A podium result in the sixth World Series Sprintcar Championship round at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway in Queensland recently has turned into a new 2017-18 season highlight for Shaun Dobson.
Up against some of the world’s best 410 Sprintcar drivers, the Hobart, Tasmania native managed to upstage many of his more fancied rivals and score a third-place finish behind winner Donny Schatz and fellow American Lucas Wolfe.
As one would expect, the pilot of the VA # 21 Albert Road Store / Powerstroke Automotive-supported Cool car was thrilled with the result in what was just his second-career WSS podium finish.
“To be the first Australian driver home was a fantastic honour and a huge confidence booster, as the two drivers who finished ahead of me, well, one is the best driver in the world and the other is someone who races for a living,” said the 25-year-old, who spends his weekdays working in his family-owned business: Dobson Granite and Marble.
“The car was strong all night, and full credit must go to my crew chief Shane Finch and the rest of our small team. To share the front row of the feature race alongside Donny Schatz was a big thrill, and to be able to bring home a podium finish just topped the night off.”
Photo: The Carrells
Coming off the high of a WSS podium finish, Dobson contested the two-night seventh WSS round, which doubled as the Australian Open, back at Archerfield Speedway last Friday and Saturday night.
In what was a tale of two differing nights, the opening night saw Dobson finish 10th in the preliminary feature race and 10th in the point standings heading into the second and final night, while it was an early crash that affected the rest of Dobson’s campaign on night two. Due to heavy contact with another rival on the opening lap of his opening heat race, it caused substantial damage to the car and resulted in a DNF.
In his second heat race, running a patched-up car from the earlier crash, he was running seventh before recording another DNF after pulling to the infield on the penultimate lap. Due to dropping both his heat races, he started from position seven in the B main, but struggled to move forward with a damaged car and finished in a disappointing 12th.
With last weekend’s WSS Championship round now out of the way, Dobson and his team are now focused on defending their Scott Darley Challenge at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway this Friday and Saturday night.
Regarded as one of his career highlights, alongside side his Australian Championship runner-up finish of the 2011-12 season, the Scott Darley Challenge victory saw Dobson create history by becoming the first Tasmanian-based racer to taste feature race success there in a Sprintcar, and he heads into the event full of confidence.
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“It was great to have a shakedown of the family-owned VA # 21 car last weekend, having not raced it (the car) for over two months, and we were back on the pace straight away which is testament to my crew chief Shane and the rest of the team,” commented Dobson, whose team has a busy lead up to this weekend’s event by having to repair the heavy damage to the car following Saturday night’s crash.
“I’ve enjoyed a lot of pleasing performances in Sydney in recent seasons and I’m heading into this weekend’s Scott Darley Challenge with nothing less than winning intentions.”
Dobson would like to thank the following 2017-18 season sponsors for their support: Albert Road Store, Powerstroke Automotive, Motoradco Industrial Radiators, SpeedMaster/Stand 21 Australia, Cool Chassis, KRE Race Engines, Thomo's Race Graphix, Big Wheels Truck Alignment, and Mooch Designs.
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 or Instagram by searching Shaun Dobson Racing.