FERRARI team Prancing Horse Racing has finalised a powerful driver lineup for this weekend's Grand Touring Challenge races in Adelaide, signing the widely experienced Rod Wilson to join regular pilot Mark Noske in a pair of F360 Modena Challenge coupes.
Noske and Wilson will take their $350,000 machines on to the grand prix street circuit for practice and qualifying tomorrow and races of 40 minutes on Saturday and 12 laps on Sunday.
The Grand Touring Challenge is the main prelude to the international Le Mans series Race of a Thousand Years on New Year's Eve.
Wilson, from Melbourne, has raced Formula Holden, Porsche Supercup, Super Touring cars and V8 Supercars, but also brings to the team special expertise in tyres.
He is the Australian distributor for Pirelli racing tyres and between Grand Touring Challenge driving duties will be providing tyre technical assistance to some of the world's leading sports car teams in the six-hour Race of a Thousand Years.
"I've been involved throughout the year with tyre development for the Ferraris in the Nations Cup series, so to have an opportunity to put my work to the test is a great privilege," Wilson said.
"Prancing Horse is a highly professional team and I'm confident Mark and I are in a strong position to perform well this weekend."
The Ferrari pair are part of a 27-car field, which also includes an American Dodge Viper ACR - closely related to the GT-class Vipers contesting the Le Mans race - three Porsche GT3s, the latest Chevrolet Corvette C5, the four-wheel drive turbo Mitsubishi Lancer RS Evo V of new Australian GT Production Car Champion Mark King, the Subaru Impreza WRX STi's of Scott Jacob, Clyde Lawrence and Gary Deane and Barry Morcom's new Commodore HSV GTS.
Among the Porsche contenders, only Adelaide surgeon Greg Keene can claim the benefit of local knowledge, although the full-length formula one circuit has not been used since the Australian Grand Prix moved to Melbourne several years ago.
TIMETABLE: Friday 12.40 pm - Practice (30 min.), 7.00 pm - Qualifying (40 min.). Saturday 3.45 pm - Race 1# (40 min.). Sunday 2.20 pm - Race 2# (12 laps).