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Adelaide's Race of a Thousand Years will be staged from December 29 to 31, 2000. The main event, the six hour final round of the 2000 Le Mans Series, will kick off at 4:00 pm on New Year's Eve and finish at 10:00 pm. The Adelaide event will be...

Adelaide's Race of a Thousand Years will be staged from December 29 to 31, 2000. The main event, the six hour final round of the 2000 Le Mans Series, will kick off at 4:00 pm on New Year's Eve and finish at 10:00 pm.

The Adelaide event will be the final round of the 2000 Le Mans Series. The championship is staged over 12 rounds with international races in the U.K., Germany and Adelaide, with the remainder in North America.

There are three separate classes competing in the Le Mans Series - Prototype, GTS and GT. The event is headlined by the exciting Prototype class (with factory entries from Audi, BMW, Cadillac and Panoz), the GTS class for cars such as Dodge Vipers, Corvettes and Mustangs and the production GT class for BMW M3s and the Porsche GT3-R.

The origins of this new unique Adelaide event date back to 1923 when the inaugural Le Mans 24 Hour was run. Held annually in June, the event has featured names such as Bentley, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Aston Martin, Porsche, Toyota, Audi, Nissan, Peugeot and BMW.

The Automobile de l'Ouest (ACO), organizers and rights holders for trademarks and rules for the 24 hour race, have agreed to license their internally famous brand name and rules to Don Panoz for the creation of the Le Mans Series.

Adelaide's Race of a Thousand Years will utilize the full Adelaide Grand Prix circuit as utilized during Adelaide's previous Formula One events.

The "Race of a Thousand Years" is more than a race, it is more than a party, it will be an international celebration of speed, entertainment, fashion, fine food and fun. A spectacular concert, stunning fireworks celebration and an extensive array of other attractions will mark this event as truly unique.

Among the regulars competing in the series will be former Indy 500 winners, multiple victors in the Le Mans 24 Hour and some 20 drivers with Formula One Grand Prix experience.

Drivers include Frenchman Yannick Dalmas, a 4 times winner of the Le Mans 24 Hour; David Brabham, Australia's leading international motorsport star; and there9s even a Fangio - Juan Manuel II, who is the nephew of the motor racing legend.

Plus there are a host of former Grand Prix stars who are no strangers to the streets of Adelaide including Michele Albereto, Stefan Johansson, JJ Lehto, Peirluigi Martini, Eric Bernard, Eric Van De Poele and Karl Wendlinger.

-Paul Ryan-

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Series Le Mans
Drivers David Brabham , Stefan Johansson , Yannick Dalmas , Karl Wendlinger , Ryan Paul , Don Panoz , JJ Lehto
Teams Nissan Motorsports