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Busselton’s Kyle Sayer claims National Production Sedan Title over Barry Rose at Ellenbrook Speedway

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National modified sedan champion Kyle Sayer.
Camera IconNational modified sedan champion Kyle Sayer. Credit: Jason Sutton/Dirt Track Nutters

Busselton’s Kyle Sayer won his first national crown, coming from position six to claim the 40-lap final of the National Production Sedan Title at Ellenbrook Speedway on Sunday.

Sayer started the decider from the third row and was quickly up to third place when drama struck Katanning’s Kye Blight.

Joel Berkley on the inside of Kye Blight.
Camera IconJoel Berkley on the inside of Kye Blight. Credit: Jason Sutton/Dirt Track Nutters

Blight, the current WA titleholder, started the final from the front row alongside Barry Rose but on lap three he was forced to retire with a broken shock mount.

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Rose and Sayer cleared out from the chasing pack at the restart and the battle for the minor placings began.

Kyle Sayer in action.
Camera IconKyle Sayer in action. Credit: Peter Roebuck

Sayer first hit the front on lap 15 and Rose fought tooth and nail to get back past before a stoppage on lap 23 for a slowing Mitchell Killeen.

Peter Katona Jr and Albany’s Aydan Trewern came together as they battled for third place when the race resumed and when the next stoppage occurred, stewards penalised Trewern two positions and he went back to fifth.

Queenslander Joel Berkley had worked his way from 16th on the grid and was into the top five by that point.

The final laps of the title were terrific as Sayer and Rose continued to scrap for top spot while Berkley ran the top of the track in an attempt to reel in the leaders.

Busselton's Kyle Sayer celebrates winning the national title.
Camera IconBusselton's Kyle Sayer celebrates winning the national title. Credit: Jason Sutton/Dirt Track Nutters

Sayer held off the advances of Rose in the dying stages to become the new national champion, with a winning margin of just 0.347sec.

Berkley claimed third place while Nuno Mendes and Katona Jr rounded out the top five.

National Production Sedan Title podium.
Camera IconNational Production Sedan Title podium. Credit: Jason Sutton/Dirt Track Nutters

Trewern fought on gallantly to cross the line in sixth while Drew Ogle was seventh and Rod Musarra, who led the point score after the opening day of the title, finished in eighth place.

In B-main 2, Albany’s Rowan Burrell finished 11th, Katanning’s Jake Blight was 14th and Albany’s Mike Kinnear was 16th.

Albany driver Shane Devonshire finished eighth in B-main 1 and Katanning’s Cody Blight retired from the race after 15 laps.

Albany’s Calon Ball qualified in the C-main but didn’t take to the track.

Shane Devonshire crashes side on into Josh Stewart.
Camera IconShane Devonshire crashes side on into Josh Stewart. Credit: Peter Roebuck

Kye Blight was eighth on points after the first three rounds of qualifying heats while Trewern also sat inside the top 15 at the end of day one.

At the start of the event, Burrell won the best presented car award among a field of 80.

Albany's Rowan Burrell was awarded best presented car.
Camera IconAlbany's Rowan Burrell was awarded best presented car. Credit: Speedway Sedans Australia

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