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MELBOURNE -- Racing legend Peter Brock expects "a hell of a stoush" when Team Brock pits two home-grown Holden Monaros against some of the world's most exotic GT cars during round three of the PROCAR Champ Series at Sandown International Motor ...

MELBOURNE -- Racing legend Peter Brock expects "a hell of a stoush" when Team Brock pits two home-grown Holden Monaros against some of the world's most exotic GT cars during round three of the PROCAR Champ Series at Sandown International Motor Raceway on 14-16 May.

A huge field of up to 150 cars, from Ferraris to Falcon utes to Formula 3 single-seaters, is expected to contest seven championship series on the Sandown program.

The meeting promises the biggest variety of cars in national championship racing and outstanding value for spectators.

Adult ticket prices have been set at $12 on Sunday and $10 on Saturday, with $25 family tickets available each day. Paddock entry is free.

Entries close tomorrow, but Brock has already committed to the meeting's headline event, round three of the Australian Nations Cup Championship, with his Bathurst 24-Hour winning 05# Monaro and an identical new car for his son James, 27.

Sandown will be the first outing for James Brock's car, which he has built to identical 7.0 litre specifications in the family team's own workshop.

Nathan Pretty is scheduled to drive the original 427# Monaro for Garry Rogers Motorsport.

Brock Senior says the Nations Cup "big guns" will present fans with an awesome spectacle at Sandown, which is renowned as a big-horsepower circuit.

Rivalling the Monaros among the leading pack will be the 6.0 litre V12 Lamborghini Diablo of series leader Paul Stokell and Ferrari 550 Maranello of Denmark's Allan Simonsen, plus a 600 horsepower Porsche GT2 turbo driven by Sydney's David Stevens.

"It will be a hell of a stoush. Up the long back straight at Sandown and into the Dandenong Road section, the Nations Cup cars will be awesome," Brock said.

"I'm absolutely looking forward to it and especially to seeing James in our new car."

While the Brocks have a lot of ground to make up in the Nations Cup points table, Stokell will be desperate to build his leading margin after an unhappy second round at Oran Park last month.

Pretty took two races and the round win to cut the gap to just 20 points and is confident the thundering yellow coupe will go well at Sandown.

Stokell has the landmark goal of 40 Nations Cup wins in his sights, having already scored 38 wins since the start of the series in 2000 to become its most successful driver.

The driver Stokell will be watching most closely is Simonsen, 24, and his ex-American Le Mans Series Ferrari 550 Maranello.

Simonsen, who counted McLaren Formula 1 star Kimi Raikkonen among his rivals during their World Karting Championship days, missed round two but showed powerful form with a win and two second places in round one.

As well as the Nations Cup, the PROCAR Champ Series program at Sandown will feature the Australian GT Performance Championship, Australian Production Car Championship, V8 BRutes Series, Australian Formula 3 Championship, Australian Porsche Drivers Challenge and Futureracers Series.

-procar.au-

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Series Supercars
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen , Nathan Pretty , Allan Simonsen , Peter Brock , Paul Stokell , James Brock
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