Peter Brock, one of Australia's most successful racing drivers for more than 30 years, says he won't let a lack of experience deter his challenge to John Bowe, Paul Stokell and others in round three of the Donut King Australian Nations Cup ...
Peter Brock, one of Australia's most successful racing drivers for more than 30 years, says he won't let a lack of experience deter his challenge to John Bowe, Paul Stokell and others in round three of the Donut King Australian Nations Cup Championship for GT sports cars at Goulburn's Wakefield Park circuit this weekend.
Brock's career has never included a race at the rural New South Wales track, but he expects to come to grips quickly with its hillside layout when practice starts today for the three-day PROCAR Champ Series meeting.
"I watched a videotape of some V8 BRute races there and it looks pretty twisty and tight; it should be an interesting challenge," said the nine-time Bathurst winner, who will race a 7.0 litre Holden Monaro against the Ferrari of Bowe, the Lamborghinis of Stokell and Anthony Tratt, D'arcy Russell's Chrysler Viper and Martin Wagg's Porsche GT3 RS.
"It shouldn't take long to get used to it, though, and I'm looking forward to some good races and hopefully being competitive."
Brock was certainly as competitive as ever in his series debut in round two last month, claiming a second place and fastest race lap in a hard-fought three races.
However, it is Bowe who has the form going into the weekend.
The PHR Scuderia driver leads Stokell in the 2003 championship pointscore and last year made a clean sweep of the Wakefield round with pole position, three race wins and the lap record.
"There's no doubt Wakefield Park suits my Ferrari, but I think the Monaros will be faster," Bowe said.
"It's not going to be a walkover. I'll do my best and if there's a way to win I'll find it. The racing will be terrific at the front of the field."
For the first time, Stokell heads a three-car Team Lamborghini Australia, with Sam Newman taking on a Diablo SVR to contest the Group Two competition.
The PROCAR Champ Series weekend will feature 16 races in six championships over Saturday and Sunday.
As well as the Nations Cup, the program will feature the GT Performance, Australian Production Cars, Poolrite V8 Brutes, Formula 3 and Falken Mitsubishi Mirage championships.
Off-track, the third annual Wakefield Park ute muster is expected to attract more than 300 roadgoing utes from throughout New South Wales.
Championship standings after Round 2 -
Donut King Australian Nations Cup Championship: 1 John Bowe 137, 2 Paul Stokell 125, 3 Nathan Pretty 98.
Australian GT Performance Championship (supported by Strathfield): 1 Wayne Boatwright 131, 2 Mark King 71, 3-equal Graham Alexander/Bob Pearson 71.
Australian Production Car Championship: 1 Scott Loadsman 106, 2 Steve Grocl 86, 3 David Russell 51.
Poolrite V8 BRutes Series: 1 Charlie Kovacs 93, 2 Gary Baxter 75, 3 Grant Denyer 71.5