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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!