Blight Back on Top!

Despite being out of the Late Model seat for the entire start of the Australian summer season so far, Kye Blight (Kye Blight Racing) tonight showed absolutely no racing rust as he raced away to record a clean sweep of the sixth round of the Pro Dirt Series, proudly presented by the team at SupaFit Seat Covers.
 
Blight would claim the second and fourth heat races to start on pole for the thirty lap feature, with David Nylander (Nylander Motorsport) and Jamie Oldfield (Oldfield Racing) recording the other two preliminary races, Oldfield’s second place in his other heat bettering Nylander’s third to start on the front row.
 
The heat races were relatively trouble free, though an incident in the first would see Australian Champion Brent Vosbergen (Team Vosbergen Racing – TVR) slam the turn three wall heavily and end his night early, while names like Daniel Ameduri (Red dog racing), Matt Nylander (Nylander Motorsport) and Jason Oldfield (Oldfield Racing) would also suffer car troubles, Ameduri and Nylander out for the night after one heat each while Jason would jump into the Peter Walker car for his second heat and the final.
 
Blight got the jump as the main event went green, Jamie bumping through turn one and allowing Joe Chalmers (Team BCM Motorsport:) from position five to dart underneath him for second.
 
With one complete it was Blight leading Chalmers, with Jamie in third and under pressure from Warren Oldfield (Oldfield Racing) and David Nylander.
 
A hairy moment back in the pack saw Tasmanian visitor Brad Smith (Brad Smith Devil Motorsports 6T) drop a pile of positions, before the yellows came on with two complete as Anthony King found himself facing the wrong way on the back straight.
 
Blight would lead away with Jamie getting the best of the restart and passing Chalmers for second, with Warren doing the same to push Chalmers back to fourth.
 
With five complete the yellows were out again, this time for Jason Oldfield spinning in turn two.
 
Chalmers retook third on the next restart, then with seven complete he wrestled second away from Jamie, setting out after Blight who was nearly two seconds ahead by this point.
 
Warren got underneath Jamie for third with nine laps complete, with Nylander, Jay Cardy (Cardy Racing Components) and Veronica McCann (Veronica McCann – Red Hot Racing), coming from position seventeen, just behind them.
 
With ten laps complete Anthong King spun again in turn on to bring out the yellows, his race over, while on the restart Warren Oldfield used the highline to attempt a pass on Blight.
 
Although he got second from Chalmers, he didn’t yet have quite enough to get by Blight and had to settle into position once again.
David Nylander also began making his move, taking fourth from Jamie on lap twelve and looking for a way past Chalmers, making the move the next lap to be sitting in third.
 
Chalmers retook third on lap fourteen, while it would take another five laps for Blight to make his way into lapped traffic.
 
He would maintain his lead, over four seconds ahead of second placed Warren Oldfield, with even gaps back to Chalmers, Jamie Oldfield, Nylander and Ken Macpherson (KMM – Ken Macpherson Motorsport).
 
Blight just checked out from here, the real battle between Oldfield, Chalmers and Oldfield for second, the three cars locked together in thick lapped traffic with eight laps to go.
 
Chalmers took second on lap twenty-three, Warren and Jamie then picking up the battle for third which allowed Chalmers to pull away from them.
 
By this point Kye had lapped up to the top ten, and in the closing laps would lap eighth place, going on to win by over seven seconds over Chalmers.
 
Jamie Oldfield would use the lapped car of brother Jason Oldfield to shoot around Warren Oldfield on the line to round out the podium finishers, fifteen of the seventeen starters in the feature taking the chequers in what was a great way to round out 2023.
 
The next show for Late Models is in just six days’ time, racing on New Year’s Day at the Bunbury Speedway for the opening round of the Wild West Shootout!
 
Release by DTN Media.
 
Contingency Awards
DTN Pole Sitter – Kye Blight
Heatley’s Hard Charger – Veronica McCann (+10)
Ross’s All Star Award – David Nylander
Supafit Supa 7th Place – Veronica McCann
 
Official Results
 
Heat One, 8 laps: 1. 54 David Nylander, 2. 15 Warren Oldfield, 3. T6 Brad Smith, 4. 23 Joe Chalmers, 5. 94 Luke Halliday, 6. 95 Abbey Pickering, 7. 11 Jason Oldfield, 8. 39 Chris Barrow. DNF: A1 Brent Vosbergen (4). Total Time: No Time. Winning Margin: 1.263. Fastest Lap: 17.194 David Nylander.
 
Heat Two, 8 laps: 1. 31 Kye Blight, 2. 51 Jamie Oldfield, 3. 34 Matt Nylander, 4. 21 Rod Musarra, 5. 26 Ken Macpherson, 6. 52 Jay Cardy, 7. 5 Anthony King, 8. 57 Mat Robbins, 9. 6 Peter Walker, 10. 04 Greg Horan (7). DNF: 155 Daniel Ameduri (6), 50 Veronica McCann (3). Total Time: 2.22.800. Winning Margin: 1.490. Fastest Lap: 16.708 Kye Blight.
 
Heat Three, 8 laps: 1. 51 Jamie Oldfield, 2. 95 Abbey Pickering, 3. 54 David Nylander, 4. 39 Chris Barrow, 5. 50 Veronica McCann, 6. 21 Rod Musarra, 7. 11 Jason Oldfield, 8. 5 Anthony King, 9. 57 Mat Robbins, 10. 04 Greg Horan (7). Total Time: 2.18.133. Winning Margin: 10.007. Fastest Lap: 16.661 Jamie Oldfield.
 
Heat Four, 8 laps: 1. 31 Kye Blight, 2. 15 Warren Oldfield, 3. 23 Joe Chalmers, 4. T6 Brad Smith, 5. 52 Jay Cardy, 6. 26 Ken Macpherson, 7. 94 Luke Halliday, 8. 6 Peter Walker. DNS: A1 Brent Vosbergen, 34 Matt Nylander, 155 Daniel Ameduri. Total Time: 2.14.974. Winning Margin: 8.203. Fastest Lap: 16.420 Kye Blight.
 
Feature, 30 laps: 1. 31 Kye Blight, 2. 23 Joe Chalmers, 3. 51 Jamie Oldfield, 4. 15 Warren Oldfield, 5. 54 David Nylander, 6. 26 Ken Macpherson, 7. 50 Veronica McCann, 8. 94 Luke Halliday (29), 9. 52 Jay Cardy (29), 10. 21 Rod Musarra (29), 11. T6 Brad Smith (29), 12. 11 Jason Oldfield (29), 13. 57 Mat Robbins (29), 14. 95 Abbey Pickering (29), 15. 04 Greg Horan (29). DNF: 39 Chris Barrow (23), 5 Anthony King (10). DNS: A1 Brent Vosbergen, 6 Peter Walker, 34 Matt Nylander, 155 Daniel Ameduri. Total Time: No Time. Winning Margin: 7.062. Fastest Lap: 16.903 Kye Blight.