Tuesday, 23 October 2018

RSA STREET STOCKS

In a show of force, the Western Sydney Street Stockers racers performed strongly throughout last Saturday night’s Australian RSA Street Stockers Title on home soil: Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway.

With all the regular WSSS heavy-hitters in attendance, the drivers performed admirably and recorded some career-best results at the fall of the chequered flag for the Australian Title deciding feature race.

Leading the WSSS charge was defending Australian Champion Shaun Davoodi. Heading into the Australian Title-deciding feature race, Davoodi had performed well in the qualifying heat races notching up two wins and a second. This was enough to line Davoodi up from position two and be a constant front runner from the outset.

Initially taking the lead and running up front for the opening 11 laps of the shortened 15-lap distance, Davoodi looked strong but lost the lead as the rain began to make an impact in the race. Falling back to third in the second last lap, Davoodi scrambled to recover for a hard-fought second-place finish.

Photo: Crashy's Photos

John Lodge Jnr was the next best for the WSSS drivers. The former Australian Champion had an up and down race and was lucky to not go ROF, when he had a spin on the back straight that he managed to not stop. However, after losing lots of spots, he was saved by another car bringing out the yellow moments later. Spending the entire race in contention for the lead, he briefly went into second place before being passed on the final lap and had to settle for third.

Newly-crowned WSSS Club Champion Chris Marino crossed the line in fourth. Qualifying sixth for the Australian Title feature race, Marino, who just this season joined the WSSS Club, put in a stirring performance climbing to fourth on the final lap. The result went a long way to erasing the disappointment of last season’s disqualification from his second-place finish in the Australian Title.

Photo: Crashy's Photos

Crossing the line in fifth was Kiona Sunerton. Putting in a superb performance during the feature race, Sunerton, who is the older sister of Lodge Jnr, fell back as far as ninth around mid-race distance before recovering nicely to record a fifth-place finish. It has been a strong season for the former NSW Champion, who recently picked up second in the final WSSS club championship point standings.

One of this season’s biggest improvers Stephen Kurtz, who finished fourth in this season’s WSSS Club Championship, put in a solid drive from deep in the field to record a sixth-place finish. Making steady progress in the early stages, Kurtz began to ramp up the challenge as rain started to become a factor. With only a handful of laps remaining, he made the move into sixth and that’s where he remained.

Other WSSS drivers who qualified for the feature race included Mitchell Farrelly, Anthoney Attard, and Troy Dawes. The latter put in a hard-charging performance after initially qualifying for the C main, Dawes then advanced to the rear of the B main and then transferred into the feature race, after finishing sixth. From the back of the field, Dawes then recorded an 18th place finish in the feature race, while Farrelly raced from deep in the pack to finish just outside the top 10 in 11th and Attard ended up 17th.

Due to some misfortune, feature-race qualifiers Steven Sharpe Jnr and Matthew Alexander failed to record a finish.

In the B main, fellow WSSS drivers Sean Isherwood, John Upston, Charlie Dodson and Mark Alexander were all unlucky not to qualify for the Australian Title feature race, while last season’s WSSS Club Champion Andrew Espener’s capped his difficult season with a non-finish in the B main, due to a mechanical issue.

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