Nations Cup at Adelaide in 2001

FERRARIS, Lamborghinis, Porsches and Dodge Vipers will lead the most exotic field of racing cars in the nation back to the streets of Adelaide for the Clipsal 500 meeting next April. It will be the second appearance for the Century ...

FERRARIS, Lamborghinis, Porsches and Dodge Vipers will lead the most exotic field of racing cars in the nation back to the streets of Adelaide for the Clipsal 500 meeting next April.

It will be the second appearance for the Century Batteries GTP Nations cars, which chose Adelaide for their spectacular debut on the Australian racing scene at this year¹s event.

The winners of the two inaugural Adelaide races were former Holden Young Lion Mark Noske, driving a $350,000 Ferrari F360 Modena Challenge, and three-time Australian Gold Star champion Paul Stokell, who thrilled spectators with his thundering black Lamborghini Diablo SVR coupe.

Since the cars roared off the grid for the first time in Adelaide, the Century Batteries GTP Nations Cup has become one of Australia¹s most popular series, appearing around the country on the same bill as the V8 Supercars in the Shell Championship Series.

The world¹s fastest and most desirable production GT cars heading for Adelaide next year could include up to five Ferrari F360s, two Lamborghini Diablo GTRs, five Dodge Viper ACRs, 10 Porsche 911 GT3s, a Jaguar XKR, Brabham-Honda Supercharged, the latest Ford Mustang, a special V8-powered BMW Z3 and more.

Stokell recently has been to Italy to track-test Lamborghini¹s latest Diablo GT and is hopeful the official Lamborghini Australia team can run two competition R versions in 2001. Adelaide¹s racing doctor, knee surgeon Greg Keene, will be lining up in his Porsche 911 GT3.

Also keen to return with the nimble GT3s are Jim Richards, 1999 Adelaide two-hour winner and current championship leader, and his perennial opponent Peter Fitzgerald, who won both races of the most recent GTP Nations Cup round in Melbourne last weekend.

"It would be great to go back to Adelaide again. It¹s a first class event and the atmosphere is fantastic," Richards said.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Jim Richards , Mark Noske , Peter Fitzgerald , Paul Stokell