May 29, 2013
SETON: AMCHAMPS LOOKING GOOD IN 2013
A COMPETITIVE fight for the 2013 Australian Manufacturers Championship awaits fans of Production Car style racing – at least, that’s the word from the duo who won the Great Southern Four hour at Phillip Island last weekend.
Pro Duct Motorsport’s dynamic duo of Bob Pearson and Glenn Seton won the inaugural four-hour enduro event at the weekend, driving a Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X RS.
The race was held within round three of the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals at the stunning Victorian circuit.
The pair completed 119 laps (just over 530km) in the time allocated, finishing one lap ahead of the Sherrin Rentals BMW 135i driven by brothers, Iain and Grant Sherrin.
Mazda 3 MPS racers Jake Camilleri and Scott Nicholas combined to bring their Grand Prix Mazda sponsored entry home third, ahead of several more fancied outright runners who were challenged by the high-speed 4.46km circuit.
Three different classes were represented on the outright podium, driving cars featuring three different driveline configurations; the four-wheel-drive, four cylinder turbo Mitsubishi leading home the six-cylinder rear-drive BMW and the four-pot, front-drive Mazda.
Seton, a two-time Australian Touring Car / V8 Supercars champion, said the Pro Duct team’s winning margin belied the true competitiveness of a race that came down to the final 45 minutes before looking like being decided.
“It wasn’t until Iain and grant had that last stop we didn’t know what their strategy was and if they had to stop again,” Seton said.
“When I got back in the car I pushed as hard as I could to see if we could make up that gap that we were behind, but once they pitted – and I don’t think it was a great stop – and the showers came in the end it really helped us. Thanks to Bob for giving me the opportunity to come and drive a great car.”
The four-hour proved a test for competitors and also for the series new Control tyre partner, Hankook.
Seton says the new rubber and the variety at the front of the field bodes well for the competitive future of Production Car racing in Australia.
“The car was certainly one of the best on tyres today and there was a hell of a lot of cars that had some issues, but there was nothing wrong with the tyres – they were fantastic on our car and it was all in setup,” he explained.
“It’s great for the series to see it have a control tyre and to see the differences between 1-2-3 in the race, with three different classes cars and 3 different layouts, with one four wheel drive, one rear wheel drive and one front wheel drive.
“It’s a great combination for the series.”
Team owner / driver Bob Pearson says he was lured back to the national Production Car scene thanks to the new outlook that is driving the AMChamps forward this year.
“We used to run (Nationally) in the PROCAR days, but the politics were just all too much,” Pearson said at Phillip Island.
“Now it’s all completely changed and we thought we’d come and have a try to see if we would like it.
“We were well prepared and our boys did a fantastic job this weekend.”
Round two of the Australian Manufacturers Championship will be held in conjunction with round five of the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals, at Sydney Motorsport Park, this July.