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  • VOSBERGEN CONTINUES TO DOMINATE

    Ellenbrook Speedway again played host to the Forma Tel Late Model Winter Series when round 4 of the series was held on 27 June. After qualifying on pole in his Genius shocks Rocket with 2 heat wins and a 4th Brent Vosbergen again dominated the opposition and stood on top of the podium for the fourth time in four consecutive feature races. At every restart Vosbergen defended the charges of Tasmanian super sedan ace Brad Smith in his Full Boar Race Gear Mastersbuilt. Smith spun twice trying moves on Vosbergen and on each occasion managed to keep going. Smith’s challenges were kept alive by multiple restarts giving him the opportunity to have another run at Vosbergen. The feature race was interrupted by multiple spins from Mick Andrews, who was disqualified after 2 spins, Clint Philip and Matt Nylander who had qualified on the front row. The race was finally declared after Matt Nylander hit the wall in turn 1 after damaged sustained in his earlier incident. Alex Melvin qualified 4th for the feature and finishing 3rd in another mature drive for the young Collie driver. Clint Philip salvaged 4th after a spin giving him his personal best finish. Next home was Mark Webster in 5th after getting on top of his handling issues in the heats followed by ‘The WHEEL DEAL” Mick Clune. The nickname quickly given to the celebrity driver after losing his front wheel in heat 1. Jed Rodgers made the most of the development series format finishing 7th in his first feature race. His go kart and junior sedans experience shinning through. Jarrin Bielby failed to start the feature due to a broken valve in heat 1 while Paul Joss also fell victim to engine gremlins in heat 2. Peter Roebuck Photo

  • BRENT VOSBERGEN STRETCHES HIS LEAD

    Brent Vosbergen is quickly making a name for himself by winning his third straight feature race in the Forma Tel Late Model Winter Series. Vosbergen started out of position four in an inverted top six format for the feature at Ellenbrook Speedway on 14 June 2015. He quickly settled into second behind pole sitter Matt Nylander. Vosbergen eventually made his way past to greet the chequered flag first with Michael Holmes, driving the ex Phil Zuidema CT525 crate engine, finishing second from position six. Matt Nyander came home third with a solid drive. Brad Smith, driving the ex Oldfield Mastersbuilt, seemed to struggle a little with the change from super sedans to late models however impressed by finishing fourth in his second outing. After a consistent drive young Alex Melvin came home fifth with Jai Mazzini next in sixth after getting the car repaired following contact with turn 3 in heat 1. Seventh across the line was Jarrin Bielby driving the ex O Show rocket. Bielby had a spin early on in the feature causing the only restart for the race. Bringing the herd safely home was the 24 rocket of Mick (The Clune Dog) Clune. DNF’s for the feature were  Clint Philip and Chris Ferguson with both drivers showing great improvement during their heats. Heat wins — Heat 1 Brent Vosbergen, Heat 2 Brad Smith, Heat 3 Michael Holmes. Official Feature placings 4,54,15,88,42,36,24, DNF 96, 45, DNQ 39  

  • FORMA TEL WINTER SERIES – ROUND 1

    FORMA TEL WINTER SERIES Round 1, Motorplex , 9th May 2015. Son of a Gun Brent Vosbergen was a dominate and well deserved winner of the first Forma Tel Winter Series event for Late Models in 2015. Vosbergen started pole after a win in heat 1 and a 4th in heat 2 and led all 20 laps. In a great drive by the next generation driver Ryan Ludlow he raced from outside pole to secure second in the feature ahead of Veronica McCann who recovered well from an early spin in the feature to race back to a podium finish. After a last second pass for a win in heat 2 Rob Galloway had a spin in the feature and went a lap down but drove back to 4th ahead of Mick Clune who started rear all night on his comeback event. The Clune Dog drove the ex Galloway Rocket to a great 5th place finish. Alex Melvin and Lionel Kirkby also had spins in the feature which made for a tough night. Alex prevailed over Lionel for sixth place with both drivers displaying their growing talents as the night progressed. Mark Webster seemed to struggle a little all night to find that Kwinana set up while Jai Mazzini did not get the start to start the Forma Tel Late Model Winter Series this young racer would have liked with a DNS heat 1,DNS heat 2 and DNF in the feature. It was good to see Mark Matthews back in action however his night was ruined by damage to his radiator as was also the case with last year’s Development series winner Dean King. New Development driver Jarrin Bielby had a great drive in his first late model race passing several to finish 8th. Heat 2 ended his night early as an innocent victim of another’s crash. ...

  • Season Closes With Champions Honoured

      The 2014/15 West Australian Late Model Sedan Racing Season officially came to a close last Saturday night as the awards were handed out to the competitors to honour their achievements. A good crowd was welcomed by CEO Michael Holmes who was genuinely excited about what had happened over the last twelve months, with some big achievements and some great racing to boot. Some of the highlights included the USA Invasion Tour, the thirty lap feature race at Collie Speedway, the TV package and the new All Stars Series. He then mentioned how next year would be even bigger and better with the Perth Motorplex to host the 2016 Australian Late Model Championships, proudly presented by Di Candilo Steel City. The sponsors of the season were then acknowledged with a gift, including the Pro Dirt Series naming rights sponsor Racin Tyres. Host Gary Earle then took over proceedings and announced the first award of the evening, the Quiet Achiever Award, which was taken out by Nat Muir. Nat thanked his crew for all their hard work, especially his dad, saying without them he wouldn’t be out there and concluding by announcing he couldn’t wait to get back out on track next season. The best presented car and crew was next, awarded to Paul Stubber and Team #31, while Jamie Oldfield was next, officially recognised for winning the WA Title and also finishing second in the Australian Title at Kingaroy. He mentioned that it was a huge honour for him to finally get his name on the trophy, especially considering the calibre of other names already on there. The Cleanaway Bunbury Track Championship was next, with third placed Michael Holmes thanking the team at Bunbury Speedway. Second placed Jeff Rogers thanked Cleanaway and associate sponsor Dynamite Dan’s, as well as his son and wife for all their help.  ...

  • Oldfield, Giancola and Oldfield Share the Spoils!

      Although it was Jamie Oldfield who ran away with the feature race victory, it was his brother Warren Oldfield who locked in the Pro Dirt Series Championship, while Marc Giancola locked in the Late Model Sedan Perth Motorplex Track Championship last night in the final race of the season at the Perth Motorplex. The final night was full of plenty of action, with the feature race in particular thrilling the crowd who had stayed back to see the last event of the Perth Motorplex Season. Courtesy of his heat race finishes Paul Stubber would start on the pole, alongside veteran sedan competitor Brad Blake. The field was given the opportunity to go four wide and thank the spectators for their support during the year, then the racing was on in earnest. It was actually Ryan Halliday that took the early lead and quickly built quite a commanding gap between himself and the rest of the field. The yellows then came on for a spun car, which bunched the field up, then another restart was called quickly as Jai Mazzini and Craig Greentree came together. Phil Zuidema and then Greentree both spun infield, but the race continued, with Halliday once again out to a huge lead. Again the cautions came out, this time for Ludlow who spun on the main straight, then came out again a few laps later for Ludlow once more. This set the scene for what would be an epic race as just as the yellows came on, both Jamie Oldfield and Craig Vosbergen had passed Brad Blake for a pointy end position. The restart saw the three cars battling it out for third, then catching up to second placed Cardy. All of a sudden the makeup of the race changed with leader Halliday suddenly slowing and heading infield, handing Cardy the lead. ...

  • Grand Final Thriller!

    This weekend at the Perth Motorplex will see the thunder and lightning Late Model Sedans hit the track for the last time this season, and with two championships on the line, all nineteen drivers are going to be throwing everything on the line to get the elusive win. Going into the final round of the season long Pro Dirt Series it is Warren Oldfield who leads Brad Blake by a mere 52 points. Jay Cardy is a further fifty eight points behind in third, while Craig Vosbergen sits in fourth place. Mathematically any one of the top four can win, with Vosbergen able to grab the series win if the top three don’t even show up the track. Being more realistic and assuming they all show up though, it is Blake who could steal the championship right at the last minute if everything goes his way. Looking at the Perth Motorplex Track Championship it is actually Marc Giancola who has a thirty point buffer over second placed Warren Oldfield, while Cardy again sits in third, some seventy five points behind the leader. The top eight cars all mathematically have a chance of winning, but assuming they all show up (and yes, all are nominated), the top three will be fighting it out, with three hundred points on the line for the feature race. Warren Oldfield has won a handful of feature races this season and will be hard to beat once again this weekend as he looks to lock in the series title, but of course drivers the ilk of Blake, Vosbergen and brother Jamie Oldfield, driving a different machine to his normal #51 this weekend, will all also be looking for the final round win. Jay Cardy will be hoping for a strong finish and to move further forward in both championships, while others like ...

  • Vosbergen Domination

    Craig Vosbergen last night totally dominated proceedings at the Perth Motorplex, taking wins in both of his heats before going on to claim the twenty lap feature event in honour of the General, John Day. Vosbergen led from the first drop of the green in the feature, then gained the lead again on the second start after a car spun. He led again on a lap four restart after another car spun then survived a great battle with Warren Oldfield that went on through the last half of the race. As the duo fought through lapped traffic Oldfield put pressure on Vosbergen, going low looking to duck underneath, but each time Vosbergen would pull away and despite another great challenge in the final lap, Vosbergen went on to defeat Warren Oldfield while Jamie Oldfield was back in third. Earlier in the night the opener got off to a rough start when the front row came together and half spun, leaving the rest of the field nowhere to go. Six cars got involved, and the yellows were quickly on. The next start got a little further around, before a spun car saw another five car pileup, eliminating a couple more cars from the race. Vosbergen made the most of the restart and raced through for the lead while Matt Goodlad and Ryan Halliday fought it out for second. As they battled Halliday found himself going high, which gave Marc Giancola the opportunity to slip underneath him, then also move past Goodlad, Vosbergen going on to win from Giancola and Goodlad. By comparison, the second heat was much quieter, Warren Oldfield beating brother Jamie off the line and racing away to the win ahead of Jamie, with Brad Blake coming through from sixth to third. Heat three was also relatively quiet apart from an incident ...

  • Late Models Return to the Plex!

        For the first time this year, the Late Model Sedans will return to the high banks of the Perth Motorplex with a strong twenty car field.   The division last raced at the Motorplex on Boxing Night last year, with Ryan Halliday the man who claimed the win ahead of Marc Giancola and Jay Cardy.   Interestingly, no driver has had more than two podium finishes out of the four races at the Perth Motorplex this season. Warren Oldfield has recorded two wins while Halliday and Craig Vosbergen have one each, but it is actually Marc Giancola who leads the Perth Motorplex Track Championship points after two strong podium finishes and not finishing outside the top five in the other two feature events.   Jay Cardy, Brad Blake and Jamie Oldfield have all also recorded podium finishes so far this season and are in this weekends field. All of these drivers will be hoping for a strong run that ends in another podium finish as this weekend doubles as one of the final rounds of the Pro Dirt Series, currently led by Warren Oldfield followed by Blake and Cardy.   Matt Goodlad had a podium finish last weekend and would love another while Jeremy Hale was a strong fourth place finisher and will be looking to improve on that this weekend.   Also in the field are a number of drivers looking to regain some confidence and some form after some difficult runs recently. Veronica McCann can’t seem to catch a break since her return and will look to turn that around this Saturday night, while Paul Stubber, Phil Zuidema and Jamie Moon all had events they would like to forget in Bunbury, hoping to redeem themselves this weekend.   Ryan and Brad Ludlow, as well as Jai Mazzini, Craig Greentree and Rob Galloway all return this weekend after missing a few events and all will ...

  • Oldfield Claims Bunbury Thriller!

    Warren Oldfield claimed a dramatic feature win last weekend at QUIT Bunbury Speedway in a race that had more twists and turns than an episode of ‘The Soprano’s’. Oldfield started out of position three, behind the front row of Brad Blake and Marc Giancola, who, from the time the green flag dropped, went at it hammer and tongs. The leading duo raced side by side for a number of laps before Giancola had a moment and almost upended his machine. This allowed Oldfield to show his nose and end up passing Giancola, the top three pulling away as they continued their battle. Lap after lap the leading trio fought it out, Oldfield poking his nose under the leading Blake and closely pursued by Giancola. They moved into lapped traffic when an unfortunate incident saw the leader Blake, who had led from the drop of the flag to lap twelve, was left with nowhere to go after Nat Muir spun in front of him. Blake was out of the race, while Muir suffered extensive damage also, enough to possibly end his season after recently replacing the whole front clip after his previous meeting at Bunbury. With eighteen to go the restart order saw Oldfield leading Giancola, Paul Stubber (from position nine) and Matt Goodlad. The restart saw both Stubber and then Jeremy Hale respectively spin and keep going, the order with thirteen to go seeing Oldfield leading Giancola and Goodlad while fourth placed Alec Melvin was half a lap behind the leading trio as he battled with Stubber and Dean King. Suddenly Giancola too found himself spinning, heading infield, the green lights remaining on, with Goodlad now in second and Melvin inheriting third. With eight to go Stubber spun again, with nine cars for the restart, then with twenty seven laps complete he hit the fence, ...

  • Late Model Thunder Set for Bunbury Final!

      After a month off, the thunder and lightning Late Models will this weekend return to action, with the final round of the Cleanaway Quit Bunbury Speedway Track Championship and also the final round of the Speed Torque All Star series to be held this Saturday night. The event is also a round of the season long Racin Tyres Pro Dirt Series, which means we have attracted a solid twenty one car field for the event, with each driver wanting to make their mark on one or more of the points scores. The grand final of the Cleanaway Quit Bunbury Speedway Track Championship will be a tight battle, with Jay Cardy currently leading the points, while Morgan Melvin and Jeff Rogers are tied on points for second place in a huge coup for the two relatively new drivers. The Speed Torque All Stars Series sees Koran Atkinson leading the points, but with Atkinson not nominated for the event, it opens up the door for second placed Jamie Moon to take over the lead. Of course with drivers the ilk of Phil Zuidema, Nat Muir and Morgan Melvin all breathing down Moon’s neck, it certainly won’t be an easy task. Currently leading the Pro Dirt Series is Warren Oldfield, some twenty one points ahead of second placed Brad Blake. It is only 120 points that separate the top six and with a maximum of 121 points on offer, it is still anyone’s game as the championship will surely come down to the wire. After looking at the championships, most of the contenders for each are nominated, with Warren Oldfield, Brad Blake, Jay Cardy, Craig Vosbergen, Ryan Halliday and Matt Goodlad just some of the Pro Dirt contenders who can lay a legitimate claim to grabbing the win this weekend, particularly Vosbergen and Cardy who have each won ...