UTE: Sandown will take place

The third round of the 2004 PROCAR Champ Series will go ahead as scheduled at Melbourne's Sandown motor racing circuit on 15-16 May, following a meeting today which discussed a decision by organising body PROCAR Australia to cease...

The third round of the 2004 PROCAR Champ Series will go ahead as scheduled at Melbourne's Sandown motor racing circuit on 15-16 May, following a meeting today which discussed a decision by organising body PROCAR Australia to cease operations.

The meeting of competitors, members of an interim executive entrusted with PROCAR's series rights and representatives of motorsport governing body CAMS expressed unanimous support for the continuation of the PROCAR Champ Series.

While preparations for the Sandown round continue, the interim executive will put together an interim management and administration structure for the The chairman of the interim executive Peter Boylan said: "We have put arrangements in place to make sure we can keep the momentum going and run the scheduled Sandown event complete with television and the entire PROCAR Champ Series.

"At the same time we are working to ensure that the following event at Winton Raceway in June can also go ahead as scheduled.

"While all this is happening we are also working on the long term plans for the Series, part of which will be revealed to the competitors at Sandown in a little over two weeks' time.

"There has been some concern as to the Category Management Agreement and collective intellectual property rights currently owned by CAMS and PROCAR. The interim executive is working closely with CAMS to stabilise the immediate situation and also to find ways of moving forward."

PROCAR Champ Series meetings host rounds of the Australian Nations Cup Championship, Australian GT Performance Championship, Australian Production Car Championship, V8 BRutes Series, Australian Formula 3 Championship, Australian Porsche Drivers Challenge and Futureracers Series.

Entry forms and regulations for round three have already been distributed and Mr Boylan said the positive spirit of today's meeting indicated there would be a big turnout of cars.

"The teams are very determined to carry on with one of Australia's most popular motor racing series," he said.

"A strong entry list will demonstrate to our fans, sponsors and other supporters that our championships are healthy and have tremendous potential.

"We'll all be determined to put on the best entertainment possible."

Some teams immediately confirmed their intention to race at Sandown.

Nations Cup entrant Mark Coffey said his team would enter its new $700,000 Ferrari 550 Maranello to challenge the Lamborghini of series champion Paul Stokell and Peter Brock's 7.0 litre Holden Monaro.

GT Performance series points leader Garry Holt said he would be testing his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 8 tomorrow in preparation for Sandown and V8 BRutes identity Charlie "Handlebars" Kovacs promised a full entry of Holden and Ford Falcon racing utes.

PROCAR Australia Chairman Ross Palmer announced last Friday the company was ceasing operations immediately, after 10 years of running motor racing categories and events.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Peter Brock , Peter Boylan , Paul Stokell , Garry Holt
Tags AUSUTE