Article Courtesy of WA Modified Sedans.
Luke Fraser has won Round One of the 2020/2021 Blackman Fabrication WA Modified Sedan Series at Moora Speedway, yet again winning the opening round of the WA Modified Sedan Series, matching his success from last season.
Allan Mortimer had the pleasure of starting pole position for the first heat race of the season and would battle through heavy track conditions to take the win in the opening heat of the night.
He would defeat former state champion Anthony King, who charged from the back of the field and Sam McAuley, who crossed the line first, but was relegated following the completion of the race for contact with Mortimer.
Heat two started in a great fashion, with Ray Clifton, Ashley Baker and Kevin Ellement in a battle of three for the first few laps. Clifton would soon check out, as Baker started to feel pressure from Jarrod Rick who started seventh and was challenging for third. Ray Clifton would win as the chequered flag flew, defeating Ashley Baker and Jarrod Rick.
State champion and defending WA Modified Sedan Series champion, Branden Fraser would fail to finish with mechanical dramas that would bring his night to an early close.
Luke Fraser would make a great start from the outside of the front row in the third heat of the night and would hold on to narrowly win ahead of Anthony King and Jarrod Rick, who were beginning to put together a highly successful night to start the series.
In the fourth heat, Geraldton young gun, Ashley Baker would lead from start to finish to defeat Jayke Malcolm who came from far back in the field to pass Kevin Ellement for second. Ellement would ultimately finish third, while Paul Stevens, Kathryn Harper, Shane Dubberlin, Allan Mortimer and Kim Smith would battle for the final positions.
Anthony King would finally claim a heat race win in heat five, after finishing second in his first two heats. Jarrod Rick would try to challenge King on a number of occasions throughout the race, but unfortunately just couldn’t get past.
Luke Fraser would make it a three way go for the lead, but would ultimately finish third behind Anthony King and Jarrod Rick. The only stoppage of the race would come as Ray Clifton would lose a left rear wheel, leaving him some work to do before the final.
In the final heat of the night, Jayke Malcolm made the passing manoeuvre of the night, as he rounded up Blake Jackson on the opening lap of the race. From here, Malcolm wouldn’t be headed, as Blake Jackson, Sam McAuley and Allan Mortimer duelled for the minor places. Despite throwing everything to get past, Jackson would finish second ahead of Sam McAuley.
Come the Southern Stump and Mulching Services Shootout, it was all Luke Fraser who dominated proceedings. Fraser defeated Allan Mortimer, Jarrod Rick, Ashley Baker and Jayke Malcolm to then take on Anthony King to see who would start from pole position in the feature race.
King would put up a great challenge, but Luke Fraser was simply too good and would claim the cash bonus courtesy of Bill and Linda Gibbs from Southern Stump and Mulching Services.
When it came time to the twenty lap feature race, Luke Fraser and Anthony King would share the front row as it took four separate restarts to get the race started. The initial start would be aborted, with stewards deeming someone to have jumped the start.
The second start would see a four car pile-up, as Blake Jackson, Paul Stevens, Merv Penn and Shane Dubberlin would have a coming together. Jackson, Penn and Dubberlin would retire at this point, as would Jarrod Rick who was caught up in contact with the front five cars.
The third start would see almost all drivers complete a lap, until Allan Mortimer collected the back straight fence, ending his race. It wasn’t until the fourth start, where we finally got to see the Modified Sedans complete a lap.
Anthony King would make the best of the jump and lead Luke Fraser and Ashley Baker for the opening laps of the race. Further back in the field Sam McAuley and Jayke Malcolm would swap paint on a number of occasions, before Paul Stevens started to buy himself into this battle.
King continued to lead, as Fraser tried to go around the outside, which nearly saw him hit the concrete wall. At this point, Ashley Baker would make his intentions on second position known, while King opened a three car margin.
King’s lead would soon amount to nought, as the Totally Independent Tyre Service and Mechanical Ford Falcon retired to the infield, leaving Fraser and Baker to battle it out. While Sam McAuley and Jayke Malcolm continued their arm-wrestle, Paul Stevens loomed large and soon made his pass on Malcolm for fourth.
From this point, Luke Fraser would not be headed, as he went on to take the win in the opening round of the 2020/2021 Blackman Fabrication WA Modified Sedan Series. Ashley Baker would finish a gallant second ahead of Paul Stevens and Jayke Malcolm, with Sam McAuley being credited with fifth after an infield pass during the race.
The West Australian Modified Drivers Association must thank our round sponsor, Performance Lubricants for again supporting Modified Sedans in WA, as well as Moora Speedway for hosting the opening round of our series.
Attention will now turn to Round 2 of the 2020/2021 Blackman Fabrication WA Modified Sedan Series, which heads to Makit Hardware Narrogin Speedway on Saturday November 14.
The event will be proudly supported by Grant and Julie Stevens from Stevens Ceilings, who have continued to support Modified Sedan racing in WA.
SSA Modified Sedan Feature Race– Twenty Laps: 1. 15 Luke Fraser, 2. 11 Ashley Baker, 3. 6 Paul Stevens, 4. 23 Jayke Malcolm, 5. 29 Sam McAuley, 6. 31 Kevin Ellement,DNF: 133 Kim Smith, 51 Anthony King, 63 Kathryn Harper, 74 Allan Mortimer, 47 Jarrod Rick, 17 Merv Penn, 41 Blake Jackson, 13 Shane Dubberlin, DNS: 73 Ray Clifton, WA1 Branden Fraser
The 2020/2021 Blackman Fabrication WA Modified Sedan Series is proudly sponsored by:
Southern Stump and Mulching Services
Albany Truck Hire
Totally Independent Tyre Service & Mechanical
Speedway Sedans Australia