American gun Steve Francis displayed all his class when leading all the way to win round 3 of the 2015 USA Late Model Invasion Tour ahead of fellow countrymen Jeep Van Wormer and George Lee at Attwell Park Speedway on Saturday night.
In front of a huge crowd, the Americans dominated the 30-lap feature race from start to finish but it was Francis who continued his stranglehold on the popular series with yet another win on Australian soil.
Van Wormer started from pole position with Francis alongside and young American excitement machine Devin Moran filled the second row with multiple national and state champion Brad Blake.
Moran made an early slip-up however, spinning before the field completed a lap, to find himself at the back of field and undoing all his good work earlier in the event.
Francis went straight to the lead in the race over Van Wormer and was never headed from there, surviving a number of race restarts to finish 0.86seconds in front of Van Wormer with George Lee further back in third place.
American top three in the 2015 USA Late Model Invasion Tour, Jeep Van Wormer (second), Steve Francis (first) and George Lee (third). Picture: Jody Shanhun
Multiple national and State champion Brad Blake was the best of the WA drivers after crossing the line in fourth place as he held off hard-charging brothers Jamie and Jason Oldfield.
After starting from position 12 on the grid, Jamie Moon finished seventh in a terrific performance and the top ten was rounded out by American Devin Moran, Katanning’s Kye Blight and Craig Vosbergen.
Phil Zuidema spun out with two laps to go, but the Francis withstood the pressure from Van Wormer to win his third round of the series.
Marc Giancola, Jay Cardy, Lee Watt and Clint Noakes were among the non-finishers in the final.
Earlier Van Wormer downed Moran and Francis in the A-dash which determined positions for the final and Jamie Oldfield won the B-dash from Lee Watt and Jason Oldfield.
The racing in the qualifying heats was simply brilliant starting with Van Wormer who blitzed the field in the opening heat and Moran raced well clear in heat 2.
Moran scored his second victory of the night when he won heat 3 from Paul Stubber and Marc Giancola while the final qualifier was taken out by Francis who was involved in a terrific battle with Lee and Van Wormer.
Star late model competitor Brad Blake in action. Picture: Jody Shanhun
On Sunday night Francis completed a clean sweep of the USA Late Model Invasion Tour by winning the fourth and final round at Manjimup.
The bumper crowd on hand was treated to a spectacular throughout the evening with the American professionals showing their class with a top three finish in the final.
Francis won the four round series with 473 points, from Van Wormer (443 points), Jason Oldfield (395), Paul Stubber (373) and Brad Blake (368).
American Steve Francis blasts around Attwell Park. Picture: Jody Shanhun
Jamie Oldfield in action. Picture: Jody Shanhun
Marc Giancola competes in his late model. Picture: Jody Shanhun
American Jeep Van Wormer on the gas. Picture: Jody Shanhun
American star Steve Francis and car owner Michael Holmes after win in round 3 of the 2015 USA Late Model Invasion Tour in Albany. Picture: Jody Shanhun