Today sees the final recap of season 2018/19 and with the Di Candilo Steel City USA vs WA Late Model Invasion Tour having just come to an epic conclusion, decided by just a handful of points, all eyes were now firmly back on the Sims Metal Management Pro Dirt Series.
The series fired up again with Round eight at the Perth Motorplex, nineteen cars ready to compete. Heat wins went to Jay Cardy, Marc Giancola, Brad Blake and Warren Oldfield, with Oldfield also starting the feature race from pole position. Oldfield would hold the lead for a number of laps as Brad Blake worked his through from fifth place and eventually caught Oldfield, the duo battling it out until eventually Blake grabbed the lead. Blake would go on to grab yet another feature win at the Motorplex and edge out Oldfield and Brent Vosbergen.
A week later drivers headed down to Bunbury Speedway once again, this time for the now annual Krikke Boys Shootout event. Fifteen cars were on hand, with Blake continuing his hot streak, racing away to two heat wins at his home venue. Brent Vosbergen also claimed a heat, while Freddy Kinsella won his first ever heat in the final preliminary of the night. Blake started from pole and was never headed, racing away to his second win in as many weeks, crossing the line ahead of Kye Blight and Brent Vosbergen and putting himself equal third in the Sims Metal Management Pro Dirt Series with Marc Giancola, behind leader Michael Holmes and second placed Jay Cardy.
The tenth round of the series was back at the Perth Motorplex with the event doubling as the Roof off Roar. Kye Blight was quite simply dominant in the event, winning both of his heat races, one of which was a new track record, starting from pole position in the forty lap feature and then leading every circulation to claim the win. Marc Giancola came home second while Warren Oldfield made his way back onto the podium with third place. The event would also see Holmes maintain his lead, but only just, seven points ahead of second placed Giancola in the standings.
Round eleven of the Series was a big one, doubling as the WA Title event and with nineteen cars it was certainly setting up to be a great show. Brent Vosbergen was fastest in qualifying and then won a heat, joined by Kye Blight, while Marc Giancola also won two heats and would start from pole position.
Vosbergen got the initial jump but Giancola quickly swept back by him to claim the lead. Vosbergen however fought back and reclaimed the lead and it was like letting a horse out of the stable, Vosbergen bolting away from the field, surviving a number of restarts and going on to claim his first every Pro Dirt Series win and in the process, his maiden WA Title. Giancola came home second while Warren Oldfield made an epic outside pass on the mains straight to steal third on the line from Kye Blight.
With Giancola now in the lead of the Pro Dirt Series by ten points, the final night of the season was going to be an incredibly important one, and by adding the rescheduled Round Seven feature to the program, it became even more exciting.
Holmes put in a great set of laps to win the rescheduled feature from Brad Blake and Ryan Halliday, putting him back in the Series points lead with one feature race remaining while the final race of the season saw Warren Oldfield chase down the early leaders and go on to claim the win, his first of the season after a number of podium finishes, his nineteenth at the Perth Motorplex and the eighth year in a row he had won a feature at the venue.
These results were also enough for Holmes to claim both the Perth Motorplex Track Championship and the Sims Metal Management Pro Dirt Series. Brad Blake moved into second place overall in the Sims Metal Series courtesy of his results while Jay Cardy also worked his way into third after the demise of Giancola in the first feature of the night that saw him unable to start the final feature of the season.
It was an amazing season overall and a huge congratulations to all the drivers who put on a show each and every night, to the crews and families who make up the support teams for each event and all the officials who donate their time to keep everything running smoothly. We would also like to recognize our fans for all their support and of course all the sponsors, without whom we wouldn’t be able to race!
Stay tuned as tomorrow we will release all stats from across the season!
The Sims Metal Management Late Model Pro Dirt Series and Di Candilo Steel City Invasion Tour were proudly bought to you by Global XLI, Boyes Mechanical, Cardy Racing Components, Dirt Track Nutters, Pancho’s Mexican Restaurants, APM Roofing, CTM Recruitment, RACIN, Collie Machine Shop, Grays Online, Mac Track, Rockingham Towing, Baldivis Pharmacy, Mezzstor, Palice Property Group, Michael Holmes Racing, West Coast Big Bike Hire, Our Car Autos, Homes by Roth, Dirt on Dirt, QB Metal Recyclers and Bulk Metal Recycling.
Release by DTN Media.
Pics Courtesy Aidan Skraha.