New teams will boost exotic Nations Cup in 2003.
Australia's motor racing championship for exotic GT sports cars, the Nations Cup, will be boosted next season by three new teams representing makes from Australia, Germany and Britain.
The winning car at the recent Bathurst 24-Hour, Garry Rogers Motorsport's 7.0 litre Holden Monaro CV8, is scheduled to be on the grid for the start of the eight-round series at the Clipsal 500 meeting in Adelaide in late March and also will appear in the non-championship feature races at the Australian Grand Prix two weeks earlier.
Proposed new technical regulations for 2003 also will admit the FIA N-GT class Porsche GT3 RS, with which the British Cirtek Motorsport team of David Brabham, Darren Palmer, Allan Grice and Manfred Jurasz led Bathurst for around 15 hours.
Team owner Rob Schirle confirmed this week the Bathurst car will remain in Australia to be driven next year by Formula 3 ace Palmer, while an identical second car is one its way from the team's base at Mallory Park circuit, England.
The driver for the second car is yet to be appointed.
Also lining up from the AGP meeting will be production car champion Kosi Kalaitzidis, in a TVR Chimera from the British sports car manufacturer TVR.
Kalaitzidis has imported the 5.0 litre V8 from Malaysia, where he drove it recently in a 12-hour race.
"The TVR needs a bit of work to fit the regulations, but it has lots of potential," Kalaitzidis said.
"It has 440 horsepower and at 969 kilograms will be the lightest car in the Nations Cup. It sability to drive out of stop-start corners will make it a real threat on tight circuits and I hope we can get into the top five eventually."
The Monaro, the TVR and at least three of the $390,000 Porsches are expected to join an established line-up of the most exotic cars in Australian motorsport.
John Cowley, Deputy Executive Chairman of series organiser PROCAR Australia, said that although entries would not be confirmed until after the new regulations were officially approved, he expected the Nations Cup field again to include cars such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Viper, Honda and Corvette.
The Australian Nations Cup Championship, entering its fourth season, will be the headine event in the PROCAR Champ Series, which also will feature championship series for GTP production touring cars, the V8 BRutes and the fast-growing Australian Formula 3.