Saturday November 9th saw the QLSRA Stockmans Civil and Plant Lightning Sprints Club Championship Round 4 grace the banks of Archerfield Speedway. with 15 cars hitting the track for this round it was also the highest car count at the club has presented so far this season.
The field of cars were split over 3 rounds of heat with each driver competing in 2 out of the three heats. The opening heat presented the field of cars with a heavy track as it was early in the night. The front row was the battle of ZX12’s as David Van Vegchel Q8 squared off against Darren Baldwin Q33. Darren on the green and took an early lead, he was followed with little hesitation by Wayne Iacono Q20 who was making his debut for the first time this season. Slightly more speed in the heavy conditions Wayne eventually ran down Darren to take the lead and win the first heat race of the night, David Van Vegchel closed to the podium in third.
The second heat of the night saw drivers facing a higher level of grip as the early heavy layer of clay had been blown off. With a front row of Wayne Jukes Q49 and Jason Rae Q1 the current Queensland Champ was right to fancy his chances into turn 1. J.Rae shot off to an early lead that would ultimately lead to victory. He was chased home by Keith Blatch Q77 who finished second and Tyler Stralow Q51 in third. Tyler was glad to lay a solid foundation in what was the night that presented a possible hat trick of Feature Wins.
The third and final heat saw Laurence Deegan Q64 and Scott Jukes Q34 on the front row. Jukes took the lead off the start and took the race to the chequer with Jason George Q14 making quick work of Deegan to move into second place, Keith Blatch demonstrated the value of his experience coming home third after starting from the rear of the field.
At the conclusion of the heats we had a top four qualifiers of Scott Jukes, Wayne Iacono, Keith Blatch and Jason Rae. Once the marble draw for the 4 was completed Keith Blatch Q77 was out of Pole position with the Q1 of Jason Rae on his outside. The run to turn 1 was hectic but Keith having the inside run was able to take command of the race. With J.Rae running higher in the straight Jukes didn’t hesitate to act and moved quickly into second place relegating Rae to third.
Jukes chased hard all race long doing his best to keep the defending club champion honest and make sure he earnt the win. The conditions were trying with several drivers spinning during the race proceedings, bringing on the caution lights a number of times. The race hard charger should be awarded to Tyler Stralow who started out of Position 8 and was consistent through the race in managing to come home 5th. The first B Grader home was Adam Norton Q7 who again put in a consistent performance to further build his experience. After 3 rounds of racing Adam is firmly in the mix for the rookie of the year title.
As the chequer dropped for round 3 we saw Keith Blatch take his maiden feature victory for the season, he was followed home by the ever improving Scott Jukes who has had one of his strongest nights of racing all season long. Jason Rae was home in third place as he lays the foundation for a stong season ahead. Wayne Iacono ran home 4th putting in a solid performance, followed by the hard charger Tyler Stralow.
After 3 weeks of back to back racing the little warriors know as Lightning Sprints will have a brief break to take stock, do maintenance (talk to their families) before they return to the ring on November 30th. This will be the 5th Round of the Stockmans Civil and Plant QLSRA Club Championship again being hosted at Archerfield Speedway. With 1 or 2 more cars rumoured to be making their debut at this meeting the class and club are excited to field the strongest car numbers of the season yet.
Following this show we will be making our return to the country for Round 6 at Kingaroy Speedway. The QLSRA would like to thank our Season Sponsor Stockmans Civil and Plant for their on going support of Lightning Sprint Racing in Queensland.