It is with great sadness to hear the passing of John Walpole after a long battle with illness.
Everyone here at the QSRA offer our deepest Condolences to you Paul Walpole and your family.
R.I.P John life member of the Queensland Speedcar Racing Association.
The funeral service for John will be held on Monday the 27th March at St Ignatius Catholic Church, 30 Kensington Terrace Toowong at 10.30 am.
Its Queensland Title time this weekend !!
This is also a round in the 6 crown series to be run at Archerfield Speedway.
Nominations so far include
3Q Charlie Brown
5Q Rodney Harders
6Q Darren Vine
11N Adam Wallis
13Q Tony Stephen
14Q Michael Harders
16Q Mark George
22V Joseph Lostitch current Tas1
23Q Kristy Bonsey
29Q Adam Clarke
36Q Callum Whatmore
41Q Brendan Palmer
44Q Corey Stothard
48Q Tony Eickenloff
51Q Darren Dillon
69Q Nathan Smee
71Q Troy Ware
76Q Reid Mackay
78Q Rusty Whitaker
80Q Scott Doyle
82Q Jason Bell
96Q Shayne McDowell
97V Kaiden Brown
99Q Brock Dean
Dont forget to be in early for your favorite seat race fans !
Can Adam Clarke bag another feature and state title win ? Will the locals Troy Ware,Brock Dean and Rusty Whittaker grab the eagle or will Shayne McDowell,Corey Stothard or Scott Doyle be the dark horses ? All will be revealed this Saturday night !
The Polar Ice Midget Series continued at the Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday March 11 with Adam Clarke (NSW) winning Round 6 and his second feature win of the season at the Brisbane venue.
Chris Gwilliam (Boss Chassis Aust. Boss/Esslinger) sat on pole for the 20 lap main and led the opening lap before Adam Clarke, who started in the second row, took control. Rusty Whittaker (Ti Bolts & Race Partz King/Esslinger) also surged ahead of Gwilliam into second with the New Zealander dropping back and then out with an engine not running on all cylinders. Behind Whittaker was a battle royal with Troy Ware, Mark George, Rodney Harders, Adam Wallis in a tight group until Ware spun and was sent ROF. On the restart, Brock Dean (All Car Engine Reconditioning Services Breka/Hawk) was running the high line with Reid Mackay (Direct Plasterboard Outlet CP3/Gaerte) and Scott Doyle (Boss Hogg’s Steak House Beast/Gaerte) in tow as they worked their way forward. Dean secured third on lap 6 with Mackay still right on his tail.
Rob Stewart (Spike/Brayton Ford) spun as the race approached the half way point closing-up the field for the next start. Clarke (Jack Berry Racing Spike/Esslinger) continued to maintain his lead while Whittaker was now under attack from Dean who was persisting with the high line. Lap after lap Dean tried to secure a pass but just couldn’t make it stick. With the laps running out Reid Mackay came up on the inside of Dean and was ahead as they took the white flag. Clarke went on to collect the points for the win ahead of Whittaker while Dean fought his way back to grab third in the run out of the last corner. Troy Ware (Ware Constructions Spike/Mopar) worked very hard to get back to fifth by the end of the race.
At the drivers briefing Rusty Whittaker drew the double points marble which meant that everyone on the night earned double the normal Polar Ice Series points. It was critical for Whittaker to finish ahead of Troy Ware and Brock Dean in the feature to maintain his lead in the Polar Ice Series. With just two rounds remaining there is only a very few points separating the top three.
The ‘draw and invert’ format was used for the qualifying heats with Ware and Gwilliam the winners in the opening round with both races going non-stop. The reverse grid heats began with Adam Clarke claiming the win from Whittaker and Darren Dillon (Supercharged Graphics Eagle/Gaerte) after Reid Mackay was spun around and collected by Cal Whatmore who had nowhere to go. Mark George looked to have heat 4 locked in until Gwilliam came on the scene late in the race to collect his second win of the night. Gwilliam finished top of the qualifying points ahead of Whittaker, Clarke, Ware, George and Rodney Harders.
Mackay and Whatmore were parked side by side in the pits and with the latter suffering a lot of front end damage in their skirmish looked to be out of the feature. However, the Mackay team came to the rescue providing a couple of shock absorbers for Whatmore to use to get him back on the track. Mark George nearly missed the meeting when a blown head gasket was discovered when his car was started late on Saturday morning. He and car owner Chris Foreman raced home and set about replacing the gasket which is no easy task with a DOHC engine. They finished just in time to arrive at the track for the drivers briefing.
With Brad Young out with an injured wrist suffered during the international meetings he offered the drive of his car to his crew man, Tony Eickenloff. Eickenloff was due to debut at Toowoomba but the rain delayed it for a week. At Archerfield, he stayed out of trouble and apart from a minor spin kept his car owner from reaching for the valium. New drivers Kristy Bonsey and Brad Harrison continue to run up plenty of laps with both finishing the two feature races they have contested. Bonsey, the more experienced of the two, has finished in the top ten on both occasions.
The next outing for the Brisbane speedcars is the 2017 running of the Queensland Speedcar Championship at Archerfield on Saturday March 25. This time-honoured event has a rich history dating back to 1946 with some of the sports greats amongst the winners. Will Michael Harders successfully defend the title he won in Bundaberg last season? Will former winners Adam Clarke (2013) or Rusty Whittaker (2015) add another title to their resume? Will Chris Gwilliam take it back to New Zealand? Be at Archerfield on March 25 and find out who will be the 2017 Champion.
1 Troy Ware 2 Rusty Whittaker 3 Adam Clarke (NSW)
1 Chris Gwilliam (NZ) 2 Rodney Harders 3 Mark George
1 Adam Clarke (NSW) 2 Rusty Whittaker 3 Darren Dillon
1 Chris Gwilliam (NZ) 2 Mark George 3 Brock Dean
1 Adam Clarke (NSW) 2 Rusty Whittaker 3 Brock Dean
4 Reid Mackay 5 Troy Ware 6 Adam Wallis
7 Darren Dillon 8 Mark George 9 Kristy Bonsey
10 Scott Doyle 11 Rob Stewart 12 Rodney Harders
13 Brad Harrison
Brock Dean came into Round 5 of the Polar Ice Midget Series following a win in the previous round back in early January and went back to back with a convincing win at the Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday February 25.
The heat races proved troublesome for some with a couple of fancied runners crashing out but through it all Dean (All Car Engine Reconditioners Breka/Hawk) kept scoring points which enabled him to start from pole in the 20 lap feature. He led from the outset with Reid Mackay, Rusty Whittaker, Darren Vine and Mark George hot on his tail. Whittaker (Ti Bolts & Race Parts King/Esslinger) used the top of the track to surge to second after a handful of laps and began to close on Dean until the leader changed his line to the top of the track and again pulled away. Then began a torrid encounter between Mackay (Direct Plasterboard Outlet CP3/Brayton Buick), Whittaker with Vine (Mike Vine Turbos Spike/Esslinger) also in the mix. At one stage Mackay drew level with Dean in the main straight but Dean found some extra speed and pulled away.
Whittaker would get ahead of Mackay going into the corners only to see Mackay, who was using the low line of the track, to repass him exiting the corners. Vine managed to advance to third on a couple of occasions only to be shuffled backwards again. Troy Ware (Ware Constructions Spike/Mopar) also threatened to get amongst the leaders until his engine began to back fire and he settled in sixth position.
The group of drivers behind the lead bunch were also dicing backwards and forwards with Cal Whatmore (Speedy Air Conditioning Spike/Gaerte), Dallas Sharp, Dan Biner (NSW) and debutants Kristy Bonsey and Brad Harrison enjoying some close racing. The race went through without a caution period with Dean the winner ahead of Mackay and Whittaker. Chris Gwilliam’s car was repaired for the feature but obviously had further problems and only last a few laps.
Whittaker came into the round leading the PIMS points and just 25 points separating the Top 5. The Top 5 drivers probably remain the same but the positions would have been juggled around after Saturday night. Whittaker should still lead but with Chris Gwilliam a non-finisher Dean will have moved up to third.
Darren Vine started his night the way he wanted with Quick Time in hot laps timing in with a 13.907 with Troy Ware next on 13.951 and Brock Dean 14.149. Dallas Sharp (EastLink Air Eagle/Gaerte) scored his first midget win in the opening heat holding out Vine and Mark George (Flashlube Breka/Porsche). Gwilliam (Boss Chassis Aust/Esslinger recovered from a spin to finish fourth. Rusty Whittaker pulled in with a missing engine but the problem was sorted for his second heat. Mackay won the drag race to the first corner to lead heat 2 until Ware rode a wheel during the second lap and rolled a couple of times finishing against the fence. Mackay had the trio of Cal Whatmore, Dean and Dan Biner (Syndicate Communications Boss/Esslinger) battling for position behind him with Dean coming through for second ahead of Biner. Dallas Sharp was pitted beside Troy Ware and the two crews worked together to get Ware’s car repaired in time for the second round of heats.
Mackay, using his Brayton Buick after damaging his good engine during the international meetings, was too good again in heat 3 with Whittaker and George in the minor places and Ware fourth. The last heat didn’t complete a lap before mayhem broke out when Sharp spun and Gwilliam caught his wheel and rolled a couple of times. All the drivers behind had to take evasive action with everyone coming to a stop. Gwilliam, Sharp and Whatmore all missed the restart. On the next start, Vine and Dean came together with Vine taking a tumble. The race eventually started with just four cars with Dean the victor.
It was unusual to see the Sydney based Syndicate Racing Team, Jamie Hall and Dan Biner, in the Archerfield pits with the New South Wales title on at Parramatta the same night. The weather in Sydney had been poor all week and with rain predicted for the week-end they opted to get their racing fix in Brisbane. It looked like they had made the wrong choice when the Sydney meeting went ahead but when rained washed out the show before the title race could be run their decision had been vindicated.
Two new drivers made their midget debut on the night, Kristy Bonsey and Brad Harrison. Kristy has been racing sprintcars for a few seasons and had been offered the drive of the former Tony Michell GRP/Gaerte while Harrison comes from Lightning Sprints and has purchased Micheal Wilson’s King/Mopar. Both finished the feature and showed with more laps they will be providing plenty of opposition for the front runners.
Prior to January Brock Dean hadn’t won a feature race in four years. With the former Jack Berry/Brett Thomas Hawk engine fitted to his Breka and some new CSI shocks , Dean has again found his mojo and is confident of a good run in the second half of the season.
There is another major speedcar meeting next week-end, March 4, with Round 5 of the Diamond Air Group Speedcar Super Series at the high banked Hi-Tec Oils Toowoomba Speedway. The round will be called the Jim Holden Classic to honour the late Jim Holden who was the last Queensland driver to win the Australian Championship over thirty years ago. Holden passed away last year from leukaemia. Adam Clarke (NSW) won the last round at Murray Bridge and currently leads the points and with this being the penultimate round is keen to continue his winning way. In an illustrious career, Clarke has never won the Speedcar Super Series and wants to change that situation in 2017.
Darren Vine – 13.907
Troy Ware – 13.951
Brock Dean – 14.149
1 Dallas Sharp 2 Darren Vine 3 Mark George
1 Reid Mackay 2 Brock Dean 3 Dan Biner (NSW)
1 Reid Mackay 2 Rusty Whittaker 3 Mark George
1 Brock Dean 2 Jamie Hall (NSW) 3 Kristy Bonsey
Feature (Provisional result)
1 Brock Dean 2 Reid Mackay 3 Rusty Whittaker
4 Darren Vine 5 Mark George 6 Troy Ware
7 Cal Whatmore 8 Kristy Bonsey 9 Brad Harrison
10 Dallas Sharp 11 Dan Biner (NSW) 12 Jamie Hall (NSW)
13 Corey Stothard 14 Chris Gwilliam 15 Gavin McDowell 16 Shane McDowell
This weekend race fans the Polar Ice Midget Series returns to Archerfield Speedway with another round.
Sprintcar Sensation Kristy Bonsey makes her Midget debut in the Ex- Tony Michell GRP/Gaerte 23Q along with the regular series stars, Vine, Whittaker, Dean and Ware to be joined by jet setting Kiwi Chris Gwilliam to name a few.
This Saturday! Archerfield Speedway! Don’t Miss This!
6Q Darren Vine
16Q Mark George
23Q Kristy Bonsey
36Q Callum Whatmore
40Q Dallas Sharp
44Q Corey Stothard
76Q Reid McKay
71Q Troy Ware
78Q Rusty Whittaker
TBA Chris Gwilliam (NZ)
95Q Gavin McDowell
96Q Shayne McDowell
99Q Brock Dean
Polar Ice top 10 points so far
1 120 Rusty Whittaker
2 117 Troy Ware
3 105 Chris Gwilliam
4 99 Brock Dean
5 95 Darren Vine
6 75 Reid Mackay
7 63 Brad Young
8 54 Callum Whatmore
9 48 Rodney Harders
10 42 Corey Stoddard
25th February Polar Ice Series Archerfield
4th March Speedcar Super Series Toowoomba
11th March Polar Ice Series Archerfield
25th March 2017 QLD Title Archerfield/Polar Ice Series
29th April Polar Ice Series Archerfield
13th May Brisbane 50 Lapper Archerfield
27th May Polar Ice Series Grand Finale
2017 Danny Davidson Memorial date to be confirmed in this list.
Top qualifier, Pole Shuffle winner and the leader of every one of the 40 laps of the final was how Rico Abreu won his first Australian Speedcar Championship at the Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday February 4.
As the 22 cars formed up for the 40 lap main event Grand Marshall Ron Wanless, who won this event in 1978 and 1979, directed them to line up in rows of four to salute the crowd. Once back in line the race was sent on its way with Abreu (Keith Kunz Motorsport Bullet/Toyota) immediately going to the front from Hayden Williams, Michael Pickens, Adam Clarke and Nathan Smee. Both Alex Bright (USA – Graham Jones Racing Spike/Esslinger) and Matt Smith (NSW – GO Racing Spike/Hawk) dropped back from their third row starting positions as Zach Daum moved forward from row 4 and Brady Bacon (USA) from the row behind. The track was slick on the bottom with a cushion near the top where most of the fast cars were running.
The cars behind the lead group were embroiled in their own battles as they endeavoured to get to the front. The only stoppage of the race occurred on lap 12 when Darren Vine clashed with another car and stopped broadside in the back straight but restarted at the back of the line. When the green lights were turned on again Pickens made his move and advanced to second with Williams unable to counter the move. Brad Mosen (NZ) was out on lap 15 and then, to everyone’s surprise, Pickens pulled to the infield a couple of laps later with a sick motor.
With Pickens out of the picture Bacon (GO Racing Bullet/Toyota) was now third after a sensational drive through traffic and he soon accounted for Williams to be second just before the half way point while Smee (TFH/Illuminated Industries Spike/Eagle Chev) was third ahead of Clarke (Jack Berry Racing Spike/Esslinger) and Bright. With the leaders now amongst lapped cars it presented Bacon with an opportunity as they threaded their way past cars. At times Bacon would get close only for Abreu to pull away when he cleared traffic.
Williams was out on lap 28 and during the remaining laps there was no change at the front with Rico Abreu crowned the 2017 Australian Speedcar Champion from Brady Bacon and Nathan Smee. Alex Bright maintained his long list of consistent Australian Championship performances with fourth placing while Michael Stewart (NSW) advanced from the seventh row to be fifth in an impressive drive from the youngster. Abreu received loud applause form the healthy crowd as he circled the track after the race and again during the presentations.
Twelve 10 lap heats were run on Friday night February 3 with wins to Nathan Smee (2), Anthony Chaffey, Zach Daum, Hayden Williams (2), Matt Smith, Rico Abreu (2), Adam Clarke, Brady Bacon and Michael Pickens. In Daum’s win he lowered the 10 lap record from 2:16.720 to 2:15.201. The previous holder Michael Pickens was second and Michael Stewart (NSW) third with all three under the old time.
Abreu finished top of the points with 70 and suffered his only defeat for the whole week-end when he finished second to Anthony Chaffey in his first outing. Next in points at the end of the first night were defending champion Michal Pickens 65, Hayden Williams 63, Nathan Smee 61 and Zach Daum 58.
Kaidon Brown (NSW), Abreu, Bright and Andrew Felker (USA) were the winners in the last round of heats on night two with the four races going non-stop. With forty cars, still mobile a C Main was run with Michael Harders and Darren Dillon transferring to the back of the B Main. The track was then prepared for the Pole Shuffle, B Main and the big race.
The Shuffle was dominated by drivers starting on the inside with Smee defeating Daum only to lose to Matt Smith. Smith was beaten by Clarke who was the only repeat winner when he accounted for Bright. When Clarke and Pickens faced off their first start was aborted and Clarke was controversially sent to the infield. Pickens was beaten by Williams who then faced Abreu in a best of three contest for the final. However, Abreu was too good and won two in a row to claim pole position.
The B Main was, as expected, a helter-skelter affair as the 18 cars vied for the four transfer spots. Scott Farmer (TFH Spike/Esslinger) took advantage of some jostling in the opening lap to get to the front from the third row. He led for five rotations before Travis Mills (Vic) took over and looked to have the race in his keeping until his car faltered in lap 12 and he dejectedly pulled infield. This left Scott Doyle at the point from Farmer, Darren Vine and a host of others. Vine grabbed second in the last couple of laps with Farmer and Troy Jenkins (BOC Stealth/Toyota) making up the four to transfer. However, Doyle’s engine broke a timing belt as he headed back to the pits and was unable to take his place in the A Main. This gave Rusty Whittaker (Ti Bolts & Race Partz King/Esslinger) a start with Aidan Corish (NSW) and Neville Lance the two emergencies.
The Kratzmann Caravans sponsored event originally started with 41 contestants but Lee Redmond (WA) suffered a terminal engine problem in his opening heat and was out of the championship. An amazing statistic about the heats was that every car, apart from Redmond, fronted for all their heats and ten of the sixteen heats were run without a stoppage. There was only one roll-over with no serious damage suffered. The American Kunz brothers, Keith and Rusty, showed how experienced they are with their cars finishing first and second respectively.
Special thanks to
John & Kathy Kelly and the staff of the Archerfield Speedway
Angela Harders and her Angels
Queensland Speedcar Racing Assn
All the drivers, owners and crews
The officials that kept things moving smoothly
1 Nathan Smee (NSW) 2 Alex Bright (USA) 3 Brady Bacon (USA)
1 Anthony Chaffey (Qld) 2 Rico Abreu (USA) 3 Brad Mosen (NZ)
1 Zach Daum (USA) 2 Michael Pickens (NZ) 3 Michael Stewart (NSW)
1 Hayden Williams (NZ) 2 Troy Ware (Qld) 3 Andrew Felker (USA)
1 Matt Smith (NSW) 2 Chris Gwilliam (NZ) 3 Anthony Chaffey (Qld)
1 Rico Abreu (USA) 2 Brad Mosen (NZ) 3 Dayne Kingshott (WA)
1 Hayden Williams (NZ) 2 Michael Pickens (NZ) 3 Andrew Felker (USA)
1 Adam Clarke (NSW) 2 Scott Farmer 3 Rusty Whittaker
1 Nathan Smee (NSW) 2 Michael Stewart (NSW) 3 Matt Smith (NSW)
1 Rico Abreu (USA) 2 Dayne Kingshott (WA) 3 Michael Harders (Qld)
1 Brady Bacon (USA) 2 Brock Dean 3 Troy Jenkins (NSW)
1 Michael Pickens (NZ) 2 Zach Daum (USA) 3 Alex Bright (USA)
1 Kaidon Brown (NSW) 2 Matt Smith (NSW) 3 Matt Jackson (NSW)
1 Rico Abreu (USA) 2 Hayden Williams (NZ) 3 Scott Doyle (Qld)
1 Alex Bright (USA) 2 Adam Clarke (NSW) 3 Brendan Palmer (Qld)
1 Andrew Felker (USA) 2 Chris Gwilliam (NZ) 3 Travis Mills (Vic)
1 Michael Harders (Qld) 2 Darren Dillon (Qld) 3 Dallas Sharp (Qld)
Nathan Smee def Zach Daum
Matt Smith def Nathan Smee
Adam Clarke def Matt Smith
Adam Clarke def Alex Bright
Michael Pickens def Adam Clarke
Hayden Williams def Michael Pickens
Rico Abreu def Hayden Williams 2 – 0
1 Scott Doyle (Qld) 2 Darren Vine (Qld) 3 Scott Farmer (Qld)
4 Troy Jenkins (NSW) 5 Rusty Whittaker (Qld) 6 Aidan Corish (NSW)
7 Neville Lance (WA) 8 Cal Whatmore (Qld) 9 Mark George (Qld)
10 Darren Dillon (Qld) 11 Dan Biner (NSW)
1 Rico Abreu (USA) 2 Brady Bacon (USA) 3 Nathan Smee (NSW)
4 Alex Bright (USA) 5 Michael Stewart (NSW) 6 Adam Clarke (NSW)
7 Dayne Kingshott (WA) 8 Zach Daum (USA) 9 Andrew Felker (USA)
10 Matt Smith (NSW) 11 Brendan Palmer (Qld) 12 Kaidon Brown (NSW)
13 Anthony Chaffey (Qld) 14 Brock Dean 15 Troy Jenkins (NSW)
16 Rusty Whittaker (Qld) 17 Chris Gwilliam (NZ)