Its Title Time

It has been a huge few weeks for the Late Model contingent out here in the west and this weekend will see the next in the series of big events with the West Australian Late Model Championship.

What will make this weekend extra special is that it will be the 20th annual occurrence of the event and the first time in over a decade that the event returns to the high banks of the Perth Motorplex.

The first time the WA Championship was held was as a series in the 1997/98 season, taken out by Alan Nylander ahead of John Cardy and Ben Ludlow. It was held as a series for the first three years, followed by a stand-alone event at the Perth Motorplex in its opening season. It then returned to a series format for one year before settling on a stand-alone event that has been running ever since.

Looking at the twenty four car strong field for this weekend’s title and it is interesting to note that of the three drivers who podiumed in that very first WA Title twenty years ago, all three have got relatives competing in this weekend’s running. Winner Alan Nylander has his son David racing, John Cardy’s nephew Jay is competing and Ben Ludlow’s son Ryan will also be taking part. All three of these drivers would love to continue their family traditions and Cardy in particular has a significant chance after having featured on the podium on three other occasions.

The driver however who is most familiar with the WA Title podium is also in the field, with nine time champion Brad Blake looking for win number ten. Blake has also featured on the podium on three other occasions, meaning he has been in the top three twelve times out of the entire twenty year history of the event. He would love to race back into form with a tenth WA Title win and also add to his history making haul of Perth Motorplex feature race wins.

Other former WA champions in the field include two time winner Craig Vosbergen, and one off winners Ryan Halliday, Jamie Oldfield, Marc Giancola and Warren Oldfield. All five of these drivers would love to add another State Championship to their trophy cabinets and with defending champion Kodee Brown not in the field, it is a great opportunity for them to reclaim the trophy.

Of course they will have strong opposition from a huge field of other competitors all hungry for their maiden State Title victory. Paul Stubber is fresh off two podium finishes in a row as well as a third overall in the recent Invasion Tour, not to mention having come second in last year’s running of the State Title. Stubber is certainly in form and would love to go one better this time around.

Wade Carter is the only interstate visitor in the field and after having had some good form in the last event at Albany Speedway where he grabbed a heat win, will be hoping to continue that. Two interstate visitors in Chase Karpenko and Scott McPherson have previously won the title so Carter would love to become the third to take the trophy from its home against some tough opposition.

Names like Kye Blight, Veronica McCann, Matt Goodlad and Michael Homes have all been in good form so far this season and would love to etch their names into the history books this weekend with a State Title win, while Robbie Galloway is one driver who is making his first appearance for the season.

Add in a whole host of other names who have a point to prove and are desperate to make their mark on the title scene and we are going to be in for one hell of a show this Saturday night at the Perth Motorplex.

Release by DTN Media.

Official Nominations – 24
0 Brad Blake
6 James Batley
8 Craig Vosbergen
18 Matt Goodlad
19 Simon McNab
N24 Wade Carter
29 Ryan Ludlow
31 Paul Stubber
38 Jai Mazzini
41 Kye Blight
43 Marc Giancola
48 Hayden Norman
50 Veronica McCann
51 Jamie Oldfield
52 Jay Cardy
54 David Nylander
77 Jeremy Hale
84 Chris Pavlovich
88 Alec Melvin
91 Michael Holmes
91w Warren Oldfield
93 Robbie Galloway
95 Jason Bond
99 Ryan Halliday

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