On a dream run in the 99Q King Hawk DTR Mechanical/A.C.E.R.S machine Brock Dean has completed the hat trick of visits to victory lane on Friday the 10th with a win in round 5 of the ATRS Archerfield Midget Series.
After Kiwi Barry Gibbes went all “Buck Shelford” on the 16 car list of nominations laying down the nights GSA Fastman in the Revolution Racegear Sunshine Coast/SSS Car Clinic Spike Gaerte 66Q with a 15.726 , Mitchell Rooke clocked a 15.973 and Nathan Mathers rounded out the fast three at 16.006.
Brock Dean set about making his mark in round 5 leading the field home in the first heat race of the night from the Inksane Tattoo Studio Breka of Nathan Mathers and Scott Doyle in the 80Q Beestons Beast Gaerte , Barry Gibbes charged home in fourth ahead of Mitchell Rooke in the RJR Kitchens Spike Esslinger and Kody Stothard rounded out the 6 car finishers in his Pro Powder Coating King Mopar 14Q , the events two surprising DNF’ers were Rusty Whittaker when the Steelmart Sunshine Coast BOSS Esslinger blew a power steering line mid race and Matt O’Neil’s Porsche Breka ASD Shock Doctor 16Q broke a throttle shaft just one lap prior.
The Chairman of the Board Charlie Brown came out all guns blazing in the second heat of the night as he ran down the 10 laps in just under 3 minutes 42 seconds with his HPS/IWS 11Q Spike Mopar from The Bandit Brad Dawson’s 81Q GSA/United Waste Spike SR11 and Glenn Wright in the APC/DRE Breka Esslinger 41W crossed in third, The MVT/Craig Thompson Machining 6Q King of Darren Vine was home in fourth just in front of the quickest kid in the race Bodie Smith who ran fifth for the SBR/Bell Helmets 77Q at a speed of 98.928kph , Audie Malt ran home sixth in the 5Q SSS Car Clinic Spike as Reid MacKay was the seventh finisher in the CP3 Hawk RTM Concreting 76Q , Cal Whatmore JNR the only DNF after what appeared to be an electrical gremlin.
Glen Wright topped the lap sheet at the duration of the third race on night ahead of the repaired Rusty Whittaker and Charlie Brown banked points for third as Brock Dean lead home Scott Doyle, Nathan Mathers and Reid MacKay also going the 10 lap distance in what was a fairly text book affair while Cal Whatmore JNR was the only non-starter for the race after a failed MSD decided to not participate any longer.
Darren Vine claimed a heat race win in the final 10 lap outing in front of Bodie Smith and Brad Dawson who was having a very successful night in the 81 Mitchel Rooke crossed the line in fourth from Audie Malt and Kody Stothard while Barry Gibbes was the only non-finisher at the chequered.
We had 16 cars take the green so the Bob Baker $500
Challenge was looking good to go off providing the car on the marble drawn was at the previous two shows …….and it was !
Charlie Brown and Glenn Wright filled the front row while the two Kings of Dean and Vine were in row two, Dawson and Smith were next in row three while Mathers and Doyle occupied row four, Rooke and Malt locked into row five as Whittaker and Gibbes were buried in row six just in front of O’Neil and Whatmore JNR as Stothard and MacKay rounded out the starters.
At the drop of the green the front two of Brown and Wright battled for first corner supremacy however the both seemed to forget who was coming from P3 as Brock Dean slotted straight into the door left open mid turns one and two so while the field all exited the corner in relatively the same spots we had a new race leader and he set sail with one lap on the board the field were charging from 11 was the 89 of Whittaker and 14 the car of Whatmore JNR after Craig Thompson had corrected the gremlin , Smith and Wright were also charging hard making ground along with the Doyle machine and Matt O’Neil were also having some “ding dong” laps still nothing was interrupting the run from Brock Dean even with a couple of late race yellows Charlie Brown ran the unfamiliar low line in the 11Q as Darren Vine advanced into third , Rusty Whittaker was up to fourth and Whatmore had a clinic run and sat in sixth with one to run.
Dean crossed the victor from Brown and Vine rounded the victory lane podium, Whittaker banked fourth place points ahead of Wright in 5th, Whatmore JNR was in 6th, Doyle in 7th and O’Neil in 8th Audie Malt ran the 20 and crossed in 9th from The Bandit in 10th, Mitchell Rooke clocked 11th place from Reid MacKay in 12th, Mathers was 13th while Smith was 14th after a late race spin Gibbes and Kody Stothard completed the 16 finishes all on the lead lap.
Notable mentions go to Rusty Whittaker and Cal Whatmore JNR for a barnstorming run in the 20 lapper from deep in the pack to 4th and 6th respectfully
We had 6 of our 7 titles awarded on the night in the form of
GSA Fastman Barry Gibbes
Highest Points Scorer Charlie Brown
ATRS Feature Winner Brock Dean
Bob Baker Challenge Cal Whatmore JNR
Revolution Race Gear Sunshine Coast $100 for 4th Rusty Whittaker
Speedy Air-conditioning Hard Charger Cal Whatmore JNR
The ATRS “Lucky 7th” $100 voucher wasn’t claimed as the car needs American Racers on all four corners.
That’s a wrap!!
Onto our next show which will be the Stan Burrow Stampede on January the 25th this night will also be the ATRS Round 6 so make it a date race fans see you back at Queensland’s Home of Speedway ….. Archerfield Speedway!