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Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia
Hi, my name is Naomi and I am a racing driver from South Australia. Trophy Class winner in the 2012 Australian Saloon Car Series. I have been racing Holden Commodore Saloon Cars/Super Six Touring Cars since 2006. Thanks to Frank Walsh Drilling for their ongoing support. I hope you enjoy reading my race reports and updates.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Mallala Fujitsu V8 meeting 15 - 17 September 2006

Naomi raced the saloon in the support races for this event. The saloon cars were combined with improved production for the weekend.

The weather was hot and sunny on all three days. The circuit seemed to have more grip than usual, however this diminished over the course of the weekend. Naomi ran on the same tyres used at Sandown and they started to 'go off' in the last race.

Naomi qualified 19th out of 25 cars. She improved to 16th in race one and 14th in race two. She followed this up with 16th place in the final race.

Unfortunately the car suffered some damage on Sunday, but it was limited to panel damage and repairs are now underway thanks to our sponsor Mr Ed.

Naomi obtained the final signature on her provisional circuit licence at this meeting, and she can now upgrade to a national circuit licence.

Bye Bye Brocky

Naomi & Craig are both saddened to hear of the tragic death of racing legend Peter Brock. 'Brocky' will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

Sandown 500

We travelled to Victoria for the Sandown 500 support events on 1 - 3 September, 2006. Naomi found it difficult at first to get the hang of driving on a different circuit, but she was able to improve her lap times by 4 seconds over the course of the weekend.

Naomi qualified 27th, finished race 1 in 24th place, race 2 in 22nd, and race 3 in 23rd on a very wet track. She was given a TASCCO encouragement award for her efforts in improving her times and finishing every race.

Thanks to ABUS Security Tech Germany for their extra sponsorship for this meeting.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Stateline transcript

We have had a media frenzy recently. Stateline SA aired a segment on women in motorsport on Friday 16 June 2006, featuring Naomi Maltby. The transcript is available online here..

We also attended another practice day on Saturday 17 June. This practice day saw Naomi breaking the 1 minute 24 second barrier for the first time, despite being unhappy with the latest set of tyres. Naomi has not entered the national saloon car round at Mallala on 24 & 25 June, but will be attending as a spectator.

Our next race meeting will be the truck meeting at Mallala on 22 & 23 July.

Announcement

We would like to announce that Naomi and Craig finally tied the knot while on holiday in Port Lincoln, SA on 10 June 2006.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Lawyer's Weekly article

Lawyer's Weekly featured an article about me in this week's edition. You can read it online here.

Race day - Mallala

We had our second race meeting on 20 & 21 April 2006. We also took advantage of the practice day on Friday 19.

I spent almost 2 hours in the car on Friday and got my lap times down into the mid 1:25s. I was very happy with that as it is a 3 second improvement from my last race meeting.

I came last in all the races except the last one because someone else crashed & didn't finish. At least I was a lot closer to the other cars this time, when I didn't spin anyway. I was having trouble getting heat into the tyres so had early 'offs' in the first couple of races, and had a lot of ground to make up. I finished a lot closer in the last 2 races, especially the last one because the safety car came out & stayed out until lap 9, giving us a 1-lap sprint to the end.

A TV crew from ABC's 'Stateline' attended on the Saturday and filmed me and the other female drivers at the meeting for a story on women in motorsport. It was to be shown on Friday 26 April, but was 'bumped' due to the situation in East Timor. Hopefully it will be shown this Friday 2 June. Stateline SA is on at 7:30pm Friday, and repeated nationally on Saturday and Sunday on ABC 2. The transcripts are usually put online and you can read the story a few days after it goes to air at Stateline.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Practice - Mallala, 22 April 2006

This was a shortish practice day; we missed the first session, and the last one was cancelled as a result of several lengthy oil clean-ups during the day. It was quite productive though, and I was able to increase my lap times by another second and a bit, so I am now in the 1 min 26 sec range.

Matt Lovell kindly agreed to drive our Commodore in the final session so he could give us some technical feedback. His advice will be very helpful. Thanks also to Bruce Heinrich for some more tips.

Cheers
Naomi

P.S. Happy birthday to my niece Emma, who turned 1 the next day.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Race report - Mallala, February 25 2006

Our first race meeting didn't quite go to plan, but it was a good learning experience.

I had suspected my tyres were getting past it after 3 practice days, and qualifying confirmed that - I went off the track on every lap! As I was being observed for my licence I was sure I wouldn't pass. Luckily they let me continue. The session was red flagged for a while so with that & the pit stops I had to do for the licence test, I didn't get many complete laps in.

We put a set of new tyres on for race one, and the crew chief Craig decided to change the brake pads as well. When I got on the track the tyres were great, but the brakes were terrible! I overshot the northern hairpin a couple of times before I realised the pads just weren't bedding in and the pedal was very spongy. I had to brake earlier than usual on the turns to stay on the track, and finished last by a long way! Craig put the original brakes back in for race 2, and they were good & the car felt great overall. Unfortunately I locked up the brakes part way through the race and flat spotted both front tyres quite badly. It felt like I was driving on square tyres for the rest of the race, but I tried to make the best of it & still got some ok laps. I was swearing at myself for a while afterwards - I'm not made of money and it was a complete waste of new tyres. I finished 6th out of 8.

We swapped the front & back tyres for race 3, and the flat spots weren't too noticeable that way. I got my fastest & most consistent laps during this race and was keeping up with the field better - that is until I got a meatball flag for leaking fuel. One of my trusty crew had cross-threaded the fuel cap after topping up the fuel between races. That was fixed & I got back out on the track just as the leaders were coming round to lap me. I let them go past, and managed to keep up with the faster cars ok. I finished the race a lap down but still with the rest of the field.

My licence was approved so I will be racing at the next meeting in May. The car is still straight too. The ruined tyres can probably go again (at least for practice) as they were not too bad on the back wheels.

Anyone want to sponsor me for some new tyres?

Cheers
Naomi

Welcome

This is the new blog for Maltby Motorsport. This will replace our online news page.

Due to computer problems, the news page hasn't been updated recently. Using a blog instead should make it easier to update regularly!

Cheers
Naomi