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!
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 went on to lap fourth and fifth placed Brad Blake and Jason Oldfield as he raced his way to victory in what was truly an incredible feature race.
The second heat was much simpler, with just one stoppage for a spun car, with Lee Watt taking the win over Jason Oldfield and Brad Blake. The third heat was possibly the heat race of the night, with cars using every inch of the track, American visitor Devin Moran making the most of one mistake made by Jay Cardy, who led much of the race, to claim the win.
Round two of heats saw a number of cars fail to take the green, with Paul Stubber holding his nerve and racing away to a good win over Craig Vosbergen in the fourth. The penultimate heat saw Steve Francis race away to a huge 5.6 second win over Ryan Halliday and Moran, while the final heat went to Jeep Van Wormer, with Jamie Oldfield chasing him hard the entire distance in second.
The A Dash saw Francis lock in a pole position start for the all-importantfeature ahead of Jamie Oldfield and Devin Moran, while Ryan Halliday claimed the B Dash ahead of Matt Goodlad and Brad Blake. The last chance B Main was a war of attrition, with Jamie Moon outlasting Clint Noakes and Morgan Melvin, while Phil Zuidema claimed the final transfer position.
A number of cars suffered some damage throughout the course of the night, some even leaving the track early to effect some repairs, but most are expected to be back for round two of the Rando’s Cane Furniture Invasion Tour tomorrow night at QUIT Bunbury Speedway. What is even more impressive is that only three cars out of twenty starters headed infield during the feature, an excellent effort by all.
As it stands after one round of the tour, Steve Francis leads with 119 points ahead of Jamie Oldfield on 113 and Jeep Van Wormer on 108.
Stay tuned for all the Bunbury details to be released tomorrow!
Release by DTN Media.
Lucas Pole Award – Steve Francis
Octane Hard Charger – Brad Blake
Heat One – 1. Jamie Oldfield, 2. Matt Nylander, 3. Clint Noakes, 4. Paul Stubber, 5. Dean King, 6. Rob Galloway. DNF: Jamie Moon, Bryn Haythornthwaite, Brad Ludlow, Jayden Meckenstock.
Heat Two – 1. Lee Watt, 2. Jason Oldfield, 3. Brad Blake, 4. Marc Giancola, 5. Ryan Halliday, 6. Craig Vosbergen, 7. Kye Blight, 8. Tyson Bryden. DNF: Phil Zuidema.
Heat Three – 1. Devin Moran, 2. Steve Francis, 3. Jay Cardy, 4. Matt Goodlad, 5. Jeep Van Wormer, 6. Jai Mazzini, 7. Jeff Rogers, 8. Morgan Melvin. DNF: Jac Dolmans Jnr, George Lee.
Heat Four – 1. Paul Stubber, 2. Craig Vosbergen, 3. Marc Giancola, 4. Brad Ludlow, 5. Lee Watt, 6. Matt Nylander. DNF: Tyson Bryden. DNS: Phil Zuidema, Bryn Haythornthwaite, Clint Noakes.
Heat Five – 1. Steve Francis, 2. Ryan Halliday, 3. Devin Moran, 4. Jason Oldfield, 5. Kye Blight, 6. Brad Blake, 7. Jay Cardy, 8. Morgan Melvin, 9. Jeff Rogers. DNS: Nathan Disney.
Heat Six – 1. Jeep Van Wormer, 2. Jamie Oldfield, 3. Dean King, 4. Matt Goodlad, 5. Rob Galloway, 6. Jai Mazzini. DNF: Jayden Meckenstock. DNS: Jac Dolmans Jnr, Jamie Moon, George Lee.
A Dash – 1. Steve Francis, 2. Jamie Oldfield, 3. Devin Moran, 4. Jeep Van Wormer, 5. Jason Oldfield, 6. Lee Watt, 7. Marc Giancola. DNF Paul Stubber.
B Dash – 1. Ryan Halliday, 2. Matt Goodlad, 3. Brad Blake, 4. Matt Nylander, 5. Dean King, 6. Jay Cardy, 7. Kye Blight, 8. Rob Galloway.
B Main – 1. Jamie Moon, 2. Clint Noakes, 3. Morgan Melvin, 4. Phil Zuidema, 5. Bryn Haythornthwaite, 6. Jeff Rogers. DNF; Tyson Bryden, Jac Dolmans, Jayden Meckenstock. DNS: Craig Vosbergen, Jai Mazzini, Nathan Disney, George Lee, Brad Ludlow.
Feature Race – 1. Steve Francis, 2. Jamie Oldfield, 3. Jeep Van Wormer, 4. Brad Blake, 5. Jason Oldfield, 6. Lee Watt, 7. Marc Giancola, 8 Matt Goodlad, 9. Ryan Halliday, 10. Paul Stubber, 11. Jay Cardy, 12. KyeBlight, 13. Phil Zuidema, 14. Morgan Melvin, 15. Rob Galloway, 16. Clint Noakes, 17. Dean King. DNF: Jamie Moon, Matt Nylanders. DNS: Devin Moran.
Invasion Tour Top Ten Points After Round #1 of #4
1. Steve Francis 119
2. Jamie Oldfield 113
3. Jeep Van Wormer 108
4. Jason Oldfield 103
5. Brad Blake 103
6. Lee Watt 102
7. Marc Giancola 98
8. Paul Stubber 95
9. Matt Goodlad 95
10. Ryan Halliday 94
Invasion Tour Race Wins
America – 5
Australia – 5
Round #1 – QUIT Collie Speedway – 1. Steve Francis, 2. Jamie Oldfield, 3. Jeep Van Wormer.