Adelaide's Clipsal 500 2001

THE spectacle of everyday road cars exploring their performance limits on the race track returns to the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide next year with the Century Batteries Australian GT Production Car Championship. The GT Production cars, with ...

THE spectacle of everyday road cars exploring their performance limits on the race track returns to the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide next year with the Century Batteries Australian GT Production Car Championship.

The GT Production cars, with virtually-standard models representing everything from Holden Special Vehicles to Honda, have thrilled Adelaide crowds for the past two years with a two-hour twilight race.

Winners of the prestigious event have included six-time Bathurst champion Jim Richards.

Next year¹s format has yet to be confirmed, but the series organisers PROCAR Australia have promised another strong entry.

³The popularity with fans and competitors of GT Production racing means we regularly enjoy some of the biggest fields in Australian motorsport,² said PROCAR Chief Executive Ross Palmer.

³That is especially so at Adelaide, where we expect to have more than 40 starters.

³Adelaide is a special date for us on the GT Production championship calendar.

³All our teams love coming for the challenge of driving on the street circuit and for the fabulous atmosphere. To have won a race on the Adelaide street circuit is a special achievement for any driver.²

Cars in the Australian GT Production Car Championship race under strict regulations, which permit changes only to springs, shock absorbers and brake pads, plus an alternative engine management computer and an open exhaust.

With five classes grouping cars by price and type, the series provices the most consumer-relevant racing in Australian motorsport.

Holden, Ford, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Honda, Subaru, BMW are among brands Proton likely to be represented at the Clipsal 500 event.

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Drivers Jim Richards