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Schatz claims ninth Australian Sprintcar Open win

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Sunday 6th January, 2019 - 8:37am

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Donny Schatz pic: Matthew Paul Photography

Donny Schatz has won the Australian Sprintcar Open for the ninth time after overcoming Logan Schuchart at Archerfield Speedway.

The 10-time World of Outlaws Champion delivered when it mattered to take victory in the A-Main by 1.6s over Schuchart after a late stoppage, with Kerry Madsen finishing third.

Schatz provisionally qualified on pole when he drove from the fifth row to win his final heat in just 10 laps, but was bested by Schuchart in the Gold Shootout.

Schuchart converted his pole position into an early lead before ceding that to Schatz on Lap 21 of 50.

A lapped car accounted for preliminary main winner Rusty Hickman, who was running fourth when he made contact with backmarker Jack Lee and took both into the wall with three laps remaining.

Schatz, however, safely negotiated the challenge of traffic and the late stoppage to take victory.

“This trophy will look fantastic in the trophy room at home,” said Schatz.

“The Australian Open is always a tough race to win and you appreciate it when you do.

“I’m just so fortunate to get to do this with great people and experience so many highlights in my career, and I’m looking forward to Wednesday when we get to do it again.”

Steven Lines finished fourth and Jamie Veal fifth, while Lockie McHugh rose all the way from 16th to sixth.

Lines continues to lead the QSS World Series Sprintcars series, which continues with Round 7 back at Archerfield on Wednesday night (January 9) when Schatz will make his final appearance in Australia this season.

Standings: After Round 6

Pos Num Driver Pts
1 Q83 Steven Lines 1712
2 W2 Kerry Madsen 1653
3 W17 James McFadden 1606
4 V35 Jamie Veal 1337
5 V40 Rusty Hickman 1324
6 S19 Brad Keller 1230
7 V42 Jye O’Keeffe 1091
8 W26 Cory Eliason 1087
9 W97 Mitchell Wormall 1062
10 V37 Grant Anderson 1026
11 V25 Jack Lee 1004
12 V88 Dave Murcott 968
13 Q23 Lockie McHugh 932
14 Q77 Jayden Peacock 922
15 S81 Luke Dillon 809
16 W14 Jason Pryde 779
17 T22 Jock Goodyer 777
18 V52 Darren Mollenoyux 772
19 S13 Brock Hallett 766
19 S20 Glen Sutherland 766
21 NT9 Danny Porter 759
22 S72 Chad Ely 745
23 W80 James Inglis 743
24 Q54 Randy Morgan 732
25 V55 Brooke Tatnell 708
26 V90 Corey McCullagh 661
27 S15 Aidan Hall 636
28 V98 Peter Doukas 629
29 S27 Daniel Pestka 602
30 S14 Brendan Quinn 599
31 S78 Keke Falland 539
32 V60 Jordyn Charge 515
33 S63 Ryan Jones 499
34 V92 Matthew Reed 496
35 T7 Tim Hutchins 488
36 V17 Dennis Jones 477
37 V72 Jacob Smith 466
38 S10 Steven Caruso 453
38 USA15 Donny Schatz 453
40 S97 Matt Egel 448
41 S41 Adrian Cottrell 446
42 V45 Michael Van Bremen 414
43 USA1 Logan Schuchart 408
44 V70 John Vogels 392
45 V2 Domain Ramsay 372
46 N53 Jesse Attard 333
47 N99 Carson Macedo 320
48 Q17 Luke Oldfield 305
49 S4 Lisa Walker 285
50 Q5 Peter Lack 282
51 S5 Tregan Gates 266
52 Q25 Andrew Scheuerle 261
53 NQ42 Brent Aprile 248
54 N56 Mick Saller 221
55 Q78 Andrew Corbett 215
56 Q59 Kevin Titman 210
57 Q88 Ryan McNamara 202
58 NQ5 Danny Reidy 196
59 NQ8 Tony Wynne 194
60 Q75 Darren Jensen 190
61 S3 Ben Morris 179
62 V67 Luke Walker 177
62 V68 Brett Milburn 177
64 Q4 David Whell 175
65 Q32 Mitch Gowland 164
66 Q56 Sean Rose 148
67 Q36 Mitchell Gee 138
68 T62 Tate Frost 128
69 V50 Darren Clarke 127
70 V81 Robbie Paton 126
71 Q2 Brent Kratzmann 120
72 S57 Rory Button 116
73 V93 Travis Millar 110
74 Q3 Clem Hoffmans 107
75 NQ10 Tim Farrell 106
75 N65 Brendan Rallings 106
77 V89 Jamie Heyen 102
78 S24 Ricky Maiolo 98
79 V3 Jacob Dickson 88
80 S54 Nick Rachwal 84
81 VA88 Grant Stansfield 77
82 D22 Leigh Mungavin 72

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