Big weekend at new look Sandown.
Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, 25 July 2002: Another record field of Formula Vees, a return of the state's top Commodore Cup cars, huge fields in most other categories and the appearance of Nations Cup star and multiple Australian Drivers Champion Paul Stokell in the $600'000 Lamborghini Diablo GTR. They're just some of the highlights in this weekends Victorian Motor Racing Championships at the revamped Sandown International Motor Raceway.
48 Formula Vees will contest round 4 of the state title with the big question: Can anybody beat Andy Nethercote?
The Green Machine dominated last time out at Sandown but competitors like Tony Bouquet, Terry Kerr, Drew Beacham and Nethercote's favorite on-track rival Ray Colenso, will be out to end the extraordinary Nethercote winning streak.
In the Aporschapart 944 series, Paul Faulkner and Mark Eddy will resume their fight with Brendon Morter. Morter won the round at Sandown held earlier this year but had problems at Phillip Island last round and he be determined to get back on the winning list.
The Marque Sportscar fight will be highlighted by the appearance of Paul Stokell's Lamborghini Diablo GTR. Stokell entered the event after a chance meeting with VMRC representatives on the set of the popular Melbourne television show In Pit Lane.
The V12 Italian supercar will however, not have it all its own way, with stiff opposition from the MGB GT V8 of Mort Fitzgerald, Tom Hutchinson's Triumph TR 8 and the flying Porsche brigade led by Perry Spiridis and the flame throwing turbo of Bedgood and Goods.
The V8 Pythons of George "The Snake Charmer" Vidovic and Tom "Crush" Cantwell will be hoping for a dramatic change of the bad luck that has blighted the team this year.
Despite a round of the National Championship held at Oran Park the same weekend, a full field of Sports Sedans will be on show. Sandown is a V8 paradise, but the rotary brigade led by Chris Muscat and Richard Catchlove will be out to beat the bent eights of Dean Camm's Chev powered Honda, Michael Robinson in the Commodore, Rod Smith's big block Falcon and the return of Stephen Vines all Ford V8 Cortina.
A wildcard in the pack; especially if it's wet could be the big black V12 Jag of Mike Roddy. It will be one of the cars last appearances before the debut of Roddy's rebuilt ex Trenoweth XJS complete with an ex TWR 700 BHP Group C factory engine.
Another huge field of Improved Production cars will see the V8 versus Rotary fight continue, The battle of Hastings will be resumed in U2 litre Sports Sedans, there's Formula Ford, more HQ's than Afghani boat people and the spectacular Group N Historic Touring Cars with the Mustangs, Minis, Cortinas and Toranas.