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May 20, 2013

2013 AUSTRALIAN SALOON CAR SERIES - Round Two Race One - Mallala Motorsport Park

ASILY ACCOUNTING FOR a strong field, Wayne King has won the opening race of the second round of the Dial Before You Dig Australian Saloon Car Series at Mallala Motorsport Park on May 20. He will be looking to clean sweep the round with two more wins tomorrow.

The South Australian drove his brand new Morphet Vale Garage Holden Commodore VT in its race debut to a decisive eight-second victory over Simon Tabinor and his Eurostar Diesels Commodore. The British-born Victorian is the reigning title holder and currently leads the series after a dominant effort in round one.

In third place was the first of the Fords, the Scotts Rods Exhausts Falcon AU of Lindsay Kearns who fought off the Holden challengers of the Gavin Ross Blackwell Race Engines Commodore and Harley Phelan’s Kleenduct VT.

Ross ultimately finished fourth just ahead of the closing Falcon of Keven Stoopman while Phelan had to fight back from a mid-race hiccup to be sixth ahead of the Sam Milton Nippy’s AU.

Next came Craig Campbell in a stirring drive through the field after stalling his Commodore at the race start and getting underway after every one was well gone. Ninth was the West Australian Tony James in his Just Commodore VT while Naomi Maltby converted her first drive in a VT, after running the earlier model, finished a creditable tenth.

Earlier in qualifying, King’s local knowledge and a well-engineered car ensured pole position ahead of Tabinor who didn’t arrive in time for private practice on Friday. There was a good stoush going on for the second row where two tenths of a second covered Kearns, Phelan, Stoopman and Ross while less than another two tenths away, Kane Baxter-Smith (AU), Milton and Campbell were split by just 0.7 seconds.