2020 - PERTH MOTORPLEX AUSTRALIAN LATE MODEL CHAMPIONSHIP 8th & 11th January 2020
2020 and it was West Australia's turn to stage the Australian Late Model Championship, the event was held over two night's, the first being on Wednesday the 8th of January, while the 2nd and final night was on the 11th of January 2020.
Early indications were, with around forty nominations the title was going to be a ripper, this would be the biggest number of eastern states driver assembled for some time.
However nature was to play its part in the weeks leading up to the busy Late Model period in WA, Bush fires were destroying many thousands of hectares of farmland, National Parks and even complete towns, one after the other, Australia was on fire, add to that a Cyclone was battering the North West Coast around Port Headland.
With all this going on all roads East, West across Australia were blocked.
LMRWA Press Release
Unfortunately South Australia's Matt Crimmins and New South Wales Champion Lachlan Onley have officially withdrawn, while the HDD Racing Team of Cameron Pearson and Tyler Erb are still hopeful of making it across, perhaps only for the final night of the title or potentially with Erb running a local car if all else fails.
Ben Nicastri is also unable to get his equipment across Austrlia, but has been offered a life line by Bruce Mackenzie, whose machine is already in Perth, Ben now taking over those driving duties.
2020 - Artwork by Anthony Hearsey showing the areas of Australia effected by fire from the period 05/12/19 to 05/01/20
Caiguna Roadhouse Truck awaiting the Eyre Highway to reopen at the ninety mile straight. Photo: unknown.
2020 - Ross Nicastri and Jack Cornett preparing the Bruce McKenzie Rocket for Ben's arrival. Photos: unknown.
Late Model Australian Campionship night one
8th January 2020
*Blight leads after night one*
Kye Blight in his Chev powered Longhorn has continued on with his winning form to take out night one of the Australian Late Model Championship at the Motorplex on Wednesday night.
Kye and Paul Stubber each set fast time in their respective flights, eight heats were contested on the night with every driver competing in two heats, The heats winners were Kye Blight, Michael Holmes, Craig Vosbergen, Brad Blake, Justin Shaw, Ben Nicastri, Warren Oldfield and Jamie Oldfield.
Following the heats the thirty nine car field was broken down into two Preliminary features, The first saw a front row start of Kye Blight and Craig Vosbergen, Kye led from the start with Craig in second briefly until Marc Giancola and Ben Nicastri got the pass on Craig, only to have Craig regain his second spot shortly after, In the mean time Brent Vosbergen who was on a charge moved into third place, there were several contests being fought out within the race, Marc Giancola, Michael Holmes and Ken Macpherson all testing each others skill levels.
The end result being, 1st Kye Blight, 2nd Craig Vosbergen, 3rd Brent Vosbergen, 4th Marc Giancola, 5th Ben Nicastri, 6th Ken Macpherson, 7th Jamie Oldfield, 8th Michael Holmes, 9th Matt Amato, 10th Jeff Roth, 11th Aydan Trewern, 12th Jayden Meckenstock, 13th Daniel Ameduri and 14th Jay Cardy.
*Godsey holds off O Show*
It was virtually two wide racing for the first two laps of the second preliminary feature on Wednesday night, when pole sitter Warren Oldfield and on the out side pole Ray Godsey charged around the top of the racetrack, before Godsey took the lead.
It was to be a breakaway group of Godsey, Warren Oldfield and Brad Blake that were on a charge, By the mid race pointthe lead group consisted of Godsey, Blake, Kinsella, Oldfield as well as others finding some pace such as David Nylander, Ryan Halliday and Kodee Brown.
Oldfield soon regained his third spot from Kensella and that about how it ended, apart from Brad Blake holding down second found some grip in the last few lap and start to close in rapidly on Joe Godsey, however would hold the lead and record a fantastic win,
At the end of the twenty lap feature it was 1st Joe Godsey, 2nd Brad Blake, 3rd Warren Oldfield, 4th Freddy Kinsella, 5th Kodee Brown, 6th David Nylander, 7th Hayden Ross, 8th Ryan Halliday, 9th Simon McNab, 10th Cody Avins, 11th David Boyes, 12th Jason Bond, 13th Wade Carter, 14th Jamie Moon and 15th Nathan Callaghan.
Peter Roebuck Pictorial feature
2020 - JACK CORNETT USA ENGINE MAN
Jack Cornett also has ties to Team Vosbergen Racing here in Perth, pictured with Bob Lush from Applied Automotive. Photo: TVR.
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2020 - GREAT SOUTHERN HERALD NEWSPAPER REPORTED
9th January 2020
2020 - PERTH MOTORPLEX WINGLESS SPRINTCARS 8th January 2020
Daniel Keen is back fans, Well its been a while, years in fact since Daniel Keen has stood on the top of the podium of a wingless sprintcar race at the Perth Motorplex.
Daniel dominated the nights racing winning one heat and finishing third in another, as well as leading the feature from start to finish.
The inform wingless man at the moment, State Champion, Tom Payet had to settle for second this night, ahead of Jake Robinson in third, other notable drivers on the pace on the night were Daran Humfrey, Kyle Beard while Tom Britton, Tim Ryan and James Bissaker rounded out the finishers.
Peter Roebuck Pictorial feature
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Late Model Australian Championship night 2
11th January 2020
* Blight is Australia 1 *
After hardly putting a foot wrong across the two nights of racing for the Australian Late Model Championship, Kye Blight has raced away to a record a dominating win and grab that Australia #1.
Across the 1st night Blight set the quickest time in qualifying, won his first heat, came third in his second and then led every lap of his preliminary feature to lead the points at the end of night one.
Returning for the second night he started from the back of the field in his heat which he raced through to win, then won two out of the three pole pursuit races to start the feature from pole position.
Blight would once again go on the lead every lap of the final while behind him positions changed multiple times, but in the end it was Craig Vosbergen and Warren Oldfield when topped up the podium.
The official placings for the Australian Championship are 1st Kye Blight, 2nd Craig Vosbergen, 3rd Warren Oldfield, 4th Joe Godsey, 5th Ben Nicastri, 6th Michael Holmes, 7th Ryan Halliday, 8th Jamie Oldfield, 9th Brad Blake, 10th Veronica McCann, 11th Ken Machpherson, 12th Hayden Ross, 13th Freddy Kinsella, 14th Brent Vosbergen, 15th Jeff Roth, 16th Paul Stubber, 17th Jai Mazzini, 18th Simon McNab, 19th Matt Amato, 20th Wade Carter, 21st Aydan Trewern.
Peter Roebuck Pictorial feature
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2020 - PERTH MOTORPLEX LATE MODEL WEST AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP 8th February 2020
Blight Wins Again
Bunbury / Katanning based Blight Racing have just capped off an incredable end to there season, when Kye took out the West Australian Late Model Championship at the Perth Motorplex on Saturday night, This win comes on top of his Australian Championship win, also in Late Model and his domination while winning the USA Invasion Tour for Late Models.
Craig and Brent Vosbergen would lead the field away in the 30 lap feature, with 25 of the best cars and drivers in the west tucked in behind them.
Early in the race Joe Godsey would spin and have a large number of the field pile into him, The three cars of Godsey, Ken Macpherson and Freddy Kinsella not able to restart.
On the restart Brent Vosbergen took the lead off his farther Craig while Kye Blight made a massive around the mid field pack on the high line to take fifth position, one lap later he was in fourth.
A short time later and more trouble on the raceway, race leader Brent Vosbergen spun, giving the following bunch of cars of Brad Blake, Craig Vosbergen and Kye Blight a major problem of getting past the stationary car of Brent's, Brad Blake was the unlucky one, smashing into Brent car at near on full race speed. Brad was knocked out in the crash and it took a while to get him out of the car, his was placed in the care of the tracks medical officials.
Once the race restarted it was Craig Vosbergen in the lead from Kye Blight and Warren Oldfield in third, not for long as on the next restart, Warren Oldfield charged past Vosbergen and Blight to take the lead.
Around lap ten Craig Vosbergen slowed and pulled to the infield which left Oldfield an Blight fighting it out for the lead, Kye did gain the upper hand and proceded to pull away, further back Stubber and Halliday were making progress forward.
Only eight cars would finish the feature, the final positions being, 1st Kye Blight, 2nd Warren Oldfield, 3rd Ryan Halliday, 4th Veronica McCann, 5th Jai Mazzini, 6th Daniel Ameduri, 7th Bruce Mackenzie and 8th Nathan Callaghan.