Reigning WA champion Matt Noakes made a superb return to the modified sedan division, winning a thrilling finish at the inaugural South Coast Classic at Albany’s Attwell Park Speedway on Saturday night.
Noakes had not contested any of the previous GWN7 WA Modified Sedan Series rounds earlier this season but was a welcome addition to the field for the lucrative South Coast Classic which had $5000 on offer for the victor.
Albany driver Nathan Penn started from pole position in the 25-lap feature race after winning the top nine shootout and the hard-charger jumped straight to the lead over Noakes when the final got underway.
Multiple series champion Aydan Trewern got past Noakes and went about challenging Penn for several laps while Blake Watson was also super impressive dicing with the leading three cars.
Those four drivers pulled away from the rest of the field and Noakes was able to get back past Trewern before drama struck Penn in the concluding stages, another gearbox failure ending his chances after 20 laps.
Noakes inherited the lead from Trewern with Watson still there in third but the leading pair fought out a classic battle in the final few laps.
Trewern narrowly put the nose of his car in front in the final circuit as the pair raced side by side but as they raced to the line locked together it was Noakes who prevailed by a narrow 0.015 seconds.
Watson finished with a well-deserved third place with Blake Jackson and the returning Calon Ball rounding out the top five.
Earlier there was some terrific heat race action with Penn and Noakes winning two preliminaries each while the others went to Trewern and Jackson.
The event doubled as round 4 of the series, which Anthony King still leads but only by a small margin with Watson eight points behind.
Meanwhile a bumper field of super sedans contested round 4 of the Super Sedan Summer Series but they were no match for Dustin Higgs who dominated proceedings.
Higgs won all three of his heat races to start on pole position for the 25-lap final where he led all the way and survived a number of restarts to take the feature race victory.
Gary Higgs moved into second place quickly and followed his son Dustin for the first 15 laps before spinning and being sent to the rear of the field.
Phil Barton drove a sensational race closing in on Dustin Higgs in the dying stages but crossed the line second, 0.611 seconds behind the winner while Gary Higgs recovered to grab third.
Only eight cars finished with a number of incidents forcing drivers to retire including Kevin Bell, Chris Pavlovich, Paul Oakley and Tristen Green while Bert Vosbergen was disqualified