About Me

My photo
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, 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.

Cheers,
Naomi

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.