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Oct 14, 2014

NATIONALS FINALS SEASON COMMENCES AT WAKEFIELD

THE SHANNONS Australian Motor Racing Nationals will stage their own three-week finals series this year, commencing this week at Wakefield Park Raceway in Goulburn.

The two final rounds of nine this season will be held across a three-week stretch and will see a majority of every major national-level racing category on the Nationals program conclude their seasons in style, all in the space of three weeks.

Following the visit to Wakefield Park, the series heads to Sydney Motorsport Park in the first weekend of November to conclude the season.

This weekend will see the Australian Manufacturers Championship (AMChamp), Australian Sports Racer Series and Dial Before You Dig Australian Super 6 Touring Car series conclude their respective seasons, while others get down to the business end of theirs.

The Kumho V8 Touring cars will make their return to Wakefield Par for the first time in years for the penultimate round of this year’s series while Australian Formula Ford launches into the second half of their season, which still has three rounds to go.

The AMChamp series still has four of the five major classes to be decided including the outright points battle that a majority of the leading drivers covert.

To be decided amongst key Class A (4WD High Performance) and Class B (2WD High Performance) rivals, the outright title is likely to be decided in the favour of whoever wins this weekend.

“The season has been a challenge, which is what you expect in motorsport,” said Alphera Financial Services BMW 1M driver Beric Lynton.

The Queensland BMW dealer has lead the rear-drive charge against his four-wheel-drive rivals in the ongoing EVO-versus- M car rivalry.

“Class A is a championship within the championship really. I think every Class A, and to a point the Class B cars are chasing the overall title, which if won, would result in a class championship as well.

“Stuart (Kostera) and Garry (Holt) are close enough to win the Class A fight too and with the track being tight it will suit them more than us – we will be fighting hard for the best result possible and to finish both races on the podium at least.

“The Evos will be hard to beat at Wakefield, but we will push them as hard as we can.”

Meanwhile, the Australian Sports Racer series will go down to the wire with the conclusion of an epic championship-long battle between the two fastest drivers of the year.

Sydneysider Adam Proctor and Adelaide driver Roger I’Anson have each won two rounds this year with I’Anson leading Proctor by one solitary point ahead of three races at Wakefield Park this weekend.

While I’Anson leads, the defending champion is on the attack heading into the final round after several massive battles between the pair this year.

“It is great to go to the last round with the points so close, I love a good fight, it really motivates me to go that bit harder,” Stohr-driving Adam Proctor said.

“As far as the championship goes it is much easier to be the chaser rather than the one being chased, and since Winton’s round my attitude has been that I have nothing to lose, that winning is my only option, and that will still be my approach this weekend.

“It has been great to race against Roger this year, he and his dad  do a fantastic job as a privately run team and he is very talented on the track - we have raced wheel-to-wheel without touching, so I definitely respect him as a driver.

Meanwhile, a 19-car Australian Formula Ford series field will head to Wakefield this weekend for the first national round at the circuit since 2008.

James Golding (Spectrum) leads the standings by 20 points over Queenslander Jordan Lloyd (Mygale) and Hamish Hardeman (Mygale) ahead of what could be a critical round in the series context.

Tomas Randle (4th) is fresh from winning the most recent round of the Kerrick Sports Sedan series and Sonic Motor Racing driver Nick Rowe (5th) are also expected to be contenders this weekend.

Victorian Holden Commodore drivers Gavin Ross and Travis Lindorff will battle for the Dial Before You Dig Australian Super 6 Touring car series, for six-cylinder Falcon and Commodores.

The pair are split by 33 points heading into the finale’ this weekend but will have to deal with a bumper 22-car field in the process.

Ben Grice switches from Ford to Holden for the final round while former class race winner and V8 ace Tony Evangelou makes a comeback in the car Grice has driven to this point in the season.

Ryan Simpson (Ford Falcon) leads Commodore rival Justin Ruggier by just three points ahead of the penultimate round of the Kumho V8 Touring Cars series following an incredibly dramatic round at Phillip Island in November.

Simpson failed to start the final race while Ruggier won, closing the points gap down to its closest margin all season.

Private practice commences on Friday, October 17 ahead of qualifying and racing on Saturday, October 18.

Race day on Sunday (October 19) will be streamed live on the internet via the free internet streaming service, Nationals TV, at www.thenationals.com.au

Tickets can be purchased at the gate.