UTE: Sandown entries increase

MELBOURNE -- A huge entry of 145 cars, a 17-race program and inexpensive ticket prices promise an unbeatable weekend of family motor racing entertainment when the PROCAR Champ Series heads to Sandown International Motor Raceway next Friday,...

MELBOURNE -- A huge entry of 145 cars, a 17-race program and inexpensive ticket prices promise an unbeatable weekend of family motor racing entertainment when the PROCAR Champ Series heads to Sandown International Motor Raceway next Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Peter Brock, Paul Stokell, Nathan Pretty, Denmark's Allan Simonsen and other stars of the ultra-fast Nations Cup series head the program at the circuit in suburban Springvale.

Sunday ticket prices have been set at a low $12 for adults and $25 for families, including free car parking, grandstand seating and Paddock entry.

The meeting offers a once-a-year chance for fans in and around Melbourne to see in action some of the world's fastest GT sports cars such as Stokell's Lamborghini Diablo, Simonsen's Ferrari 550 Maranello and the Porsche GT2 of David Stevens.

However, both Brock and Pretty hope Sandown's long straights will favor their 7.0 litre Monaros, both of which have won a Bathurst 24-Hour race.

The Nations Cup's first woman competitor, Carol Jackson, from Brisbane, will debut in a Maserati Trofeo. She is one of four women racers entered for the meeting.

Exciting battles are expected throughout the seven categories racing at Sandown.

The PROCAR Champ Series turns on the country's best touring car racing in the Australian GT Performance and Production Car Championships, showcases young Formula 1 hopefuls in the Australian Formula 3 Championship and provides spectacular entertainment in the renowned V8 BRutes Series.

The one-make Porsche Drivers Challenge and Futureracers Series are also on the card.

The program features official practice on Friday, qualifying and four races on Saturday and 13 races on Sunday.

Friday patrons with a ticket for Saturday or Sunday have a chance to win a hot lap with Peter Brock and another competition will offer 10 rides with Brock at Winton before round four.

POPULAR UTE MUSTER IS BACK FOR SANDOWN

THE popular Ute Muster for fans of the V8 BRutes Series returns at Sandown next weekend for the first time in the 2004 season.

Organisers of the PROCAR Champ Series have extended an open invitation to all owners of roadgoing utes to join the muster on Sunday.

The musters have attracted thousands of owners and their utes to V8 BRutes races from Queensland to Tasmania over recent seasons and proved to be one of the most popular off-track attractions of the PROCAR Champ Series.

At next Sunday's muster, utes owners will enjoy a special parking area to display their vehicles and V8 BRute drivers will award trophies for the best utes in several categories.

Normal circuit ticket prices will apply, but entry to the muster competition is free and will be done on the day.

As well as their own competition and display, ute owners will be able to see two races in round three of the V8 BRutes Series, featuring drivers such as Grant Denyer and Allan Grice (Fords) and Damien White and Charlie Kovacs (Holdens).

TICKET PRICES
* Friday - free
* Saturday -- adults $10, children under 15 free
* Sunday - adults $12, families $25, childrenunder 15 free
* Free car parking, free Paddock entry, freeundercover grandstand seating
* Ticket holders have a chance to win a hot lapwith Peter Brock

-procar.au-

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Series Supercars
Drivers Nathan Pretty , Allan Simonsen , Peter Brock , Grant Denyer , Paul Stokell , Damien White
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