Talented Tasmanian Sprintcar racer Shaun Dobson will take a gap year in 2012.
The 19-year-old Australia #2 and also his 22 year old sister Emma (herself a talented Formula 500 pilot) will both sit out the 2012/2013 driving seasons with a view to return in 2013/2014.
“Some things are more important than racing, particularly family,” admits Shaun, “this year it’s important that Emma and I put our racing programs on hold and focus on family and work. The structure with our family team has changed right now so we won’t be racing unless we’re offered a drive with another team. If that situation was on offer we might be able to pull something off.”
The brilliant teenager, who wowed fans at the 2011/2012 Australian Sprintcar Championship at Adelaide’s Speedway City last season by leading the A-Main and eventually running second to Brooke Tatnell, has his eyes on the following season already.
“Emma and I still have a lot of time for racing in our lives down the track, but that’s in the future and not in the next twelve months. We’ll still be around the tracks as spectators and to be honest I can’t see either one of us not helping our friends in some way. We’ll be back, it’s just important to our family that we sit this one out right now unless we can secure a drive with someone else.”
Dobson shot to prominence two seasons ago with a selected campaign on World Series Sprintcars that proved he had what it took to run with the big dogs.
Titan Racing boss Reeve Kruck saw clear potential in the youngster and offered him the lucrative drive on WSS 2011/2012 in the Titan #36.
For a number of reasons Shaun withdrew from the team on New Year’s eve but resumed his racing not long after in the #77 Dobson Family car where he posted several stellar results.
His return to competition in 2013/2014 will no doubt attract plenty of interest.