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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, November 29, 2015

2015 Master of Mallala Series Round 4 - 21 November 2015

We weren't going to race again until 2016, but as things were looking up somewhat we decided to enter round 4. I was able to have a drive of Josh Kean's VT Commodore earlier in November and this confirmed that a couple of things weren't quite right in my VT. We were able to make some adjustments and then hit the track for practice on Friday. I was was still too slow on that day, but Craig & I were able to analyse and pinpoint some of where I was going wrong. Even though we didn't make it to the track until Friday afternoon, it was still definitely worthwhile. We got rid of the bad shudder that I thought was a misfire at the previous meeting, and the suspension changes made the car get out of the corners a lot better. One of the rear brake rotors developed a crack, but luckily we were able to source a new one and pick it up from the local distributor’s home after hours.

Saturday morning didn't start so well with someone reversing into our parked tow car at a service station. Once we got to Mallala, we fitted the new brake rotor and hit the track. I did a personal best lap time of 1:20.6745 in qualifying, and finished 2nd out of 4 Saloon Cars in race 1, wrapping it up with a 1:20.9209 on the final lap. These times immediately confirmed that the car is a lot better now, and I was driving it better than I have been.

I qualified 2nd out of the 4 Saloon Cars, finished 2nd in the first 3 races, and 3rd in the final race after messing up the start. After doing 3 of the 4 rounds in 2015 I finished 2nd in the late model points behind Luke Fraser, and 3rd overall.

On Sunday we went back to compete in the Track Time Motorsport Modern Regularity. This is an event where the aim is to be the most consistent.  The way it works is that you nominate a time that you think you can do consistently, then you gain 1 point for each 10th of a second over time or 2 points for each 10th of a second under for each lap. The driver with the lowest number of points wins. I nominated times that were a little faster than I thought I was going to do, then just went out and pushed hard. I wasn't aiming for consistency but I guess the fact that I have done a few thousand laps of this track helps. It's a great way to get some practice while adding a competitive element for a bit of fun.

We have done a couple of Modern Regularities now instead of practice days, and it's a great alternative because cars are grouped and sent out onto the track in speed order, so traffic problems are generally minimal. There's always a mixture of race cars, track cars, and road cars. On 22nd November there was a mix including our two Saloon Cars, a supercharged V8 VZ Commodore, some turbo Subarus and Skylines, and just about everything else you can think of including Excels and a Daewoo.

I qualified 3rd fastest out of 49 cars with a 1:20.78 (very close to my PB from the day before), 9/10ths off the fastest which was a WRX turbo. I won Heat 2 which was a bit of a surprise because I wasn't aiming for consistency, just trying to go as fast as possible. I ended up finishing 3rd overall for the day on consistency and I won the ladies' class for the day.

Big thanks to everyone who has helped us this year. I feel like I am now running where I should be and I can build on my lap times and improve further. For the first time, I feel that there is a lot more speed in the car and I'm confident that I can go faster.

Here's a video of race 2 from Saturday. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Bathurst Motor Festival video online now

Blend Line TV have now posted the second part of the video from Bathurst at Easter, and I feature a bit in this one. Unfortunately the commentators renamed me Jessica Mattby. Oh well, enjoy!

2015 Master of Mallala Series Round 3 - 22-23 August 2015

We decided to sit this round out due to a lack of funds, and real life getting in the way somewhat. We are planning to be back on track for the 2016 state series and hopefully some interstate rounds. We may even be back out for round 4 in November, but haven't made a final decision yet. Thanks for your understanding and I'm sorry for being a no-show.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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WAMS PROFILE OF THE WEEKThis week we head to South Australia where we are profiling NAOMI MALTBY. A racer in Saloon...

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Master of Mallala Round 2 - 23-24 May 2015

Unfortunately this was a frustrating weekend of racing. It started poorly after I forgot to put the Dorian timing transponder in for qualifying and had to start race 1 at the rear of the field (behind 8 HQs as well as the 5 other Saloon Cars). I managed get past all the HQs in just over 1 lap and caught and passed one of the Saloon Cars too to finish 5th.

It went downhill from there though, with an electrical gremlin rearing its head and causing the car to run very rough between about 4300-5500 rpm. Despite replacing numerous components like coil packs and trying a fresh batch of fuel, the problem stubbornly refused to go away. I don't know how much power I was actually losing, but the car felt and sounded pretty bad from where I was sitting. We couldn't reproduce the problem in the garage and weren't able to diagnose it.

I finished the first 4 races in 5th place, and the last one 6th. Given the disappointing results we are considering our options, including maybe parking the car for the rest of this season so our finances can recover a bit and we can finish the car properly and come back stronger (hopefully!) next season.

Since this meeting, Craig has found a problem with the gearbox mounting which may have been causing the severe shudder in the higher rev range that I thought was a dropped cylinder or two. We won't know for sure until we get on the track again whether this was the problem.

Here's a video of the only fun part of the weekend:

Monday, April 20, 2015

Bathurst Motor Festival and Ashley Cooper Trophy - Easter 2015

We went to Mount Panorama for the Bathurst Motor Festival over the Easter weekend. This was my 5th time racing at 'the mountain' and my first time in a late model Saloon Car. We finished the race engine and had it dyno tuned before leaving.

In practice, I was 24th out of 51 cars in very very wet conditions. The VT is much nicer to drive in the wet compared to a VN and I was getting more confident with it each lap. They car just didn't seem to put a foot wrong even when I pushed it harder.

I qualified 26th, but everyone's times were all over the place & did not reflect many drivers' true speed. This was because the red flag came out half way through the first lap due to one of the Falcons having a big off at the chase. After a lengthy stoppage, we were allowed back out, but the red flag came out again after another Falcon broke down at McPhillamy. My one 'sort of' flying lap was disrupted by having to back off for double waved yellows for this incident before the session was red flagged. Some people didn't get a full green flag lap at all, and a few missed the yellows and got a good time. Long story short... they declared qualifying null and void and we started race 1 based on our practice times from earlier in the day (this suited me OK).

I finished 28th in race 1 in difficult conditions. It was very wet again with a lot of standing water on the track. Visibility was very bad and I could only see 1-2 cars ahead out of a field of 51 so had no idea what was happening up ahead. There were yellow flags on much of the track so there were not many spots to pass. The race was shortened to 4 laps due to the number of bogged cars. I was overtaken under yellows on the last lap so should have finished 27th.

Race 2 wasn't great. I got an OK start but lost a few spots up Mountain Straight due to the spray affecting visibility again. After a safety car I was getting ready to make a move on the car in front, when he spun sideways through the dipper and I had to take evasive action. I lost traction and was a passenger as the car spun towards the tyre wall. Luckily it almost came to a stop and the front bumper just touched the wall. Unfortunately the whole field was now coming towards me over a blind crest so I had to wait for the flaggies to signal when it was clear to turn back the right way and continue. After that I had a nice clear run and got a fairly good time for the last lap. As a result I finished way back in 42nd place.

I didn't have a good run in race 3. I got an OK start but then there was a bit of chaos on Mountain Straight with Murcott going into the wall hard and cars going everywhere. After that I was stuck behind a mobile roadblock across the top for a few laps and couldn't find a way past, then the safety car came out and that was it. Despite the dry track I didn't get any clear traffic-free laps to see what the car can do. I was hit in the right hand rear corner twice but the only damage is a bit of swapped paint - the VT is tough!

For some great photos from the weekend, check out my Facebook page Naomi Maltby - Saloon Car SA 91.

Here are a couple of videos with some highlights (or lowlights):

Master of Mallala South Australian State Motor Racing Series 2015 - Round 1

We took the VT out for Round 1 of the SA State Series, now known as "Master of Mallala", on Saturday 21st March. We were still running the 'unfinished' engine from last year so just went out to get some track time.

In qualifying, the car felt like it had fuel surge even though the tank was full so I came in to the pits. After parc ferme it wouldn't start at all. Craig found a loose wire in the engine bay, fixed that and it seemed ok. In race 1, an oil leak from the front seal got worse & was leaking oil onto my left front wheel and tyre. That made it pretty slippery. In race 2, the power steering failed on the first lap so I was going to come in, but decided to stay out and wrestle it around for 8 laps to get some points.

Race 3 went a bit better. I had power steering and a little more grip. I did find out the wrong way that I had too much rear brake bias (the back stepped out the first time I braked hard), after a quick adjustment I was on my way. Finished 3rd.

I felt like I was having "one of those days", but the end result was actually quite good. I was off the pace but there was a lot of attrition in our category (6 entered, down to 2 by the final race) so I did get a good points haul to start the season. I qualified 5th, finished 4th in race 1, 3rd in races 2 & 3, and 2nd in race 4. Now the engine is coming out so we can finish it for Bathurst and be more competitive. And we will have some new tyres instead of running on a set purchased in 2012. No damage on the car, no gremlins that weren't fixable, so it's all good!

As usual, here's a video with some highlights: