Australian Manufacturers Championship Morgan Park Preview
13/08/2010 at 3:53PM

A class win for Garry Holt at this weekend’s Morgan Park round five of the Australian Manufacturers Championship should see the final bolt locked away on back-to-back AMC Drivers’ Championships. He may have forsaken his championship winning Class B BMW midway through the season but the switch to a Class D Holden Astra Turbo has not hindered his chances.

Holt sold his 335i Turbo to Peter O’Donnell before scoring a Class D win in the Astra at the Australian 6 Hour to increase his advantage over Class C’s Hadrian Morrall who had a round he would rather forget in the Osborne Motorsport Mazda 3 MPS, soldiering on to salvage a 20th out of the six hour enduro.

Meanwhile Richard Gartner maintains third in the Class D Renault Clio despite the despair of a late retirement from that event, but the pair are in danger of being overcalled by gun local Jake Camilleri in the Grand Prix Mazda 3 MPS which has been the pacesetter in Class C.

Yet the main focus will be on the race at the front between the rapid Class A Team Ralliart Australia Mitsubishi Lancer Evo Xs of Stuart Kostera and Ian “Inky” Tulloch who have been trading places all season. The former holds the aces at the moment following his and team mate Warren Luff’s domination of the recent Australian 6 Hour.

Bound to be lurking in the wings will be Bob Pearson’s similar Pro-Duct Evo with Mark King, the Evo 9 of VIP Petfoods’ Tony Quinn and Cam Wilson and Lee Castle in the Subaru Impreza as well as O’Donnell in the BMW 335i.

Their battle could be rivalled by the Class C stoush between the Mazdas of Camilleri, Morrall and his team boss Colin Osborne, and the BMW 130i of Greg Symes. While Holt has Class B honours in his keeping and looks to show the way in Class D, Gartner has those class honours locked away.

Joining the ranks in Class D at this meeting in all girl team of Brooke Leech and Belinda Halliwell. After five years in karts, Leech recently raced an Aussie Racing Car at Phillip Island in the CAMS Young Guns program while Halliwell who comes from speedway, makes her road circuit debut.
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