Queensland Speedcars

MATT SMITH WINS THE BNE50

Matt Smith, driving the Gavin Ohlbach owned Bullet/Toyota, overcame a strong field of adversaries to win the annual ‘Brisbane 50 lapper’ at the Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday May 5. The race was the ‘Jim Holden Classic’ as well as a round of the Polar Ice Series.

New Zealander Hayden Williams (Western Landscape Supplies Boss/Stanton SR 11) finished top of the qualifying points and after drawing ‘10’ in the draw inverted the front half of the field. He nominated Smith to start beside him with Nathan Smee and Chris McCutcheon in row 4, Scott Farmer and Rusty Whittaker row 3, Jason Bell and Taylor Clarke (NZ) row 2 and Anthony Chaffey and Darren Vine at the head of the field.

On the first start Vine (Mike Vine Turbos Spike/Esslinger) jumped into the lead only for the yellow lights to appear in the back straight for a restart with Vine sent to the second row. Anthony Chaffey (Bell Motorsport Breka/Stanton SR 11) won out on the second start and collected the first $100 lap money but Vine was quickly into stride and led the next couple as Chaffey withdrew with a blown right front tyre.

By lap 5 the order had changed with Scott Farmer (TFH Spike/Esslinger) now at the head of line with Vine and Sydney 50 lap winner Taylor Clarke (Seamount Toyota) next while both Smith and Williams had charged into contention and were positioned in fourth and fifth respectively. Behind this quintet Rusty Whittaker (Boss Chassis Aust Boss/Esslinger) and Sydney’s Nathan Smee, aboard the Graham Racing Developments Eagle, were looking to improve their position. Chris McCutcheon (Century Batteries Aggressor/Stanton SR 11) had been shuffled backwards early in the race but lap by lap was picking off cars.

The first yellow occurred during lap 6 for a spun car with Farmer leading the high-speed freight train to the line for the restart. Smith progressed to second a couple of laps later and closed on Farmer as Williams did likewise to Vine. Smith was the new leader when 15 laps were completed and began to draw away as Taylor Clarke joined Smee and Whittaker in a three battle behind the top four. Troy Ware (Ware Constructions Spike/Mopar) had started from the eighth row after dropping a heat but had charged forward to eighth by lap 20 and was seventh a couple of laps further on.

As the race moved towards the half way point the leaders were amongst lapped cars. Unfortunately, Williams, who had advanced to third, got caught in between some lapped cars and after a tangle was left stranded in the middle of the track. While attempting to miss him both Vine and Ware glanced the concrete wall with all three out of the restart. Smith was slow getting back up to speed at the restart and had Farmer and Smee all over his rear push bar. Also, Clarke came back into the picture with some big outside runs and grabbed second for handful of laps before Farmer reclaimed the position.

On lap 34 Brad Dawson spun and then fell on to his side bringing on the red lights. Coming up to the restart Nathan Smee slowed and pulled up in the main straight with a broken left front shock. The three-time winner of this race was out of the running just as he had manaeouvred into a good position. Both Brad Harrison (Nu-Pave King/Mopar) and Chris McCutcheon came on strong as the race headed into the final 10 laps sitting behind Smith, Clarke, Farmer and Whittaker. After McCutcheon passed Harrison and Farmer and Whittaker moved ahead of Clarke the two Kiwis raced side by side for a lap or two until they touched in the main straight. Fortunately, it didn’t result in an accident, but the damage that was caused forced McCutcheon to the infield.

Matt Smith went on to win his maiden Brisbane 50 lapper ahead of Farmer, Whittaker, Clarke and Harrison with ten cars completing the journey. Brad Young (Federal Tyres XXX/Gaerte) and Mark George (Flashlube Breka/Porsche) battled to and fro for most of the race with the former getting the nod by centimetres.

The night began with Timed Hot Laps in groups for their respective heat line-ups. Overall Matt Smith (NSW) was the quickest with a 13.513 lap ahead of Taylor Clarke (13.944), Hayden Williams (13.979), Darren Vine (13.995) and Cal Whatmore (14.089).

The first round of heats saw the fastest qualifier start from P10 and then the second round was an inverted line-up. The first heat went non-stop with Chris McCutcheon (P2) leading Brad Harrison (P1) and fast finishing Troy Ware (P6) to the line in 2:25.912. Matt Smith (P10) showed amazing track craft to pass Brendan Palmer (Eastlink Air Breka/Esslinger) late in the race to win Heat 2 after a couple of spins punctuated the race.

Hayden Williams was untroubled to take out Heat 3 after a couple of yellow lights slowed proceedings. In one mishap Troy Ware’s exhaust was left pointing straight up in the air and consequently was sent to the infield which really hampered his quest for points. Smith started from pole in the last heat and set a fast pace as Vine, Clarke and Chaffey tried to stay in touch. However, as it often is in racing the unexpected occurred when a lapped car spun in front of Smith and he had to stop to avoid an accident and was sent ROF for the next start. Vine carried on achieving maximum points ahead of Clarke and Chaffey.

The Top 10 in points were:

Hayden Williams (NZ) – 108
Matt Smith (NSW) – 102
Rusty Whittaker – 97
Nathan Smee (NSW) – 94
Taylor Clarke (NZ) – 93
Darren Vine – 92
Scott Farmer – 90
Anthony Chaffey – 66
Jason Bell – 86
Chris McCutcheon (NZ) – 86

A sincere thank to everyone who bought the ’Stay Strong 76’ stickers for Reid Mackay. Some people also made donations when the drivers went through the crowd during interval and Bob Baker who donated $1000 towards the fund. All the money raised will go directly to Reid to help with his medical costs. A big thank you to Dwayne Neilson for arranging and Liam Williams for printing and donating the stickers.

The annual ‘Brisbane 50 lapper’ would not have been possible without the numerous sponsors. Our major sponsors American Tire & Racing Services (Mark Cooper), Ron Wanless and Polar Ice (Jack Berry). The many lap sponsors who made it possible for the leader of each lap to receive $100. None of this happened by accident, it took a lot of work behind the scenes especially from Sid Whittaker and Dwayne Neilson who worked the phone to raise the money.

The 2017-18 season will culminate with the Polar Ice Midget Series Grand Final at Archerfield on Saturday May 26. Scott Farmer looks set to be the winner but the remaining places in the Top 10 are still to be decided.

Heat 1

1 Chris McCutcheon (NZ) 2 Brad Harrison 3 Troy Ware

Heat 2

1 Matt Smith (NSW) 2 Brendan Palmer 3 Scott Farmer

Heat 3

1 Hayden Williams (NZ) 2 Rusty Whittaker 3 Nathan Smee (NSW)

Heat 4

1 Darren Vine 2 Taylor Clarke 3 Anthony Chaffey

Feature

1 Matt Smith (NSW) 2 Scott Farmer 3 Rusty Whittaker

4 Taylor Clarke (NZ) 5 Brad Harrison 6 Brad Young

7 Mark George 8 Dallas Sharp 9 Tim Farrell

10 Paul Murphy (NSW)

STAYSTRONG76 STICKERS AND FANS DONATIONS EXCEED EXPECTATIONS

Well with last nights sticker sale and our dedicated drivers heading into the crowd for fans to donate the drive for Reid was bigger than anticipated !!

Early figures in have us sitting around $5215.80 in sales and crowd donations !!

On top of this we had the extremely generous donation of $50 per car from Nexgen Transport and Nexgen Hire , $1000 from Bob Baker and the QSRA matching that dollar for dollar behind the scenes there are more donations being finalised all in support of the 76Q pilot.

So a massive thank you to each and everyone who has and who continues to support the cause 😊

Thanks to all the drivers who took the time to head into the stands and rally for Reid it was also a great chance to get up close and personal with the fans on a big night.

Thank you Jessie-Leigh Barton for helping to move stickers in the pits before the show and to all the support from interstate and even as far away as New Zealand your stickers will be posted Tuesday when I get back to work as Monday is a holiday here in QLD.

Anyone still wanting #staystrong76 stickers we have more coming so keep the orders flowing (just PM me here with postal address and quantities) they will be available again for collection at Archerfield Speedway on the 26th or we can post what ever suits.

Once again thanks to all

COLLECTION FOR AGP1 THIS WEEKEND

Race Fans and this weekends Midget Drivers we need your help !!!!

At this weekends BNE50 interval section of the programme we need everyone to dig deep and donate to an amazing cause.

Any nominated Midget drivers who have spare time you have been given the green light from Archerfield Speedway Promotions to head up into the crowd with your race helmets to collect any donations from the stands with all proceeds going to Reid and Family for his recovery.

We will remind you all at this weekends drivers briefing however if you like to meet at the Neilson Motorsport 89Q Trailer we can head up amongst the fans and maybe move some more stickers at the same time ?

Race Fans this is a great chance to get involved too

#staystrong76 #AGP1

BNE 50 SOLD OUT

We are sold out !!!!!!!!

Massive effort but we are done !!!

Huge thanks to Sid Whittaker for calling around and everyone for your support this weekends BNE 50 lapper sponsorship laps are sold out !!!

The $50 per car nominated donations from Nexgen Hire and Nexgen Transport are still ticking along for Reid we are up to 23 ( I believe ) so again thank you Dylan and Shaylagh

Lap sponsors can deposit the $100 per lap to QSRA BoQ BSB 124057 ACC 22219841 PLEASE use the lap you have sponsored as the reference to relate to the deposit.

Thanks again everyone !!

BNE 50 LAP SPONSORS

BNE 50 Lapper sponsors locked into this weekends event so far include

1 NuPave
2 Doing it for Reid 76Q
3 BOSS Chassis Australia
4 Nexgen Transport
5 Doing it for Reid 76Q
6 Craig Thompson Machining
7 Boss Hoggs Steakhouse
8 BHR Fabrication
9 Shock Absorber Therapy
10 Mobile Injector Services
11Queensland Speedway Spares
12 JG Aircon and Electrical
13 Speedcar Super Series
14 Governor Services Australia
15 Western Landscape Supplies
16 Performance Wholesale
17 James Hardie Australia
18 Gavin Ohlback Racing
19 Mike Vine Turbos
20 Fusion Signs and Graphix
21 Luke,Scott and Rossco for Reid #AGP1
22 Scotty “The Fisher” Farmer
23 SVR Racing USA
24 Federal Tyres
25 Ridge Trans Sand and Gravel
26 Ash Media Speedway Footage
27 FWORDSPEEDSHOP
28 East Coast Aspahlt
29 Turn 4 Crew For Reid
30 DSI Road Profiling
31 DSI Road Profiling
32 SVR Racing USA
33 Lismore City Truck and Trailer
34 Priddey Trucking
35 The Speedway Shop
36 Speedy AirConditioning
37 Zippy Tie Man
38 Thoughts and Prayers for Reid MacKay #AGP1
39 BC Forever
40 United Waste Services
41 GSA Machining
42 Sprint Shack
43 DTR Mechanical
44 Inksane Tattoos
45 Turn 4 Crew For Reid
46 Nexgen Hire
47 Ti Bolts and Race Partz
48 Federal Tyres
49 Pimpama Landscape Supplies
50 Tip It In Haulage

BNE 50 NOMINATIONS

Nominations for this weekends 50 Lapper so far include

4NZ Taylor Clarke
5N Paul Murphy
6Q Darren Vine
14N Nathan Smee
16Q Mark George
17Q Chris McCutcheon
18Q Nathan Mathers
22Q Scotty Farmer
23Q Glenn Wright
24Q Bradley Young
28Q Bradley Harrison
34Q Mitchell Rooke
36Q Cal Whatmore JNR
40Q Dallas Sharp
41Q Brendan Palmer
42Q Hayden Williams
46Q Lance Towns
51Q Tim Farrell
70N Matt Smith
71Q Troy Ware
81Q Brad Dawson
82Q Jason Bell
82J Anthony Chaffey
89Q Rusty Whittaker

 

NEXGEN COMES TO THE PARTY

Dylan and Shaylagh from Nexgen Transport and Nexgen Hire this weekend will be donating $50 …… YES $50 per nominated car in this weekends race to Reid MacKay !!

So far we are at 20 nominations for the 50 lapper !!

Nominations are still open and need to be text to Brock Dean on 0410 195 355

Huge thanks to DB and Shaylagh for the very kind gesture !!

#staystrong76

#STAYSTRONG76

Liam Williams from Williams Graphix will be printing tail tank size feature winner style stickers for this weekend to purchase at Archerfield these will be $5 each and as Liam is donating these for the cause the money will be 100% fowarded to Reid and family.

These will be available at the 89Q trailer.

Cheers

BNE50 !!

This years Brisbane 50 “dash for cash” lap sponsor sale is under way !!

Sid Whittaker already has a few reeled off and locked so these will appear over the next few days on here and also the official website www.queenslandspeedcars.com.au

This is a great chance to jump on board again and support the boys with each lap sponsored seeing that $100 go to the driver leading that particular lap

Saturday the 5th of May is the date to lock in for the “BNE 50”

Sid can be contacted on 0418 726 226 to lock in a lap or two

Nominations need to be in asap to Brock Dean on 0410 195 355

#BNE50 #50withatwist #qsra #archerfieldspeedway