Pav’s title bid comes to an end

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

Mt Barker’s Chris Pavlovich has fallen short in his bid to reach the A-main of the National Super Sedan Title in Moama, after a gallant performance in the B-main on Saturday night.

The current WA super sedan champion, Pavlovich was one of two drivers from the west who made the long haul to Heartland Speedway with a field of 43 drivers vying for the national crown.

Pavlovich got his first look at the track on Thursday for official practice, his best time getting him inside the top 20 on overall.

On the opening night Pavlovich began strongly, finishing second in heat 4 behind Mick Nicola Sr to bank important early points, but things went amiss in the second round.

Six laps into heat 6, Pavlovich and Gavin Northfield made contact, with both forced to retire as a result and the West Aussie dropping crucial points.

In his final heat of night one Pavlovich finished eighth after starting from position six to leave him 24th in the points standings heading into the last round of qualifying heats on Saturday. Pavlovich dropped one place in that heat on Saturday, crossing the line in eighth place, and that was enough to qualify in 11th spot for the 20-lap B-main.

The 53-year-old was quickly on the move with the top four transferring into the championship final, but it was hard to crack into the leading bunch following a couple of early stoppages.

Pavlovich charged towards the top four in the closing stages and was within striking distance but he simply ran out of time, crossing the line in seventh place.

Fellow WA driver Gary Higgs won his final heat race to make the A-main where he finished 18th.

In a brilliant spectacle, Matt Pascoe won his third national title from Ryan Alexander and Callum Harper.

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