The 2018/19 season for Late Models was one of the hardest fought ever seen, with ten different feature winners from sixteen races, the Sims Metal Management Pro Dirt Series coming right down to the very last night of the season and the Di Candilo Steel City Invasion Tour being decided by just a handful of points.
Eighteen cars were on hand for the opener, with Marc Giancola, Kye Blight, Jay Cardy and Jamie Oldfield sharing the four heat wins, Oldfield claiming pole position for the thirty lap feature event. Surviving several restarts Oldfield would lead the whole distance despite being pressured by Marc Giancola and Kye Blight for a number of laps, ending when Blight retired with a flat tyre. This elevated Brad Blake into second but he couldn’t make the moves on Oldfield and settled for second as the flag flew, while Paul Stubber, who had earlier charged from position seven to third, faded with a flat tyre, allowing Ken Macpherson to break through for third place.
The next event on the list was the opening event at the Perth Motorplex, which attracted a nineteen car field. Ryan Halliday was dominant on the night, setting quicktime in his group, winning his heat and then going on to claim the victory in record time, defeating Stubber and Blight, who bounced back from their previous round disappointments.
Round three of the Sims Metal Series was an absolute spectacle with seventeen cars on hand and Ryan Halliday leading the feature race for the opening few laps until he was forced infield. Giancola would inherit the lead with Paul Stubber second, the duo continuing on their battle from the previous two rounds, but it was Kye Blight who put on a show, showing off his regular wall scraping antics to race past Giancola and claim the win from Giancola and Jay Cardy.
Nineteen cars rolled into the pits at the Motorplex for Round Four, with Warren Oldfield and Joe Chalmers sharing the heat wins on the night. Paul Stubber however was the man everyone was watching, setting the quickest time in qualifying, winning his heat before being relegated, then leading much of the thirty lap feature, lapping up to fifth place and in the process setting a new thirty lap record. He was followed across the line by Jay Cardy and Marc Giancola, the duo recording their second podium finishes in as many races.
Round five saw twenty one cars on hand at the Motorplex, with Michael Holmes, Brent Vosbergen, Paul Stubber and Kye Blight sharing the heat wins. Brad Blake led the series points coming into the round but was unable to start the feature, which Michael Holmes would go on to win and become the fifth different winner in as many rounds. He defeated Ryan Halliday and Marc Giancola, who would also become the new series leader, just one point ahead of Holmes.
Ryan Halliday became the first driver of the season to record multiple victories when he grabbed Round Six of the Sims Metal Management Pro Dirt Series at the Perth Motorplex. In a race that honoured The General John Day, the winner was nearly the sixth in as many rounds as Marc Giancola led for much of the distance until he was forced infield in sight of the white flag. This left Halliday to inherit the lead after earlier putting on a show passing a number of cars while Michael Holmes would come home second ahead of Jay Cardy in third place.
After six rounds of racing it was now Michael Holmes leading the series with Jay Cardy in second and Marc Giancola holding down third place.
Stay tuned for Part II of the season that was tomorrow!
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Pics Courtesy Peter Roebuck.