Daly’s podium delight
Continuing to go from strength to strength during what is his second 410 Sprintcar season, Bobby Daly recently achieved a new career milestone by picking up his maiden feature-race podium.
Initially making his venture into speedway racing via the VSA Sprintcars class off the back of no prior racing experience, the 23-year-old racer became hooked on the sport following a guest drive in his uncle Mick Cook’s Sprintcar, eventually deciding to purchase a Cool car from Colin Sands and making his debut during the 2015-16 season.
Updating to a newer Cool machine the following season, Daly went on to experience significant success, taking out the VSA Club Championship point score twice and placing third in a Victorian Title, and it was this success that prompted him to embark on a new challenge.
Purchasing a KRE 410ci engine and making the move into 410 Sprintcar competition at the beginning of the 2017-18 season, Daly, who lives in Morwell in the Gippsland region of Victoria, ran a total of 14 race meetings, including most of the Eureka Garages & Sheds Series rounds, where he eventually placed 13th overall in the point standings.
Determined to improve on his previous position, Daly got his 2018-19 season underway in positive fashion, coming home sixth in the opening Eureka Garages & Sheds Series round, and with his consistency continuing to increase with each outing, it was only a matter of time before he would reach the podium.
Daly finally managed to realise his goal during the seventh Eureka Garages & Sheds Series round at Simpson Speedway over the Christmas-New Year period, where he secured a front-row start for the feature race by virtue of his pole-shuffle performance and then went on to drive a solid race and was rewarded with a second-place finish behind local John Vogels.
“I was rapt to have picked up my first 410 Sprintcar podium finish, and it’s a great reward for everyone in our team for all of their fantastic efforts – everyone from our pit crew, supporters and sponsors,” commented the pilot of the Vic # 8 Transall Motors / Laser Line Marking supported Cool car.
“410 Sprintcar competition has definitely been a massive eye opener for me, having to travel a lot to race at different tracks, but it’s a learning curve that I’ve really enjoyed and I’m definitely a lot more comfortable in the car and my confidence is growing with every race meeting, which is evident in our results.”
Currently sitting second in the Eureka Garages & Sheds Series point standings, Daly is focused on contesting the remaining rounds in an effort to remain at the pointy end of the leader board. His next appearance will take place on the Wednesday night of January 16 at Geelong’s Avalon Raceway for the President’s Cup, followed by the Grand Annual Classic at Warrnambool’s Premier Speedway from January 18 to 20. Following those major events later this month, the Eureka Garages & Sheds Series will resume with round eight to be held at Hamilton’s Western Speedway on the Saturday night of February 16.
Daly would like to thank the following 2018-19 season sponsors for their support: Transall Motors, Laser Line Marking, Industrial Metal Recyclers, Willaton Group, Kelly Durkin Trucking, Trenack Excavations, John Signs, F&T Machining, Dennis Jones Engineering, and Fosweld Engineering.
Special thanks go to Ray Daly (Dad), Travis Edwards (crew chief), his crew members Mitchell Sires, Paul Woj and Ainsley Browne, along with Sandy (mum), John Tomkins, Gavin Bevis, Brendan Totman, and Peter Logue.
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