Brad Blake has tonight claimed the feature race in Round Eight of the Sims Metal Management Late Model Pro Dirt Series and in the process edged closer to being the winningest ever driver at the Perth Motorplex.
Blakes win tonight at the Motorplex, where he defeated Warren Oldfield and Brent Vosbergen, was the thirty fifth of his career at the venue, leaving him now just two shy of the all time record of thirty seven wins.
Despite the win and having earlier won a heat, Blake did not start the feature from the front row, having to come from position five.
Jay Cardy and pole sitter Warren Oldfield started on the front row and it was a drag race through the first turns with Oldfield getting his nose in front while Vosbergen and Marc Giancola were side by side behind them for third.
Oldfield would then pull out to a clear lead while Giancola disposed of Vosbergen and set out after Cardy.
Giancola then made the pass on Cardy on the highline to be second on lap three.
A few laps later Vosbergen was able to draw alongside Cardy, the two battling for third a number of laps, Cardy running high and Vosbergen low. Vosbergen took the position, then a lap later the yellows came on for Jamie Moon who spun down the front straight just as he was about to be lapped.
On the restart Oldfield lead with Vosbergen grabbing second and Brad Blake coming from the clouds into fourth. Giancola fought back and retook second while Blake also passed Vosbergen to move into fourth, while behind them Cardy, Ryan Halliday and Michael Holmes battled it out.
Simon McNab bought out the yellows again on lap ten when he rode the wall into turn three, setting up a restart with twenty laps remaining,
Again Oldfield led away but this time Blake used the highline to draw alongside him as he looked for the lead, but it didn’t come off and he was forced to settle for second while Giancola found himself under pressure from Cardy for third.
Cardy and Vosbergen then all of a sudden both passed Giancola, with Michael Holmes also taking advantage of Giancola dropping back to slot into the top five.
With fifteen laps down and fifteen to go Oldfield would lead Blake, Vosbergen and Holmes, with Giancola, Cardy and Halliday battling it out for fifth place.
Up front Oldfield and Blake had pulled away from the rest of the field by about two and a half seconds, the duo locked in a battle for supremacy.
Blake drew alongside Oldfield on lap eighteen, the two crossing the line separated by just 0.005 seconds, with Blake getting the corner and Oldfield forced to settle in behind him: lapped traffic then playing a part as Blake got by a lapped car and kept it between them for a few corners which allowed him to pull away slightly.
With six laps remaining Willy Powell and Nathan Callaghan tangled, seeing the race declared with the time curfew approaching, Blake officially grabbing his thirty fifth career victory at the Perth Motorplex and edging oh so close to the all time feature record at the venue, his first win for season 2018/19.
Warren Oldfield was officially second while Brent Vosbergen was third, both drivers recording their first podiums for the season.
Courtesy of tonight’s results Michael Holmes still leads Jay Cardy in the Sims Metal Management Late Model Pro Dirt Series by eighteen points, with Marc Giancola just two points further back in third. Brad Blake has jumped into fourth place while newly crowned Australian Champion Paul Stubber rounds out the top five.
After tonight’s show the Late Models now have a fortnight off before they make a short trip and head down the highway to the Make Smoking History Bunbury Speedway for the Krikke Boys Shootout!
The Sims Metal Management Late Model Pro Dirt Series and Di Candilo Steel City Invasion Tour, proudly bought to you by Global XLI, Boyes Mechanical, Cardy Racing Components, Dirt Track Nutters, Pancho’s Mexican Restaurants, APM Roofing, CTM Recruitment, RACIN, Collie Machine Shop, Grays Online, Mac Track, Rockingham Towing, Baldivis Pharmacy, Mezzstor, Palice Property Group, Michael Holmes Racing, West Coast Big Bike Hire, Our Car Autos, Homes by Roth, Dirt on Dirt, QB Metal Recyclers and Bulk Metal Recycling.
Pancho’s Pole Position – Warren Oldfield
APM Roofing Quicktime – 16.579 Brad Blake
DTN Hard Charger – Ken Macpherson
Cardy Racing Components 8th Place – Jay Cardy
Global XLI All Star Award – Brent Vosbergen
Boyes Mechanical Highest All Star Qualifier – Brent Vosbergen
Homes by Roth All Star Podium – Ken Macpherson
CTM Recruitment Yellow Spoiler Points Leader – Michael Holmes
Release by DTN Media.
Pictures Courtesy Aidan Skraha.
Heat One, 8 laps: 1. 52 Jay Cardy, 2 A1 Paul Stubber, 3. 4 Brent Vosbergen, 4. 91 Michael Holmes, 5. 0 Brad Blake, 6. 38 Jai Mazzini, 7. 23 Joe Chalmers, 8. 93 Nathan Callaghan, 9. 60 Jayden Meckenstock. DNF: 318 Freddy Kinsella (3). Total Time: 2.21.141. Winning Margin: 2.925. Fastest Lap: 17.231 Paul Stubber.
Heat Two, 8 laps: 1. 43 Marc Giancola, 2. 15 Warren Oldfield, 3. 99 Ryan Halliday, 4. 26 Ken Macpherson, 5. 50 Veronica McCann, 6. 12 Aydan Trewern, 7. 14 Willy Powell, 8. 19 Simon McNab, 9. 71 Jamie Moon. Total Time: No Time. Winning Margin: 2.028. Fastest Lap: 16.869 Marc Giancola.
Heat Three, 8 laps: 1. 0 Brad Blake, 2. 52 Jay Cardy, 3. 38 Jai Mazzini, 4. 99 Ryan Halliday, 5. 23 Joe Chalmers, 6. 93 Nathan Callaghan, 7. 12 Aydan Trewern, 8. 14 Willy Powell. DNF: 26 Ken Macpherson (1), 50 Veronica McCann (1). Total Time: No Time. Winning Margin: 2.626. Fastest Lap: 16.579 Brad Blake.
Heat Four, 8 laps: 1. 15 Warren Oldfield, 2. 4 Brent Vosbergen, 3. 43 Marc Giancola, 4. 19 Simon McNab, 5. 71 Jamie Moon, 6. 91 Michael Holmes, 7. 318 Freddy Kinsella, 8. 31 Paul Stubber, 9. 60 Jayden Meckenstock. Total Time: No Time. Winning Margin: 0.967. Fastest Lap: 16.710 Warren Oldfield.
Feature, 30 laps: 1. 0 Brad Blake, 2. 15 Warren Oldfield, 3. 4 Brent Vosbergen, 4. 91 Michael Holmes, 5. 99 Ryan Halliday, 6. 43 Marc Giancola, 7. 26 Ken Macpherson, 8. 52 Jay Cardy, 9. 23 Joe Chalmers, 10. 318 Freddy Kinsella, 11. 38 Jai Mazzini, 12. 60 Jayden Meckenstock, 13. 93 Nathan Callaghan, 14. 71 Jamie Moon, 15. 14 Willy Powell. DNF: A1 Paul Stubber (23), 12 Aydan Trewern (19), 19 Simon McNab (10). DNS: 50 Veronica McCann. Total Time: No Time. Winning Margin: Declared. Fastest Lap: 16.625 Warren Oldfield.