Kevin Heffernan Makes Bid for GTP Nations Cup

Another hot contender for the new Century Batteries GTP Nations Cup motor racing series has been confirmed with the launch of a supercharged Saleen Ford Mustang for former V8 privateer Kevin Heffernan. Heffernan unveiled the car at the Gold...

Another hot contender for the new Century Batteries GTP Nations Cup motor racing series has been confirmed with the launch of a supercharged Saleen Ford Mustang for former V8 privateer Kevin Heffernan.

Heffernan unveiled the car at the Gold Coast this week, featuring the familiar red and white livery of his long-time sponsor, hair-care retail group Price Attack. Fudge hair products will provide additional sponsorship .

The Mustang is one of around 25 ultra-high performance production GT cars that series organiser PROCAR Australia expects to have on the grid for the first round in Adelaide on April 9.

Others include Monarch Motors' Lamborghini Diablo SVR, which will arrive from Italy this week for driver Paul Stokell, four new competition-specification V10 Dodge Vipers and a Jaguar XK-R under construction in the United States for Queenslanders Mark Trenoweth and Bob Thorn.

Two Porsche 911 GT3s, a Ferrari F360 Modena Challenge, a Chevrolet Corvette C5 and a Toyota Supra RZ already have competed in pre-season races.

Heffernan is confident the Price Attack Mustang, bought new from a California Ford dealer, is a potential front-runner.

"It should have around 500 horsepower and our racing weight will be 1425 kg. It's got a six-speed gearbox, four-spot front brake calipers and has been ordered with the optional 18 x 9 and 18 x 10 wheels," he said.

Heffernan said he was looking forward to the eight-round series, which will feature some of the world's fastest and most desirable production cars.

"We thought Nations Cup would be able to give us a good television package for our sponsors.

"I still love V8 touring cars, but I don't think we're stepping back from them so much as side-stepping into an elite car market. I think the fans will relate strongly to a name like Ford Mustang."

GTP Nations Cup manager Steve Bettes has been advising Andy Kritikos, of AK G Motorsport, in Zion, Illinois, on the specifications required to build Trenoweth's Jaguar supercharged V8 coupe.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Paul Stokell