Peter Brock's hopes of becoming a winner again in championship motor racing will get a boost when round five of the Donut King Australian Nations Cup Championship for GT sports cars gets under way at Oran Park Raceway, near, Sydney, today. The...
Peter Brock's hopes of becoming a winner again in championship motor racing will get a boost when round five of the Donut King Australian Nations Cup Championship for GT sports cars gets under way at Oran Park Raceway, near, Sydney, today.
The Holden Monaros of Brock and Garry Rogers Motorsport teammate Nathan Pretty will have extra horsepower after a mid-season performance parity adjustment applied by series organiser PROCAR Australia.
The adjustment, by way of a one millimetre increase in the air intake diameter on the 7.0 litre V8 Monaro engine, is intended to lift the Australian coupe's lap speeds up to those of John Bowe's Ferrari and Paul Stokell's Lamborghini, the two most competitive cars in the series.
Brock is just a step away from a win, having scored two second places during his driving comeback after five years away from the track.
However, he is doubtful whether the boost will be enough to do it on the twists and turns of Oran Park, where the cornering ability of smaller cars will count for as much as outright speed.
"It doesn't seem like much, but we'll take what we can get and move on," he said.
Currentlly, Brock is fourth in the Meguiar's Drivers Championship points standings.
Bowe leads after a consistent first half of the season, including six wins, while Stokell is second after four wins and Pretty third, after two wins.
The Nations Cup weekend starts with official practice today, followed by qualifying tomorrow and three races on Sunday.
The GT sports cars, also including makes such as Viper, Porsche and BMW, will be highlight of one of the biggest events of the year at Oran Park.
With three races on Saturday and 15 on Sunday, the PROCAR Champ Series meeting has attracted a record entry of 163 cars contesting seven different championship series.
As well as the Nations Cup, the program features rounds of the Australian GT Performance Championship, Australian Production Car Championship, Poolrite V8 BRutes Series, Australian Formula 3 Championship Falken Tyres Mirage Cup and Australian Porsche Drivers Challenge.
Other attractions on Sunday will include three public autograph sessions with drivers and a ute muster, which is expected to attract several hundred roadgoing utes in support of the V8 BRute racers.
Further information about the PROCAR Champ Series meeting, including ticket prices, entry lists and race times, is available on www.procar.com.au <http://www.procar.com.au/> , or by phoning Oran Park Raceway on (02) 4646 1004.