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  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...