A RECORD, multi-million dollar field of the world's most desirable grand touring coupes will contest the Cleanevent Nations Cup at the Qantas Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on 1-4 March. A total of 36 cars, including an unprecedented...
A RECORD, multi-million dollar field of the world's most desirable grand touring coupes will contest the Cleanevent Nations Cup at the Qantas Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on 1-4 March.
A total of 36 cars, including an unprecedented nine Ferraris, has been entered for three races on the Albert Park Formula One circuit during the grand prix.
"The Cleanevent Nations Cup will showcase the greatest performance marques from around the world - Ferrari and Lamborghini from Italy, Lotus and Jaguar from Britain, Honda, Toyota and Nissan from Japan and Porsche from Germany," said Ross Palmer, Chief Executive of Nations Cup series organiser PROCAR Australia Pty Ltd.
"Australian spectators have never experienced an event like this before and it's totally appropriate they will be able to enjoy it in the prestigious international setting of the Qantas Australian Grand Prix weekend.
"I doubt if an Australian racing category has ever presented nine Ferraris and, with Ferrari arriving in Melbourne as Formula One champions, their entry could hardly be more significant."
Eight of the Ferraris in the Cleanevent Nations Cup are the latest F360 Modena Challenge coupes valued at around $350,000 each - ensuring a lot more than trophies will be at stake when the starting light goes green.
The entry list is a record for the Nations Cup category, which was launched less than a year ago by PROCAR Australia.
Six-time Bathurst champion Jim Richards is one of the early favourites for the Cleanevent races, driving the Porsche GT3 in which he won last year's Nations Cup national series.
But he faces stiff competition from fellow Porsche aces including Peter Fitzgerald, Domenic Beninca and Matthew Coleman, Prancing Horse Ferrari team young guns Mark Noske and Cameron McConville and three-time Australian Gold Star driving champion Paul Stokell, in a Lamborghini Diablo.
The event also will see the debuts of two new British racers, the lightweight Lotus Elise Sport 200 of Mark Williamson and the supercharged V8 Jaguar XKR/T of Bob Thorn.
<pre> ENTRY LIST No. Driver Entrant Car Colour Cap. 1 Jim Richards Falken Tyres/J Richards Porsche GT3 Yellow 3600 3 Peter Fitzgerald Falken Tyres Porsche GT3 Blue/Green 3600 4 Mark Noske Prancing Horse Racing Ferrari F360 Challenge Red 3586 6 Rusty French Rusty French Dodge Viper ACR Black 7990 7 Darcy Russell Rusty French Dodge Viper ACR Black 7990 8 Michael Downard MPD Racing Pty Ltd Porsche GT3 White 3600 9 Greg Crick Rod Smith Racing Nissan Skyline GT-R White 2569 10 Peter Hill Peter Hill Porsche GT3 Silver 3600 12 Geoff Morgan monster.com Dodge Viper ACR Silver 7990 14 Domenic Beninca TNT Porsche GT3 Orange/White 3600 16 TBA Rusty French Porsche GT3 Black 3600 18 Murray Carter Murray Carter Chevrolet Corvette C5 Red 5680 20 Ian Palmer Palmer Promotions Brabham Honda NSX White 3179 21 Greg Keene Greg Keene Porsche GT3 White 3600 22 Steve Webb Steve Webb Porsche GT3 Silver 3600 24 Frances Placentino Prancing Horse Racing Ferrari F360 Challenge Red 3586 34 Scott Shearman Prancing Horse Racing Ferrari F360 Challenge Red 3586 41 Winston Kim Melbourne Clutch & Brake Porsche GT3 Red 3600 43 Tony Quinn Tony Quinn Porsche GT3 Yellow 3600 44 Cameron McConville Prancing Horse Racing Ferrari F360 Challenge Red 3586 45 John Teulan Statewide GT-R Racing Nissan Skyline GT-R Blue/Silver/Red 2997 54 Jim Cornish Prancing Horse Racing Ferrari F360 Challenge Red 3586 55 Peter Floyd Peter Floyd Ferrari F355 Challenge Red 3586 62 Matt Coleman Matthew Coleman Porsche GT3 Yellow 3600 64 Maher Algadri Prancing Horse Racing Ferrari F360 Challenge Red 3586 66 Paul Stokell Team Lamborghini Australia Lamborghini Diablo GTR Yellow 6000 70 Martin Wagg Martin Wagg Porsche GT3 Blue 3600 74 Dolly Nasution Prancing Horse Racing Ferrari F360 Challenge Black 3586 77 Jose Fernandez Sasol Racing Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 Orange 2568 79 Mike Conway Mike Conway Dodge Viper ACR Blue 7990 80 Mark Williamson Mark Williamson Lotus Elise Sport 200 Black 1798 84 Sam Newman Prancing Horse Racing Ferrari F360 Challenge Red 3586 87 Bryan Thomson Supra-Tec Australia Toyota Supra RZ Black 2997 88 Bob Thorn Bob Thorn Jaguar XKR8/T Red/Blue 3996 91 Peter Harburg Peter Harburg Porsche GT3 Red 3600 99 Peter Landan Peter Landan Lotus Elise Sport 200 Burgundy 1798