Race fans with the new race season on our door step for 2019/20 show down so we have a recap on last season’s top ten updates kicking off with Current Polar Ice and QSRA Champion Rusty Whittaker
Returning for the Neilson Motorsport team Rusty slots back into the controls of the 89Q BOSS Chassis Craig Thompson Esslinger the car has been freshened and will style a host of new colours and names to suit Craig Thompson has spun some magic in the engine department with Scott Inglis completing the dyno before being relocated between the rails of the BOSS. The team looking to complete in all the local shows before heading south to the National Title in February and the big shows in Sydney are on the cards.
Runner up in last season’s Polar Ice Series was veteran gasman Darren Vine in a fleet of various rockets however all Thompson Esslinger powered. The 35Q IBRP car kicked off then swapping to the 6Q and 19Q family cars to complete the season. In the new season “Viney” returns again in the family cars however both will run under the “6Q” branding and swapping to the Kiwi made King Chassis brand one will house a fresh Stanton SR11 while one retains the super strong Turbo Slinger. The 6Q guys are looking to compete in the local shows as well as the Australian Title.
Mitchell Rooke took out the third place honours in the 18/19 showdown with Rodney Singleton in the Singleton Racing/RJR Kitchens Spike Esslinger #3Q .This new season will see the “silent assassin” in the family owned 34Q which incidentally is the car driven to multiple victories and strong placings at the hands of Darren Vine in last season’s battles that being a Spike RSI Esslinger. The RJR Kitchens team are looking to head to Warrnambool also to contest the Australian Title as well as the local scene.
Cal Whatmore JNR had another stellar run throughout the 18/19 season finishing 4th overall in the 9th year of the Polar Ice Midget Series running the Speedy Air Conditioning 36Q Spike Gaerte. Cal not only supported the local shows but also travelled south a fair bit punching out a classic heat race win at Parramatta and while some may say “it’s only a heat race” the ones who know that’s a huge feat at that super-fast speedway this season Whatmore JNR joins forces with the team who took out 3rd overall last season and drops his seat into the 3Q Singleton Racing Spike. Cal and the team are looking to do the local shows as well as Sydney with Warrnambool “pencilled” in at this stage they are seeing how the laps turn.
The Bandit Brad Dawson who took out 5th overall in last season’s Polar Ice and QSRA Championship had a very “topsie turvey” season in 18/19 however with a new Spike Chassis powered by a very strong SR11X the Bandit will be a force to look out for backed by his GSA Advanced Machining, HI Tech Oils/Corporate Protection Australia/LIST Consulting/United Waste Services/Stanton Racing Engines also ride along with the 81Q machine. Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway, HI Tech Oils Toowoomba Speedway, Valvoline Raceway Parramatta and Premier Speedway Warrnambool are on the hit list for the boys in 19/20.
The 2018/19 Rookie of the Year also had another season of fast laps as well as his fair share of bad luck however persistency and consistency paid off in the end with the 45Q Tom Clauss team and their Eagle Chassis Inglis Eagle combination, Tom showed more and more serious race pace on each outing in the TPC Earthmoving/Springfield Lakes Panel and Paint car so this season he will again be aiming for the pointy end looking to compete in the local Queensland shows only at this stage.
One of the NuPave Racers who took out 7th in Polar Ice and 9th in the QSRA Championship last season was none other than “Little Hardcore Hendo” Riki Harrison in the 67Q King Mopar, Riki ran a handful of shows with some very fast laps laid down however a couple of on track “woopsies” saw him robbed of some better results other than DNF’s ,At this stage it’s unclear as to the racing scene as Riki focuses on his Nupave Asphalt Services business and its growth however 19/20 isn’t ruled out yet ….. Watch this space.
8 for #8! Brock Dean finished the 18/19 season after only a handful of shows in the brand new 8Q King Chassis car powered by a DTR Hawk in 8th for Polar Ice and the club points score. Brock is certainly no stranger to victory lane visiting the podium on a number of occasions in the few shows they completed during the later stage of the season however in true Dean Form they certainly turned some super-fast laps. 19/20 is unclear at this stage weather it’s in the 8Q Midget or Sprintcar you can guarantee they will be fast.
“If he didn’t have bad luck he would have had none at all” was thrown around our 9th place getter and that was Scotty Doyle in the 89A BOSS Esslinger, Finishing in the QSRA Points score a bit better with a 6th however a lot of DNF’s hindered the Southside Tornado. The team are reverting back to the 80Q number once seen on the Family owned Beast Chassis along with an array of names on the car and also a power plant owned by the Doyle Family however yet another Craig Thompson assembled Esslinger will be under the hood of this car. In the 19/20 season they are looking to all the local Queensland racing, some southern State Titles, The Big One in Warrnambool and International shows in Sydney.
Rounding out the top ten in the 18/19 season was “The Captain” and roving part time race reporter Chris Singleton regular pilot of the 26Q Spike Esslinger. Singo unfortunately “having a wild old time” ending the Spikes career not before showing a tonne of promise with a strong fresh Craig Thompson Esslinger and the car being spannered by kiwi Matt Black. An ex- Dean Aggressor was purchased by Singo to be assembled to see the remainder of the season however the ride with the Nexgen Hire 46Q Team became available and this is where Singo saw the season out, In the 19/20 season they are running the same Aggressor Chassis this time powered by an DTR Race Engines Eagle and plan to take the season as it comes racing where and whenever possible.
That’s a wrap race fans on last season’s top ten this season we have new drivers, new sponsors, new race dates, new colours …… and a new season!! See you track side