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AMRS Round 6 Welcome from Series Management We've travelled to South Australia, Queensland and New South Wales, and now we're back on home turf - welcome to the sixth and final round of the Australian Motor Racing Series at the nation's action track, Winton Motor Raceway! It's exciting that after travelling all over the country, several of our core categories are going to stage championship deciders in the very last round, which should produce plenty of entertainment and tension for everyone watching trackside and at home on the live stream. The GT-1 Australia Series has introduced a special race format this weekend to create some extra excitement around their title decider, and what a contest it's shaping up to be, with as many as five different drivers in with a chance of outright victory in the championship. We're also pleased to welcome back the Thunder Sports Cup for their final round - this category will also be closely fought out between a couple of drivers from just up the road in Albury. The Thunder Sports has been a popular addition to our program this year, attracting diverse fields of cars and passionate motorsport enthusiasts. The Miniature Race Cars have drawn a strong field, and will also be making an exciting announcement about some new and very cool machinery that will be joining their grids next year - stay tuned for more on that! Rounding out our program will be Stock Cars, and a combined field of Group S historic production sports cars and classic Porsches. On page 8 of this programme, you will find the announcement of our 2020 calendar. As you will see, we've expanded to an extra round in Queensland, and look forward to once again providing a professional yet affordable platform for categories to enjoy the benefits of national-level motorsport.

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Cheers, Matt Baragwanath – AMRS Series Manager

Track map Schedule 2020 AMRS Calendar Event Preview GT-1 Australia Thunder Sports Cup Miniature Race Cars Group S/Classic Porshces Stock Cars Officials

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AMRS Round 6 official event programme Editor: Lachlan Mansell Photos: Hunter Media, Trapnell Creations, Insyde Media The AMRS is proudly owned by the Benalla Auto Club and sanctioned by the Australian Auto Sport Alliance. Publisher: Chequered Flag Media 2/19 Faithfull Street, Goulburn NSW 2580 info@cfmedia.com.au

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AASA Introduces Flexible Insurance Options

The AASA is pleased to announced that the standard, base weekly benefit cover for all AASA licence holders at AASA events has been increased from $650 to $900 per week, at no additional charge. In addition, AASA annual licence holders competing at AASA events now have the flexibility of increasing their weekly benefit options through the AASA at the time of renewing their annual licence, or when applying for a new licence. In the past, competitors wanting to increase their personal accident cover would need to set that up through their own insurance policies. Now those competitors can choose to increase their weekly benefit amounts for incidents occurring at an AASA sanctioned event, from $900, to $1,100, $1,300 or $1,500. The weekly benefits will apply for a maximum period of 156 weeks subject to a seven-day excess where no benefits are payable.

With motorsport events attracting competitors from all walks of life, including business owners, contractors and executives, the AASA has been approached to offer greater flexibility in insurance options, should injury result in their inability to work whilst participating in AASA sanctioned events. For further information, contact: The Australian Auto Sport Alliance on (03) 5721 7800.

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Event schedule FRIDAY 15th November 2019 Start

Finish

Category

Session

Duration

Start

Finish

Category

Session

Duration

09:30

09:50

Miniature Race Cars

Practice 1

20 minutes

09:30

09:45

Miniature Race Cars

Qualifying

15 minutes

09:55

10:15

Thunder Sports

Practice 1

20 minutes

09:50

10:05

Thunder Sports

Practice 4

15 minutes

10:20

10:40

Porsche/ Group S

Practice 1

20 minutes

10:10

10:25

Porsche/Group S

Qualifying

15 minutes

10:45

11:05

Stockcars

Practice 1

20 minutes

10:30

10:45

Stockcars

Qualifying

15 minutes

11:10

11:30

Miniature Race Cars

Practice 2

20 minutes

10:50

11:10

GT-1 Australia

Practice 3

20 minutes

11:35

12:05

GT-1 Australia

Practice 1

30 minutes

11:15

11:35

Miniature Race Cars

Race 1

10 Laps

12:10

12:30

LUNCH

20 minutes

11:40

11:55

Thunder Sports

Qualifying

15 minutes

12:35

12:55

Thunder Sports

Practice 2

20 minutes

12:00

12:20

Porsche/Group S

Race 1

10 Laps

13:00

13:20

Porsche/ Group S

Practice 2

20 minutes

12:25

12:55

LUNCH

13:25

13:45

Stockcars

Practice 2

20 minutes

13:00

13:20

GT-1 Australia

Practice 4

20 minutes

13:50

14:10

Thunder Sports

Practice 3

20 minutes

13:25

13:45

Stockcars

Race 1

10 Laps

13:50

14:10

Thunder Sports

Race 1

12 Laps

14:15

14:35

Porsche/Group S

Race 2

10 Laps

14:40

15:00

Miniature Race Cars

Race 2

10 Laps

15:05

15:20

GT-1 Australia

Qualifying

15 minutes

15:30

15:50

GT-1 Australia

Race 1

15 min + 1 lap

15:55

16:15

Stockcars

Race 2

10 Laps

14:15 14:40 15:15

15:40

16:05

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16:00

16:25

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Miniature Race Cars GT-1 Australia Porsche/ Group S Stockcars Media Activities

Practice 3 Practice 2 Practice 3

Practice 3

Media

20 minutes 30 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes 30 minutes

30 minutes


SUNDAY 17th november 2019 Start

Finish

Category

Session

Duration

09:30

09:50

Porsche/ Group S

Race 3

10 Laps

09:55

10:15

Stockcars

Race 3

10 Laps

10:25

11:15

GT-1 Australia

Race 2

48 minutes

11:20

11:40

Miniature Race Cars

Race 3

10 Laps

11:45

12:05

Thunder Sports

Race 2

12 Laps

12:10

12:40

LUNCH

12:45

13:05

Miniature Race Cars

Race 4

10 Laps

13:10

13:30

Thunder Sports

Race 3

12 Laps

13:40

14:30

GT-1 Australia

Race 3

48 minutes + 1 lap

+ 1 lap

15:15

Formula 3

Race 3

18 laps

14:35

14:55

Miniature Race Cars

Race 5

10 Laps

15:00

15:20

Thunder Sports

Race 4

12 Laps

15:25

15:45

Porsche/ Group S

Race 4

10 Laps

15:50

16:10

Stockcars

Race 4

10 Laps

30 minutes

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amrs 2020 calendar Motorsport competitors and categories will benefit from an expanded Australian Motor Racing Series (AMRS) calendar next year, with the Benalla Auto Club-owned national series increasing its schedule to seven rounds for the 2020 season. As has become tradition, the AMRS will commence on home turf at Winton Motor Raceway on the last weekend of February. The Morgan Park venue in the regional Queensland centre of Warwick, which has been included on the AMRS calendar in each of the last two years, will return to the schedule for Round 2 in April. After successfully debuting on the calendar this year, with large entry numbers across all categories, The Bend Motorsport Park in South Australia will again make an appearance in 2020, hosting Round 3 at the end of May. A return to Winton Motor Raceway for the fourth round on 17-19 July will be followed by the series’ second visit to the Sunshine State, for Round 5 at Queensland Raceway on 7-9 August. Significantly, the Queensland Raceway race meeting – the AMRS’ first visit to the Ipswich venue – will play host to the 2020 Saloon Car Nationals. New South Wales will host the last two rounds of the series; Round 6 will be held at Sydney Motorsport Park on 25-27 September, before the AMRS travels to the BAC-owned Wakefield Park venue for the seventh and final round on 13-15 November. AMRS manager Matt Baragwanath said the 2020 calendar was determined after consultation with categories and competitors. “In constructing our calendar for next season, we liaised with all our core categories and following an extensive process of communicating with circuits, we’re excited to present the biggest AMRS calendar to date,” Mr

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Baragwanath said. “There was high demand for an extra event in Queensland during winter, and our introduction of a Queensland Raceway round gives our southern competitors the opportunity to escape the cold weather while enjoying the experience of a different circuit. The inclusion of the Saloon Car Nationals among other high-profile categories will make it a memorable first visit to the Ipswich circuit. “As well as increasing our number of rounds for next season, we’re also looking at some other initiatives to enhance the competitor experience, including feature races and varied formats. “What won’t change is our philosophy of offering a professional, national-level experience within an affordable price range, and to that end we will continue to have a dedicated team of management personnel and officials who will travel to every round, ensuring a consistent experience for the categories and competitors.” The exact makeup of categories on the AMRS program will be finalised shortly, but the series is again expected to take in rounds of national classes including the TA2 Muscle Car Series, GT-1 Australia, Australian Formula Ford Championship, Australian Formula 3 Championship, Thunder Sports Cup and Miniature Race Car Series, among others. Some rounds will also be augmented by local or state-level categories. The 2019 AMRS concludes at Winton Motor Raceway this weekend. 2020 AMRS Calendar Round 1: Winton Raceway, 28 February-1 March Round 2: Morgan Park, 3-5 April Round 3: The Bend Motorsport Park, 29-31 May Round 4: Winton Raceway, 17-19 July Round 5: Queensland Raceway, 7-9 August Round 6: Sydney Motorsport Park, 25-27 September Round 7: Wakefield Park, 13-15 November

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AMRS Round 6 Preview Your essential form guide for each category It's the final round of the AMRS, and champions will be crowned in several different categories this weekend. Series commentator Lachlan Mansell checks out the form guide in each class.

GT-1 Australia Last year's GT-1 Australia Series came down to the wire at Winton, Jake Camilleri narrowly winning the title ahead of Matt Stoupas. Stoupas again finds himself as the chaser coming into the deciding event of the season, but this time the margin is much closer - he is just seven points behind John Morriss. But while much of the focus will be on Stoupas and Morriss, there are as many as six drivers who could mathematically win the title, creating the prospect of an intriguing spectacle.

What to watch:

The new race format. The twin 50-minute races with the handicap pit stop format is well-proven in terms of generating close and exciting finishes, but this weekend's round will feature some added spice with a 15-minute "quickfire" race on Saturday afternoon, immediately after qualifying. No pit stops, no handicaps, just a flat-out sprint.

Points after Round 4 1

John Morriss

636

2

Matt Stoupas

629

3

Rod Salmon

595

4

Adam Hargraves

552

5

Geoff Taunton

527


Thunder Sports The Thunder Sports title contest between Albury drivers Mark Tracey and Cory Gillett has been well documented in the local press, and both drivers are looking forward to putting on a good show on the track. But the battle for third in the points will also be intense, with Merrick Malouf only 18 points ahead of Matt Sears, who dominated the previous round of the series.

What to watch:

Reliability. The Thunder Sports machines are characterised by modifications which improve their performance, but ensuring they can make it to the finish of each race also presents challenges, especially in the hot November Winton weather.

Points after Round 3 1

Mark Tracey

245

2

Cory Gillett

238

3

Merrick Malouf

104

4

Matt Sears

86

5

Jon Lawson

83

Miniature Race Cars The Miniature Race Car Series arrives at Winton with its biggest field of the season, some new faces joining the established names in an 18-car grid. After winning last year's title, Craig White comes into the weekend in the box seat to defend his crown, holding a 28-point advantage over Peter Griffiths. Chad Cotton fell to third in the standings after chalking up a DNF with engine problems in the previous round.

Points after Round 4 What to watch:

Mini Muscle Cars. They're the latest addition to the Miniature Race Cars category, and these scaled-down replicas of classic Australian muscle cars will be officially launched this weekend. Beautifully presented and full of character, they're sure to be a hit.

1

Craig White

337

2

Peter Griffiths

309

3

Chad Cotton

305

4

David Halls

273

5

Garry Roberts

256

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Stock Cars The American-derived Stock Cars are back on the AMRS program for their second round of 2019, and the absence of James Burge, who dominated the previous round at Sydney Motorsport Park, has opened up the potential for different winners to break through this weekend. Experienced Stock Car pilot David Hender should be one of the front-runners, along with former Excel racer Danny Burgess, and former Legend Car racer Stephen Chilby.

What to watch:

Braking. Stock Cars are quick enough in a straight line, but keep in mind they were designed for America's ovals and big, flowing race tracks rather than a circuit with the tight confines of Winton. Getting these beasts stopped and turned will be the biggest task for each driver.

Group S & Porsche Classics The classic Porsche 911s make their return to the AMRS program, while the Group S category, for historic production sports cars, makes its first appearance with the AMRS. In many ways, these cars are the predecessors to the cars that now race in GT-1 Australia - vehicles with a pure sporting pedigree that look just as at home on the race track as they do on public roads. The nimble handling of the Porsches and beautiful sound of the horizontally-opposed six cylinder engines are always appreciated by fans.

What to watch:

Cars with strengths and weaknesses. While the field is dominated by Porsche 911s, there are a few more powerful cars on the entry list, including Ray Narkiewicz's Corvette, which will have an advantage on the straights, but not in the corners.



ENTRY LIST No.

Sponsor

Driver

Car Make and Model

6

Oneworld Superyacht Charters

Rod Salmon

Audi R8 LMS

20

Local Search

Adam Hargraves

MARC II

23

KFC Motorsport

Matt Stoupas

Audi R8 LMS

28

GJ Motorsport

Bayley Hall

MARC I

34

Motorsport Leasing Pty Ltd

John Morriss

Porsche 911 GT3-R

66

GaP Solutions.com.au / Sektor

John Goodacre

MARC I

73

Showergrate

Peter Corbett

Lamborghini Gallardo

80

Mornington Mazda Racing

Tony Groves

MARC I

93

MARC Cars Australia

Hadrian Morrall

MARC I

95

Taunton Motorsport

Geoff Taunton

MARC II

97

Grand Prix Mazda

Jake Camilleri

MARC I

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ENTRY LIST No.

Sponsor

Driver

Car Made and Model

1

Cable Source / Truckphones.com.au

Brent Edwards

Ford Falcon

3

Sieders Racing Team

Glenn Hancox

Holden VE Ute

Phil Porter

Mitsubishi Evo 8

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Truckrite, Phoenix Lubricants, Ausfleet

Cameron McKee

Ford AU XR6

15

Avis car and truck rental Albury

Matt Sears

Bmw M3

19

Twin City Roller Doors

Mark Tracey

BMW E36

21

CorowaKitchens and Cabinets

Clint Henderson

Holden VE Ute

22

Perlow manor concrete

Russell Fox

Toyota Mr2

27

Reliance Mechanical, Enginemaster Australia

Cory Gillett

Silvia Nissan

43

Car Trade Workshop

Darren Smith

Mazda RX7

43

Car Trade Workshop

Graham Smith

Mazda RX7

55

AHG Plumbing

Tony Heasly

Holden Commodore

57

Mipa Australia

Corey Walton

Ford Falcon

68

Sieders Racing Team

Gerard Maggs

Holden VE Ute

69

Prime Finance

Merrick Malouf

Ford Ute

79

Rook Finance, Customer Sports and Restoration

John Ristevski

Mazda RX8

85

MPC Auto Speed

Daniel Petselis

Porsche 944

89

Damien Hunter Motorsport

Damien Hunter

Renault Clio

94

Truckrite /Phoenix Lubricants

David Shaw

Ford EB XR6

95

Pozzies Mechanical Repairs/RBA Financial

Glen Postlethwaite

Holden VY Commodore

98

Rapid Performance.parts

Peter Ryder

Nissan Silvia S13

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ENTRY LIST No.

Sponsor

Driver

Car Make and Mode

5

Neilson Motorsport

Brad Neilson

ARC Falcon, 2002

9

Ruthie Bowler

Ruthie Bowler

ARC 1940 Ford Coupe

10

Bobs 4WD Centre

Shane Burns

ARC Commodore, 2004

11

Team Supreme

Chad Cotton

Future Busa, 2004

17

Shayne Smith, True Blue Restorations

Dylan Whitworth

ARC Falcon

20

Ventura Bus, Dubai Sneakerheads, GAP: Greyhound Adoption Program

Pascal Neitzner

ARC Falcon

22

Grampians Edge Caravan Park

Stephen Vines

ARC Falcon, 2004

26

PK Transport

Peter Klein

ARC Commodore

34

Dave's Panel & Paint

David Halls

ARC Commodore

36

Transformer Tiling

David Brewer

Future Busa, 2004

38

Heinrich Performance

Glenn Boyd

ARC Ford Coupe, 2001

48

Nippys, PJK Transport, Substruct

Blake Purdie

ARC Nissan Altima

58

Crystal Clear Audio

Jack Boyd

ARC Falcon, 2014

69

LuDicrous Spray Painting

Peter Griffiths

ARC Nissan Altima

92

Mildura Autoglass

Luke Bergens

Future Busa, 2005

179

Dean Michalik

Dean Michalik

ARC Commodore, 2003

226

STC Contracting

Stephen Chilby

MRC Legend

347

ACT Spray Seeding

Craig White

Future Busa, 2004

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Group s Classic Porsche ENTRY LIST No.

Sponsor

Driver

Car Make and Model

7

Red Rock Winery

Rohan Little

1974 Porsche 911

55

Cunneen Signs

David Cunneen

1976 Porsche 911

56

John DalCollo

John DalCollo

1972 Datsun 240Z

65

Ray Narkiewicz

Ray Narkiewicz

1965 Chevrolet Corvette

66

Porsche Classic Racing

Alexander Webster

1975 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7

73

Carnaby Racing co

Andrew Whiteside

1969 Porsche

90

Kalus Kenny Intellex

Sven Burchartz

1975 Porsche 911

911

ABS NSW P?l

Douglas Barbour

1976 Porsche 911

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ENTRY LIST No.

Sponser

Driver

Car Make and Mode

7

Steel N Stuff

Danny Burgess

Chev Silverado

8

Hunter Valley Spray Booths

Brett Mitchell

Austruck El Camino

22

Motorsports Training Australia

Trevor Chrisp

Dodge Charger

27

Awesome Automotive/Local Golden Ale

Zac O'Hara

Chev Monte Carlo

Michael Heppleston

Holden Sedan

48

18

53

Pearcedale Plant Hire P/L

David Hender

Pontiac Grand Prix

62

Hampton Hotel-Motel

Derrick Hossak

Holden Sedan Ve2

84

La Scaletta/Merriwa Engineering

Robert Marchese

Chev Silverado

226

Stephen Chilby

Stephen Chilby

Chev Silverado

TBA

Sieders Racing Team

Aaron King

Holden VE Ute

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Officials list

Duty

Name

Series Manager

Matt Baragwanath

Race Secretary

Prue Payne

Clerk of Course

Daryl McHugh

Deputy Clerk Of Course

Michael Nielsen & Bruce Robertson

Chief Steward

Gary Gourlay

Chief Commentator

Lachlan Mansell

Timing

Lucy Hatton/Merilea Manning

Race/Flag Comms

Kevin Watson

Starter

Matt Conford

Pit Lane Chief

Caitlin Sartori

Pre-Grid

April Allsop

Grid marshalls

Steve Allsop, Jo Allsop, Sarah Allsop, Brett Gunningham, Daryl Beatttie

Chief Scrutineer

Alan Brown

Chief Flagmarsall

Kevin Watson

Safety Car

Lee Davis

Flagmarshalls

Peter Laurie, Warren Gordon, John Clarke, Karen Legg, Paul Kelly, Shane Rogers, David Mayor, Geoff Kay, David Humphries, Russell Paech, Max Besanko, Brad Cameron, Alicia McMahon, Ian Young, Damian Mitchell, David Hecker, David Reckenberg, Keith Sutton, Ross Cole

Medical

Event Medical Team

Fire/Rescue/Recovery

Racesafe