The AJN Transport Late Model Development Series was run at Ellenbrook Speedway on Sunday 1st July.
The sunny weather was perfect for the twelve V8 Dirt Late Models that had turned up to compete in the 3rd round.
Once again there were a few new drivers who were ready to test and experience the raw power that the high horsepower Dirt Late Model’s possess. These included Tim Blake who was driving his father Barry Blake’s car for the very first time and Craig Greentree who is the new owner of the ex Steve Shaver 2007 Rocket that Steve raced in the recent USA Invasion Tour earlier this year.
Peter McPherson, who is an experienced V8 Dirt Modified driver, was a proud new owner of the #01 Rocket that was run by USA young gun Devin Moran at Manjimup during the USA Invasion Tour. Former owner of the car, Brad Blake, made the trip from Bunbury to help McPherson test and fine tune the set up on his new car. This must have worked for McPherson as he was consistently impressive the #01 car which he had only purchased the day before. McPherson won the second heat then came 4th in the third heat and was looking to have a great ending to his day engaging in an awesome battle for the feature race lead with experienced LMRA driver Warren Oldfield. Unfortunately heavy contact with the back straight put him out of the race. After the restart Willy Powell made a late charge for the lead however spun his car whilst attempting an outside pass on leader Warren Oldfield.
Another new driver to the series who performed remarkably well in his first race meeting in a Late Model is former AMCA driver Mick Clune. Mick bought the ex Terry Chamberlin 2004 Rocket and was surprised by the raw power the Late Model car produced. He quickly got a handle on his new beast bringing it home in 2nd place in the feature and commenting afterwards that it was like nothing he had ever raced before.
The feature winner on the day was experienced Pro Dirt Late Model Driver Warren Oldfield who participated in the days racing in his brother Jamie’s spare “Rocket”. Warren also won the first heat of the day. Warren is not competing for points for the Development Series however his presence on the track helps show the newer drivers the fast pace and the extreme performance ability of a high horsepower V8 Dirt Late Model.
With only two rounds left there is still a lot more action to look forward to with plenty of excitement and quality racing.
Round 4 – Sunday 22nd July 2012 – Ellenbrook Speedway
Round 5 – Saturday 11th August 2012 – Kellerberrin Speedway
Round 3 Full race results:
Heat 1 1st Warren Oldfield, 2nd Dale Clark, 3rd Bryn Haythornthwaite, 4th Peter McPherson, 5th David Nylander, 6th Willy Powell, 7th Craig Greentree, 8th Ian Birt. DNF Lance Ferguson
Heat 2 1st Peter McPherson, 2nd, Mick Clune, 3rd Bryn Haythornthwaite, 4th Lance Ferguson, 5th Willy Powell, 6th Ian Birt, 7th Tim Blake, 8th Craig Greentree. DNF Warren Oldfield
Heat 3 1st Bryn Haythornthwaite, 2nd Dale Clark, 3rd Warren Oldfield, 4th Peter McPherson, 5th Willy Powell, 6th Mick Clune, 7th Lance Ferguson, 8th Ian Birt, 9th Mick Rawcliffe, 10th Tim Blake
Feature 1st Warren Oldfield, 2nd Mick Clune, 3rd Dale Clark, 4th Mick Rawcliffe, 5th Tim Blake, 6th Willy Powell. DNF Lance Ferguson, Ian Birt, Peter McPherson.
Anyone wishing to know more about The Late Model Development Series should contact Alan Nylander 0419550453 or Ben Ludlow 92791483