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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.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

SA State Motor Racing Championships finale - Mallala, 17 November 2007

This Saturday was the final meeting of the SA state series. The weather was very hot with temperatures in the mid 30s for most of the day. Fortunately I don't have a thermometer inside the car, because I don't think I would want to know exactly how hot it was inside during races! I have been working on my fitness recently, and this helped me to cope with the heat a bit better than I expected. Fortunately it was a twilight meeting so it had cooled down a lot for our last race.

I could feel a strange vibration in the car during qualifying, like something was out of balance in the left rear corner. It felt severe enough that I decided to pull into the pits early. Craig inspected the car closely and could not find anything wrong with it. We were due for some new tyres anyway, so both rears were replaced with 'green' tyres and that fixed the problem.

Race 1 was 6 laps, and I had qualified last out of 10 competitors. I had a good battle with George Diamond and Paul Bailey and finished 9th. Race 2 was 8 laps and I started 9th and finished 7th. I really enjoyed this race because it was a close fight with Paul and George once again.

Race was scheduled to be 10 laps, but it was shortened to 8 due to time constraints. It is always fun racing at night; however, the gear shifter, which had been slightly stiff all afternoon, became almost inoperable part way through the race. I was having a lot of difficulty getting the car into and out of gear. As there are around 13-14 gear changes every lap, I lost quite a lot of time at each corner and gradually dropped further and further behind the rest of the pack. I finished 9th.

This was our final race meeting for 2007. The next event will be the Bathurst 12-hour support races at the WPS Bathurst Motoring Festival in February 2008. I am very excited to have the chance to race the saloon at Mt Panorama. We are looking for sponsors for this event, so please don't hesitate to contact us if you want to get some quality TV exposure for your business.

We would like to wish all of our friends, supporters, and competitors a very merry Christmas (or whatever holiday you choose to celebrate) and a happy new year. We look forward to racing again in 2008!

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Thought for the day

Shannons Nationals Round 8 - Mallala, 12-14 October 2007

All systems were go for our second National round for 2007 - the car was running & handling very well, I got some extra tutoring from National Champion Bruce Heinrich, and no Commodore Cup cars crashed into me during sponsor rides. The team and I breathed a sigh of relief when qualifying started on Saturday and nothing major had gone wrong.

I was quite happy with my qualifying times. I matched my personal best lap time of 1:24.2 in the first session, and although my best was 1:25.2 in the second session, the whole field was almost exactly one second slower so I must have been consistent. Overall my times were very consistent, which shows I must be improving! I have recently been reading Ross Bentley's Speed Secrets 2 which is a great book and I think it has helped me.

As with all National meetings at Mallala, the three races were 12 laps each, which is longer than I am used to - the state rounds generally consist of 6, 8 & 10 lap races. The weather was sunny and warm which meant it was very hot inside the car. I kept the driver's side window down most of the time, even though my crew chief tells me off for this for creating unnecessary drag!

During Saturday's race 1, I managed to improve on my best time slightly with a 1:24.1. I started 19th out of 19 and finished 14th. Once again my times were fairly consistent with several 24s in a row.

Race 2 on Sunday morning was just as warm. I started 14th and finished 13th, mainly due to a few non-finishers. I was consistent again in this race with a number of 24s. I had a minor bingle which resulted in a broken left front bumper bracket and a droopy bumper bar, along with a broken left front indicator. A check of the parts bin revealed several right hand bumper brackets but no lefts - luckily we had a couple of rolls of blue racing tape (gaffer tape and cable ties can fix anything). The car was patched up enough to look presentable for race 3.

Race 3 was a little more eventful, with a bump into the back of Grace's car on the first lap. It was a reasonably hard bump, but I didn't realise until we were in parc ferme that this broke the grille, bumper, and headlight and bent the front of the bonnet. I started 13th and finished 15th after a couple of 'offs', including one that cost me 10 seconds. There is nothing more frustrating than losing ground in the early laps, and spending the rest of the race 1/4 of a lap behind the next car. I put in some reasonable lap times, but there was nothing I could do to make up that much time.

To my surprise, especially after trailing so far behind in the last race, I was awarded a trophy for coming 2nd out of the older model cars. Grace Monterosso was 1st and George Diamond 3rd. I was very happy to get my first ever motorsport trophy, and bored everyone in my office with photos of it the next day. Even though I was last on the track, I had finished every race and drove my butt off putting in some good consistent lap times, so I was pleased to have something to show for it!

Thanks once again to my crew Craig, Ian, Reg and Little Craig, and of course Mr Ed for the panel repairs. Thanks also to Bruce Heinrich for sharing some of his driving secrets.