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Jul 24, 2013

V8 SWITCH FOR BMW AMCHAMPS RACER

THE GWS PERSONNEL team will put their Australian Manufacturers Championship campaign on hold following a weekend fraught with dramas in the second round, a three hour race, at Sydney Motorsport Park recently.

The Class A High Performance BMW 335i will be overhauled top to bottom in a bid to secure the lost reliability.

In the meantime, company principle and team boss Peter O’Donnell will go to Queensland Raceway and try his hand racing a former V8 Supercar in the Kumho Tyres V8 Touring Car Series at the Shannons Motor Racing Championship Nationals meeting on August 2-4.

“We had ABS issues going into the AM Champs round at SMP which continued throughout the race as well as ongoing turbo boost issues,” O’Donnell said. “It made driving the car competitively very difficult and it is something we have to get on top of before continuing in the production car series.”

Despite all the issues, O’Donnell and co-driver John Bowe finished sixth outright and third in class. “JB drove fantastically. He was lapping quicker and catching the two cars ahead of us – we were just 13.8 seconds away from fourth and lapping four seconds a lap faster,” O’Donnell added.

With the BMW sidelined, O’Donnell has accepted an invitation from Ontrack Motorsport to race the Ford Falcon AU previously raced in the series by Chris Delfsma who has since moved to a newer model. “I have always hankered to give one of those V8s a go and this is a good as time as any to jump into one,” he continued. “I have no illusions about where I will be in that field and will be happy to just get some trouble-free laps in.”

The team’s other production car, the GWS Personnel BMW 130i, raced by brothers Scott and Mike Gore, was set for a Class C victory at the SMP second round but blew its first-ever engine. It has had an engine replacement and will be racing again at QR, in round three of the Australian Manufacturers Championship.