It was all about the Oldfield’s tonight at the Perth Motorplex as Jamie Oldfield snatched the feature victory from his brother Warren in the dying stages of the twenty lap event.
Warren led from the start after starting on the front row alongside high points man Paul Stubber, racing away early. Stubber would settle into second while Jay Cardy and Jamie Oldfield would be in the top four group that quickly broke away from the rest of the field.
Unfortunately it didn’t last long as Veronica McCann and Brent Vosbergen would tangle in turn two, bringing out the yellows on lap two.
Warren would lead away again at the restart, but this time Kye Blight, sitting in fifth place, would also stick with the lead group and begin to put the moves on Jamie Oldfield.
Chris Pavlovich then had some hairy moments as he spun near the back of field, but continued on just in front of the lead pack.
Back up front and Blight would stay high after passing Jamie Oldfield, rounding up Cardy for third place shortly after on lap seven, then maneuvering around Stubber just as the yellows come on for Ryan Ludlow and Paul Joss who came together in turn four. This would negate Blight’s moves on both Stubber and Cardy as a lap had not been completed.
On the ensuing restart Warren broke free again while Stubber, Cardy and Blight began to fight it out for third. Warren, Cardy and fifth placed Jamie Oldfield were all running low on the track while second placed Stubber and fourth placed Blight ran high, none quite able to gain the advantage as they fought lap after lap.
Blight finally grabbed third on lap eleven, but went high in the next corner, negating the move then spinning in turn four before rejoining the field, albeit in seventh place, without bringing on a caution.
Warren Oldfield was in lapped traffic on lap thirteen, with Stubber getting stuck behind two lapped cars which would allow Oldfield to pull away slightly. At the same time Jamie Oldfield drew level with Jay Cardy, then grabbed third by 0.088 at the completion of the lap. Cardy fought back and retook the spot, but the yellows came on with that next lap not completed for a spun Vosbergen and Oldfield had to be put back into third on the next restart.
As the race went green once again, Jamie threw everything at the lead two cars of Stubber and Warren Oldfield, going high and moving right around firstly Stubber for second then sitting right on his brothers tail as he looked for the lead. Jamie drew alongside Warren and was putting the moves on for the lead when the yellows came out again, this time for a luckless Stubber who lost a tyre while sitting in third, setting up a green, white, chequer finish.
The next attempt at finishing the race was short-lived: Warren went low, Jamie went high on the restart, but a pile up of four cars including Pavlovich, Matt Goodlad, Brad Blake and Veronica McCann in turn two very quickly bought a halt to proceedings. Despite Blake at one stage being parked on top of Goodlad’s bonnet, all cars were able to restart.
At the third and final attempt at the finish, Warren again led away the field, running low as Jamie went high once more. Jamie pulled alongside him and then grabbed the lead with one lap to go by just 0.119 seconds, the two side by side for the entirety of the final lap, with Jamie officially winning by just 0.160 seconds. Kye Blight also regained his composure and got past Cardy in the dying stages to claim the final podium position in a great showing.
Earlier in the night heat wins were shared by Paul Stubber, Kye Blight, Brent Vosbergen and Jay Cardy, while the Perth Motorplex Track Championship now has Brad Blake holding a ten point lead over Jamie Oldfield in the standings. Full Maxima Oils Pro Dirt Series points will be released later in the week.
The Late Models now have a break from the series before the intense USA vs WA tour kicks off in mid-January. In the meantime, all of us at the LMRWA wish you all a happy, safe and prosperous New Year.
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