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Jun 22, 2013

CHAMPION TAKES SALOON CAR ENDURO

A BATTLE between Holden and Ford has ended a spectacular day of racing as round four of the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals got underway at Winton Motor Raceway in regional Victoria.

Under perfect blue skies and in bright sunshine, Ford driver Luke Westall and defending champion Simon Tabinor battled for the lead in the inaugural Dial Before You Dig Australian Saloon Car series endurance race after a late-race safety car this afternoon – with the Melbourne-based Holden ace eventually coming out on top.

Tabinor passed Westall’s Falcon for the lead with eleven of the scheduled thirty laps to go and dominated from there in an unpredictable race that featured three different race leaders.

His win came at the expense of early leader and polesitter Wayne King, who dominated the opening laps before losing his substantial lead to a Safety Car on lap 12 – before he had elected to make his compulsory 30-second pit stop.

With the remainder of the field having already pitted, King was set to lose any change of a strong result when racing resumed – though a subsequent second caution a few laps later gave him a chance to serve his stop without losing as much time.

Still, he resumed in a lowly 17th position before setting out on a stunning charge through the field.

King scorched his way past much of the pack in the remaining 13 laps to end the race in a remarkable second position and within sight of the leader.

Earlier, King had taken a commanding pole position in the Saloon Cars first ever top-10 shootout, beating Travis Sharpe to pole position by three-tenths of a second with a fast and committed lap.