Polar Ice Series

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ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET NIGHT OF STARS IS DONE AND DUSTED

The QSRA Annual Awards Banquet “Night of Stars” was held on Saturday and it was literally a night of stars with new champions being crowned along with three life members being officially inducted.

QSRA President Gary Greenwood then delivered his season speech also presenting the President’s Award/Club Member of the Year to a loyal member in Brad Allen, Brad is always at the track taking various pics and clips to share helping out where and when possible on race nights.

Gary presented Keli Vine an appreciation award and flowers from the QSRA for hours and hours spent arranging the night and the amazing venue we had.

The nights MC Trevor Petts opened the evening to the 105 plus attendee’s present with an Ash Media compiled season video to the iconic song Thunderstruck.

The Rooke of the Year was next to roll out and this year saw 5 in contention for the hardware with stellar runs from all 5 throughout the shows however it was his 6th placing overall in the Polar Ice Midget Series that earned the 45Q Pilot Tom Clauss the 18/19 honours.

Taking out the Best Presented Car and Crew for the season was the 51Q team of the two “T’S” Tim Farrell and Tim North, Always immaculate the two “T’s” strive to ensure the racer is fast not only on the track but sitting static as well it’s a true credit to the Gold Coast based team.

After having a couple of tear ups along with a couple of great lap sessions this year’s Encouragement Awards went the way of young Bodie Smith, Driving the Smith Family 77Q Spike Bodie has shown glimpses of his natural ability and will certainly be one to watch for in the not too distant future.

Moving from winning the “B” Grade title in the 17/18 season to 3rd in the main game was this years Most Improved Driver and that would be Mitchell Rooke, Remaining consistent in the Singleton Racing 3Q Mitchell has been working away show after show keeping the laps clean and fast with the results showing the rewards.

The Bandit Brad Dawson was next to be called up this time for the seasons Biggest and Most Roll Overs in the 81Q, Having good crew around on these types of nights is essential and the 81Q guys generally had the car back on track for the next race that evening so it’s a true testimony to the team.

Winning the Queensland Title for his third time was New South Welshman Nathan Smee in the GRD 14N after what turned out to be a bigger talking point than when Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton for the top job in American the QSRA excepted an offer to take the title to Lismore both the Smee’s hit the podium and the only car separating the duo was Rusty Whittaker who excepted the Queensland Title Perpetual Eagle Trophy for the Nathan.

Taking home the awards for the Most Heat Wins paired with the Most Feature Wins was no other than Darren Vine, Kicking off the season in the IBRP 35Q then switching the 6Q Paulie Mac machine only to finish out the season in the MVT 19Q car Viney proving once again he’s never to be counted out on pace and performance.

The Keith Hutton Hard Charger Award was worked out on passing points throughout the season and it came down to the wire between Darren Vine and Rusty Whittaker with Rusty taking the win and his first Hutton Award.

With The Hunter Valley Hurricane unable to attend car owner Jack Berry accepted the award for winning the 18/19 Danny Davidson Memorial in the 29Q car, with the JBR having an up and down stint results wise in the Spike/Inglis Chev they did Queensland very proud in Perth taking 2nd in the National Title for the season. This was also the point where Jack was (finally) (officially) awarded his Life Membership Award from last season where unfortunately Jack was sick in Melbourne and unable to attend.

The seasons Crew Chief of the Year Award is always a hard one to allocate as nearly all crews when there’s a wreck or parts to loan to get another car going are only two happy to help however this year we had a stand out crew chief basically putting everything on the line to field a car and support the club and that was “Rocket” Rodney Singleton.
Like a deer in head lights when his name was announced Rodney accepted the award with as much pride and passion as he does fielding a car and a well-deserved award it was.

The “B” grade top three were next on the list and this year from 3rd to 1st we saw Tommy Clauss home in number 3, The Bandit in 2nd and finally shaking the monkey off his back Cal Whatmore JNR taking home the title.

The QSRA Championship was another point’s chase that was hotly contested with Mitchell Rooke in 3rd, Viney in 2nd and Rusty Whittaker taking out his second club championship.

The seasons sponsors awards were next on the list with appreciation plaques heading home to Dylan Byrne from Nexgen, Riki Harrison from NuPave, both Dylan and Riki received a QuickTime Board signed and dated by all the seasons winners, Todd Wanless for RAW Metal Corp, Graham Flynn from Revolution Racegear Sunshine Coast, Bob Baker for his incentive cash and naturally Jack Berry for the Polar Ice Midget Series.

Again a huge thanks to these guys for supporting our shows.

This lead Trevor into the Polar Ice Midget Series top ten, kicking off in 10th place was Chris “Singo” Singleton running down a top ten in a couple of cars those being the 26Q then finishing off in the 46 car of Dylan Byrne, Having what can only be considered a “Character building” season being in the wrong place at the wrong times was the hard man Scotty Doyle in the 89A car slotted into 9th after a couple of promising clear runs next season I’m sure will be bigger and better for the Doyles,8th place overall went to car 8 and that is Brock Dean, Brock only having a handful of runs in the new King car however proving the wiley fox still has what it takes to get it done,7th in the series overall was the 67Q King car of Riki Harrison another car showing a lot of potential straight off the blocks, Tom Clauss parked the 45Q in 6th overall and as mentioned was enough to bank the Rookie of the Year title along the way, The Bandit held on for 5th even after a few tear ups showing that against diversity the crew never stopped believing (F#8k it , fix it , send it) Cal Whatmore JNR showed why he had that “B” Grade title set in his sights taking out 4th overall in the Polar Ice series another driver to start the season with a different combination to what he ended however getting the job done for fourth.

As mentioned the Most Improved Driver along with the Chew Chief of the Year and 3rd in the A Grade Championship awards heading the way of the 3Q Guys what was next? Third overall in Polar Ice should be your answer.

The Most Heat Wins, The Most Feature Wins, 2nd in the Club Points score and now 2nd in Polar Ice was Darren Vine and the Mike Vine Turbos Team.

The Keith Hutton Hard Charger Award on the table, taking home the hardware for the QSRA Club Championship we were lead into the final Ash Media Video for our series ….. The Polar ice Series which ultimately announced at the end that officially you’re new Series Champion was Rusty Whittaker.

With Rusty’s win this season that took the Neilson Motorsport car owners Dwayne and Christine Neilson to 5 Polar Ice and QSRA Club Championship’s and as a result the QSRA awarded an achievement recognition award to Dwayne, The team claimed the series in 12/13, 13/14, 14/15, 15/16 and now in 18/19 with runner up last season with Rusty in just 9 seasons.

This led Trevor and Gary into presenting two QSRA Life Member Awards and inducting both Brock Dean and Dwayne Neilson into the prestigious group. After over 10 years of service and work for the club being on the committee along with the work behind the scenes to ensure the club remains strong and into the new phase of Speedcar racing, both recipients were honoured with the acknowledgments.

The raffles were a huge success and spread around all the tables which was amazing to see Matthew Paul snapped some awesome pics all night and Trevor wrapped up wishing everyone a safe off season (which includes roll overs in the garage there Bandit!!) and we will see them all back around September.

Huge thanks to everyone who has helped out this season in any way shape and form it is all greatly appreciated Thanks to all the sponsors who came along for the ride in 18/19 !
See you all track side in 19/20

ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUEST “NIGHT OF STARS” IS NEAR

Its nearly time race fans for the QSRA Annual Awards Banquet “Night of Stars” on June 22 there is a link attached simply click to purchase tickets , fill in the ticket holders details and you are done …… easy aye ! There will be NO (ZERO) DOOR SALES, so please ensure you follow the link wisely

https://www.trybooking.com/BBSJU…

Once the purchase is made you can either print the receipt to be scanned at the door or save to your phone ….. just like the V8 Supercar events 😉

The venue is the Wynnum Manly Leagues Club 92 Wondall Road Manly West (Same as last year’s event) special awards night emcee is none other than Archerfield’s very own Trevor Petts with in crowd appearances by the roving and roaming Chris Singleton.

A new Polar Ice and QSRA Club Champion will be crowned along with a new “B” Grade Champion to match not to forget all the other awesome award’s this will truly be a “Night of Stars”.

As the menu numbers are required a certain date before the event the cut off for tickets will be Sunday the 8th of June and please remember to avoid disappointment there are NO DOOR SALES.

25TH OF MAY IS ALL GO DESPITE RUMOURS

There seems to be a rumour kicking around on the 2018/19 Grand Finale night on May 25 being cancelled.

The show on the 25th of May is full steam ahead there is QSRA Club and Polar Ice Midget Series Points on this show.

There IS A TYRE RULE on the final night as per Polar Ice and a $50 nomination is payable before the cars hit the dirt.

As usual all nominations for the Grand Finale night need to be into Brock Dean on 0410 195 355

#next #polaricegrandfinal #qsra #archerfieldspeedway

RAW METAL CORP ON BOARD FOR THE FIFTY !

Race Fans !!!

Nominations are open for this years RAW Metal Corp/Nexgen BNE 50 there is NO TYRE RULE on this event however a nomination fee of $50 is payable on the night.

There will be QSRA Club Points on this show.

All nominations need to be into Brock Dean on 0410 195 355

#rawmetalcorp #nexgen #bne50

DEAN WINS THE ROUND BUT WHITTAKER CLAIMS TITLE NUMBER 2

While Brock Dean took out the recent round 10 feature event in the prestigious Polar Ice Midget Series at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway it was young gun Rusty Whittaker claiming his 2nd Polar Ice Series Crown with a third place at the chequered.

Former Sprintcar star Callum Walker took out the nights Nexgen/Nupave QuickTime Award with a 14.944in the IBRP 35Q Cool Chassis Esslinger.

Bodie Smith in the 77Q Smith Brothers Racing Spike grabbed a heat race win in the opening stanza followed by the 51Q United Waste Services Eagle of Tim Farrell and Brock Deans Aliweld King 8Q crossed in third, Bradley Harrison, Cal Whatmore Jnr, Scotty Doyle and Tony Stephen rounded out the field in the 8 lapper.The RJR Kitchens Spike Esslinger of Mitchell Rooke romped home for the win in heat two smacking down a speed of 103.433 KPH ahead of TPC Earthmoving 45Q Eagle of Tom Clauss and the GSA Advanced Machining Spike of Brad “The Bandit” Dawson, Rusty Whittaker, Scotty Farmer, Chris Singleton, Callum Walker and on debut in the Midgets we saw Zac MacDonald round out the field.

The nights “crash action” began in the third race, we saw a very unfortunate meeting with the main straight wall for the 45Q Clauss rocket and after a series of tumbles down the concrete Scotty Farmer also copped a whack along the way. Both cars eventually coming to rest as both guys emerging unscathed however the same could not be said for the 45Q car and they were done for the night. On the restart Rusty Whittaker in the 89Q Polar Ice Boss Esslinger took the win over Chris Singleton in the 46Q Nexgen Aggressor and third place Brad Harrison who was incidentally limping home a much wounded Nupave Bullet Yaris after a bingle with the Farrell car in turn two. Riki Harrison was the only other recorded car on track for fourth.

Mitchell Rooke rounded out the heat races with another visit to victory lane in the Singleton Racing 3Q ahead of Brock Dean in second and the 35q of Callum Walker third, Scotty Doyle, Brad Dawson, Zac Macdonald, Bodie Smith and Cal Whatmore Jnr were all scored as finishers on lap 8.

Brock Dean lead the field flag to flag in the main event however it was Brad Harrison and Mitchell Rooke who proved to be the thorn in Deans side for the opening couple of laps at times on the rear of the Dean car

Scotty Farmer brought on the yellows after looping the 22Q Spike in turn 4 early just as Bodie Smith departed with 6 down after riding a wheel into the very fast turn one while it was a fast series of flips like the Clauss crash Bodie headed back to the pit area as the car rode the tilt tray.

Farmer and Doyle had a coming together in turn 4 which resulted in Doyle resting the John William Auto Sales Boss 89A on its side once righted both cars headed infield and no longer took place in the race by now Whittaker was hounding the rear of the Harrison car.

It was with 12 to go the 21Q car headed infield when his ride wouldn’t take throttle any longer as Chris Singleton was on a charge from deep in the field however he had the Rooke and Dawson cars in tow as all three were at one stage battling for third place supremacy this played into the hands of Walker and MacDonald as they both closed in very fast Tony Stevens ended his run on his side with 6 to run , Riki Harrison tried to move the tractor tyre off turn 4 and ended up bringing on the yellows again, at the restart Singleton got past the 89Q Whittaker car after a slight bobble off turn two and the trio ran to the flag in that order.

Mitchell Rooke crossed in 4th, Brad Dawson in 5th, Zac MacDonald in 6th, Callum Walker 7th and Cal Whatmore Jnr rounded out the eight finishers.

As mentioned Callum Walker picked up the nights Nexgen Nupave QuickTime Award while Mitchell Rooke scored the Revolution Race Gear Sunshine Coast “Lucky4th Place” voucher.

Notable mentions must go our new Polar Ice Champion Rusty Whittaker for claiming crown number 2 also to Zac MacDonald on 6th in the feature in the very pristine looking and performing Warren Walker 23Q Spike as well as the two big flips by Tom Clauss and Bodie Smith.

The next outing in Queensland will be the RAW Metal Corp Two Track Challenge this Easter weekend kicking off at Archerfield on Easter Saturday then backing up Easter Sunday in Toowoomba, Nominations are flowing in for these two nights so if you are wishing to run please let Brock Dean know ASAP.

There is no tyre rule, no club points or nomination fee on these two nights.

Nominations are now also open for the Nexgen/Glenn Wright Painting BNE 50 Lapper as well this event is back at Archerfield on May the 11th and showing excellent interest from interstate cars , All the laps are sold as well as 4 heat races at this stage depending on the nomination car count there may be more heats on the night.

Roll on Easter!!

POLAR ICE ROUND 10 NOMINATIONS

This weekend race fans we return to the home of Speedway in Brisbane, Archerfield Speedway for round 10 in the Polar Ice Midget Series.

With another stellar field of Midgets set to let rip on the track this round number ten is in fact the penultimate round in the 9-year series.

The Nupave/Nexgen Quicktime is back ,The Revolution Race Gear Sunshine Coast “Lucky 4th” Place is back and if 16 cars field the feature the Bob Baker Challenge is back !!!

The nominations are

3Q Mitchel Rooke
8Q Brock Dean
18Q Nathan Mathers
19Q Darren Vine
21Q Brad Harrison
22Q Scotty Farmer
23Q Zac McDonald
35Q Callum Walker
36Q Cal Whatmore JNR
45Q Tom Clauss
46Q Chris Singleton
51Q Tim Farrell
77Q Bodie Smith
67Q Riki Harrison
81Q Brad Dawson
89Q Scotty Doyle
89Q Rusty Whittaker

#polarice #nexgen #nupave #bobbakerchallenge #revolutionracegearsunshinecoast

NO ONE WAS CATCHING THE FISH

Scotty “the fish” Farmer proved far too slippery for the rest of the field on Saturday night in round 9 of the polar ice series. It will go down as one of the best feature races this season, there was some great battles playing out across the whole field, racing was fast and the track had a fast top if you dared and a hooked up low line too.

In time trials it was Callum Walker driving the Ian Boettcher race parts Q35 who took out the Nupave/Nexgen quick time with a 14.024 edging out Scotty “the fastest fish on land” Farmer by .034 of a second.. (That’s a margin more accurately know as a bees… uh wing..) With less than half a second separating the top 6 it was definitely building towards a great night of racing.

In heat 1 it was Darren Vine that got the win in the Q6r, Rusty “the gas man” Whittaker in the Q89 in 2nd and grabbing 3rd was young gun Bodie Smith in the SBR Q77. Special mention must go to the Q81 with B’rad Dawson who drove one of his best heat races of the season, Dawson finished 4th but managed to lay down the fastest lap of the heat, keep it up B’rad and remember keep your hands inside your ride at all times.

Heat 2 saw the Q8 of Brock “the king” Dean cross the line in 1st, followed closely tho by Scotty “Fisher” in the Q22, Tim Farrell came home 3rd. A quick shout out to Tommy Clauss who showed great pace early, unfortunately did get the result he was looking for but has improved every time he straps into the Q45.

Heat 3 was another heat win for Vine, 2nd was the fastest Fish on land Scotty Farmer, and 3rd was the Q77 of Smith.

Although Vine got the win it was Farmer who was once again setting fastest lap in the heat by almost half a second.

Heat 4 it was Tom Clauss who got the chocolates (it’s just phrase Tom so don’t ask me for chocolates next time you see me), Bradley Harrison grabbed 2nd place and Callum Walker in the Q35 was home 3rd.

Unfortunately mid-way through this heat the red lights were on after Whittaker Dean and Whatmore Jr were fighting for the same bit of dirt, it was like three seagulls and 1 chip, all three DNF the heat due to slight damage.

15 cars started the feature and it was the Q22 of Scotty “the fish” Farmer getting the win, with a clinical display of driving and showing how all the experience he gained from racing in NZ earlier this season is invaluable as Callum Walker drove an incredible race finishing in 2nd place.

Walker was sticking the Q35 right along the fence on the high line the whole race and looked at ease in the car. It was great to see Callum back in a midget and more importantly fit and well again.

After taking the early race lead Darren Vine finished in 3rd place. Vine persisted on the low line and done a great job to hold of strong challenges from Dean on the high line and Whittaker on the bottom.

Dean finished 4th just edging out a fast finishing Whittaker home in 5th place.

1st Scotty Farmer
2nd Callum Walker
3rd Darren Vine
4th Brock Dean
5th Rusty Whittaker
6th Mitchell Rooke
7th Brad Dawson
8th Cal Whatmore
9th Jack Bell
10th Lachy Paulger
11th Ricky Robinson
12th Tom Clauss

POLAR ICE ROUND 9 NOMINATIONS

Polar Ice is back this weekend race fans !!

After the weekends feature event in Toowoomba being our first and hopefully last rain out it’s all systems go for this coming Saturday the 9th.

Nominations in yesterday are

Q3 Mitchell Rooke
Q6 Darren Vine
Q8 Brock Dean
Q13 Tony Stephen
Q21 Bradley Harrison
Q22 Scotty Farmer
Q26 Chris Singleton
Q35 Callum Walker
Q36 Cal Whatmore
Q37 Lachy Paulger
Q45 Tom Clauss
Q46 Glen Wright
Q51 Tim Farrell
Q56 Ricky Robinson
Q67 Riki Harrison
Q77 Bodie Smith
Q81 Brad Dawson
N82 Jack Bell
Q89 Rusty Whittaker
A89 Scott Doyle
Catch you all trackside !

#polarice #qsra #archerfieldspeedway