Walton practice pacesetter
12/07/2008 at 10:25:20 PM:

Queenslander Kris Walton answered the first question as to whether he can get his 2008 Australian Saloon Car Series title chase back on track by being provisionally fastest for the third round at Eastern Creek Shannons Nationals.

With official qualifying yet to happen, Walton steered his Ford Falcon AU around the western Sydney circuit with a best lap of 1 minute 48.7806 seconds which was fractionally faster than his own lap record set last year.

His nearest rivals through the day were the Fords of series leader Steve Kwiatkowski from South Australia and Queenslander Scott Nicolas in first outing for the year, and the Holden Commodore VT of John Goodacre also from South Australia.

The next best throughout yesterday was round two victor Matt Lovell – another South Australian in another Falcon.

As the exciting Ford verse Holden six cylinder series reaches the halfway mark, Lovell is second in the series that is very much dominated by the blue oval with the best placed Holden being Goodacre in fifth.

Apart from Walton hoping to bridge the gap to the front running pair, Lovell is well placed to record back to back round wins. Kwiatkowski is looking to emulate his round one domination while the Holden runners are hoping to more consistent and reliable pace out of their Commodores.

One in particular is five times champion Bruce Heinrich who switched to Holden after six successful years in Fords.

2008 Supaloc Australian Saloon Car Series Entry List for Round Two
1 Bruce Heinrich (SA) Holden Commodore VT GJC Engineers Orange
5 Dan Gate (WA) Ford Falcon AU White
6 John Goodacre (SA) Holden Commodore VT GaP Solutions/Brice Aust Green/Black
7 Sam Milton (SA) Ford Falcon AU Chris Milton Engines Red
8 Ryan Dane (NSW) Holden Commodore VN Bobbin Head Garage White/Red
11 Richard Price (QLD) Holden Commodore VN Pryme Black
13 Troy Hoey (QLD) Ford Falcon AU Sunstate Gas & Plumbing Black/Silver
15 Shawn Jamieson (SA) Holden Commodore VT Morphett Vale Garage Black
17 Matt Lovell (SA) Ford Falcon AU Batteries Direct Green
20 Brendan Nichlasen (VIC) Holden Commodore VN Terry’s Diffs and Gears White/Black
27 Luke Westall (NSW) Ford Falcon AU Direct Metal Roofing White/Blue
31 Robert Lonie (SA) Holden Commodore VT Gilbert Motor Bodies Yellow
32 Brian French (NSW) Holden Commodore VT
34 Steve Kwiatkowski (SA) Ford Falcon AU Westport Cars Blue
35 Scott Nicolas (QLD) Ford Falcon AU Network Office Supplies
41 Mark Primmer (NSW) Ford Falcon AU Dial 1100 Before You Dig Red/Blue
46 Paul Pennisi (VIC) Holden Commodore VT Woodstock Black
56 Shane Smollen (NSW) Ford Falcon AU McGrath Estate Agents Red
60 Peter Dane (NSW) Ford Falcon AU Apollo Gas Blue
68 Kris Walton (QLD) Ford Falcon AU Talbrace Blue
76 Michael Seal (NSW) Ford Falcon AU Seal Automotive Blue/White
77 Kevin Weeks (SA) Holden Commodore VT Supaloc Red
82 Geoff Brown (VIC) Ford Falcon AU Davey Metal Industries Black

The Australian Saloon Car Company (TASCCO) is a foundation member of the CAMS National Racing Championship, one of the core categories (together with Production Cars, Australian Formula 3 and Commodore Cup) in partnership with CAMS that now make up the Shannons Nationals.

Initially developed to overtake the popular HQ Holden category through the CAMS’ ‘White Paper’, the Saloon Car category was conceived utilising six cylinder Ford Falcon EA to EB, and Holden Commodore VN to VP models – and orchestrated to produce close racing and inter-marque rivalry.

Ultimately later model AU Falcon and VT Commodore models have become the mainstay of the category with the older models back filling at National level as well as providing the backbone of a strong state (TASSCO Challenge) series, particularly in West Australia, Victoria and Queensland.

The first full serious year was 2002 which Bruce Heinrich won in a Ford Falcon EA. He followed that up with another win the following year before Clint Harvey won in 2004, driving a Holden Commodore VN. He then switched to a Ford but has not been able to repeat the feat to date. In fact Heinrich reclaimed his mantle as ‘king of the saloons’ by winning every year since, but faces his biggest test in 2008 with the switch to a Holden Commodore.

The popular Ford verse Holden category is supported by Supaloc Steel Building Systems, Pedders Suspension, Kumho Tyres, CSA Alloy Wheels, Cebco Brakes (kits), Crow Cams and EMS Fuel Injection.

TASSCO recommends the use of Xtreme Clutch, Xracecam, Pacemaker Headers, Prostar Products Australia, RDA Brakes (discs), EBC Brakes (pads) and Croft Fabrications.

2008 Supaloc Australian Saloon Car Series Points after Round Two

1st-Steve Kwiatkowski (Falcon AU) 185, 2nd-Matt Lovell (Falcon AU) 165, 3rd-Kris Walton (Falcon AU) 102, 4th-Peter Dane (Falcon AU) 94, 5th-Kevin Weeks (Commodore VT) 93, 6th-Troy Hoey (Falcon AU) 88, 7th-John Goodacre (Commodore VT) 82, 8th-Bruce Heinrich (Commodore VT) 73, 9th-Tim Rowse (Commodore VT) 59, 10th-Geoff Brown (Falcon AU) 46, 11th-Shawn Jamieson (Commodore VT) 43, 12th-Shane Smollen (Falcon AU) 36, 13th-Sam Milton (Falcon AU) 28, 14th-Brendan Niclasen (Commodore) 26, 15th-Michael Seal (Falcon AU) 24, 16th-Brenton Burr (Falcon AU) 21, =17th-Mark Primmer (Falcon AU) 20, =17th-Ryan Millier (Falcon EA) 20, 19th-Paul Pennisi (Commodore VT) 19, 20th-Dave Rogers (Falcon AU) 18, =21st Luke Westall (Falcon AU) 16, =21st-Rod Dawson (Falcon AU) 16, =23rd-Lindsay Merritt (Commodore VT) 12, =23rd-Nathan Callaghan (Commodore VT) 12, 25th-Clint Harvey (Falcon AU) 11, 26th-Lindsay Kearns (Falcon EA) 8, 27th-Dan Gate (Falcon AU) 6, 28th-Tony Shanks (Falcon AU) 5, 29th-Brett Niall (Falcon AU) 4.
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