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'Weel' lucky escape for Shaun

Posted: 5pm 25 Jun 2021

Scarborough racer Shaun Richardson was just metres from a dramatic crash in round two of the 2021 Australian Stadium Trucks Series in Darwin.

Richardson was behind Paul Weel who hit a ramp at an angle, after contact with the truck in front, spun and rolled six times before coming to a halt.

Remarkably, Weel's vehicle landed upright and after a few seconds he was able to drive slowly back to the pits.

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Paul Weel, right, airbourne and at an angle off the ramp. Picture: Nakita Pollock Motorsport Photography
Crash landing. Picture: Nakita Pollock Motorsport Photography
Shaun Richardson, left, hits the ramp with Weel spinning in front of him.Picture: Nakita Pollock Motorsport Photography
Paul Weel hits the track, with Shaun Richardson right behind. Picture: Nakita Pollock Motorsport Photography
Picture: Nakita Pollock Motorsport Photography
Picture: Nakita Pollock Motorsport Photography
Picture: Nakita Pollock Motorsport Photography
Picture: Nakita Pollock Motorsport Photography
Shaun Richardson, behind Weel's vehicle, avoids the crash landing.Picture: Nakita Pollock Motorsport Photography
Picture: Nakita Pollock Motorsport Photography
Weel is upside down but okay. Richardson goes through on the left. Picture: Nakita Pollock Motorsport Photography

'Jumped left'

“I just jumped left as I saw him rolling to the right,” said Richardson, of Road Rage Industries in Kippa-Ring.

“There’s not a lot you can do (in that situation). I knew he’d be okay. I know how tough these vehicles are, but I have checked with him in the last couple of days.”

Scarborough's Shaun Richardson gets ready to race at Darwin. Picture: Carina Lee

Podium finish

It was a mixed weekend for Richardson who was seventh in race one and third in race two, but did not finish the third race after being hit by another racer which had a puncture when braking.

He is locked in a battle for third and fourth place with Weel as the series prepares for round three in Townsville on July 10-11.

Shaun Richardson, 53, is one of only 12 drivers invited to join the 2021 Australian Stadium Truck Series.

Shaun Richardson airborne in Darwin. Picture: Carina Lee

Need for speed

Races are fast (speeds of 225-230km/h), furious (it is a contact sport) and the ‘mini trophy trucks’ fly (up to 200 feet at Perth) over ramps.

The 2021 series started in Tasmania and Darwin. After Townsville it goes to Sydney, Perth, New Zealand and the Gold Coast.

US drivers may cross the Pacific to race later this year and in 2022 the series may involve six races in Australia and six in the US.

For further information go to the Shaun Richardson international race driver Facebook page.

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Shaun Richardson landing after negotiating one of the race ramps. Picture: Carina Lee

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