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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, 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.


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