Walton Wins on Saloon Car Return
15/08/2010 at 8:00AM

 
Round five of the Australian Saloon Car Series is shaping up to be a repeat of last year’s event at Morgan Park after Queensland Kris Walton won race one at the Warwick circuit here today.

After winning the abbreviated first round at Bathurst in February this year, he declared that he would not be pursuing the series fulltime, opting to just take in the local round only after the New South Wales foray.

It was similar to his series scenario in 2009 and a comparable result for the Talbrace Ford Falcon AU driver could occur this time around.

Walton trailed defending champion Shawn Jamieson in his Morphet Vale Garages Holden Commodore VT in the early part of the opening ten lap race before gaining a tentative chance to show the way.

Jamieson fought back to regain the lead briefly before Walton again forged to the front. The fight then went out of the race when Jamieson broke the gear lever and was force out of the race.

Behind the duo there was a grand stoush between series leader Victorian Tim Rowse in the Rowse Motors Commodore, former front runner and fellow Garden State resident Simon Tabinor in his Eurostar Diesel VY and South African born now Queensland Grant Gatland in his Falcon. Ultimately Gatland won through whilst the British born Tabinor wound up fourth.

An upgrade to a AU Falcon from the previous specification EA model benefitted Lindsay Kearns for a fine fifth after a race long struggle against fellow Ford runners Nathan Garioch, David Rogers and John Van Gilst.

Peter Dane was also in that battle before a slip up on the final lap relegated him to tenth behind the series veteran Geoff Brown who improved nine places from qualifying 18th.
 
 
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