The Late Models are now firmly entrenched in WA Speedway scene now and this weekend will see a celebration of this as the thunder and lightning division competes in the Di Candilo Steel City 21st Annual WA Late Model Title!
It doesn’t get much bigger than this weekend for the Late Models, with not just the WA Title being run, but also with them getting the chance to rerun the General John Day feature race that was cancelled from earlier in the season!
Drivers will compete on both Saturday and Sunday nights, with the opening night seeing all 22 nominated drivers running two heat races which will contribute points to the layout of Sunday night’s WA Title feature.
The feature on the Saturday night will be the rescheduled John Day Classic feature from the 9th of December, while the second night will see another round of heats, with all three rounds of heats across the two nights counting to set up the feature grid for the WA Late Model Title.
Despite the Perth Motorplex almost being the home track for the division over the years, this year will mark just the fifth time the event is held here: last year was the first time in over a decade that the event returned to our high banks, with Jamie Oldfield leading home brother Warren Oldfield and Michael Holmes.
Previously the event was held here in the 2005/06 season where Northern Territorian Chase Karpenko claimed the win while the first ever time the event was held at the Motorplex was in 2000/01 when Ryan Halliday took the win from Ben Ludlow and John Cardy.
The first time the WA Championship was actually held though was as a series in the 1997/98 season, taken out by Alan Nylander ahead of John Cardy and Ben Ludlow. It was held as a series for the first three years, followed by a stand-alone event at the Perth Motorplex in its opening season. It then returned to a series format for one year before settling on the stand-alone event that has been running ever since.
So who are the competing drivers for this weekend?
Brad Blake is the all-time greatest feature race winner for Late Models at the Perth Motorplex with thirty four feature wins (second time on the all-time Perth Motorplex winners list) and also leads the stats for the WA Title with nine wins. He also has three podium finishes, meaning twelve podium finishes out of the entire twenty year history of the event so far. He also has one feature win this season and three other podiums, meaning he is certainly going to be a formidable opponent this weekend.
Two drivers have claimed the Title win twice, being Craig Vosbergen, who coincidentally is also the South Australian Champion, and Jamie Oldfield who claimed his second success here at the Motorplex last year. Vosbergen has three other podium finishes in this race while Oldfield has none, and with twenty and seventeen Motorplex feature wins respectively, the duo always fights it out hard to finish on that step. Vosbergen however is the only one competing in Late models this weekend (along with son Brent) while Jamie is busy contesting the Australian 360 Sprintcar Title!
Other former WA champions, aside from those already mentioned, include two time winner Ryan Halliday (also with thirteen Motorplex feature wins to his name), Scott McPherson, Marc Giancola, Kodee Brown and Warren Oldfield. Halliday and Warren Oldfield are the only two from this list also in the nominations for this weekend and while Halliday has three other podium finishes and Oldfield has two in the title race, both will not be settling for a podium this weekend.
Of course they will have strong opposition from a huge field of other competitors all hungry for their maiden State Title victory. Paul Stubber is fresh off some strong performances and is desperate to turn them into results while Kye Blight has claimed three feature wins this season and would love to grab his maiden title win.
Add in a whole host of other names who have a point to prove and are desperate to make their mark on the title scene and we are going to be in for one hell of a show this weekend: the full list of competitors will be released tomorrow!
Release by DTN Media.
WESTERN AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY
1st Alan Nylander 2nd John Cardy 3rd Ben Ludlow
1st Brad Blake 2nd Derrol Crane 3rd John Cardy
1st Brad Blake 2nd Derrol Crane 3rd Ben Ludlow
2000/01 @ Perth Motorplex
1st Ryan Halliday 2nd Ben Ludlow 3rd John Cardy
2001/02 @ Geraldton/ Motorplex/ Manjimup
1st Brad Blake 2nd Ivor Ladwig 3rd Craig Vosbergen
2002/03 @ Bunbury
1st Brad Blake 2nd Ben Ludlow 3rd John Cardy
2003/04 @ Bunbury
1st Brad Blake 2nd Craig Vosbergen 3rd Kevin Bell
2004/05 @ Northam
1st Brad Blake 2nd Chace Karpenko NT 3rd Michael Hebditch ACT
2005/06 @ Motorplex
1st Chace Karpenko NT 2nd Jason Oldfield 3rd Ryan Halliday
2006/07 @ Geraldton
1st Brad Blake 2nd Chase Karpenko NT 3rd Jason Oldfield
2007/08 @ Northam
1st Scott McPherson ACT 2nd Nathan Disney NSW 3rd Darryl Grimson NSW
2008/09 @ Manjimup
1st Brad Blake 2nd Jay Cardy 3rd Ryan Halliday
2009/10 @ Manjimup
1st Brad Blake 2nd Craig Vosbergen 3rd Jay Cardy
2010/11 @ Collie Speedway
1st Craig Vosbergen 2nd Ryan Halliday 3rd Jason Moyle
2011/2012 @ Kalgoorlie Speedway
1st Warren Oldfield 2nd Brad Ludlow 3rd Brad Blake
2012/2013 @ Collie Speedway
1st Craig Vosbergen 2nd Warren Oldfield 3rd Matt Goodlad
2013/2014 @ Bunbury Speedway
1st Marc Giancola 2nd Jay Cardy 3rd Brad Blake
2014/2015 @ Collie Speedway
1st Jamie Oldfield 2nd Matt Goodlad 3rd Brad Blake
2015/2016 @ Albany Speedway
1st Kodee Brown, 2nd Paul Stubber, 3. Ben Nicastri
2016/2017 @ Perth Motorplex
1st Jamie Oldfield, 2. Warren Oldfield, 3. Michael Holmes
2017/2018 @ Perth Motorplex
Official Nominations – 22
0 Brad Blake
4 Brent Vosbergen
8 Craig Vosbergen
15 Warren Oldfield
18 Matt Goodlad
19 Simon McNab
23 Joe Chalmers
31 Paul Stubber
38 Jai Mazzini
39 Jarrin Bielby
41 Kye Blight
50 Veronica McCann
52 Jay Cardy
60 Jayden Meckenstock
71 Jamie Moon
75 Mick Comley
83 Daniel Ameduri
84 Chris Pavlovich
91 Michael Holmes
93 Nathan Callaghan
99 Ryan Halliday
111 Brad Ludlow