LMQ News

Rain ruins QLD title and season finale


Far out another rain out! 

It was a trending theme of the 2021-22 LMQ season, rain rain and yet more rain with half of the race meetings affected by poor weather to multiple tracks, and unfortunately the QLD wet season calls the 21-22 season to an end. 

Although the season was cut short due to the cancelled race meetings, LMQ is proud of the steps made forward this season with fantastic racing and great growth seen with some outstanding rookies debut this season. 
LMQ is excited for the growth to continue with a massive 2022-23 season currently in planning, is set to be our best season in some time.
We would like to thank all of LMQ's awesome fans and supporters, we hope you all have relaxing off season, and we'll see you all at the start of spring!

$2,000 to win for the QLD Champ


May 21st will be the final round of the season for LMQ, but it also doubles as the 2021-22 Late Model Title!  LMQ can now confirm, that the winner of the title on May 21st at Bundabergs Carina Speedway will not only walk away with the Q1, but they'll also take home $2,000!

The event was rescheduled after a rainout earlier in the season, but this event has already captured serious interests from multiple interstate competitors and is expected to be an exciting race meeting.

Armstrong races to victory at Kingaroy!
Late Models Queensland headed to Kingaroy Speedway for the first time in 3 seasons to compete for Round 8 on Sunday over the Anzac weekend.
Due to a lot of rain over the weekend, the track was extremely tacky and fast which showed off the true pace of Late Models with Carter Armstrong going fastest over the night with a 14.044 secs.
Heat one went to Michael Jenner who had Armstrong starting on his outside of the front row. Carter was quick to pay the favour back taking out heat race number 2. 
TJ Horne picked up his first Late Model heat race win becoming the 66th different heat race winner in LMQ history.
The 3 heat winners would start 1,2,3 in the feature in the order of Armstrong, M.Jenner, Horne, to which Jenner was able to capitalise on the start and lead for the first 12 laps, until Armstrong went searching around the race track to find some more speed and ultimately passed Jenner down the back straight with 8 laps remaining. With no stoppages in the race, Armstrong was able to hold on the lead and take his first victory for the season over Michael and TJ Horne picking up his first Late Model podium as well. Mr consistent Chris Carlish finished 4th yet again with Steve Van Zeeland 5th and Tim Laird rounding out the finishers in 6th. Drew Lawrence retired with front left damage, likewise did Schultz with engine dramas. AJ Jenner, Pete Jenner and Aaron Van Zeeland were all unable to return for the feature after a quick turn around from the heats where they all suffered damage. 
LMQ would like to thank the entire team at Kingaroy Speedway and we can't wait to return next season!

THE NOMINATIONS ARE IN!
The nominations for the Late Models QLD round 8 at Kingaroy Speedway are in!
A strong 11 car field is set to battle this Sunday night around the Kingaroy clay after an extended absence due to 4 of the last 5 race meetings being rained out.
Two time feature winner for the season Michael Jenner returns in the Phil Laird Motorsports Q91 Gen2 Dominator chassis to try and reclaim the series lead from the driver of the Q35 Barry Wright Race Cars, The Caloundra Kid Carter Armstrong.
Team Van Zeeland are back two cars strong with Aaron in the Warrior Race Cars Q22, and Steve in the Clements powered 436ci Chevrolet, with round 2 podium finisher Timmy Lighting Laird will be back in the seat of the Q13 Rayburn Race Car.
Returning from damage from earlier in the season is Allen Schultz now running in the Q75, he will also have the three hot shot rookies Peter Jenner in the Q05, Drew Lawrence in the Q5 and Christopher Carlish in the Q25 for company.
Tj Horne will make his Late Models QLD return in the Q74 Tullboro Race Store - Motorsport Rental rocket, the car which one our last round at Grafton Speedway, and AJ Jenner will be making his long awaited debut in his fathers Q6 Rocket Chassis Chevrolet.
The points are in!
After Round 5 of the 2021-22 Late Model QLD season, this is how the drivers weigh up in the points.
The Caloundra Kid finds himself at the top of the table on 376 points after two podiums and a 4th. Christopher Carlish is the early standout as the rookie slots into 2nd place in the Championship, 69 points away from Carter, and 25 points ahead of 3rd place Michael Jenner, who is expected to return for Round 6 at Gympie Speedway after missing Round 5. Aaron Van Zeeland has been fast but is yet to capitalise on the pace of the Warrior chassis, he sits in 4th, once place ahead of his Dad Steve who currently has 221 points. Chris Corbett is the next placed rookie sitting in 6th after his debut and race win Grafton Speedway for Round 5, and Timothy Laird who finished 3rd for his only race this season to date, currently has 7th. The rookies of Peter Jenner and Drew Lawrence are neck and neck in 8th and 9th with Joshua Schultz rounding out the top 10.
Corbett takes victory on Late Model debut
Grafton local and Dirt Modified regular, Chris Corbett took the Q74 Tullboro Race Store - Motorsport Rental Late Model to its first victory, on Corbetts first race in a Late Model.
Aaron Van Zeeland drive the Q22 to victory lane in the first two heats with the Caloundra Kid Carter Armstrong Racing. winning the 3rd.
Double A started from pole in the feature with Corbett to his outside. Armstrong and Steve Van Zeeland made up the 2nd row with Christopher Carlish made up the field.
Aaron took the lead early before suffering damage to the right front corner forcing him to retire on lap 6 handing the lead over to Corbett. Steve VZ drove up to 2nd place and was challenged by Armstrong before Carter made contacting with the wall and fell back yo 4th. Carlish would take the 3rd place on the track and chase Bull in 2nd.
Ultimately, Corbett was too comfortable to be beaten with Steve Van Zeeland taking 2nd and Carlish holding on to 3rd. At the end of the night, LMQ was ecstatic with hospitality from Grafton Speedway personnel and fans, and we can’t wait to return next season.


May 21st 
The new date for the 2021-22 QLD Title!
After a rain destroyed the opportunity to run the QLD title in January at Autobarn Carina International Speedway, LMQ and Carina management have decided to reschedule the event for May 21st.
This race meeting is next race meeting that LMQ will be running at the Bundaberg speedway, and as well as running along side the Production Sedans for their Carina Classic, it will also be the last of the 2021-22 LMQ season.
With the new date being set, more announcements including prize money ect. will come closer to the event, we now focus our attention to the next race meetings ahead.

Round 5 heads South
Nominations for Round 5 of the 2021-22 Late Models QLD season is now open!
February 12th the Late Models QLD season will head south in to Grafton Speedway in NSW for the first time in many many years.
After rainouts at the previous two race meetings, both at Autobarn Carina International Speedway, the teams will are ready and very eager to get back on the race track.
The Late Models will headline a great field of race cars including the Mirco Sprint National title, as well as full list of RSA Sedan classes.

Round 2 Race Recap


JENNER WINS 2 FROM 2!
Last night saw Round 2 of the Late Models QLD season ran at Autobarn Carina International Speedway.
9 cars rolled into the track to compete for the honours, but Michael Jenner driving the Phil Laird Motorsport Q91 won the first and third heat race which would see him off pole in the feature, Aaron Van Zeeland was the first home in the second heat.
Tj Horne in the Q74 exited the first heat prematurely with some teething issues with the power unit of the car, ending his night.
Carter Armstrong was immediately comfortable in his new ride in the Barry Wright Race Car, he started the feature on the outside pole, Tim Laird and Aaron VZ made up the second row.
Jenner got the jump off the start and lead Armstrong who made a couple moves to try and find a way through, but couldn’t advance early.
Laird cleared the Q22 off the start and found himself in 3rd as Van Zeeland struggled with the bumps in turn 4 loosing a bunch of ground.
Steve Van Zeeland in the Q77 found the front straight wall after hitting the same rough area of the track, bringing out the yellow, then a couple laps later Aaron retired with brake issues and a right rear flat.
Drew Lawrence was the next to fall victim to ruts making contact with the wall on the exit of turn 2 which brought out another lengthy yellow.
With only a few laps remaining the race was declared with Michael Jenner named the Feature race Winner, a Carter Armstrong finishing 2nd, although disappointed with race declaration is excited about the future prospects the new car holds, and Tim Laird finishing third rounded out the podium.
Christopher Carlish finished again in 4th spot and Peter Jenner being the first finisher of the Limited Late Models also ends the night in a high.
Great to see some truely fantastic racing, can’t wait for our next meeting on boxing night, December 26th back at the Clay at Carina.
LMQ

Round 1 Race Recap
Round 1 of the 2021-22 season for Late Models QLD was held at Autobarn Carina International Speedway this past Saturday where 8 cars checked to compete in the season opener, including 3 rookies, some striking new liveries and a couple driver changes in different cars with Michael Jenner piloting the Timothy Laird Q13 and Joshua Schultz back in the Q55 Late Model after some absence from the class.
The three heat races were split between Carter Armstrong winning the first one, Aaron Van Zeeland taking the 2nd one and Michael Jenner winning the last.
Steve Van Zeeland was the only non-finisher in the heats suffering with a brake issue that would see him remain in the pits until feature race time.
The feature race line up like this, Q35 of Armstrong off pole and the Q13 of M.Jenner on his outside, then followed A.Van Zeeland, D.Lawrence, Carlish, J.Schultz, P.Jenner and S.Van Zeeland rounded out the starting grid.
The first race start was called back by the chief steward for a jump start, the second start saw the front row drivers go neck and neck into the first turn. On the exit of the corner, Jenner was the car ahead until the two cars made contact down the back straight away causing a concertina effect which eventually lead to Schultz running into the rear of rookie Drew Lawrence.
At the restart of the race, the Q35 was relegated to the rear of the field for causing the yellow which promoted the Q22 to pole, but once again Jenner was strong on the outside and took the lead of the race.
Lap 6 saw Schultz rotate the car in turn 2 in front the trailing cars, most of which avoided any contact except for Armstrong who clipped the nose of the Q55 with his left rear, which did minimal damage to Carters car but ended Schultz's return to Late Model Racing with damage to the nose cone.
The Q13 survived countless attacks from Van Zeeland from behind including a battle with two laps left when the Q22 got beside Jenner on the back straight before Michael drove hard into the turn 3 and closing the door, ultimately being the race winning move.
Michael Jenner finished half a second ahead of Aaron Van Zeeland who came home and P2, Carter Armstrong was able to claw back to third 1.4 secs back from the leaders.
Rookie Christopher Carlish had a drama free night, keeping the car straight in every race and brought it home for 4th place in the feature with Steve Van Zeeland rounding out the finishers after Peter Jenner retired the car with 5 to go.
Some fantastic racing all night long, well done to all the teams, can't wait to be back Autobarn Carina International Speedway round 2 on December 4th.

ROUND 1 is here!

Less then two weeks until Late Models QLD is on track to kick off the 2021-22 season!

The 12th season for LMQ will kick off at Autobarn Carina International Speedway on November 6th 2021, the venue which will host 5 meetings this season including the QLD title on January 8th 2022.
After a several year absence, the series also will make its return to a couple of showground tracks down south with Grafton Speedway on February 12th 2022 and Lismore Speedway on April 2nd 2022, with drivers and promoters alike, very excited to see the biggest engines in speedway hammer around these tracks.
The series will also run a single race meeting at both Gympie Speedway on March 5th 2022 and Kingaroy Speedway on April 23rd 2022 as a part of their Easter Stampede.
LMQ is also super excited to see the launch of the double series of Super Late Models and Limited Late Models which was been introduced to Late Models QLD this season, allowing racers with a smaller budget to use smaller engines and compete for their own series points.
The new announcement of the Three-peat Challenge proudly sponsored by Bundy's Pitstop Cafe awards a driver that wins three consecutive feature races within the season a cool $2,500 on top of the regular race winnings.

The Three-peat Challenge

Late Models QLD and Bundy's Pitstop Cafe would like to introduce to you, The Three-Peat Challenge!
Any Late Model driver who wins 3 feature races in a row throughout the 2021-22 Late Models QLD season, will take home an extra $2,500 thanks to Bundy's Pitstop Cafe.
The winner will also take home a perpetual trophy that will carry on for the foreseeable future.
LMQ would like to thank Bundy's Pitstop Cafe for their support and initiative for this new challenge and we can't wait for the season to start.

New 2021-22 tyre rule.
The 2021-22 season will be the first season Late Models QLD will run the new compound tyre rule.
The new rule from LMA is:
15.14 A,) All tyres must be minimum compound of Hoosier 1300 or American Racer 44 (or harder) on all 4 corners.
LMQ was given the option to bring in the rule either this season or last season. The club decided to phase in the rule to allow all teams who owned softer tyres to use them last season and then bring in the new rule which is now rolled out nationwide for 2021-22.
LMQ is supports LMA in the new rule as it will help bring down the cost of Late Model racing and help for closer racing.

LMQ introduces Limited Late Models Series

Late Models QLD Would like to introduce to you, for the first time ever, The Limited Late Model Series and Super Late Model Series.

After much deliberation, Late Models QLD made the decision to run two series in the 2021-22 season.
The Limited Series is for cars running 376cu engines and smaller, and will run for their own points championship and other prizes.
The Super Late Model series is an open division where all cars within Late Models QLD are eligible for points and prizes, including Limited Late Models.
The Limited Late Models will run at the same time as the Super Late Models to keep high car counts, but the Limited Series is there as encouragement to those without the big budget to still going racing and have something to compete for.

Late Models QLD feel like this is a promising step towards the future to allow more affordable and exciting racing, with more opportunities opening in the future.re to edit text


The Late Model Queensland 2021-22 race calendar is here!
The 12th season for LMQ will kick off at Autobarn Carina International Speedway on November 6th 2021, the venue which will host 5 meetings this season including the QLD title on January 8th 2022.
After a several year absence, the series also will make its return to a couple of showground tracks down south with Grafton Speedway on February 12th 2022 and Lismore Speedway on April 2nd 2022, with drivers and promoters alike, very excited to see the biggest engines in speedway hammer around these tracks.
The series will also run a single race meeting at both Gympie Speedway on March 5th 2022 and Kingaroy Speedway on April 23rd 2022 as a part of their Easter Stampede
Also, this years Australian Title is the rescheduled 2020-21 meeting which will be held on February 25th and 26th at Premier Speedway, Warrnambool.
We cannot wait for this season to kick off and with practices only a month away, make sure you put the dates in your calendar now, because this is a season you don't want to miss!
2021-22 Queensland Title announced!
The first Queensland Late Model title since 2019 is set to be hosted at Autobarn Carina Speedway in Bundaberg this season on January 8th. The track was previously scheduled to host the 2020-21 title in July 2021, but the club rescheduled the event to the next season to allow more drivers to be able to attend. With Aaron Van Zeeland the only driver on the QLD grid this season to have taken out the event before, we will see a first time winner of the event or can Aaron claim his second state title.