Schatz claims ninth Australian Sprintcar Open win

American Donny Schatz cleaning up down under
American Donny Schatz cleaning up down under

Donny Schatz has won the Australian Sprintcar Open for the ninth time after overcoming fellow American Logan Schuchart at Archerfield Speedway.

The 10-time World of Outlaws Champion delivered when it mattered to take victory in the A-Main by 1.6s over Schuchart after a late stoppage, with Kerry Madsen finishing third.

Schatz provisionally qualified on pole when he drove from the fifth row to win his final heat in just 10 laps, but was bested by Schuchart in the Gold Shootout.

Schuchart converted his pole position into an early lead before ceding that to Schatz on Lap 21 of 50.

A lapped car accounted for preliminary main winner Rusty Hickman, who was running fourth when he made contact with backmarker Jack Lee and took both into the wall with three laps remaining.

Schatz, however, safely negotiated the challenge of traffic and the late stoppage to take victory.

“This trophy will look fantastic in the trophy room at home," said Schatz.

“The Australian Open is always a tough race to win and you appreciate it when you do.

“I’m just so fortunate to get to do this with great people and experience so many highlights in my career, and I’m looking forward to Wednesday when we get to do it again." Speedcafe


Pos Driver No.
1. Donny Schatz USA15
2. Logan Schuchart USA1
3. Kerry Madsen A1
4. Steven Lines Q83
5. Jamie Veal V35
6. Lachlan McHugh Q23
7. James McFadden W17
8. Carson Macedo N99
9. Jessie Attard N53
10. Rusty Hickman V40
11. Jock Goodyer T22
12. Luke Oldfield Q17
13. Peter Lack Q5
14. Andrew Scheuerle Q25
15. Jye Okeeffe V42
16. Brent Aprile NQ42
17. Randy Morgan Q54
18. Jack Lee V25

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