Adelaide Nations Cup first race report

Stokell Steers Lamborghini To First Points In 2001 Nations Cup Series MELBOURNE driver Paul Stokell steered his new $700,000 Lamborghini through rain, darkness and crash debris to win the Megamantis.com Nations Cup race in Adelaide...

Stokell Steers Lamborghini To First Points In 2001 Nations Cup Series

MELBOURNE driver Paul Stokell steered his new $700,000 Lamborghini through rain, darkness and crash debris to win the Megamantis.com Nations Cup race in Adelaide tonight.

The win put Stokell, a three-time Gold Star Australian driving champion, into the lead in the 2001 Nations Cup series and Meguiars Drivers Championship.

Porsche GT3 coupes, led by current champion Jim Richards, filled the next four places, with Jim Cornish sixth in a Ferrari 360 Challenge.

The rain came down on the Adelaide temporary street circuit shortly after the start of the 90-minute event, resulting in several crashes and numerous spins among the field of exotic production-based sports cars.

With two compulsory pit stops and two periods under safety car control, strategy played an important part in the race.

Stokell started from pole position after qualifying this morning. He pitted on the eighth of his 46 laps, but remained on dry tyres until his second stop at lap 15, as track conditions worsened.

"I'd never raced at night before, but it didn't seem to make any difference. It was really hard driving on slicks, but once we put on our Pirelli wet tyres the car was fantastic," Stokell said.

Prancing Horse team Ferrari lead driver Mark Noske started second but retired on lap 24. <pre> RESULTS (Provisional): 1. Paul Stokell (Lamborghini Diablo SVR) 2. Jim Richards (Porsche 911 GT3) 3. Dominic Beninca (Porsche 911 GT3) 4. Peter Fitzgerald (Porsche 911 GT3) 5. Tony Quinn (Porsche 911 GT3) 6. Jim Cornish (Ferrari F360 Challenge)

Fastest lap - Stokell, 1:32.24

MEGUIARS DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP: 16 points P. Stokell 12 J. Richards 10 D. Beninca 8 P. Fitzgerald 6 T. Quinn 5 J. Cornish.

-Chris Nixon

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Series Supercars
Drivers Jim Richards , Mark Noske , Tony Quinn , Peter Fitzgerald , Paul Stokell