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Sep 23, 2012

ROSS WEIGHS IN WITH SALOON POLE

Semi regular national series runner Gavin Ross will start from pole position for the first of three races in round five of the Dial Before You Dig Australian Saloon Car Series tomorrow after qualifying fastest today. The Black Race Engines Commodore VT pilot headed the way in a whitewash for Holden – the “red” machines taking the top three places.

His best lap was a 1min 49.7167secs effort, only eighths of a second faster than points leader Simon Tabinor while another part-time national series runner Travis Lindorff was third. Best of the Fords was the Falcon AU of Andy Nowland with the four Victorians showing the way to two West Australian Commodores, those of Nathan Callaghan and Garry Hills.

Tabinor was not unhappy about not achieving pole. “I did my fastest lap around here ever and he was quicker,” he said. “But starting on the other side of the front row could actually be better, being the ‘grippier’ sided of the track.”

South Australian Robert Lonie was positioned seven, his Commodore sharing the fourth row with Victorian Matt Palmer in a similar Holden while fellow south Aussie Josh Kean squeezed enough out of his Commodore to get ninth ahead of Victorian policeman Shaun Woodhouse in his Holden.

In striking contrast to a Ford domination of the round four results at Queensland Raceway, just one of the blue oval brigade has made the top ten here. New South Wales’ Luke Westall in position eleven is the second Ford in the field with former motor cycle racer Rick Gill the third behind Craig Campbell’s Holden.

Trophy Class (for older cars) honours rested with Michael Dale in his Falcon EA just ahead of Phil Gray’s similar Ford and Andrew Martin’s Commodore VN while Kelli Stephens (AU) topped Naomi Maltby (VN) in the battle among the females.

The race weekend continues tomorrow Sunday, where three races are scheduled for 9.10am, 11:10am and 2.10pm over eight laps. Each can be seen and heard live on www.itvlive.com.au, on SBS’ Speedweek on October 14 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 FIVE ENTRY LIST

1  Gavin Ross (VIC)  Holden Commodore VT  1:49.7167

2  Simon Tabinor (Vic)  Holden Commodore VT  1:49.8058

3  Travis Lindorff (Vic)  Holden Commodore VT  1:50.4982

4  Andrew Nowland (Vic)  Ford Falcon AU  1:51.0075

5  Nathan Callaghan (WA)  Holden Commodore VT  1:51.1286

6  Garry Hills (WA)  Holden Commodore VT  1:51.2354

7  Robert Lonie (SA)  Holden Commodore VT  1:51.6228

8  Matthew Palmer (Vic)  Holden Commodore VT  1:51.6553

9  Josh Kean (SA)  Holden Commodore VT  1:51.7057

10  Shaun Woodhouse (Vic)  Holden Commodore VT  1:51.8370

11  Luke Westall (NSW)  Ford Falcon AU  1:51.8499
12  Craig Campbell (Qld)  Holden Commodore VT  1:52.0085
13  Rick Gill (WA)  Ford Falcon AU  1:52.1354
14  Harley Phelan (Vic)  Holden Commodore VT  1:52.2215

15  John McCorkindale (NSW)  Ford Falcon AU  1:52.5152

16  Wayne Patten (QLD)  Holden Commodore VT  1:53.4397

17  Ian Chivas (NSW)  Ford Falcon AU  1:53.9426

18  Dennie Rumble (NSW)  Ford Falcon AU  1:54.3719

19  Chris Lillis (WA)  Holden Commodore VT  1:54.7513
20  Cameron Moss (NSW)  Ford Falcon AU  1:55.0702

21  Michael Dale (SA)  Ford Falcon EA  1:55.3115

22  Phil Gray (Vic)  Ford Falcon EA  1:55.5746

23  Kelli Stephens (Vic)  Ford Falcon AU  1:55.8477

24  Andrew Martin (WA)  Holden Commodore VN  1:56.3487

25  Aarron Paterson (Vic)  Holden Commodore VN  1:56.4526

26  Naomi Maltby (SA)  Holden Commodore VN  1:56.9201

27  Vince Ciallella (WA)  Holden Commodore VN  1:57.6717

28  Mark Bryan (SA)  Ford Falcon EB  1:57.6978

29  Tony Auddino (WA)  Ford Falcon EA  1:59.5728