A YEAR ago, Australian Gold star driving champion Paul Stokell won the first-ever Nations Cup race with one of the most exotic cars seen on an Australian track, the Lamborghini Diablo SVR. Diablo is the Spanish word for devil and true to its...
A YEAR ago, Australian Gold star driving champion Paul Stokell won the first-ever Nations Cup race with one of the most exotic cars seen on an Australian track, the Lamborghini Diablo SVR.
Diablo is the Spanish word for devil and true to its name the Italian V12 coupe's red-hot performance and fearsome appearance have made it one of the most successful and popular cars in the national championship.
Today Stokell returns to the scene of his first Nations Cup victory, the Adelaide city street circuit, to begin his chase for the 2001 Nations Cup championship with an even faster Lamborghini.
His new Diablo GTR is valued at around $700,000 but has been loaned by the Italian factory to Team Lamborghini Australia in a bid to wrest the title from defending champion Jim Richards (Porsche) and to keep it from a six-car Prancing Horse Ferrari team led by Mark Noske.
Round one of the eight-round series will comprise a 90-minute race starting at 6.30 tomorrow night, with a rolling start and two compulsory pit stops. Official practice will be run today.
The event will be sponsored by Megamantis Incorporated, a New Zealand-based high-technology company, which is developing a revolutionary telecommunications system.
"The new Diablo GTR is a better car, but it's far from a certainty in Adelaide. It's a long race, virtually all in darkness, and the Lambo's size and speed will really test its brakes," Stokell said.
"With the Ferraris running lighter this year I rate Noske the closest challenger, but also the Porsches of Richards, Peter Fitzgerald and others should benefit from their reliability over long distance."
Richards is back with the Porsche GT3 in which he won six races on his way to the 2000 title. "Many of the cars are new or different this year and it's going to be a big challenge for us, but we'll go out there and do our very best and hopefully win the race." Richards said.
Friday - 10.45 am (Practice, 20 min.).
Saturday - 8.15 am (Practice, 20 min.), 11 am (Qualifying, 20 min.), 6.30 pm (Race, 90 min.)