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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.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

New car!!!

Well it's been a long time coming, but we finally have the new Holden Commodore VT Saloon Car/Super Six Touring Car on the track. We have done two practice days and then competed in the final SA round of the year at Mallala on 1st November 2014.

Round 4 consisted of a qualifying session and 4 races. I qualified 2nd behind another VT, then finished 3rd, 4th, 3rd, and 2nd in the races. But the results don't really matter, it felt great to get the car on track at last. We entered Round 3 in September but weren't able to make it despite pulling an all nighter the day before - so close but so far.

Now we get to pull the engine back out and take off the standard heads and replace them with racing heads, and get it dyno tuned. It felt slightly down on power so hopefully this will sort things out. There are also plenty of cosmetic jobs to finish, such as fitting the aluminium door trims and tidying up wiring.

I am racing at Barbagallo Raceway in Perth on 16th November in a 200km enduro. I will be co-driving with SA racer Tony Hardy in a VN Saloon Car supplied by Rightway Industrial. I have never raced at this track but it looks like a lot of fun.

Here are some photos of the new baby from our first test day, thanks to Rosalie Siddell. The greyhound motif is a tribute to our 14 year old adopted greyhound and mascot Tillee.

And here's a short video from Saturday:

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Book review - Haynes Motorsport Fitness Manual

I have been working on improving my fitness for a while now. The better your physical fitness, the better you can concentrate and the less mistakes you make. This is especially true in the warmer weather when the heat can seriously affect drivers. Even in amateur & club racing it's a good idea to stay in the best shape possible because it will help your performance, not to mention saving weight in your car!

This book is much more affordable than a personal trainer. Written by a medical specialist, it covers a wide range of topics including: measuring your fitness, designing an exercise plan, motorsport-specific strength training, improving reaction times, weight loss, and first aid.

I bought this book a couple of years ago, and it is one I keep referring back to for useful advice. I would definitely recommend it as a "must have" for any racer on a budget.

Click on the link for more information:

Motorsport Fitness Manual

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South Australian State Motor Racing Championship Round 2 2014, 31 May - 1 June

This was the second round in a row that's been affected by extreme weather. On the very wet Saturday I qualified 6th out of 7 Saloon Cars (3 late model and 4 early) before the day's events were called off due to flooding on & around the track.

The next day was much better with the sun shining and clear skies. With a hastily revised schedule we were given 3 races - 2x 10 laps and 1x 8 laps. In the first race I finished 6th out of 7 Saloon Cars. In race 2 I was able to improve by two spots to 4th, which was 2nd out of the early model cars. In the final race I dropped back to 5th but it was a much closer race than the results indicate, with all cars finishing in a fairly close bunch.

I am a bit rusty due to the lack of racing this year. We are still hoping to have the new VT out for round 3 on August 15-17th, with a practice day or two maybe!

As usual, here's a video highlight from the weekend, this one showing some drama in race 1:

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

2014 - A Slow Start to the Year.

It's now May and I have only been on the track for one day of racing so far this year. It's been a very slow start, but we hope to make up for that with the new VT later in the year... Stay tuned!

Round 1 of the SA State Motor Racing Series was originally scheduled for 8 February, but due to the extreme heat and fire danger on the day it was postponed to 22 March. This was run as a daytime only one-day meeting with no night races.

Qualifying went to plan and I qualified 3rd in class (5th overall in a combined field of 9) with a best lap time of 1:22.7608, which I was quite happy with after such a big gap between race meetings. In race 1 I got a good start but then lost a couple of spots with a bad run out of turn 3 on the opening lap, and finished 4th.

In race 2 I got my first ever jump start penalty and was demoted to 6th place. It was my own fault, I didn't quite balance the clutch right while waiting for the lights to go out and the car rolled just a tiny bit. I put the clutch back in & stopped, then took off with the rest of the field, so I didn't gain any advantage but the rules are the rules so I got a 5 second time penalty added.

Race 3 was a little better; after starting 6th I made my way back up to 3rd in class (4th overall).

Here's a video of one of those "what the" moments that sometimes happens... Can't explain this one to be honest.