Pavlovich eyes first national crown

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Mt Barker’s Chris Pavlovich.
Camera IconMt Barker’s Chris Pavlovich. Credit: SWB Photography

Mt Barker driver and WA super sedan champion Chris Pavlovich has made the long trek to NSW this week as he chases a maiden national crown this weekend.

Pavlovich has made the lengthy 7000km trip from his home in Mt Barker to Moama in NSW to contest the National Super Sedan Title, which begins officially tomorrow.

A field of 46 drivers will contest the national title, the biggest field since 2014, and every State is re-presented.

Current national champion Callum Harper heads the field along with former titleholders Darren Kane, Mick Nicola Sr and Matt Pascoe.

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The experienced and in-form Pavlovich said he was not there to make up the numbers, eyeing victory on the biggest stage.

“The goal is to win it,” the 53-year-old said.

“As with any sport if you want to do it properly and give it your best, it’s a fair commitment.

“I’m not going all that way to make up the numbers.

“You need a bit of luck and to stay out of trouble but we are quietly confident we have a good car and can be right amongst them.

“I’ve never been to the track but it’s fast and I’m very much looking forward to it.”

Pavlovich won his maiden WA title back in February after downing Gary Higgs in a terrific battle at Narrogin Speedway.

That pair are the sole WA representatives at the national title which will be held at Heartland Raceway.

Practice will be held this evening at the venue before heats tomorrow night.

The final qualifying events and finals are on Saturday.

Pavlovich qualified in 13th place for the A-main at the 2016-17 national title in Albany but failed to finish and this will be his fourth crack at the event.

He said racing both super sedans and late model sedans had aided his improvement in the sport.

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