Four Mitsubishi Lancers, two Subaru Imprezas, three BMWs, a similar amount of Mazdas plus a couple of Holdens have staked a bid to win the Phillip Island 6 Hour this weekend. It is the second round of the Australian Manufacturers Championship as well as the opening round of the Australian Production Car Endurance Championship.
The PB Packaging event on the fast Victorian island racing circuit has enticed 22 entries for the second running of the enduro with the 2011 winning combination of Stuart Kostera and Ian ‘Inky’ Tulloch, driving the Team Mitsubishi Ralliart-prepared Evo X, warm favourites to repeat.
But Jim Pollicina teamed with Ryan Simpson and the father and son pairing of Tony and Klark Quinn are also in the latest racing Class A Extreme Performance Mitsubishis and will match the TMR boys for pace while perennial placegetters Dylan and Dave Thomas should again be very consistent.
The Queensland-based Subaru Impreza of Cam Wilson and David Wood missed a start in round one but have come back twice as strong with a second car for Peter Burnitt and Danny Buzadzic, plus some good input from the factory, to take on the Mitsubishis.
The High Performance BMWs of Class B are rated strong outright contenders and are headed by the 2011 Eastern Creek 6 Hour winners Chaz Mostert and Nathan Morcom (335i) also pitched against the sister car (piloted by John Bowe and Peter O’Donnell) for the first time in two years. Impressive has been the similar-engined but smaller bodied 135i of Grant and Iain Sherrin while the big, heavy HSV Clubsport of Matt Holt, Brett Howard and Warren Millett will have early pace.
In Performance Touring three Mazdas face a Holden HSV VX-R with the Osborne Motorsport team of Adam Dodd and Hadrian Morrall hoping to emulate their Class C success of round one while the team car of Colin Osborne and Rick Bates hopes to make the start this time.
Two uncharacteristic engine failures dampened the flying Jake Camilleri’s aspirations at round one but he and Scott Nicolas want a unfailing run this time. Reliability should not be an issue for the VX-R after a top ten finish in the Bathurst 12 Hour with Ryan McLeod and Leanne Tander after an even better result.
Its Honda (Mark Eddy/Francois Jouy) against Toyota (Matt McGill/Geoff Brunsdon) against Renault (Richard Gartner/Peter Leemhuis) in Production Touring Class D. Grant Phillips, Andrew Turpie and Daryl Martin (Proton Satria) take on a pair of Suzukis from the Swift Racing Series (drivers from the category pool to be announced) in Class E Compact Touring. The BMW JCWs of Class I Mini Cup are twofold with David Sherrin/David Ayres taking on David Stutterd/Mike Eady and should be on Class C pace.
All that action can be seen on Speedweek, screening at a time to be advised on both SBS and Speed TV on Fox. There will be updates on Facebook and Twitter (@2011_AMC) across the weekend. AUSTRALIAN MANUFACTURERS CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND TWO ENTRY
Class A – Extreme Performance
1 TMR Performance Stuart Kostera (Vic)/Ian Tulloch (NZ) Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X
7 Poll Perf/McDonalds Jim Pollicina (NSW)/Ryan Simpson (NSW) Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X
24 Go Karting Gold Coast Peter Burnitt (Qld)/Danny Buzadzic (Vic) Subaru Impreza WRX STi
25 Go Karting Gold Coast Cam Wilson (Qld)/David Wood (Qld) Subaru Impreza WRX STi
29 VIP Petfoods Tony Quinn (Qld)/Klark Quinn (Qld) Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X
68 CXC Global Dylan Thomas (NSW)/David Thomas (NSW) Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9
Class B – High Performance
11 Briffa Smash/Holden MS Nathan Morcom (NSW)/Chaz Mostert (Vic) BMW 335i
19 Sherrin Rentals Grant Sherrin (Qld) /Iain Sherrin (Qld) BMW 135i
28 GWS Personnel Peter O'Donnell (NSW)/John Bowe BMW 335i
65 Matthew Holt/Brett Howard/Warren Millett (NSW) HSV Clubsport R8
Class C – Performance Touring
13 Osborne Motorsport Colin Osborne (NSW)/Rick Bates (ACT) Mazda 3 MPS
31 Osborne Motorsport Adam Dodd (NSW)/Hadrian Morrall (NSW) Mazda 3 MPS
36 Grand Prix Mazda Jake Camilleri (Qld)/Scott Nicholas (Qld) Mazda 3 MPS
50 Racer Industries Ryan McLeod (Qld)/Leanne Tander (Vic) Holden HSV VX-R
Class D – Production Touring
51 Dentbuster Mark Eddy (Vic)/ Francois Jouy (NSW) Honda Integra S
75 Weldmaster/Crown & Marks Matthew McGill (NSW)/ Geoff Brunsdon (NSW) Toyota Celica
97 Safe T Stop Richard Gartner (NSW)/ Peter Leemhuis (NSW) Renault Clio
Class E – Compact Touring
tba tba/tba Suzuki Swift Sport
tba tba/tba Suzuki Swift Sport
77 Pedders Racing Grant Phillips/Andrew Turpie/Daryl Martin (Vic) Proton Satria GTi
Class I – Mini Cup
32 Daniel Stutterd/Mike Eady BMW Mini JCW
72 Sherrin Rentals David Sherrin (Qld)/David Ayres (Qld) BMW Mini JCW