Polar Ice Series

QSRA NOTICE

***QSRA Notice***
Just letting all QSRA financial members know Lance Towns has stepped aside from the Presidential role for business/personal reasons.
Vice President elected Gary Greenwood has filled the President role and Chris Foreman has now taken the VP slot vacated by Gary.
Sid Whittaker has been appointed Speedcars Australia Delegate. Two new committee members have been appointed by the commitee and are Dylan Byrne and Bradley Harrison.
So to recap as following
Gary Greenwood – President
Chris Foreman – Vice President
Dwayne Neilson – Secretary Treasurer
Sid Whittaker – Speedcars Australia Delegate
Brad Young – Committee
Brock Dean – Committee
Dave Williams – Committee
Dylan Byrne – Committee
Bradly Harrison – Committee
Catch you all this weekend trackside it’s full steam head racing as normal

Queensland Speedcar Racing Association

Queensland Speedcar Racing Association

REVOLUTION RACEGEAR SUNSHINE COAST LUCKY 4TH PLACE

Graeme Flynn from Revolution Racegear Sunshine Coast has very kindly jumped on board with the QSRA so now as of Polar Ice R4 up for grabs in the nights main event the driver who crosses the line in “lucky” 4th place will earn themselves a $100 Revo in-store voucher !!
Thanks Flynny !!
Note: Vouchers must be redeemed before the end of the 18/19 race season and only in-store at Revolution Racegear Sunshine Coast.
#revolutionracegear #qsra #lucky4thplace

BODIE SMITH 77Q RETURNS

This weekend race fans will see the Spike Ed Pink 77Q of Bodie Smith return after a feature race wreck in the last outing as well as “Singo” Chris Singleton in his 26Q Spike Esslinger.
Yes in case your wondering that’s Chris in pink shorts and a captains hat
#polarice #nexgen #nupave

 

POLAR ICE MIDGET SERIES ROUND 4

Polar Ice Midget Series returns to Archerfield on the 8th of December race fans and again we have a great line up for open wheel action.
The Nexgen and Nupave QuickTime is on the programme as well as the listed drivers below all eager to have a crack at it !
Don’t miss it race fans this is the prelude to some big local shows !
Q3 Mitchell Rooke
Q6 Darren Vine
Q11 Charlie Brown
Q18 Nathan Mathers
Q26 Chris Singleton
Q27 Audie Malt
Q36 Cal Whatmore
Q45 Tom Clauss
Q51 Tim Farrell
Q67 Riki Harrison
Q77 Bodie Smith
Q81 Brad Dawson
A89 Scott Doyle
Q89 Rusty Whittaker
Q95 Gavin McDowell
#polarice #nupave #nexgen #archerfieldspeedway

POLAR ICE R3 TO WHITTAKER

After a slow start to the season, for many varied reasons, Rusty Whittaker led from the green to the chequered to win Round 3 of the Polar Ice Midget Series at the Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday November 24.

Whittaker’s night started well carrying the new Polar Ice livery and even before he had turned a wheel, when he drew the right marble at the driver’s briefing to make it the double points round for the season. He then set the fastest time (14.170) during hot laps to get 66 valuable points. He then finished top of the qualifying points to garner the pole position for the 20 lap A Main. After three days of high winds the track was dry and slick for the feature despite John Kelly’s best efforts to keep some moisture in it. Consequently, the initial start only made it to the first turn when New Zealander Ricky McGough (position 3) spun around but was miraculously missed by all the following cars. The bad news was he was ROF for the second start.

The field was away cleanly on the restart with Whittaker leading the pack while Harley Smee (NSW) jumped from the second row to get ahead of Braydan Willmington (NSW) during the opening lap to snare second. Further back Mitchell Rooke, Chris Singleton and Cal Whatmore were doing their best to stay in touch with the lead group while McGough was on the charge from the back. Whittaker opened a small break while Smee had Willmington all over his rear push bar trying to find a way past with Rooke now on Willmington’s tail.

McGough had fought his way back to ninth just before the half way point when an unfortunate incident occurred at the end of the back when McGough and rookie Bodie Smith tangled and rolled together finishing near the pit exit gate. Both cars suffered damage but the important thing was that both drivers, although shaken, were uninjured.

Whittaker continued to dominate from the next start to claim his first feature of the season ahead of New South Wales duo Smee and Willmington with Rooke and Whatmore next. Smee is the nephew of former Australian Speedcar Champion Nathan Smee, one of the best slick track drivers in the country, and obviously has learnt some things from his uncle.

Whittaker won the opening heat after starting from the fourth row with Tim Farrell following him home. Farrell showed no ill effects of the heavy tumble he took at Toowoomba a couple of weeks prior. Rookie Tom Clauss joined the ‘wheels up’ club when he slapped the wall in the main straight and rolled on to his side. His night looked to be over with a bent rear axle but Dylan Byrne, owner of the Nexgen Transport # 46 driven by Ricky McGough, came to the rescue and offered his spare diff and Clauss was ready for the feature. Charlie Brown was also a non-finisher with his engine not sounding right and he took any early mark so that the problem could be properly investigated. Smee won the second heat with Darren Vine a DNF after his Turbo Esslinger dropped onto three cylinders before the race began and he decided to park the car for the remainder of the night.

Mitchell Rooke chalked up a win in Heat 3 and then Willmington was successful in the last qualifier to give four different winners for the four preliminaries. Willmington is an enthusiastic individual who recently contested the BC 39 midget race at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway and is keen to get more American experience in the future.

Bodie Smith is the nephew of former Brisbane compact and speedcar racer, Craig Smith. At just 16 years of age he is the youngest driver to join the ranks since Rusty Whittaker some years ago. He has served his apprenticeship in F500 (Juniors) and Compacts and will continue to contest all the Compact events for the season and will race the speedcar when his schedule permits. In difficult conditions he kept the bigger more powerful car straight and steady and was able to pass cars when openings became available. His accident during the feature race was most unfortunate. All the Brisbane speedcar fraternity are pleased to have him as part of their group and know that he has a bright future in the sport.

Things didn’t go right for the other driver who had travelled the 1000 kilometres from Sydney, D J Raw. An engine miss hampered him during the preliminaries but after some quick work the car was sorted for the feature. He started from the back but kept moving forward for a top 10 finish.

Brad Harrison fronted for his first night of the season with his new car, an American Bullet chassis with a Toyota engine. Unfortunately, a couple of opening night gremlins struck but ‘Watch this space’ as the season progresses and the ‘Most Improved Driver’ from the 2017/18 season gets the Toyota running right. His brother, Riki, is also making his presence known despite only a couple of shows in a midget so look out for the Harrison brothers in the future. Brisbane speedcar racing has seen a lot of brothers in action over the decades including the Jeffersons (Twins), Brian and Ian Finglas, Kelvin and Rob Hamilton and the McDowells, Gavin, Jason and Shane.

The midgets return to Archerfield in a fortnight (December 😎 for Round 4 of the Polar Ice Midget Series. With still more cars to appear for the season and a couple of new drivers set to make their debut around Christmas time the racing will just get better and better.

The annual Stan Burrow Stampede is scheduled for Friday January 4 at Archerfield and will again offer some significant prize-money. It is a race in memory of former long-time speedcar driver Stan Burrow and it is planned that a special unveiling will take place on the night. Once it is confirmed details will be revealed. It is a night not to be missed by every midget follower.

Timed Hot Laps
Rusty Whittaker​14.170
Ricky McGough (NZ)​14.217
Charlie Brown​14.253
Heat 1
1​Rusty Whittaker​ 2​Tim Farrell​ 3​Mitchell Rooke
Heat 2
1​Harley Smee (NSW)​ 2​Ricky McGough (NZ)​ 3​Braydan Willmington (NSW)
Heat 3
1​Mitchell Rooke​ 2​Harley Smee (NSW) ​3​Chris Singleton
Heat 4
1​Braydan Willmington (NSW)​ 2​Brad Dawson​ 3​Rusty Whittaker
Feature
1​Rusty Whittaker​ 2​Harley Smee (NSW)​ 3​Braydan Willmington (NSW)
4​Mitchell Rooke​ 5​Cal Whatmore ​6​Riki Harrison
7​Chris Singleton​ 8​Brad Dawson ​9​D J Raw (NSW)
10​Tim Farrell​ 11​Tom Clauss ​12​Audie Malt
13​Gavin McDowell

POLAR ICE MIDGET SERIES ROUND 3

This weekends Polar Ice Midget Series round 3 is set to be a sizzler !!
The biggest field this season and with the 3 NSW cars of Wilmington , Raw and Smee this coming Saturday night will be one not to miss !!
Archerfield Speedway race fans catch you track side
Nominations at 6pm are
Q3 Mitchell Rooke
Q11 Charlee Brown
N15 DJ Raw
Q19 Darren Vine
Q21 Bradley Harrison
Q26 Chris Singleton
Q27 Audie Malt
Q36 Cal Whatmore
Q45 Tom Clauss
Q46 Ricky McGough
Q51 Tim Farrell
N57 Harley Smee
Q67 Riki Harrison
Q77 Bodie Smith
Q81 Brad Dawson
A89 Scott Doyle
Q89 Rusty Whittaker
N89 Brayden Wilmington
Q95 Gavin McDowell

SOCIAL MEDIA REMINDER

Team owners drivers and crew, we have a social media policy in place that we all should be adhering to. Yes accidents and crashes happen in our sport and yes sooner or later everyone is going to be involved in something.
As a club we don’t need more negativity and it will not be tolerated. The driver is responsible for the actions of his crew.
Anyone saying negative comments towards a member of the club will be addressed and penalties will be issued for repeat offenders.
This is the only warning you will get and in future social media policy breaches will result in a penalty to the person and the driver there associated with.
Let’s keep the personal and negative behavior to ourselves and off social media. It’s not needed and does nothing good for anyone involved.