UTE: Gold Coast race notes

Nations Cup, V8 Brutes seasons end in frustration at Gold Coast Indy THE final rounds of the season for the Donut King Australian Nations Cup Championship and Poolrite V8 BRutes Series ended in frustration for teams at the Gold Coast Indy ...

Nations Cup, V8 Brutes seasons end in frustration at Gold Coast Indy

THE final rounds of the season for the Donut King Australian Nations Cup Championship and Poolrite V8 BRutes Series ended in frustration for teams at the Gold Coast Indy today.

The third and final leg of the Nations Cup this morning was cancelled by event organisers following long delays in the track program.

Instead of taking to the track, disappointed teams filed out of the dummy grid and returned to pack their trucks for their journeys home.

The third and final leg of the V8 BRutes covered only the first lap at racing speed before a crash brought it to a stop.

After a long delay in clearing the wrecks of cars driven by Paul Murray and Paul Leaver, the race was not re-started. A no-result was declared.

Neither cancellation changed the outcome of major placings in the two championships, which were settled in the second legs.

Team Lamborghini Australia's Paul Stokell wrapped up his first Meguiar's Drivers Championship in the Nations Cup in a race yesterday.

It ran only two laps at speed and three under Safety Car control before being stopped three laps short of the scheduled distance.

Stokell also won the Group One title, while Ferrari driver James Koundouris, from Canberra, was confirmed as Group Two champion.

A total of 42 drivers contested rounds of the series for GT sports cars during the season.

The Poolrite V8 BRutes Series was wrapped up by 24-year-old Ford driver Warren Luff in Friday's second race.

Holden's Gary MacDonald, series runner-up, was leading the race today when it was stopped.

The other PROCAR Australia-run series having its final round at the Gold Coast this weekend, the Australian GT Performance Championship, was wrapped up yesterday by 2000 championship Mark King, driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII.

With the conclusion of the 2003 PROCAR Champ Series, PROCAR Australia now turns its attention to staging the international Bathurst 24-Hour race at Mount Panorama on 21-23 November.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Paul Stokell , Mark King , Warren Luff
Tags AUSUTE