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Aug 8, 2013


DRIVING HIS EUROSTAR Diesels Holden Commodore VT, Simon Tabinor’s bid to defend his Dial Before You Dig Australian Saloon Car Series crown looks almost assured after winning round four at Queensland Raceway last weekend.

The British-born Victorian has a huge 235 points advantage with two rounds to go. “We had a head gasket that need sorting yesterday (Saturday) which we worked on between qualifying sessions and it was all good from there,” he said after winning all three races.

Lindsay Kearns relished the return to home turf, qualifying his Scotts Rod Exhaust fastest before finishing second in each race. “Winton hurt our chances with a non-finish in one race,” said the Queenslander.

Third for the round went to the Travis Sharpe and his Tyre Pro Motorsport AU after finishing with two fourths and a third that also elevated the well-travelled West Australian to second in the points score.

The first race was one corner old when the safety car was used while the Fords of Brian Hine and Cameron Moss were fished out of sand trap after spinning off together.

Tabinor was leading, having won the charge off the line over Kearns and when the race resumed, was able to stabilise a small margin over the local Ford for the remainder of the race. Kane Baxter-Smith (Falcon AU) was third ahead of fellow Queenslander Craig Campbell (VT) and Victorian Gavin Ross (VT).

Sharpe was next but briefly lost out to Victorian Harley Phelan’s Holden before working his way through the Holdens to fourth. On his return to the national series David Rogers (AU) was eighth but spun and dropped down the order while Ross’ race ended coming out of the last corner as the alternator had expired.

Tabinor led the second race all the way through as Baxter-Smith initially jumped ahead of Kearns. It didn’t last long, for by the end of the lap Kearns, Sharpe and Campbell were ahead. But Baxter-Smith did fight back, getting to fourth in the end as Ross was next after starting rear of grid, clear of Campbell and Phelan together.

Rogers and Ian Chivas (AU) were the next two ahead of Wayne Patten (VT) and Mark Primmer (AU) were the next two, almost side by side and ahead of Gary Beggs, Brad Moss and Cameron Moss, limping home with a cracked rotor.

In the final outing, Tabinor again had their measure, taking the win and a perfect points round while Kearns was kept honest by the challenging Sharpe initially before Ross came into calculations, eventually snaring third.

Campbell finished fifth ahead of Phelan and Rogers, Beggs, Primmer, Chivas, Hine, Cameron Moss, Patten and Brad Moss.