In a dramatic conclusion Jim Pollicina and Ryan Simpson have chased down and passed the fancied Stuart Kostera and Inky Tulloch to win the Phillip Island 6 Hour, round two of the Australian Manufacturers Championship at the Victorian circuit today.
It was an Mitsubishi Lance duel to the end with Simpson chasing down Kostera and taking the lead with just two laps to go and winning by just seconds. The winners had to do one extra pitstop than the TMR prepared car but had the pace to pull off a remarkable victory.
Third position three laps down was the BMW of Nathan Morcom and Chaz Mostert while Cam Wilson/David Wood (Subaru) finished next ahead of Class C combatants Jake Camilleri/Scott Nicholas (Mazda 3 MPS) and the HSV Astra of Ryan McLeod and Leanne Tander.
In Class D it was the Honda Integra of Mark Eddy and Francois Jouy with laps over the Richard Gartner/Peter Leemhuis Renault Clio while Matt McGill and Geoff Brunsdon were delayed by a front end failure but still managed third in class. In Class I it was the Grant and Iain Sherrin JWC ahead of the similar machine of David Stutterd/Mike Eady which lost time when it ran out of fuel.
The Class E leading Proton Satria of Grant Phillips, Grant Turpie and Daryl Martin went out of the race due to a broken front hub and not having a replacement. Earlier race leaders Tony and Klark Quinn retired their Evo X after one jack went through the driver’s side floor.
Others out included the Colin Osborne/Rick Bates Mazda with a failed hydraulic line, the Matt Holt/Brett Howard/Warren Millett HSV Clubsport seized engine, and Peter Burnitt/Danny Buzadzic Subaru with a bad misfire on the opening laps and continuing turbo problems didn’t allow the Peter O’Donnell/John Bowe BMW to start.
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.
OUTRIGHT RESULT (192 laps)
1 J.Pollicina/R.Simpson Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X 6:00:15.7177
2 S.Kostera/I.Tulloch Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X 6:00:18.2536
3 N.Morcom/C.Mostert BMW 3351 189 laps
4 C.Wilson/D.Wood Subaru Impreza WRX STi 188 laps
5 J.Camilleri/S.Nicholas Mazda 3 MPS 187 laps
6 G.Sherrin/I.Sherrin BMW 135i 2995 B 185 laps
7 M.Eddy/F.Jouy Honda Integra Type R 179 laps
8 M.Sherrin/D.Ayres BMW Mini JCW 179 laps
9 R.Gartner/P.Leemhuis Renault Clio 177 laps
10 D.Stutterd/M.Eady BMW Mini JCW 175 laps
11 D.Thomas/D.Thomas Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 175 laps
12 A.Dodd/H.Morrall Mazda 3 MPS 165 laps
13 M.McGill/G.Brunsdon Toyota Celica 152 laps
DNF R.McLeod/L.Tander Holden HSV Astra 186 laps
DNF T.Quinn/K.Quinn Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X 114 laps
DNF A.Turpie/D.Martin Proton Satria GTi 86 laps
DNF C.Osborne/R.Bates Mazda 3 MPS 40 laps
DNF M.Holt/B.Howard/W.Millett HSV Clubsport 17 laps
DNF P.Burnitt/D.Buzadzic Subaru Impreza WRX STi 1 lap
Class A – Extreme Performance
Jim Pollicina/Ryan Simpson (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X)
class B – High Performance
Chaz Mostert/Nathan Morcom (BMW 335i)
Class C – Performance Touring
Jake Camilleri/Scott Nicholas (Mazda 3 MPS)
Class D – Production Touring
Mark Eddy/Francois Jouy (Honda Integra Type R)
Class E – Compact Touring
Class I – Mini Cup
Michael Sherrin/David Ayres (BMW Mini JCW)