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  • Jamie is the Champion!

    Jamie Oldfield last night was the class of the field as he raced away in the thirty lap final to claim a dominating win in the West Australian Late Model Championship, his first win in the event.   Oldfield started from pole alongside the impressive Matt Goodlad and raced away from the field at every opportunity, so much so that even when in lapped traffic his lead continued to increase slightly. He would go on to cross the line some eight and a half seconds ahead of Matt Goodlad and third placed Brad Blake. The thirty lap feature began with Jamie immediately pulling out in front of Goodlad and Blake. The first yellows of the race came out on lap three when Lee Watt came to a stop, bunching up the field once more. Jamie would lead away again and built his lead so that he was quickly closing in on lapped traffic. However, just as he was approaching lapped traffic on lap seven, Jeremy Hale spun, Oldfield lucky to avoid it, and the yellows were bought on again. Straight away Oldfield left the rest of the field for dust on the next start, again racing his way up to lapped traffic, but for the third time before he could actually start to lap cars, the yellows came on yet again, this time for Jeremy Hale who had gone into the wall after contact with Bryn Haythornthwaite. Two laps later it was yellow lights again, this time after some back markers came together with a domino effect seeing Nat Muir spin. This would however be the last stoppage and Jamie would use it to his advantage, racing away once more while well behind him Goodlad and Blake were having a great battle, Blake showing his nose to Goodladlap after lap but unable to actually get past. Oldfield finally got into lapped traffic on lap seventeen, but it didn’t seem to faze him, his lead getting bigger ...

  • Who Will be Champion?

    Although one of the newer divisions in Speedway, the Late Model Sedans have already got a proud history, particularly in Western Australia, and this weekend will see another chapter written as the eighteenth annual WA Late Model Championship goes on the line at QUIT Collie Speedway. A good field of twenty two cars has nominated for the event, including no less than five former champions. Marc Giancola, Brad Blake, Craig Vosbergen, Ryan Halliday and Warren Oldfield have all claimed victory in the title before and all five enter the event with a huge chance of taking home the trophy once more. Of course defending champion Marc Giancola is pulling out all the stops to defend his title with word through that he has purchased the ex Steve Francis machine for the weekend. If the rumours are true and Giancola does settle into his new ride, then he will be very tough to beat. One man who would very much like his chances this weekend is Brad Blake. Blake has been on the podium eleven times in the races seventeen year history and has a 53% winning record in the event after claiming nine wins. He would love to make it ten wins this weekend and will be doing all he can to achieve this goal. A two time champion also in the field is Craig Vosbergen . The fact that Vosbergen has been on podium three times in last five years is scary enough for his competitors, but then even more interestingly, he has won both WA Late Model Championships that have been held at Collie, the first in 2011, the next in 2013… Every two years may be an omen? Ryan Halliday and Warren Oldfield have both got one win apiece, Halliday having been on the podium four times including his win, while Warren had two podium ...

  • SIMPLY STEVE

    Steve Francis rounded out his Australian campaign in the best possible fashion last night at Manjimup Speedway as he claimed his fourth feature race in a row and in the process clinched the 2015 Rando’s Cane Furniture Invasion Tour.   Francis was simply in a class of his own in the feature, making the most of his front row start to race away with each start. The first attempt saw a few cars make contact, resulting in Devin Moran’s left rear tyre going flat and ending his race early. The next start went for just a few laps and Francis had built up a huge five second lead when he was bought back to the field after Craig Vosbergen slowed.    The race restarted with Francis again racing away, while behind him was a titanic battle for third with Kye Blight executing a brilliant pass on Jamie Oldfield to grab the position. Unfortunately it lasted only few laps as Blight spun infield, handing the position back to Jamie.   In the end though it was all Francis as he crossed the line first, recording his fourth feature win from as many starts. Jeep Van Wormer must be sick of seeing the rear of the Francis machine as for the third time in as many races he came second, while Jamie Oldfield claimed the final podium position.   By winning the final feature Francis secured the overall Rando’s Cane Furniture Invasion Tour, scoring 473 points to defeat Jeep Van Wormer on 443 and Jason Oldfield on 395. Paul Stubber and Brad Blake rounded out the top five finishers. In total 34 drivers competed in at least one round of the series, with the full final points standings published below.   Earlier in the night Francis, Jason Oldfeld, Craig Vosbergen and Kye Blight each won a heat race. Over the tour the ...

  • Americans Awesome at Albany!

        The American domination of the Rando’s Cane Furniture Invasion Tour has continued tonight, with the touring team going almost undefeated during the night. Not one Aussie was able to break through for a win in the heats, Steve Francis claimed his third feature from three starts so far and the podium was rounded out once again by Americans!   Francis, as he has become known for, drove a calculating race, sitting behind pole sitter Jeep Van Wormer for only a short time before making his move. The leading duo were into lapped traffic by lap five and then went on to survive numerous restarts, with Francis claiming the win from Van Wormer. Fellow countryman George Lee had his best result for the series to date, challenging Van Wormer at various stages during the race, but ultimately being forced to settle for third place.   The first restart of the thirty lap feature was actually bought on by Devin Moran who spun in turn three, leaving Clint Noakes nowhere to go. Noakes went infield, while Moran was sent rear. As the leading duo made their way into the traffic, ‘The General’ George Lee, who started sixth, was sitting in fourth and fighting with the ‘The 0 Show’ Brad Blake for third. Eventually Lee found his way through, making the most of a restart to close the gap between himself and Van Wormer.    Francis survived a hairy moment with a lapped car to bring on the yellows a third time, then a questionable pass further back in the field left Jay Cardy and Marc Giancola on the infield with damaged cars in another stoppage. Not long after, the yellows were out once more for spun cars and would then reappear twice more. In the end though, it was all Francis, crossing the line ahead of Van Wormer and ...

  • Are You Ready Albany?!?!

      After last weekend’s high quality, fast paced, wheel to wheel action, one could be forgiven for thinking that the Late Model Sedan division would be needing to take a break…. How wrong would they be?!?!   The Invasion Tour continues again this weekend with not one, but two more rounds of the Rando’s Cane Furniture Invasion Tour and all the stars and their cars are ready to go once more!   A great field of twenty four nominations has been received for the Albany Speedway round to be held this Saturday night, the 24th of January, while Manjimup Speedway will be holding the fourth and final round of the tour this Sunday night!   Headlining the list for Albany is of course the Invasion Tour point leader, ‘The Kentucky Colonel’ Steve Francis. Francis has won both feature races of the tour so far, besting Jamie Oldfield and Jeep Van Wormer in a brilliant feature race at QUIT Collie Speedway last Friday night, then defeating Van Wormer and Devin Moran in another solid drive the following night at QUIT Bunbury Speedway. The big question on everyone’s lips now is can Francis grab the final two rounds? Or is it possible that someone may end his dominance?   Of course fellow Americans Jeep Van Wormer, Devin Moran and George Lee will all be licking their lips in anticipation of hitting the clay way once again and will only have revenge on their minds as they search for their first feature wins of their down under tour.   Not only are the Americans wanting a win, but the local brigade are looking to improve their results, none more than Jamie Oldfield. After coming second in the first nights competition Oldfield was sitting strongly in the points before being struck down by a bee sting in hot laps at Bunbury and missing the entire night’s competition. ...

  • Francis Again!

      The man they call the Kentucky Colonel; Steve Francis, has done it again as last night he raced his way to his second feature race in as many nights, this time at QUIT Bunbury Speedway, defeating fellow countrymen Jeep Van Wormer and Devin Moran. Francis was once again in devastating form, recording a win and a second place in the heats seeing him claim the Lucas Oils pole position. He then went on to race away from his opposition in the thirty lap final to bank another bundle of points that now sees him leading the Rando’s Cane Furniture Invasion Tour by seventeen points over second placed Jeep Van Wormer after two of four rounds. Jeep Van Wormer led the race as the green flag dropped and held onto it for a few laps as Francis bade his time, sitting behind Van Wormer waiting for the passing opportunity to strike. He moved outside Van Wormer on lap three, the two fighting side by side, before he pulled ahead as the fourth lap was complete and from here he worked to open up the gap. Despite a handful of restarts, during each of which that Van Wormer would apply the pressure, Francis kept his calm, driving away each time. Behind the leading two, Devin Moran worked his way into third place to make it an American trifecta and this is how they would finish at the completion of thirty laps. Once again, drama reared its ugly head, as has become expected from the Invasion Tour, this time with Jamie Oldfield, who was sitting in second place in the series coming into the second round. After completing hot laps Jamie was strung by a bee and suffered a severe allergic reaction, seeing him sent to hospital and ending his hopes of competing for the night. Try ...

  • Bunbury tonight

    A field of thirty one cars has nominated for the event, headlined by the four visiting Americans. Steve Francis was nothing short of brilliant last night as he raced wheel to wheel with Jamie Oldfield for the entire thirty lap feature race, grabbing the win and leading the points chart heading into the second round. Fellow American Jeep Van Wormer claimed third place and the Oldfield racing team have worked hard through the night to repair the rear end damage from the feature and he will be back ready to go tonight. In contrast to these two, Devin Moran and George Lee had nights they would rather forget. Lee suffered damage in a heat race and his night came to a premature end while Moran lost a wheel in the four wide salute and was unable to start the feature. Both will be looking for better runs tonight. Jamie Oldfield was the highest finishing Australian, pushing Francis to the limit and coming home with eventually a second place. He was followed by Brad Blake in fourth and Jason Oldfield in fifth, with Lee Watt running a strong sixth. All of these drivers will be looking to build on these results in tonight’s event. Of course last night wasn’t without its issues, with Craig Vosbergen, Brad Ludlow and Nathan Disney amongst those who didn’t start the features after various mechanical woes plagued their night. All three will bounce back strongly tonight and be looking for some better results. Ryan Ludlow is the extra car nominated for tonight’s actions and he is just one of a whole bunch of young drivers in a charge to get some results. Drivers such as Morgan Melvin, Rob Galloway, Dean King and Kye Blight kept their noses clean in the feature and should be commended for their efforts. Good luck to them all for ...

  • Francis draws first blood

    Steve Francis has tonight continued his winning ways in Western Australia, this time winning the thirty lap feature event at QUIT Collie Speedway. Francis however, didn’t have it all his own way, with Jamie Oldfield challenging him the entire distance, even leading twelve laps through the middle of the race. In the end though, Francis was simply too good and led the laps that mattered: the last four, crossing the line ahead of Jamie Oldfield, with Jeep Van Wormer in third, having lapped all but the top three cars. Of course what would an Invasion Tour event be without a little bit of drama and we sure had it at the start of the A Main! As the field lined up for the four wide salute, Devin Moran, who was slated to start out of position three, appeared to make contact with another car, leaving him without a front left wheel and seeing him parked on the infield before the race began! Francis assumed the lead at the drop of the green, with Jamie quickly settling into third, while Jeep Van Wormer moved into third place closely followed by Jason Oldfield. After just five laps, the leading group found themselves in heavy traffic and this is where the top three in particular began battling it out in incredibly close quarters. With fourteen complete Francis was forced wide in the traffic and this gave Jamie the opportunity he needed, ducking through to grab the lead. By the halfway point the leading trio were still locked together, until Van Wormer went high in turn one and clobbered the wall, seeing him drop back from the leading two, who then began an epic battle. The two lead competitors swapped the lead numerous times, with Francis only officially back in the lead with four to go. From here he ...

  • Huge Fields for Invasion Tour!

    As the Late Model season kicks into high gear this week, we have some of the biggest fields ever assembled in Australia for the opening two rounds of the Rando’s Cane Furniture USA Invasion Tour!   No less than thirty cars have nominated for the opening round stanza of the series, to be held at QUIT Collie Speedway on Friday, the 16th of January, while the following night at QUIT Bunbury Speedway we have thirty one machines nominated for action!   Four Americans, a New South Welshman and a huge field of local drivers make up a quality field that will contest the series and with so much talent across the board, it is going to be a hard task to pick a winner at any stage of the game.   The four American visitors will be looking for some solid results, particularly Jeep Van Wormer who is back once again, this time driving the USA #55 Rocket out of the Oldfield Racing stable. Van Wormer. From Pinconning, Michigan, the 39 year old has toured Western Australia with some solid results, including two feature wins a number of seasons ago, and he will be hoping to add to those this time around.       A man who needs no introduction is Ashland, Kentucky native Steve Francis. The 47 year old has also been to Australia on numerous occasions and absolutely dominated, including winning two Australian Titles. This will be the fourth invasion tour in a row he has contested,  and he is currently undefeated on his last two visits, where he firstly won two nights at the Motorplex, plus one each at Manjimup and Collie before winning the national title at Bunbury, then last year where he won rounds at Collie, Manjimup and Ellenbrook. The full time race car driver for Clint Bowyer Racing in the USA is a former ...

  • KORAN ATKINSON LEADS SPEED TORQUE ALL STAR SERIES

      Koran Atkinson has grabbed the lead in the SPEED TORQUE ALL STAR SERIES for Late Models with two very impressive drives over the Xmas period with victory at Quit Bunbury Speedway following on from a solid second place at The Perth Motorplex on Boxing night. Jamie Moon is only two points behind after winning the Perth Motorplex event and a strong third place at Bunbury. The SPEED TORQUE ALL STAR SERIES is set up for a big finish at the March race meeting at Quit Bunbury Speedway. Eight drivers have a realistic chance of winning the series after completion of the third round at Bunbury last weekend. With three separate round winners in the first three rounds the competition is closely matched and the points system rewards a driver for consistency. POINTS AFTER ROUND 3   Koran Atkinson                 47   Jamie Moon                      45   Phil Zuidema                     42   Nat Muir                            37   Paul Stubber                     37   Jeff Rogers                        36   Morgan Melvin                35   Kye Blight                          22   Ken McPherson                20   Dean King                          20   Brent Vosbergen              19   Jai Mazzini                         15   Peter Seaton                     15   Jayden Meckenstock       15   Mark Webster                  15   Bryn Haythorthwaite       15   Rob Galloway                    15