Queensland Speedcars


This weekend race fans the Polar Ice Midget Series return’s to the home of speedway ….. Archerfield Speedway !!

Adam Clarke leads a great looking field and hoping to go back to back feature winner in R2 in the Inglis Chev Spike 29Q.

Current A1 in the Compact rankings Tim Farrell making his 18/19 first appearance in the 51Q Eagle as well as current Polar Ice Champion Scotty Farmer , Anthony Chaffey has nominated in the Lindsay Brown 6V Aggressor, Scott Doyle rolls out a new ride with the 89A from Neilson Motorsport as does Troy Ware in his new Bullet Chassis 71Q.

Chris Singleton makes a return from a season off in his Esslinger Spike 26Q , Gavin McDowell returns also after a little time off and then we have Kiwi “Gasman” Ricky McGough making his first appearance in the 46Q Aggressor for Dylan Byrne

Nominations are as follows

3Q Mitchell Rooke
6V Anthony Chaffey
19Q Darren Vine
20Q Michael Harders
22Q Scott Farmer
26Q Chris Singleton
29Q Adam Clarke
36Q Callum Whatmore JNR
45Q Tom Clauss
46Q Ricky McGough
51Q Tim Farrell
71Q Troy Ware
81Q Brad Dawson
89A Scott Doyle
89Q Rusty Whittaker
95Q Gavin McDowell



Four times Australian Speedcar Champion Adam Clarke led from the green to the chequered to win the opening round of the 2018 – 19 Polar Ice Midget Series at the Ausdeck Archerfield Speedway on Saturday September 22.

It was the maiden appearance for Jack Berry’s new Spike/Inglis Hawk and Clarke came away with the big prize.  Despite a smaller than expected field there was plenty of spirited racing for the minor places.  Darren Vine, in the Ian Boettcher Race Parts Cool/Esslinger, held second from the outset but was under siege from last seasons ‘Rookie of the Year’ Mitchell Rooke (Rod Singleton Racing Spike/Esslinger) until Vine pulled away leaving Rooke to deal with Rusty Whittaker (Cricks Boss/Esslinger) and Cal Whatmore (Speedy Air Conditioning Spike/Gaerte Buick).

Whittaker worked his way into third during lap 11 but two laps later was out of the race with a suspected crank trigger issue.  Rooke and Whatmore also had problems with untimely spins that ruined their chances of a top three finish.  Brad Dawson (GSA Advanced Machining Spike/Eagle) had been watching with interest as the raced unfolded and when the others fell by the wayside he was in the right place at the right time and held off the fast finishing southerner D J Raw (Spike/Esslinger) to secure his first podium finish.

Clarke set the pace in the Timed Hot Laps and with a time of 14.709 was ‘Quicktime’ for the night.  Clarke was handed $ 100 for his efforts with Ricki Harrison (Nupave Asphalt Services) and Dylan Byrne (Nexgen Transport) sponsoring the ‘Quicktime Award’ for every round of the Polar Ice Series.


Darren Vine dominated the heats driving the Boettcher Cool which he describes as ‘a pleasure to drive’.  Vine’s normal car wasn’t ready for the meeting and he slotted into the Australian built chassis without any problems.

Rusty Whittaker, in the Neilson Motorsport Boss/Esslinger, started the night full of determination to give some exposure to the team’s new sponsor motor dealer Cricks of Nambour, however things didn’t go to plan.  In the first heat he was up amongst the leaders when the battery failed which sent him to the infield.  In the second heat he finished second but was relegated to fourth for a restart infringement.  Things looked better in the A Main when he worked his way from the third row into third place only to finish his night on the infield.  There is little doubt that the former state champion is very talented and will run at the front of the field during the 18 – 19 season.

One new driver fronted on the night, Tom Clauss.  The surname will be familiar to those who have been around speedway for a couple of decades as he is the son of former F500 standout, Peter Clauss.  Tom purchased the former Rodney Harders Eagle/Eagle during the off-season and after a couple of practice nights the ex moto-crosser was ready to get amongst the four-wheel action.  Unfortunately, a niggling ignition problem during the heats slowed his progress but he managed to get in some valuable seat time during the feature.

The next outing for the Brisbane midgets is Round 2 of the Polar Ice Series at Archerfield on Saturday October 27 with many more drivers already indicating they will be ready to go for that night.

A couple of dates to keep in mind for 2019 are the Stan Burrow Stampede at Archerfield on Friday January 4 and the Queensland Championship at the Lismore Speedway on Saturday January 19.  The Stan Burrow night will be a HUGE night of great speedway action as it is also the qualifying night for the Australian Sprintcar Open which will include American sensation Donny Schatz.

To hold a Queensland Championship at a track in New South Wales sounds unusual but, in fact, it isn’t as a couple of speedway sections have held their Queensland Title at the picturesque showground venue.  With the close-proximity of Lismore to Brisbane it is regarded as a ‘local’ track by Brisbane drivers.  Its size and shape make it conducive to close and exciting speedcar racing.

Hot Laps

Adam Clarke – 14.709

Rusty Whittaker – 14.873

Darren Vine – 14.886

Heat 1

1          Darren Vine                 2          Brad Dawson              3          Cal Whatmore

Heat 2

1          Darren Vine                 2          Mitchell Rooke            3          Cal Whatmore


1          Adam Clarke (NSW)   2          Darren Vine                 3          Brad Dawson

4          D J Raw (NSW)          5          Mitchell Rooke            6          Tom Clauss



CONFIRMED !! The 2018/19 Stan Burrow Stampede will be on the 4th of January 2019

Thanks to Lerlene Burrow and Brian Spann putting $2,000 into this show so not only will the John Kelly and the Archerfield Promotion pay the Polar Ice Midget Series prize purse but its now topped up by 2K this will be another awesome tribute to the legend Stan Burrow.

This is still a Polar Ice round so the controlled tyre rule is in place.


John Dean and Dave Lander have locked in the 2018/19 Queensland Title heading just over the border into Lismore Saturday the 19th of January !!

A deal struck will see the prestigious blue ribbon event held over one night in the tight little bull ring of Lismore.

Put it on the calendar race fans we are off to Lismore !!



Huge thanks to Dylan Byrne and Riki Harrison jumping on board with this seasons Polar Ice Midget Series and laying down the Quicktime Challenge

Only at the Polar Ice rounds Nexgen and Nupave will also be sponsoring 2nd and 3rd place trophies on the podium !

Each quickman will get to sign the board , date it and write his time then at the end of season annual awards banquet this board will be auctioned off

Each quicktime winner will win $100 on the night and a cool tail tank sticker to match.

This opening round will debut the Nexgen and Nupave Quicktime $100 ……. Who will it be ??!!


POLAR ICE R1 2018/19

Polar Ice Midget Series kicks into life for the 18/19 season this Saturday at Archerfield Speedway with a normal season opening small list of nominations there must be a few still waiting on engines

The Bob Baker lucky feature cash prize returns this season however doesnt look to be under threat this weekend coming.

There is the $100 up for grabs for Quicktime thanks to Nexgen/Nupave

Former A1 Adam Clarke returns to the hot seat in the JBR Spike Inglis Chev combo as well as Aussies “Young Money” Rusty Whittaker with the 89ers in the Neilson Motorsport owned Boss Chassis.

The 2017/18 Rooke of the Year Mitchell Rooke returns with Rodney Singleton Racing in the 3Q Spike Esslinger , Darren Vine slots back into the IBRP Cool Chassis Esslinger from Yamanto.

Troy Ware returns in the Troy Ware Constructions 71Q along with Brad Dawson in the GSA Spike Eagle 81Q, Callum Whatmore with his 36Q Spike Gaerte and a new Rooke this season is Tom Clauss in his Eagle powered Inglis Eagle.

The lone New South Welshman heading north this weekend with his Spike Esslinger 33N is DJ Raw.

Like it says a small but very fast field for this weekends QSRA opener make sure you get trackside for the wheel to wheel action coming !


The QSRA AGM will be on October the 10th (28 days from today) same place in New Market with a 6.30PM kick off as we don’t all want to be there until midnight.
As the previous meeting was postponed the nominations and proxies remain the same so you dont have to go through that again.
See you then !