Three rounds unbeaten

by Garry OBrien

Monday, August 15th 2011, 12:45 GMT+10:00
Australia


With Team Mitsubishi Ralliart completing the double by winning the second leg of the third round of the Australian Manufacturers Championship for Production Cars and presented by VIP Petfoods at Morgan Park today, Stuart Kostera - with the assistance of co-driver Ian ‘Inky’ Tulloch - continued to dominate the series with an unbeaten record.

pic| Nathan Wong

THREE ROUNDS UNBEATEN
14 August, 2011

With Team Mitsubishi Ralliart completing the double by winning the second leg of the third round of the Australian Manufacturers Championship for Production Cars and presented by VIP Petfoods at Morgan Park today, Stuart Kostera – with the assistance of co-driver Ian ‘Inky’ Tulloch – continued to dominate the series with an unbeaten record.

Like the Saturday race, the duo led from the outset, briefly let the lead go at their mandatory pitstop before resuming at the front for another comprehensive victory in their Lancer Evo X. “We could have hung around and made a spectacle of it but you can get yourself into all sorts of problems,” Kostera said.

Second again went to the Class C rivals in Dylan Thomas and Jim Pollicina in their Evo 9s while Jake Camilleri brought his Mazda 3 MPS home in fourth, on the lead lap, and at the head of Class C. For much of the early part of the race, he was involved in a great scrape with the Class B BMWs of Peter O’Donnell and Grant Sherrin.

The latter was quick but didn’t have the consistency to maintain the lap times as he ultimately fell back to eighth while O’Donnell scored another fifth ahead of Colin Osborne and Hadrian Morrall in their team Mazdas. Sherrin still finished second in Class B, one position ahead of the Falcon FPV F6 of Jeremy Gray.

With a reliable Proton under him, Grant Phillips was tenth and winner of Class E ahead of 11th placed Paul Nelson in the Toyota Yaris. Michael Sherrin finished next, also taking Class I in his Mini JWC.

Matt McGill and Geoff Brunsdon were leading Class D in their Toyota Celica until the driver change where the Ford Fiesta of Decklan and Phil Kirkham took over. However the Celica’s engine went up in smoke whilst the other was also a non-finisher.

AUSTRALIAN MANUFACTURERS CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND THREE
Race Two (39 laps)

1 Stuart Kostera/Inky Tulloch (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X) 1:00:55.1215
2 Dylan Thomas (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) 1:01:17.7887
3 Jim Pollicina (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 RS) 1:01:35.3534
4 Jake Camilleri (Mazda 3 MPS) 1:02:09.1124
5 Peter O’Donnell (BMW 335i) 38 laps
6 Colin Osborne (Mazda 3 MPS) 38 laps
7 Hadrian Morrall (Mazda 3 MPS) 38 laps
8 Grant Sherrin (BMW 135i) 38 laps
9 Jeremy Gray (Ford FPV F6) 37 laps
10 Grant Phillips (Proton Satria Gti) 35 laps
11 Paul Nelson (Toyota Yaris) 35 laps
12 Michael Sherrin (Mini Cooper JWC) 30 laps
DNF Matt McGill/Geoff Brunsdon (Toyota Celica) 31 laps
DNF Decklan Kirkham/Phil Kirkham (Ford Fiesta) 18 laps
DNF Greg Symes (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) 6 laps
Fastest Lap: Kostera 1:25.6940




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