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Aug 11, 2012

COLIN OSBORNE TO TICK OFF 400

Former Confederation Of Australian Motorsport President and ardent Production Car racer Colin Osborne will have his four hundredth race state at national level at Queensland Raceway this weekend.

He will achieve the milestone when lining up on the grid for the first of two Hydralink “THE FIGHT IN THE NIGHT” races for the fourth round of the Australian Manufacturers Championship, part of round six of the Shannons Nationals.

In that statistic he has won three Australian Production Car Championships, half a dozen class championship while his team has collected ten wins. He has raced in eight 12 Hour endurance races and two 24 hour races. He initially started in Toyotas, racing MR2, Celicas and Corollas before switching to the Mazda 3 MPS.

His entire 23 years of racing has been exclusively in Production Cars.

“I have been asked to try other types of cars, but Production Cars are affordable, and logically the only viable category for someone who is not a fulltime race driver,” he said, having not held down a regular job but also being CAMS President from 2000-2008.

Of those starts what stands out the most?

“Probably the endures – the 2003 Bathurst 24 Hour in particular where Neal Bates and I were outright first of all the Production Car classes – and that included several V8s,” he confirmed. “We covered the equivalent of driving from Melbourne to Cap York.”

Finally would he get to 500 starts?

“I don’t know. My next goal is to make 2014 which will be my 25th year in the sport,” he said. “It takes a long time to get to 400 because we don’t have the number of races that other categories have in a year – like the V8 Supercars for instance, so 500 is still a way off.”

All that action from the fourth round of the Australian Manufacturers Championship can be seen on Speedweek, screening at a time to be advised on both SBS and Speed TV on Fox. There will be updates on Facebook and Twitter (@2011_AMC) across the weekend.