Lo­cal driver set for de­but at Sandown this weekend

Whitsunday Times - - MOTORING -

THIS weekend’s opener for the Aus­tralian Man­u­fac­tur­ers Cham­pi­onship at Sandown In­ter­na­tional Race­way will host the cat­e­gory de­but of Air­lie Beach speed­ster Nick Lange.

Lange will be joined by fel­low Queens­lan­der Brock Giblin of Lands­bor­ough who is com­ing to Os­borne Mo­tor­sport af­ter tast­ing vic­tory in the open­ing round of the Queens­land Ex­cel Se­ries where he re-set the lap record and took all three race wins ear­lier this month.

The in­tro­duc­tion of two new racers adds to what is al­ready a spe­cial event for Os­borne Mo­tor­sport who are cel­e­brat­ing 25 con­sec­u­tive years of their in­volve­ment in pro­duc­tion car rac­ing.

Giblin will be just one half of the line up for the #31 Os­borne Mo­tor­sport Mazda3 hit­ting the track for the Sandown 3 Hour Clas­sic while min­ing main­ta­nence plan­ner Lange is ex­pected to bring some sig­nif­i­cant en­durance ex­pe­ri­ence to the ta­ble.

Lange has taken a bit of break from rac­ing since 2011 but has pre­vi­ously com­peted in var­i­ous en­durance events in­clud­ing the Bathurst 12 Hour.

“I have been try­ing to make my way back to the driver’s seat for a lit­tle while now, so I am ab­so­lutely stoked to be join­ing a pro­fes­sional and well es­tab­lished team like Os­borne Mo­tor­sport,” he said.

Lange said there would be a few nerves on the first day but felt con­fi­dent they would dis­ap­pear af­ter get­ting a few laps un­der his belt.

This weekend will be one of pride for team prin­ci­pal Colin Os­borne as he cel­e­brates his 25th year in the cham­pi­onship.

“We are pleased to wel­come our two new driv­ers. Nick has quite broad ex­pe­ri­ence as well as lots of en­durance miles un­der his belt, and Brock at only 16-years of age is al­ready show­ing a lot of prom­ise,” he said.

“While class C of this cham­pi­onship is very com­pet­i­tive and chal­leng­ing you can rest as­sured that even with two new driv­ers we won’t be go­ing home sat­is­fied from each event un­less we know we get the best re­sult we pos­si­bly could have un­der all the cir­cum­stances.”

The two-pronged cham­pi­onship awards the ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­turer and the suc­cess­ful driver, with six sep­a­rate classes mak­ing up one of the most eclec­tic fields of com­peti­tors in Aus­tralian mo­tor­sport.

The cham­pi­onship will see ev­ery­thing from high-per­for­mance ve­hi­cles to those run­ning on al­ter­na­tive en­ergy tak­ing to the track.

Round two of will be held at the Phillip Is­land Grand Prix Cir­cuit from May 23-25.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Aus­tralian Man­u­fac­tur­ers Cham­pi­onship, visit www.am­champ.com.au.

LO­CAL SPEED­STER: Whit­sun­day lo­cal Nick Lange will be com­pet­ing in the Sandown 3 Hour Clas­sic as part of the Os­borne Mo­tor­sport team at the Sandown In­ter­na­tional Race­way this weekend.

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