Aug 7, 2012
NO CHAMPION GIVES CHALLENGER CHANCE
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 www.itvlive.com.au, 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 www.salooncars.net.au while complete details on the Shannons Nationals and all its categories can be sourced from www.thenationals.com.au.
AUSTRALIAN SALOON CAR SERIES ROUND FOUR ENTRY LIST
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