Friday, 22 June 2018


It was Shaun Davoodi who emerged victorious in Saturday night’s Australian RSA Street Stockers Title at Gunnedah Speedway, following a controversial climax to the event.

Quietly confident heading into his first Australian Title attempt, off the back of winning the 20-20 event with CJ Reedy at Cullen Bullen Raceway earlier this season, Davoodi was hoping for a strong result in the feature race and got more than he bargained for when a post-race disqualification of the first and second-place finishers saw him awarded the Australian Title victory in just his maiden speedway season.

Shaun Davoodi

Photo: Crashy's Photos

Lining up in third for the 25-lap Australian Title-deciding feature race aboard his NSW # 99 Tint Me Up supported VY Holden Commodore, Davoodi asserted his dominance at the drop of the green flag, powering forward and taking over the lead, where he remained until lap 22, when contact from another competitor saw him slip back through the pack, with no caution. A restart shortly after the incident saw Davoodi in ninth place, but he quickly managed to work his way up to fourth by the completion of the race.

Post-race, Davoodi was then elevated to the final podium place, as the third-place finisher was penalised one spot for the earlier contact between the pair. Within an hour, he had received the news that he had officially been declared the Australian RSA Street Stocker Champion, due to the disqualification of both the first and second-place finishers.

“This definitely wasn’t the way I wanted to win the Australian Title, but I’m still rapt to have been able to do enough to put myself in a position to do so,” admitted the 38-year-old racer, from Campbelltown in the south-west of Sydney, who had contested around 12 shows throughout NSW this season and had previously displayed front-running pace at Gunnedah Speedway during the Greta Smith Memorial, before suffering a DNF.

“I wanted to be as competitive as possible leading up to the Australian Title by doing as many race meetings as possible. I definitely think that I achieved that, having led the majority of the feature race.”

Australian Title Podium Davoodi

With a drag racing background, Davoodi made the decision to join the RSA Street Stockers last season, after visiting the speedway for the first time with good friend Chris Marino, later deciding to purchase a VY Holden Commodore from Michael Rogers.

For his next outing, Davoodi will contest the Peter Jacob Memorial at Canberra’s ACT Speedway on the Sunday of May 14, before travelling to Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway to contest the Queensland Title on the Saturday night of May 20. Following the Queensland Title, Davoodi will head to Moruya’s Surfair Speedway for the NSW/ACT Board Title on May 27.

Davoodi would like to thank the following 2016-17 sponsors for their valued support: Tint Me Up, Energetic Tree Lopping, Campbelltown Exhaust Centre, Alien Graphics, Perfect Auto Body, Trent’s Killer Mechanical, Fibreworks, 24 Hour Roadside Assistance, Bridgestone Select Tyres - Campbelltown, Loco Energy Drink, Camden Signs, and Team Western Sydney. He would also like to give special thanks to his partner Kate and their three kids Brody, Cohan and Brax, Anthony Attard, and the rest of his family and friends for their support.

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