Midgets take centre stage

pic: Chris Metcalf

The action never ends at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway and this Saturday night (November 4) it is the mighty Midgets in the spotlight with a big field of cars to contest round three of the Polar Ice Track Championship. More than 20 drivers have nominated for the event, including the winners of the opening two rounds in Darren Vine and Scott Farmer, and if those two events are any indication of what we can expect this weekend, the racing will be red hot. Also on the program is round two of the Shock Absorber Therapy AMCA Nationals Track Championship, plus Lightning Sprints, Late Models, Stockcars and Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans, while a selection of classic speedway vehicles from the past will also be cutting some laps.

Such is the level of competition in the local Midget ranks at the moment that after winning the opening round, Vine could do no better that fifth in next event, a race that saw Farmer score his breakthrough feature race win. Having made an early exit from the opening round and then being chased down by Farmer and relegated to runner-up in round two, defending track champion Rusty Whittaker will be primed to make amends and re-establish his status as the pack leader.

Having finished second in the opening round, a broken oil pump drive sidelined Adam Wallis in round two and the versatile racer will be fighting furiously to finagle his first feature race win since taking over the cockpit of the Nielsen Motorsport Boss/Esslinger, while the likes of Reid Mackay and Anthony Chaffey (fourth and sixth respectively in the previous round) are also very much in the frame as potential feature winners. Add a returning Brock Dean and Scott Doyle to a field that also includes Sydney’s Dan Biner and a collective of Compact Speedcar converts in Robbie Stewart, Mitchell Rooke and Nathan Mathers and the scene is set for a sensational showdown.

Although down in numbers from their impressive season opener, round two of the Shock Absorber Therapy AMCA Nationals Track Championship still promises to deliver some close competition. Whilst the first round of the track championship on October 12 fell victim to rain after the opening round of heats (won by Nathan Durston and Steve Price respectively), racing in Bundaberg last weekend saw Price emerge victorious in the feature race ahead of defending Archerfield track champion Steve Potts and Durston, with Queensland champ Matt Hardy finishing fourth. All four drivers are in the field tonight to continue their battle, with Russ Hardy, Michael Mason and NSW’s Tony Blanch expected to offer plenty of resistance.

After a few seasons away from the big stage, Late Models make their return with a small field, although it is anticipated that more regular racing at Archerfield will see numbers grow. The line-up is headed by former national champ Darren Kane, who is also the current Australian Super Sedan champion. Kane’s biggest threats seem likely to be Nick Girdlestone, Aaron Van Zeeland or Carter Armstrong, who looked impressive during pre-season practice here and will be hoping to produce similar pace under racing conditions.

Stockcars are also making their return after a lengthy absence, with Lightning Sprints and Ford versus Holden versus Sigma sedans as well, while the classic Midgets and Sprintcars will complete a series of demonstration runs throughout the night. Gates open at 4.00pm and early racing from 5.30pm, with Midget time trials scheduled for 5.30pm and the main program to get underway at 6.00pm.

Polar Ice Midget Track Championship round three nominations: Adam Wallis, Anthony Chaffey, Audie Malt, Brad Young, Scott Doyle, Brad Harrison, Callum Whatmore, Michael Harders, Scott Farmer, Robbie Stewart, Scott Wilson, Reid Mackay, Dallas Sharp, Dan Biner, Mitchell Rooke, Brendan Palmer, Nathan Mathers, Darren Vine, Brock Dean, Darren Dillon, Rusty Whittaker

Shock Absorber Therapy AMCA Nationals Track Championship round two nominations: Anthony Joyce, Chris Wright, Matt Hardy, Michael Mason, Nathan Durston, Nick Storey, Ricky Sendall, Russ Hardy, Steve Potts, Steve Price, Tony Blanch

Late Model nominations: Darren Kane, Brett Watson, Steve Van Zeeland, Carter Armstrong, Aaron Van Zeeland, Michael Jenner, Nick Girdlestone, Josh Schultz

Lightning Sprint Nominations: Kurt Wilson, Michael Gollagher, Aaron Kelly, Keith Blatch, David Van Vegchel, Andrew Sparks, Jason Rae, Gary Thorne, Jason Rae

For more information, head to the track website at www.brisbanespeedway.com.au or follow Archerfield Speedway on Facebook for event updates.