Australian Saloon Car Series
May 20, 2013
The South Australian drove his brand new Morphet Vale Garage Holden Commodore VT in its race debut to a decisive eight-second victory over Simon Tabinor and his Eurostar Diesels Commodore. The British-born Victorian is the reigning title holder and currently leads the series after a dominant effort in round one.
Mar 12, 2013
Saloon Car racing enters its 14th season this year as a national status category and the 2013 Dial Before You Dig Australian Saloon Car Series competition is as strong as ever.
The series is about Ford verse Holden, Falcon verse Commodore, and was originally for their respective six cylinder EA and VN models before updating to AU and VT. The model transition was in 2006, a significant year in Saloon Car history for it also became one of five core category for the then new CAMS Nation Racing Championship, or as it is known now, the Shannons Nationals.
Both makes record similar lap times and are strong and weak in different areas. They race on a control Bridgestone Tyre and Pedders suspension components.
Saloon Car Standings
The Saloon Car concept was created late in 1998 by a group of enthusiasts who thought that relatively late model six cylinder Holden Commodores and Ford Falcons would make inexpensive and popular race cars at an entry level. A Board of Management was formed to administer the new category - it consisted of a National Administrator, Secretary, Treasurer and a representative from each state.
Saloon Cars Round 2
Mallala Motorsport Park
Saloon Cars Round 1
Sydney Motorsport Park
The Technical Regulations were drafted and submitted to the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) for approval, once they were approved test vehicles were constructed and tested. The regulations adopted many strictly controlled components including a brake and suspension package, wheels, tyres, computer (ECU), camshaft etc.
It took over eighteen months of research, testing and advice from people that had been involved in Production Car Racing in the early 90's to finalise the regulations and to ensure that the parity between the Commodore V6 and the In-line OHC Falcon was even.
A sponsorship proposal outlining the Saloon Car concept was presented to Mullins Wheels in 1999. Mullins could see the potential that the category offered and agreed to be naming rights sponsors (CSA Alloy Wheels), this agreement was signed off before a Saloon Car had actually fired a shot in anger! Corporate support has also come from Supaloc – Steel Building Systems, Pedders Suspension, Cebco Brakes and Bridgestone Tyres.
Saloon Cars are basically very simple. The vehicles are six cylinder production based model VT Commodore and AU Falcon sedans, slightly modified for competition, safety and reliability. The category is a full-on traditional battle between Holden and Ford that offers competitors high-speed thrills at a relatively low cost, and of course entertainment for the spectators.
Saloon Car racing has brought to Australian Motor Sport something that has been needed for a long time; close, high-speed competition at a realistic cost. Saloon Cars are viewed as a vital step in Australian Touring Car racing.
2007: Bruce Heinrich
2008: Steve Kwiatkowski
2009: Shawn Jamieson
2010: Tim Rowse
2011: Matt Lovell
2012: Simon Tabinor
Rnd#2 - Mallala, 19th-21st April
Rnd#3 - Winton, 21st-23rd June
Rnd#4 - Queensland Raceway, 2nd-4th August
Rnd#5 - Phillip Island, 19th-21st September
Rnd#6 - Sandown, 15th-17th November
Next Round: Winton 21-23 June
Saloon Cars 2012 Round 6
Saloon Cars 2012 Round 5
Saloon Cars 2012 Round 4
Saloon Cars 2012 Round 3
Saloon Cars 2012 Round 2
Saloon Cars 2012 Round 1