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.

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