Author : Jason Crowe SSA Media
After Day One of the Brian Rose Memorial at Ellenbrook Speedway, there is a three way tie between Mick Hamon, Jamie Oldfield and Warren Oldfield on points after the opening three rounds of heats.
All three drivers claimed two wins and a second place to be even at the conclusion of night one, with just their lap times determining the order, while Jamie Oldfield would also go on to claim the preliminary feature.
Behind the leading trio in overnight points is National Champion Anthony Beare on 95 points while Victorians Lenny Bates and Brad McClure round out the top six on points.
Heat racing action was fast and furious, with three and four wide action the name of the game across all twelve of the heats, the biggest incident of the day being when Simon McNab barrel rolled a number of times in turn three of his opening heat. He emerged unhurt but his weekend was over early, while Rodney Passamani suffered a similar fate after a big crash down the back straight into the pit gate. Craig Clayton has also indicated he will not return for Day Two, while others including WA Champion Hayden Norman have had nothing but trouble despite showing some great speed.
The preliminary feature race was held for the top twenty point scorers, with just money on the line and five drivers electing not to start, allowing others to work their way into the starting field.
Oldfield got the jump at the start but it was Lenny Bates from position three who shot past him in turn two to lead the opening lap.
Oldfield raced back around him while Beare also got back by, while behind them Jace Kempton, Evan Wakefield and Jack Barnewall all had moments that they somehow managed to regain control in.
As Oldfield and Beare pulled away Brad McClure began to make his presence known on Bates, while De Goldi behind him also came on strong, McClure and De Goldi then coming together and clouting the front straight wall heavily to bring out the yellow lights.
Neither car would restart, while Oldfield would lead away and set out building a big gap on Beare who in turn had a big gap on Bates, but it was all for null as the yellows came on with eight laps remaining for a spun car.
Again Oldfield pulled away as Peter Herbert made the big moves to grab third place from Bates while Daniel Ameduri also looked for a way through. As Herbert made a move on Beare for second, Joss also challenged Ameduri and Bates as the laps wound down and the action heated up.
With two laps remaining Carl Pickersgill and Daniel Pidala came to a stop in turn four to set up a green, white chequer finish.
From here it was all elementary as Oldfield held off Herbert and Beare in what could be a prelude to tomorrow�s all important Brian Rose Memorial final. Racing begins from 11am.
Preliminary Feature, 20 laps: 1. W51 Jamie Oldfield, 2. S46 Anthony Beare, 3. V74 Lenny Bates, 4. V24 Brad McClure, 5. W83 Daniel Ameduri, 6. W44 Peter Herbert, 7. W69 Paul Joss, 8. W26 David Padmore, 9. V27 Jason De Goldi, 10. W55 Jace Kempton, 11. W9 Marty Kelly, 12. V41 Darren Forrest, 13. W25 Bradley Roberts, 14. W81 Peter Walker, 15. W89 Carl Pickersgill, 16. W16 Jack Barnewall, 17. W121 Evan Wakefield, 18. W31 Cody Avins, 19. W183 Daniel Pidala, 20. V189 Andrew Jordan.
1. W51 Jamie Oldfield, 2. W44 Peter Herbert, 3. S46 Anthony Beare, 4. V74 Lenny Bates, 5. W69 Paul Joss, 6. W26 David Padmore, 7. W31 Cody Avins, 8. V41 Darren Forrest, 9. W55 Jace Kempton, 10. W16 Jack Barnewall, 11. V189 Andrew Jordan. DNF: W25 Bradley Roberts (19), W83 Daniel Ameduri (18), W183 Daniel Pidala (17), W89 Carl Pickersgill (17), W9 Marty Kelly (8), W121 Evan Wakefield (8), V24 Brad McClure (8), V27 Jason De Goldi (8), W81 Peter Walker (4). Total Time: No Time. Winning Margin: 0.959. Fastest Lap: 22.951 W51 Jamie Oldfield.
Details Courtesy of Scott Beattie
Photo Courtesy of Morgan Melvin