South Australian Steven Lines was victorious in the rain-delayed first round of the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship QLD at Hi-Tec Oils Toowoomba Speedway.
In front of a huge crowd the Mount Gambier hard charger passed leader Robbie Farr with only three laps remaining and managed to hold on in dense lapped traffic for an historic win.
Farr (who set Quick Time in qualifying at the start of the night) led every lap of the A-Main until Lines got by.
“We were probably a little too good too early,” admitted Farr, “but full credit to Linesy for getting us in traffic. It’s a good start for us on the first night of the season though. We tried something with the set up and it could have gone either way, you can’t always get it right but we’re fast and it’s going to be a great season.”
Lines was naturally delighted with the win.
“I’m really grateful to the fans for hanging in there when the rain came earlier tonight. This is a great team and I’m really grateful to Dave Sharman for giving me a great set up and for Dave and Lorraine Horrell for the opportunity to drive this car. I made a conscious effort not to be too aggressive at the start so we had to settle in and start to pick our way through. We were able to use the traffic a bit in turn four and come up with the win. I can’t wait to get back here for the 50-lapper in two weeks time.”
The 30-lap A-Main was halted before a lap was recorded when Sydneysider Mick Saller and Queenslander Tony Wynne rolled over and brought on the red lights.
At the restart Robbie Farr shot from third to first within two corners to lead down the back straight from Kratzmann and Lines before contact between Mark Pholi and Andrew Corbett saw the yellows come on with only one lap in the books.
Farr sped off in the ECP Hi-Tec Oils #7 to lead from Kratzmann and Lines.
Kratzmann showed plenty of speed and on several occasions had some aggressive and lingering looks at Farr’s lead position, only to fall into the clutches of Steven Lines himself with eleven laps remaining.
Andrew Scheuerle and Lachlan McHugh had some spirited battles for a top four position before McHugh eventually moved ahead in his bid to reach a podium for the A-Main that honored his father Jamie as a Queensland legend. McHugh would come up one spot short in his bid to ‘meet Dad’ on the podium with Kratzmann holding on for third in one of his best drives outside last season’s maiden feature win.
Farr looked to have yet another Toowoomba success sewn up but when the lapped cars became thicker and wider Lines closed within striking distance.
Lines squeezed through a pack of cars to edge into the lead where he stayed until the checkered flags flew.
USC QLD A-Main Results:
1. Steven Lines 2. Robbie Farr 3. Brent Kratzmann 4. Lachlan McHugh 5. Andrew Scheuerle 6. Dylan Menz 7. Brent Aprile 8. Allan Woods 9. Glen Sutherland 10. Cody Maroske 11. Kevin Titman 12. David Whell 13. Scott Genrich 14. Adam Butler
DNF’s were Paul Rooks, Andrew Wright, Mark Pholi, Andrew Corbett, Mick Saller and Tony Wynne.
The Top Ten in combined USC Qualifying were:
1. Robbie Farr 11.232 2. Lachlan McHugh 11.244 3. Dylan Menz 11.290 4. Brent Kratzmann 11.291 5. Peter Lack 11.347 6. Andrew Scheuerle 11.392 7. Mark Pholi 11.398 8. Scott Genrich 11.421 9. Steven Lines 11.432 10. Cody Maroske 11.482
Heat race wins in the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship QLD Series Round One went to:
Heat 1 – Kevin Titman (Peter Lack flipped heavily on the straight and the car was too badly damaged to continue the night)
Heat 2 – Adam Butler
Heat 3 – Steven Lines (Nathan Black flipped after the chequers and was unable to race the remainder of the night)
Heat 4 – Brent Aprile (Mitchell Gee flipped the Titan #36 after riding Farr’s right rear on the opening night and would not make it out for the rest of the night)
Heat 5 – Allan Woods
Heat 6 – Brent Kratzmann
USC QLD Top Eight Dash results:
1. Brent Kratzmann 2. Steven Lines 3. Robbie Farr 4. Dylan Menz 5. Andrew Scheuerle 6. Lachlan McHugh 7. Glen Sutherland 8. Scott Genrich
USC QLD B-Main Top Ten:
1. Andrew Corbett 2. Mark Pholi 3. Tony Wynne 4. Michael Saller 5. Karl Hoffmans 6. Brett Minett 7. Geoff Davey 8. Bryan Zelinski 9. Mitch Gowland 10. Shane Matthews
Rodney Pammenter was a cool and calculating victor in the Modified Sedan winner ahead of Jason Beer in second place and David “Tangles” Head bringing home the big XF Falcon in third ahead of Nathan MacDonald fourth and Amy Evans fifth.
Original Pole-sitter Aidan Raymond failed to materialize for the main event after mechanical issues reared their head after his final heat race whilst wild card Matty Smith and fellow front runner Wade McCarthy also had mechanical gremlins sideline them during the A-Main.
1. Rodney Pammenter 2. Jason Beer 3. David Head 4. Nathan MacDonald 5. Amy Evans 6. Peter White 7. Jason Boss 8. Jordan Biviano 9. Shane MacDonald
Heat win results for the Toowoomba Steering & Suspension Warehouse Modified Sedan Series:
Heat 1 – Matty Smith Heat 2 – Aidan Raymont Heat 3 – Aidan Raymont Heat 4 – Jason Beer
Robert Mazzer put in a superb drive to score the Wingless Sprint A-Main victory from Michael Butcher in second place and Dave Eggins across the line in third.
Wingless Sprint A-Main Top Ten results:
1. Robert Mazzer 2. Michael Butcher 3. Dave Eggins 4. Josh Dreaver 5. Cody O’Connell 6. Andrew Robinson 7. Jamie Usher 8. Dave Ellis 9. Brendan Webber 10. Matt Wright
Wingless Sprints heat race victories:
Heat 1 – Dave Ellis Heat 2 – Rob Mazzer Heat 3 – Josh Dreaver
The Formula 500 A-Main victory went to Australian champion Liam Williams over Mitch Whittaker in second place and Kristin Brown home in third.
Williams timed his run brilliantly to pass Whittaker with only two laps remaining and was never headed from there in the #A1.
Top Ten F500 A-Main results:
1. Liam Williams 2. Mitch Whittaker 3. Kristin Brown 4. Bryn Upshall 5. Ryan Skennar 6. Luca Cox 7. Adrian Farrell 8. Brock Thornton 9. Tarhlea Apelt 10. Brady Argles
Formula 500 heat race victories:
Heat 1 – Tarhlea Apelt Heat 2 – Ryan Skennar
The next event at Hi-Tec Oils Toowoomba Speedway is Saturday night, October 6 for the second round of USC QLD – the 50-Lapper Sprintcar Rumble on the Mountain also featuring Formula 500’s, AMCA Nationals, V8 Dirt Modifieds, Modlites and Lightning Sprints.