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Aug 9, 2014


The annual Shannons Nationals ‘Fight in the Night’ for the Australian Manufacturers Championship has lived up to its billing, with a wild night at Queensland Raceway.

Garry Holt and Stuart Kostera edged out impressive rookie Aaron Seton after a late-race battle between the pair of Mitsubishi Lancer Evolutions on a cool and crisp evening at the 3.1km circuit near Ipswich, taking both the outright and Class A win.

The race was an often confusing affair with several lengthy Safety Car periods and even a brief race suspension to re-order a jumbled field all featuring throughout – however there was nothing to stop the Eastern Creek Karts crew from grabbing a second ‘Fight in the Night’ win.

Once the field was sorted the leading pair battled for several laps before Kostera pulled away in the #20 Eastern Creek Karts Evo to grab the win from the young Seton and the #33 Pro Duct Evo.

Matt Cherry finished third outright in a brand new Kintyre Racing Audi TT RS and local car dealer Jake Camilleri posted a giant-killing performance to finish fourth outright and first in Class C in his Grand Prix Mazda supported Mazda 3 MPS.

Father-Son combination Rob and Shane Marshall rounded out the top five in the Melbourne Performance Centre Evo, one lap behind the winners at the end of a dramatic 200km race.

The Class B victory went to the brothers Sherrin, with Iain bringing home the #18 Sherrin BMW despite a failing turbo in the final 15 laps amongst a race of attrition for their Class B counterparts, while Class D was taken out by an ecstatic Andrew Turpie and Grant Phillips in the Pedders Toytoa 86 after an intense battle with class compatriot Kevin Herben and the Kandi Warehousing Honda Integra.

A second and hopefully less confusing 200km race will conclude the fourth round of the AMChamp series tomorrow.