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
1 Dallas Sharp 2 Mark George 3 Brock Dean
1 Troy Ware 2 Scott Farmer 3 Nathan Mathers
1 Brock Dean 2 Brad Young 3 Brendan Palmer
1 Scott Farmer 2 Cal Whatmore 3 Reid Mackay
1 Troy Ware 2 Brad Young 3 Brad Harrison
1 Brendan Palmer 2 Brock Dean 3 Scott Doyle
Saturday 1 April 2018
1 Mitch Rooke 2 Brad Harrison 3 Nathan Mathers
1 Dallas Sharp 2 Mark George 3 Reid Mackay
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
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