The first ever round of the MotorsportSales Enduro Champs was successfully held at Sydney Motorsport Park at the weekend, as part of the latest round of the Australian Motor Racing Series.
When all four of the one-hour races were complete at the end of the weekend, it was Beric Lynton and Tim Leahey (#23 Bruce Lynton BM Service BMW M3) who claimed the outright and Group 1 victory.
Completing the outright podium were second placed Jake Camilleri (#36 Grand Prix Mazda-backed Mazda 3 MPS – Group 4) and third-placed father and son, Gerry and Leigh Burges (#33 Aqualuma LED/York Developments Mitsubishi Evo 5 – Group 3); while on the Group 1 podium Lynton and Leahy were joined by father and sons Steve, Tristan and Dalton Ellery (#31 Lynton Motor Group BMW M3) and Grant and Iain Sherrin (#1 Sherrin Rentals BMW M4),
The Burges’ also claimed the Group 3 victory ahead of second placed Cem Yucel and Iain Salteri (#50 Harding Performance Volkswagen Golf) while the Group 4 spoils went to Camilleri ahead of the #87 Free Spirit Tattoo Racing BMW 130i of James Goldsbrough and Jake White; and Group 5 was claimed by Adam Talbert in the #98 TW Motorsport/MotorsportSales/OzEnduro Cup Toyota Camry.
The racing action at the weekend got underway with qualifying on Saturday ahead of the first two one-hour races. Grant Sherrin was the pole sitter outright and in Group 1 ahead of Lynton, while claiming pole for the other classes were Camilleri (Group 2), Gerry Burges (Group 3) and Talbert (Group 4).
The Sherrins claimed outright and group one victories in races one and two ahead of Camilleri and the Burges’ (race one) and Beric Lynton and Camilleri (race two), before failing to be classified as a finisher in the third race due to fuel pump issues.
The Golf of Yucel and Salteri impressed with rocket starts in races two and three, before contact between Salteri and Gerry Burges saw the entry fail to finish race three and unable to front for race four due to damage, while Gerry Burges limped across the finish line. The race three outright victory went to the Ellerys, ahead of Lynton/Leahey and Camilleri.
In the final race of the weekend, some teams elected to mix up their pit stop strategies with Lynton and Leahey electing to do a driver change mid-way through the race while their sister car completed two pit-stops to allow all three of the Ellerys – dad Steve and sons Tristan and Dalton – to all contest the one race in a first for the family.
Leigh Burges was a stand-out in this final outing, with a real turn of speed to take the victory despite the best efforts of Grant Sherrin who started from the rear of the grid due to the DNF result of race three. With the Evo securing the final race win, this catapulted the Burges’ into third position outright for the weekend.
The MotorsportSales Enduro Champs offers competitors a choice of tyre manufacturer from a nominated tyre bank, with a tyre points score being maintained throughout the year. Following the first round, MRF Tyres is first on the rankings followed by Yokohama and Dunlop, with each manufacturer scoring points based on the performance of their best finishing competitor for the event.
Championship points standings following the weekend’s racing will be posted to www.endurochamps.com.au later this week.
Round two of the MotorsportSales Enduro Champs will be held at Winton Motor Raceway across June 11-13 as part of the Australian Motor Racing Series. For more information, visit www.endurochamps.com.au
QUOTEBOARD: ROUND ONE, 2021 MOTORSPORTSALES ENDURO CHAMPS:
Outright and Group One round winner: Beric Lynton, co-driving with Tim Leahey - #23 Bruce Lynton BM Service BWM M3
“It was a struggle of a weekend for us as we had issues with handling and trying to put the power down. We were chasing that all weekend and making changes, and at the same time the track was changing so much that sometimes it was good and better, but other times it wasn’t – the Sunday afternoon race for instance for us was just horrible. Given all of that, we were pleasantly surprised to win – we got it through consistency, not through earning it with race wins. If the Sherrins hadn’t have had their problem in race three I think they would have gotten it, and if Jake had beaten us in the last race he would have. But the weekend achieved what we wanted to do, both cars are straight despite a couple of near misses, and we ticked the boxes of what we wanted to do ahead of the Bathurst 6 Hour and with the bonus of winning the round without winning a race! Our thanks goes to our sponsors Bruce Lynton BM Service, Chelgrave and Circo Brakes.”
Group Three round winner and third outright for the round: Gerry Burges, co-driving with son Leigh Burges - #33 Aqualuma LED/York Developments Mitsubishi Evo 5
“We had to swap cars just before the event as we had head gasket issues in our Evo 9, so we brought our Evo 5 which had just done 300 kilometres at the Wakefield 300. We thought we might have been pushing our luck a little bit with that, but it was perfect all weekend other than a small braking issue which we were able to work on over the weekend with all the track time of the four one-hour races and we think it is sorted now. In race three I unfortunately had a bit of a rub while on the inside of the Volkswagen Golf coming out of Corporate Hill, we clashed, and I spun around but was able to get back on the track with a damaged tyre and limp it home for the last two laps. We put on a new tyre and did a wheel alignment and then Leigh was able to put in a great race in the final outing which was a good result for him and the car. All in all, it turned out to be a good weekend. We are now looking forward to getting to the next round back in our Evo 9 at Winton Motor Raceway in June with two two-hour races and we hope that with the 6 Hour being done we will see lots of people wanting to continue their endurance racing and coming and joining us. Thank you to our sponsors, Aqualuma LED and York Developments.”
Group Four round winner and second outright for the round: Jake Camilleri - #36 Grand Prix Mazda-backed Mazda 4 MPS)
“I am super happy with this result. I really enjoyed the format in the way that I got four hours of driving time which is just unbelievable and plenty of fun. I don’t know if it was the track or what, but it felt like we were a little bit off the pace, but for us to be second I think everyone was in the same situation. Having all the track time gave us plenty of time to try a few different things which was really good as you don’t generally have the track time to do that. It was a great weekend, and I had some pretty awesome battles with the other cars – I had a heap of fun. At this stage we are planning on round two at Winton in June which should suit our car pretty well and with the expected chilly weather the car should breathe pretty well. As always, thank you to our sponsors, Grand Prix Mazda Caboolture, Enviro Tech and Castrol.”
Group Five round winner: Adam Talbert - #98 TW Motorsport/OzEnduro Cup/MotorsportSales Toyota Camry
“I am very happy that we were able to finish four one-hour races. We had a few set-up issues in races one and two, but we were able to overcome those for the Sunday and the car performed pretty well. The weather was good, the people were friendly, and as the opening round of the series I am hopeful the results will get out into the motorsport community and it can grow from here. I will definitely be looking to do a few more rounds this year and in the years to come as well. Thank you to MotorsportSales and the OzEnduro Cup team for their support and trusting me to take their new baby out on the track!”
Competitors who are looking for more information about the MotorsportSales Enduro Champs should contact Ontic Sports General Manager, Troy Williams, on 0483 035 466 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Updates and regulations will also be posted to https://www.facebook.com/EnduroChampsAU and www.endurochamps.com.au
2021 MotorsportSales Enduro Champs season calendar:
• Round one: Sydney Motorsport Park – March 6-7: four x one-hour races
• Round two: Winton Motor Raceway – June 11-13: two x two-hour races
• Round three: Queensland Raceway – August 6-8: two x two-hour races
• Round four: Wakefield Park Raceway – October 22-24: two x two-hour races
• Round five: Tailem Bend – December 3-5: one x four-hour race