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Aug 7, 2012


With current series leader Matt Lovell forced to miss the fourth round of the Dial Before You Dig Australian Saloon Car Series at Queensland Raceway this coming weekend, Simon Tabinor is in the box seat to take over the lead in the seven round series.

But the British-born Victorian won’t be expecting an easy run with his Eurostar Diesels Holden Commodore as hot competition will come from recent race winner South Australian Josh Kean (Australian Crash Commodore), and a trio of Queensland based Fords driven by Coleby Cowhan, Lindsey Kearns and Matt Shanks.

In the meantime, work commitments have force Lovell to pull out of the Queensland round. “I am so sorry I won't be there at QR as I was looking forward to it, especially with more ‘sniff under the lid’ and that circuit would be a good for the Falcons as I reckon the Commodore is more suited to the point and squirt tracks,” he said.

Victoria’s Matt Palmer (STR Truck Bodies Holden) and Luke Westall from New South Wales in the Transley Solutions Falcon were strong performers at the most recent round, held at Winton in Victoria, and will also be strong combatants in the Sunshine State.

There is a strong contingent of local teams while several of series’ runners won’t be making the journey north. That will Ian Chivas (Silkgate Falcon) and Harley Phelan (Kleenduct Commodore) handily placed to solidify positions in the top five.

The race weekend begins on Friday with two practice sessions at 10.00am and 12.40pm with two 20-minute qualifying sessions on Saturday at 10.00am and 12.30pm followed by the first of three ten-lap races at 2:45pm. On Sunday the remaining two races are scheduled for 10.10am and 2.30pm. Each race can be seen and heard live on, on August 19 on SBS’ Speedweek from 11.30am, and later on Speed at a time to be advised.

More information and updates on the Dial Before You Dig Australian Saloon Cars is available at while complete details on the Shannons Nationals and all its categories can be sourced from


3     Australian Crash                       Josh Kean (SA)                      Holden Commodore VT
4     Graeme Collins Automotive       Gary Beggs (Qld)                  Ford Falcon AU
8     Wayne Patten                           Wayne Patten (Qld)               Holden Commodore VT
9     Silkgate Group                          Ian Chivas (NSW)                  Ford Falcon AU
13   Zedtec Engineering                  John McCleverty (Qld)           Ford Falcon AU
14   Eurostar Diesel                         Simon Tabinor (Vic)               Holden Commodore VT
16   Kleenduct Australia                   Harley Phelan (Vic)                Holden Commodore VT
21   Wood Tech Group                     John Van Gilst (Qld)              Ford Falcon AU
25   Queensland State Solar            Coleby Cowham (Qld)            Ford Falcon AU
26   Autorite                                    Matt Shanks (Qld)                 Ford Falcon AU
27   Transley Solutions                    Luke Westall (NSW)               Ford Falcon AU
28   Autorite                                    Tony Shanks (Qld)                Ford Falcon AU
33   T&D Underground Power          Martin Deckert (Qld)              Holden Commodore VT
41   Dial Before You Dig                   Mark Primmer (NSW)             Ford Falcon AU
42   Dial Before You Dig                   Rebecca Drummond (NSW)    Ford Falcon AU
48   STR Truck Bodies                      Matthew Palmer (Vic)             Holden Commodore VT
50   Glider City Motel Benalla           Cameron Moss (NSW)            Ford Falcon AU
56   Baxter Electrical                        Kane Baxter-Smith (Vic)        Ford Falcon AU
57   Craig Campbell                         Craig Campbell (Qld)             Holden Commodore VT
67   Goldwell Haircare                      Lindsay Kearns (Qld)             Ford Falcon AU
83   Luke Andersen                         Luke Andersen (Vic)              Holden Commodore VN
88   Spraytech Smash Repairs          Brian Hine (Vic)                     Ford Falcon AU