Oct 20, 2014
LYNTON CLAIMS AMCHAMP ROUND AND CHAMPIONSHIP HONOURS
Beric Lynton has secured the final round of the Australian Manufacturers Championship (AMChamp) series in style today, taking his Class A #40 Alphera Financial Services BMW 1M to a second victory for the weekend in the 200km enduro.
Lynton led from the outset after a close early fight with Mitsubishi Lancer rival Garry Holt in the #20 Eastern Creek Karts Mitsubishi Evo, pulling away to lead by more than 25 seconds after the final pit stops had been completed.
Triple champion Stuart Kostera charged in the closing stages in the #20 entry, however was unable to catch the leading BMW, eventually settling for second some 12-seconds behind.
Lynton’s double victory was enough to boost him to the overall AMChamp drivers’ title, edging out Class B racer Grant Sherrin who had led the outright standings heading to this weekend and was successful in clinching the Class B championship in the Sherrin Rentals BMW 135i.
Lynton also beat home defending champions Holt and Kostera, to win the Class A championship for the first time.
Luke Searle and Barry Graham finished third outright and took the Class B round victory in the #62 Roadchill Express BMW 135i following a late splash for fuel, while Matt Cherry and Glyn Crimp claimed a solid fourth in the #55 Kintyre Racing Audi TT.
Colin Osborne and Nick Lange won Class C in the #13 Osborne Motorsport Mazda 3 MPS on the day that team member and driver Brock Giblin, badly injured in a fiery crash at Sydney Motorsport Park in July this year, returned to the circuit after having recently been discharged from hospital. Taking the Class C championship for 2014 was yesterday’s class winner Jake Camilleri, in the #36 Grand Prix Mazda sponsored Mazda 3 MPS.
Please click here to read a full interview with Brock on his return to the circuit.
Jake Williams won Class D this weekend in his #21 Disc Brakes Australia Honda Integra after a feisty weekend between the pair of Conroy Hondas and the Pedders Racing Team Toyota. Taking the Class D championship however was the sister Conroy entry of Kevin Herben in the #14 Kandi Warehousing Honda Integra DC5.
For full results, please go to http://www.amchamp.com.au/results/
QUOTEBOARD – AMCHAMP AT WAKEFIELD PARK – 19 OCTOBER 2014
Outright and Class A winner for round and championship – Beric Lynton - #40 Alphera Financial Services BMW 1M
“That is two wins that were unexpected at this track. Leading in to the weekend I said this place suits the Evos, but we just had the luck of it, they had some issues yesterday and that gave us a gap and then Garry spun it today which gave us a gap. Both race starts were a lot of fun with the three cars swapping positions and all with clean and fun racing. I am just really happy for the boys that are here working on the car and also the guys at home that have done other weekends, and also my two co-drivers who have driven with us through the year - Matt Lehmann and Tim Leahy - as well. And a big thank you to our sponsor Alphera Financial Services and Bruce Lynton BMW – bring on next year!”
Class B Round Winner – Luke Searle and Barry Graham - #62 Roadchill Express BMW 135i
“That was the best option for us, we weren’t able to go any higher unless the other guys had a problem as we don’t have the legs to keep up with the other BMWs and we don’t have the grip to keep up with the Evos. Overall though we are very happy and are planning on doing the whole championship next year with my father-in-law (Barry) – we like the format and it is good fun, and we can drive together as a family, so we are looking forward to doing the whole season next year.”
“I enjoyed our weekend, I have been out of the sport for a lot of years. It was a little frustrating at the end not being sure what was happening, you can only do so much in the middle of a race, so we just had to try and limp home – I suppose that is the beauty of the BMW in that they do have limp mode so you can limp home!”
Class C Round Winner – Colin Osborne and Nick Lange - #13 Osborne Motorsport Mazda 3 MPS
“I am ecstatic with that, all year we have been looking for this and finally, we’ve left it to the last one to get it and I am so wrapped. The team did a great job all year, I was so appreciative for Colin to give me the opportunity to drive with the team and then it was really appreciated to have that drive with him in his car. It is so great to finish the year off on a high with the team.”
“That is a bit of a turn-around from yesterday where everything that could have gone wrong for us luck-wise did, and today everything that could have gone right did! It is nice to actually have a bit of luck, but you take the wins where you can get them. Nick has done a fantastic job and we are so equal in the car, we don’t have to move the seat and we don’t have to adjust the belts, and our lap times are within tenths of seconds of each other consistently. Everything went to plan today and it was great, and I think it is a nice way to finish off what has been a big year emotionally and in terms of workload for our boys. It is nice to get some reward for them and it’s nice to sort of have that little bit of poetic justice in terms of putting a line under the year that was.”
Class D Round Winner – Jake Williams - #21 Disc Brakes Australian Honda Integra DC5
“It is great to get two in a row, I got the round win and the class win today, the car pulled through - towards the end there it was a bit nervous but we are happy we got the two wins and proved a point after a rough year.”
Class E Round Winner - Gus Robbins - #42 Disc Brakes Australia Mazda Astina 323
“I am pretty happy, it is always good to come away with the win, even though we were the only ones in the class it is still good to have some good results and it has been a good track weekend. Terry gave me the opportunity to drive by myself today in the 90 lap race and I took that opportunity with both hands and hopefully he was happy with me.”