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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.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Shannons Nationals Round 10 – 28 – 30 November 2008

After the success of the last 2 rounds at Mallala, we made a last-minute decision to head over to Melbourne for the final round of the Shannons Nationals for 2008.

It was a challenging weekend – ours was the only old car competing, and I was having some previously-undiscovered problems with 5th gear (we don’t get past 4th at Mallala, but at Sandown I was using 5th gear twice every lap). This resulted in problems with both top-end horsepower and gear changes. The Sandown track is also quite difficult for newcomers so I spent the weekend working hard at figuring out the circuit.

Despite all that, I was able to knock almost 2 seconds off my lap time from the last time I was there in 2006. I finished pretty much last for the weekend, although I did manage to beat Mark Pilatti in a VT Commodore in the last race.

It was a fun trip and a good chance to socialise with some of the Victorian drivers. It was also a great learning experience – even though the races were difficult, I came back to Adelaide with some valuable experience.

Thanks to everyone for your support in 2008 and we look forward to getting back on the track in 2009! Our next meeting is Round 1 of the Shannons Nationals at Mt Panorama, Bathurst on February 20 – 22 2009. We will unfortunately have to miss round 1 of the SA State Championship as we will be overseas for a few weeks, but we will be back for round 2.

Happy holidays and see you all next year :o)

SA State Motor Racing Championships Round 4 – 15 November 2008

The final state meeting of the year saw a field of 7 Saloon Cars combined with 6 MGFs. I qualified 7th and finished race 1 in 6th place after Nelson Brown had a rather nasty crash.

I started race 2 6th and finished 5th after some great battles with George Diamond and Gary Raymond. The fun continued in race 3 where I finished 4th after fighting all the way and passing Gary right on the finish line.

This is my best ever race finish and helped me to finish 3rd on points for the State Championship. We went to the presentation night on 1st December and collected the trophy.

A big thanks to all our sponsors – especially Frank Walsh Drilling, Mr Ed’s Paint & Panel and River City Auto Salvage – for their valuable support over this season. We are looking forward to 2009 and hoping to do one or two better!

Shannons Nationals Round 9 – 31 October – 2 November 2008

We participated in the penultimate round of the Shannons Nationals at Mallala in early November. There was a reasonable field of 19 Saloon Cars, including 6 of the older model cars.

The car was handling really well and the slightly modified exhaust seemed to give it a bit more torque. Overall we had a satisfying weekend and managed to get the lap times down a bit further.

I qualified 17th and started race 1 from there, finishing 1 place further up the grid. Race 2 on Sunday morning was very wet and I unfortunately got tangled up with reigning champion Bruce Heinrich on the first corner, but we both continued with some panel damage and I finished 16th again.

Race 3 was much more fun after the rain cleared up. I finished 14th, ahead of all the other ‘oldies’. I did not find out until later that I finished 1st in the TASCCO Challenge, which is the competition for older model Saloons at National level. We were awarded a nice trophy to add to the collection.

We also had the chance to take some of our sponsors from Frank Walsh Drilling for a ride on Friday – we think they enjoyed it as much as I did!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

SA State Motor Racing Championships round 3 – 23–24 August 2008

It felt great to get back in the driver’s seat for this meeting. Scott Clements had given us some great setup advice at the previous meeting, and Bruce Heinrich & BRE Race Engineering had also helped us out with some suspension tinkering. I was relieved to find that most of the understeer had gone away again and the car was handling really well. I had also invested in a lap timer thanks to Ebay, and this helped me to learn exactly what was working and what wasn’t.

I qualified 24th out of 27 in the combined Saloon Car and Improved Production field. Saloons were then combined with the MGFs for the 3 races, and I finished 11th out of 18 with a best lap time of 1:24.22. For the next race I started 11th and finished 9th.

Race 3 was 10 laps, and I finished 7th with a new personal best lap time of 1:24.07. The final race was an unusually long 15 laps and I relished the opportunity to test my fitness and endurance. I started 7th and finished 8th after a crash on the first lap. My fellow competitor Gary Raymond had kindly lent me his in-car camera for this race, and I rear-ended him on the first lap – oops! The video is on YouTube here along with an earlier video filmed from Gary’s car in May this year here. Both of us were able to continue on and finish the car, albeit with slightly bent cars!

Special thanks to Mr Ed’s Paint & Panel for repairing my car in time for the National meeting on October 31 – 2 November.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

HQ Enduro meeting - non-points round, 26 July 2008

Local Improved Production driver Scott Clements drove our saloon at this meeting. I didn't really want to sit out, but Scott is a very experienced driver who was able to help us with car set-up. It was a non-points round and I had also recently had surgery, so it was a good meeting to use for a test & tune. Scott copped some stick from his IP colleagues for driving a Holden, but maybe we've converted him ;o)

Saloon cars were combined with Improved Production for this meeting. Scott qualified 14th out of 18 cars, and 3rd out of the 3 saloons. His best lap during qualifying was a 1:24.0532 - just slightly faster than my best time. During race 1 he had a couple of spins on the first lap whilst getting used to the car and the very wet track, eventually finishing 13th with a best time of 1:32.3303.

The sun came out and dried the track in time for race 2. Scott had a great result, finishing 9th with a best time of 1:23.8396. Race 3 was even better with a best lap of 1:23.2600 before the gearbox blew up with 3 laps to go.

This is the first time the car has not been able to finish, but the gearbox has done 2 1/2 years of racing so we suspected its time was nearly up! Craig will now have to build a new one in time for round 3 at Mallala on 23 - 24 August 2008. This meeting will be followed by a national round on 31 October - 2 November, also at Mallala.


SA State Championships 2008 - rounds 1 & 2

After the excitement of Bathurst, we have settled back into the 'routine' of state meetings at Mallala.

Round 1 was a twilight meeting on 12 April 2008. I qualified 7th out of 8 cars on the cold and slippery track. I finished in the same position in race 1 after suffering from a serious lack of grip and then 6th out of 7 in race 2. The final race was held after dark, which I always enjoy, and I finished 5th.

Round 2 was another twilight meeting, held on 3 May. It was great to see a healthy field of 13 cars at this event. It was a little warmer than round 1 but the track still didn't seem to have much grip. I qualified 11th and finished race 1 last after having a couple of spins. I finished 12th out of 12 in race 2, despite setting a new personal best lap time of 1:24.1283 - what can I say; the afternoon weather had cooled and everyone was setting good times, and of course we had a few national competitors running their newer model cars. Race 3 went a bit better and I finished 7th out of 12.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Bathurst Motor Festival 2008 - WOW!

We competed at the 2008 Bathurst Motor Festival on 8 & 9 February 2008. The track is amazing and I was initially a bit nervous about racing there, but once I was on the track I had an absolute ball! The circuit is like a 6km roller coaster ride and it is so much fun to race on. I had driven around it in road cars before, but this was completely different.

I qualified 43rd out of 48 competitors on Friday. My lap times started around 3:02 but on Saturday I got them down 8 seconds to 2:54.

I finished 31st in race 1. The close racing was very exciting, and the 10 laps flew by too quickly. I started race 2 31st and finished 37th after breaking my gearstick coming through The Chase! Luckily I was able to limp into pit lane (stuck in 5th gear) and Craig did a quick repair job so I was able to finish, but I was 1 lap behind the leaders.

We finished the weekend without any damage, and it was great fun and a valuable learning experience.

Special thanks to our sponsors Frank Walsh Drilling and Tom Walsh for helping us achieve our dream!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

New sponsor - Frank Walsh Drilling

We are very pleased to welcome our new sponsor Frank Walsh Drilling Pty Ltd of Mt Barker, SA. We will be redesigning the signage on the saloon car shortly to reflect their valued contribution.

Please support those who support motorsport! Their business details are as follows:

Frank Walsh Drilling Pty Ltd

Mount Barker Road

MOUNT BARKER South Australia 5251

p: (08) 8391 1433

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

2007 South Australian Motor Racing Championship result - 4th of 15!

Hi all, I hope you had a great Christmas and New Year. We have received the final pointscore for the 2007 South Australian Motor Racing Championships, and I am delighted to announce that I finished 4th overall out of 15 competitors. This is a great result and it shows that consistency and finishing races pays off! Interestingly, the two female Saloon Car drivers both finished in the top four for the state series.

I would like to sincerely thank my crew chief Craig and everyone who has helped us in the last year.

Our next race meeting is the Bathurst Motoring Festival at Mount Panorama, Bathurst NSW, on 8-10 February 2008 - don't forget that sponsorship packages are still available! This will be the first round of the 2008 Supaloc Australian Saloon Car Championship and it will be televised nationally, so it is a great opportunity for sponsors to get some serious exposure. Please do not hesitate to contact us at naomi@naomimaltby.com if you are interested.

Kind regards,