Newton-John And McColl Ready For Clipsal 500 April 4, 2001- The NRC Racing Formula Holden Team hits the streets of Adelaide for the jewel in the crown of the 2001 Holden Australian Drivers' Championship, the Clipsal 500 this weekend. NRC...
Newton-John And McColl Ready For Clipsal 500
April 4, 2001- The NRC Racing Formula Holden Team hits the streets of Adelaide for the jewel in the crown of the 2001 Holden Australian Drivers' Championship, the Clipsal 500 this weekend.
NRC Racing has a strong record in Adelaide - the Melbourne team won the inaugural Formula Holden race at the former Grand Prix circuit last season. This places great expectations upon the team's 2001 season rookie drivers, 26 year old American Emerson Newton-John, and 21 year old Newcastle driver Stewart McColl.
According to Newton-John, the nephew of icon Australian celebrity Olivia Newton-John, competing on the Adelaide Street Circuit in a Formula Holden is like a dream come true for the internationally experienced racing driver.
"I watched many of the Australian Grand Prix races held at the challenging Adelaide Street Circuit and always wanted to drive a high powered open wheeler on this circuit. After scoring a strong second place at my first Formula Holden Championship race at Phillip Island two weeks ago, I'm eager to get out there as I know that the team will give me one of the best cars in the field," Newton-John said.
"The fast turn to the back straight - even in the shorter circuit layout for the Clipsal 500, looks like it will be very challenging in a Formula Holden. The races can't come soon enough for me, if I can win it would be the first win at this event by an American driver," He added.
21 year old Stewart McColl hopes to continue the impressive form he displayed at his Formula Holden debut a fortnight ago (2nd overall) in Adelaide. The Newcastle driver's participation at the Clipsal 500 depends on the ex Formula Ford driver securing the remainder of a budget shortfall by the end of the week. Both McColl and NRC Racing are doing all possible to ensure that this exciting NSW rookie can take part.
"We are working to secure the budget we need to keep racing and it's a rough way to head into this race, but I'm confident that with NRC Racing I have a real chance to win in Adelaide. I have never raced there but the team has the benefit of having won here last year so there is no reason why we can't come out firing," McColl said.
Team Owner Arthur Abrahams is looking forward to a fast paced return to Adelaide this weekend. "The Clipsal 500 is by far the best event of the season - the venue is fantastic and the circuit lends itself to exciting open wheeler racing. We hope to go one better than last season and win both races this time around, but it won't be easy - that's for sure," He said.