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  • Record Breaking Night for Late Models as Oldfield shows total class!

    It was a huge night of racing action for the Late Models and right from the get go the racing was fast and furious. However, as is so often the case, Warren Oldfield steadied and went on to claim a huge and hard fought feature win.   Despite losing a number of cars due to the original Saturday rainout, the racing was fast and furious, with the opening race seeing Nat Muir race out to the early lead before he succumbed to mechanical issues and his night ended before it had really started. Paul Stubber inherited the lead but he faced stiff competition as Jamie Oldfield was all over the back of him, looking for a way through. Unfortunately Oldfield suffered issues and was also forced infield, which cleared the way for Brad Ludlow to make his presence felt. He piled the pressure on Stubber as the laps wound down, but fell just short despite trying a last lap outside move.   The second heat saw Jay Cardy lead away with Warren Oldfield and Michael Holmes following close behind. Craig Vosbergen, starting from position nine, quickly worked his way into third while ahead of him Cardy and Oldfield were fighting it out in close quarters for the lead. All of a sudden the top five of Oldfield, Cardy, Vosbergen, Brad Blake and Holmes were all fighting it out so closely a tea towel could have been thrown over the whole group. As the chequers flew though it was Oldfield who claimed the win from Vosbergen and Blake. Race three was when things really got serious and the records began to tumble. Craig Vosbergen started off the front row and raced away to a commanding lead. As the laps ticked by the times got faster and faster and by races end Vosbergen had recorded the fastest ...

  • It just gets bigger!!

    As if the opening Pro Dirt Series Late Model event at Ellenbrook Speedway wasn’t big enough last weekend, the division is backing it up with another huge nomination list ready to have a hit out at the Perth Motorplex for the first time this season. A huge twenty eight cars have nominated for the Grand Opening Showdown at the Perth Motorplex this Saturday night and as we scan though the nominations we can see that the win could go to absolutely anyone!!! Heading the charge of the thunder and lightning brigade this weekend will be opening round victor Warren Oldfield. He showed the opposition a clean set of heels last weekend and will be looking to do much the same this weekend. Of course he will certainly not have it all his own way, with fellow podium finishers Brad Blake and Craig Vosbergen ready to claim their own victory, while Warren’s brothers Jamie and Jason will also be looking to defeat their brother, with Jamie slotting in a bigger motor during the week! Of course, there is every chance that the winning driver could come from outside these competitors. Names such as Marc Giancola, Jay Cardy, Michael Holmes, Brad Ludlow and Ryan Halliday have all shown on numerous occasions that they have what it takes to claim wins and all would love nothing more than to do that this weekend. Others who had notable performances last weekend include Morgan Melvin who made the B Dash, Veronica McCann who claimed the Hard Charger award and Dean King who claimed the Hoosier Award. These drivers will look to build on their performances this weekend. Of course, there are also a few drivers having their first hit outs for the season with Paul Stubber, Ryan Ludlow, Craig Greentree, Jai Mazzini and Rob Galloway all ready to rumble. It is really quite ...

  • Five Oldfields in a row!

    Last night at Ellenbrook Speedway Warren Oldfield claimed the thirty lap feature event and in the process made it the fifth year in a row that the name Oldfield has been etched onto the Ray Tulk Memorial trophy. Warren first won it in  2010, then brother Jamie won it the following two years before Warren reclaimed it again last season before winning again last night. The feature race was an epic affair, with racing that thrilled the record crowd in attendance and had many talking after the meeting. Brad Blake was the man to beat early as he raced away to the lead,  with Jamie, Warren and Jason Oldfield chasing close behind. Just as Craig Vosbergen also began to make his presence known, the leading pack made their way into lapped traffic, where another car made a mistake and came across the front of Blake and almost ended his race then and there. Warren and Jamie Oldfield managed to avoid it but other cars got caught to varying degrees.  Blake was lucky enough to have minor repairs made and retake his position at the head of the field.  After the race restarted, Jamie, running in second, suddenly suffered motor damage and slowed before heading infield, while a handful of laps later Warren Oldfield worked his way past Blake for the lead. Oldfield would hold this lead for the remaining twenty one laps while behind him the battle was on for third, where Vosbergen and Jason Oldfield were fighting it out. Craig grabbed third on lap twenty three, then Oldfield got back past him on lap twenty six. Vosbergen fought back hard and two laps later grabbed third again while Jay Cardy also made his presence felt as he tried to gain another position. As the chequers flew though it was all Warren ...

  • Huge Field to Kick Off 2014/15 Season!

    Over the past few years the Late Models Sedans division in Western Australia has been growing and growing. Never has this been more evident than right now as we have one of the biggest fields ever assembled in WA for the opening event of the 2014/15 season, the Ray Tulk Memorial!   Ellenbrook Speedway this Saturday will play host to the thunder and lightning Late Models and with twenty seven nominations so far and the possibility of one or two more, there are sure to be sparks flying out on the track!   Headlining the nominations this weekend would have to be the man who dominated proceedings last season, Craig Vosbergen. Craig dominated here last season and spent some time in the off season continuing to hone his race craft and will be looking for another strong showing this season.   Of course there are a whole host of other drivers who will be out to ensure he doesn’t have it all his own way, namely Brad Blake, Jamie Oldfield, Marc Giancola and Warren Oldfield. Blake claimed another Australian Championship last season and is never far off the pace, while Jamie Oldfield also spent some time in the off season racing in America. He and brother Warren will again be teaming up, driving some brand new cars and ready for a full on assault. Of course, the will be joined by the third in a trio this weekend, by brother Jason, who is also a gasser and all here are a real threat, especially considering that Ellenbrook is their home track. Add in state champion Marc Giancola and it could be any one of these drivers who take home the win.   That being said, there is a whole host of other drivers looking for opening round glory, with drivers the ilk of Jay Cardy, Matt Goodlad, Lee Watt, Michael Holmes ...

  • JEREMY HALE LATE MODEL DISPLAY

    Jeremy Hale put his Rocket Late Model on display outside the Jandakot TyrePower store in the Jandakot shopping complex over the weekend. Jeremy was also involved at the same time as a volunteer fire fighter in an adjacent Telethon fund raiser. From there he sent a steady stream of wide eyed face painted kids for a sit in and photo in the Late Model. Perth Motorplex provided a number of free children’s passes to the GRAND OPENING SHOWDOWN – FIREWORKS NIGHT which were distributed together with bumper stickers, Late Model calendar and a Late Model facts sheet. Crew members were present to answer questions about Late Models and help the mums and dads with photos.

  • OUTSTANDING LATE MODEL SEASON LAUNCH

    It was billed as a launch with a difference and certainly lived up to expectations. Late Model Racing WA held the season launch at Kart World Belmont with a very large crowd of around a hundred people in attendance. The night was opened by CEO Michael Holmes with lighthearted interviews of corporate partners who were about to put their driving skills to the test. The legends were welcomed and the scene was set for a fun night for everyone. The headline act was the legends race involving some of the super stars of speedway racing. The driver lineup included Tony Giancola, Allan Blake, Barry Blake, Phil Richards, Rob Mc Gregor and Bert Vosbergen. Tony and Allan shared a dual kart with one steering and another operating the pedals and both emerged with smiles as wide as the main straight at the Perth Motorplex. Maybe we should put Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama in one next year to see how well they can cooperate. Almost 70 drivers, media, friends, wives, partners etc had a go at the karts with some dodgy passing maneuvers marginally outside the racing rules. (Well that may have been a very big margin) The coming RACIN Prodirt season was outlined in a brief speech by Michael Holmes as well as the USA INVASION TOUR, the PERTH MOTORPLEX TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP, the TRANSPACIFIC CLEANAWAY BUNBURY LATE MODEL TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP and the SPEEDTORQUE ALLSTAR SERIES. Trophies were presented by Lucas oils representative Brad Ludlow to the winners of the LUCAS OILS DEVELOPMENT SERIES. The winners were Dean King, Steve Bond and Lance Ferguson. Expectations for Late Models this season are at an all time high and this first official event has raised the anticipation another notch again. The RACIN Prodirt Late Model series gets under way at Ellenbrook Speedway at 3pm on 11 October 2014. LATE MODEL RACING WA ...

  • LATE MODELS SEASON PREVIEW- UNPRECEDENTED COMPETITION

      There will be an unprecedented level of competition that we will witness during this year’s Late Model racing season. Not only is the quality of cars racing as good as you will see anywhere in the world there are numerous drivers who have either raced Late Models this year in the USA or spent time crewing for some of the high profile professional teams. All that experience will translate into high speed action at an intensity level we have never seen before. Craig Vosbergen dominated the ProDirt series points last year however the result was not easy as there were still seven different round winners. Brad Blake claimed his fifth Australian title and former Australian title holder, Marc Giancola, blitzed the field to win the WA title. Other names to look out for are Warren and Jamie Oldfield with new Rocket Chassis cars together with former Australian champion Brad Ludlow, Michael Holmes, Mat Goodlad, Jay Cardy and last year’s Kalgoorlie round winner Lee Watt. This group will not have it all their own way with Phil Zuidema, Jamie Moon, Jason Moyle (the latter two campaigning new Revelution Race cars), Nat Muir and Jason Oldfield having demonstrated the speed and experience to win races last season. As well as the influx of new cars the return of talented drivers like Paul Stubber and Veronica McCann Pickersgill will add another dimension to the battle for supremacy.  In reality the level of competition is such that there are definitely over 15 drivers capable of winning a feature race and any winner willquite rightly be able to hold their head high. Consistency and an unprecedented level of competition are the common themes in a survey of some of the leading contenders for Late Model honours in the upcoming 2014-15 speedway season. Current state champion Marc Giancola believes it will be necessary to string together a series of strong results and always be a threat at every meeting. “The bar has been raised by more teams with very good equipment this ...

  • WORLDS BIGGEST DIRT CAR CATEGORY BOOMING IN WA

    With the boom in the number of Late Models racing in WA it is a good time to explore the thoughts of the new LMRWA CEOMichael Holmes. In particular to understand his vision of how he sees Late Models evolving in WA. Michael sees a big future for Late Models “The division is moving in the right direction and the foundations have been laid for something really good in WA. It is rare to have a division on the way up especially with the economy going the other way.” With a rapidly expanding group of Late Model drivers in WA over the past few years Michael is intent on keeping his hand firmly on the tiller. There will be well in excess of 50 Late Models racing in WA this year so Michael is keen to continue the momentum that has built up over the past 3 or 4 years. “We are involved in the world’s biggest dirt car category. We are not trying to invent anything. We are doing what has already been done in the USA.” Michael is conscious of the fact that there are a range of drivers with varying budgets and motivations for going Late Model racing. “We have something for everyone. The top end has the Prodirt series and they can even step up a notch at the USAInvasion Tour. We have the Development series for new andlower budget teams plus a seriously attractive rookie of the year award from Rocket Chassis. In addition we have introduced the recently announced Speed Torque AllStar series for drivers in transition to the top end of the division.” The fan base has been growing steadily and track promoters at all the major venues in WA have scheduled race meetings. QuitBunbury Speedway has taken a big step and introduced a new track championship for Late Models with 4 race meetings this season. This sits alongside the popular Perth Motorplex Track Championship. Michael sees this expansion as a gradual process“The Late ...

  • USA INVASION TOUR DRIVERS CONFIRMED

      The spectacularly successful Late Model USA INVASION TOUR is continuing to grow. This season fans will get the opportunity to see the USA stars at the Albany Speedway for the first time on 24 January 2015. Michael Holmes has been at Eldora Speedway for the Late Model World 100 last weekend and has confirmed that a very strong field of drivers will be coming down under for the series. Going on past performances this line up will send shivers down the spine of local competitors. At the top of the list is super star Steve Francis. Steve is a four time National Dirt Late Model Touring Series Champion and has won about all there is to win in the USA including the Knoxville Nationals and the World 100 at Eldora. To top this off he has also got 2 Australian Late Model Titles to his name.  “Michael and his team provide me with a real nice race car so I’m really looking forward to jumping in the Ozmine Barry Wright Race Car again” Steve said. Next is Jeep Van Wormer who stunned the locals with his pace and seemingly impossible outside passes when he raced here 4 years ago. Jeep is a fixture on the UMP Summer Nationals Tour with over 15 feature wins including the UMP Fall Nationals at Eldora “It’s great to be able to visit my Australian friends again – the Oldfield brothers have bought themselves a couple of real nice rockets – I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel for them again” Another former visitor coming to make his mark is Devin Moran. Devin is a relative youngster in late model racing and has shown blistering speed both in the East and West of Australia. In 2012 he won the NSW State championship and feels at home on Australian tracks which ...

  • SPEED TORQUE ALLSTAR SERIES for LATE MODELS

    BONUS FOR UP AND COMING DRIVERS   To cater for the rapidly increasing number of Late Models in WA and to give newer drivers a realistic target to aim at the LMRWA has announced a new series to be run in conjunction with the 2014/2015 season calendar. A strict criterion has been developed to determine eligibility for the series and is entirely based on performance at the pinnacle of Late Model Racing prior to the start of the season. Drivers who have been on the podium of any National LM title or State LM title, Top 5 in the Pro Dirt series in any year since 2009/2010 or have won a Pro Dirt feature race are excluded. All other competitors are eligible to accumulate points for the SPEED TORQUE ALLSTAR SERIES. There have been no arbitrary decisions on any driver’s current or potential future racing skills. The series will be run over 4 meetings at selected events in conjunction with the normal LMRWA race calendar with all drivers, eligible or otherwise, treated equally for the event. All drivers will race for the same prize pool with the top placed ALLSTAR driver in the feature event receiving a SPEED TORQUE ALLSTARS $ 100 winners bonus. The top ALLSTAR point’s scorer over the series will receive the SPEED TORQUE ALLSTAR trophy at the annual LMRWA awards presentation. Speed Torque proprietor Rory Taylor has a long history in building racing engines and has a direct involvement in Late Models as the engine builder for the Giancola family for over 25 years. Rory is pleased to support the new series “We think it is important to help the guys who are making their way up through the ranks. They are the future of the sport.” This is an exciting opportunity for developing drivers to achieve a short term goal on their way to success at the top level of Late Model racing.   ALLSTAR EVENTS WILL BE AT THE FOLLOWING RACE MEETINGS Bunbury          Nov 8 Non pro dirt Kwinana          Dec 26 Non pro dirt Bunbury          Dec 27 Non pro dirt Bunbury          ...