Press Release by WA Modified Sedans, Image by Carpe Diem Media
For the third successive season, Luke Fraser has claimed the opening round of the WA Modified Sedan Series after winning Round one of the 2022/2023 Batchelor Industries WA Modified Sedan Series at Moora Speedway last night, which was proudly supported by RPM Race Products.
A field of thirteen drivers had nominated for the opening event of the 2022/2023 series and it was in-form driver, Sam McAuley who started the night with a win in the first heat race, defeating Luke Fraser and Jamie Higgs.
Laurie Dowsett would start his night in the perfect way, comfortably defeating Glenn Harper and Jason Higgs by close to half a lap.
Laurie Dowsett would continue his winning form in the third heat of the night, as he managed to pass Peter Fraser, who returned to the series in a late call up, driving his son Branden’s BA Ford Falcon.
Unfortunately, Branden was unable to make it to Moora with sickness. Anthony King who failed to start his first heat would finish third.
The fourth heat was a hotly contested event with Sam McAuley, Luke Fraser and Glenn Harper jostling it out for the top three positions. Fraser managed to make the pass and immediately started to open a gap ahead of the rest of the field.
After a five-car battle to the checkered flag, Sam McAuley would finish in second behind Luke Fraser, while Shane Dubberlin would finish third.
Luke Fraser and Jason Higgs would race side by side to start the penultimate heat race of the night, before Luke Fraser would again show his class and stretch away to a commanding lead, as Laurie Dowsett charged through the field to battle with Higgs for second.
Dowsett would soon find a way past to finish second behind Luke Fraser, with Jason Higgs in third.
The final heat of the night would see three, two car battles with Jamie Higgs and Peter Fraser, Anthony King and Sam McAuley, Michael Ricetti and Kim Jolly all battling with one another for all important points ahead of the 3YP Transport Shootout.
Jamie Higgs would hold on to win ahead of Peter Fraser and Anthony King. When it was time for the 3YP Transport Shootout, Laurie Dowsett was the driver to beat after sitting on top of the points score after the heat racing concluded.
Luke Fraser also managed to hold off the charge from Sam McAuley and would race side by side with Laurie Dowsett, before a slight mistake from Dowsett would see Luke Fraser make the pass and take out the first shootout for the season.
The final event on the program was the twenty-lap final, with Luke Fraser and Laurie Dowsett starting on the front row.
Fraser would make the best of the start, as Dowsett would run slightly wide in turn one and two allowing Sam McAuley to move into second place.
Peter Fraser would also waste no time in passing Dowsett for third.
Anthony King would be the next to challenge Laurie Dowsett with the pair racing in close proximity for a number of laps, before King would user the low line to his advantage to take fourth position.
Dowsett would not be denied from here and soon returned serve, taking back fourth position.
While they battled it out for the minor placings, Luke Fraser continued to stretch his lead over Sam McAuley before a yellow light would come on for a loose wheel that parted company with Shane Dubberlin’s Holden Commodore.
Fraser would again lead the field away at the restart, as Anthony King wasted no time in trying to get back past Laurie Dowsett.
Peter Fraser would soon lose third position to Dowsett, as his car appeared to be losing power, allowing a number of other drivers past as he slipped back through the field.
From this point, Luke Fraser would again prove to be too strong in the opening event of the 2022/2023 Batchelor Industries WA Modified Sedan Series to defeat Sam McAuley and a hard charging Laurie Dowsett.
Anthony King would be credited with fourth place ahead of Jason Higgs and Steve Beres, who would finish sixth in his first event back, while Michael Ricetti, Jamie Higgs, Glenn Harper, Peter Fraser and Kim Jolly would round out your finishers.
The West Australian Modified Drivers Association would like to thank the Central Midlands Speedway Association for their ongoing support of Modified Sedans in Western Australia, as well as Rick, Sara and the team from RPM Race Products for their support of this round of the series.
Attention for the Batchelor Industries WA Modified Sedan Series will now turn to Round 2 of the series which returns to Bunbury Speedway on Saturday November 12th for the President’s Cup event and part of the Bunbury Speedway’s 50th Anniversary celebrations.
2022/2023 Batchelor Industries WA Modified Sedan Series sponsors:
RPM Race Products
Totally Independent Tyre Service and Mechanical
Southern Stump and Mulching Services
Speedway Sedans Western Australia
Speedway Sedans Australia Turn 2 Funding