Handicap race set for Australian GP

A handicap race between a Formula 1 car, an Australian V8 Supercar and a BMW road car will be held for a second time at the 2003 Australian Grand Prix, race organisers have announced

Handicap race set for Australian GP

The unique race will pit a BMW 318I road car, a Holden Commodore V8 Supercar and a BMW.WilliamsF1 car against each other over one lap of the Albert Park circuit. In an attempt to stage a photo finish the start will be staggered, with the F1 car giving the road car just over a minute head start, and allowing the Holden a 30 second lead.

Williams' Spanish test-driver Marc Gene will pilot the F1 car, whilst Australian stars Allan Moffat and Larry Perkins will drive the road car and Supercar respectively. The race is a re-run of an event that was held at the 2001 Australian GP.

Speaking about the last running of the event, Perkins said: "What really grabbed the fans was not so much who won but just seeing the comparison of three cars that are so different being driven at the absolute limit. I remember being halfway down the pit straight towards the chequered flag and I couldn't see the F1 car in my mirrors, then at the finish line it was alongside me. It just came from nowhere. Absolutely awesome!"


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