Polar Ice Series

FARMER WINS BATTLE OF THE YOUNG GUNS

When a youngster grows up watching midget racing at the famed Western Springs Speedway in Auckland there is a good chance his ambition will be to eventually race a midget.  That is the story of New Zealand born Scott Farmer who has been a revelation since buying one of Brett Thomas’ midgets earlier this year.  He has been on the cusp of winning a feature race a couple of times but on each occasion, came up short.  That all changed on Saturday October 7 when he won Round 2 of the Polar Ice Midget Series at the Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway.

Farmer (Spike/Esslinger) started the 25-lap feature from the second row behind pole sitter Rusty Whittaker (Ti Bolts & Race Partz King/Esslinger) and his front row partner Adam Wallis (Boss Chassis Aust Boss/Esslinger).  Whittaker took the command of the race on the green light with Wallis, Darren Vine (Mike Vine Turbos XXX/Turbo Esslinger) and Farmer next in line.  Further back Reid Mackay (P6), Troy Ware (P7) and Anthony Chaffey (P8) were advancing forward while Michael Harders quickly passed some cars after starting from the rear.  Harders was due to start from P5 but when a push car hit his left rear tyre he was forced to stop and replace the wheel before the race began.

Wallis rolled to a stop during lap 8 when the oil pump drive broke which brought on the yellow lights.  When racing resumed Farmer was second behind Whittaker while Ware (Ware Constructions Spike/Mopar) grabbed the third spot before 10 laps had been completed.  Mackay and Vine were battling hard behind the lead trio with Anthony Chaffey (WLS Landscape Supplies Spike/Mopar) solid in sixth.  Whittaker, the reigning Polar Ice Champion, looked to have the race in the bag until he caught a rut in lap 18 which slowed his progress momentarily and gave Farmer an opportunity to race past and into the lead.

Farmer would not relinquish the lead during the remaining laps and went on to score his maiden feature win.  Whittaker finished second ahead of Ware with Reid Mackay winning the battle with Vine.  It was a good race to win as the round carried Double Points towards the 2017-18 Polar Ice Series.

 The timed Hot laps featured a spirited swapping of the fastest lap between Scott Farmer and Troy Ware until Adam Wallis came from nowhere in the final lap to be the quickest with a 14.026 time.  During his Hot Lap segment Dallas Sharp, unfortunately, hit the fence and rolled but with some swift work and help from others was ready for his first heat.

Rusty Whittaker took the honours in the opening heat from Rob Stewart (Jester Race Engines Spike/Brayton Ford) and Reid Mackay (Direct Plasterboard Outlet CP3/Hawk).  Both Corey Stothard and Mark George failed to finish and their problems would eventually prove to be terminal.  Kristy Bonsey (Breka/Gaerte) led the opening laps of the second qualifier until a fuel fitting came loose.  Troy Ware surged forward from the third row to claim the win after an intense duel with Darren Vine.

Troy Ware didn’t get the result he wanted in heat 3 after he rolled heavily a couple of times after catching a rut.  The car wasn’t badly damaged and would be repaired in time for the feature. Wallis and Vine then raced wheel to wheel for some laps before Wallis secured the win from Vine and Mackay.  Anthony Chaffey (WLS Landscape Supplies Spike/Mopar) scored his first win in his new car in the last qualifier from Whittaker and Michael Harders (Auto Upgrade Spike/KRE Eagle).  Rob Stewart hit the wall during the race after a new torsion bar stop broke.  The resultant damage ended his night.

Relative newcomers Mitchell Rooke and Nathan Mathers were steady all night and benefitted from the experience.  Mathers has put together a new Eagle car for the season fitted with the Esslinger engine used last season by Darren Vine.

Next outing for the QSRA is round 3 of the Polar Ice Series at Archerfield on November 4.  The 2017-18 Speedcar Super Series kicks off next Saturday, October 14, at the Gunnedah Speedway in western New South Wales.  The contracted Queensland drivers are Troy Ware, Adam Wallis, Scott Doyle and New Zealander Jimi-Ray Quin in the Greenwood Family CP3/Eagle while a couple of others including Scott Wilson and Anthony Chaffey are also keen to race in Gunnedah.

Long term QSRA car owner and driver Peter Harders is facing a very delicate operation this week while current car owner Rodney Singleton is having further knee surgery to rectify a long-term problem.  We wish them both well for successful outcomes and a speedy recovery

Timed Hot Laps

Adam Wallis – 14.026

Scott Farmer – 14.042

Troy Ware – 14.110

Heat 1

1          Rusty Whittaker                      2          Rob Stewart                3          Reid Mackay

Heat 2

1          Troy Ware                               2          Darren Vine                 3          Anthony Chaffey

Heat 3

1          Adam Wallis                            2          Darren Vine                 3          Reid Mackay

Heat 4

1          Anthony Chaffey                    2          Rusty Whittaker          3          Michael Harders

Feature

1          Scott Farmer                           2          Rusty Whittaker          3          Troy Ware

4          Reid Mackay                          5          Darren Vine                 6          Anthony Chaffey

7          Brad Young                             8          Mitchell Rooke            9          Michael Harders

10        Dallas Sharp

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POLAR ICE R2 NOMINATIONS

The Polar Ice Midget Series R2 hits Archerfield Speedway this Saturday the 7th of October !

With what appears to be another quality field headed by R1 winner Darren Vine along with Wallis, MacKay, George, Rooke and Stewart.

Turning wheels for the first show this season are Chaffey, Ware, Doyle, Mathers and Stothard.

We have been advised that any late nominations recieved after 5.30pm today ( Monday the 2nd ) will be ROF the entire night.

Nominations are

14Q Mick Harders
16Q Mark George
18Q Nathan Mathers
19Q Darren Vine
22Q Scott Farmer
23Q Kristy Bonsey
25Q Anthony Chaffey
34Q Mitchell Rooke
40Q Dallas Sharp
44Q Corey Stothard
48Q Brad Young
61Q Scott Doyle
71Q Troy Ware
76Q Reid MacKay
78Q Rusty Whittaker
89Q Adam Wallis
91Q Robbie Stewart

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VINE , WALLIS AND HARDERS FILL THE PODIUM

Darren Vine started the 2017-18 season the way he began last season with a decisive victory in the opening round of the Polar Ice Midget Series at the Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday September 16.

Mark George (Flashlube Breka/Porsche) finished the qualifying heats at the top of the points table and was determined to make it difficult for Vine who started the 20-lap main beside him.  Due to a blustery wind, the track had been dry and slick most of the night.  However, when John Kelly reworked the top of the track at interval it allowed for two lane racing.  George won the run into the first corner with Vine (Spike/Esslinger) running high on the track.  Vine’s car was obviously set up to run with his right rear on the edge of the cushion and he surged into the lead during the third rotation.

George was soon under siege from Michael Harders (Auto Upgrade Spike/KRE Deppe) on the low side while Adam Wallis (Boss Chassis Aust Boss/Esslinger) also used the high line and quickly advanced from the third row and soon jumped ahead of Harders.  Scott Farmer (Spike/Esslinger) had started in the second row but lost three positions in the opening lap which meant he had to pass cars before he could threaten the leaders.

The yellow lights appeared during lap 11 when Rob Stewart (Jester Race Engines Spike/Brayton Ford) spun into the fence at the end of the back straight and was out with a damaged Jacob’s-Ladder and broken torsion bar stop.  The restart order had Adam Wallis still on a blinder of a charge now right on Vine’s rear push bar while Farmer had fought his way back to fourth behind Harders with George fifth.  Wallis tried to challenge for the lead but Vine had speed to burn and maintained command.  Farmer rounded up Harders during lap 15 only to spin a lap later and be tagged by Brad Young (Federal Tyres Spike/Gaerte).  Both could go again but from the rear with only a handful of laps left.

Darren Vine, the reigning QSRA Club Champion, was the deserving winner of the opening PIMS round with Adam Wallis putting in a super impressive drive in his first night in the seat of the Neilson Motorsport Boss finishing as runner up with Michael Harders beginning his campaign with a good performance.  During the off season, the Vine team procured the Esslinger engine used by Adam Clarke last season and it was obviously to Darren’s liking.  Scott Farmer was disappointed after the race but would learn from a mistake that is made even by more experienced drivers.

With a lower than expected car count for the opening night three qualifying heats were run with each driver having two outings.  Vine led the way from the front row in the opening heat with Scott Wilson (WLS Landscape Supplies Boss/Stanton SR 11) and Scott Farmer slicing and dicing through from the back of the field.  There was a minor interruption when young Compact convert Mitchell Rooke (Rod Singleton Racing Spike/Esslinger) had a spin but it made no difference to Vine who won from Mark George and Wilson.

Heat 2 was run after the first round of sprintcar heats and the track was now very slick.  It caught out Brad Young in the first lap when he spun and was collected by Robbie Stewart and Wilson who fell on to his side.  With all three cars out, it left just four to contest the event.  Farmer started up front and stayed there ahead of George and Harders. Kristy Bonsey (BC Motorsport Breka/Gaerte) was behind these three but it was clearly visible that her left rear tyre was deflating.  Bonsey battled on but with just one lap remaining the tyre blew and she rolled to a stop which brought on the yellow lights and consequently the race was declared.

The last heat also wasn’t without incident.  Adam Wallis used the open space he enjoyed starting from pole position to hit the front from the outset.  Brad Young was in trouble when he half spun entering turn 3 and then went the other way causing the car to roll over onto the top of the cage.  There was no serious damage and after being put back onto his wheels was ready to go again.   Adam Wallis secured his first win for his new team while Michael Harders kept ahead of Reid Mackay (Direct Plasterboard Outlet CP3/Hawk) to end up in second.

The season didn’t begin well for defending Polar Ice Champion Rusty Whittaker who suffered an oil pressure problem during Hot Laps and decided to park the car to not cause any further damage.  Adam Wallis didn’t make it past engine starts before he was in trouble.  A vehicle pushing another car cut across his bow and damaged the front end of the Boss chassis breaking a shock tower off the front left of the car.  It was fortunate that Brad Hilder (BHR Fabrications) was on hand to weld on a replacement piece and the car was soon repaired.  Young Mitchell Rooke enjoyed his first race meeting in a midget and will improve with each outing.

The next show for the QSRA speedcars is Round 2 of the Polar Ice Series at Archerfield on Saturday October 7.  It will be a big week-end of racing with the Bathurst 1000 the following day.  More drivers have already indicated their intention to be at the next show.  One driver could be the recipient of $ 500 in Bob Baker’s random draw which should be a major incentive for all teams.

Heat 1

1          Darren Vine                 2          Mark George                          3          Scott Wilson

Heat 2

1          Scott Farmer               2          Mark George                          3          Michael Harders

Heat 3

1          Adam Wallis                2          Michael Harders                     3          Reid Mackay

Feature

1          Darren Vine                 2          Adam Wallis                            3          Michael Harders

4          Mark George              5          Scott Wilson                            6          Reid Mackay

7          Brad Young                 8          Mitchell Rooke                        9          Scott Farmer

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POLAR ICE MIDGET SERIES KICKS OFF FOR 17/18

Polar Ice Midget Series 2017/18 is about to kick off this weekend at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway

There are a few returning faces along with a couple of new

Current Polar Ice Champion Rusty Whittaker is back in the 78Q King along with Darren Vine, Reid MacKay, Scott Farmer and Mark George.

Adam Wallis steps into the Neilson Motorsport Boss Esslinger 89Q and Fellow BOSS driver Scott Wilson rolls out his 42Q Stanton SR11.

Polar Ice Midget Series heats up this Saturday night!!

See you all there!

6Q Darren Vine

14Q Michael Harders

16Q Mark George

18Q Nathan Mathers

22Q Scott Farmer

23Q Kristy Bonesy

34Q Mitchell Rooke

40Q Dallas Sharp

42Q Scott Wilson

48Q Brad Young

76Q Reid Mackay

78Q Rusty Whittaker

89Q Adam Wallis

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SHOW AND SHINE THIS SUNDAY

Don’t forget racers the 2017 QSRA Show and Shine Inspection Day is Sunday the 10th of September kick off at 9 and ends 3pm sharp.

Held again at Flashlube 188 Kerry Road Archerfield, club membership forms will be available to complete and also car rego forms for Speedcars Australia are now ready to fill out.

There have been a few licences arrived these will be there to collect on the day if you have renewed yours recently it may pay to express post them now so they are ready to collect on the 10th.

Also all quad/mule riders you need to hold an insurance card as of this season so if you haven’t sorted this you are running out of time and it won’t be a fun opening night pushing your driver around the pits by hand SO get cracking !!

Anyone running the second practice at Archerfield this weekend make sure you have paid all your fees and had the car and safety gear inspected BEFORE you hit the dirt otherwise we will catch everyone at the Show and Shine 

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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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