ROF. 8th place was recorded for the 76Q at the end of the A Main.
That’s a wrap race fans a great night full of action, high revs, wheel to wheel entertainment the Midgets provide and it’s only going to get better!!
On the horizon next show we have Polar Ice Round 4 back at Archerfield on the 29th of December then at this stage Grafton Speedway NSW on Jan 1 still in NSW on the 5th at Lismore and back to Archerfield for Tuesday the 8th of January show.
Remember the 26th and 27th (Australia Day Weekend) SuperCheap Auto Archerfield Speedway are hosting the 2102/13 Midget Championship with a grand to win night one and a whopping 6 grand to take it home on night two so don’t forget that one on your events calendar.
On behalf of the QSRA Committee and its members to all the fans please have a safe and Merry Christmas along with a very safe New Year and we will see you all at the Polar Ice Round on the 29th.
KENDALL WINS BACK TO BACK DAVIDSON MEMORIALS
The race honoring a great Queensland speedcar driver, Danny Davidson, was part of a large program at Charlton on December 1. Even though the car count was down the racing was very spirited with plenty action but in the end it was Michael Kendall who defended the trophy that he had won previously in June of this year.
All cars contested the two heats with Brendan Palmer taking the first from Anthony Chaffey, in his own Razor/Ed Pink Ford, and Adam Wallis. Chaffey moved into second late in the race while Kendall (position 8), Darryl Bonell (position 5) and Michael Harders (position 7) raced wheel to wheel and closer, at times, in their attempt to get to the front. Unfortunately Bonell would miss the second encounter with a lack of brakes.
Kendall used his pole position in the next heat to take the win after a good dice with Wallis while Michael Harders took third after an enthralling contest with Palmer and Chaffey. Considering the track was on the slick side due to a very hot day and night breezes the racing was good with plenty of close competition.
The 15 lap feature began at 10.45pm with everyone hoping that the race would be run without any stoppages. Kendall (pole) and Palmer led the field to the green with Palmer grabbing the ascendency before Kendall charged back to the lead before the lap was over. Behind them Wallis, Chaffey, Bonell and Michael Harders were racing in close company and exchanging positions every lap. Bonell built up a small buffer as Wallis grabbed second from Palmer who was soon under threat from the others. Unfortunately Rodney Harders fell foul of the back straight wall on lap 7 and upended # 5. He was unhurt except for a cut mouth but the car would need more than a band aid.
When racing recommenced Chaffey and Bonell attacked Palmer and after a couple of very tight laps Palmer was shuffled back to fifth. Chaffey pulled a pass on Wallis in the last lap only to have it negated by the officials for having a couple of wheels on the infield and being relegated back to third. Congratulations to Michael Kendall on winning this event twice in the last six months, a sign of great consistency.
The drivers on hand had put on some entertaining racing with a minimum amount of fuss.
1 Brendan Palmer 2 Anthony Chaffey 3 Adam Wallis (NSW)
1 Michael Kendall (NZ) 2 Adam Wallis (NSW) 3 Michael Harders
1 Michael Kendall (NZ) 2 Adam Wallis (NSW) 3 Anthony Chaffey
4 Darryl Bonell 5 Brendan Palmer 6 Michael Harders
7 Jason Bell (NSW) 8 Matt Hefford
Jason Bell is beginning to get a handle on his Breka/Toyota. There is a lot of ‘grunt’ under the bonnet of the CJR Motorsport machine and in the slick conditions it would have been a difficult car to drive but the midget peddler from Moree kept it under control and enjoyed a good dice with Mick Harders during the main.
Rookie Matt Hefford had cured his power steering problem from the previous week and was happy just to put some smooth laps together during the night. The easy going Hefford is being guided by long time competitor Doug Cavell as well as getting help from fellow drivers John McLaughlin and Shane Cleary.
The next meeting for the Brisbane midgets is Round 3 of the Polar Ice Series at Archerfield on Saturday December 15. This is an additional meeting to our original schedule due to rain affected meetings earlier in the season.
If you live in the Northern Rivers area and follow the midget speedcars don’t forget we’re coming your way early in 2013. Tuesday January 1, the stars of the speedcars will be at the Grafton Speedway and will then back up again the following Saturday January 5 at the Lismore Speedway. Hope to see you there.
CONVINCING POLAR ICE WIN TO KENDALL
A balmy Saturday night with 23 midgets parked in the pits greeted fans when they arrived at SuperCheap Auto Archerfield Speedway on November 24 for Round 2 of the Polar Ice Series. There was great expectation for a night of good racing and no one would leave disappointed. When the dust had settled it was Kiwi Michael Kendall who had won a hard fought affair.
After the preliminaries Anthony Chaffey and young Yank Alex Bright would lead the field away for the 25 lap ‘A’ main. Chaffey was in his own Razor/Ed Pink Ford as his normal car owner Terry Holland was absent at an important work function. Brendan Palmer and Kendall soon joined the fray and it was a four way battle with Grant Draney (Lucky 7 Bullet/Hawk), Mark George and Darren Vine (Mike Vine Turbos XXX/Turbo Nissan) in striking distance if a gap became available. Chaffey led laps 1 through to 5 as Kendall went forward from his position 4 starting spot. On the fifth lap Kendall took control as Chaffey and Palmer commenced a battle royal. Entering turn 3 during the ninth lap Chaffey and Palmer locked together and headed towards the wall. Fortunately they were able to separate and continue but Palmer had lost a lot of momentum and dropped back a couple of spots.
The following lap Brett Thomas had his right front wheel part company with the car and he spun around in turn three leaving Michael Harders and Troy Ware with nowhere to go. They managed to pull up with minimal contact and were able to restart ROF. Thomas was unlucky to be out but lucky as the end result could have been far worse.
When racing continued Kendall managed to pull away from Chaffey as Bright settled into third and Draney and Palmer fought hard as they tried to pull in the American. The laps ticked away without a further stoppage and it was Kendall who would cross the line first ahead of Chaffey, Bright, Draney and Palmer.
The four groups of hot laps were run on a well watered track so the times were a little on the slow side but equal for everyone. Alex Bright timed quickest (13.813) with Kendall (13.942) and Grant Draney (13.944) not far behind. It wasn’t surprising that these three were close as they took turns at being the quickest during their hot lap segment. Brendan Palmer suffered a flat tyre while being started for his hot laps and was given an opportunity to time after the tyre was replaced. He timed 4th quickest but as he had enjoyed a second opportunity the best he could be ranked was 11th.
There was some excitement in the opening heat with Matt Greenwood (Lucas Oils Spike/Gaerte) looping in turn two of the first lap and then falling over backwards. Kendall was stuck for room and made contact with the Greenwood # 98 causing enough damage to put him out and requiring a new front axle. Mark George (Flashlube Breka/Porsche) put in a determined drive to get the win over an equally determined Chaffey and Mick Harders (Auto Upgrade Stealth/Eagle).
The other three heats saw Brendan Palmer (Polar Ice Breka/Esslinger) win two and the man from the Downs Darryl Bonell take the other in the Autozone Breka/Chev.
There were some mixed fortunes behind the scenes with debutant Matt Hefford suffering brake and power steering issues with his Aggressor/Fontana. Chris Singleton (Stealth/Brayton Ford) had brake issues and thought it was safer on the infield than the track with no stopping power. Rob Stewart (Barton Motorsport Spike/Brayton Ford) had some push rods that said ‘enough’ while Brett Foreman (Stealth/Porsche) also suffered some internal problems.
Brock Dean is the new driver of the Rod Singleton owned Razor which now carries an Esslinger motor between the chassis rails but they suffered brake and diff problems which saw them have a couple of DNFs. Rob Mackay’s car couldn’t keep the connection between the engine and diff and he wisely decided to park it early to avoid any problems for following cars if it suddenly dropped out of gear. Mitchell Whittaker pulled in during his final heat complaining of smoke coming into the cockpit from under the dashboard.
One piece of good news was the appearance of budget racer Gavin McDowell. Over the past couple of seasons McDowell has been putting together a Stealth/Gaerte and tonight he had a chance to race it for the first time. While Dad was doing his thing his children Dannielle and Nathan watched proudly from the hill. He didn’t win any races or set any records but he finished all of his races and was happy just to be out there running some laps.
Next Saturday, December 1, the Brisbane midgets travel up the range to the Charlton Raceway for the running of the Danny Davidson Memorial race. Defending winner Michael Kendall will be on hand and on present form will start favourite for the race which commemorates a great champion, Danny Davidson who passed away from cancer in 2000.
Due to some rain affected meetings early in the season the third round of the Polar Ice Series will now be held at Archerfield on Saturday December 15.
Talking of Polar Ice Jack Berry got back behind the wheel of a race car for the first time for many years when he took part in the Legends Modlite race at Archerfield on the night of November 24. It featured such legends as Bob Kelly, Allan Butcher, Neville Pezzutti, John Leslight, Jamie McHugh, Berry and a host of others while bitumen racing was represented by Allan Grice and Clark Quinn. Quinn led most of the race before Jamie McHugh came from the back to win in the last lap. Jack Berry drove a smart race avoiding spinning cars and by the end was putting in some quick laps finally finishing third. It was an entertaining race for the crowd with Berry confirming there is no chance of a racing comeback for him !!!
1 Mark George 2 Anthony Chaffey 3 Michael Harders
1 Brendan Palmer 2 Brett Thomas 3 Darryl Bonell
1 Brendan Palmer 2 Michael Kendall (NZ) 3 Grant Draney
1 Darryl Bonell 2 Anthony Chaffey 3 Alex Bright (USA)
1 Michael Kendall (NZ) 2 Anthony Chaffey 3 Alex Bright (USA)
4 Grant Draney 5 Brendan Palmer 6 Darryl Bonell
7 Mark George 8 Darren Vine 9 Jason Bell (NSW)
10 Michael Harders 11 Rodney Harders 12 Scott Wilson
13 Gavin McDowell
POLAR ICE MIDGET SERIES ROUND 2 .... LETS TRY THAT AGAIN
Here we go again race fans this coming Saturday night the QSRA roll into Brisbanes Archerfield Speedway with 21 nominated cars to contest the Polar Ice Midget Series round #2.
After the rained out show scheduled for the 10th of November this one is going to be a beauty everyone eager to get racing again this weekend (the 24th) if you're anywhere make sure it's here !!
HERE WE GO RACE FANS POLAR ICE MIDGET SERIES ROUND 2 !!
Archerfield Speedway Brisbane this coming Saturday night will see the stars hit the track Round 1 feature winner Grant Draney ready to rock in the 67Q looking to go back to back wins however the likes of Palmer,Ware,Chaffey and George all wanting to stop that along with Kiwi Michael Kendall and American Alex Bright throw in New South Welshman Jason Bell we have a fantastic night in stall for you all.
Super Cheap Auto Archerfield Speedway Saturday the 10th of November …. See you there!
BRIGHT SHINES IN TOOWOOMBA SUPER SERIES WIN
Young American Alex Bright (Polar Ice Spike/Hawk) of Collegeville Pennsylvania outdrove his rivals in trying conditions to win round 2 of the POWRi Speedcar Super Series on Saturday October 27 at Charlton Raceway Toowoomba.
The meeting was marred by light rain which saw some delays and the cancellation of the Pole Shuffle after one round. This meant top points man Michael Kendall (EMAE Aggressor/Esslinger) snared pole for the main and again joined by Brendan Palmer on the front row. Palmer led for two laps before an incident in turn one eliminated Adam Wallis (NSW), Simon Roberts (NSW) and the luckless Andrew Felker USA).
When the green light reappeared Kendall went to the lead as third placed Nathan Smee had begun to pressure him. Kendall soon put a gap on the field as Smee battled with Palmer. The track was now slick and dusty but Bright (position 6) found an outside groove from turn 1 to the middle of the back straight which he used to round up Troy Jenkins, Mark Brown, Smee and Palmer during the opening stanza to move to second on lap 8. There was still a wide margin between Kendall and the rest with Smee now third ahead of Palmer and Mark Brown.
Darryl Bonell (Autozone Breka/Chev) spun in turn 1 with five laps remaining which bunched up the field for the run to the finish. The bad news for Kendall was that his right rear tyre was slowly deflating something that Bright would have observed. On the restart Sid Whittaker’s left rear wheel parted company with the car fortunately without any further damage as the cars lined up again.
Kendall was now struggling and using all of his experience to maintain both control and his lead as the cars battled behind him. Kendall took the white flag and Bright went to the top and passed him as they motored down the back straight. Kendall held on for second with Smee again finishing third. It was an elated Bright and Jack Berry Racing team who celebrated their big win.
It was bad luck for Michael Kendall who has led two feature races in the last two weeks only to suffer problems preventing the popular Kiwi from collecting the wins. At least he had a straight car to take home. Poor Andrew Felker walked back to the pits with his helmet full of bits from his damaged CJR Motorsport Breka/Mopar. He was disappointed that he wasn’t able to show his full capabilities during his short tour and is very keen to return to Australia in the future, a point duly noted by team principal Colin Bell.
Earlier in the night Time Trials saw Brendan Palmer get quick Time with a 14.309 run followed by Adam Wallis (14.485), Troy Jenkins, in his brother’s Stealth/Mopar, (14.494) and Anthony Chaffey (14.556).
Local driver Darryl Bonell won the opening heat with Kendall taking heats 2 & 4 and Nathan Smee victorious in heat 3. There were only a couple of minor spins except for the last heat when an unimpressed Michael Harders was left with a car requiring a new front axle. The American Tire & Racing Services team was also busy after the heats replacing a diff in Nathan Smee’s car after they discovered oil leaking from a crack.
Next meeting for the Queensland Speedcars is Polar Ice Midget Series Round 2 at SuperCheap Auto Archerfield speedway Saturday November 10.
Results Round 2 (provisional)
Nationwide Transport Solutions – Rondalee Metal Fabrications Speedcar Super Series
1 Darryl Bonell 2 Michael Harders 3 Nathan Smee (NSW)
1 Michael Kendall 2 Sid Whittaker 3 Brendan Palmer
1 Nathan Smee (NSW) 2 Mark George 3 Simon Roberts (NSW)
1 Michael Kendall 2 Andrew Felker (USA) 3 Alex Bright (USA)
30 lap ‘A’ Main
1 Alex Bright (USA) 2 Michael Kendall 3 Nathan Smee (NSW)
4 Mark Brown (NSW) 5 Brendan Palmer 6 Anthony Chaffey
7 Troy Jenkins (NSW) 8 Mark George 9 Michael Harders
10 Darryl Bonell 11 Jason Bell (NSW) 12 Darren Vine
POWRi SSS HITS THE ROAD TO TOOWOOMBA
This Saturday night (the 27th) The POWRi Speedcar Super Series heads to Charlton Raceway Toowoomba.
Round 1 winner Anthony Chaffey is itching at the bit to get going gain after a stunning drive in the 4Q Mac Chassis EdPink along with all the stars Smee,Brown,Jenkins the international guns will fire with Felker,Bright and Kendall not forgetting the local hot shoes and the other contracted drivers oooooh yeah its going to be huge !!
Charlton Raceway Toowoomba folks this Saturday dont be late !!
CHAFFEY COLLECTS ‘SSS’ BIG CHEQUE
Brisbane truck driver Anthony Chaffey showed he is not only comfortable behind the wheel of a big rig but also the tight confines of a tough to drive midget speedcar when he took out the opening round of the 2012-13 Nationwide Transport Solutions – Rondalee Metal Fabrications ‘Speedcar Super Series’ on Saturday October 20 at the SuperCheap Auto Archerfield Speedway.
Since taking up midget racing in 2009 Chaffey has been competitive. However despite winning the Victorian Championship in 2010, this is his first feature win in his home state and it didn’t come easy. When the front row of pole sitter Grant Draney and Brendan Palmer took the green it was Palmer who went to the front ahead of Draney, Chaffey, Troy Ware, Alex Bright (USA), Michael Kendall and Nathan Smee (NSW).
Palmer led the first five revolutions before Chaffey gathered up both Draney and Palmer in the next lap to grab the point. Two laps later American Alex Bright came to a standstill in turn two after he had jumped the cushion. Unfortunately Bright and his compatriot Andrew Felker both exited the race a couple of laps later with problems.
At this point Kendall had moved into second and onto the back of Chaffey but content, at this stage, to bide his time and wait for a passing opportunity. A copy of yellows for stalled cars kept bunching up the field but on each restart Chaffey maintained control. Coming into the last 10 laps Kendall began to apply the pressure but on each attempt Chaffey was able to keep the Terry & Tess Holland owned MAC/Ed Pink Ford in front.
When the final yellow appeared with 7 laps remaining everyone expected Kendall to pounce on the restart but Chaffey was ready and held on to win this hard fought event. Back in the pack Palmer, Draney and Smee had been hard at it chasing the last spot on the podium. In the end Smee got the money while Draney pushed Palmer back to fifth on the run to line.
Earlier in the night hot laps were held in greasy conditions as John Kelly had laid plenty of water on the track because of the hot and windy conditions during the day. His preparation was spot on as the track was racy all night. Troy Ware (Razor/Ed Pink Ford) mastered the conditions during time trials to drive two faultless laps and claim the ‘Quick Time’ award with a 14.171 time. Everyone was waiting to see lap record holder Mark Brown in action but were disappointed when his engine would not run and he recorded a very slow time so at least he could get a start at the front of the heats. However it took some time to fix the problem and he received no points from the heats and would start position 21 in the main.
Jason Bell debut his brand new Breka/Toyota in the first heat and even though the handling wasn’t spot on held on to win over Mitchell Whittaker and Darryl Bonell. The second heat saw Alex Bright loop in the first turn and start a four car stack. Michael Kendall won the restart over fast finishing Bright, who had to come from the rear, and Simon Roberts in Anthony Chaffey’s own car (Razor/Ed Pink Ford).
The second round of heats saw Bright score his maiden win on Australian soil beating Brett Thomas and Brendan Palmer to the line while Troy Jenkins, in his brothers Stealth/Mopar, took the last qualifier ahead of Anthony Chaffey and Darryl Bonell.
The customary Pole Shuffle was replaced by a new concept, The Chase. This involved the top eight point scorers with initially 5 to 8 taking to the track for some timed hot laps. The slowest two, Smee and Bonell, were eliminated and started the main in positions 7 & 8. Draney, who was 8th highest point scorer, advanced along with Kendall. In the next stanza Kendall (position 6) and Bright (position 5) were eliminated with Draney and Chaffey joining Palmer and top point scorer Troy Ware. Draney went all the way from eight to one with some very consistent quick laps. Palmer would start from 2, Ware 3 and Chaffey 4.
The night concluded with the running of the Polar Ice Round 1 main from the rain affected meeting on September 29. The field comprised the 13 qualified drivers from that night in their allocated positions at the front of the field and then any others who wanted to compete to start behind them.
Pole sitter Michael Kendall immediately went to the front from the green ahead of Draney, defending series winner Brendan Palmer, Mark George, Michael Harders, Bonell and Felker. Alex Bright started the race but was soon a withdrawal with rear suspension trouble. During lap 6 Kendall slowed and came to stop on the main straight with an ignition problem. New leader was Draney and with Palmer soon broke away from the rest of the field. Mark George was third but being pushed along by Harders, Bonell and Chaffey as Mark Brown began his run through the field.
Brown moved to fifth on lap 14 and then fourth the next lap and then set his sights on George. The Porsche pilot was driving a good line on the low side of the track so Brown began working a groove on the high side. Draney was first to the chequered flag followed by Palmer and Brown who got past George coming out of the final corner.
It had been a night of great midget action and everyone is now looking forward to round 2 of the POWRi Speedcar Super Series at Charlton Raceway Toowoomba next Saturday October 27.
The American visitors showed that they are both very capable and will be more competitive at Toowoomba after having a few days to relax and prepare. Bright is a real charger in the ‘Michael Pickens’ mould and with his presence in Brisbane for much of the season will add some spice to the racing.
Unfortunately Andrew Felker struggled as he had trouble getting his leg and foot comfortable to control the ‘go’ pedal in the CJR Motorsport Breka/Mopar. The problem will be rectified this week and we will see the POWRi National Midget Champion in full flight at Toowoomba.
Speedcar Super Series
Quick Time 1 Troy Ware 14.171
2 Brendan Palmer 14.359
3 Anthony Chaffey 14.488
4 Nathan Smee (NSW) 14.489
1 Jason Bell 2 Mitchell Whittaker 3 Darryl Bonell
1 Michael Kendall 2 Alex Bright 3 Simon Roberts
1 Alex Bright 2 Brett Thomas 3 Brendan Palmer
1 Troy Jenkins 2 Anthony Chaffey 3 Darryl Bonell
1 Grant Draney
2 Brendan Palmer
3 Troy Ware
4 Anthony Chaffey
5 Alex Bright (USA)
6 Michael Kendall (NZ)
7 Nathan Smee (NSW)
8 Darryl Bonell
30 lap ‘A’ Main
1 Anthony Chaffey 2 Michael Kendall 3 Nathan Smee (NSW)
4 Grant Draney 5 Brendan Palmer 6 Mark Brown (NSW)
7 Troy Ware 8 Brett Thomas 9 Mark George
10 Michael Harders 11 Rodney Harders 12 Scott Wilson
Polar Ice Round 1
1 Grant Draney 2 Brendan Palmer 3 Mark Brown (NSW)
4 Mark George 5 Michael Harders 6 Darryl Bonell
7 Brett Thomas 8 Anthony Chaffey 9 Andrew Felker (USA)
10 Mitchell Whittaker 11 Scott Wilson
SPEEDCAR SUPER SERIES GRAND OPENING NIGHT HEADS TO ARCHERFIELD
Just checked the weather forecast for the weekend and its says sun, sun and more sun!!
Remember racers pit gates open at 3pm American Tire and Racing Services will be at the track for all your SSS needs and spares.
Transponders and Race Receivers are essential.
Race Fans the main gates open at 4pm and the action starts around 6.With a double feature event on the programme you will be crazy to miss this show!!
See you all at SuperCheap Auto Brisbane Speedway Archerfield this Saturday
POWRi SPEEDCAR SUPER SERIES ROLLS INTO TOWN
Nominations are required for the Speedcar Super Series Grand Opening now set for Archerfield Speedway on Saturday the 20th please nominate to Brock Dean on 0410 195 355 asap.
And also remember the Maryborough round which was set for this weekend (6th) in no longer going ahead.
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POLAR ICE FEATURE RACE TO BE RUN AT THE START OF THE SSS ROUND 20/10/12
Righto racers as a result of the weekends Polar Ice Feature race being postponed Archerfield Speedway will be hosting the event AFTER the SSS time trials on Saturday the 20th with the first 14 grids being decided as per they were on Saturday the 29th of September.
Non SSS contracted drivers will be required to pay the SSS per round fee on the night to contest the SSS events however you will not be required to pay another Polar Ice nomination to run the PIMS Feature.
Any non contracted drivers wishing to run the SSS round please nominate to Brock Dean 0410195355 for an indication of numbers.
SEASON OPENERSUCCUMBS TO SHOWERS
All roads led to the SuperCheap Auto Archerfield Speedway on Saturday September 29 for the opening meeting of the 2012-13 speedway season including Round 1 of the Polar Ice Midget Series. It was a big night of speedway including sprintcars and the crowd pleasing monster trucks, fireworks and a spectacular Diahatsu Jet Car. Even though the sky was laden with clouds there was a good crowd on hand.
Defending PIMS champion Brendan Palmer (Polar Ice Breka/Esslinger) was keen to start the season with a win while one wily Kiwi in Michael Kendall was out to spoil his party. Sid Whittaker pitted both of his GW Racing cars with son Mitchell in the Mopar and newcomer Scott Wilson driving the Esslinger until his own car was ready. Darryl Bonell had been busy during the off season building up another car featuring the latest spec Breka frame and using his Autozone Chev engine.
Timed ‘Hot Laps’ has some added interest this season with the quick time driver at each round receiving $100 courtesy of Foot Works at Strathpine (Lisa Whittaker). Anthony Chaffey (Magnum Machinery MAC/Ed Pink Ford) was quickest in the first group with a 14.053 and then Kendall, Palmer and Grant Draney traded times with Kendall (Earthmoving Mobile Auto Electrical & Air Con Aggressor/Esslinger) winning the money in his last lap with a 13.625 time.
There was action early in the opening heat when Bonell dived inside Chaffey going into the first turn on the second lap and then washed up track causing Chaffey to take evasive action and go sideways and then fall onto his side. There was no apparent damage and he was restarted with both drivers going ROF. Chaffey’s engine dropped onto 2 cylinders after the restart and as he was trying to get off the track was clipped by Bonnell forcing his withdrawal with a broken torsion bar stop. Chaffey’s Ed Pink engine had dislodged a coil pack during the roll causing an ignition problem. Mark George (Flashlube Breka/Porsche) took the honours for the first race of the season over Draney and Rob Stewart. Esslinger pilots Palmer and Kendall ran first and second in the next heat with Troy Ware third in his Razor now carrying an Ed Pink Ford power plant.
The third heat saw some spirited action between Palmer and Bonell which ended when they tangled and stopped against the fence in turn three on the fourth lap. Both restarted but it was Draney who was first to greet the chequered with Palmer and Bonell coming back to get the minors.
Ware lead early in the last heat until Kendall came through and then Michael Harders followed late in the race. Kendall was the top point man for the night from Draney, Palmer and Mick Harders. There was then some time before the feature was due and in the meantime light rain started to fall. The events were quickly pushed through and then the midgets came out for the feature however the track was just too wet and the cars were sent back to the pits to wait out the passing shower. By that time it was nearly 10.00pm. John Kelly brought out the grader to cut the track with the intention of running the midgets after the sprintcar feature however curfew time of 10.30 was reached just as they completed their race.
The feature has now been carried over to Saturday October 20 and will be run after the time trials of Round 1 of the Speedcar Super Series. That’s right midget fans two feature races for the price of one. The Super Series will feature some of Australia’s best including Mark Brown and Nathan Smee and two talented Americans in Andrew Felker and teenage sensation Alex Bright.
Felker is riding high in the American POWRI midget series while Bright from Pennsylvannia currently races with the ARDC. Felker will drive a Breka/Mopar for Jason and Colin Bell while Bright has teamed up with Jack Berry Racing in a Spike/Hawk.
This is a night not to be missed so be at SuperCheap Auto Archerfield Speedway Saturday October 20.
1 Mark George 2 Grant Draney 3 Rob Stewart
1 Brendan Palmer 2 Michael Kendall 3 Troy Ware
1 Grant Draney 2 Brendan Palmer 3 Darryl Bonell
1 Michael Kendall 2 Michael Harders 3 Troy Ware
IT'S GO TIME
The season kicks off tonight with the outstanding Grand Opening Night of the 2012/13 edition of the Polar Ice Midget Series - and it's going to be HUGE!
This series will be bigger and better than before with returning support from Action Metal Recyclers and now on board with a QuickTime incentive Footworks are sponsoring $100 cash for the nights QuickTime hot shoe. The Polar Ice Midget Series kicks off again at Queensland's home of Speedway the Supercheap Auto Archerfield Speedway.
Archerfield's John Kelly produced some stunning tracks for last summer's shows and this season is set to be a barn stormer with Brendan Palmer returning in the 29Q Polar Ice Breka Esslinger car to defend his title but it won't be easy while guys like Mark George, Kiwi Michael Kendall, Matthew Greenwood, Troy Ware and Anthony Chaffey all confirmed entrants to date and very eager to take the crown.
Confirmed Race Dates are:
29th September 2012 Grand Opening Night
10th November 2012
24th November 2012
29th December 2012
8th January 2013
2nd March 2013
23rd March 2013
6th April 2013
27th April 2013
9 rounds confirmed with 1 more date to be advised.
Polar Ice, Footworks and Archerfield Speedway invite you to........Come on feel the noise !!