Young Guns ready for Cleanevent Nations Cup

FOUR of Australia's most talented "Young Gun" drivers will have a chance to showcase their talents on an international stage when the Cleanevent Nations Cup takes to the track at the Qantas Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne tomorrow. ...

FOUR of Australia's most talented "Young Gun" drivers will have a chance to showcase their talents on an international stage when the Cleanevent Nations Cup takes to the track at the Qantas Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne tomorrow.

Matthew Coleman (27), Cameron McConville (27), Mark Noske (25) and Paul Stokell (30) are part of a record entry for races tomorow, Friday and Saturday on the Albert Park grand prix circuit.


Greg Murphy and Paul Stokell pose with the Lamborghini GTR. Photo by Team Lamborghini.

The young aces have their hands on exciting, glamorous cars that many of their contemporaries can only dream about - Coleman a Porsche GT3, Stokell a Lamborghini Diablo SVR and Noske and McConville a Ferrari F360 Challenge each - with a combined value of more than $1.1 million.

The arrival of Coleman and McConville - both former members of the official Audi Super Touring team in Australia - to join established Nations Cup stars Stokell and Noske promises to raise the intensity of competition between the young brigade and the highly-experienced drivers such as Jim Richards, Peter Fitzgerald, Geoff Morgan and Rusty French.


Pic. LeasePlan Aust Ltd Senior VP Asia-Pacific, Dennis Flentje, with Team Lamborghini's GTP Nations Cup driver, Paul Stokell. Photo by Team Lamborghini.

Noske and Stokell battled throughout the 2000 season with Richards and Fitzgerald in Porsches, with all four drivers claiming race wins. However, it was Richards, a six-time Bathurst winner and four-time Australian Touring Car Champion, who took the inaugural Nations Cup title, from Fitzgerald, Noske and Stokell.

Noske, McConville and the record six other Ferrari drivers in their Prancing Horse Racing team hope the introduction of rolling starts for the first time will make it easier to get among the leading pack in the Cleanevent Nations Cup. The Ferrari's Formula One-style clutch-less gearshift is not suited to the usual standing start and the rolling starts are intended to eliminate the disadvantage.

American muscle also is set to feature at Albert Park, with the the eight-litre Chrysler Viper ACR coupes of Geoff Morgan, Rusty French, Darcy Russell and Mike Conway expecting extra performance after major off-season upgrades, including Le Mans-style aerodynamic bodywork, V8 Supercar brakes and transmissions and weight reductions.

"I'm really looking forward to my first race in the Ferrari. It's an awesome car, but very difficult to get the last little bit from," McConville said today.

"Competing against makes like Lamborghini, Porsche, Viper, Corvette, Honda and others will be very exciting and it promises a fantastic spectacle for the grand prix patrons.

"The Young Guns will definitely bring more competition to the front of the field, although the stagers like Richards and Fitzgerald will always be hard to beat."

<pre> QANTAS AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX - Cleanevent Nations Cup . . .

OFFICIAL ENTRY LIST - At 28.2.2001 No. Driver Entrant Car Colour Cap. 1 Jim Richards Falken Tyres/J Richards Porsche GT3 Yellow 3600 3 Peter Fitzgerald Falken Tyres Porsche GT3 Blue/Green 3600 4 Mark Noske Prancing Horse Racing Ferrari F360 Challenge Red 3586 6 Rusty French Rusty French Chrysler Viper ACR Black 7990 7 Darcy Russell Rusty French Chrysler Viper ACR Black 7990 8 Michael Downard MPD Racing Pty Ltd Porsche GT3 White 3600 9 Greg Crick Rod Smith Racing Nissan Skyline GT-R White 2569 10 Peter Hill Peter Hill Porsche GT3 Silver 3600 12 Geoff Morgan monster.com Chrysler Viper ACR Silver 7990 14 Domenic Beninca TNT Porsche GT3 Orange/White 3600 18 Murray Carter Murray Carter Chevrolet Corvette C5 Red 5680 20 Ian Palmer Palmer Promotions Brabham Honda NSX White 3179 21 Greg Keene Greg Keene Porsche GT3 White 3600 22 Steve Webb Steve Webb Porsche GT3 Silver 3600 24 Frances Placentino Prancing Horse Racing Ferrari F360 Challenge Red 3586 34 Scott Shearman Prancing Horse Racing Ferrari F360 Challenge Red 3586 41 Winston Kim Melbourne Clutch & Brake Porsche GT3 Red 3600 43 Tony Quinn Tony Quinn Porsche GT3 Yellow 3600 44 Cameron McConville Prancing Horse Racing Ferrari F360 Challenge Red 3586 54 Jim Cornish Prancing Horse Racing Ferrari F360 Challenge Red 3586 55 Peter Floyd Peter Floyd Ferrari F355 Challenge Red 3586 62 Matt Coleman Matthew Coleman Porsche GT3 Yellow 3600 64 Maher Algadri Prancing Horse Racing Ferrari F360 Challenge Red 3586 66 Paul Stokell Team Lamborghini Australia Lamborghini Diablo SVR Yellow 6000 70 Martin Wagg Martin Wagg Porsche GT3 Blue 3600 74 Dolly Nasution Prancing Horse Racing Ferrari F360 Challenge Black 3586 79 Mike Conway Mike Conway Chrysler Viper ACR Blue 7990 84 Sam Newman Prancing Horse Racing Ferrari F360 Challenge Red 3586 87 Bryan Thomson Supra-Tec Australia Toyota Supra RZ Black 2997 88 Bob Thorn Bob Thorn Jaguar XKR8/T Red/Blue 3996 91 Peter Harburg Peter Harburg Porsche GT3 Red 3600

ON-TRACK TIMETABLE Thursday 10.15 am Practice (20 min.) 12.55 pm Qualifying (20 min.) 5.05 pm Race 1# (8 laps, rolling start) Friday 4.55 pm Race 2# (10 laps - reverse grid, rolling start) Saturday 3.05 pm Race 3# (10 laps, rolling start)

DRIVER, CAR APPEARANCES - Timetable Drivers in the Cleanevent Nations Cup will make free public appearances throughout the Qantas Australian Grand Prix meeting to meet race fans, sign autographs and display their cars.

AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS (Golf Links Autograph Area)

Thursday, 3.05 pm - 3.25 pm: Jim Richards, Darcy Russell, Greg Crick, Geoff Morgan, Murray Carter, Greg Keene, Francis Placentino, Winston Kim, Cameron McConville, Jim Cornish, Matthew Coleman, Paul Stokell, Peter Floyd, Dolly Nasution, Mike Conway, Bryan Thomson, Peter Harburg.

Saturday, 12.15 pm - 12.45 pm: Peter Fitzgerald, Mark Noske, Rusty French, Mike Downard, Peter Hill, Dominic Beninca, Ian Palmer, Steve Webb, Scott Shearman, Mike Quinn, John Teulan, Maher Algadri, Martin Wagg, Mark Williamson, Sam Newman, Bob Thorn.

PIT STRAIGHT WALKS =AD Cars on display with drivers

Saturday, 7 am - 8 am: Peter Fitzgerald (Porsche GT3), Cameron McConville (Ferrari F360 Challenge), Geoff Morgan (Chrysler Viper).

Sunday, 7 am - 8 am: Jim Richards (Porsche GT3), Mark Noske (Ferrari F360 Challenge), Paul Stokell (Lamborghini SVR).

PADDOCK DISPLAY

The public is invited to view the Cleanevent Nations Cup cars on display in their garages every day, in the infield Support Paddock area.

-Chris Nixon

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Series Supercars
Drivers Greg Murphy , Cameron McConville , Scott Shearman , Jim Richards , Mike Conway , Mark Noske , Tony Quinn , Peter Floyd , Geoff Morgan , Peter Fitzgerald , John Teulan , Greg Crick , Paul Stokell , Ian Palmer , Peter Hill , Rusty French , Algadri Maher , Peter Harburg
Teams Williams , Nissan Motorsport