The glorious uncertainty of endurance racing played out once again as Jim Pollicina and Ryan Simpson took out the Phillip Island 6 Hour, round two of the Australian Manufacturers Championship.
In a thrilling duel to the end, Formula Ford star Simpson - chased down and passed - reigning champions Stuart Kostera and Inky Tulloch, to take the lead with just two laps to go. The winners had to do one more pitstop than the TMR prepared car, but still had the pace to pull off a remarkable victory.
The father and son team of Tony and Klark Quinn started from pole position and stormed to an early lead.
But their race ended in bizarre fashion when a trolly jack went through the driver’s side floor during a routine pit stop.
Third position three laps down was the BMW of Nathan Morcom and Chaz Mostert while Cam Wilson/David Wood (Subaru) finished next ahead of Class C combatants Jake Camilleri/Scott Nicholas (Mazda 3 MPS) and the HSV Astra of Ryan McLeod and Leanne Tander.
In Class D it was the Honda Integra of Australian GT Champion Mark Eddy and Francois Jouy with laps over the Richard Gartner/Peter Leemhuis Renault Clio while Matt McGill and Geoff Brunsdon were delayed by a front end failure but still managed third in class. In Class I it was the Grant and Iain Sherrin Mini ahead of the similar machine of David Stutterd/Mike Eady which lost time when it ran out of fuel.
Last week’s guests on In Pit Lane, Grant Phillips, Andrew Turpie and Daryl Martin went out of the race when a wheel bearing failed causing a broken front hub.
Others out included the Colin Osborne/Rick Bates Mazda with a failed hydraulic line, the Matt Holt/Brett Howard/Warren Millett HSV Clubsport seized engine, and Peter Burnitt/Danny Buzadzic Subaru with a bad misfire on the opening laps and continuing turbo problems didn’t allow the Peter O’Donnell/John Bowe BMW to start.
With AMC Media Release.
In Pit Lane attended the Phillip Island 6 Hour thanks to The All Seasons Phillip Island Resort.