Asia Pacific Le Mans Series
Malaysia - Racing In Paradise
9-11 November 2001
Sepang International Circuit
Malaysian Update - 118 Days To Go
Preaparations are well underway for this year's Asia Pacific Le Mans Series event at Malaysia, the first time that the stars and the cars from the fabled Le Mans 24 Hour will do battle in this tropical paradise.
Staged from November 9 to 11, this year's event is the final round of the 2001 ALMS, ELMS and APLMS calendar and will be staged at the state-of-the-art Sepang International Circuit - the annual home for the Malaysian F1 Grand Prix.
The event will be a six hour race, kicking off at 4.00pm and finishing at 10.00pm local time.
Like last year's season finale in Adelaide, Australia, the Malaysian event will feature two major international concerts and fireworks displays to cap off the 2001 ALMS, ELMS and APLMS season.
Representatives from the Malaysian organisers will attend the next round of the American Le Mans Series at Sears Point in California.
Event promoter Automobili Motorsports will be represented by Executive Director, Chua Ho Pheng and new Event Director, Rob Curkpatrick. After serving as Executive Director for the Adelaide event last year - Curkpatrick has now taken on a new role with the Malaysian race.
The duo will be joined by Mohd Rosly Selamat from the Malaysian Tourism Promotion Board and three representatives from Asian Overland Services, the official travel tour operators for the Asia Pacific Series event.
"A number of teams have expressed interest in adding an end-of-season holiday after this year's race," Chua said.
"With a tropical paradise like Malaysia, this is the ideal venue for a holiday on the beach. I can think of no better way to finish a long season of racing."
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Apart from the excitement of the final race of the 2001 season, the Malaysian Asia Pacific Le Mans Series event will feature an action packed support and entertainment program.
Malaysian race fans and visitors will be entertained by Australian stunt motorcyclist Robert Jones while the skies above will feature aerobatics expert, Pip Borrman.
Borrman shouldn't have far to fly to reach the Sepang International Circuit - the track is located only a short distance away from Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
Historic race fans will also be able to enjoy a huge field of Austin Healeys which will do battle as part of the event carnival program.
Two more support events will be announced shortly.
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British entrant Roger Walters has confirmed that his Corvettes will contest the Malaysian Asia Pacific Le Mans Series event.
Named "Atomic Kitten Racing" after the chart-topping British all-girl band, Walters' team will join the European Le Mans Series event at Estoril next month.
"The GTS cars will arrive some time in August - in full works colours. I can now announce that Ron Fellows will be driving one of them, when his Pratt & Miller commitments allow. We'll be starting off at Estoril next month with the GT3 (Trinkler) Corvette," Walters said.
The team's plans also include the remainder of the ELMS as well as the Petit Le Mans and Charlotte ALMS races before finishing off the year in Malaysia.