Polar Ice Series

GWILLIAM WINS SEASON FINALE

New Zealander Chris Gilliam charged to the front on the green light and in a dominant performance led all 20 laps of the Polar Ice Midget Series Grand Final at the Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday May 27 to close out the season.  In a non-stop event Gwilliam proceeded to lower Matt Smith’s 20 lap record by over four seconds to 4:41.903.

The race was also the Jim Holden Classic held in memory of Queensland’s last National Champion Jim Holden who passed away in July 2016 after a battle with cancer.  Holden was the consummate professional who won the Australian, Victorian and Queensland Championships in 1985.

The 2016-17 Polar Ice Series was decided on the night with Rusty Whittaker coming into the last round marginally ahead of Troy Ware and Brock Dean.  However, Whittaker struck trouble in his first heat.  Despite winning the race he finished with oil all over the engine bay.  An oil hose fitting had split pumping oil out of the engine.  The hose was replaced but the team’s fears were confirmed when the engine was refired and the oil pressure was too low to risk further damage.  All was not lost as Brad Harrison generously offered his King/Mopar to Whittaker for the feature race and as Whittaker had previously driven the car he quickly accepted the offer.  It meant starting from the rear of the field but it was challenge that unfazed the talented former Queensland Champion

New South Wales visitor Dan Biner (Syndicate Racing Spike/Esslinger) failed to take the green in the main when his Esslinger engine wouldn’t start which was a pity as the team had put together another car especially for this meeting after Biner suffered a big roll-over at Archerfield on 50 lapper night.

The front row pair of Gwilliam (Boss Chassis Australia Boss/Esslinger) and Darren Vine (Mike Vine Turbos Spike/Esslinger) sped away from the field at the start as Scott Farmer (TFH Spike/Esslinger) settled into third ahead of Troy Ware, Scott Doyle and Brock Dean. Whittaker wasted no time in advancing forward by passing a couple of cars in the opening lap from position 16.

Gwilliam opened a good break on Vine with a similar margin back to Farmer who was now under siege from Ware (Troy Ware Constructions Spike/Mopar). Whittaker was up to 11th by the end of the third rotation and still moving forward as he went to ninth a couple of laps later.  When the race entered the second half the order was Gwilliam ahead of Vine, Farmer, Ware Scott Doyle (Boss Hogg’s Steakhouse Beast/Gaerte) while Rob Stewart and Brock Dean battled for fifth spot.  Mark George suffered a blown radiator hose a couple of laps further on and rolled around the high side of the track before he could move safely to the infield.  It proved fortuitous for Gwilliam that the yellow lights didn’t appear.

Doyle dropped back with rear brake issues towards the end with Chris Gwilliam finishing the season in the best possible way with a convincing win and a new race record. Vine was second while Ware rounded up Farmer on lap 18 for third with Dean completing the top five.  Whittaker did very well to finish 7th and most probably secured enough points to win the Polar Ice Series.  Sixteen cars finished the race which was a great way to finish what has been a tremendous season for the QSRA.

Twenty cars showed for the last night of the season including new drivers Glenn Wright and Nathan Mathers. Wright, from the Wingless Sprintcar ranks, drove the Breka/Esslinger normally handled by Brendan Palmer while Mathers had progressed from the Compacts after buying a Spike/Gaerte Ford from Western Australia.  Both drove consistent laps all night and were enthusiastic about more midget racing next season.

Scott Farmer continued his impressive form with the quickest lap in timed Hot Laps with a 13.642 ahead of Troy Ware (13.735) and Darren Vine (13.803). Reid Mackay and Charlie Brown had minor problems and failed to gain a time which put them to the back of the grid for their heat races.

Rodney Harders (Eagle/Inglis Eagle) led the way in the opening heat until Rusty Whittaker (Ti Bolts & Race Partz King/Esslinger surged past during the second last lap. Michael Harders (Auto Upgrade Spike/KRE Eagle) was the early leader in the second heat and opened a big lead until a coming together in the main straight at the half way point resulted in Troy Ware going wheels up while Mark George (Flashlube Breka/Porsche) was also out with a damaged wheel.  With the field closed-up for the restart Gwilliam was able to get past Harders for the win.

In the second round of heats Brad Harrison (King/Mopar) raced into the lead of heat 3 and opened a sizeable lead. Unfortunately, during lap 5 Rodney Harders caught a rut and rolled coming into the main straight.  Harrison continued-on after the restart to score his maiden midget win ahead of Sydney driver Jamie Hall (Syndicate Racing Boss/Esslinger) and Gwilliam.  Ware came back with a vengeance in the last qualifier to win by a wide margin in the fastest heat time of the night.

After being involved in nineteen nights of racing the Queensland Speedcar Racing Assn’s 2016-17 season has now concluded. The points are still to be finalised but it appears that Rusty Whittaker will be the Polar Ice champion while Darren Vine will be Club Champion.  All will be revealed at the trophy presentation night to be held on Saturday July 1 at the impressive Tavernetta Function Centre at 144 Dorville Road Carseldine.  Everyone is welcome and ticket information will be available on the web site shortly.

Special thanks to our major sponsors Jack Berry (Polar Ice) and Lance Towns (I Custom Colour Phone Repairs). Promoters John and Kathy Kelly (Archerfield), Ben Bishop (Toowoomba) and David Lander (Lismore) who supported the section with major meetings to showcase our wheel to wheel action.  The many interstate visiting drivers who travelled to Queensland and added plenty of spice to the racing.  Last, but certainly not least, all the local drivers and crew members, including Chris Gwilliam who flew from Auckland for each show, who worked very hard to supply us all with some great racing.  Enjoy your time off and prepare well for the 2017-18 season which promises to be another blockbuster with twelve shows already pencilled in for Archerfield.

Timed Hot Laps

Scott Farmer             13.642

Troy Ware                  13.735

Darren Vine              13.803

Heat 1

1          Rusty Whittaker        2          Rodney Harders                   3          Brock Dean

Heat 2

1          Chris Gwilliam          2          Michael Harders                   3          Scott Doyle

Heat 3

1          Brad Harrison           2          Jamie Hall (NSW)                3          Chris Gilliam

Heat 4

1          Troy Ware                  2          Mark George                         3          Darren Vine

Feature

1          Chris Gwilliam (NZ) 2          Darren Vine                          3          Troy Ware

4          Scott Farmer             5          Brock Dean                           6          Rob Stewart

7          Rusty Whittaker        8          Michael Harders                   9          Glenn Wright

10        Scott Doyle                11        Reid Mackay                         12        Jamie Hall (NSW)

13        Charlie Brown          14        Rodney Harders                   15        Corey Stothard

16        Tony Eickenloff

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TROY WARE WINS BACK TO BACK DANNY DAVIDSON MEMORIALS

North Coast driver Troy Ware led every lap of the 20 lap Danny Davidson Memorial race at the Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday April 29 to win this special race and add to the victory he scored last year in the same event.

Four drivers were tied on points after the ‘Draw and Invert’ qualifying heats with Troy Ware and Brock Dean sharing the front row of the A Main with Darren Vine and Rusty Whittaker slotted in behind. Ware (Troy Ware Constructions Spike/Mopar) sped to the front from the get go with Dean on his tail and the trio of Vine, Whittaker and Brendan Palmer next in line. Dean (ACERS Breka/Hawk) stayed with Ware for a handful of laps before he dropped back a couple of car lengths.

Vine (Mike Vine Turbos Spike/Esslinger), Whittaker (Ti Bolts & Race Parts King/Esslinger) and Palmer (EastLink Air Breka/Esslinger) were having a great dice and consistently changing positions until Whittaker surged into third during the twelfth rotation. He set out after Dean and moved to second 5 laps later only to be hindered by a lapped car which allowed Dean to recapture the position.

A jubilant Troy Ware greeted the chequered flag after spending the last couple of weeks repairing his car after damaging the chassis at the last meeting. The win was two-fold as it was also Round 8 of the Polar Ice Series and secured a place for Ware near the top of the points table for the 2016-17 competition. Brock Dean kept up his consistency with second while the PIMS leader coming into the round, Rusty Whittaker, finished third. Both Michael Harders (Auto Upgrade Spike/KRE Eagle) and Scott Doyle (Boss Hog’s Steak House Beast/Gaerte) moved forward during the race after starting deep in the field due to dropping a heat earlier in the night.

The opening heat turned into a shamble when four cars dropped out for various reasons. Michael Harders was out before the start with a flat tyre and then rookie Brad Harrison hit the wall and finished on his side. Chris Gwilliam (BOSS Chassis Australia) pulled in with an engine woe which turned out to be a water pump concern the team attempted to fix the issue the car was done for the night. The race win went to Troy Ware from Brock Dean and Gavin McDowell after the race was declared a lap short due to a stoppage for a spun car.

The second heat only made it to the first turn when Scott Doyle rolled and was out with minor damage. Darren Vine led from wire to wire for the win ahead of Whittaker and Dallas Sharp (EastLink Air Eagle/Gaerte). Dean and Ware swapped their finishing positions from the opening heat in Heat 3 and then Whittaker did the same to Vine in the last qualifier. This meant that Ware, Dean, Whittaker and Vine all finished with 47 points.

The midgets return to the Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway in a fortnight, May 13, for the annual 50 lapper. This is always an interesting race and tactics play a big part as drivers must ensure they are still fast in the second half of the race.

If are interested in getting involved in the event by sponsoring a lap for $100 contact Lance Towns on 0419 745 503.

The 2016-17 Polar Ice Midget Series will come to a conclusion at Archerfield on May 27 and with four drivers, Rusty Whittaker, Troy Ware, Brock Dean and Darren Vine, all close on points the competition is still wide open.

Heat 1

1 Troy Ware 2 Brock Dean 3 Gavin McDowell

Heat 2

1 Darren Vine 2 Rusty Whittaker 3 Dallas Sharp

Heat 3

1 Brock Dean 2 Troy Ware 3 Michael Harders

Heat 4

1 Rusty Whittaker 2 Darren Vine 3 Brendan Palmer

A Main

1 Troy Ware 2 Brock Dean 3 Rusty Whittaker

4 Darren Vine 5 Brendan Palmer 6 Michael Harders

7 Scott Doyle 8 Dallas Sharp 9 Rob Stewart

10 Gavin McDowell 11 Tony Eickenloff

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DANNY DAVIDSON MEMORIAL/POLAR ICE MIDGET SERIES NOMINATIONS

This weekend the Polar Ice Midget series heads back to Archerfield speedway but this one has a “twist”

The 2017 Danny Davidson Memorial event will also be decided this weekend!

Current leader in the series Rusty Whittaker has nominated along with Brock Dean and Troy Ware who incidentally sit 2nd and 3rd behind Rusty!

The two Eastlink Air rockets of Palmer and Sharp return as well as the jet setting Chris Gwilliam from New Zealand to run the rebuilt 89Q.

This weekend race fans is on at Archerfield!! Catch you there

3Q Charlie Brown

6Q Darren Vine

14Q Michael Harders

16Q Mark George

40Q Dallas Sharp

41Q Brendan Palmer

44Q Corey Stothard

48Q Tony Eickenloff

71Q Troy Ware

76Q Reid MacKay

78Q Rusty Whittaker

80Q Scott Doyle

89Q Chris Gwilliam (NZ)

91Q Robbie Stewart

96Q Shane McDowell

99Q Brock Dean

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SMEE SNARES SECOND QUEENSLAND CHAMPIONSHIP

Sydney’s Nathan Smee annexed his second Queensland Championship at the Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday April 8 adding to the title he won at Charlton in 2002. Due to the number of rain outs during the season the meeting also doubled as Round 7 of the Polar Ice Midget Series.

Smee had to work hard for his win after teenage sensation Kaidon Brown (NSW) took the ascendency from the drop of the green flag. Brown (TFH Aggressor/Hawk) earlier impressed the crowd when he improved his starting position from P 7 to pole in the three round Shoot-Out.  The 30 lap feature only made it to the first turn when Chris Gwilliam (Boss Chassis Australia Boss/Esslinger) climbed a wheel and rolled heavily into the fence.  He was uninjured but Dwayne Neilson’s car would need plenty of attention before racing again.  During the stoppage, Victorian visitor and Tasmanian Champion, Joe Lostitch, was forced to withdraw with a serious fuel leak when a line came adrift.

On resumption Brown again burst into the lead from Smee (Illuminated Industries Spike/Inglis Chev), Brock Dean, Rusty Whittaker, Adam Wallis and Darren Vine. During lap 2 Scott Doyle (Boss Hogg’s Steak House Beast/Gaerte) slammed the wall just past the pits and was out with front end damage.  When the action restarted Brown, a third generation speedcar driver, continued to lead with Smee while Dean had to contend with Whittaker and Vine as Brendan Palmer (EastLink Air Breka/Esslinger) pulled out with a fuel issue.  Smee maintained the pressure on Brown and on lap 15 took control of the lead and opened a small break.  Dean had also pulled away from his pursuers with Adam Wallis (Rondalee Metal Fabrications Aggressor/Esslinger) another withdrawal after running out of tear offs.

In the final five laps of the race Dean became caught behind a lapped car and after Darren Vine (Mike Vine Turbos Spike/Esslinger) dispensed with Whittaker (Ti Bolt & Race Partz King/Esslinger) closed on Dean (ACERS Breka/Hawk). With two laps remaining there was contact between the two at the end of the back straight with Dean hitting the fence.  He continued-on but during the time it took him to recover speed he was passed by both Vine and Whittaker.  Nathan Smee crossed the finish line becoming the 2017 Queensland Champion with Kaidon Brown second and Darren Vine third followed by Whittaker and Dean.

At a post-race enquiry Vine was relegated two positions to fifth with Rusty Whittaker officially third and Brock Dean fourth.

The track was very wet for engine starts and it took quite some time to get all the cars going. The Hot Lap sessions were also run on a wet track but with no points on offer most were content to take it easy.  The track was very fast for the first round of heats with Nathan Smee, Brock Dean and Kaidon Brown the victors.  Darren Dillon (Supercharged Graphic Eagle/Gaerte) was running well in the opening heat when an engine woe forced him out of the race and the rest of the night.  2009 Queensland Champion Mark George was well in contention during the Dean heat but faded near the end and withdrew from the remainder of the night with a problem with the Porsche engine.  Reid Mackay (Direct Plasterboard Outlet CP3/Gaerte) spun during heat 3 and was collected by Chris Gwilliam who tried to keep the engine running but only proceeded in hooking onto Mackay’s car and coming to a stop.

Heat 4 was drama filled. When rookie driver Tony Stephen was about to be lapped, he hit the wall on the start/finish line and rolled and during his gyrations his car contacted with Troy Ware’s # 71.  Stephen’s car was extensively damaged but the driver was okay while Ware was also finished for the night with damage to one of the high-bar down tubes.  Adam Wallis led away the restart and looked to have the race in his keeping only for Adam Clarke (Polar Ice Spike/Esslinger) to pass him around the top with a great burst of speed.  Unfortunately, Clarke’s run ended two laps later with an engine issue that would force the 2013 state title holder out of the main race.  The last two heats were both high speed contests that went non-stop with wins going to 2015 state champion Rusty Whittaker and Brendan Palmer.  Whittaker’s 10 lap time of 2:20.392 being the fastest heat time of the night.

The top 8 on points then contested the three round Shoot-Out with Kaidon Brown and Adam Wallis progressing from the Bronze session leaving Scott Doyle and Darren Vine on the fourth row of the feature. Brown and Brendan Palmer were separated by one thousandth of a second in the Silver round which put Wallis and Rusty Whittaker on row three of the main.  In the Gold Shoot-Out Brown again dominated ahead of Nathan Smee, Brock Dean and Palmer which completed the line-up for the 20-car feature.  One late change saw Troy Ware buckle-up in the Jeff Barton owned Spike/Brayton Ford but with no qualifying points was last car on the grid.

The next show for the Brisbane Speedcars is the Danny Davidson Memorial and Round 8 of the Polar Ice Series at the Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday April 29.

Heat 1

1              Nathan Smee (NSW)                      2              Troy Ware                           3              Michael Harders

Heat 2

1              Brock Dean                                         2              Adam Clarke (NSW)        3              Brendan Palmer

Heat 3

1              Kaidon Brown (NSW)                     2              Scott Doyle                         3              Rodney Harders

Heat 4

1              Adam Wallis (NSW)                         2              Darren Vine                        3              Joe Lostitch (Vic)

Heat 5

1              Rusty Whittaker                               2              Nathan Smee (NSW)      3              Jason Bell

Heat 6

1              Brendan Palmer                               2              Brock Dean                         3              Scott Doyle

Bronze Shoot-Out

1              Adam Wallis (NSW)                         2              Kaidon Brown (NSW)     3              Scott Doyle

Silver Shoot-Out

1              Kaidon Brown (NSW)                     2              Brendan Palmer               3              Adam Wallis (NSW)

Gold Shoot-Out

1              Kaidon Brown (NSW)                     2              Nathan Smee (NSW)      3              Brock Dean

Queensland Championship

1              Nathan Smee (NSW)                      2              Kaidon Brown (NSW)     3              Rusty Whittaker

4              Brock Dean                                         5              Darren Vine                        6              Jason Bell

7              Reid Mackay                                      8              Troy Ware                           9              Rodney Harders

10           Dallas Sharp                                        11           Michael Harders

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REMAINING RACE DATES

***New race date!!**
Archerfield promotion have added a date in April for the Polar Ice Midget Series and the added event is Saturday the 8th!
Lock it in the top of the ladder is close and certinally one not to be missed!
25th March 2017 Queensland Title
8th April Polar Ice Midget Series
29th April Polar Ice Midget Series/2017 Danny Davidson Memorial
13th May Brisbane 50 Lapper
27th May Polar Ice Grand Finale/Jim Holden Tribute Night
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GWILLIAM DOMINATES BUT CLARKE CONCOURS

The Polar Ice Midget Series continued at the Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday March 11 with Adam Clarke (NSW) winning Round 6 and his second feature win of the season at the Brisbane venue.

Chris Gwilliam (Boss Chassis Aust. Boss/Esslinger) sat on pole for the 20 lap main and led the opening lap before Adam Clarke, who started in the second row, took control. Rusty Whittaker (Ti Bolts & Race Partz King/Esslinger) also surged ahead of Gwilliam into second with the New Zealander dropping back and then out with an engine not running on all cylinders.  Behind Whittaker was a battle royal with Troy Ware, Mark George, Rodney Harders, Adam Wallis in a tight group until Ware spun and was sent ROF.  On the restart, Brock Dean (All Car Engine Reconditioning Services Breka/Hawk) was running the high line with Reid Mackay (Direct Plasterboard Outlet CP3/Gaerte) and Scott Doyle (Boss Hogg’s Steak House Beast/Gaerte) in tow as they worked their way forward.  Dean secured third on lap 6 with Mackay still right on his tail.

Rob Stewart (Spike/Brayton Ford) spun as the race approached the half way point closing-up the field for the next start. Clarke (Jack Berry Racing Spike/Esslinger) continued to maintain his lead while Whittaker was now under attack from Dean who was persisting with the high line.  Lap after lap Dean tried to secure a pass but just couldn’t make it stick.  With the laps running out Reid Mackay came up on the inside of Dean and was ahead as they took the white flag.  Clarke went on to collect the points for the win ahead of Whittaker while Dean fought his way back to grab third in the run out of the last corner.  Troy Ware (Ware Constructions Spike/Mopar) worked very hard to get back to fifth by the end of the race.

At the drivers briefing Rusty Whittaker drew the double points marble which meant that everyone on the night earned double the normal Polar Ice Series points. It was critical for Whittaker to finish ahead of Troy Ware and Brock Dean in the feature to maintain his lead in the Polar Ice Series. With just two rounds remaining there is only a very few points separating the top three.

The ‘draw and invert’ format was used for the qualifying heats with Ware and Gwilliam the winners in the opening round with both races going non-stop. The reverse grid heats began with Adam Clarke claiming the win from Whittaker and Darren Dillon (Supercharged Graphics Eagle/Gaerte) after Reid Mackay was spun around and collected by Cal Whatmore who had nowhere to go.  Mark George looked to have heat 4 locked in until Gwilliam came on the scene late in the race to collect his second win of the night.  Gwilliam finished top of the qualifying points ahead of Whittaker, Clarke, Ware, George and Rodney Harders.

Mackay and Whatmore were parked side by side in the pits and with the latter suffering a lot of front end damage in their skirmish looked to be out of the feature. However, the Mackay team came to the rescue providing a couple of shock absorbers for Whatmore to use to get him back on the track.  Mark George nearly missed the meeting when a blown head gasket was discovered when his car was started late on Saturday morning.  He and car owner Chris Foreman raced home and set about replacing the gasket which is no easy task with a DOHC engine.  They finished just in time to arrive at the track for the drivers briefing.

With Brad Young out with an injured wrist suffered during the international meetings he offered the drive of his car to his crew man, Tony Eickenloff. Eickenloff was due to debut at Toowoomba but the rain delayed it for a week.  At Archerfield, he stayed out of trouble and apart from a minor spin kept his car owner from reaching for the valium.  New drivers Kristy Bonsey and Brad Harrison continue to run up plenty of laps with both finishing the two feature races they have contested.  Bonsey, the more experienced of the two, has finished in the top ten on both occasions.

The next outing for the Brisbane speedcars is the 2017 running of the Queensland Speedcar Championship at Archerfield on Saturday March 25.  This time-honoured event has a rich history dating back to 1946 with some of the sports greats amongst the winners.  Will Michael Harders successfully defend the title he won in Bundaberg last season?  Will former winners Adam Clarke (2013) or Rusty Whittaker (2015) add another title to their resume?  Will Chris Gwilliam take it back to New Zealand?  Be at Archerfield on March 25 and find out who will be the 2017 Champion.

Heat 1

1          Troy Ware                   2          Rusty Whittaker          3          Adam Clarke (NSW)

Heat 2

1          Chris Gwilliam (NZ)    2          Rodney Harders         3          Mark George

Heat 3

1          Adam Clarke (NSW)  2          Rusty Whittaker          3          Darren Dillon

Heat 4

1          Chris Gwilliam (NZ)    2          Mark George              3          Brock Dean

Feature

1          Adam Clarke (NSW)  2          Rusty Whittaker          3          Brock Dean

4          Reid Mackay              5          Troy Ware                   6          Adam Wallis

7          Darren Dillon               8          Mark George              9          Kristy Bonsey

10        Scott Doyle                 11        Rob Stewart                12        Rodney Harders

13        Brad Harrison

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DEAN DOES IT AGAIN

Brock Dean came into Round 5 of the Polar Ice Midget Series following a win in the previous round back in early January and went back to back with a convincing win at the Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday February 25.

The heat races proved troublesome for some with a couple of fancied runners crashing out but through it all Dean (All Car Engine Reconditioners Breka/Hawk) kept scoring points which enabled him to start from pole in the 20 lap feature. He led from the outset with Reid Mackay, Rusty Whittaker, Darren Vine and Mark George hot on his tail.  Whittaker (Ti Bolts & Race Parts King/Esslinger) used the top of the track to surge to second after a handful of laps and began to close on Dean until the leader changed his line to the top of the track and again pulled away.  Then began a torrid encounter between Mackay (Direct Plasterboard Outlet CP3/Brayton Buick), Whittaker with Vine (Mike Vine Turbos Spike/Esslinger) also in the mix.  At one stage Mackay drew level with Dean in the main straight but Dean found some extra speed and pulled away.

Whittaker would get ahead of Mackay going into the corners only to see Mackay, who was using the low line of the track, to repass him exiting the corners. Vine managed to advance to third on a couple of occasions only to be shuffled backwards again.  Troy Ware (Ware Constructions Spike/Mopar) also threatened to get amongst the leaders until his engine began to back fire and he settled in sixth position.

The group of drivers behind the lead bunch were also dicing backwards and forwards with Cal Whatmore (Speedy Air Conditioning Spike/Gaerte), Dallas Sharp, Dan Biner (NSW) and debutants Kristy Bonsey and Brad Harrison enjoying some close racing. The race went through without a caution period with Dean the winner ahead of Mackay and Whittaker.  Chris Gwilliam’s car was repaired for the feature but obviously had further problems and only last a few laps.

Whittaker came into the round leading the PIMS points and just 25 points separating the Top 5.  The Top 5 drivers probably remain the same but the positions would have been juggled around after Saturday night.  Whittaker should still lead but with Chris Gwilliam a non-finisher Dean will have moved up to third.

Darren Vine started his night the way he wanted with Quick Time in hot laps timing in with a 13.907 with Troy Ware next on 13.951 and Brock Dean 14.149. Dallas Sharp (EastLink Air Eagle/Gaerte) scored his first midget win in the opening heat holding out Vine and Mark George (Flashlube Breka/Porsche).  Gwilliam (Boss Chassis Aust/Esslinger recovered from a spin to finish fourth.  Rusty Whittaker pulled in with a missing engine but the problem was sorted for his second heat.  Mackay won the drag race to the first corner to lead heat 2 until Ware rode a wheel during the second lap and rolled a couple of times finishing against the fence.  Mackay had the trio of Cal Whatmore, Dean and Dan Biner (Syndicate Communications Boss/Esslinger) battling for position behind him with Dean coming through for second ahead of Biner.  Dallas Sharp was pitted beside Troy Ware and the two crews worked together to get Ware’s car repaired in time for the second round of heats.

Mackay, using his Brayton Buick after damaging his good engine during the international meetings, was too good again in heat 3 with Whittaker and George in the minor places and Ware fourth. The last heat didn’t complete a lap before mayhem broke out when Sharp spun and Gwilliam caught his wheel and rolled a couple of times.  All the drivers behind had to take evasive action with everyone coming to a stop.  Gwilliam, Sharp and Whatmore all missed the restart.  On the next start, Vine and Dean came together with Vine taking a tumble.  The race eventually started with just four cars with Dean the victor.

It was unusual to see the Sydney based Syndicate Racing Team, Jamie Hall and Dan Biner, in the Archerfield pits with the New South Wales title on at Parramatta the same night. The weather in Sydney had been poor all week and with rain predicted for the week-end they opted to get their racing fix in Brisbane.  It looked like they had made the wrong choice when the Sydney meeting went ahead but when rained washed out the show before the title race could be run their decision had been vindicated.

Two new drivers made their midget debut on the night, Kristy Bonsey and Brad Harrison. Kristy has been racing sprintcars for a few seasons and had been offered the drive of the former Tony Michell GRP/Gaerte while Harrison comes from Lightning Sprints and has purchased Micheal Wilson’s King/Mopar.  Both finished the feature and showed with more laps they will be providing plenty of opposition for the front runners.

Prior to January Brock Dean hadn’t won a feature race in four years. With the former Jack Berry/Brett Thomas Hawk engine fitted to his Breka and some new CSI shocks , Dean has again found his mojo and is confident of a good run in the second half of the season.

There is another major speedcar meeting next week-end, March 4, with Round 5 of the Diamond Air Group Speedcar Super Series at the high banked Hi-Tec Oils Toowoomba Speedway. The round will be called the Jim Holden Classic to honour the late Jim Holden who was the last Queensland driver to win the Australian Championship over thirty years ago.  Holden passed away last year from leukaemia.  Adam Clarke (NSW) won the last round at Murray Bridge and currently leads the points and with this being the penultimate round is keen to continue his winning way.  In an illustrious career, Clarke has never won the Speedcar Super Series and wants to change that situation in 2017.

Hot Laps

Darren Vine – 13.907

Troy Ware – 13.951

Brock Dean – 14.149

Heat 1

1          Dallas Sharp               2          Darren Vine                 3          Mark George

Heat 2

1          Reid Mackay              2          Brock Dean                 3          Dan Biner (NSW)

Heat 3

1          Reid Mackay              2          Rusty Whittaker          3          Mark George

Heat 4

1          Brock Dean                 2          Jamie Hall (NSW)       3          Kristy Bonsey

Feature (Provisional result)

1          Brock Dean                 2          Reid Mackay              3          Rusty Whittaker

4          Darren Vine                 5          Mark George              6          Troy Ware

7          Cal Whatmore             8          Kristy Bonsey              9          Brad Harrison

10        Dallas Sharp               11        Dan Biner (NSW)        12        Jamie Hall (NSW)

13        Corey Stothard          14 Chris Gwilliam          15 Gavin McDowell          16 Shane McDowell

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POLAR ICE MIDGET SERIES THIS WEEKEND

This weekend race fans the Polar Ice Midget Series returns to Archerfield Speedway with another round.

Sprintcar Sensation Kristy Bonsey makes her Midget debut in the Ex- Tony Michell GRP/Gaerte 23Q along with the regular series stars, Vine, Whittaker, Dean and Ware to be joined by jet setting Kiwi Chris Gwilliam to name a few.

This Saturday! Archerfield Speedway! Don’t Miss This!

6Q Darren Vine

16Q Mark George

23Q Kristy Bonsey

36Q Callum Whatmore

40Q Dallas Sharp

44Q Corey Stothard

76Q Reid McKay

71Q Troy Ware

78Q Rusty Whittaker

TBA Chris Gwilliam (NZ)

95Q Gavin McDowell

96Q Shayne McDowell

99Q Brock Dean

Polar Ice top 10 points so far

1 120      Rusty Whittaker

2 117      Troy Ware

3 105      Chris Gwilliam

4 99        Brock Dean

5 95        Darren Vine

6 75        Reid Mackay

7 63        Brad Young

8 54        Callum Whatmore

9 48        Rodney Harders

10 42      Corey Stoddard

2016/17 RACE SEASON REMAINING DATES

25th February Polar Ice Series Archerfield

4th March Speedcar Super Series Toowoomba

11th March Polar Ice Series Archerfield

25th March 2017 QLD Title Archerfield/Polar Ice Series

29th April Polar Ice Series Archerfield

13th May Brisbane 50 Lapper Archerfield

27th May Polar Ice Series Grand Finale

2017 Danny Davidson Memorial date to be confirmed in this list.

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TONIGHTS NOMINATIONS FOR ARCHERFIELD

At this stage the next Polar Ice Midget Series round is scheduled for tonight back at Archerfield Speedway!

Weather permitting please keep an eye on the Archerfield Speedway website for any changes in planning.

NYE Feature winner Michael Harders leads the charge including Rusty Whittaker, Mark George, Brad Young and Reid MacKay to name a few

Archerfield Speedway Tonight race fans make sure you check the local weather before hitting the track

3Q Charlie Brown

5Q Rodney Harders

6Q Darren Vine

9Q Alan Woods

11N Adam Wallis

14H Michael Harders

16X Mark George

21Q Mitch Haynes

22Q Scott Farmer

36Q Callum Whatmore

41Q Brendan Palmer

44Q Corey Stothard

48Q Brad Young

51Q Darren Dillion

71Q Troy Ware

76Q Reid MacKay

78Q Rusty Whittaker

96Q Shane McDowell

99Q Brock Dean

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