Aug 9, 2012
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SEVERAL stunning brand-new racing cars will make their debut at this weekend’s sixth round of the Shannons Nationals presented by Hi-Tec Oils, at Queensland Raceway.
The headlining Hydraulink 400 ‘Fight in the Night’ for Production cars will feature what is thought to be the global racing debut for BMW’s 1 Series M coupe.
Gold Coast BMW dealer and noted racer Beric Lynton purchased the car from BMW after was crashed on a media road test when the model was introduced into Australia. Though too badly damaged to be repaired for the road, Lynton turned the car into a racer – one he thinks can ultimately challenge the class-leading EVO Lancers from Mitsubishi.
Well-known F1 engineer Ralph Bellamy assisted in the design of the car, which features rear-wheel drive and a 250kw BMW straight six engine.
“When this model became available we wanted to get one – being a BMW dealer – but they were all sold out,” Lynton said.
“I really don’t know of another 1 Series M being built around the world as a race car. Our shakedown test went well, aside from a few little issues that we think we have fixed. This weekend will be a big learning curve with the car and us.”
Meanwhile, another stunning new car will join the ever-increasing ranks of the Kerrick Sports Sedan series this weekend.
Kerry Baily’s stunning new Aston Martin stole the limelight earlier this year however this weekend it will be the turn of long-time competitor Phil Crompton to get some time in the Queensland sun.
His recently-completed Ford Mustang – built to Trans-Am specifications – will compete for the first time this weekend after a lengthy build program.
The bright orange car will turn heads when it takes to the circuit for the first time, Crompton having shaken the car down recently at Morgan Park ahead of this weekend’s competitive debut.
“We haven’t taken any shortcuts on anything – it’s been a big build,” Crompton said.
“The way it rolls out of the shed will be the way it stays, aside from suspension settings. It should be reliable and hopefully fast enough to stay within sight of the mob up front.”
Crompton joins a 16-strong Kerrick series entry nominated for this weekend, the new smooth Queensland raceway surface set to produce stunning lap times.
Sports Sedan lap records have already fallen at Phillip Island and Sydney Motorsport Park this season and with the series not having visited the 3.1km circuit since 2006, should fall again this weekend.
The Radical Australia Cup makes their first trip to Queensland Raceway, for the fifth round of an increasingly competitive national tour.
Neal Muston – who has won three of the four rounds held so far – sits second in the standings ahead of the round however the absence this weekend of points leader Glyn Edis will help his cause for a claim at the championship,
Meanwhile, last year’s winner Ed Singleton has announced a brand new partnership with Finance Ezi for this round, and the remainder of the year.
Singleton’s Radical SR3 Cup Car will sport a similar livery to the two BF Falcons running in the Kumho V8 Touring Car Series, run by Josh Hunter and Maurice Pickering.
The Radical Australia Cup cars tackle a 50-minute race with compulsory pit stop on Sunday.
In other news, Kennard’s Hire will sponsor the Australian Manufacturers Championship Hydraulink 400 ‘Fight in the Night’, the service and plant hire company providing the lighting towers that will light the night for the two, 200-km races to be held across the weekend.
Sunday’s action will be streamed live via the Shannons Nationals website and our steaming partner, ITV Live.com.au.
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