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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, September 27, 2009

SA State Championship round 3 - Mallala, 12-13 September 2009

The weather for this meeting was dry but warm and humid and VERY windy. It was extremely hot inside the car, and the head wind down the main straight was taking 1.5 - 2 seconds off everyone's time.

In these difficult conditions my qualifying times were quite slow - in fact, back in the low 1:25s! I was a bit put off by these low times when the car felt quite fast, but everyone else was having the same problem. I qualified 5th out of the 6 saloon cars. My times were slightly slower again in race 1, and I finished in the same position. I was 4th in race 2 after Nelson Brown had mechanical problems and didn't finish.

Conditions were better on Sunday and I finished 3rd in race 3 with a best lap time of 1:24.0075. Race 4 was a bit more normal with a best lap of 1:23.4828 and I finished 3rd again.

I finished 3rd overall for the meeting and got my photo in Auto Action issue no. 1359 (September 23-29 2009).

Our next race is back at Mallala on 14 November for a 1-day twilight meeting.

(There may possibly be another 'big' race in Victoria before then, but I can't confirm it at this stage... stay tuned!)

Victorian Motor Racing Championship Round 2 - Wintom Motor Raceway, 29-30 August 2009

In between Mallala rounds we decided to go 'south of the border' and play with the Victorians. This state championship meeting had a healthy field of 11 cars - including 4 female drivers in the one category! :o)

We attended Friday practice to familiarise ourselves with the track. Despite some threatening weather, the rain stayed away and I had a great time learning the new track and getting to know the other drivers (many of whom I have raced against at Bathurst & Sandown).

I really enjoyed this track and the competitive racing. We got to do a one lap 'shootout' for qualifying which was great fun and made me feel like a V8 Supercar driver! I was 7th in practice and qualified in the same spot. This put me 2nd out of the 6 old cars and 2nd out of the 4 girls. The only faster female driver was Meg Carra in her new model AU Falcon.

I finished all 3 races in 7th as well, and the last race was a great battle for 6th position between me and Kane Millier in his EA Falcon. At the end of the last race I was only 2/10ths of a second behind Kane who is an experienced Victorian competitor - I was quite happy as it was my first time at Winton!

There are a couple of videos on YouTube taken by fellow competitor Kelli Stephens here and here - enjoy!

Shannons Nationals - Mallala, 5-7 June 2009

This was another successful meeting for us. After a very wet Friday practice, I qualified 10th with a best time of 1:23.6949. I finished race 1 in 9th place with a new personal best time of 1:22.8801 - this was the first time in the 1:22s and we were very happy.

Unfortunately ours was the only 'old' car at this meeting, so despite the great lap times we weren't very competitive.

Sunday was better with two more 9th place finishes and another personal best of 1:22.4743 in race 3 - only 2/10ths of a second slower than some of the new model cars which is a good achievement. I got very close to being in a passing position several times but couldn't quite make it 'stick'.

All things considered we were quite happy with this meeting, and looking forward to mixing it with the faster competitors at the next state meeting!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Bathurst 2009 & SA State Championship round 2 at Mallala, 2-3 May 2009

We had another great experience at Mt Panorama on 20-22 February 2009. It was amazing to have the chance to race there once in 2008, and fantastic to have the opportunity to race there a second time in 2009.

This year we are allowed to use the 17" wheels and tyres on our older model car. We are also using E85 fuel which is 85% ethanol and gives the horsepower of expensive racing fuels for a fraction of the price. These two changes (coupled with 12 months more experience driving) resulted in lap times almost 4 seconds faster than 2008.

In practice I was 36th out of 51 competitors with a best lap time of 2:53.9331, and I qualified 41st with a time of 2:56.6296 early in the session before damaging the car by side-swiping the wall at Forrest Elbow. A few hours of repairs were needed to patch up the right front suspension for the races the next day.

I finished race 1 in 38th place, setting a best lap time of 2:51.7163 in the process. Race 2 was even better with a 36th placing and lap time of 2:51.1286. I finished the weekend by volunteering for flag marshall duties during the 12-hour race on Sunday. I had a good spot on Conrod Straight and saw some good racing.

After this event we flew from Sydney to Argentina for a 3-week holiday. Unfortunately we missed round 1 of the SA State Championships while we were away.

We headed back to Mallala for round 2 of the state series on 2-3 May 2009. I was more excited than usual about this meeting, as it was the first time to try the 'new improved' VN Commodore at our home track.

The lap times lived up to the hype: most of the weekend I was doing 1:23s, including one race where every lap was a 1:23.2. I finished 4th out of 5 cars in qualifying and all 5 races. This was the first time I had managed to beat Scott Clements' time in my car from last year, although of course the car is a bit better than it was 12 months ago.