Grant Kenny to run in Adelaide support race

With three Australian Grand Prix celebrity races under his belt, Iron Man legend Grant Kenny already has a host of experience on the Adelaide circuit. But the Queenslander is now set to do battle with "real racers" rather than celebrities in...

With three Australian Grand Prix celebrity races under his belt, Iron Man legend Grant Kenny already has a host of experience on the Adelaide circuit.

But the Queenslander is now set to do battle with "real racers" rather than celebrities in the Grand Touring Challenge - one of the major support races at Le Mans Adelaide.

Armed with a Subaru Impreza STi, Kenny will do battle in a scheduled 40 minute race on the Saturday afternoon, with a further 12 lap sprint on Sunday.

Having just completed his first full season behind the wheel, Kenny is looking forward to the Adelaide event after having recently led the Bathurst Showroom Showdown for GT Production cars.

"I've been racing for three years, but this is the first time I have completed a full season," Kenny said.

"It has been really tough because we haven't been able to do a lot of testing and I have been trying to learn the circuits, the cars and the competition all at the same time."

The former Iron Man champ obviously learns fast. He finished 8th in Class A in the 2000 GTP Championship, just beating team-mate Scott Jacob.

Sponsored by Austar and Batercard, the duo also successfully paired up for Bathurst - starting on pole position and leading much of the race.

"To lead the race at Bathurst was very exciting but Scott and I were still a little disappointed. We finished 7th in the end and really didn't get our strategy right for our final stop.

"But I suppose that is just my competitive nature. Whether it be car racing or an iron man competition - I am out there to win."

The Grand Touring Challenge will feature some of finest production cars in the world including the Ferrari F360 Modena, Porsche GT3, Nissan Skyline GTR and Subaru Impreza WRX.

"Adelaide always puts on fantastic events and I can't wait to see these Le Mans cars," Kenny said.

"I had a great time in the celebrity races down there and that is what really started my interest in car racing.

"It will be a brilliant way to celebrate New Year's Eve."

The Grand Touring Challenge is part of an action packed support program for the Race of a Thousand Years.

Staged from December 29-31, the three-day festival also will feature Sports Sedans, the Le Mans Series Pro-Am for VW Beetles and the Sebring Cup for classic 60s sportscars.

The main event - the final round of the 2000 Le Mans Series - will kick off at 4pm on December 31, and finish at 10pm.

Two giant concerts will also welcome in the new year. INXS with Jon Stevens and Taxiride will perform on the Pitside Party stage behind the pit straight grandstand, while The Living End, Spiderbait and You Am I will perform on the New Year's Revolution stage on CBC Oval.

2000 Le Mans Series Adelaide's Race of a Thousand Years - December 31, 2000

Paul Ryan ryan@panoz.com.au

www.lemansadelaide.com.au

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