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After finishing in every minor podium position possible across various classes in a Western Australian Title over his 20 years of speedway racing, Clint Noakes recently at Mt Barker Speedway romped to victory in the Western Australian Modified Sedan Title.

The 35-year-old racer from Margret River in Western Australia was beginning to think that a maiden Western Australian Title win was going to elude him forever, after numerous close finishes and heartbreaks in past attempts. However, on this occasion, he made every post a winner in the 2017 running of Western Australian Modified Sedan Title.

Noakes shared the front row of the Western Australian Title deciding feature race alongside his brother and pole sitter Matt Noakes. At the drop of the green flag, Clint grabbed control of the lead and from there led every one of the scheduled 35 laps. Despite a late stoppage, Clint wasn’t rattled and nailed the restart and went on to claim a comfortable win. To make his maiden win even more special was the fact that he was joined on the podium by his brother, Matt, in second place.

After being the fastest throughout this season’s Western Australian Title campaign, which included topping the time sheets in Friday’s practice, Noakes backed it up with two wins from three heat-race starts – he had finished third in the remaining heat race. These performances earned him an outside front-row feature-race start.

Photo: Jody Shanhun

For Noakes, his maiden Western Australian Title win has been a long time coming, especially after being so close on numerous occasions.

“It’s an awesome feeling to finally capture a home state title win, but it’s certainly taken its time to happen,” the WA # 23 Glenbrae Transport backed BA Ford Falcon driver expressed, who leading up to his latest Western Australian Title attempt had heavily damaged his car during the King’s Royal event at Kingaroy Speedway in Queensland.

“Although there have been plenty of ups and downs along the way to my first state title win, they had only made me more determined than ever to achieve it, and to finally do it is a reward for my persistence and also my family, crew and sponsors for all of their ongoing support.”

Over his 20 years of speedway racing, which began in Junior Sedans followed by time in Modified Sedans, Production Sedans, Street Stocks and Late Models, Noakes has been unlucky in past Western Australian Title attempts. Noakes has finished in minor podium positions in Western Australian Titles in Junior Sedans, Modified Sedans and Production Sedans. Other career highlights include claiming the $5000 to win Shinju Matsuri Modified Sedan Challenge at Broome Speedway and the Southern Production Sedan Series.

The focus for Noakes now is next month’s National Modified Sedan Title at Murray Bridge Speedway in South Australia on April 27, 28 and 29. Prior to the National Title, he plans to run the annual Murray Magic event at Mildura’s Timmis Speedway in Victoria on the Friday and Saturday night of April 14 and 15.

Noakes would like to thank his 2016-17 season sponsors: Glenbrae Transport, Genesis Shocks / Racin Tyres & Accessories, Cooroy Auto Wreckers, River Fresh IGA, My Truck Wash Express - Bunbury, Great Southern Fuels (BP), and Diamond Tree Angus Stud. Special thanks must go to: mum and dad (Richard and Anne), Jess (partner), Keira and Kayla (kids), Matt Noakes (brother), Hamish Macalpine, Greg and Aidan Raymont, Craig and Brent Vosbergen, and pit crew: Craig, Brett, Aaron, Heydon, Triston and Josh.

“My Western Australian Title win wouldn’t have at all been possible without the support of all of the above people and sponsors, and I can’t thank them all enough,” concluded Clint Noakes.

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Photo: Jody Shanhun