Oct 16, 2013
ENDURANCE SEASON TO CONTINUE AT WAKEFIELD PARK
THE AUSTRALIAN MOTORSPORT ‘Season of Endurance’ will continue this weekend when the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals travel to Wakefield Park Raceway, near Goulburn.
Tickets are available at the gate for $15 (Saturday) $25 (Sunday) or $35 for a weekend pass. Sunday’s action will be streamed on the internet live and free via the Shannons Nationals website.
It will be a critical round for the production-based Australian Manufacturers Championship as the championship enters its final phase with key BMW runners hitting their strides against the dominant Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution competitors.
Several new BMW entries will make their AMChamps debut this weekend amongst a competitive 21-car grid that also features entries from Mitsubishi, Renault, Mazda, Honda, HSV, Toyota and MINI.
The round will be notable for the racing return to Wakefield Park of one of the circuit’s creators, Garry Holt - who has not competed at the track for more than four years.
The Sydney driver was part of the initial consortium who founded the circuit and was responsible for planning the circuit’s challenging and tight 10-turn layout.
Second in the AMChamps points standings heading into the weekend, Holt has also elected for a co-driver change this weekend with former open-wheel ace Nathan Morcom set to help steer the Eastern Creek Karts Lancer in the twin endurance races this weekend.
Morcom, a race winner at Bathurst in Formula 3 open wheelers earlier this year, replaces outgoing co-driver Ryan McLeod who will focus on other businesses for the remainder of the year.
Holt will need to keep his eyes peeled for an attacking horde of BMWs this weekend with the rear-wheel-drive rockets expected to perform well on the twisty Wakefield layout.
The German brigade has also increased in numbers with two brand-new cars making their debut this weekend, one of them a second 135i entered by the Sherrin Racing outfit.
Brothers Iain and Grant Sherrin have combined in their single 135i entry so far this season but for the first time will race separate – identical – cars at this weekend’s event, doubling their already strong chances for an outright victory.
Well known BMW racer Luke Searle will make his return to the track this weekend, driving a brand new BMW M135. Barry Graham will co-drive alongside the former Super Touring frontrunner in the brand-new Roadchill express racer – a slightly similar specification entry to the Sherrin brothers’ 135i entries.
Also in the BMW attack will be the pair of BMW 1M entries run by Beric Lynton’s Alphera Finance team – Lynton’s own Bruce Lynton BMW entry and the bright pink Donut King Racing car to be driven by Tony Alford.
GWS personnel entries from Peter O’Donnell (BMW 335i) and brothers Scott and Michael Gore (BMW 130i) take to seven the number of the Munich Marque in the field.
The BMWs take a massive numerical advantage over the Mitsubishi brigade this weekend with regular race contender Dylan Thomas (CXC Global Racing) and series newcomer Shane Marshall the other representatives of the three-diamond attack this weekend.
Other notable entries looking for success include the Class C Mazda 3 MPS of Queenslander Jake Camilleri, Sydney driver Jake Williams in a Honda Integra Type R and the Wakefield AMChamps debut of the Pedders Racing Toyota 86, to be driven by Grant Phillips and Andrew Turpie.
The first Renault Megane RS2 to compete in national motorsport in Australia will also make its debut this weekend, to be driven by GT Champion Mark Eddy and Francois Jouy.
Round eight of the Shannons Nationals also includes the season finale’ of the one-make Radical Australia Cup series, with the V8-powered SR8s seeking an outright track record at Wakefield on their first visit to the circuit.
Meanwhile, a close battle in the four-cylinder SR3 battle is ongoing between class leader Simon Haggarty and Liam Talbot, the pair split by just 29 points ahead of the finale’.
The Australian Suzuki Swift Racing Series will tackle a series of sprint races in their penultimate round of the year.
Making up a bumper program, the NSW Formula Ford Championship, NSW Production Touring Cars and NSW HQ Holden Series will join the Shannons Nationals this weekend, with more than 100 cars set to compete across six classes.
A full AMChamps entry list can be downloaded here.