AUSF3: UTE: ASTC: Wakefield: Event preview

PROCAR bets on the roulettes - and huge race field - to top Wakefield Park crowd record. MORE than 100 cars, from Italian exotics to humble Holdens, are expected to take to Goulburn's Wakefield Park racing circuit today on day one of an ...

PROCAR bets on the roulettes - and huge race field - to top Wakefield Park crowd record.

MORE than 100 cars, from Italian exotics to humble Holdens, are expected to take to Goulburn's Wakefield Park racing circuit today on day one of an action-packed PROCAR Champ Series meeting.

Today will see official timed practice in eight categories ahead of qualifying and three races tomorrow and a full 17-race program on Sunday.

And despite the appearance of drivers such as champions John Bowe, Jim Richards, Allan Grice and Paul Stokell, AFL personality Sam Newman, former Sydney Roosters league star Jack Elsegood and country singer Adam Brand, not all the attractions will be on-track.

The Air Force Roulettes aerobatic team will do a total of three shows over the track tomorrow and on Sunday and hundreds of road utes are expected to enter a ute muster.

After a cavalcade of racing cars along the Braidwood Road from the track into Goulburn this afternoon, drivers will attend an autograph session in Montague Street until around 5pm.

Drivers in the V8 BRute Series will appear tonight at the Goulburn Soldiers Club and tomorrow night at the Workers Club.

The meeting will host races for the following championships -


* Australian Nations Cup Championship (Round 6)
* Australian GT Performance Championship (Round 6)
* Australian GT Production Car Championship (Round 6)
* V8 BRute Series (Round 6)
* Australian Formula 3 Championship (Round 5)
* Toyo Mitsubishi Mirage Series (Round 5)
* Future Tourers Championship (Round 4)
* Holden HQ State Championship (Round 5)

Major interest is expected to focus on the Nations Cup, featuring some of the world's fastest and most exotic sports cars.

John Bowe leads the series pointscore in his $750,000 Ferrari 360 GT coupe, followed closely by Jim Richards (Porsche GT3 Cup) and Geoff Morgan (Chrysler Viper ACR).

Organiser PROCAR Australia is hoping the meeting will break the track-record attendance of almost 11,000 people over three days, set at last year's PROCAR Champ Series round.

Thousands of people saw the drivers and their cars in a display in the centre of Canberra yesterday.

At a glance : PROCAR Champ Series at Wakefield Park

* Today. Official practice for all cars. Visit ,including road safety presentation, by children from four local schools. 3.15 pm approx., race cars depart in convoy along Braidwood Road to Montague Street, Goulburn. Display, autographs and giveaways until 4 pm. 6.30 pm - 7.30 pm, V8 BRute drivers at Goulburn Soldiers Club for autographs and announcement of winners in business window display competition.

* Saturday. From 8.45 am, qualifying for all cars, plus one race for Future Tourers, two races for HQ Holdens. Air Force Roulettes show at 2.35 pm. 6.30 pm - 7.30 pm, V8 BRute drivers at Goulburn Workers Club.

* Sunday. From 9 am, total of 17 races for all cars. Ute Muster display and competition. Driver autograph sessions with free posters. Air Force Roulettes shows at 12.45 pm and 3.40 pm.

* Categories competing - Nations Cup (Rd 6), GT Performance (Rd 6), GT Production Cars (Rd 6), V8 BRutes (Rd 6), Mitsubishi Mirages (Rd 5), Formula 3 (Rd 5), V8 Future Tourers (Rd 4), HQ Holdens (Rd 5).

* Tickets. Adults Saturday $10, Sunday $25, Family $40. Children under 14 years free all weekend. Ute drivers enter free on Sunday with paying adult passenger.

* Information. Wakefield Park (02) 4822 2811, or www.procar.com.au. Ute Muster entry forms at www.v8brutes.com.au.

-procar.au-

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Series Supercars , F3
Drivers Jim Richards , John Bowe , Paul Stokell , Jack Elsegood
Tags AUSUTE