Simply Steve

Steve Francis rounded out his Australian campaign in the best possible fashion last night at Manjimup Speedway as he claimed his fourth feature race in a row and in the process clinched the 2015 Rando’s Cane Furniture Invasion Tour.


Francis was simply in a class of his own in the feature, making the most of his front row start to race away with each start. The first attempt saw a few cars make contact, resulting in Devin Moran’s left rear tyre going flat and ending his race early. The next start went for just a few laps and Francis had built up a huge five second lead when he was bought back to the field after Craig Vosbergen slowed. 


The race restarted with Francis again racing away, while behind him was a titanic battle for third with Kye Blight executing a brilliant pass on Jamie Oldfield to grab the position. Unfortunately it lasted only few laps as Blight spun infield, handing the position back to Jamie.


In the end though it was all Francis as he crossed the line first, recording his fourth feature win from as many starts. Jeep Van Wormer must be sick of seeing the rear of the Francis machine as for the third time in as many races he came second, while Jamie Oldfield claimed the final podium position.


By winning the final feature Francis secured the overall Rando’s Cane Furniture Invasion Tour, scoring 473 points to defeat Jeep Van Wormer on 443 and Jason Oldfield on 395. Paul Stubber and Brad Blake rounded out the top five finishers. In total 34 drivers competed in at least one round of the series, with the full final points standings published below.


Earlier in the night Francis, Jason Oldfeld, Craig Vosbergen and Kye Blight each won a heat race. Over the tour the American drivers amassed seventeen race wins while the Australians managed twelve.


The Late Model Sedans now have a rest before their next meeting on the 21st of February which will be the WA State Title to be held at QUIT Collie Speedway.


Release by DTN Media.


Contingency Awards

Lucas Oils Pole Award – Steve Francis

Octane Hard Charger – Clint Noakes


Official Results


Heat One – 1. Steve Francis, 2. Jeep Van Wormer, 3. Jamie Oldfield, 4. Jay Cardy, 5. Warren Oldfield, 6. Brad Blake, 7. Paul Stubber, 8. Craig Vosbergen, 9. Lee Watt. DNF: George Lee.


Heat Two – 1. Jason Oldfield, 2. Jamie Moon, 3. Devin Moran, 4. Kye Blight, 5. Jac Dolmans Jnr, 6. Jai Mazzini, 7. Simon McNab, 8. Jeff Rogers. DNF: Clint Noakes.


Heat Three – 1. Craig Vosbergen, 2. Devin Moran, 3. Paul Stubber, 4. Jeep Van Wormer, 5. Jac Dolmans Jnr, 6. Warren Oldfield, 7. Clint Noakes, 8. Jai Mazzini, 9. Jeff Rogers.


Heat Four – 1. Kye Blight, 2. Steve Francis, 3. Jason Oldfield, 4. Jamie Oldfield, 5. Jamie Moon, 6. Jay Cardy, 7. Simon McNab. DNF: Brad Blake. DNS: George Lee, Lee Watt.


Feature – 1.Steve Francis, 2. Jeep Van Wormer, 3. Jamie Oldfield, 4. Jason Oldfield, 5. Jay Cardy, 6. Paul Stubber, 7. Jamie Moon, 8. Jac Dolmans, 9. Clint Noakes, 10. Jeff Rogers. DNF: Simon McNab, Jai Mazzini, Kye Blight, Warren Oldfield, Craig Vosbergen, Devin Moran. DNS: Dean King, Brad Blake, Lee Watt, George Lee.


Invasion Tour Final Points 

1. Steve Francis 473

2. Jeep Van Wormer 443

3. Jason Oldfield 395

4. Paul Stubber 373

5. Brad Blake 368

6. Jamie Oldfield 367

7. Devin Moran 362

8. Jamie Moon 352

9. Jay Cardy 352

10. Kye Blight 351

11. Craig Vosbergen 335

12. Clint Noakes 305

13. Lee Watt 297

14. Jeff Rogers 283

15. George Lee 274

16. Dean King 256

17. Jai Mazzini 253

18. Matt Goodlad 238

19. Phil Zuidema 234

20. Marc Giancola 233

21. Ryan Halliday 196

22. Jayden Meckenstock 166

23. Simon McNab 160

24. Rob Galloway 153

25. Jac Dolmans Jnr 144

26. Morgan Melvin 141

27. Matt Nylander 125

28. Tyson Bryden 119

29. Brad Ludlow 114

30. Warren Oldfield 80

31. Wayne Coleman 66

32. Bryn Haythornthwaite 52

33. Nathan Disney 50

34. Ryan Ludlow 50


Invasion Tour Race Wins

America – 17

Australia – 12


Round #1 – QUIT Collie Speedway – 1. Steve Francis, 2. Jamie Oldfield, 3. Jeep Van Wormer.

Round #2 – QUIT Bunbury Speedway – 1. Steve Francis, 2. Jeep Van Wormer, 3. Devin Moran.

Round #3 – Albany Speedway – 1. Steve Francis, 2. Jeep Van Wormer, 3. George Lee.

Round #4 – Manjimup Speedway – 1. Steve Francis, 2. Jeep Van Wormer, 3. Jamie Oldfield.


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