Newly crowned WA champion Pascoe one to watch

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Recently crowned WA champion Matt Pascoe enters this weekend’s SSA National Super Sedan Title in terrific form as the talented peddler chases a third Australian crown at Albany’s Attwell Park Speedway.

Pascoe produced a sensational performance driving around the outside of several of his close rivals in the 35-lap final in Kalgoorlie on Sunday night to claim his first WA Super Sedan Title.

Pascoe started from the second row of the grid in the WA title and defeated fellow Queenslander Darren Kane by 0.881 seconds on the line.

WA’s Kodee Brown and South Australian Ryan Alexander, who were involved in a terrific battle with Pascoe and Kane, filled third and fourth respectively while Dean Shore rounded out the top five.

Already with the Queensland title under his belt this season, Pascoe is out to become just the third driver in history to win three national titles and tuned up in excellent fashion on the Goldfields.

After success in 2014-15 at Latrobe, Tasmania and the Perth Motorplex in 2012-13 before that, a third crown would bring him level with veteran Mick Nicola and Ron Pyne while the legendary Grenville Anderson has four triumphs to his name.

Also part of the interstate contingent is New South Wales star Lachlan Onley, who will be desperate to end a long run of minor placings at this event.

Onley has finished runner-up at three national titles, all in succession from 2011-12 to 2013-14, which included the closest ever winning margin in the event.

Tasmanian Jarrod Harper pipped Onley by 0.461 seconds at Archerfield in Queensland.

At yet another national title attempt, Onley will be hoping to again be at the pointy end of the field come Sunday night’s final.

Onley last competed in Albany back in 2012, when he was part of the touring National Super Sedan Series, but he failed to finish the feature after getting caught up in a big crash.

Dave Gartner led the WA title after the opening night of heat racing with Kane and Pascoe close behind.

Victorian Lucas Roberts is another top driver to watch, given he will be keen to bounce back after failing to finish the State title last Sunday.

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