EFDA Nations Cup

The EFDA Nations Cup was a Formula Opel competition which was held between 1990 and 1998. The competition pitted international drivers against each other in similar cars, with drivers representing their nations. It was founded by Dan Partel within the Formula Opel/Vauxhall racing series.

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The first Nations Cup race was held at the historic Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium on 19–20 July 1990, and organised by the European Formula Drivers Association (EFDA).


In 1990, drivers representing 25 countries were already participating in the various Formula Vauxhall/Opel Lotus Series. The Nations Cup format called for two-car national teams. The Formula Vauxhall/Opel Lotus racing series was the only series that could muster twenty legitimate two-car national teams from its active list of competitors.

The format of the event remained the same for the next eight years, with two drivers from each country racing in virtually identical Formula Opel/Vauxhall racing cars painted in their national colours.

The EFDA selected the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, licensed to start 46 cars or 23 two-car teams, for the inaugural event. The winners received the Nations Cup, and the top three teams were awarded gold, silver and bronze medals respectively. The event preceded the Spa 24 Hours race, and occurred in the middle of the racing season.


Season Venue Teams Drivers Champion Second Third
1990   Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 17 34   Portugal (Pedro Lamy, Diogo Castro Santos)   Brazil   Sweden
1991   Circuit Park Zandvoort 18 36   Portugal (Pedro Lamy, Diogo Castro Santos)   Germany   Sweden
1992   Autódromo do Estoril 14 28   Netherlands (Martin Koene, Jos Verstappen)   Portugal   Italy
1993   Autódromo do Estoril 15 30   Austria (Martin Albrecht, Hubert Stromberger)   Belgium   Brazil
1994   Circuit Park Zandvoort 18 36   Netherlands (Tom Coronel, Donny Crevels)   Austria   Portugal
1995   Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours 15 30   Portugal (Manuel Gião, André Couto)   Netherlands   Great Britain
1996   Donington Park 13 26   Germany (Pierre Kaffer, Norman Simon)   United States   Brazil
1997   Donington Park 13 26   Italy (Giovanni Montanari, Giovanni Anapoli)   Brazil   Germany
1998   Circuit Park Zandvoort 5 10   Great Britain (Darren Malkin, Justin Sherwood)   Netherlands   United States


1992 Nations Cup - YouTube (in Portuguese)
1995 Nations Cup Pt 1 - YouTube
1995 Nations Cup Pt 3 - YouTube
1996 Nations Cup Pt 1 - YouTube
1996 Nations Cup Pt 2 - YouTube
Team Australia documentary - YouTube

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