Warren Oldfield last night made it three Ray Tulk Memorial wins in a row (and his fourth in the events history) as he claimed the opening Racin’ Tyres Pro Dirt Late Model event for the season at Ellenbrook Speedway in a spectacular race.
Oldfield started in third position for the thirty lap feature with the front row being shared by top qualifier Jamie Oldfield and Jay Cardy. Jamie got the jump and raced out to the lead, with Warren working his way into second on the opening lap with Cardy into third.
Kye Blight settled into fourth with Brad Blake and Paul Stubber battling it out behind him as the race got into a rhythm. Lee Watt was the first withdrawal after just one lap, while Ken MacPherson became the second DNF as he headed infield on lap nine.
Jamie led for the opening twelve laps until drama struck and he lost a little bit of speed with mechanical issues, and this was all Warren needed as he scooted around Jamie to claim the lead on lap thirteen. The race looked as if it were going to go green to chequers, with Jamie still slowing, allowing Cardy to move into second before Jamie eventually retired on lap eighteen.
There were battles all through the field, with Morgan Melvin, coming from position eighteen, charging through the field and into sixth place by lap twenty, then just three laps later on lap twenty three the first and only caution of the race came out for a spun car.
This set up a seven lap dash to the finish, but Oldfield simply raced away from Cardy and Blight, with Brad Blake settling in fourth, and this was how they would finish. Brent Vosbergen made his way into fifth after starting from position twelve while Michael Holmes, Paul Stubber, Kodee Brown and Morgan Melvin were the next finishers on the lead lap. Chris Pavlovich, Dean King, Bryn Haythornthwaite and Jarrin Bielby all finished as lapped cars.
Earlier in the night heat wins went to Warren Oldfield, Marc Giancola, Lee Watt and Jamie Oldfield, with Paul Stubber taking out the B Dash. The A Dash was a hard fought affair but unfortunately Alec Melvin and Marc Giancola came together and suffered significant damage, causing them to be unable not only to finish the race but also unable to start the feature race in a blow for both drivers. Jamie Moon was another unlucky driver as he blew an engine in a cloud of smoke in the very first race.
The Late Models now have less than a week to regroup from the opening showdown as the second race meeting of the year will be held at the Perth Motorplex this Saturday night. Stay tuned throughout the week as all the details are released!
Release by DTN Media.
Cardy Race Components 8th Place – Kodee Brown
Maxima Oils Award – Paul Stubber
Hard Charger Bonus Point – Dean King
Pole Position Bonus Point – Jamie Oldfield
Heat One – 10 laps: 1. 15 Warren Oldfield, 2. 52 Jay Cardy, 3. 51 Jamie Oldfield, 4. 41 Kye Blight, 5. 10 Lee Watt, 6. 4 Brent Vosbergen, 7. 84 Chris Pavlovich, 8. 69 Bryn Haythornthwaite, 9. 89 Morgan Melvin. DNF: 71 Jamie Moon (7). Total Time: No Time. Winning Margin: Not Available. Fastest Lap: 18.558 15 Warren Oldfield.
Heat Two – 10 laps: 1. 43 Marc Giancola, 2. 0 Brad Blake, 3. 88 Alec Melvin, 4. 26 Ken MacPherson, 5. 31 Paul Stubber, 6. 07 Kodee Brown, 7. 3 Dale Clark, 8. 36 Jarrin Bielby, 9. 21 Dean King, 10. 60 Jayden Meckenstock (9). DNF: 39 Michael Holmes (2). Total Time: 3.16.381. Winning Margin: 0.373. Fastest Lap: 18.874 43 Marc Giancola.
Heat Three – 10 laps: 1. 10 Lee Watt, 2. 41 Kye Blight, 3. 52 Jay Cardy, 4. 0 Brad Blake, 5. 39 Michael Holmes, 6. 36 Jarrin Bielby, 7. 69 Bryn Haythornthwaite, 8. 60 Jayden Meckenstock, 9. 4 Brent Vosbergen. DNF: 21 Dean King.
Late Models Heat Four – 1. 51 Jamie Oldfield, 2.31 Paul Stubber, 3. 88 Alec Melvin, 4. 15 Warren Oldfield, 5. 26 Ken MacPherson, 6. 84 Chris Pavlovich, 7. 43 Marc Giancola. DNF: 89 Morgan Melvin, 07 Kodee Brown, DNS: 71 Jamie Moon.
B Dash – 6 laps: 1. W31 Paul Stubber, 2. W39 Michael Holmes, 3. W26 Ken MacPherson, 4. W4 Brent Vosbergen, 5. W36 Jarrin Bielby, 6. W69 Bryn Haythornthwaite. DNS: W07 Kodee Brown, W84 Chris Pavlovich.
A Dash – 6 laps: 1. 51 Jamie Oldfield, 2. 52 Jay Cardy, 3. 15 Warren Oldfield, 4. 41 Kye Blight, 5. 0 Brad Blake, 6. 10 Lee Watt. DNF: W88 Alec Melvin, W43 Marc Giancola.
Feature Result – 30 laps: 1. 15 Warren Oldfield, 2. 52 Jay Cardy, 3. 41 Kye Blight, 4. 0 Brad Blake, 5. 4 Brent Vosbergen, 6. 39 Michael Holmes, 7. 31 Paul Stubber, 8. 07 Kodee Brown, 9. 89 Morgan Melvin, 10. 84 Chris Pavlovich (29), 11. 21 Dean King (28), 12. 69 Bryn Haythornthwaite (28), 13. 36 Jarrin Bielby (28). DNF: 60 Jayden Meckenstock (26), 3 Dale Clark (20), 51 Jamie Oldfield (18), 26 Ken MacPherson (9), 10 Lee Watt (1). DNS: 43 Marc Giancola, 71 Jamie Moon, 88 Alec Melvin.