Viper ready to bid for 34rd Sandown 500

One of the fastest and most powerful sports cars in Australia, the 8.0 litre Chrysler Viper of Victorian driver Darcy Russell, was confirmed today as a major contender for next month¹s 34rd Sandown 500 motor race in Melbourne. Russell lodged...

One of the fastest and most powerful sports cars in Australia, the 8.0 litre Chrysler Viper of Victorian driver Darcy Russell, was confirmed today as a major contender for next month¹s 34rd Sandown 500 motor race in Melbourne.

Russell lodged his entry for the 16 September classic with organiser PROCAR Australia, but has yet to name a co-driver.

³I¹m talking to four very good co-drivers at the moment, but whoever gets the nod will come on board with a good chance of adding their name to the record book of one of Australia¹s oldest and most prestigious endurance races,² Russell said.

The event, which has been run since 1964, is open to a maximum of 49 cars from the Australian Nations Cup and Australian GT Production Car categories. Entries close on Friday.

The field is expected to feature the biggest variety of makes and models in the history of the Sandown 500, including Ferrari, Lamborghini, Viper, Porsche, Jaguar, Mustang, HSV Commodore and BMW.

Russell is hopeful of a strong showing at Sandown International Motor Raceway, after recording several podium finishes in this season¹s Megamantis.com Australian Nations Cup Championship.

³It has cost more than $400,000 to buy and develop the Viper to this point, but it¹s now a really serious contender. We¹ve got in excess of 600 horsepower and the wide open spaces of Sandown will suit it beautifully,² Russell said.

³However, the Sandown 500 is an endurance race and that involves many other factors. Reliability is paramount, but also we¹ll have to make five pit stops as efficiently as possible and deal safely with a lot of slower traffic that could end our race in an instant.

³The Sandown 500 is a tough event. I¹ve competed several times before, but this time I¹d really love to win it.²

Other early entrants include James Brock, son of nine-time winner Peter Brock, who will race a Holden Commodore GTS with South Australian Craig Dontas.

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