Coming into this weekend’s event at the Perth Motorplex, everyone knew it was going to be a classic finish to the season and we certainly weren’t disappointed, with some awesome racing put on by the Late Model division across the whole night.
Coming into the night, Warren Oldfield and Jay Cardy were fighting it out for the lead in the XLI Pro Dirt Series and after the four heat races the duo couldn’t be separated, starting on the front row of the feature together.
Behind them was the exciting second row of veteran Simon McNab and youngster Brent Vosbergen who both had outstanding nights and were determined to make an impact in the feature.
The leading duo would hit the start line together but it was Cardy who used the outside line to his advantage to race away from Oldfield, but it wouldn’t last long as a couple of cars came together in turn two with one lap complete, seeing Daniel Ameduri spinning across the track and Mick Comley and Jayden Meckenstock making significant contact to also come to a stop.
All cars restarted and Cardy would lead away the field until all of a sudden he slowed, dropping right back through the field and heading infield, his series hopes dashed in the final race of the season.
This allowed Oldfield to inherit the lead and he took his chances as they were offered, pulling away from second placed Simon McNab who was having the night of his life running towards the front.
Kye Blight was a man on a mission, coming from position six to be sitting in third after passing Brent Vosbergen and looking for a way past McNab.
With twelve laps complete the yellows came on again as Pat Vanbrakel spun in turn two, setting up an eight lap restart with Oldfield leading away McNab, Blight, Vosbergen and Matt Goodlad. Unfortunately this would not last long either, Michael Holmes spinning in turn two and being hit by Comley.
Again Oldfield would lead away, with McNab coming under intense pressure from both Blight and Vosbergen for second place.
Willy Powell would spin to a stop and head infield on lap eleven while Brad Blake would be next to retire on lap fifteen, shortly after being followed by Pat Vanbrakel who put in an impressive effort in his first show.
Back on track though it was all Oldfield, racing away from McNab in a strong second place while Brent Vosbergen grabbed third place ahead of a fading Blight. It would be Oldfield’s second victory of the season and his eighteenth career feature win at the Perth Motorplex, securing him his fourth Perth Motorplex Track Championship.
Indeed, the nights feature results played a big part in rejigging the Track Championship points, Matt Goodlad moving into equal second with Veronica McCann in the overall standings, Goodlad to be awarded second over McCann on a countback to tonight’s feature where he finished fifth to McCann’s sixth. Michael Holmes and Jay Cardy would round out the top five.
In fact, all of the results tonight would also change the whole shape of the XLI Pro Dirt Series standings, with Oldfield defeating Cardy by a total of fifty three points, the biggest gap between the duo all season. Courtesy of Michael Holmes’ horror night, Matt Goodlad leapfrogged him to claim third place with Holmes having to settle for fourth while a DNF proved costly for Brad Blake, dropping to sixth and allowing Veronica McCann to claim fifth overall.
Full points standings will be released tomorrow morning, but for now, we would like to thank everyone involved with the LMRWA, whether as a driver, crew member, official, sponsor or fan for all their support in season 2017/18. Now focus shifts to the upcoming trophy night and of course, the Formatel Winter Development Series!
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