A last-minute decision to venture down to Geelong’s Avalon Raceway for last Saturday night’s 11th Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series round rewarded Shaun Dobson with a solid podium finish.

Following the cancellation of the latest Ultimate Sprintcar Championship round at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway on Thursday, Dobson and the team trekked down to Avalon Raceway in order to get their weekend racing fix.

In what was only his second appearance at Avalon Raceway for the season, Dobson, who is a past Avalon Raceway Sprintcar Track Champion, was on the pace from the outset and he was able to carry that form all the way through to the fall of the chequered flag in the 30-lap feature race.

After qualifying second for the feature race by virtue of winning his opening heat race and then finishing fourth (from position 12) in the other heat race, Dobson was outjumped by pole sitter Darren Mollenoyux from the drop of the green flag and had to slot into second. Despite his best efforts, Dobson was unable to deny Mollenoyux of the win and had to settle for second.

6 3 2017 Shaun DobsonPhoto: Robert Lake Photography

“I had a really strong night and to come away with a podium finish is very satisfying for both the team and I,” expressed the ACT # 21 Essendon Ford / Quantum Quartz supported Cool driver.

“After the last couple of race meetings in Sydney have been cancelled due to the weather, it was great to get back behind wheel and be competitive.

“A big thanks must go to all of my team, especially crew chief Shane, for all of their continued hard work, along with our sponsors, and without either of them, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do.”

For Dobson, this was his third 2016-17 season podium finish.

Dobson’s next appearance will be this Saturday night’s Ultimate Sprintcar Championship SA round at Murray Bridge Speedway (SA) and then the following night for the Eureka Garages & Sheds Series round at Warrnambool’s Premier Speedway (Vic).

The Dobson Motorsport team would like to thank their 2016-17 season sponsors: Essendon Ford, Quantum Quartz, Road & River Motorcycles, Albert Road Store - Hobart, Joinery Supplies Tasmania, Castrol Oil, Cool Chassis and KRE Race Engines.

To find out more about Dobson, or to purchase team merchandise, visit his website at www.shaundobson.com.au. You can also follow Dobson on social media via Facebook by searching Shaun Dobson Racing or follow him on Twitter by searching @DobsonShaun.