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Mar 28, 2014

SUPER SIXES LOOKING THE GOODS FOR OPENER

THE DIAL BEFORE YOU DIG Australian Saloon Car Series has been reborn. The Shannons National core category is now known as the Australian Super Six Touring Car Series and it kicks off at Sandown International Raceway on March 28-30.

Not only has the popular six cylinder, iconic Australian Ford Falcon verse Holden Commodore series had a makeover, and many of the cars in it have too.

Former Swift Racer and Queenslander Ben Grice will pilot the ex-Geoff Brown Ford Falcon in the series and it is looking decidedly different from when the former custodian raced it, in new Variety Group signage.

He will be backed up by fellow Sunshine State visitor Kane Baxter-Smith who will have new support emblazed down the flanks of his AU Falcon with Pfitzner Performance Gearboxes. Also Lindsay Kearns and his Hot Rods Exhaust AU will be fronting for his thirteenth season.

From the other side of this nation in West Australia comes former motorcycle ace Rick Gill in a Falcon, Tony James in a brand new Commodore and Chris Lillis has the Commodore of Simon Tabinor, the car that won the last two titles.

The Holden camp is as strong as ever, headed by South Australia’s Wayne King and Victorians Travis Lindorff who has changed his livery, and Gavin Ross.

The latter pair dominated the final round at Sandown last year and has the form to win on their home circuit. Likewise Harley Phelan will be strong after finishing third overall and set to tackle this season in a new car.

The category welcomes newcomers Jason Leoncini in a black Commodore and Brent Edwards from Improved Production who will campaign an EA Falcon until his AU is ready to race. Ford racer Greg Murcott has achieved one goal as a “Holden man” in taking over the Larry Merrifield VT Commodore while one of his former AU Fords will be driven by Phil Gray – upgrading from an EA – as too Wayne Bates. David Wright is another stepping up and taking over Andrew O’Connell’s AU.

New South Wales has a strong contingent making the trek south including the Fords of Luke Westall, Ian Chivas, Mark Primmer and Cameron Moss while Holden has additional strong Commodore runners in Matt Palmer and Shawn Woodhouse.

There are 23 entries for the opening round with 13 Fords and 10 Holdens. Numerically Victorians head the entry list with 11, NSW has four as does West Australia. Queensland has three runners and South Australia just the one.

ENTRY LIST

No.

Entrant/Sponsor

Driver

Vehicle

2

Variety Group

Ben Grice (Qld)

Ford Falcon AU

3

Inland Motor Body Works

Jason Leoncini (Vic)

Holden Commodore VT

4

Auddino First National

Tony Auddino (WA)

Ford Falcon AU

6

Morphett Vale Garage

Wayne King (SA)

Holden Commodore VT

7

Buyaustralianmade.com.au

Phil Gray (Vic)

Ford Falcon AU

9

Silkgate Group

Ian Chivas (NSW)

Ford Falcon AU

10

BRE/Morphett Vale Garage

Tony James (WA)

Holden Commodore VT

16

Kleenduct Australia

Harley Phelan (Vic)

Holden Commodore VT

18

Truckphones.com.au

Brent Edwards (Vic)

Ford Falcon EA

27

Transley Solutions

Luke Westall (NSW)

Ford Falcon AU

33

Forklift Clearance Centre

Greg Murcott (Vic)

Holden Commodore VT

37

All In 1 Service Centre

David Wright (Vic)

Ford Falcon AU

38

Trik Trailers

Gavin Ross (Vic)

Holden Commodore VT

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

48

STR Truck Bodies

Matt Palmer (Vic)

Holden Commodore VT

51

Pakenham Tyres

Travis Lindorff (Vic)

Holden Commodore VT

56

Pfitzner Performances Gearboxes

Kane Baxter-Smith (Qld)

Ford Falcon AU

64

Cachet Homes

Chris Lillis (WA)

Holden Commodore VT

67

Scotts Rods Exhausts

Lindsay Kearns (Qld)

Ford Falcon AU

68

Wayne Bates Racing

Wayne Bates (Vic)

Ford Falcon AU

81

Rick Gill Motorcycles

Rick Gill (WA)

Ford Falcon AU