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Jun 19, 2013

SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR SALOONS

EXTENDED RACE LENGTHS and compulsory pitstops do not happen in the Dial Before You Dig Australian Saloon Car Series, but this weekend the round five combatants at Winton Raceway will have to adopt a different mindset and strategy.

Generally the traditional Aussie six cylinder battle between Fords and Holdens consists of three sprint races of around 20 minutes in duration, but this weekend at the rural Victorian race track, they will compete over two 30-lap, or around 45-minute, races.

Patience will be a virtual too. In each race there will be a pitstop of a specified minimum length and nothing to be done to the car. So the driver will sit in his vehicle and wait out the period. “For our first attempt at this type of format, we didn’t want to make it too complicated or risky,” said category chief Les Morrall.

What it will do is introduce a strategic play into the races, especially for those in traffic when the pit window opens. Each car will start with a race tape strip stuck on it, which will be removed at the stop.

This round will have another thrilling element as well. After qualifying which is scheduled to start at 11:15pm on Saturday, a Top Ten Shootout will take place at 1:10pm before the first of two mini endurance races begins at 3:05pm. The second race, on Sunday, begins at 2:40pm.

There are 24 Fords and Holdens racing this weekend, made up of 16 Falcon AUs, 7 Commodore VTs and one older VN. Five West Australians are making the long across the continent and will be joined by three Queenslanders, five New South Welshmen and three South Australians to take on eight local Victorians.

Reigning title holder Simon Tabinor (Eurostar Diesels Commodore) has a handy lead after two rounds but at the last outing was soundly beaten by Wayne King (Morphett Vale Garage Commodore). Lindsay Kearns (Scotts Rod Exhaust Falcon) heads the Ford brigade, third ahead of the local Commodores of Harley Phelan and Gavin Ross.

There will be other strong performers including Andrew Nowland (Qld), Luke Westall (NSW), Travis Sharpe (WA), Deni Razmovski (WA) and Kane Baxter-Smith numbering up on the Ford side while in Holden drivers include Craig Campbell (Qld) and Garry Hills (WA).

Sunday’s action can be seen and heard live on the link from thewww.thenationals.com.au, on SBS’ Speedweek on June 30 starting at 2pm, and later on Fox’s Speed at a time to be confirmed. More information and updates on the Dial Before You Dig Australian Saloon Cars are available at www.salooncars.net.au while complete details on the Shannons Nationals and all its categories can be viewed onwww.thenationals.com.au.


AUSTRALIAN SALOON CAR SERIES ROUND SEVEN ENTRY LIST

1        Eurostar Diesels                     Simon Tabinor (Vic)                Holden Commodore VT

4        Auddino First National            Antonio Auddino (WA)            Ford Falcon AU

5        Coffey Ford                           Andrew Nowland (Vic)            Ford Falcon AU

6        Morphett Vale Garage            Wayne King (SA)                    Holden Commodore VT

9        Silkgate Group                       Ian Chivas (NSW)                   Ford Falcon AU

10      Eurostar Diesels                     Tony McKenzie (SA)               Holden Commodore VN

16      Kleenduct Australia                Harley Phelan (Vic)                 Holden Commodore VT

23      Tyre Pro Motorsport                Travis Sharpe (WA)                Ford Falcon AU

27      Transley Solutions                 Luke Westall (NSW)                Ford Falcon AU

29      Glider City Motel Benalla        Bradley Moss (NSW)               Ford Falcon AU

33      Forklift Clearance Centre       Greg Murcott (Vic)                  Ford Falcon AU

38      Blackwell Race Engines          Gavin Ross (Vic)                     Holden Commodore VT

39      LK Diesel Service                   Ryan Millier (Vic)                    Ford Falcon AU

41      Dial Before You Dig                Mark Primmer (NSW)              Ford Falcon AU

42      Dial Before You Dig                Cameron Moss (NSW)             Ford Falcon AU

46      Sopranos Pizza Bar                 Shaun Woodhouse (Vic)         Holden Commodore VT

55      Millenium Screens                  Deni Razmovski (WA)             Ford Falcon AU

56      Baxter Electrical                     Kane Baxter-Smith (Qld)        Ford Falcon AU

57      Campbells Motorsport             Craig Campbell (Qld)              Holden Commodore VT

62      Bridge Model Cars                  Mark Bryan (SA)                     Ford Falcon AU

67      Scotts Rods Exhausts            Lindsay Kearns (Qld)              Ford Falcon AU

70      salooncars.net.au                  Kelli Stephens (WA)                Ford Falcon AU

71      Betta Calibrations                  Brett Campbell (Vic)               Ford Falcon AU

76      Hills Haulage/Adlam Trans     Garry Hills (WA)                     Holden Commodore VT