Castle king of The Park
12/08/2009 at 1:14:37 AM:

Putting the disappointment of the last round behind him, Queenslander Lee Castle struck back emphatically at round three of the Boylan Traffic Solutions Australian Manufacturers Championship for Production Cars at Morgan Park on August 8-9. He counted his chances as shot after failing to start race one at Eastern Creek, but at the new Shannons National round venue of Morgan Park, the Wilson Brothers Racing Subaru Impreza WRX Sti proved invincible.

Castle led races one and two, the sprint affairs, from lights out to flag, despite continued pressure from Class A2 arch rival Rod Salmon that involved panel contact between the two and resulted in the latter’s Ralliart prepared Smirk.com Mitsubishi Evo 10 incurring a ten point penalty on one occasion, a spin and a drive through penalty on another.

In the third contest between the two, where they were last away in the class handicap race, Salmon got the jump on Castle and paved the way through the traffic until he went off the circuit at the turn four Gum Tree corner unassisted. Castle eventually fought his was through to the lead for a perfect weekend’s score.

The Grand Prix Mazda backed Mazda 3 MPS of Jake Camilleri continued to punch above its weight by not only taking out Class B each time out, but finishing second overall. He was outgunned in the initial contest by series leader Garry Holt but went to third when the Eastern Creek Karting BMW 335i driver surrendered that position midway through. In the next outing he was second overall before taking another third by the end of the day.

Holt scored a fourth and third in the initial two outings and was on track to score back to back handicap victories after success at Eastern Creek three weeks previously. He led the charge of Class A2 through to head the field with around seven of the 18 laps remaining. But shortly after the BMW went into limp mode when its computer detected turbo boost spikes. He could only struggle on to finish eighth and third in class behind the HSV Clubsport of Tim Sipp and Chris Delfsma’s Ford Falcon GT.

Sipp and team mate and team owner Gerard Keogh struggled on the tight Morgan Park layout on older tyres while the Century 21 Delfsma Falcon continually blew fuses in each of the practice sessions, qualifying and race one. The problem was sorted for the two remaining outings where it finished fourth and seventh outright.

The other Class B entry, Peter O’Donnell’s GWS Personnel BMW 130i mixed it with the V8s in race one – and had the battle scars to prove it – splitting the HSV team cars by the end. O’Donnell make a tremendous start in race two to briefly head Holt and Camilleri in race two before finishing sixth. Then he tangled with Keogh in the third and was forced to pit and change a puncture before a high speed lose at turn three – after which he was able to press on.

In Class C for Production Sports it wasn’t so much a contest as Colin Osborne showed the way to team mate Stuart Jones in his pair of Toyota Celicas as they virtually ran in unison. They were the first away in the last and while Holt and the turbo cars eventually reeled them in, they finished in the top five. After 18 years campaigning Toyota product with numerous outright and class championships, Osborne Motorsport will field Mazdas in 2010.

RACE ONE
1 Lee Castle (NSW) Subaru Impreza WRX Sti 11:44.7688
2 Rod Salmon (NSW) Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 10 11:45.0914
3 Jake Camilleri (QLD) Mazda MPS 3 11:56.7530
4 Garry Holt (NSW) BMW 335i 12:07.2496
5 Tim Sipp (QLD) HSV Holden VE Clubsport R8 12:23.4331
6 Peter O’Donnell (NSW) BMW 130i 12:24.6945
7 Gerard Keogh (QLD) HSV Holden VE Clubsport R8 12:25.7860
8 Colin Osborne (NSW) Toyota Celica 12:46.0511
9 Stuart Jones (NSW) Toyota Celica 12:50.8654
DNF Chris Delfsma (NSW) Ford Falcon BF GT 4 laps
Fastest lap: Castle 1:09.3049
CLASS A1 High Performance Vehicles All Wheel Drive (under $125k) – Castle
CLASS A2 High Performance Vehicles Rear Wheel Drive (under $125k) – Holt
CLASS B Hot Hatches and Sedans – Camilleri
CLASS C Production Sports – Osborne

RACE TWO
1 Lee Castle (NSW) Subaru Impreza WRX Sti 14:06.5374
2 Jake Camilleri (QLD) Mazda MPS 3 14:16.5633
3 Garry Holt (NSW) BMW 335i 14:32.1475
4 Chris Delfsma (NSW) Ford Falcon BF GT 14:43.2677
5 Tim Sipp (QLD) HSV Holden VE Clubsport R8 14:44.7743
6 Peter O’Donnell (NSW) BMW 130i 14:45.1434
7 Gerard Keogh (QLD) HSV Holden VE Clubsport R8 14:47.2035
8 Rod Salmon (NSW) Mitsubishi Evo 10 14:52.7893
9 Colin Osborne (NSW) Toyota Celica 15:17.8481
10 Stuart Jones (NSW) Toyota Celica 11 laps
Fastest lap: Salmon 1:08.7546
CLASS A1 High Performance Vehicles All Wheel Drive (under $125k) – Castle
CLASS A2 High Performance Vehicles Rear Wheel Drive (under $125k) – Holt
CLASS B Hot Hatches and Sedans – Camilleri
CLASS C Production Sports – Osborne

RACE THREE
1 Lee Castle (NSW) Subaru Impreza WRX Sti 22:17.2215
2 Rod Salmon (NSW) Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 10 22:22.0818
3 Jake Camilleri (QLD) Mazda MPS 3 22:26.2544
4 Colin Osborne (NSW) Toyota Celica 22:50.6519
5 Stuart Jones (NSW) Toyota Celica 22:52.7473
6 Tim Sipp (QLD) HSV Holden VE Clubsport R8 23:06.0818
7 Chris Delfsma (NSW) Ford Falcon BF GT 23:10.0382
8 Garry Holt (NSW) BMW 335i 23:15.8735
9 Gerard Keogh (QLD) HSV Holden VE Clubsport R8 23:16.1937
10 Peter O’Donnell (NSW) BMW 130i 17 laps
Fastest lap: Salmon 1:09.3385
CLASS A1 High Performance Vehicles All Wheel Drive (under $125k) – Castle
CLASS A2 High Performance Vehicles Rear Wheel Drive (under $125k) – Sipp
CLASS B Hot Hatches and Sedans – Camilleri
CLASS C Production Sports – Osborne
 
 
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