Thursday, 19 July 2018

LATE MODELS

Michael Holmes has survived all comers to race away and claim a solid feature-race win last Saturday night’s fourth round of the RACIN Tyres & Accessories Pro Dirt Late Model Series at Bunbury Speedway.

Holmes outlasted not only attrition on the track, but also thunderstorms that were circling the track throughout the latter part of the night as he raced away to claim the feature race from Collie local Paul Joss in second and a consistent Jay Cardy in third.

The feature race began with four cars failing to start. Brad Blake had issues from the Dash that weren’t fixed while Veronica McCann, Jamie Moon and Alec Melvin were also unable to join the field. Lee Watt was the first to retire, quickly followed by Jamie Oldfield who was leading the race for the opening stanza, retiring on lap nine, with engine failure.

The race restarted and this time it was Kye Blight who led away the field, with Marc Giancola and Holmes chasing hard. For six laps, it remained this way until a caution on lap 15 saw Giancola retire at the same time as Morgan Melvin and Jayden Meckenstock retreated to the infield.

This left eight cars remaining but that was quickly reduced shortly after when Warren Oldfield retired due to axle failure while running in third place. At this stage, Blight was still leading but he too would head infield on the very next lap, which handed the lead over to Holmes.

20 11 2015 Michael HolmesPhoto: Peter Roebuck

From here on in, Holmes pulled away from the rest of the field, while Ken MacPherson sat in second and Paul Joss in third. A the laps wound down, Joss made his way past MacPherson for second, then Jay Cardy came from nowhere to grab third. With the order not changing from here, Holmes scored the win over Joss and Cardy. MacPherson, Paul Stubber and rookie Jason Bond rounded out the finishers.

Earlier in the night, the heat-race wins went to Jamie Oldfield, Watt, MacPherson and Blake, while the A Dash was taken out by Watt. The B Dash was forced to be cancelled, due to a lack of numbers able to take the green.

The current RACIN Tyres & Accessories Pro Dirt Series point standings sees Warren Oldfield hold down the lead after four rounds. He is 21 points clear of Jay Cardy, while Jamie Oldfield sits a further 16 points behind in third.

The fifth round of the RACIN Tyres & Accessories Pro Dirt Series is to be fought out at Collie Speedway this Saturday night.

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