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Apr 1, 2015

FIRST ROUND TO LINDORFF

WITH TWO wins and a third placing Travis Lindorff has won the opening round of the DIAL BEFORE YOU DIG Australian Super Six Touring Car Series at Sandown over the weekend of March 28-29.

It was an all Victorian podium with Lindorff’s Pakenham Tyres Holden Commodore VT finishing ahead of current title holder Gavin Ross (Carpet Shed VT) and Harley Phelan (Kleenduct VT) while Division Two honours went with Queenslander Ashley Jarvis and his Lighthouse Electrical Ford Falcon AU.

The DIAL BEFORE YOU DIG Super Sixes were one of eight categories participating in the first Shannons Nationals event of 2015.

A great first-up start from Lindorff in race one enabled him to hold the lead throughout first race, held midway through Saturday on a busy program. Lindorff had to borrow the spare gearbox from fellow competitor Chris Lillis after dramas in qualifying. The gearbox was initially built by Ross who ultimately finished second.

Third went to West Australian Garry Hills (Performance West VT) while polesitter Ben Grice, who also had gear issues in qualifying, struggled throughout with the standard gearbox that was hastily installed. The Queenslander just held off Phelan’s while South Australian Luke

Fraser was next despite suffering weekend-ending engine dramas with his VT.

Lillis was next with the best of the Fords being the Rick Gill Motorcycles Falcon AU of Rick Gill in eighth while Brent Edwards (DPS Enterprises AU) just failed to hold off Jarvis for ninth after a race-long and entertaining dice. Former champ Simon Tabinor went out midrace when a brake line on his Commodore popped at turn nine.

Ross hit back in the second race late Saturday afternoon, in front for nearly all the race. Lindorff had the lead initially but contact with Hills put his selby.com.au VT out. Grice took over second spot and pressured Ross for several laps until the Hinde Transport VT became locked in fifth gear and retired. Hills finished second with Lindorff fighting back to third ahead of Phelan, Jarvis, Chris Lillis Cachet Homes VT), Ian Chivas (Silkgate AU) and Edwards.

Grabbing the lead from the outset, Lindorff was an all-the-way winner in the Sunday morning third race, finishing just ahead of Ross who he had to fend off throughout. Phelan held third for the first four laps until passed by Grice who started at the rear of grid. Grice had gearbox issues in race 2 and these would return to haunt him shortly after, slowing his pace in the second half.

Phelan retrieved his third ahead of Hills who was another coming from the rear. On the way to fourth, Hills undercut Tim Rowse’s long-standing lap record. Sixth went to Lillis ahead of Jarvis, another rear of grid starter Tabinor, Gill and Chivas.