Speedy locals at the top of their game

Three Macathur residents found themselves in the victory lane last week.

Ingleburn’s Rod Francis, Camden’s Ben Nicastri and Campbelltowns Shaun Davoodi have taken out speedway titles across Australia.

Francis claimed an emotional victory at Goulburn Speedway to clinch the second NSW Compact Speedcar Title of his career.

The 59-year-old racer was plagued by electrical issues but was able to locate and repair the problem resulting in a stellar performance.

Francis said he was borth nervous and excited heading into the race.

“I couldn’t be happier to have come away with my second career NSW Title win on Saturday night,” he said.

“Having started from pole and being able to convert that into a win makes this title definitely more satisfying than the last, especially with the horror run I’ve been having this season.

“The car didn’t miss a beat and I didn’t have to do anything with it all night.”

Fellow racer Davoodi emerged victorious in the Australian RSA Street Stockers Title at Gunnedah Speedway following a controversial finish at the event.

During the race another driver made contact with Davoodi’s car sending him back to ninth place.

He soon made ground to finish in fourth – however the top three drivers were penalised and disqualified from the race making Davoodi the Australian title winner.

“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,” he said.

“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 races.”

Nicastri’s racing season reached another high last Saturday night, when won the South Australian Late Model Title at Adelaide Motorsport Park.

Off the back of reclaiming the Victorian Title at Wangaratta City Speedway earlier this year, having previously won the 2015 running of the event, the 24-year-old from western Sydney once again proved his speed from the beginning of the South Australian Title.

A flat right-rear tyre saw Nicastri slip back to fourth position during the race.

He fought back to claim the lead on lap 10, despite losing the use of brakes.

“It’s a fantastic feeling to go back-to-back in the South Australian Title, as it’s the first time in my career that I’ve been able to successfully defend a title,” he said.

“This season our team has won both the Victorian and South Australian Titles and that’s been really satisfying, and the team’s focus for the rest of the season over the next fortnight is to defend the NSW Club Championship.

“Our team is getting a better handle of the car and our form out on the track is proof of that.”