Marc Giancola last night was all class as he raced his way to the front of the thirty lap feature race at Bunbury Speedway, holding off some of the big names in WA Speedway to grab his second win in the Maxima Oils Pro Dirt Series for season 2016/17.
Giancola would start the feature race from position three, behind pole sitter and high points man Lee Watt, with Warren Oldfield starting from position two.
As the field went green, Oldfield would go high, allowing Watt to race away with the lead and Giancola to slot into second place.
Behind them Kye Blight and Jamie Oldfield touched with both going sideways, Brad Blake and Michael Holmes also getting caught up in it, but in a show of the development in Late Models over the years, all four cars backed off and continued on without a caution and minimal damage.
Meanwhile, ahead of them Warren Oldfield was putting the moves on Giancola and would retake the lead on lap three, recording the fastest lap of the race. The first yellow light of the race came shortly after when James Batley spun his #6 machine in turn two.
Unfortunately for Warren, disaster struck on the restart and he slowed. Moving high on the track he allowed the field to pass him before heading infield with his right rear tyre buckled underneath him.
This elevated Giancola back into second and he began to chase down Watt, who had built a solid lead in the opening few laps and was forced to try and rebuild the distance once again. Giancola and Kye Blight tailed him for the next five laps, before Giancola made his move and applied the pressure on lap ten, moving through and taking the lead on lap eleven.
On lap thirteen the yellow lights were out once again, with Jed Rogers spinning in turn four. The restarting field didn’t even all make it past the cone though as the race went green again, with Chris Pavlovich losing a wheel, Jason Bond driving over the top of it and Simon McNab left with nowhere to go. Rogers and Batley were also involved, but only Pavlovich and Bond were unable to restart.
On a very close second attempt at a restart, Blight was able duck past Watt for second place, while five laps later Jamie Oldfield would start to take make his presence felt as he raced from position seven at the start to move into the third place running.
With twenty complete Giancola still led Blight and Oldfield, the latter duo fighting it out in close quarters as Oldfield patiently waited for a way through past Blight. That opportunity however wouldn’t come until the very last lap, with Oldfield ducking through and grabbing second in the dying seconds.
Marc Giancola would cross the line in a dominant display, some five seconds ahead of Oldfield, while Blight held on for third.
Earlier in the night heat wins went the way of Lee Watt, Warren Oldfield, Kye Blight and Michael Holmes.
After the results of Bunbury it is still Brad Blake who leads the Maxima Oils Pro Dirt Series, having come home fourth in the feature, on a total of 393 points. Just five points behind him is second placed Jamie Oldfield while Michael Holmes and Giancola hold down third and fourth respectively.
The Late Models now have a decent break to regroup before their next scheduled meeting at the Perth Motorplex on the 10th of December for the Christmas Cup.