The Beetles for Adelaide pro-am

ROOKIE RACERS CAN NOW GET THE LE MANS BUG IN PRO-AM EVENT They hold a unique place in automotive history. They have been the focus of Hollywood movies and are set to do battle on the streets of Adelaide on New Year¹s Eve. No, we are not ...

ROOKIE RACERS CAN NOW GET THE LE MANS BUG IN PRO-AM EVENT

They hold a unique place in automotive history. They have been the focus of Hollywood movies and are set to do battle on the streets of Adelaide on New Year¹s Eve.

No, we are not talking about Le Mans sportscars - this is the Le Mans Series Pro-Am - a race entirely filled with the new VW Beetle.

The new cult car from German manufacturer Volkswagen will provide amateur drivers with the chance to fulfill a lifelong dream and race on the Adelaide street circuit.

Utilising standard Volkswagen Beetles, the cars will be fitted with important safety items including rollcage, safety harness and fire extinguisher.

The rookie racers will be provided with three days of advanced driver training and will get the chance to team up with a professional including Le Mans stars David Brabham, Jan Magnussen, Hans Stuck; and South Australia's own Le Mans 24 Hour winner, Vern Schuppan.

Just like golf, the amateurs will get the chance to team-up with a pro for a ³round² at the Adelaide circuit from December 29-31.

On the Saturday of the Le Mans Adelaide event, the amateur will start a five lap race, before pulling into the pits, and handing over to the pro for another five laps to finish the race.

On the Sunday raceday for the Le Mans sporstcars on New Year¹s Eve, the amateurs will compete in their own five lap dash to the chequered flag.

Launched at the Torrens Parade Ground today, entry into the Le Mans Series Pro-Am can be purchased for $41,150 (including GST) which includes a brand new Volkswagen Beetle which you get to keep after the race.

"Many people have dreamed of being a race driver, but the Le Mans Series Pro-Am can make that dream a reality," Le Mans Adelaide Managing Director, Mr Dean Rainsford said.

"This is a fantastic chance to go motor racing without having to build a car yourself.

"All the amateurs need to do is arrive on the day and their racecar will be ready to go. It is also not every day you get the chance to have somebody like David Brabham or Vern Schuppan as your co-driver."

Entrants will also have the opportunity to insure their "racecar" if it happens to get damaged in the race.

The Le Mans Series Pro-Am joins the Trans-Am event and the Sebring Cup-Race of Yesteryear for historic sportscars on the Le Mans Adelaide support program.

SA Tourism Minister Joan Hall believes the new event will provide an added spark to what is looming as an amazing showcase for South Australia.

"The program for Le Mans Adelaide just keeps getting better and I believe the organisers will be swamped with people keen to slide behind the wheel of a Beetle," Minister Hall said.

"People might not think of the VW Beetle as a typical racing car but it will be a fantastic spectacle to see 20 of these cars competing.

"Unique and creative ideas like this are part of the reason why major events held in South Australia are so successful."

2000 LE MANS SERIES
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ROUND TWELVE
ADELAIDE¹S RACE OF A THOUSAND YEARS - December 31, 2000
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Series ALMS
Drivers David Brabham , Jan Magnussen , Vern Schuppan