Mar 25, 2015
PREVIEW: AUSTRALIAN MANUFACTURERS CHAMPIONSHIP
AUSTRALIAN MANUFACTURERS CHAMPIONSHIP
The AMChamp Series, incorporating the Australian Manufacturers Championship, the Australian Production Car Championship and the Australian Endurance Championship, sees a wide-ranging list of vehicles sold in the domestic automotive market take to the track and battle it out for prestigious CAMS Australian Championship titles.
The ‘three-pronged’ Championship Series awards the vehicle manufacturer, as well as the ultimately successful driver/s. Five separate classes makes for one of the most eclectic fields of competitors in Australian motorsport, guaranteeing interesting battles year-round.
ROUNDS + FORMAT:
Sandown (Sandown 3 Hour Classic - March), Phillip Island (Great Southern 4 Hour - May), Queensland Raceway (2 x 200km including the Fight in the Night - August), Wakefield Park (2 x 200km - October) and Sydney Motorsport Park (Australian 4 Hour – November).
The Sandown, Phillip Island and Sydney rounds will make-up the AMChamp Australian Endurance Championship, with the top points scorers both outright and for each class to be awarded the coveted CAMS AEC trophy, while the Queensland Raceway and Wakefield Park events will pit the competitors against each other in 200 kilometre sprints that are sure to bring plenty of drama, including the return of the popular Fight in the Night.
The 2015 season is shaping up to be a mix of returning and new faces.
Reigning Outright and Class A Champion Beric Lynton will be back in his BMW 1M, joined by fellow returning 2014 entrants Robert and Shane Marshall in the Melbourne Performance Centre Evo 10 and the Bob Pearson Evo – which this time will be piloted by not only Pearson and rising star Aaron Seton, but also racing veteran Rick Bates.
In Class B the two Sherrin Rentals Racing BMWs of Michael, Iain and Grant Sherrin will return after missing out on the outright points lead by just two points in 2014. The GWS Racing BMW will also be back in Class B, though regular driver Peter O’Donnell is out due to double hip surgery.
Jake Camilleri returns in his giant-killing Grand Prix Mazda supported Mazda 3, as will Mark Eddy and Francois Jouy in their distinctive black and yellow Renault Megane.
New cars this year include a Mazda RX8 for Ric Shaw and Michael Sloss and George Karadimas (Falcon FG-X XR6T) who will be joined by Geoff Russell, while joining the class will be Suzuki Swift champions Allan Jarvis and Gus Robbins, in their recently acquired Astra. Pedders Racing return in their popular Toyota 86.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
The AMChamp Australian Endurance Championship class and outright honours are highly coveted within the field, so be ready for tense action right from the opening round of the 2015 season. The season now ends with the Aussie 4-hour in Sydney, while the Great Southern 4-hour classic at the Island is a ‘must win’ race.
The twin-200km races at Queensland raceway are never dull, August’s ‘Fight in the Night’ bordering on epic every year.
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