Nation's Cup stars to battle at Le Mans Adelaide

Australia's leading GTP Nation's Cup stars will get the opportunity to show their talent before some of the world's top sportscar teams at Le Mans Adelaide in December. Le Mans Adelaide organisers and GTP Nation's Cup managers, PROCAR Australia,...

Australia's leading GTP Nation's Cup stars will get the opportunity to show their talent before some of the world's top sportscar teams at Le Mans Adelaide in December.

Le Mans Adelaide organisers and GTP Nation's Cup managers, PROCAR Australia, today announced the Nation's Cup class and high performance cars from the GTP category will complete the support program for the international event on the streets of Adelaide to be staged from December 29-31.

Nation's Cup joins Trans-Am, the Sebring Cup for historic sportscars and the innovative VW Beetle race ­ the Le Mans Series Pro-Am ­ on the exciting Adelaide program.

The Adelaide event will be an ideal showcase for the Nation's Cup stars. Leading Nation's Cup Ferrari F360 Modena driver Mark Noske impressed at the Clipsal 500 earlier this year ­ making enough impression on Le Mans Series founder Don Panoz for Noske to be offered a drive in a Panoz prototype sportscar on New Year's Eve.

The Ferrari is just one of the sporting thoroughbreds which represent some of the world's finest automotive manufacturers in Nation's Cup.

The leading production cars from the U.K. (Lotus and Jaguar), Germany (Porsche and BMW), Italy (Ferrari and Lamborghini), Japan (Nissan, Honda and Toyota) and the U.S. (Dodge and Chevrolet) compete in the championship.

Some of the Nation's Cup stars may also be reunited with the complete Adelaide Grand Prix circuit for the December event.

Porsche driver Jim Richards holds the record as the most successful touring car driver in the history of the full Adelaide circuit while Ferrari star Wayne Park earned two stunning victories in Porsche Cup at the Grand Prix event.

"Nation's Cup has grown quickly in its first year to become one of the most entertaining categories in Australian motorsport," Le Mans Adelaide Managing Director, Mr Dean Rainsford said.

"We are delighted to bring Nation's Cup onto our program. It completes what will be a varied and very exciting support package for the Le Mans Series grand finale.

"The on-track action will be fantastic and that will be mirrored off track as well with fashion parades, food and wine exhibitions, street parties and fireworks displays - it will be a great way to celebrate New Year's Eve."

PROCAR Chairman, Ross Palmer, believes the addition of the Australian racers will be a major boost for the GTP category.

"It is fantastic that GTP will be on the program for such a prestigious international event," Palmer said.

"Our Australian based GT cars will be the perfect compliment to the stars and the cars from the Le Mans Series.

"Our GTP cars will look and sound right at home on the Adelaide Grand Prix circuit."

- www.lemansadelaide.com.au

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Series ALMS , Supercars
Drivers Don Panoz , Jim Richards , Mark Noske , Wayne Park