Adelaide news and driver notes

- Greg Murphy and Mark Noske's test aboard the Panoz LMP-1 has been switched to the Road Atlanta circuit in Georgia. The duo will now leave for the U.S. on Friday, November 24 and will test alongside David Brabham who will be testing the new...

- Greg Murphy and Mark Noske's test aboard the Panoz LMP-1 has been switched to the Road Atlanta circuit in Georgia. The duo will now leave for the U.S. on Friday, November 24 and will test alongside David Brabham who will be testing the new 2001 Panoz.

- Murphy will help join the Race For a Cure for Cancer at the Hilton Adelaide on December 6. Fresh from his return from the U.S., Murphy will be the guest speaker at the luncheon launch of the Hanson Centre for Cancer Research as the official charity of Le Mans Adelaide. Tickets are selling fast, but can be purchased by phoning 8222 5652.

- Despite the heavy rain at Mount Panorama, both Murphy and Noske were successful at Bathurst last weekend. Murphy finished 3rd with Steven Richards aboard his V8 Supercar in the FAI 1000, while Noske wrapped up 3rd place in the GTP Nation's Cup Championship with several strong performances aboard his Prancing Horse team Ferrari F360 Modena.

- David Brabham had his first drive of the new Panoz machine at Silverstone last Friday. Don Panoz was on hand to push the starter button on the new car to fire up the all-new Panoz engine for the first time.

- Another Aussie has joined the field for Le Mans Adelaide. Australian Super Touring driver Jim Cornish will join forces with British aces Jamie Wall and Michael Mallock aboard the new Pilbeam Nissan prototype car. The new car has been built to the new 675 kilogram specs which allow lighter weight cars to compete, but with the handicap of a smaller engine capacity.

- The cars are on their way! Dick Barbour Racing is one of the first teams to send their cars to Australia. The Barbour team's three Porsche GT3 GT division cars departed the U.S. by sea freight on November 13. Lucas Luhr and Dirk Muller will drive the #5 Barbour entry, while Bob Wollek and Sascha Maassen will drive #51. The #15 car will be driven by Randy Wars along with a teammate yet to be named. Luhr, Muller, Wollek and Maassen are part of a very tight battle for the ALMS GT class drivers title that will be decided at the Adelaide event. The Barbour team also had movie star legend Paul Newman drive for them at the recent Petit Le Mans event at Road Atlanta in Georgia, USA.

- As the race weekend gets closer, please be advised that access is now restricted to vehicles carrying a site pass. As the circuit is a construction site, we ask that only vehicles carrying a site pass enter the area. The only access is through Wakefield St and with advance notice. Site passes can be arranged through the Le Mans media office ­ contact Jenny Turner or Paul Ryan.

- Former Ironman Grant Kenny has spent the last few years honing his skills in the GT Production Championship. After getting his first taste of the Adelaide circuit during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix Celebrity Challenge, he decided to make motorsport his serious hobby. Kenny and team-mate Scott Jacob led in the early stages of the GTP Showroom Showdown at Bathurst last week aboard a Subaru Impreza WRX STi before finishing 7th. Both Kenny and Jacob will contest the Grand Touring Challenge at Le Mans Adelaide.

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