Bathurst: British team top contender

British Team keen to Chase Bathurst 24-hour Victory with awesome Mosler Coupe. One of the United States' most striking and powerful sports cars is expected to be an outright contender for the inaugural Bathurst 24-Hour race in...

British Team keen to Chase Bathurst 24-hour Victory with awesome Mosler Coupe.

One of the United States' most striking and powerful sports cars is expected to be an outright contender for the inaugural Bathurst 24-Hour race in November.

Although built in Florida, the mid-engined, 500 horsepower Mosler MT900R is the weapon of choice of British team Rollcentre Racing, whose lead driver Martin Short debuted the car last weekend in the final round of the British GT Championship.

Short said the race was intended as a shakedown of the new car for Bathurst and he was now "99.9 percent" sure of making the trip to Mount Panorama for 16-17 November.

Short is one of Britain's most experienced sports car drivers.

He has competed already this year in three other 24-hour races, the Rolex 24-Hour at Daytona, in a Saleen, France's Le Mans 24-Hour in a Ferrari and the Spa 24-Hours in Belgium in a TVR Cerbera. He also has shared a TVR with co-driver Simon Pullan in the British GTO class this year.

Co-drivers for Bathurst are Britons Charles Lamb and Mark Pashley, with a third still to be appointed.

The Mosler coupe is described by its manufacturer as "faster than a Ferrari 360 Modena", a car that it can expect to face on the 6.3 km Bathurst circuit where speeds will reach almost 300 kmh.

It runs a Chevrolet Corvette 5.7 litre V8 engine in a purpose-built chassis and body.

The Rollcentre Racing Team will face some of the world's fastest sports cars in the Group One outright competition.

These include Ferrari, Porsche and a new local entry, Holden's specially-built 6.7 litre Monaro.

-bathurst

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Series Road racing
Drivers Simon Pullan , Martin Short , Mark Pashley , Charles Lamb