Titman Leads the Way in ECL Chase
Sprintcars are back in action this Saturday night (November 16) when Ausdeck Archerfield Speedway hosts round four of the East Coast Logistics Track Championship. With each completed round thus far having been won by a different driver, both the championship and Saturday night’s feature race are wide open with myriad potential winners amongst the 24 nominated competitors. Also on the program, another strong field will contest round three of the American Tire and Racing Services Midget Series, along with events for Wingless Sprints, Modlites and Formula 500 Juniors.
Opening ECL round winner Kevin Titman currently sits atop the championship standings and, with a few notable absentees from this round, he is primed to extend his advantage if he can deliver another front-running performance. In fact, it is hard to imagine that Titman would be satisfied with anything less than a podium result given what’s at stake. He holds a 23-point lead in the championship standings over Ryan McNamara who, like Titman, has been somewhat of a revelation through the early rounds, including his first ever ECL series podium in round two.
With Luke Oldfield, who currently sits third in the series, representing Queensland at the Victorian Championship this weekend, Aaron Kelly is poised to assume that position in his absence. Whilst Kelly will most certainly move ahead of Oldfield in the standings, he will need to fend off any challenge that is forthcoming from Adam Butler to secure the spot. Another who is enjoying a terrific start to the season, Butler sits just two points behind Kelly and, if he can finish ahead of the third-generation youngster in the 30-lap feature race, he may well be the one who finds himself sitting inside the top three in the championship. It is a fascinating scenario that promises to deliver some intense competition in the fight for points and a place on the podium.
Brent Kratzmann is 20+ points behind Butler and just needs an ounce of luck to go his way to give his series aspirations, and his confidence, a boost, while Callum Walker has wasted no time in finding his feet upon returning to competition from injury. A third-place finish in round three has very quickly put Walker back in the frame as a serious threat. Whilst Brett Minett and Mitch Gowland currently sit inside the top ten in the series and will also be looking to maximise their points accumulation, it is Mitchell Gee and the Mackay-based Brent Aprile who perhaps loom as the biggest threats to all of the championship contenders. Gee is a former state champion while Aprile is fresh from a superb runner-up result at the previous round and, with neither chasing the ECL championship, they can afford to be single-minded in their quest to visit victory lane.
Glen Wright and Rusty Whittaker have shared the victory spoils in the two completed rounds of the American Tire and Racing Services Midget Series and both drivers are among the entries for round three this Saturday night, along with the best of the best from the local Midget scene. Neither Darren Vine nor Brock Dean are going to particularly pleased about the fact they that are yet to snare a feature win, something at which they are very well versed. In fact, both drivers are prone to using the high line in their quest for success and no doubt they will be at it again on Saturday night as they seek to join Wright and Whittaker on the winners list for this season. The addition of both Anthony Chaffey and Charlie Brown for the first time this season ups the ante somewhat as both are proven race winners, while Chris Singleton will be a man on a mission after a brilliant run at the previous round had him poised for a podium result until he stumbled upon a spun car and tipped over. With Cal Whatmore, Bodie Smith and Mitchell Rooke having also impressed in the early rounds, the Midgets have really delivered through the opening weeks of the season and are ready to rip in again.
The Wingless Sprint field comprises a mix of familiar faces and category newcomers and, as always, features drivers from both Queensland and New South Wales to add an element of interstate rivalry into the mix. A feature winner at his last appearance, Paul Robinson leads the local charge in what will no doubt be another closely contested affair.
Modlites have also delivered another strong field of combatants for their second outing of the season and, like the Sprintcars, the absence of a few fancied runners has only served to make the outcome of their feature race much harder to predict, but expect a returning Aaron Prosser to be on the pace.
In Formula 500 Junior action, expect Ryan Newton and Jy Corbet to renew the battle that raged throughout their last meeting, the pair splitting the wins over the course of the night on that occasion.
Gates open at 4.00pm and early racing gets underway from 4.45pm. Sprintcar time trial qualifying is scheduled for 5.00pm and the main program will get underway at 6.00pm.
East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round three nominations: Aaron Kelly, Adam Butler, Allan Woods, Andrew Corbet, Brendon Claridge, Brent Aprile, Brent Kratzmann, Brett Minett, Callum Walker, Dan Murray, Jamie O’Neill, Karl Hoffmans, Kevin Titman, Kristy Bonsey, Libby Ellis, Mark Pholi, Mitch Gowland, Mitchell Gee, Nelson Reddacliff, Nicholas Whell, Randy Morgan, Ryan McNamara, Scott Genrich, Tim Farrell
American Tire and Racing Services Midget Series round three nominations: Anthony Chaffey, Audie Malt, Bodie Smith, Brad Dawson, Brock Dean, Cal Whatmore, Charlie Brown, Chris Singleton, Darren Dillon, Darren Vine, Glen Wright, Graham Flynn, Jason McDowall, Matt O’Neill, Mitchell Rooke, Nathan Mathers, Ricky Robinson, Rusty Whittaker, Tom Clauss, Tony Stephens, Zac McDonald
Wingless Sprint nominations: Andrew Robinson, Brady Baldwin, Brian Scott, Casey O’Connell, Chris Catchpole, Cody O’Connell, Corey O’Toole, Danny Evans, Dave Ellis, Dave Jobe, Errol Campbell, Jamie Usher, Jayden O’Toole, Lachie Robertson, Michael Lampard, Mick Reid, Nathan Jones, Paul Robinson, Scott Graham, Shaun Knight, Tim Harris
Modlite nominations: Aaron Prosser, Abi Meehan, Alex Coward, Anthony Stewart, Brayden Preston, Callum Beering, Chris Were, Dan Lewis, Dylan Hunter, Jac Carnall, Joel Smith, Joshua Smith, Julian Olley, Sean Egan, Steve Collins, Troy Carnell, Warren Hooper, Will Butler, Zac McDonald
Formula 500 Junior nominations: Jared Boys, Jy Corbet, Kinser Claridge, Kyle Price, Ryan Newton, Taylor Morgan, Taylor Prosser
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