Chalmers Tames Esperance Circuit!

Joe Chalmers (Team BCM Motorsport:) had a near on perfect event at the Esperance Toyota Speedway tonight, claiming a heat win, the Gold Nugget Shootout and then going on to lead every lap of the all-important feature race for Round Three of the Pro Dirt Series, proudly presented by SupaFit Seat Covers!
Twenty-two drivers would front for the event tonight, with heat wins shared by Chalmers, Kodee Brown (McCorry Brown Racing Team), Warren Oldfield (Oldfield Racing), Jason Oldfield (Oldfield Racing), Rod Musarra (@Teamrocket) and Brent Vosbergen (Team Vosbergen Racing – TVR).
This would set the field for the Gold Nugget Shootout, with Jamie Oldfield (Oldfield Racing) defeating Warren Oldfield in the first two lap dash, Brent Vosbergen then defeating Jamie in the next, before Chalmers arrived on the scene and defeated Vosbergen, Kodee Brown and Jason Oldfield to claim pole position and the gold nugget put on the line by the club.
The thirty-lap feature race would kick off with Chalmers taking the lead immediately, but the green lights would come on after one lap as Damian Hudson (Hudson Racing Team) and Bryden Southwell (Southwell Motorsport – SMS) came together at the end of the main straight.
It didn’t take long for the race to get underway again, with Chalmers again leading away Jason Oldfield and Kodee Brown, with lapped traffic beginning to play a part on the third circulation.
A couple of laps later it all came undone, with Sean Barrett, Ben Strautins (BAS Racing) and Bryden Southwell all getting caught up in turn four, with Chalmers somehow getting by, while second placed Jason Oldfield and third placed Brown were unable to avoid the incident and piled in.
Luckily all cars were able to restart after some assistance, with Oldfield and Brown able to retake their spots in the field, followed by Brent Vosbergen, Jamie Oldfield, Jay Cardy (Cardy Racing Components) and Warren Oldfield.
Again, the yellows came on two laps later as a number of cars came together, with Matt Nylander (Nylander Motorsport), who had raced from eighteenth to ninth, retiring infield.
Chalmers again held his cool to maintain the lead, with Oldfield and Brown each fighting an ill handling car but holding onto their podium positions as the race resumed for another two-lap stanza before heavy contact between Matt Robbins and Sean Barrett saw both out with eleven complete and the yellows on again.
Finally the race would settle into a rhythm, with Warren Oldfield beginning to make his move, passing Vosbergen for fourth on lap fourteen, then utilizing another restart for a spun Damian Hudson that saw Brown crunch the wall again but somehow restart, to grab third from Brown.
The race resumed, with Warren and Jason both closing on Chalmers, the battle intensifying as lapped traffic continued to play its part.
The white flag flew, with Warren able to complete the pass on Jason for second, but the yellows came on for Brown who had spun in turn one, setting up a green, white, chequer run to the finish.
Try as they might, the Oldfield brothers couldn’t get past Chalmers who went on to record a popular win, with Warren second, followed by Jason and Jamie, while Vosbergen would round out the top five.
We now head up the highway to Kalgoorlie International Speedway to do it all again tomorrow in Round Four, proudly presented by CTM Recruitment Pty Ltd!
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Contingency Awards
DTN Pole Position – Joe Chalmers
APM Roofing Hard Charger – Steve Schofield
All Star Winner – Rod Musarra
Official Results
Heat One, 10 laps: 1. 23 Joe Chalmers, 2. 11 Jason Oldfield, 3. 52 Jay Cardy, 4. 24 Jeff Pahl, 5. 57 Matt Robbins. DNF: 7 Shaun Cubbage (6), 63 Bryden Southwell (0). DNS: 122 Steve Schofield. Total Time: 2.24.835. Winning Margin: 1.517. Fastest Lap: 14.036 Joe Chalmers.
Heat Two, 10 laps: 1. 07 Kodee Brown, 2. 91 Michael Holmes, 3. 76 Ben Strautins, 4. 74 Nathan Richards, 5. 49 Sean Barrett, 6. 55 Peter Mewett (9). DNF: 34 Matt Nylander (4). Total Time: 2.26.515. Winning Margin: 3.910. Fastest Lap: 14.028 Kodee Brown.
Heat Three, 11 laps: 1. 15 Warren Oldfield, 2. 51 Jamie Oldfield, 3. 8 Brent Vosbergen, 4. 90 David Boyes, 5. 80 Damian Hudson, 6. 83 Jamie Goodwin. DNF: 21 Rod Musarra (2). Total Time: No Time. Winning Margin: 0.370. Fastest Lap: 14.222 Damian Hudson.
Heat Four, 10 laps: 1. 11 Jason Oldfield, 2. 24 Jeff Pahl, 3. 63 Bryden Southwell, 4. 74 Nathan Richards. DNF: 91 Michael Holmes (5). DNS: 7 Shaun Cubbage, 49 Sean Barrett, 55 Peter Mewett. Total Time: 2.30.362. Winning Margin: 7.236. Fastest Lap: 14.664 Jason Oldfield.
Heat Five, 11 laps: 1. 21 Rod Musarra, 2. 51 Jamie Oldfield, 3. 07 Kodee Brown, 4. 90 David Boyes, 5. 34 Matt Nylander, 6. 76 Ben Strautins, 7. 83 Jamie Goodwin. Total Time: No Time. Winning Margin: 0.257. Fastest Lap: 14.527 Rod Musarra.
Heat Six, 11 laps: 1. 8 Brent Vosbergen, 2. 52 Jay Cardy, 3. 23 Joe Chalmers, 4. 15 Warren Oldfield, 5. 57 Matt Robbins. DNS: 80 Damian Hudson, 122 Steve Schofield. Total Time: No Time. Winning Margin:
Pole Shootout 1, 2 laps: 1. 51 Jamie Oldfield, 2. 15 Warren Oldfield. Total Time: 29.030. Winning Margin: 1.119. Fastest Lap: 14.417 Jamie Oldfield.
Pole Shootout 2, 2 laps: 1. 8 Brent Vosbergen, 2. 51 Jamie Oldfield. Total Time: 29.889. Winning Margin: 0.151. Fastest Lap: 14.534 Brent Vosbergen.
Pole Shootout 3, 2 laps: 1. 23 Joe Chalmers, 2. 8 Brent Vosbergen. Total Time: 28.478. Winning Margin: 1.375. Fastest Lap: 14.184 Joe Chalmers.
Pole Shootout 4, 2 laps: 1. 23 Joe Chalmers, 2. 07 Kodee Brown. Total Time: 28.442. Winning Margin: 0.994. Fastest Lap: 14.214 Joe Chalmers.
Pole Shootout 5, 2 laps: 1. 23 Joe Chalmers, 2. 11 Jason Oldfield. Total Time: 28.516. Winning Margin: 8.330. Fastest Lap: 14.242 Joe Chalmers.
Feature, 31 laps: 1. 23 Joe Chalmers, 2. 15 Warren Oldfield, 3. 11 Jason Oldfield, 4. 51 Jamie Oldfield, 5. 8 Brent Vosbergen, 6. 21 Rod Musarra, 7. 52 Jay Cardy, 8. 07 Kodee Brown, 9. 122 Steve Schofield, 10. 63 Bryden Southwell, 11. 74 Nathan Richards, 12. 80 Damian Hudson, 13. 76 Ben Strautins. DNF: 83 Jamie Goodwin (25), 49 Sean Barrett (10), 57 Matt Robbins (9), 34 Matt Nylander (7), 55 Peter Mewett (5), 24 Jeff Pahl (1). DNS: 7 Shaun Cubbage, 90 David Boyes, 91 Michael Holmes. Total Time: No Time. Winning Margin: 1.043. Fastest Lap: 14.337 Joe Chalmers.