Aug 6, 2012
STRONG AMC FIELD SET FOR FIGHT IN THE NIGHT
The Hydraulink 400 ‘Fight in the Night’ Production Car enduro at Queensland Raceway’s Shannons Nationals presented by Hi-Tec Oils round is shaping up as a thriller, with a highly competitive 21-car field entered for the two, 200km races this weekend.
Six of the outright-contending four-wheel-drive turbo cars and several powerful rear-wheel drive entrants make it one of the most open grids of the season – between eight to ten cars shaping as potential outright contenders.
Round six of the 2012 Shannons Nationals features eight categories and a full program, however it is the twin AMC races that are set to be the highlight of the weekend.
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In what is sure to be a stunning sight, the cars will race into the night with glowing brake disks and exhaust flames from lighting the darkness at the 3.1km Ipswich circuit.
The first race kicks off in total darkness just after 6pm on Saturday evening and will progress into the night, with race two on Sunday starting at 16:30pm and running into the twilight.
Temporary lighting will be set up to light the track for the first time at a Shannons Nationals round.
Key contenders include a fleet of Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X four-wheel-drive Turbo rockets, including two-time and defending champions TMR Australia with Stuart Kostera and Inky Tulloch behind the wheel.
Twice-AMC champion Garry Holt teams with Queensland’s Ryan McLeod in his brand new car and is fresh from winning the most recent round at Phillip Island; whilst the similar EVO Lancers of VIP Petfoods combo Tony and Klark Quinn and the super quick Ryan Simpson – who will team with Kumho V8 series ace Jim Pollicina – can also classify themselves as favourites.
Father and son team of Dylan and David Thomas have also shown great form in their limited outings this season in their EVO 9 Mitsubishi.
Meanwhile the ever-present BMW 335i Turbo of GWS Motorsport will be driven by Peter O’Donnell and Garth Duffy and will seek to use their fuel economy advantage of the turbo four-wheel-drive cars to their advantage across the races.
Gold-Coast team Wilson Brothers Racing returns with Cam Wilson and David Wood behind the wheel of a Subaru STi and should be strong contenders, whilst others to watch include Queensland team Grand Prix Mazda; current class B champion Jake Camilleri, from Brisbane, in his Mazda 3 MPS again set to challenge for a big result.
Meanwhile, Brisbane car dealer and noted racer Beric Lynton will make the global racing debut of the BMW 1M after completing a massive build program.
Lynton tested the car recently and whilst it is in the earliest phase of development, reportedly looks potent enough to eventually - and consistently - challenge the outright-contending Mitsubishi’s; this weekends’ racing an important ‘first step’ towards that goal.
Lynton is one of a multitude of local drivers entered, the Sherrin family also well represented with their two-car team.
Grant and Iain Sherrin will combine in the team 135i, whilst Michael Sherrin will drive with David Ayres in a Mini Cooper S.
There’s also the usual mix of Mazda’s, Toyota’s, Holdens and Fords - plus the battle of the baby class cars, as 18-year old Melburnian Maddison Gray (driving a Toyota Echo) takes on the Pedders Bendigo Proton team in Class E.
Action gets underway this Friday at Queensland Raceway with official practice, ahead of qualifying and the first races on the Shannons Nationals presented by Hi-Tec Oils program scheduled for Saturday.