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Nov 21, 2013

HOLT CAPS AMCHAMPS TITLE WITH SANDOWN WIN

A title winning season for Garry Holt in the Australian Manufacturers’ Championship ended in fine style as co-driver Nathan Morcom swept to victory in the Sandown finale.

The 3 hour race was a battle in three between the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo Xs of Holt/Morcom, Rob Marshall/Shane Marshall and Dylan Thomas/Stuart Kostera.

The trio had been the only Class A cars to start the event after engine problems forced both BMW 1Ms out of the weekend on Friday.

The father and son Marshall team appeared in the box seat for the win until a Safety Car at the start of the final hour erased their lead.

Morcom soon took the top position after the restart, eventually pulling away to win by 20 seconds.

Holt had needed just one point from the weekend to seal the drivers’ title, with Mitsubishi having already sewn-up the Manufacturers’ honours.

Michael Benton and John Faulkner completed the outright podium in their Class B FPV GT after Kostera was forced to park his Evo with sheered wheel studs in the second hour.