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Jul 15, 2014

FIRST 2014 CHAMPIONS CROWNED IN SYDNEY

THE FIRST CHAMPIONS of the 2014 Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals season were crowned at Sydney Motorsport Park at the weekend.

The Australian 4 Hour enduro held at the Sydney circuit marked the conclusion of the Australian Manufacturers Endurance Championship – a ‘series within a series’ made up of the Sydney event plus the Great Southern 4 Hour at Phillip Island and the season-opening Sandown 3 Hour classic.

Beric Lynton (Class A), Grant Sherrin (Class B), Jake Camilleri (Class C) and Like King (Class D) were each awarded their respective class titles.

The Championship awards the drivers who accumulate the most points across the opening three rounds of the season within their respective classes.

BMW 1M driver Beric Lynton was surprised to receive the Class A title following a sometimes challenging start to his AMChamp season.

“It is a matter of bad luck for the other guys, they have had issues and we had issues at Sandown too so I was a bit surprised to win this,” He said.

“We push the limits of the cars and sometimes we bring on these issues we have and we fought some gremlins today, but we brought it home in second and got the trophy for the endurance championship so this is a credit to all of our team just like all of (the other racers), they work hard - so thanks to them for that.”

Jake Camilleri clinched the Class C Enduro title in his Mazda 3 MPS thanks in part to a strong run to fifth outright at Sydney Motorsport Park last weekend.

After two challenging opening rounds, Camilleri and Scott Nicholas showed the 'Giant Killing' performance that the Grand Prix Mazda team has shown on regular occasions once again.

After a season-long inter-team battle with his Conroy Motorsport teammates, Luke King clinched the Class D Endurance title in a battle that quite literally went to the final laps of Sunday’s four-hour enduro.

A series of challenges for both of the team Hondas saw each lead their respective class within the final hour before King and co-driver Keven Herben were able to bring their car home and grab the class victory.

The points scored allowed King to score the Class Endurance title in the process.

“It has been a great year, have to thank Kevin for the opportunity to let me race with him this year and thanks to the Conroy Motorsport team for preparing a great car,” King said

“I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Kevin helping me out, trying to push my career on and this is great, to be endurance champion.”

Co-driving brothers Grant and Iain Sherrin now lead the outright Australian Manufacturers Championship ahead of the final two rounds, the pair pleased to be taking it to the Class A vehicles in their Sherrin Rentals BMW 135i.

“We wanted to come here and get the endurance championship for Grant and also get in front to be the leaders of the championship - that was a big priority as there was a big opportunity to do that,” Iain Sherrin said.

“To be winning the outright championship as a Class B car and then for Grant to pick up the endurance cup is just awesome.”

The final two rounds of the AMChamp year will be made up of shorter, 200km races that after the rigours of the first three rounds, will feel like sprints for a majority of the AMChamp field.

Queensland Raceway in Ipswich will host the next round in early August with the annual ‘Fight in the Night’ returning on Saturday evening ahead of a further 200km race on Sunday afternoon.

The final round of the championship will be held at Wakefield Park in October.