SHAUN BRADFORD TO HEAD EAST

 
 West Australian Sprintcar Sensation Shaun Bradford is going to have a Summer season that will be a little different this year. After a solid start in the local WA competition the Bradford Team has decided to pack their bags and head East across the Nullarbor to take in Speedweek, the Grand Annual Classic and the Australian Title. 
 
 
 

Shaun Bradford - Heading East - Pic Brad Steele

Their program starts on December 26th for Night 1 of Speedweek at Speedway City -Adelaide and concludes a month later on January 28th for the Final Night of the Australian Championship at the same venue.

This is the Beast that Bradford Racing will campaign in SA and VIC - A cool looking Quick Time Chassis - Pic Laura Oliver

It’s a rigorous program taking in a total of ten nights of racing and includes visits to Speedway City, Murray Bridge, Borderline – Mount Gambier, Avalon Raceway – Victoria, and Premier Speedway – Warrnambool.

Shaun is no stranger to travel. Most of his movements have been within WA and to Darwin for racing. Here Shaun gives it eveything in time trials at the Chariots of Thunder at Darwin in 2009. This time the Team is heading East.

Well....what can we say !!!!! Forever the Showman - Shaun mashes the throtte out of turn 2 at Northline Speedway Darwin . He just don't let up !

The Bradford team will be in amongst big car counts and the best drivers in the nation, including those WSS contracted pilots. Shaun is only 25 years old and has only ever raced at Murray Bridge and Warrnambool in a 360. That was around 4 years ago.

Torque Tube Media asked Shaun why the big decision to leave his local AHG Series where he routinely does so very well. Shaun said “Well at the end of the day it’s all about experience. Making the commitment to go over East and race many different tracks in South Australia and Victoria against the best drivers in the country is exactly what we need to do. We have a great car, a great Team and we believe we can be competitive. The experience that we will get in doing this will be priceless.”

Shaun Bradford on his way to another win

As far as the Team goes, Bradford Racing has just come off the back of a very successful race at Pithara Speedway WA. Both Shaun and his brother Casey ran 410’s in the Bonza Bradford Memorial. This is the race in honour of their Father Ian “Bonza” Bradford, and it carries a huge prestige about it. Shaun stormed away from the field to take a well deserved 1st place and Casey ( a former 360 racer who hasn’t raced in over 6 years) came home in 4th place. Both Shaun and Casey ran identical #57 Memorial cars that wore the exact livery of their Father’s car of many years ago.

Shaun Bradford and Brother Casey campaigned identical #57 Memorial cars in honour of their Father at the Bonza Bradford memorial at Pithara recently. Here the boys are pictured with Pithara President Phil Waters on the infield (Shaun on LHS, Casey on RHS) - Pic Brayden Miller

All Smiles - "The Big Chap" Noel Bradford (Pop to Shaun and Casey) is proud of Shaun's 1st place and Casey's 4th Place at the recent 2011 Bonza Bradford Memorial - Pic Laura Oliver

 

One of the #57 Memorial cars warms up at Pithara - Pic Brayden Miller

 

The Team has access to two Quick Time Chassis’s, four 410 power plants and has a brand new Transporter with all the spares and appointments one could wish for.

 
 

The new Bradford Racing Transporter - Pic Laura Oliver

 

Shaun Bradford - Always willing to help others in a time of need. Here Shaun takes control of the rear end jacking as a swag of people frantically work to rebuild Alan Nash (WA 51) and get him going again after Alan had a major coming together in Darwin

We asked Shaun about the Quick Time Chassis’s. “Half way through last season we ran the first Quick Time Chassis. We were doing really well with it and ran really well at the Krikke Boys Shootout. The QT Chassis’s are great. The Team only has to change basics to make them work – pretty much tyre stagger and wheel offsets are about all we alter and the car is quick every time. So far this season we have set two Quick Times and we have had numerous podium finishes” Shaun explained.

One of Shaun's numerous first places in the Quick Time Chassis - Pic Darren Sutton

Shaun is ably supported by his crew:

  • Mike Oliver (car owner, and major sponsor “Carahaul WA”)
  • Michael “Reidy” Reid (Crew Chief)
  • Casey Bradford (Shaun’s older brother, former 360 Sprintcar racer)
  • Lindon Mazalevskis (longtime sponsor and friend)
  • Gavin Criddle (Good mate)
  • Ian “Dizzy” Woods (WA16 Sprintcar racer and expression session expert)

Ian Woods (suited up) is a new crew member for Bradford Racing for the Eastern Trip . He will help out at the Classic and Australian Title. Woodsy's experience as a racer will be a big bonus to the Team. Here Woodsy chats to Shaun's Crew before heats at Darwin in 2009.

Shaun Always has good gear and Cool Lookin' cars - And look at this, Woodsy is still up for a chat !

The Bradford Racing Crew always present well too !

Team member Casey Bradford (fuel) and Crew Chief Micheal Reid (Engine) work on the #57 Quick Time Rig at Kwinana Motorplex - Pic Laura Oliver

In terms of Sponsorship Partners Bradford Racing is assisted by a few long time Supporters as well as some fairly recent ones too. Shaun wishes to acknowledge the fabulous support provided by:

Carahaul WA,  GKR Transport,  KTEQ Rentals,  Scardifields Smash Repairs, Bishop Transport,  Cool Spark,  M&L Quality Meats,  Valvoline, Vawdrey, Bohaul Express,  Pymont Transport,  East Pilbara Tyre Service,  GB Tyres

Shaun commented “Without the help from all these companies and people, the “TEAM DREAM” to head East this Summer would not have become reality. I thank them all.”

We wish Shaun and Team all the best in this “Eastern Sojourn”.

Here is the Bradford Racing Calender. Make sure you make the effort to see Shaun race this summer – you won’t be disappointed.

Mon 26/12 Speedweek Night 1 Speedway City, Adelaide

Tue 27/12 Speedweek Night 2 Murray Bridge Speedway  

Wed 28/12 Speedweek Night 3 Borderline Speedway, Mt Gambier  

Fri 30/12 Speedweek Night 4 Avalon Raceway  

Sun 01/01 Speedweek Night 5 Premier Speedway, Warrnambool 

Sat 21/1 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic Night 1 – Premier Speedway, Warrnambool 

Sun 22/1 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic Night 2 – Premier Speedway, Warrnambool 

Thur 26/1 Australian Sprintcar Championships Calcutta- Speedway City, Adelaide

 Fri 27/1 Australian Sprintcar Championships Night 1- Speedway City, Adelaide 

Sat 28/1 Australian Sprintcar Championships Night 2- Speedway City, Adelaide 

Shaun Bradford "winds up" the #57 for an inside pass - Pic Laura Oliver

 

The Memorial #57 looks as good if not better that the original - Pic Laura Oliver

The #57 is a famous number in WA ! - Pic Laura Oliver

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