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Apr 18, 2013


A REVITALISED and exciting 2013 Australian Manufacturers Championship is in store for fans of production-based racing as the series closes on the final month before the season opener.

The Great Southern Four-hour race at Phillip Island will start the 2013 AMChamps year with a bang – and a bumper field could take the starter, too.

AMChamps organisers have received more than twenty entry forms ahead of the May 24-26 event at the iconic Victorian circuit – all committed to the full five-round endurance based schedule.

As well as the Great Southern Four Hour, the 2013 calendar includes three-hour races at Sydney Motorsport Park and Sandown, respectively, plus two, 200-km races at the Queensland Raceway and Wakefield Park rounds.

All five rounds will be held in conjunction with the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals.

Amongst the grid this year includes one of the best ever mixes between four-wheel-drive turbo and rear-wheel-drive high performance cars.

Dominant Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X entries have been received from the likes of Eastern Creek Karting Racing (Garry Holt) and the CXC Global team that will be headed up by Dylan Thomas.

The two were amongst the leading competitors in last year’s series.

Sydney racer Bob Pearson is another likely starter with at least one car, if not more, as the season progresses.

Fans of Aussie metal will be well catered for with Robinson Racing Developments entering multiple V8-powered Fords whilst BMWs will likely content for the title in the hands of Beric Lynton (1M) and the Sherrin family (135i).

Lynton’s brand-new 1M made a stunning debut last year that included a win in the Sandown season finale’ – and will likely be joined by a Donut King sponsored example driven by Tony Alford.

Following its debut in the NSW Production Touring Car Series recently, a high profile addition to the field will be the Pedders Racing Toyota 86 – the first racing version of the road-going sports car that has dominated the industry press throughout the last twelve months.

Colin Osborne’s well-presented Mazda 3 MPS squad will return, as will the GWS Motorsport BMW team (running up to three cars including their 335i turbo and venerable 130i entries), Mark Eddy’s Honda Integra and Richard Gartner’s Renault Clio.

New cars on the initial entry list include Adam Dodd’s Mazda 6 MPS, whilst Conroy Motorsport looks likely to make a welcome return with their Honda Integra.

The AMChamps will also likely add new metal later in the year with a Mazda RX-8 and more BMWs presently under construction.

The series will run for the first time on control Hankook tyres this season, the company joining the AMChamps in the off-season as the first ‘control’ tyre supplier in the series history.