Lap records are expected to tumble in a spectacular show of speed when around 130 cars contest round five of the PROCAR Champ Series at Eastern Creek circuit, near Sydney, on 16-18 July. The PROCAR Champ Series last visited Eastern Creek in 2001...
Lap records are expected to tumble in a spectacular show of speed when around 130 cars contest round five of the PROCAR Champ Series at Eastern Creek circuit, near Sydney, on 16-18 July.
The PROCAR Champ Series last visited Eastern Creek in 2001 and since then speeds in all categories have increased significantly.
At the front of the pack will be the outright GT class cars in the Australian Nations Cup Championship, with the likes of Paul Stokell's Lamborghini Diablo GTR, three 7.0 litre Holden Monaros and David Stevens' turbocharged Porsche GT2 making their debuts on the 3.9 kilometre circuit.
Stokell's Team Lamborghini Australia also will run a second GTR for the first time this season, for Formula 3 champion Peter Hackett, while Nations Cup stalwart D'arcy Russell will return with his 8.0 litre Chrysler Viper.
The Monaros will be driven by Bathurst 24-Hour winner Nathan Pretty, Ian Palmer and James Brock, who will be standing in for his father Peter Brock.
Pretty, who closely trails Stokell in the championship standings, predicts an entertaining battle for round five with speeds similar to the fastest tin-tops in the country.
"I'd rather the circuit ran in the opposite direction because the torque of the Monaro would give us an advantage if the main straight ran uphill instead of down," Pretty quipped.
"But seriously, I think our speeds will be very high -- possibly around 250 kmh down the straight and 190 kmh through turn one -- and I can't see the lap record surviving.
"The sight and sound of these GT cars roaring down the straight will be a great experience for the fans.
"I'm really looking forward to going to Eastern Creek. We have the braking and handling of our Garry Rogers Just Cars 427# Monaro well sorted now and I'm enjoying taking the fight up to Paul rather than watching him from a distance."
Pretty and Stokell each have won two rounds and begin the second half of the season just 34 points apart.
The Eastern Creek round also will be a chance for the big-engined cars in other categories to make ground on smaller, more nimble rivals that have dominated until now.
The PROCAR Champ Series event also will host rounds of the Australian GT Performance Championship, Australian Production Car Championship, Poolrite V8 BRutes Series, Australian Formula 3 Championship and Australian Porsche Drivers Challenge.
The field for the Australian GT Performance Championship will include more than 25 touring cars representing up to nine makes, including a new 400 horsepower HSV GTS sedan for the popular Peter Floyd. new Ford Falcon GTs for James Philip and John Falk and BMW M3 coupes for Peter Boylan, Beric Lynton and Gary Jackson.
Trackside attractions will include a ute muster for road utes in support of the V8 BRutes, plus car club displays.
After practice on Friday, competiton starts at 9 am on Saturday for qualifying and on Sunday for 14 races