Local driver set for debut at Sandown this weekend
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.