World''s fastest production cars ready for Adelaide

Adelaide (Wednesday, 29 March 2000) The most exotic field of ultra-high performance GT production cars seen in Australia will race in the inaugural round of the Century Batteries GTP Nations Cup in Adelaide on April 8-9. Three new Ferraris, a...

Adelaide (Wednesday, 29 March 2000) The most exotic field of ultra-high performance GT production cars seen in Australia will race in the inaugural round of the Century Batteries GTP Nations Cup in Adelaide on April 8-9.

Three new Ferraris, a Lamborghini, 10 Porsches, four Dodge Vipers and a pair of supercharged Brabham-Honda NSXs are among 25 listed starters for two races on the Adelaide street circuit.

The national eight-round GTP Nations Cup caters for the world's fastest production sports cars in near-standard trim, although certain cars are allowed improvements to components such as brakes to ensure all competitors have similar performance.

The new Porsche 911 GT3 has been used by series organiser PROCAR Australia as a performance benchmark and one of six entered for Adelaide will be driven by 1999 GT Production Car Champion Jim Richards.

Richards won all three races at a pre-season event at Phillip Island last month, but does not believe this makes him favourite for Adelaide.

"It's too early to say. We won the pre-season races against a fairly small and new field which didn't include the latest Vipers or the supercharged Brabham-Hondas," Richards said.

"Wayne Park came second in the Ferrari F360, which was pretty new at Phillip Island. He will have done some development since then and there will be two other Ferraris to beat as well."

Park will be joined in a second Ross Palmer Motorsport Ferrari F360 Modena Challenge by his 1999 Bathurst 3-Hour teammate Darren Palmer, while V8 Supercar driver Mark Noske will race the third Ferrari for Prancing Horse Racing.

Australian champion driver Paul Stokell will graduate from his last GTP mount, a tiny Lotus Elise, to a booming V12-engined Lamborghini Diablo SVR.

Diablo means devil in Italian and Stokell's car has been given the devil's racing number 666 as a hint of its potential.

Brand new Dodge Viper ACRs will be in the hands of sports car veteran Rusty French and V8 Supercar drivers Darcy Russell and Mike Conway, former GTP champion Peter Fitzgerald has a GT3 and Australian international Ian Agnew has entered one of two Brabham-Honda NSXs.

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Century Batteries GTP Nations Cup Round 1- Adelaide, 8-9 April 2000

1 Jim Richards (Porsche 911 GT3) 2 Ian Agnew (Brabham-Honda NSX) 3 Peter Fitzgerald (Porsche 911 GT3) 4 Mark Noske (Ferrari F360 Modena Challenge) 6 Rusty French (Dodge Viper ACR) 7 Darcy Russell (Dodge Viper ACR) 8 Ed Aitken (Porsche 911 RSCS) 9 Rod Smith (Nissan Skyline GT-R) 10 Peter Harburg (Porsche 911 GT3) 14 Peter Bradbury (Porsche 911 GT3) 18 Murray Carter (Chevrolet Corvette C5) 20 Ian Palmer (Brabham-Honda NSX) 21 Greg Keene (Porsche 911 GT3) 22 Steve Webb (Porsche 911GT3) 27 Wayne Park (Ferrari F360 Modena Challenge) 28 Darren Palmer (Ferrari F360 Modena Challenge) 39 Drew Marget (Porsche 911 RSCS) 52 Domenic Beninca (Porsche 911 RSCS) 63 Paul Mitolo (Mazda RX-7 SP) 74 Kevin Heffernan (Ford Mustang Saleen S351) 75 Mike Conway (Dodge Viper ACR) 80 Mark Williamson (Porsche 911 GT3) 81 Takeshi Nakamaru (Porsche 911GT3) 87 Bryan Thomson (Toyota Supra RZ) 27 666 Paul Stokell (Lamborghini Diablo SVR)

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Series Supercars
Drivers Jim Richards , Mike Conway , Mark Noske , Peter Fitzgerald , Mark Williamson , Paul Stokell , Ian Palmer , Rusty French , Wayne Park , Peter Harburg , Phillip Island
Teams Williams , Nissan Motorsport