A third-place finish in the eighth Eureka Garages & Sheds Series round at Simpson Speedway turned out to be Shaun Dobson’s third 2015-16 season podium finish.
The Christmas-New Year was a busy period for Dobson and it saw him contest a total of six race meetings in the space of just over a week. The standout result for Dobson was his podium finish at Simpson Speedway, where he was the highest point scorer after the completion of the heat races after he had finished third in his opening heat race and then won the other heat race. In the top 6 pole shootout, he ended up finishing in third. The feature race was a rough and tumble affair, but Dobson, although he was involved in a collision that damaged the car, he fought hard to snare the final spot on the podium.
In the other race meetings, Dobson on Boxing Night at Avalon Raceway, he started the feature race from position eight and then went on to finish in 11th. After the team made some hasty repairs, thanks to the help from John Cooley (Cool Chassis), from the previous night at Simpson Speedway, Dobson contested the third round of World Series at Borderline Speedway (Mount Gambier, SA), he was running strongly inside the top six of the feature race, after he had started from position 12, up until a spin sent him to the rear of the field. From the restart, he managed to bring it home in 14th. The fourth round of World Series at Avalon Raceway saw Dobson’s night brought to a premature end due to problems aboard his ACT # 21 Essendon Ford / Quantum Quartz Designer Stone backed Cool after his opening heat race.
Dobson returned to Premier Speedway last Friday and Saturday night for the next two rounds of World Series. On Friday night, he battled steering issues, which saw the team forced to replace a brand-new steering box, early on in the night. Despite finishing the night strongly, he ended the night fourth in the C main. The following night at Premier Speedway, Dobson put in a solid run. After qualifying strongly in 15th, he finished his two heat races in fourth and ninth place respectively. Those results saw him start the B main from position four and he managed to gain a feature-race transfer via a fourth-place finish. In the feature race, he stayed out of trouble to finish in 14th after he had started from position 18.
To sum up Dobson’s run over the Christmas-New Year period as mixed would be an understatement.
“Although we battled a number of issues over the past week, there were a number of positives to take away from it, such as our podium at Simpson Speedway and our solid speed at Premier Speedway,” said Dobson, who was forced to switch to a new Cool car for the World Series rounds at Premier Speedway.
“We battled a few issues with our new car at Premier Speedway, but by the end of the two nights, there were a lot of good signs that will hopefully bring us better and more consistent results for the remainder of the season.”
This Saturday night (January 8) at Avalon Raceway, Dobson will contest the Victorian 410 Sprintcar Title.
Dobson would like to thank Darren Russell for all of his continued efforts.
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Dobson would like to thank the following 2015-16 season sponsors for all of their support:
Quantum Quartz Designer Stone
Road & River Motorcycles