Sunday, 17 December 2017

RSA STREET STOCKERS

Current Australian Champion Shaun Davoodi clinched last Saturday night’s opening Western Sydney Street Stockers Club Championship round at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway in impressive fashion.

In addition to putting himself in the best position possible for the remainder of the season, the victory also marked another major career milestone for Davoodi, who achieved his maiden Valvoline Raceway feature-race win against a stout 30-car field of competitors, after starting on the outside of the front row, in what is his second full season in the class.

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Delivering a career best drive in the 20-lap feature race, Troy Dawes came home in the runner-up spot, with Kiona Sunerton powering through the field from position 17 to round out the podium finishers, ahead of Chris Marino, Stephen Kurtz, Shane McPhee and Shannon Alexander.

Following a crash in his opening heat race, Denis Pana managed to salvage an eighth-place result, after starting from position 22, while rookie CJ Reedy made an encouraging debut outing, qualifying for the feature race and placing 10th behind Charlie Dodson, as did another rookie in Greg Brown, who followed home Matt Hope to claim the 12th spot.

Remaining finishers were Mark Alexander, Anthoney Attard, Nathan Parish, Ash Dawes and Kai Jones.

It was a night to forget for John Upston, who qualified in pole position for the feature race, only to immediately slip back through the pack on the opening lap due to experiencing issues, with his race coming to an end on lap five.

Mat Alexander, Blake Doyle, Blake Milton, Steven Walsh, Shane Ward and Huey Vanderveen’s nights brought to a premature end, with Vanderveen retiring from the race just two laps prior to the chequered flag.

In the earlier heat races, no drivers claimed multiple victories, with the top honours shared between Upston, Jarrett Dryburgh, Marino and Davoodi. Upston and Davoodi displayed solid consistency, each also coming away with a third-place finish.

Defending Western Sydney Club Champion Andrew Espener endured a horror night that was brought to a premature end in his opening heat race, due to an engine failure.

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Returning to Valvoline Raceway this Saturday night, drivers will battle it out in the second Club Championship round, where they will no doubt be looking to hinder Davoodi’s chances of further consolidating his points lead.

To find out more about the Western Sydney Street Stockers Club, LIKE them on Facebook by searching Westernsydney Street Stockers.

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