Brad Blake has tonight claimed a spectacular feature race win at the Perth Motorplex in Round Two of the Carbusters Pro Dirt Series and in the process edged closer to the overall feature wins record at the venue, now just one win behind.
Now with thirty six feature wins to his name, Blake is just one win behind Speedcar superstar Scott Glazebrook and judging by the speed he showed tonight, is a real threat to take that lead and also make an impression in the overall Carbusters Pro Dirt Series.
Blake however did it the hard way tonight, slated to start from position seven in the feature while the front row was shared by Ryan Halliday and Paul Stubber, Halliday getting the best of the start.
Halliday was chased hard by Jay Cardy, with Blake slotting into third and Paul Stubber moving into fourth after disposing of rival Marc Giancola.
Warren Oldfield suddenly raced onto the scene, using the lowline and following Giancola through as they each moved past Stubber and Cardy. The latter two continued their battle, eventually coming together coming out of turn two and resulting in Cardy spinning down the back straight and bringing out the yellow lights.
The restart would see Halliday lead away Blake and Giancola, the top five then spreading out for the next few laps: Halliday leading Blake, Giancola, Oldfield and Stubber.
As the laps wound down in the twenty five lap feature race, Blake began to close the gap on Halliday while behind them, Oldfield was doing the same to Giancola.
With lapped traffic coming into play Blake went low in turn two on lap thirteen and grabbed the lead from Halliday, while Oldfield passed Giancola for third the same way about three seconds later.
Now it was Blake’s turn to pull away from Halliday as Oldfield and Giancola found themselves buried in heavy lapped traffic as they continued their battle.
Oldfield was able to get himself clearly into third but on lap twenty he slowed very quickly and headed infield, seeing Blake now leading Halliday, Giancola, Stubber and Michael Holmes with five laps to go .
Try as he might, Halliday was unable to close the gap and Blake went on to claim his thirty sixth career victory at the venue, defeating Halliday, Giancola, Holmes and Stubber. Veronica McCann did a great job to come home in sixth place while Cardy, Freddy Kinsella, Jason Bond and Nathan Callaghan.
Earlier in the night Paul Stubber won the opening group qualifying and set a new record while the opening heat went to Jay Cardy in what was also looking like a record time until the yellow lights came out for a stoppage. The second group of qualifying saw Ryan Halliday take the win and in the process reset the one lap qualifying mark again. Halliday then broke the eight lap record as he claimed the heat win, while David Nylander, Joe Chalmers and Cody Avins all came to grief in the preliminaries, Avins in particular seeing his car disappear in plumes of white smoke as he finished qualifying.
There is not long to wait for the action to begin again, with the third round of the Carbusters Pro Dirt Series getting underway next weekend, Saturday the 2nd of November for Round Four, so stay tuned this week for all those details!
The 2019/20 Carbusters Metal Recycling Late Model Pro Dirt Series and USA Invasion Tour, proudly brought to you by Pancho’s Mexican Restaurants, Global XLI, RACIN’ Tyres and Accessories, Michael Holmes Racing, Homes by Roth, Bulk Metals, Boyes Equipment SVS, Dirt Track Nutters, Collie Machine Shop, D P Bingham and Associates Truck and Plant, Grays Online, Panelworx, Rockingham Towing, Baldivis Pharmacy, Mezzstor, West Coast Big Bike Hire, Our Car Autos, QB Copper Recycling, Finlease (Peter Williams), Plantman and Palice Property Group.
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Pics Courtesy Aidan Skraha.
Pancho’s Pole Position – Ryan Halliday
DTN Hard Charger – Brad Blake
Bulk Metals QuickTime – 15.027 Ryan Halliday
RACIN’ Tyres and Accessories 10th Place – Nathan Callaghan
Boyes Equipment SVS Highest All Star Qualifier – Veronica McCann
Global XLI All Star Award – Veronica McCann
Homes by Roth All Star Podium – Freddy Kinsella
Michael Holmes Racing Rookie Award – Cody Avins
Qualifying Group 1, 2 laps: 1. 31 Paul Stubber 15.266 RECORD, 2. 52 Jay Cardy 15.711, 3. 4 Brent Vosbergen 15.752, 4. 50 Veronica McCann 15.812, 5. 54 David Nylander 16.014, 6. 23 Joe Chalmers 16.186, 7. 5 Lee Redmond 16.415, 8. 95 Jason Bond 16.772.
Heat 1, 8 laps: 1. 52 Jay Cardy, 2. 31 Paul Stubber, 3. 4 Brent Vosbergen, 4. 50 Veronica McCann, 5. 95 Jason Bond, 6. 5 Lee Redmond. DNF: 23 Joe Chalmers (5), 54 David Nylander (5). Total Time: No Time. Winning Margin: 0.302. Fastest Lap: 15.520 Jay Cardy.
Qualifying Group 2, 2 laps: 1. 99 Ryan Halliday 15.106 RECORD, 2. 43 Marc Giancola 15.300, 3. 0 Brad Blake 15.447, 4. 91 Michael Holmes 15.575, 5. 15 Warren Oldfield 16.113, 6. 19 Simon McNab 16.305, 7. 318 Freddy Kinsella 17.314, 8. 10 Cody Avins 17.430, 9. 93 Nathan Callaghan 17.622. DNS: 60 Jayden Meckenstock.
Heat 2, 8 laps: 1. 99 Ryan Halliday, 2. 15 Warren Oldfield, 3. 43 Marc Giancola, 4. 19 Simon McNab, 5. 0 Brad Blake, 6. 91 Michael Holmes, 7. 318 Freddy Kinsella, 8. 93 Nathan Callaghan. DNS: 10 Cody Avins, 60 Jayden Meckenstock. Total Time: 2.05.093 RECORD. Winning Margin: 0.977. Fastest Lap: 15.131 Ryan Halliday.
Feature, 25 laps: 1. 0 Brad Blake, 2 99 Ryan Halliday, 3. 43 Marc Giancola, 4. 91 Michael Holmes, 5. 31 Paul Stubber, 6. 50 Veronica McCann (24), 7. 52 Jay Cardy (24), 8. 318 Freddy Kinsella (24), 9. 95 Jason Bond (24), 10. 93 Nathan Callaghan (23). DNF: 19 Simon McNab (23), 15 Warren Oldfield (19), 5 Lee Redmond (7). DNS: 4 Brent Vosbergen, 10 Cody Avins, 23 Joe Chalmers, 54 David Nylander, 60 Jayden Meckenstock. Total Time: No Time. Winning Margin: 1.436. Fastest Lap: 15.027 Ryan Halliday.