Kostera Claims AMC Title

by Category Media

Monday, November 1st 2010, 00:00 GMT+11:00

” src=”../../../_linkedimages/medium/Kostera-Claims-AMC-Title_65-cache-20110303170019.jpg”/>Wins in both endurance races at the final round of the Australian Manufacturers Championship, which was staged as part of the ninth round of the Shannons National last weekend, has enabled Stuart Kostera to overhaul defending champion Garry Holt to take the 2010 drivers’ title.

Together with team mate Ian “Inky” Tulloch, Kostera produced the perfect result for the Alan Heaphy-orchestrated Team Mitsubishi Ralliart pair of Lancer Evo 10s with first and second placings in the two events, after being fastest in all the lead-up sessions.

“Obviously it is a great thing for the team to have both our cars at the front,” Kostera said. “Also it was very pleasing for me – we did not have a drama all weekend.”

Third on each occasion was the Class C giant killing Grand Prix Mazda 3 MPS of Queenslander Jake Camilleri. He could not match the pace of the Class A cars but tried as hard as he could in his bid to finish second overall in the Championship. “I drove it as hard as I could,” he admitted.

It wasn’t to be for defending champion and series leader, Garry Holt, who was hoping for a third title. Going into the round, he had jumped back in his old BMW with Peter O’Donnell. He had co-piloted the 335i turbo to two Bathurst 12 Hour victories and put himself in strong contention this year before selling the car.

A huge crash in qualifying in GT3 meant a lengthy delay to race one proceedings and subsequently the first one-hour race was reduced by 15 minutes after repairs were made to the armco fencing.

The first lap contained more drama. Holt had race ending contact with Colin Osborne’s Mazda 3 at the first corner. In the meantime Tulloch was stranded on grid, stalled at the handicap start. He was able to get going before the Class D cars completed the first lap, but by that stage the safety car was out.

In the end Greg Symes brought his BMW 130i home fourth ahead of the Evo 9 of Darren Best while Allan Shephard and Matt Hayes (130i) was the first of the two driver pairings ahead of Ric Shaw/Andrew Bollam (130i) while Steve Briffa had a constant engine miss in the big HSV Clubsports.

In Class D it was Trevor Keene who was victorious in the Cooper S ahead of the Kean Booker/Martin Bailey Toyota Celica and Richard Gartner/Carl Schembri Renault Clio. Hadrian Morrall bunkered his Mazda on the last lap when he ran out of brakes while the Ford Typhoon of Rod Barrett lost its engine very early on.

In the second race Holt and O’Donnell was in the race for third with Camilleri before a fuel issue slowed the car. Camilleri went onto take his second third for the weekend while Holt limped home in fourth place and had just enough points for second overall ahead of Camilleri.

Syme picked up fifth ahead of Morrall and Best. Gartner/Schembri won Class D whereas Shaw/Bollam had a second stop to replace a puncture, then took ninth ahead of Briffa who looked hot early until fuel pump problems set in.

The Booker/Bailey combination was eleventh but Shephard/Hayes didn’t go the distance, having fuel pump issues. Osborne was out again early, but this time with a turbo problem while Keene couldn’t back up his earlier success after the Mini was out with supercharger dilemmas.

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