A State Title throws a whole new component into this weekends event for Late Models. Thanks to DiCandilo Steel City, Late Models will not only be competing for their Track Championship and XLI Pro Dirt Series. They’ll battle it out to become WA#1.
Now. History shows that several drivers in the field have fared very well in State Titles.
Brad Blake is one of those drivers. He is the most winningest driver of the WA Late Model State Title having claimed it a whopping nine times before. Blake has also featured on the podium on three other occasions, meaning he has been in the top three twelve times out of the entire twenty-year history of the event. 12/21. That’s not bad!
Craig Vosbergen is in the field as well. He has claimed the title twice, and stood on the podium a further three times. Ryan Halliday has also claimed the title before. So has Warren Oldfield.
So four out of twenty two drivers that are in the field have tasted WA title glory. But twenty one years, that’s a long time. What about the current form of the drivers heading into this weekend?
You would have to say that the form guide points to one driver, Ryan Halliday. Halliday has the most feature wins this season with four (with three of those at the Perth Motorplex), he is equal top with five feature podiums, he has led the most amount of feature race laps, he has the most amount of fast times in a feature, he has the equal most amount of heat wins and well, the list goes on.
Not far behind him is Kye Blight. He has three feature race wins and has podiumed three times in the XLI Pro Dirt Series. Led the second most amount of laps in features and he is also fast.
But the all-important points. Because both Halliday and Blight have not competed in every round of the series, they are down the order in points. But when they hit the track, they are always up the front.
Warren Oldfield leads the XLI Pro Dirt Series points by 1. He leads it from Jay Cardy, Michael Holmes, Matt Goodlad and Brad Blake. All five of these drivers have been consistent this season and could easily win the title. In fact, you could give a reason why all twenty-two entries could win.
Are there any drivers we haven’t mentioned yet that we should? Yes. Paul Stubber. Results don’t show it, but he is ultra-fast. String a whole feature together, and Stubber could be the champion.
It’s anyone’s game. Be track-side this Saturday and Sunday night to find out who will be WA Champion.