Oldfield Strikes First Blood in USC
MEDIA RELEASE: Highland Park’s Luke Oldfield has emerged the victor of Round One of the Queensland Ultimate Sprintcar Championship, holding off Robbie Farr and Jamie Veal to claim the $10,000 prize.
Farr claimed the Ian Boettcher Race Parts Quicktime prize at the start of the night, before ruts developed through the middle of the turns, sending racers in all directions to find a consistent race line through the heats.
In an ironic forecast of the feature race podium, Oldfield, Farr and Veal would claim wins in the first round of heats, however the second round where the quickest qualifiers were relegated to start from the fifth row produced a different result.
Jamie Veal got tangled in an early turn two incident in heat four ending his race, which would lock him into 16th position on the feature race grid, while Peter Lack went on to take an impressive win, before Robbie Farr put on the display of the night with a phenomenal heat win after starting tenth. Callum Walker also claimed a solid heat victory to lock him into the A-Main.
With an incident free dash deciding the first four rows, Robbie Farr would start on pole alongside hometown hero Peter Lack, with the edgy young duo of Toby Bellbowen and Mitchell Gee sharing the second row, and Oldfield alongside an impressive Brent Kratzmann who is surely knocking on the door of a podium result in the near future.
Bellbowen was the early threat to Farr’s lead, advancing 3 spots in the first two laps before Peter Lack retired with a driveline issue, setting the stage for scramble between the top five with multiple order shuffles in the minor placings while Farr continued to lead.
Andrew Scheuerle was flying under the radar, advancing eight spots in the first seven laps. Meanwhile, Oldfield was carving through the field into second spot and passed Farr in traffic at lap 14 with Bellbowen catching a rut into the turn 3 wall for one of the most heart-wrenching crashes of the night.
With the original top five whittled down, Jamie Veal emerged in the running for the podium, but despite numerous restarts from a sting of minor incidents, neither Farr nor Veal had enough for the gutsy Oldfield who manhandled the Shock Shack/Dryden Signs Q17 to his first ever USC win.
“It was definitely a bit hairy out there, but I don’t really mind that sort of racetrack,” he said savouring the $10k payday, “but I was on one wheel a few times so it kept everyone on their toes!”
It was a great confidence boost for the reigning Queensland Champion, who will have the opportunity to defend his title in two weeks back at Toowoomba.
In the support divisions, Auckland’s Chris Gwilliam produced a staggering win in the Speedcars after a lead swapping frenzy with Darren Vine and Brendan Palmer, while current Australian Champion Kurt Wilson was only marginally better than reigning Queensland champion Keith Blatch in the Lightning Sprints with Jason Busk claiming third.
Liam Williams withstood an intense challenge from Kayden Iverson in the Formula 500’s with Nathan Pronger’s first race in twelve months gaining him a third position on the podium and Glen Wright finally achieved his maiden Wingless Sprints win over the Lismore duo of David Eggins and Rob Mazzer.
The Queensland Sprintcar Title returns to Toowoomba on October 8 along with the Modified Sedan Golden Helmet Series, Compact Speedcars and National 4’s. Check out the Hi-Tec Oils Facebook page and www.toowoombaspeedway.com for details.