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USC QLD TIGHTENS WITH ONE LESS ROUND TO SCORE



The Queensland Ultimate Sprintcar Championship points battle has tightened after December’s abandoned meeting left racers with zero marks on the board.

The December 3 round was part of the 30th Anniversary of World Series Sprintcars and earlier in the evening, organisers, teams and fans battled scorching heat, followed by a torrential downpour from a storm that knocked out a whole phase of Toowoomba’s electricity, and 65kph winds that was playing havoc with the winged Sprintcars.

The points were finalised from two rounds of heats after time trials were abolished and promised a phenomenal feature race with an allstar cast in the first three rows, however, the meeting was then abandoned after the B-main when Kevin Titman launched into the back straight fence in an attempt to transfer into the top six, only to tear down the poles and mesh into an unrepairable state.

Thankfully Titman was OK, but the night would be logged in history as facing every possible obstacle to get a result, forcing USC management to award zero points for the round.

“It was the only fair way to do it,” General Manager Steve Green said, “in light of us introducing the “drop-a-round” rule to encourage racers to travel. If we awarded points to reward the racers who nominated, then they would understandably use that as their “worst round” which would undermine the whole point of the idea.”

Series contenders have just four more rounds to battle for the top five championship spots that carry a total prize pool of $12,000, with Luke Oldfield a clear leader on 452 points, 42 ahead of Danny Reidy on 410, and Allan Woods just 2 points back on 408. Andrew Scheuerle currently sits on fourth on 400 and Kevin Titman on 394 rounding out the top five.

Peter Lack, Brent Kratzmann, Andrew Wright, Rob Hamilton and Dave Whell are in the top ten, while Robbie Farr and Bryan Mann scattered through the remainder of the top 20 as a result of missing a round.

January 3 is the next opportunity to gain USC points, as World Series Sprintcars returns to Toowoomba for round 10 of the 30th Anniversary series. Action from 5:30. Sprintcars from sundown. Tickets at the gate from 3pm or online now at speedwaytickets.com.au

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