Blight triumphs over USA drivers

By Sheldon Nouchy | posted on January 24, 2020

KATANNING speedway star Kye Blight dominated rounds three and four of the USA Invasion Late Model Tour at Albany Speedway Club’s Attwell Park on the weekend.

Having won the National Title last weekend, Blight would go on to claim all four of his heats and both features in which he lapped every car except his fellow podium place getters.

Courtesy of his two wins, Blight started the 40-lap final from pole and when they went green, used the clear track to set his fastest lap of the race and build a lead.

The field would be bought back under yel-lows a couple of times over the first part of the race with the last 27 laps running without a stoppage.

Over these laps Blight would decimate his opposition, passing the field with ease on his way to winning by more than 11 seconds.

During the feature, local hope Aydan Trewern started seventh and was on track for his best result in the Late Model, getting as high as third.

With about five laps to go the car started to ever so slightly smoke and, as he went to take the white flag, headed infield to retire from fourth.

The team decided to not risk the engine and do a full investigation and would sit the Sunday night out.

As everyone headed to the track for round four of the Invasion Tour, the question everyone was asking was; can Blight be stopped?

Just like the previous night, current Western Australian champion Brent Vosbergen won both of his races to share the front row with Blight.

The start of this 40-lap final would go slightly different to the previous night with Blight and Vosbergen making contact in turn two with Vosbergen slipping back to fifth while Blight pulled away from American Joe Godsey.

By lap six Vosbergen had climbed back to third and would sit there behind Godsey until lap 25 with the pair trading places over the next five laps until Vosbergen broke clear.

With 17 of the 18 cars who started the night making it onto the track for the feature, there was plenty of action across the track and back mark- ers for Blight to contend with, which he did with ease once again.

Blight would cross the line by more than 11 seconds again in a race that went from green to checkers without a stoppage to claim his sixth feature win in a row from Vosbergen and Godsey.

At the end of the four rounds, Blight had amassed 471 points which is just three off the maximum available across the series to take the title by 40 points from Warren Oldfield and Godsey.

Across the two nights the Junior and Senior Formula 125’s had valuable track time ahead of their state title next month with current junior state champion Jasmin Ellis taking the win while in the seniors Sam Jewell (Saturday) and Nathen Tester (Sunday) claimed the wins.