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Oct 22, 2013

HOLT/MORCOM REPEAT

SUNDAY OCTOBER 20 was a repeat win for the Eastern Creek Karting Mitsubishi Evo X of Garry Holt and Nathan Morcom.

They won race two of the fourth round of the Australian Manufacturers Championship for Production Cars at Wakefield Park.

In similar circumstances to Saturday's first 200 kilometre race, Holt set the early pace, handing over to Morcom for the young co-driver to bring it home a winner – and seeing off the challengers that came in the second half of the race.

"We put Nathan in the car when Ryan McLeod was not available due to business commitments. Ryan is still very much part of the team and has been on the phone all weekend, helping us with setup and getting the best out of the car," Holt explained.

Second and on the lead lap, as well as runner up in Extreme Performance Class A, was Beric Lynton, despite dramas at the start. His Alphera Financial Services BMW 1M took it spot on the grid with the rear bumper on fire. It was soon doused but Lynton had to pit to satisfy category technical officials that the car was safe to race. "I had no idea what was going on, and wondered why the fire truck pulled up alongside me," he said.

One lap down was the new Class B High Performance Roadchill Express BMW M135 of Luke Searle which was right in the mix until a second, unscheduled pitstop to attend a puncture. On the same lap was another new AMC entrant, the Melbourne Performance Centre Evo X of father and son duo, Robert and Shane Marshall. Bad luck continued to dog the CXC Global Evo of Dylan Thomas. It started back of field, made it to second and was closing on the race leader when sidelined with front end issues.

First of the Performance Touring Class C cars was the new Network Clothing Renault Megane of Mark Eddy and Francois Jouy, coming back after a race one DNF and securing fifth outright as class rivals and leaders Scott and Mike Gore had to take a penalty drive-through pit stop after their scheduled stop.

With sixth, they finished 10.1 seconds in arrears and only 8.8 seconds in front of the winner of Production Touring Class D, Jake Williams. His Hankook Honda Integra won out in its battle with the Pedders Suspension Toyota 86 GT of Grant Phillips and Andrew Turpie with the Integra of Anthony Robson and Peter Conroy third in class and ninth outright.

Tenth went to the Adam Dodd/Mark Bell West End Mazda 6 MPS which came in earlier than expected to check the left front wheel. Rounding out the finishers was the Compact Touring Hankook Mazda Astina of Keven Herben.

The Grand Prix Mazda 3 MPS was the early leader of Class C and third on the road, when it was forced out with steering damage while the GWS Personnel BMW 335i of Peter O'Donnell/Garry Mennell pitted early to attend a loose turbo fitting before blowing the turbo 17 laps later.

Tony Alford's Donut Kings BMW 1M failed to start after blowing its turbo in race one, and the MidWest Multimedia Mini Cooper S of Trevor Keene/Kean Booker was also a no-show after overheating issues.

All that action 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 (www.facebood.com/amchamps) and the website (www.amchamp.com.au) across the weekend.

AM CHAMPS ROUND FOUR RACE TWO

1 Garry Holt/Nathan Morcom Mitsubishi Evo 10 1hr42mins11.0072
2 Beric Lynton BMW 1M 1hr42mins21.0139
3 Luke Searle BMW M135i 88 laps
4 Robert Marshall/Shane Marshall Mitsubishi Evo 10 88 laps
5 Mark Eddy/Francois Jouy Renault Megane RS265 85 laps
6 Scott Gore/Mike Gore BMW 130i 85 laps
7 Jake Williams Honda Integra R 85 laps
8 Grant Phillips/Andrew Turpie Toyota 86 GTS 85 laps
9 Anthony Robson/Peter Conroy Honda Integra 84 laps
10 Adam Dodd/Mark Bell Mazda 6 MPS 80 laps
11 Kevin Herben Mazda 323 Astra 80 laps
DNF Dylan Thomas Mitsubishi Evo 10 73 laps
DNF Peter O'Donnell/Garry Mennell BMW 335i 18 laps
DNF Jake Camilleri Mazda 3 MPS 16 laps
DNS Tony Alford BMW 1M 0 laps
DNS Trevor Keene/Kean Booker Mini Cooper S 0 laps

Class A – Extreme Performance
1 Garry Holt/Nathan Morcom Mitsubishi Evo 10

Class B – High Performance
1 Luke Searle BMW M135i

Class C – Performance Touring
1 Mark Eddy/Francois Jouy Renault Megane RS265

Class D – Production Touring
1 Jake Williams Honda Integra

Class E – Compact Touring
1 Kevin Herben Mazda 323 Astra

2013 AUSTRALIAN MANUFACTURERS CHAMPIONSHIP CALENDAR
Round 1 May 25-26 Phillip Island, Vic
Round 2 July 12-13 Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW
Round 3 August 3-4 Queensland Raceway, Qld
Round 4 October 19-20 Wakefield Park, Qld
Round 5 November 16-17 Sandown, Vic

POINTS AFTER ROUND FOUR (provisional)
Outright: Garry Holt 347, Ryan McLeod 227, Glenn Seton 190, Michael Benton 180, Geoff Russell 180, Beric Lynton 174, Grant Sherrin 154, Mark Eddy 153, Iain Sherrin 150, Francois Jouy 147, Peter O'Donnell 144, Scott Gore 141, Michael Gore 141, Adam Dodd 126, Mark Bell 126, Bob Pearson 120, Nathan Morcom 120, Jake Williams 117, John Bowe 116, Jake Camilleri 110, Andrew Turpie 107, Grant Phillips 105, Robert Marshall 75, Shane Marshall 75, Luke Searle 74, Scott Nicholas 72, Brendan Stone 72, Tony Alford 63, Tim Leahey 60, Sarah Harley 56, Jeremy Gray 39, Brent Edwards 39, Colin Osborne 36, Hadrian Morrall 36, Terry Conroy 30, Gary Mennell 30, Michael Gray 24, Kevin Herben 23, Dylan Thomas 18, Ryan Simpson 18, Pieter Faulkner 18, Jason Hore 18, Chris Brown 15, Greg Jenkings 15, Anthony Robson 15, Peter Conroy 15.

Class A: Holt 347, Lynton 246, McLeod 227, Seton 214, Morcom 120, Pearson 120, Leahey 90, R.Marshall 81, S.Marshall 81, Alford 72, Thomas 72, Simpson 72.
Class B: Benton 297, Russell 297, G.Sherrin 229, I.Sherrin 225, O'Donnell 225, Bowe 182, Searle 122, Gray 72, Edwards 72, Mennell 45.
Class C: Dodd 354, Bell 354, S.Gore 300, M.Gore 300, Camilleri 188, Nicholas 120, Osborne 90, Morrall 90, Eddy 60, Jouy 60.
Class D: Eddy 321, Jouy 315, Turpie 269, Phillips 267, Williams 240, Stone 120, Harley 90, Gray 90, Robson 36, P.Conroy 36.
Class E: Sarah Harley 122, Kevin Herben 122, T.Conroy 120.
Class I: Faulkner 60, Hore 60, Brown 45, Jenkings 45.

Manufacturers: BMW 893, Mazda 753, Mitsubishi 708, Honda 663, Ford 369, Toyota 267, Renault 60.