Bunbury’s Brad Blake has won Round Seven of the 2012/2013 Hoosier Racing Tire Pro Dirt Late Model Series held at Margaret River Speedway on December 15th.
Blake led the thirty lap final at Margaret River from start to finish with Matt Goodlad and Warren Oldfield rounding out the podium.
A quality field of nineteen cars was on hand for round seven with the Late Models returning to Margaret River after not making an appearance at the popular South West venue last season.
The opening heat race of the night would see Jay Cardy get the better of the start over defending Pro Dirt series champion Jamie Oldfield. Cardy would go on to win comfortably over Jamie Oldfield with Warren Oldfield home in third.
Matt Goodlad would win heat two by over half a lap with Simon McNab showing great form in holding out the charging Craig Vosbergen for second.
Heat three would see a Brad Blake and Michael Holmes battle for the lead in the opening laps before Peter McPherson and Craig Vosbergen would get together at the end of the main straight with both cars hitting the wall hard. Bryn Haythornwaite would have nowhere to go and slam into the side of Vosbergen with Jay Cardy also getting caught up.
Haythornwaite, Vosbergen and Cardy would all be out for the remainder of the evening with Vosbergen and Haythornwaite’s cars both suffering major damage.
Blake would go onto win heat three over Holmes and Simon McNab who was enjoying one of his best nights in a Late Model.
Rookie driver Dean King would drive a good smart race and win Heat Four holding out Phil Zuidema and Matt Noakes in what was a thrilling contest. King when interviewed after the race said that the heat win was his ever race win in Speedway.
The field would then assemble after the interval break for the thirty lap final to decide the winner of Round Seven of the Hoosier Racing Tire Pro Dirt Late Model Series. Blake and Goodlad would share the front row with Blake leading the early laps. Goodlad, Warren Oldfield and Jamie Oldfield would run nose to tail in hot pursuit of Blake.
David Nylander would be the first to retire from the race with fuel pumps issues with his Galleria Toyota backed entry. Blake would start to lap traffic with Goodlad looking for a way past. The Oldfield brothers would battle over third and fourth for the majority of the thirty lap final with Matt Nylander bringing on the yellow lights after he suffered a flat tyre.
Blake would drive a smart race and slowly pull away from the field winning the feature race of Round Seven over Goodlad, Warren Oldfield, Jamie Oldfield and Clint Noakes who charged through the field into fifth by race end. Michael Holmes would bring home his OzMine Rocket in sixth place from the ever improving Phil Zuidema, Paul Joss, Jason Oldfield, Dean King, Simon McNab, Matt Noakes and Dale Clark rounding out the finishers.
Blake was elated to finally put his Bunbury Honda Rocket in victory lane “Yeah great to win for the first time this season, big thanks to the Margaret River club for inviting us down to race here, thanks to my wife for her support and my crew for their tireless hard work. I’m looking forward to the Wild West Tour coming up but I am especially looking forward to the National Title at my home track, that’s what this season is all about for me”.
Drivers and teams will now have a short break before the four night Wild West Tour gets underway at the Perth Motorplex on Boxing Night (December 26th).
Hoosier Racing Tire Pro Dirt Late Model Series Feature Results- Round Seven Margaret River Speedway : 1st 0 Brad Blake, 2nd 18 Matt Goodlad, 3rd 15 Warren Oldfield, 4th 51 Jamie Oldfield, 5th 23 Clint Noakes, 6th 91 Michael Holmes, 7th 39 Phil Zuidema, 8th 22 Paul Joss, 9th 69 Jason Oldfied, 10th 21 Dean King, 11 49th Simon McNab, 12th 20 Matt Noakes, 13th Dale Clark, DNF 54 David Nylander, 34 Matt Nylander, 33 Peter McPherson
Late Model Racing Australia would like to thank its 2012/13 corporate partners:
Hoosier Racing Tire
Racin Tyres & Accessories
Genesis Racing Shocks
Southside Engine Centre
Ultra Tune Morley
Snap On Tools – Kalgoorlie
Lucas Oils – Brad Ludlow
Ian Diffen Bunbury
Press Release – Allan Smallwood