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Oct 14, 2012

TABINOR CLOSES IN WITH WIN

Simon Tabinor moved one step closer to secure his first Dial Before You Dig Australian Saloon Car Series with a lights-to-flag victory in race one of round six at Wakefield Park today.

Driving his Eurostar Diesels Holden Commodore VT, Tabinor continued on from qualifying to start from pole position and lead the 14-car field throughout the 14-lap event. “We made quite a few setup changes between the two qualifying sessions and that made it a better car for the race,” he said. “There is still two races to go . . . and another round if we need it to win the title, but I would like to do it here this weekend.”

Tabinor led home a Holden shutout with Harley Phelan (Kleenduct Commodore) and Josh Kean (Australia Crash Commodore) with the latter setting the fastest lap. The best of the Fords going into the race was the Transley Solutions Falcon AU of Luke Westall which started on the front row but succumbed to a broken gearbox at the second corner.

Fourth was yet another Holden in the STR Transport Commodore of Matt Palmer ahead of the Campbells Truck VT of Craig Campbell who battled and bettered the Falcon of Brett Campbell. Ian Chivas who started sixth, fell off the circuit at turn seven on the first occasion before spinning later and subsequently retiring.

Jon Fishburn was seventh in his leased Commodore clear of the close finish between the Denny Rumble and Cameron Moss Fords while Kelli Stephen (Falcon) edged out Danny Berry’s Falcon and the Holden of Naomi Maltby.

Earlier Tabinor was the fastest in the first of two qualifying session and maintained his session topping efforts being fastest in the second qualifier. Westall had posted the second fastest time in the first outing and it was good enough to ensure a Ford Falcon would start off the front row for race one.

The next three positions were filled with Holdens, Phelan just being ahead of last round winner Kean and Palmer while Falcon driver Chivas had his best result to date with sixth. The Campbells, Craig (Holden) and Brett (Ford) would share the fourth row ahead of the Fords of Rumble and Ross, Fishburn’s Commodore, Berry’s Falcon and the girls, Stephens and Maltby in their respective Falcon and Commodore.

On Sunday there will be two further 14-lap races, scheduled for 11:20am and 1.50pm and the two can be seen and heard live on www.itvlive.com.au, and later on SBS’ Speedweek and Fox’s Speed.

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 RACE ONE RESULT

1 Simon Tabinor (Holden Commodore VT) 16:20.0501 
2 Harley Phelan (Holden Commodore VT) 16:22.0281 
3 Josh Kean (Holden Commodore VT) 16:24.4074 
4 Matthew Palmer (Holden Commodore VT) 16:40.0078 
5 Craig Campbell (Holden Commodore VT) 16:42.8394 
6 Brett Campbell (Ford Falcon AU) 16:47.0934 
7 Jonathan Fishburn (Holden Commodore VT) 16:53.3934 
8 Dennie Rumble (Ford Falcon AU) 16:56.3723 
9 Cameron Moss (Ford Falcon AU) 16:56.8371 
10 Kelli Stephens (Ford Falcon AU) 17:17.3607 
11 Danny Berry (Ford Falcon AU) 17:17.5298 
12 Naomi Maltby (Holden Commodore VN) 17:18.3408 
DNF Ian Chivas (Ford Falcon AU) 6 laps 
DNF Luke Westall (Ford Falcon AU) 0 laps 

Fastest lap: Kean 1:08.9932