The Ninth Season Of The Sports Car Challenge
Organised by Walter Pedrazza's Euroserie e.V., the popular Sports Car Challenge sports protype racing series will give enthusiasts all over Central Europe seven opportunities to see close competition at the privateer level, as it embarks on its ninth season of competition.

A popular venue of recent seasons will not be available this year; the A1-Ring is undergoing an extensive overhaul. Instead, the series will make its debut on the Eurospeedway Lausitzring, together with the F1 cars of the Thoroughbred GP Championship. "We had plans to come here last year", says Walter Pedrazza, "with more competitors from northern Germany coming into the series, a team from Berlin among them, this circuit suits us very well."

Two races on the Salzburgring are also planned, as well as visits to Hockenheim, and the Czech tracks at Most and Brno.

Among the core group of 18 to 20 runners that can be expected for each of the fourteen races, three teams stand out as the favourites for the 2004 SCC title.

Team Pedrazza Racing Cars:

dailysportscar.comThe 2000 and 2003 champions will field up to four PRC prototypes this year. Reigning overall champion, Wolfgang Payr of Austria will move up from the Lights class, and into the big division where he will drive a BMW-powered PRC SC98. His Swiss team mate André Meroz will move in the opposite direction, and drive a Lights car with 2l Opel power. Meroz' compatriot Pius Druffer will make his debut with an identical car. Finally, 2000 series winner Emanuel Pedrazza is scheduled to return to the championship for a full year, his choice of engine undisclosed as of yet.

Team Rennwagen-Technik Beisel:

dailysportscar.comThe runner-up team will introduce a new engine to the series in the shape of the 3l Mugen V8 originally used in Formula 3000, which will power the upgraded 2000 championship-winning PRC chassis. 500bhp at the mandatory weight of 670kg equals 0.63bhp per kilo, so this should be a very competitive combination. "The technical aspect will be challenging", says owner / driver Gerd Beisel, "we won't automatically run away with every race. Previous experience with this engine has shown it to be difficult to handle, and reliability will be an issue. It will be up to the whole teram to tap the car's full potential."

In the Lights class, the team from Germany will enter a PRC-Opel for Gerhard Münch, and another car to be shared by Ivan Haberkorn of France and young German talent Manuel Metzger.

Team Seibold Auto & Sport:

dailysportscar.comWinners in the big class for the second time last year, Alexander Seibold's team plans to concentrate on campaigning customer cars in 2004, while the team owner himself will put his own racing career on the back burner. Plans are to run a PRC with BMW power for German driver Mitch Mitländer, in selected rounds of the series. "Our 2003 championship-winning PRC SC98 is available for the whole season, or on a racy-by-race basis", says team manager Lother Seibold."We are currently in negotiations with several drivers and it looks like we will get a good deal together. Alexander will drive at least one Hockenheim race for a sponsor; and if the Interserie Endurance Series comes together we want to take part in one or two of these races as well."

Lothar Seibold recently revealed that other plans for 2004 also include Le Mans: "We are talking to a smaller French team for an LMP2 drive for Alexander; it would be a marvellous conclusion to 33 years in motor racing."
Johannes Gauglica

2004 Sports Car Challenge Schedule (provisional):
1-2 May Brno (CZ)
22-23 May Salzburgring (AUT)
3-4 June Lausitzring (GER)
17-18 July Salzburgring (AUT)
14-15 August Most (CZ)
4 October Hockenheim GP (GER)
26 October Hockenheim club circuit (GER).


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