Japan''s Fastest Set For GTP Nations Cup

TWO of Japan's fastest-ever production road cars are set to do battle with the best from Germany, Italy, the United States and Britain when the new Century Batteries GTP Nations Cup motor racing series debuts in Adelaide next month. The pair of...

TWO of Japan's fastest-ever production road cars are set to do battle with the best from Germany, Italy, the United States and Britain when the new Century Batteries GTP Nations Cup motor racing series debuts in Adelaide next month.

The pair of specially-built supercharged Brabham-Honda NSX coupes will be among a multi-million dollar field of up to 28 exoticars racing on the Adelaide street circuit on April 8-9.

The cars are being built in Brisbane for drivers Ian Agnew and Ian Palmer.

The all-aluminium Hondas, usually capable of 275 kmh, will be fitted with American Comptech superchargers to boost their three-litre engines to more than 350 horsepower.

Bigger brakes and wheels also will be fitted under the GTP Nations Cup rules, ensuring the cars will be fierce contenders against the 300-plus kmh Porsche 911 GT3, Lamborghini Diablo SVR, Ferrari F360 Modena Challenge, Dodge Viper and Jaguar XKR, says Agnew.

The GTP Nations Cup is an eight-round national championship designed to showcase the world's fastest GT production sports cars and developed by PROCAR Australia out of its successful Century Batteries Australian GT Production Car Championship.

"The Honda NSX is the most sophisticated sports car made for the road by a company that has won many world racing championships on two and four wheels," Agnew said.

"We have taken that car and made it even faster for the track as the Brabham-Honda. I think Ian Palmer and I will surprise a few of the established teams when we turn up in Adelaide."

The coupes are developments of the first Brabham-Honda NSX created by PROCAR Australia chief Ross Palmer from the car he and Wayne Gardner raced in the 1993 Bathurst 12-Hour.

Ian Palmer has competed in recent years in production cars and V8s, while Agnew returns after four seasons' racing in England, most recently in GT sports cars for the factory Marcos team.

GTP Nations Cup manager Steve Bettes said the series, to be televised on Network Ten's Trackside program, had created huge interest since its announcement.

"Round one is going to present one of the most exotic fields of cars Australia has seen," he said.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Wayne Gardner , Ian Palmer