We take a look at the Australian Manufacturers Championship from QR


After a brilliant round of the Shannons Nationals from Queensland Raceway, we take a look at the AM Champs or Australian Manufacturers Championship.  This photo gallery is the final gallery from the weekend but fear not, we still have interviews to come and galleries from other racing from around the world.


The Bell/Dodd Mazda 6 MPS was a well presented car in Class C


The Edwards/Gray Falcon would take 3rd in class and 8th overall in the feature night race


The Gary Holt/Ryan McLoud Mitsubishi Evo 10 was in a titanic battle for the night feature race.  They ended up losing out to Touring Car legend, Glenn Seaton


The Sherrin/Sherrin BMW would take an overall podium, beating out many A Class rivals


Jake Camileri would have a spectacular turbo failure on Sunday


The Benton/Russell Falcon would finish second in Class B and sixth overall in Saturday’s race


The Pedders Toyota 86 would take its first class victory in the Saturday race


Mark Eddy and Francois Jouy wouldn’t finish the Saturday race but would come back for a class win on Sunday


Steve Glenney wouldn’t make the checkered flag on Saturday


The Holt/McLoud duo are embroiled in controversy regarding the finish at Eastern Creek where a timing error meant that no one knew who won until the next round and a stewards hearing


Tony Alford’s BMW M1 and the pink Donut King colours have become synonymous with Australian racing


Camileri won Class C on Saturday, meaning his weekend was at least somewhat valuable


The Phillips/Turpie Toyota was the first production Toyota 86 to win class honours anywhere in the world


The exit from turn 3 is important as turn 4 is a great passing opportunity


Coming into the final corner, many would try late passes to gain a spot or lap traffic


One thing about Queensland Raceway is that you can see all the track from every spectator point – meaning you can see cars going in all directions in photos

The race in brief

ONE MIGHT have seen Ryan McLeod’s win in the Eastern Creek Karting Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X he was sharing with Garry Holt as atonement for the narrow loss the night before, but not McLeod.

It was the second race of the third round of the Australian Manufacturers Championship, held at Queensland Raceway last weekend as the major feature event of the sixth round of the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals.

McLeod fell short by less than a second in the first 65-lap race of the two staged, beaten by touring car legend Glenn Seton in an identical model car run out of the Pro-Duct operation. It had gearbox issues in the closing stages and McLeod was able to get the lead with 12 laps to go, but Seton was able to fight back and win.

“Winning the second race does not make up for losing so narrowly last night,” McLeod admitted. But he was not about to let it weigh down on his celebration of winning the second race. He ignored team requests to button off in the latter stages and suggested he had a tyre deflation issue, which put the team in a panic but was just a joke on McLeod’s part.

The victory gave McLeod and Holt first and second on the AMC points ladder ahead of Seton. But the exact points advantage they have may change with an appeal to be heard at a time to be advised. The appeal concerns the exclusion of the Dylan Thomas and Stuart Kostera, the moral victors from round two.

In the beginning Seton struck out to lead the race comfortably but an actuator on the turbo became a problem that necessitated repairs and dropped him to the rear of the field. Second and third went to the Alphera Financial Services and Donut Kings BMW 1Ms respectively of Beric Lynton and Tony Alford – also excluded from the Sydney Motorsport Park round along with the Sherrin Rentals BMW 135i of Grant and Iain Sherrin, which on this occasion was sixth after a lengthy compulsory pitstop.

Michael Benton and long-time friend Geoff Russell brought their increasingly consistent Ford Falcon FPV GT home in fourth place and as the winner of Class B for High Performance cars with Class C Performance Touring going to the GWS Personnel BMW 130i of Mike and Scott Gore. Class rival Jake Camilleri was an early casualty with a blown turbo on the second lap.

In seventh was the second of the Fords, driven by Brett Edwards and Jeremy Gray, while the Invitation Class I went to Pieter Faulkner and Jason Hore in the Racer Industries HSV Astra VXR which finished eighth. Next was the Class D Production Tourers winners, the Honda Integra of Mark Eddy and Francois Jouy ahead of class rivals Grant Phillips and Andrew Turpie in the Pedders Toyota 86 GT, Seton and the Greg Jenkins/Chris Brown Falcon XR8.

In all five classes, A, B, C, D and I that had entries, the race two winners were different from those that won in the night time of race one.

See more coverage from our Shannons Nationals weekend at Queensland Raceway

Preview with Nathan Assaillit

Interview with Australian GT driver, Klark Quinn

Interview with F3 Driver, Ben Gersekowski

Interview with Greg Murphy

Interview with Pedders Motorsport drivers

Interview with F3’s Jon Collins

A hotlap experience

Our Australian GT photo gallery

Our Kumho Tyres V8 Touring Car photo gallery

Sports Sedan photo gallery

Our Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge photo gallery

Our Formula 3 photo gallery

By Sam Tickell, August 2013

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