Jamie Oldfield goes into the final round of the Perth Motorplex Late Model track championship as one of the main contenders, but to stand on the top step of the podium he will need to take out a racer he knows better than most – brother Warren.
The family are some of the most passionate supporters of the speedway tin-top division there is but they will need to go head to head at Perth Motorplex on Saturday night for the Merger Contracting Gold Cup Grand Final to decide who can be champion.
Momentum has been with Warren through the later part of the season with a string of bad luck keeping Jamie from better results.
“I’ve been terrible for the last four shows and I haven’t finished the races,” he said. “So I’m going to need some consistency before I can worry about beating anyone, including Warren.
“Between myself, Warren and Kye Blight, I think it will be the case that whoever wins the night on Saturday will win the series overall.”
Jamie’s bad luck so far this seaosn has including a broken front shock absorber while racing for the national title in Victoria, as well as a blown head gasket the following night, a broken spark plug in Albany and a snapped oil pump belt in Perth. He said the problems are not within the team.
“It’s just bad luck, it’s not a maintenance problem or an organisation problem. We all have to go through it in racing.”
While having a two car team allows Jamie and Warren to share information, Jamie said that has the side effect of making it much harder to win when the two of them are side by side.
“I’ve put all the information we learned from the State Title at the Motorplex into Warren’s car and now he is crazy fast. I have really stuffed myself up a little bit. But we share our information all the time, which is probably why we have two cars at the front and not at opposite ends of the field.”
When asked what possible advantages he might have over Warren, Jamie said that they prefer different areas of the track and that could make for an interesting contest.
“Warren won’t get off the kerb (the low line). We both have a lot of seat time, we both have good equipment, so I think I need to get the (top line) working and hope the track is slick. If the track is hooked up and fast it will suit Warren better than me.”