10th Bathurst in sights as Brock confirms return to regular racing with Monaro. MOTORSPORT legend Peter Brock has confirmed his return to regular championship racing with the entry of a Holden Monaro in round two of the Australian Nations Cup ...
10th Bathurst in sights as Brock confirms return to regular racing with Monaro.
MOTORSPORT legend Peter Brock has confirmed his return to regular championship racing with the entry of a Holden Monaro in round two of the Australian Nations Cup Championship at Tasmania's Symmons Plains International Raceway on 25-27 April.
The entry also marks the start of a campaign by Brock to capture the next Bathurst 24-Hour race and cap his career with a record 10th endurance victory at Mount Panorama.
Brock, 58, will drive for Holden Motorsport in a brand new sister car to the Monaro that won the inaugural Bathurst 24-Hour last November and in which he took four Nations Cup races at the recent Australian Grand Prix meeting.
The nine-time Bathurst 1000 winner retired from full-time racing in 1997 and since then has competed only in selected events such as Targa Tasmania, the Australian Safari and the 2002 Bathurst 1000.
But he has not contested a full circuit-based series since his retirement after Bathurst 1997 and, apart from the recent grand prix events, has not raced a Monaro since Bathurst 1969.
"I had no real plan to resume full-time racing, but I guess it just happened," Brock said today when officially confirming his widely-anticipated Nations Cup program.
"The Nations Cup Monaro is the best racecar I have ever driven, so I didn't need much convincing to tackle a full series after the Albert Park experience.
"The category is fairly laid-back compared to V8 Supercars and that suits me down to the ground."
The Monaro has been built in Melbourne by Garry Rogers Motorsport, which will run it for Brock alongside the original Just Cars-sponsored racer for Nathan Pretty.
Holden Motorsport Manager John Stevenson said Brock's entry for the remaining seven rounds of the Nations Cup was part of a plan to defend the Bathurst 24-Hour title with two cars next November.
"We had originally planned to run two Monaros at the 2003 Bathurst 24-Hour race following our excellent debut in the same race last year," Stevenson said.
"We've pulled the build program of the second car forward to allow Peter Brock to contest the series with a view to his participating at Bathurst.
"It is part of an overall strategy to defend our Bathurst success from increased competition in what will become a premier motorsport event in the country.
Brock added: "The thought of competing at Bathurst in one of these machines makes me fairly salivate at the prospect. Maybe victory number 10 at Mount Panorama is not out of the question."
Brock will tackle the Nations Cup series against a field of the world's fastest GT sports cars, including a Ferrari 360GT driven by long-time touring car rival John Bowe, a Lamborghini Diablo driven by Paul Stokell and a Chrysler Viper in the hands of Greg Crick.
His series debut is expected to draw a big crowd to Symmons Plains, where the Nations Cup will be the blue-riband event on the PROCAR Champ Series program.