Matt Noakes has dominated Round Four of the 2018/2019 Cranecorp WA Modified Sedan Series held at the Trade Hire Augusta Margaret River Speedway on Saturday night.
Noakes who grew up racing at the Margaret River venue dominated the nights racing winning two of his three heat races before winning both the Southern Stump & Mulching Services Shootout and Feature Race.
Fifteen Modified Sedans were on hand for the Modified Sedans first visit to the region for two years with Kevin Ellements return to racing only last one lap after suffering heavy damage to his Holden Commodore after an accident.
Brett Mills and Shane Dubberlin were both out for the night after the first round of racing leaving the final two round of heat races with depleted fields.
Current Western Australian Modified Sedan Champion Anthony King won two heat races during the night but was forced to watch the feature race from the sidelines due to severely hurting the powerplant in his Totally Independent Tyre Service Ford Falcon.
Both Adam Houston and Matt Kata were also unable to start the main event due to mechanical issues with their Ford Falcons suffered during the final round of heat racing.
Nine Cars faced the starter in the feature race which was reduced to fifteen laps with Matt Noakes leading Nathan Penn and Rick Musarra in the early laps before the only stoppage of the race occurred when Musarra made contact with the lap car of Melissa Bust.
Bust would be sidelined with damage to her Mazda RX-7 with Musarra sent to the rear of the field with Nathan Penn also relegated two positions during the stoppage.
Jayden McCuish found himself in second place with Branden Fraser, Nathan Penn and Narrogins Paul Stevens trying everything to find a way past him after the restart.
Musarra retired from the race on lap nine with Penn finding a way past McCuish to move into second as the leader Matt Noakes enjoyed a healthy gap back to the rest of the field.
Matt Noakes would go on to record his second round win of the season with Nathan Penn crossing the line in second place before being relegated for the second time in the race for contact when passing McCuish.
Jayden McCuish would be officially second with Branden Fraser elevated into third place ahead of Nathan Penn with Paul Stevens, Allan Mortimer and Merv Penn rounding out the finishers.
Round Five of the 2018/2019 Cranecorp WA Modified Sedan Series will be held at the Attwell Park Speedway in Albany on Saturday, 9 March 2019.
Heat One, 10 laps: 1. W20 Matt Noakes, 2. W6 Paul Stevens, 3. W21 Rick Musarra, 4. W17 Merv Penn, 5. W47 Shane Dubberlin, 6. W77 Melissa Bust (7). DQ: W74 Allan Mortimer.
Heat Two, 10 laps: 1. WA1 Anthony King, 2. W57 Nathan Penn, 3. W2 Branden Fraser, 4. W58 Jayden McCuish, 5. W7 Matt Kata, 6. W18 Adam Houston. DNF W22 Brett Mills (5), W31 Kevin Ellement (1).
Heat Three, 10 laps: 1. W20 Matt Noakes, 2. W2 Branden Fraser, 3. W6 Paul Stevens, 4. W18 Adam Houston, 5. W21 Rick Musarra. DNS: W31 Kevin Ellement, W22 Brett Mills, W47 Shane Dubberlin.
Heat Six, 10 laps: 1. W57 Nathan Penn, 2. W20 Matt Noakes, 3. W74 Allan Mortimer, 4. W6 Paul Stevens. DNF: W7 Matt Kata (5), W18 Adam Houston (2). DNS: W47 Shane Dubberlin, W31 Kevin Ellement.
Southern Stump & Mulching Services Shootout Winner- Matt Noakes
Feature Race, 20 laps: 1. W20 Matt Noakes, 2. W58 Jayden McCuish, 3. W2 Branden Fraser, 4. W57 Nathan Penn, 5. W6 Paul Stevens, 6. W74 Allan Mortimer, 7. W17 Merv Penn. DNF: W21 Rick Musarra (9), W77 Melissa Bust (3). DNS: WA1 Anthony King, W7 Matt Kata, W18 Adam Houston, W22 Brett Mills, W31 Kevin Ellement, W47 Shane Dubberlin
The 2018/2019 Cranecorp Australia WA Modified Sedan Series is proudly supported by Cranecorp Australia Totally Independent Tyre Service & Mechanical Civil Hirings Pty Ltd Blackman Fabrications Sanmel Contracting Adam Holt Industries Moora Automotive & Servicing Southern Stump & Mulching Services Glenbrae Trucking LF Graphix Speedway Sedans Western Australia
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