Erb’s low blow not enough

Morgan MelvinSouth Western Times
Despite finishing second in Saturday night’s feature, American Tyler Erb was crowned Di Candilo Steel City USA v WA Invasion Tour champion.
Camera IconDespite finishing second in Saturday night’s feature, American Tyler Erb was crowned Di Candilo Steel City USA v WA Invasion Tour champion. Credit: Peter Roebuck

Billy Moyer claimed the 837th win of his career as he raced to victory in the fourth round of the Di Candilo Steel City USA vs WA Invasion Tour on Saturday night at the Make Smoking History Bunbury Speedway.

But it was Tyler Erb who did enough to claim the tour championship – just six points ahead of Moyer.

It was a rough and tumble night in Bunbury, with only 13 of the initial 19 cars taking the green flag as a number of cars succumbed to issues throughout the heat races.

Moyer grabbed the lead from the outset, with Erb right on his tail as the top two quickly pulled away from third-placed Brad Blake.

As both drivers came out of turn four to complete the second lap, Erb went low and managed to sweep underneath Moyer to grab the lead.

Thereafter, he scooted clear, and from here he began to race away until Simon McNab was forced to retire after spinning into the turn four wall.

Once racing resumed from caution protocol, Erb maintained the lead until Moyer produced a sparkle of brilliance.

After closing the gap on the leader, Moyer suddenly moved straight underneath him, grabbing the lead and beginning to pull away from Erb in what was a spectacular move and was never seriously threatened for the remainder of the feature.

There was plenty for Erb to cheer about – given the overall tour victory – while local driver Brad Blakes finished third.

In other events across the night, Brad Maiolo bounced back to form by winning round 12 of the Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series – crossing the line 3.033 seconds ahead of Jason Kendrick.

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