To say that Shaun Dobson battled the elements throughout last weekend’s Grand Annual Classic at Warrnambool’s Premier Speedway would be quite the understatement; however, despite this, he was still able to record a top-10 result.
Regarded as Australia’s biggest 410 Sprintcar event, Dobson ran at the pointy end of the field throughout the weekend aboard the Vic # 3 David Dickson Motorsport Cool car, which saw him come up against some of the world’s best drivers, a mixture of track conditions and even battling the effects of the flu.
After a solid performance throughout his qualifying events, Dobson earned a third-place start in the Grand Annual Classic deciding feature race and for most of the 40-lap event ran inside the top five before going on to finish in sixth at the fall of chequered flag.
Despite being disappointed to not advance on his qualifying spot, Dobson was still pleased with his weekend result in what was the first time he had qualified into the Grand Annual Classic-deciding feature race.
Photo: Robert Lake Photography
“The David Dickson Motorsport team gave me a great car all weekend and we were rewarded with a good result in the country’s biggest speedway event,” commented Dobson, who had finished seventh in the President’s Cup at Geelong’s Avalon Raceway leading up to the Grand Annual Classic on the Wednesday night.
“I wasn’t feeling the best all weekend, but I fought on and was able to run on adrenaline once I got behind the wheel. I can’t thank my team enough for all of their efforts throughout the weekend.
“So far this season in the David Dickson Motorsport car, we’ve been fast and fairly consistent with numerous top-10 results. Hopefully our consistent Grand Annual Classic weekend can see us turn this around and finish the season strongly with consistent top-five results – starting with this weekend’s Australian Championship.”
One of the keys to Dobson’s Grand Annual Classic weekend was his performance in his last heat race on the Sunday night, when he charged from position seven to finish in second place, which as a result launched him up to an inside second row start in the feature race. In Friday night’s qualifying preliminary feature race, he had finished in sixth on what was a brutal track.
The focus now for Dobson and the David Dickson Motorsport team is this weekend’s Australian Championship at Mount Gambier’s Borderline Speedway in South Australia. Dobson is running on Thursday’s qualifying night and will then return for Saturday night’s qualifier. The last occasion the state of South Australia hosted the Australian Championship was back in the 2011-12 season at Adelaide’s Speedway City, where Dobson finished in a sensational second place behind Brooke Tatnell.
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, Dirt Collective, Barwon Valley Stainless, Big Wheels Truck Alignment, Road & River Motorcycles, 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.