In 2006 Russell Jamieson won his first Australian championship driving a laydown optimised version of the venerable Stockman MR2 design. Russ moved into 250 International, again racing the Stockman MR2 and RS Honda combination and finished seventh showing much promise, particularly at Round 2 at Eastern Creek racing top six for much of the weekend but the 2010 season was miserable for him. 2011 saw the big step of committing to importing the factory package of Anderson Maverick chassis and DEA engine as utilised by Russell Anderson's supported teams in the European championship. The Jamieson's embarked on a whole new journey developing the package for Australia, working alongside Carlo Chermaz as the two teams learnt the DEA engine, while fellow Queenslander team Jason Smith was a year ahead of them with the more well-known and Australian-proven FPE engine mounted aboard the latest Anderson and reaping rewards stepping up into the front of the field with the rest of the 250 twin set asking Jason who?
In 2011 Jamieson announced himself, taking three victories and taking lap records where ever he raced, but the mechanical reliability was not there yet and Russell was still tempering himself as a racer. 2012 saw Jason Smith take the Australian title having himself moved across to the Anderson-DEA combination in a nerve wracking final round which also saw Smith and Jamieson claim 1-2 at the final round in the familiar surrounds of Queensland Raceway.
2013 was the statement year. Sydney Motorsport Park bent to their will, four wins and a lap record as Garry Pegoraro kept him in sight knowing his home track at Phillip Island was to come. A trip to Europe for both Jamieson and Smith followed, along with updates for their Andersons. The Coach Design team arrived at Phillip Island with everything to play for and confidence of knowing their package as well as they could. Qualifying was shattering for the competition. Everyone except Pegoraro were playing for the minors. Into the first race and Jamieson smashed the lap record by well over two seconds. Electrical failures dented Pegoraro's chances and was unable to take advantage of a wet/dry track error from Jamieson. Races three and four saw more wins. Seven out of eight for the year, two round wins. It was the perfect season, a season four years in the making.
Russell Jamieson and his father and crew chief Chryss are both quiet voiced figures at the track but the smiles were all genuine. The results were keenly followed with congratulatory messages flooding south from Queensland while across in Italy, DEA Engines were psoting championship images on their social media. Amongst the tight-knit Queensland teams it was a championship enjoyed just as much as Jason Smith's had been 12 months previously.
For Smith himself fifth place was not reflective of the team's speed, more a reflection of the luckless year they had. When an engine rebuild was needed at Phillip Island the Queensland teams, in particular the Jamieson's, flocked around them to get Jason back into the race. He was but a tyre delamination in race four killed his chances of salvaging a top three championship position.
Michael Nicholas also visited the Island, his first appearance in the Australian championship in his TZ250 powered Stockman MR2. It was an exciting weekend, a few spins, in part triggered by the Island's famously variable weather were offset against seventh place in the final race and eighth place for the round, ahead of much better credentialled opposition.
The other star of the QSC's trip to Phillip Island was Dan Lewis. Dan, along with Sean Maberly, were both championship winning graduates of the QSC's Rotax Max series who had moved into the 250 National class. With the generous assistance of Don Munro's DHM Auto Services and Ashley Zahl's Zahl 1 Karting the pair teamed up for an assault on Phillip Island. Both Anderson Mavericks acquired gun metal stealth-kart colour schemes and Lewis' was treated to a new Gas Gas engine.
Lewis snatched pole position away unexpectedly on the final lap of qualifying from the guns of the category in Dale Williams, Dalton Rowell and Jason Akermanis. He then match-raced with Rowell and Williams in a thrilling dice that took attention away from the 250 Internationals in front. For the weekend Lewis tied on points for second place with the new champion Dalton Rowell. It was a result as unexpected as it was enjoyable. Maberly could not match Lewis speed but like Lewis he finished every race and finished fourth for the round in his CR250 Honda powered Anderson. Lewis and Maberly's presencema made up for the lack of Bernie Walsh whose engine failure at Sydney Motorsport Park precipitated his budget-enforced exit from the sport. Bernie, we missed you and hope you might be able to come back soon.
Ranging fortunes pushed Tim Philp into the limelight in the 125 cc class. With Gary Haywood threatening to march away with the title in the same manner as Russell Jamieson, only for mechanical unreliability to kill Haywood's charge in the black Bakker, Philp was thrust into the role of championship rival to Jeff Reed. Philp's spectacular but calcualted half-nosecone victory over Paul Campbell in the first race sent punters running for calculators. Reed was down on speed at Phillip Island, and perhaps acknowledging this had slipped into a points accumulation role. Philp was starring in the wet in the Floth Sustainable Building Consultants Avoig-Honda until the bleed hole stripped. Tim held has hand over the vent trying to keep water in the engine and points in the championship but the race was one lap too long as the temperature climbed too far. A huge off avoiding a spun kart from another class was enough to push him out of championship contention as Tony Lappas started racking up race wins. A spectacular pack battle in the final preceded a third place for Philp behind only the noticeably faster karts of Lappas and Haywood. For the second time at Phillip Island after his narrow championship loss in 2011 Philp took a podium result, a "bronze" to pair with his "silver" from two years ago. Tim and his father Craig were far from unhappy the smiling duo always happy to punch above their weight as they forge their own development both with their Avoig Elise chassis with their relatively modest workshop of RS125 Honda mechanicals.
Seventh, sixth and ninth for the round and sixth, seventh and eighth in the championship was the reward for the rest Queensland 125 cc contingent, respectively father/son combo Drene and Lindsay Jamieson and Phil Silcock. For Silcock he was stoked with his fastest ever laps of the famous circuit and impeccable reliability in the Rockpress Stockman-Honda. The Jamieson's though had nowhere near the smooth run Silcock had.
Blighted by electrical dramas on Friday the two Linra Properties laydown Stockman MR2s needed three electrical rebuilds between them. Their run continued into Saturday with Lindsay unable to take the start in race 1. From there things progressively improved with Lindsay in particular moving rapidly forwards in the Stockman his cousin Russell had won that 2006 125cc championship. Lindsay finished fifth, third and fourth over the remaining races, including a match race with Tim Philp in the final. A good Sunday always makes up for a dud Friday and is substantially better than a dud Sunday atfer a good Friday.