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After what has been a busy few weeks of Sprintcar competition, it is time for sedan fans to get their fix of dirt track tin top action at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway, with round 11 of the Brims Concrete Super Sedan Series to be contested this Saturday night (February 16). In addition to the Super Sedan action, AMCA Nationals, Wingless Sprints, Modlites, Open Sedans, RSA Sedans and Ford vs Holden vs Sigma Sedans will also be the program, with nearly 100 competitors ready to hit the track for another huge night of action.
One of Australia’s most accomplished drivers in Matt Pascoe heads the Super Sedan field and, such has been his dominance so far this season, the two-time national champion currently leads the series despite missing the previous round. Fresh back from his annual pilgrimage to Tasmania where he again represented Queensland with distinction to finish third in the rich Apple Isle Grand Prix, which was followed by a runner-up result at Carrick Speedway, Pascoe will relish a return to his home track this weekend and the opportunity to expand his points advantage.
When trying to determine who will most likely emerge as Pascoe’s biggest threat on Saturday night, the answer seems pretty clear. Toowoomba’s Sean Black is enjoying a stellar season that has included some exceptional results in Queensland and interstate. In fact, Black finished ahead of Pascoe in the Apple Isle Grand Prix, leading the event for more than 35 laps before finishing second, beaten only by current national champ Callum Harper. An identical result in the Super Sedan Grand National the following weekend and a subsequent win in round 10 of the Brims Concrete Series in Gympie earlier this month has Black in peak form for Saturday’s showdown.
Of course, having completed more laps of Archerfield and won more feature races than the rest of 90+ nominated competitors combined, Wayne Randall is always a serious threat when the Super Sedans hit the track and he will be joined in battle by his son Justin, who scored a breakthrough feature race win in Toowoomba earlier this season. Another veteran in Ian Brims will be also be amongst the front runners in the 16-car field and joining him in representing New South Wales will be Tania Smith, Dion Bennett and David Mortimer. Others who have emerged as potential podium challengers include Bob McCosker and Tony Brinkmann, but the key to success will almost certainly be a willingness to run the highline. As Black proved at their last Archerfield outing, running the outside is hard work that requires patience and persistence, but it almost always brings rewards.
If there is any race category that has demonstrated just how exciting and rewarding it can be when you are prepared to use the whole track in pursuit of victory, it has been the AMCA Nationals. With consistently big fields this season, the racing has developed to a new a level of intensity in which three-wide racing is a common feature whenever they hit the track. Newly crowned Queensland champion Tony Blanch returns to the scene of his title triumph to take on the likes of Steve Potts, Steve Price, Nathan Durston, Michael Mason, Tim Gamble and Thomas Vickery in what seems certain to be another night of intense Shock Absorber Therapy Track Championship action.
Wingless Sprints have also impressed so far this season and, whilst their numbers are down a little this week, there is still a posse of potential feature race winners in the field. The likes of Dan Moes, Brad Keiler, Andrew Robinson and Paul Robinson will be in the mix, with Brant Chandler also hoping to be amongst the front runners. Having been one of the best performers in the category for several seasons, Chandler has struggled for results this season and will be desperate to rediscover his best form and reacquaint himself with victory lane.
From a small field of Modlites, Terry Leerentveld seems almost unbeatable, with Nathan Politch and Steve Collins perhaps the most likely to offer some resistance.
Gates open at 4.00pm and early racing gets underway from 5.00pm, with the main program kicking off at 6.00pm.
Brims Concrete Super Sedan Series round 11 nominations: Bob McCosker, Dale Christensen, David Mortimer, David Musch, David O’Keefe, Dion Bennett, Ed Doherty, Ian Brims, Justin Randall, Matt Pascoe, Nicholas O’Keefe, Rodney Craft, Sean Black, Tania Smith, Tony Brinkmann, Wayne Randall
Shock Absorber Therapy AMCA Nationals Track Championship round five nominations: Dan Evans, Graeme Holland, Jaime Czerwinski, Jim Knight, Kevin Stow, Mark Brownsey, Michael Denning, Michael Mason, Nathan Durston, Neville Norton, Nick Storey, Ray O’Neil, Scott Hitchcock, Shaun Knight, Steve Potts, Steve Price, Stuart Jefferies, Thomas Vickery, Tim Gamble, Tony Blanch
Wingless Sprint nominations: Andrew Robinson, Ben Jennings, Brad Keiler, Brant Chandler, Brian Scott, Dan Moes, Dave Ellis, Emma Harris, Jayden O’Toole, Lachie Robertson, Liam Atkinson, Mark Hughes, Paul Robinson, Tim Harris, Timothy Harris
Modlite nominations: Anthony Stewart, Chris Crowe, Dan Lewis, Joshua Smith, Nathan Politch, Sean Rose, Steve Collins, Terry Leerentveld
Open Sedan nominations: Bob Ware, Wayne Kirkman, Glenn Willmott, Les Eismanger, Robin Bains, Ray Lane, Ron Hornbuckle, Alan Pearson, Greg Town, Haiden Grantz, Josh Manser, Mark Anderson, Neil Crawford, Rachael Hawkins, Ricky Price, Steve Bradford
RSA Sedan nominations: Aaron Buchanan, Ben Taylor, Colin Kaine, Daniel Taylor, Greg Trezise, Hans Van Der Ryken, Matthew Hannigan, Michael Taylor, Scott Taylor, Tarsha Troth, Trent Keeler, Zane Williams
Ford vs Holden vs Sigma nominations: Keegan Rudge, Kevin Maher, Michael Laver, Peter Bayliss, Robert Kynaston, Travis Maher, Troy Price
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