KIWI SECURES ANOTHER ROUND WIN

Kiwi Scotty Farmer further increased his lead in the Polar Ice Midget Series with another feature win at the Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday April 14. This was his third main event win of the 2017 – 18 season.

After tying with Rusty Whittaker on 106 qualifying points Farmer was given pole position for the 20-lap main due to having a faster lap time during the night. Farmer (TFH Spike/Esslinger) shot into the lead from the get go with Whittaker (Boss Chassis Aust Boss/Esslinger) in pursuit. Mark George (Flashlube Breka/Porsche) maintained third with Glenn Wright and Mitchell Rooke next while Reid Mackay (Direct Plasterboard Outlet CP3/Brayton) charged from P12 to sixth by the time the second rotation was completed.

Glenn Wright (Wright Signs Breka/Gaerte) was looking for a way around George but found it hard going with the seasoned campaigner holding a good line. The only yellow of the race occurred in lap 8 for a spun car which closed-up the field for the second start and put Whittaker right on Farmer’s tail. Whittaker applied plenty of pressure, but Farmer countered every move and maintained the lead.

Wright continued to hound George and when a small opening appeared during lap 15 he advanced to third with Reid Mackay now right behind the Porsche pilot. Mackay shuffled George back to fifth during the penultimate lap leaving Mitch Rooke (Rod Singleton Racing Spike/Esslinger) just over a lap to mount a challenge for fifth but the laps ran out with Farmer heading Whittaker and Wright to the line for the podium places.

Rusty Whittaker, driving the Dwayne Neilson owned Boss/Esslinger, set the fastest time (14.380) in the last lap of his Hot Laps segment and then Mitch Rooke set the second fastest time (14.528) during the second segment. Lance Towns was a surprise third fastest in his first drive of the Dylan Byrne owned Aggressor/Honda DOHC. The Honda showed good speed but unfortunately the team suffered an electrical issue during the first heat which couldn’t be overcome at the track.

Brad Harrison (Nupave Asphalt Surfaces King/Mopar) led the way in the opening heat until both Whittaker and Darren Vine (Mike Vine Turbos XXX/Turbo Esslinger) arrived on the scene. Whittaker went inside Harrison while Vine took the long way around. When Harrison saw Whittaker, he moved up track slightly to give him room not knowing that Vine was at his right rear. Their wheels connected, and Vine was sent hard into the concrete wall. Vine was already nursing a sore left thumb from a Compact accident a few weeks back and this accident didn’t help that injury. Many people pitched in to help the Vine camp repair their car but after many parts were replaced further damage was discovered that forced him out for the night.

Nathan Mathers (Inksane Tattoos Eagle/Esslinger) led until the second lap of Heat 2 when Farmer took control and then the win in the fastest 8 lap time of the night (1:52.380). Mark George also moved ahead of Mathers late in the race. Mathers had his revenge in Heat 3 after early leader Rusty Whittaker spun out was sent ROF. Farmer scored his second win of the night in the last heat with Brad Young (Federal Tyres Breka/Gaerte) and Mitch Rooke next across the line.

Scott Farmer bounced back to finish the night with three wins from three starts after not performing to his own expectations at the Queensland Title. Thanks to Dwayne Neilson it is good to see Rusty Whittaker back amongst the places after suffering serious engine issues with his own car. Glenn Wright was a real surprise with his first major place in a midget feature after a steady and smooth drive. His experience in Wingless Sprints and Compacts has allowed him to adapt to Midgets with ease. Newcomer Brad Dawson (Spike/KRE Eagle) couldn’t get his car to fire and missed Hot Laps and his opening heat before installing a borrowed MSD ignition box provided by Dallas Sharp. It did the trick and Brad was able to complete his second heat and the feature and gain some valuable experience. After some good runs at recent meetings Cal Whatmore’s luck turned sour when his Gaerte engine refused to fire on four cylinders. After checking all the obvious faults and changing the magneto, a removal of the rocker cover revealed a broken rocker. It will be fixed in time for Cal and quite a few other Queenslanders to travel to Sydney for the next two week-ends to contest the Speedcar Super Series Grand Final followed by the Sydney 50 lapper. We wish them well for a safe and successful racing trip.

The Brisbane midget season is coming to a conclusion with just two race meetings remaining on the calendar. Saturday May 5 will be the annual 50 Lap race and then the Polar Ice Midget Series Final on Saturday May 26. Due to the number of rain-outs this season the 50 Lapper night is also a Polar Ice round with double points on offer. This will ensue that there will be plenty of hard, fast racing with positions in the Top 10 still to be decided.

If there are any midget supporters who would like to sponsor a lap in the 50 lapper, they are $100 a lap and by contacting Sid Whittaker on 0418 726 226 your name/business will be listed in the race programme, on the QSTA web site/Facebook page and announced during race night. It is a way to support this great section of speedway.

Timed Hot Laps

Rusty Whittaker – 14.380
Mitchell Rooke – 14.528
Lance Towns – 14.639

Heat 1

1 Rusty Whittaker 2 Brad Harrison 3 Tim Farrell

Heat 2

1 Scott Farmer 2 Mark George 3 Nathan Mathers

Heat 3

1 Nathan Mathers 2 Mark George 3 Glenn Wright

Heat 4

1 Scott Farmer 2 Brad Young 3 Mitchell Rooke

Feature

1 Scott Farmer 2 Rusty Whittaker 3 Glenn Wright

4 Reid Mackay 5 Mark George 6 Mitchell Rooke

7 Nathan Mathers 8 Brad Harrison 9 Brad Dawson

10 Dallas Sharp 11 Brad Young 12 Tim Farrell

 

WARE WINS THE 17/18 QUEENSLAND TITLE

Sunshine Coast builder Troy Ware added his name to the list of Queensland Speedcar Champions when he took out the time-honoured event at the Fraser Shores Maryborough Speedway on Sunday April 1.

Ware was top of the points after the first three rounds of heats on the Saturday night but an accident during his last heat eliminated Ware’s Spike/Mopar along with the cars of Brock Dean and Tim Farrell which dropped him back to third when qualifying was completed. Dallas Sharp (Llewellyn Motors Eagle/Gaerte) took an instant liking to the Maryborough track and with two wins, a fourth and a sixth finished top of the table and then took out the Pole Shuffle to sit on pole for the 30-lap main.

When the green flag flew Sharp shot into the lead hotly pursued by Scott Farmer (TFH Spike/Esslinger), Ware (Ware Constructions Spike/Mopar), Brad Young (Federal Tyres Breka/Gaerte) and Brock Dean (Loco Energy Drinks Aggressor/Hawk). During the second lap Scott Doyle (Boss Chassis Aust Boss/Esslinger) clashed with another car and spun around bringing on the yellow lights.

When the race was sent back on its way Ware surged forward going around Farmer and Sharp before the second rotation was completed and immediately put a gap on the field. One driver who quickly came into contention was Brad Harrison (Nupave Asphalt Services King/Mopar) who had charged from the fourth row to be battling with Young and Dean for third position. Farmer had dropped back a couple of spots and during lap 12 half spun and was collected by Brendan Palmer who jumped over Farmer’s front wheel. Palmer, driving the # 6 Spike/Esslinger normally driven by Darren Vine, was out of the restart with a broken torsion bar stop while Farmer was sent to the rear. Unfortunately, Darren Vine missed the meeting after injuring his left thumb in a Compact accident at Archerfield the week prior.

Ware led the race away again and a couple of laps later Harrison powered past both Young and Sharp to advance to second. Brock Dean used the high line to get good car speed but Young was holding a good line and not willing to yield without a fight. Unfortunately, Dean’s good run came to an end coming into lap 18 when a very slight touch with Young’s right rear tyre was enough to spear him into the wall and over a couple of times. When the car came to a stop on its side an oil fire broke out, but Dean quickly released himself from his car and watched as the crash crew took control. It was disappointing end to Dean’s run who was carrying the colours of his new sponsor Loco Energy Drinks for the first time. Scott Doyle was also involved when he spun his car to miss the rolling Dean and struck the wall with the damage eliminating him from the race.

With 13 laps remaining it was an opportunity for Harrison to put pressure on Ware and when the race resumed he tried a couple of times to mount a challenge, but Ware was just too fast and carried on to win his maiden Queensland Championship with Harrison next and Sharp third. Ware has wanted to win this event since joining the speedcars from the sedans and had worked hard to prepare both himself and his car for this race with the preparation paying dividends. It was the first time on the podium for both Harrison and Sharp and they were ecstatic at the presentations. Harrison stated that starting from the fourth row he had nothing to lose and went as hard as he could. Sharp’s plan was to hold the low line and not make any mistakes forcing anyone who wanted to pass him to go around the outside. The three had a good reason to celebrate.

There was an interesting contest mid field that went on for most of the race between Mark George (Flashlube Breka/Porsche), Reid Mackay (Direct Plasterboard Outlet CP 3/Brayton Buick) and Cal Whatmore (Speedy Air Conditioning Spike/Gaerte). They swapped positions constantly and it wasn’t until late in the race that George won out finishing fifth behind Brad Young. Farmer put in a determined drive to come back through the field and finish sixth.

Even though rain threatened to spoil the week-end of racing it had little affect and everyone enjoyed themselves even if they didn’t achieve what they set out to do.

On the Saturday night Dallas Sharp took out the first heat from Mark George and Brock Dean who came from the third row. Troy Ware charged to the front in Heat 2 with Scott Farmer and Scott Doyle in tow. When Doyle lost his brakes and spun during lap 3 he was collected by Brendan Palmer with both out.

Brock Dean went from pole in the first heat of round 2 and led every lap leaving Palmer and Young in the minors. Heat 4 went to the front three with Farmer the victor over Cal Whatmore and Reid Mackay who missed his first heat with a magneto issue. The last round of the night provided wins for both Troy Ware and Brendan Palmer.

The first heat on Sunday night only made it to the second lap when an accident resulted in a five-car pile-up. It eliminated Ware, Dean and Tim Farrell (Eagle/Hawk) while Brendan Palmer restarted but limped around to pick up some much-needed points with Mitchell Rooke (Rod Singleton Racing Spike/Esslinger) the winner after missing a couple of heats due to an ignition problem. Dallas Sharp won again in the last heat which sent him to the top of the points table.

The Pole Shuffle resulted in Brock Dean defeating Mark George but then lost to Troy Ware who was eliminated by Brad Young. Young fought hard but lost to Farmer who faced Sharp in the final. Sharp chose the inside line and won the jump and succeeded in taking out the two-lap contest.

A big thanks to the Maryborough Sporting Car Club who invited the QSRA to be a part of their 60th Anniversary meetings and despite taking a couple of races to set up their cars correctly for the 380 metre track the feature race was hotly contested with plenty of passing and wheel to wheel action. During the interval period on both nights the fans were invited into the pits where they mingled with the drivers and teams with a lot on interest shown in the speedcars who haven’t raced at Maryborough for a couple of years.

The next meeting for the Brisbane midgets is back at the Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday April 14 for another round of the Polar Ice Midget Series. With just a couple of rounds remaining in the series before the end of the season there will be quite a few drivers looking to secure as many points as they can.

Saturday 31 March 2018

Heat 1

1 Dallas Sharp 2 Mark George 3 Brock Dean

Heat 2

1 Troy Ware 2 Scott Farmer 3 Nathan Mathers

Heat 3

1 Brock Dean 2 Brad Young 3 Brendan Palmer

Heat 4

1 Scott Farmer 2 Cal Whatmore 3 Reid Mackay

Heat 5

1 Troy Ware 2 Brad Young 3 Brad Harrison

Heat 6

1 Brendan Palmer 2 Brock Dean 3 Scott Doyle

Saturday 1 April 2018

Heat 7

1 Mitch Rooke 2 Brad Harrison 3 Nathan Mathers

Heat 8

1 Dallas Sharp 2 Mark George 3 Reid Mackay

Pole Shuffle

Brock Dean def Mark George
Troy Ware def Brock Dean
Brad Young def Troy Ware
Scott Farmer def Brad Young
Dallas Sharp def Scott Farmer

Feature

1 Troy Ware 2 Brad Harrison 3 Dallas Sharp

4 Brad Young 5 Mark George 6 Scott Farmer

7 Reid Mackay 8 Cal Whatmore 9 Mitchell Rooke

10 Tim Farrell

 

TROY WARE WINS THE DDM 2017/18

Troy Ware showed up at the Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday March 24 with one thing on his mind, to win his third consecutive Danny Davidson Memorial race. In a determined drive he accomplished that feat and goes into next week-end’s Queensland Championship full of confidence.

The feature race was run without the in-form Darren Vine when he rode out a huge series of roll-overs during the Compact feature race and was sidelined with a dislocated left thumb. This moved Scott Farmer up into Vine’s P4 starting position and on the green light he drove around the outside of the front row of Ware and Mark George to lead the opening lap. However, Ware (Troy Ware Constructions Spike/Mopar) wasn’t letting Farmer get away and led a tightly bunched pack comprised of Mark George, Rusty Whittaker, in the Neilson Motorsport Boss/Esslinger, Reid Mackay and Callum Walker.

The first caution appeared during lap 3 for a spun car and after the restart Ware moved to the front while Whittaker went ahead of George (Flashlube Breka/Porsche) .Walker (Parts Plus CP3/Eagle) accounted for AGP winner Reid Mackay (Direct Plasterboard Outlet CP3/Gaerte) and set out after Whittaker. Once he caught Whittaker a duel went on for laps as they passed and repassed each other with the result only decided at the finish line.

Cal Whatmore (Speedy Air Conditioning Spike/Gaerte) broke his back axle during lap 11 but was able to manaeouvre his car off the track without causing a yellow light. Mitchell Rooke (Singleton Racing Spike/Esslinger) closed on Mackay in the late stage of the race after starting from P10. Ware had a handy lead coming into the final laps ahead of Farmer while Whittaker and Walker continued their battle. Coming into the final lap Whittaker had the upper hand only for Walker to race up beside him in the run out of the final turn to snatch third by .062 of a second. It had been a hard-fought race with Ware matching Michael Kendall with three consecutive Davidson Memorial wins. Scott Farmer continues to rack up top three finishes while Callum Walker again impressed with a good performance.

The big movers were Mitch Rooke who went from P10 to P5 and Brock Dean, back in his Aggressor chassis, from P15 to P8. New drivers Tim Farrell, Brad Dawson and Glenn Wright finished all-of their events. Farrell also races in the Compact division and as well as winning the Compact feature picked up a Midget heat win and was drawn in Bob Baker’s Random Draw which added $500 to his bank account.

Troy Ware again set the fastest time Timed Hot Laps with a 13.771 lap ahead of Rusty Whittaker (14.004) and Mark George (14.229). Brock Dean failed to run a lap due to a throttle problem which would force him to start his heats from the rear.

Nathan Mathers (Inksane Ink Eagle/Esslinger) led the opening laps of Heat 1 while Mark George advanced from the third row to take over the lead during lap 6 and went on for the win. Brad Harrison (King/Mopar) went to the lead at the start of Heat 2 and moved away from the field leaving Tim Farrell, Rusty Whittaker, Darren Vine and Callum Walker to fight over the minors. However, Harrison ‘turned turtle’ during the fourth lap which brought the race to a halt. The driver was uninjured and the car not too badly damaged. Tim Farrell led away the restart and soon had Darren Vine all over his rear push bar. Undeterred the former go-karter held his line and claimed his maiden Midget win.

Brad Harrison’s car was swarmed on by people from many crews to help the former Kiwi get back on the track. He believed he would miss his next heat, but a big effort saw # 28 roll out for his second qualifier. Darren Vine (Mike Vine Turbos XXX/Turbo Esslinger) was a clear winner in Heat 3 ahead of Cal Whatmore and Reid Mackay. Earlier in the night Whatmore’s car had an engine miss but with the help of Rod Singleton it was back on all cylinders. Scott Farmer was successful in the last heat despite numerous challenges from Troy Ware with Lance Towns (Federal Tyres Breka/Gaerte) third in Brad Young’s second car.

This week-end the 2018 Queensland Speedcar Championship will be contested over two nights of the Easter long week-end at the Fraser Shores Maryborough Speedway. Our event is part of the 60th Anniversary celebration meetings for the Maryborough Sporting Club. Three rounds of qualifying heats will be run on Saturday night March 31 and then the following night the last round of heats, the Pole Shuffle and the A Main. With a new track surface at the venue providing fast two lane racing the speedcar action is not to be missed.

Timed Hot Laps

Troy Ware – 13.771
Rusty Whittaker – 14.004
Mark George – 14.229

Heat 1

1 Mark George 2 Troy Ware 3 Lance Towns

Heat 2

1 Tim Farrell 2 Darren Vine 3 Rusty Whittaker

Heat 3

1 Darren Vine 2 Cal Whatmore 3 Reid Mackay

Heat 4

1 Scott Farmer 2 Troy Ware 3 Lance Towns

Feature Places.

1 Troy Ware
2 Scott Farmer
3 Callum Walker
4 Rusty Whittaker
5 Mitch Rooke
6 Reid Mackay
7 Mark George
8 Brock Dean
9 Glenn Wright
10 Tim Farrell
11 Brad Dawson

 

RAIN SHUFFLES THE END OF THE CALENDER PROGRAMME WITH DOUBLE HEADERS !!

Due to the recent weather bringing a downer on laps turned here in Queensland QSRA President John Dean and Archerfield Promotions have been working hard behind the scenes to get all of our shows in before the end of the season and hopefully without anymore water from the gods !!

So that in mind some shows are now double headers !!

24th March Polar Ice / 2018 Danny Davidson Memorial R7
31st March Qld Title Maryborough
1st April Qld Title Maryborough
14th April Polar Ice R8
5th May BIS 50 Lapper / Polar Ice R9 ***Twist to come !!!***
19th May Polar Ice (R6 Rain out TBC)
26th May Polar Ice Finale

POLAR ICE IS BACK THIS WEEKEND !

This coming Saturday race fans we try again !!

Polar Ice Midget Series returns to Archerfield Speedway

Fingers crossed the weather plays nice and we can get this show under way there are some regular big hitters and lap record setters nominated along with some very fast and tidy rookies

Let’s get it on !

Q12 Audie Malt
Q16 Mark George
Q18 Nathan Mathers
Q19 Darren Vine
Q22 Scotty Farmer
Q23 Justin Paull
Q28 Bradley Harrison
Q34 Mitchell Rooke
Q36 Cal Whatmore
Q40 Dallas Sharp
Q41 Brendan Palmer
Q48 Brad Young
Q51 Tim Farrell
Q76 Reid MacKay
Q81 Brad Dawson
Q89 Rusty Whittaker

POLAR ICE IS BACK !

This weekend race fans the Jack Berry sponsored Polar Ice Midget Series hits Archerfield again for an all open wheel night !

Current points leader Scotty Farmer will be there along with the guys hot on his tail Darren Vine , Reid McKay and Brad Young.

Its nearing the “game on” section of the series where the contenders step up and the pretenders step back these next few rounds will be all about all about speed. Hot, nasty, badass speed !

This weekends nominations include

12Q Audie Malt

15Q Darren Dillon

16Q Mark George

19Q Darren Vine

22Q Scotty Farmer

23Q Rusty Whittaker

24Q Lance Towns

27Q Shane Malt

28Q Bradley Harrison

34Q Mitchell Rooke

36Q Cal Whatmore JNR

40Q Dallas Sharp

41Q Brendan Palmer

48Q Brad Young

51Q Tim Farrell

81Q Brad Dawson

89Q Michael Harders

91Q Robbie Stewart

98Q Reid MacKay

99Q Brock Dean

 

So this weekend race fans ! Archerfield Speedway ! THE Place to be !!

 

SMEE STORMS THE STAMPEDE FOR STAN

In a remarkable race that featured as many heroic performances as it did hard luck moments, Nathan Smee climbed from position 10 to win the Stan Burrow Midget Stampede at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (January 20). Making the most of their moment in the spotlight, the Midgets put on a mighty show as Smee chased down New Zealand’s Hayden Williams, who controlled much of the race despite a deflating rear tyre that eventually ended his campaign just two laps from home. In a stunning Midget debut, Sprintcar ace Callum Walker stormed into second spot, with another youngster in Kaiden Brown surging back to third after a spin early in the race. Brock Dean finished fourth ahead of Anthony Chaffey, with Brad Young and Mitchell Rooke both producing what is perhaps their best-ever performances to snag sixth and seventh respectively, with Mark George, Scott Farmer and Cal Whatmore rounding out the top ten.

Time trials kicked things off and, quite remarkably, it was Walker who set the early benchmark with a best lap of 13.499, a time that would only be bettered by Farmer with a 13.425 circulation, leaving Vine (13.518) third best ahead of Dean (13.573) and Chaffey (13.687). Adam Clarke, Young, George, Williams and Reid Mackay were the best of the rest, with Smee languishing in 16th overall.

Williams made his intentions clear in the opening heat, advancing from the third row to win ahead of Vine and Clarke.

Rob Mackay made the most of a pole position start in heat two to lead all the way in downing Chaffey and George, with Smee outpacing Brown and Cal Whatmore to win heat three.

Clarke cruised home to win heat four from Andy Hassan and Mitchell Rooke before Audie Malt snared his first Midget win in heat five, leading home Young and Brad Harrison.

Williams wrapped up the preliminaries with another win in the final heat, this time ahead of Smee and Vine, and it was the latter who emerged as the top qualifier heading into the Pole Shootout.

The Bronze round of the Shootout saw Dean and Walker advance as Farmer and Young resigned themselves to sharing the fourth row of the feature race grid. Williams was far too swift in the Silver showdown, taking Chaffey with him into the final clash as Dean and Walker exited. In the Gold Shootout, Williams was again too strong, securing pole position for the 40-lap feature race. Clarke was second best, leaving Chaffey and Vine to come from row two.

Nathan Mathers prevailed in the B Main, leading Malt, Dallas Sharp, Hassan and Don Mackay to the line.

At the drop of the green, Clarke catapulted from the outside to lead Williams though the opening laps and the order at the front remained unchanged until lap 11 when Williams moved ahead, only for a spin by Brown in turn four to trigger a restart that put Clarke back in front. However, Williams wasted no time after the resumption in reversing the positions and reclaiming the lead, with his advantage growing as the action further back intensified. Smee was making steady progress through the field and had advanced to fourth after 15 laps, the leaders bunching again for another restart on lap 16 after Rob Mackay and Farmer parked in turn two. A lap later, Smee surged into third and then reeled in Clarke to secure second spot on lap 22. Out front, Williams still looked very comfortable despite the fact that his left rear tyre had been deflating for several laps, with nobody really making much progress in their attempt to chase him down. However, when Williams climbed the kerb in his efforts to negotiate a lapped car, the impact on the wheel proved the death knell for the Kiwi ace and the tyre shredded with just two laps remaining, elevating Smee into the lead. Despite claims from several of the top eight qualifiers in pre-race interviews that the highline would be their preferred option if the track was conducive, Vine was the only one who backed his words with actions and it looked likely to pay off with a podium place seemingly secured until he too exited in the closing stages. Elevated back to second place upon Williams exiting, Clarke threw away his spot with a spin in turn three as Smee swept under the chequer to score a hard fought result. Clarke’s demise moved Walker into second spot ahead of Brown, whose fight back was impressive indeed. Dean narrowly missed a podium berth, while Chaffey, Young, Rooke and George all finished ahead of Farmer, who has been the standout in local competition so far this season. Behind Whatmore came Rob Mackay and Audie Malt, with Clarke classified 13th ahead of Hassan and Harrison.

 

CLARKE SET FOR STAN BURROW MIDGET STAMPEDE

BY DENNIS NEWLYN

Four times Australian Speedcar Champion and current NSW titleholder Adam Clarke heads the impressive entry list for the 2018 Stan Burrow Midget Stampede at Brisbane’s Ausdeck Patios & Roofing Archerfield Speedway, Saturday night, January 20.

New Zealand will be represented in the starting line-up with the inclusion of Hayden Williams driving Scott Wilson’s Boss Stanton SRII.

Former National Champion Nathan Smee also is included on the 27- car entry list and will race the Brett Thomas Spike entry.

Event honours one of Queensland Speedcar Racing Association’s longest serving drivers, Stan Burrow who passed away due to complications from back surgery in 2016.Clarke, winner of the inaugural Stan Burrow Midget Stampede in 2017, heads to Brisbane fresh from his NSW Speedcar Championship victory at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway on January 1.

A total prize money purse of $13,000 is up for grabs, paying $3000 to win. Runner-up in the main events pockets $1500 and third placegetter gets $800.

Son of a gun Kaidon Brown has entered following his recent stint in New Zealand where he represented Australia in the annual international series.

Darren Vine is the form driver in the QSRA ranks and has recorded three feature race wins so far this season in his 6Q and 19Q cars.

Current Polar Ice Midget Series Champion Rusty Whittaker is a confirmed starter in the King/Esslinger. When he took out the 2015 Queensland Championship, Whittaker became the youngest winner of the state title at 18 years of age.

Brock Dean (Breka/Hawk), Anthony Chaffey (Spike/Mopar), Scott Farmer (Spike/Esslinger) and Rodney Harders (Eagle) also have entered.

A mega “Thank you” must go to Stan’s Wife Lerlene Burrow and good friend of Stan, Brian Spann donating $2000 cold hard cash into the total prize purse!! But does it stop there?? Sure doesn’t … the first QSRA driver home will receive not only the prize money allocated to that finishing spot BUT an extra $750 kindly donated from Lerlene Burrow also.

Don’t forget the Bob Baker “dash for cash” returns this show so the guys who qualify for the extra cash on the main event will be in a treat again.

Huge thanks also going out to Speedcars Australia for adding a grant of $3,500 going towards tow money and advertising for the event. So thanks to Michael Harders and the Speedcars Australia team.

Prize payout will consist of

1st $3000

2nd $1500

3rd $800

4th 700

5th 600

6th 500

7th 400

8th 300

9th 200

10th 200

11th 200

12th 200

13th 200

14th 200

15th 200

16th 200

17th 200

18th 200

19th 100

20th 100

Nominations include

Q5 Rodney Harders

 N5 Andy Hassan

 Q6 Darren Vine

 Q12 Audie Malt

 N13 Adam Clarke

 Q15 Darren Dillon

 Q16 Mark George

 Q18 Nathan Mathers

 N21 Robert Mackay

 Q22 Scotty Farmer

 Q24 Lance Towns

 Q25 Anthony Chaffey

 Q28 Bradley Harrison

 Q34 Mitchell Rooke

 Q36 Cal Whatmore JNR

 Q40 Dallas Sharp

 N41 Jordan Mackay

 NZ42 Hayden Williams

 Q48 Brad Young

 N65 Don Mackay

 Q69 Nathan Smee

 Q76 Reid Mackay

 Q78 Rusty Whittaker

 Q91 Robbie Stewart

 V97 Kaiden Brown TBC

 Q98 Callum Walker

 Q99 Brock Dean

FARMER, DILLION AND WALLIS IN VICTORY LANE

Scott Farmer began 2018 with an all the win in Round 5 of the Polar Ice Midget Series at the Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Wednesday January 3.  The midgets were a support section to a round of World Series Sprintcars so it was an opportunity to showcase midget racing in front of a healthy crowd.  It was fortunate that the meeting even went ahead as two storms threatened to dump heavy rain on the area late in the afternoon but somehow the speedway was spared any precipitation.

Everyone was anticipating another great showdown between Darren Vine and Farmer when they qualified for the front row of the feature only for Vine to withdraw after a minor rocker problem was detected and it was decided not to risk any further damage.  With Farmer (TFH Spike/Esslinger) now on pole for the 20-lap affair he immediately raced into the lead from the get go.  Darren Dillon (Zox Performance Eagle/Gaerte) settled into second while Brock Dean (All Car Engine Reconditioning Services Breka/Hawk) momentarily jumped ahead of Adam Wallis (Boss Chassis Aust Boss/Esslinger) and Brad Harrison (Nupave Asphalt Services King/Mopar).  Dean soon dropped back a couple of spots and then withdrew with an engine not quite right.  Wallis then accounted for Harrison and then set out after Dillon.  The former Australian Compact Champion was hugging the pole line while Wallis ran further up the track trying to build momentum.

Rodney Harders (Eagle/Eagle) spun to a stop during lap 6 after contact with another car which lined up the field nose to tail for the second green light.  Shortly after the restart Wallis grabbed second but couldn’t shake Dillon.  Behind the lead trio a large group of cars including Harrison, Mark George (Breka/Porsche), Reid Mackay (Direct Plasterboard Outlet CP3/Hawk) and Nathan Mathers were exchanging places lap by lap.  George showed his experience and continued to manoeuvre past cars and as the race progressed into the last handful of laps had moved to fourth.  Meanwhile Dillon hadn’t given up and with just over three laps remaining regained position two.

Farmer collected his second win of the season with Darren Dillon gaining his first podium position after returning to the sport while Adam Wallis overcame some rotten luck in recent meetings to finish third.  Mark George was fourth with car owner Chris Foreman pleased that his Porsche engine had performed well after some problems at previous shows.  Farmer came into the round just 4 points ahead of Vine in the Polar Ice Series so now has opened a broader margin on his opponents.

With a ‘Draw and Invert’ format for the heats it was not surprising that the four qualifiers had four different winners.  Farmer went from pole to take out the first heat while Dillon (P7) and Brock Dean (P9) came from near the back to finish in the top five.  Scott Wilson (WLS Landscape Supplies Boss/Stanton SR 11) opened a commanding lead in the opening laps of the second heat only to slow and withdraw after a couple of laps.  Brad Harrison was the new leader and despite being chased by Vine and Young held on for the win as well as setting the quickest lap (14.271) of the race.  The reason for Wilson’s departure was due to the breakage of the steering box mount.  The unit dropped onto his knees and he did well to find the infield without any mishap.

Dallas Sharp (Llewellyn Motors Eagle/Gaerte) charged form the outside of the front row to out drag Brock Dean to the first turn and led the opening lap until Darren Dillon charged from the second row to take over the lead and collect the win.  Rookie Nathan Mathers (Insane Ink Eagle/Esslinger) took off into the distance at the beginning of the last heat as Mark George and Darren Vine began a duel that lasted the duration of the race.  With George as smooth as silk on the bottom and Vine up high it was entertaining to watch as the two wheel twisters raced side by side without the hint of a touch.  As the race progressed they closed on the leader and Vine gained the impetus to get to second only for the yellow lights to appear at the end of lap 9 even though there was no incident on the race track.  The race was declared at that point with Mathers collecting his first midget win.

Some of the Brisbane drivers are now on their way to Mt Gambier for the Speedcar Super Series round this Saturday night and the Victorian Title at Warrnambool the following night.  We wish them a safe journey and a successful couple of nights of racing.  Queensland drivers Adam Wallis, Troy Ware and Scott Doyle will join Reid Mackay in what should be some action-packed racing on two tracks conducive for great speedcar racing.

The midgets are back at the Archerfield Speedway on Saturday January 20 for the running of the Stan Burrow Stampede.  With around $10,000 available in prize-money and $4,000 going to the winner it should feature a cast of the fast.  One driver who has already nominated is Nathan Smee in the TFH Spike/Inglis Chev.  A many times winner at Archerfield, the former Australian Champion is looking to collect some of the ‘big bucks’ on offer.  Additional nominations will be posted as they become available.  It is certainly a night not to be missed in honour of a great speedcar competitor and ambassador, Stan Burrow.

Heat 1

1          Scott Farmer               2          Cal Whatmore             3          Adam Wallis

Heat 2

1          Brad Harrison              2          Darren Vine                 3          Brad Young

Heat 3

1          Darren Dillon               2          Brock Dean                 3          Adam Wallis

Heat 4

1          `Nathan Mathers         2          Darren Vine                 3          Mark George

Feature

1          Scott Farmer               2          Darren Dillon               3          Adam Wallis

4          Mark George              5          Brad Harrison              6          Reid Mackay

7          Nathan Mathers          8          Brad Young                 9          Cal Whatmore

10        Kristy Bonsey              11        Dallas Sharp               12        Mitchell Rooke

13        Audie Malt                   14        Rodney Harders         15        Scott Wilson

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