AUSF3: UTE: Winton: PROCAR series prepares for major race

PROCAR Champ Series (Rd 4), 21-23 June, Winton,Vic. From Ferraris to Falcons - huge entry ready for PROCAR Series at Winton. From Ferraris to Falcons, Porsches to Protons and Vipers to Volkswagens, one of Australia's biggest line-ups of...

PROCAR Champ Series (Rd 4), 21-23 June, Winton,Vic.

From Ferraris to Falcons - huge entry ready for PROCAR Series at Winton.

From Ferraris to Falcons, Porsches to Protons and Vipers to Volkswagens, one of Australia's biggest line-ups of racing cars will be in action when the PROCAR Champ Series stages its fourth round at Winton Motor Raceway in northern Victoria on 21-23 June.

Among more than 100 entrants will be some of the country's best-known drivers - including John Bowe, Jim Richards, Geoff Morgan and Paul Stokell, competing in the exotic Australian Nations Cup Championship - and a talented young squad of aspiring internationals in Formula 3.

The biggest entry list is for the V8 BRute Series, in which 26 Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore utes are expected to start.

In keeping with the spectacular BRutes' popularity in regional Australial, the Ford ranks are due to be joined by country singing star Adam Brand, who has been training for his first race.

The weekend will host rounds of six national championships, plus an off-track competition to find some of the region's best roadgoing utes.

The entry list is one of the best yet for the two-year-old PROCAR Champ Series and Nations Cup defending champion Jim Richards says fans can expect great racing.

"Winton is a test track for a number of the Victorian-based teams, so I predict it will be very competitive. My Porsche is not as powerful as the Ferrari, or Lamborghini or Porsche, but it's got very good brakes and great handling and I hope we'll be competitive," Richards said.

"The best thing is fans get to see such a big variety of cars racing across the various championships.

"A PROCAR round is the only place they'll see everything from Porsches to Protons and in particular popular models that they can relate to."

While the exotic Nations Cup field of 16 cars will be a highlight, the V8 BRutes are expected to drawn strong support.

Newcomer Brand, who is scheduled to race pending his receipt of a racing licence in time, will have his work cut out against some of the toughest drivers in the sport, including Bathurst legend Allan Grice and championship points leader Warren Luff.

"I can't wait. I've been practising in my Falcon and working up to my full licence endorsement and whatever happens I'm going to be at Winton," Brand said.

"It's also going to be terrific to see all the fans' vehicles in the ute muster. I'm really expecting a big turn-out for the muster and it will be interesting to see who brings the best utes, the Victorians or the New South Welshmen!"

Other categories scheduled for the PROCAR weekend are GT Performance, GT Production, the Toyo Mitsubishi Mirage Series and Holden HQs.

A selection of the cars entered for the Winton round will be displayed in Dean Street, Albury, at lunchtime on Thursday 20 June.

SPEED CHECK on the PROCAR Champ Series at Winton

* Saturday & Sunday, 22-23 June. (Official practice Friday 21 June).

* Categories - Nations Cup (Rd 4), GT Performance (Rd 4), GT Production Cars (Rd 4), V8 BRutes (Rd 4), Formula 3 (Rd 4), Mitsubishi Mirages (Rd 4), HQ Holdens.

* Saturday (From 8.30 am) - Qualifying, including Nations Cup Top 8 Eliminator; plus 2 x HQ Holden races.

* Sunday (From 8.15 am) - 16 races, all categories. Ute Muster display and competition for road utes.

* Tickets - Adults Saturday $15 all areas, Sunday $25 including paddock/pit. Students under 16 years Saturday free, Sunday $10. Ute drivers enter free on Sunday with paying adult passenger.

* Information - Winton Motor Raceway (03) 5766 4235, or www.procar.com.au and www.v8brutes.com.au.

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Series Supercars , F3
Drivers Adam Brand , Jim Richards , John Bowe , Geoff Morgan , Warren Luff
Tags AUSUTE