The last couple of months have been anything but quiet for former Australian RSA Street Stocker Champion Shaun Davoodi, who not only made the decision to step into the AMCA Nationals class, but turned heads last Saturday night when he found himself in victory lane.
Purchasing the ex-Jeremy Moore owned Panther Chassis back in April, a car which has accrued a whopping 19 state and national titles in total, Davoodi wasted no time in making his debut, quickly making an effort to understand the differences between AMCA Nationals and RSA Street Stockers.
Coming home eighth in his maiden feature race at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway, the 40-year-old went on to improve drastically during his second outing, visiting the podium with a third-place finish at Nowra Speedway. Running second at Dubbo’s Morris Park Speedway until a flat right-rear tyre dashed his hopes, Davoodi missed the setup during a race meeting at Tamworth’s Oakburn Park Speedway and was eager to make amends to continue his progression.
Travelling from his home in Campbelltown in the south-west of Sydney to Wahgunyah Speedway in Victoria, Davoodi’s consistency was on song, with the racer collecting a pair of runner-up finishes and a fourth in his heat races, which was enough to earn him the pole position start for the feature race.
Focused on getting the job done, Davoodi didn’t put a foot wrong during the 15-lap distance, going flag to flag to claim his maiden feature-race win in AMCA Nationals.
“I was definitely feeling a bit of pressure starting the feature race from pole position, but I just put my head down and took it one lap at a time,” commented Davoodi, who is still competing in RSA Street Stockers in addition to AMCA Nationals.
“We couldn’t have been happier to pick up our first feature-race win so soon after joining the class and there have been a lot of people behind me who have helped to make it a possibility, so this win is definitely for them.”
For his next AMCA Nationals appearance, Davoodi will be competing at Gunnedah Speedway this Saturday night, with plans to compete at Darwin’s Northline Speedway in the coming months.
Next season, Davoodi plans to contest the full schedule at Valvoline Raceway in both AMCA Nationals and RSA Street Stockers, running double duties on some occasions.
“It’s shaping up to be a massive season as we split our time between two classes, but we’re really looking forward to this next challenge and we’re keen to see what we can achieve,” he added.
Davoodi would like to thank the following 2018-19 sponsors for their valued support:
Tint Me Up
Campbelltown Exhaust Centre
Tyre Factory Outlet – Campbelltown
24 Hour Roadside Assistance
Doctor Meth Racing Fuels
Plus Fitness – Campbelltown
Energetic Tree Lopping
Trent’s Killer Mechanical
Repco – Campbelltown
Special thanks go to Davoodi’s partner Kate and their four kids Brody, Cohan, Brax and Kaydem, along with the rest of Davoodi’s family and friends.