Greg Crick Melbourne preview

Late deal puts Crick in Viper at AGP today. A last-minute deal has put Tasmanian star Greg Crick behind the wheel of one of Australia's fastest sports cars, the Geoff Morgan Chrysler Viper, for the Cleanevent Nations Cup races starting at the ...

Late deal puts Crick in Viper at AGP today.

A last-minute deal has put Tasmanian star Greg Crick behind the wheel of one of Australia's fastest sports cars, the Geoff Morgan Chrysler Viper, for the Cleanevent Nations Cup races starting at the Fosters Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne today.

The deal was done only yesterday for Crick to take over the 8.0 litre Viper for this weekend and for the 2003 Australian Nations Cup Championship starting in Adelaide on 20-23 March.

"This has come about quite suddenly, but I'm ready to give it my best this weekend," Crick said last night as he packed his bags in Launceston.

"The Viper is one of the top cars in Nations Cup. Geoff Morgan was on the podium twice in Melbourne last year and he ended up leading the championship into the final round.

"The car has some extra competition this year in the form of the Porsche RS and Holden Monaro, but I'm very hopeful of doing well against them and the Ferraris and Lamborghinis.

"It corners very well and of course anything with 10 cylinders and eight litres can't be bad in a straight line."

Crick will be contesting his first full Nations Cup season, although he has had experience in many different cars and series.

He finished third in last year's Konica V8 Supercar series, has contested more than a dozen Bathurst 1000s, and won two Targa Tasmania rallies and the 1991 Australian Sports Sedan Championship.

The Viper will continue to be prepared in Sydney by Barry Jones, who was responsible for its extensive development on behalf of Morgan.

The Cleanevent Nations Cup field, including invited GT Performance cars, will contest four races over four days at the grand prix, following practice and qualifying from 9.30 am today.

SPEED CHECK, Cleanevent Nations Cup

TIMETABLE: Today - 9.30 am Practice (20 min.), 12.50 pm Qualifying (20 min.), 3.50 pm Race 1(10 laps). Friday - 4 pm Race 2 (8 laps). Saturday - 5.35 pm Race 3 (10 laps). Saturday - 9.30 am Race 4 (8 laps).

-www.procar.com.au.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Geoff Morgan , Greg Crick