Oct 14, 2014
FINALE LOOMS FOR AMCHAMP AT WAKEFIELD PARK
The Australian Manufacturers Championship will crown four victors this weekend, with its final round of 2014 to be contested at Wakefield Park across Friday 17 October to Sunday 19 October.
Champions in Class A, Class B, Class C and Class D will be awarded, with one of those racers also to hold aloft the outright AMChamp trophy for 2014 courtesy of being the driver with the biggest points haul of all entrants. Currently leading the way are Grant Sherrin (outright and Class B), Beric Lynton (Class A), Jake Camileri (Class C) and Kevin Herben (Class D).
For Sherrin 2014 has all been about consistency, with he and brother Iain Sherrin taking every Class B round victory on offer so far this year in the #18 Sherrin Rentals BMW 135i.
“We are really pleased with our season this year, especially with how our car has performed – as it was a new car at the start of the season,” said Sherrin, who thanked his dad Michael, crew member Jimmy Flanagan and brother Iain as well as sponsors Sherrin Rentals, Tyre Right, Clark Equipment and Atlas Copco for their support.
“At the start of the season our goal was to stay on the lead lap, be consistent and contest outright for the AMChamp Australian Endurance Championship cup which we ended up winning outright. The other goal was to actually win a race outright, and we have one last round to tick that box.
“We have a task on our hands, as (Garry) Holt and his team are really on a charge at the moment and the shorter races benefit them more than ourselves, and the overall field is really strong, but really it can be anyone’s race on the day, and we are confident that we can get there in the end.
“I think it is great for the category to see a Class B car leading the way – we haven’t had outright speed but we have had good fuel economy and tyre life and it just shows that it isn’t always about having the fastest cars.”
For others, it hasn’t been as smooth of a ride to the top of their class standings, with the Gold Coast’s Lynton enduring an up and down season in the #40 Alphera Financial Services BMW1M.
“The season has been a challenge, which is what you expect in motorsport. From the mechanical issues we had at Sandown which put us behind the eight ball to our big incident at the last round in Queensland when we were turned around, resulting in a very expensive accident with stable-mate Tony Alford, we have had some challenging times which have meant we have lost touch a bit with the outright standings,” said Lynton, who sends thanks to his crew, Alphera Financial Services, Bruce Lynton BMW, Bruce Lynton Bodyshop, the Shannons Nationals crew and all the track officials, marshalls and volunteers.
“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.”
Car speed and reliability has been a great feather in the cap for Queenslander Jake Camilleri with the Bridgeman Downs resident and his #36 Grand Prix Mazda sponsored Mazda 3 MPS putting in some impressive runs this season to claim all but one of the class wins on offer this year so far.
“This season has been really good, the car has been super reliable and really fast except at the Phillip Island round where we had a few little issues that we couldn’t get sorted which was extremely frustrating,” said Camilleri, who is supported on-track by Grand Prix Mazda Motorsport, Castrol, Esanda and Allianz.
“We are very happy about leading the points as our goal is to try and win outright every round, which is always going to be a very hard task being a Class C car, and we are very confident of taking out the Class C win at Wakefield Park as it is a good track for our car.
“We won’t be making any changes to our set-up for this weekend, and I will be going as fast as possible. We always just focus on trying to finish as high as possible outright, and hopefully that is first.”
Taking two round wins in what he calls a ‘dream come true’, Series funny man Herben and ‘Rhonda’ – his #14 Kandi Warehousing/Conroy Motorsports Honda Integra DC5 – are sitting pretty in Class D heading to the finale.
“This season has just been a real dream come true for me – I only ever envisaged participating, not winning, and so I am thrilled to have had some amazing results,” said Herben, who thanks Terry Conroy and Steve Kennet-Tribe for their work as “masters of the game” with Rhonda, and also Luke King “aka the Quick One” for his role as co-driver and driver coach throughout the AMChamp Australian Endurance Championship.
“Endurance racing is just incredible and to be leading the Class D title is amazing, so much can happen in just one event and we have certainly see that this year – those memories will stay with me for a very long time.
“It will be hard to top this year for fun, not only in the paddock but also on the track – the AMChamps is a great competition and production car racing really is loads of fun. This event should be a good one to end the year as part of the Shannons Nationals – they run a great show, for spectators and competitors.
“I am tentatively confident, but I am also very wary of what can happen – I think I will be a bit nervous in Saturday’s race, which will mean I might be a bit restrained behind the wheel of ‘Rhonda’.”
The final round of the 2014 AMChamp will kick off at Wakefield Park in Goulbourn, New South Wales, on Friday 17 OCtober, with two races to be held across the weekend – one on Saturday 18 October and one on Sunday 19 October. For full entry lists and event schedules, please go to www.amchamp.com.au
The Australian Manufacturers Championship, part of the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals, allows a wide-ranging list of vehicles sold in the domestic automotive market to take to the track and compete for a prestigious CAMS title.
The two-pronged Championship awards the vehicle manufacturer, as well as the ultimately successful driver, with six separate classes making up the Championship to provide one of the most eclectic fields of competitors in Australian motorsport. Featuring everything from high-performance vehicles all the way through to those running on alternative energy, the Australian Manufacturers Championship places style alongside muscle, ingenuity versus agility, and continent against continent across five national circuit racing events, with the 2015 calendar recently released:
Round One – 27-29 March – Sandown Raceway – Sandown 3 Hour Classic*
Round Two – 22-24 May – Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit – Great Southern 4 Hour*
Round Three – 7-9 August – Queensland Raceway – 2 x 200km
Round Four – 16-19 October – Wakefield Park – 2 x 200km
Round Five – 13-15 November – Sydney Motorsport Park – Australian 4 Hour*
*AMChamp Australian Endurance Championship
For more information on the Australian Manufacturers Championship, please visitwww.amchamp.com.au