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Mar 25, 2015


This weekend will signal the beginning of yet another hard-fought Australian Manufacturers Championship, with the 2015 season set to open at Sandown Raceway across Friday 27 to Sunday 29 March with the prestigious Sandown 3 Hour Classic.

The Classic is the first of three endurance rounds scheduled for the 2015 season, alongside Phillip Island’s Great Southern 4 Hour and Sydney’s season-ending Australian 4 Hour.

Amid the endurance action, returning and new faces alike will also enjoy two sprint events at Queensland Raceway and Wakefield Park – including the popular Fight in the Night at QR which never fails to supply plenty to talk about for days following the event.

AMChamp category manager Rob Curkpatrick said this weekend’s action is sure to provide the perfect opener to the new season.

“Last year’s AMChamps were hotly contested across a number of the classes, and we saw both Class A and B cars fighting it out for the outright honours right to the very end,” said Curkpatrick.

“For our opening round we will have a good mix of both returning and new faces, with a promising list of further entries expected to join us from round two at Phillip Island in May.”

For the Sandown 3 Hour Classic, the AMChamps will see the return of 2014 Class A and outright champion Beric Lynton in his Alphera Financial Services BMW 1M, with the Gold Coaster to be joined on-track by multiple-time Carrera Cup champion Craig Baird.

Looking to challenge him will be a number of contenders – including the returning Robert and Shane Marshall in their Melbourne Performance Centre Mitsubishi Evo 10; Bob Pearson, rally legend Rick Bates and up and coming racer Aaron Seton in Pearson’s Pro-Duct Evo 10; Tony Alford and Peter Leemhuis in the Donut King BMW 1M, and one of HSV’s latest Gen-F GTS race cars courtesy of Pollicina Motorsports, set to be run by Jim Pollicina and five-time national Commodore Cup Champion Geoff Emery.

Class B is also set to provide a bit of a thrill with two Sherrin Rentals entrants taking to the track yet again, with the reigning class champions - brothers Grant and Iain - ones to watch in particular having narrowly missed out on the 2014 outright championship. The Garry Mennell GWS BMW will also be back in Class B, but this time with Peter Foote and William Gauchi at the wheel with regular driver Peter O’Donnell out due to double hip surgery.

Class C champion Jake Camilleri will be back, this time with Scott Nicholas in the Grand Prix Mazda supported Mazda 3, as will Mark Eddy and Francois Jouy in their distinctive black and yellow Network Clothing Renault Megane.

Coming back to the class in new cars this year are Ric Shaw and Michael Sloss (Ric Shaw Racing/Syntec Mazda RX8) and George Karadimas (Australian Auto Wreckers 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.

Robbins’ entry in Class C signals a change for him from Class D in which he competed last year, with that class to see the return of the well-known and three-time class champion Pedders Racing Toyota 86, with Grant Phillips and Andrew Turpie at the wheel of their Toyota 86.

The AMChamp Series, incorporating the Australian Manufacturers Championship, the Australian Production Car Championship and the Australian Endurance Championship, allows a wide-ranging list of vehicles sold in the domestic automotive market to take to the track and compete for a prestigious CAMS Australian Championship title.

The ‘three-pronged’ Championship Series awards the vehicle manufacturer, as well as the ultimately successful driver/s. Five separate classes make up the Championship/s and provide one of the most eclectic fields of competitors in Australian motorsport. Success in each class is rewarded and recognised rather than an outright win.

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 – 16-18 October – Wakefield Park – 2 x 200km
Round Five – 13-15 November – Sydney Motorsport Park – Australian 4 Hour*

For more information on the Australian Manufacturers Championship, please