APLMS: Malaysia eighty days to go report

Le Mans Series Race Of Champions Malaysia - Racing In Paradise 9-11 November 2001 Sepang International Circuit Malaysian Update - 80 Days To Go Interest from sportscar teams across the globe is beginning to peak for the Le Mans Series Race of...

Le Mans Series Race Of Champions
Malaysia - Racing In Paradise
9-11 November 2001
Sepang International Circuit

Malaysian Update - 80 Days To Go

Interest from sportscar teams across the globe is beginning to peak for the Le Mans Series Race of Champions which is set to be held in Malaysia at Sepang from November 9-11.

The new U.S. based American Viper squad is one team ready to unleash its American muscle cars on the Malaysian circuit.

The GTS team has also recently recruited one of the most popular drivers from the ALMS, Florida-based star, Shane Lewis.

Lewis has an extensive range of experience in GT, GTS and Prototype machines and recently competed at the Le Mans 24 Hour aboard the Calloway Corvette.

"I have never been to Malaysia before and I am really looking forward to the event," Lewis said.

"It looks like a wonderful place to visit and a brilliant place to race. I have seen the track on TV and I think it will be a fantastic circuit for the Dodge Viper.

"I have seen the Formula One race on television and I think the Le Mans Series will put on a brilliant show down there."

Lewis teamed up with former ORECA Viper star David Donohue to finish 4th in GTS at Mosport last weekend. The other team car was driven by Tom Weickardt and Kevin Allen

"Having four different classes in the one event will be a unique spectacle for the Malaysian fans," Lewis said.

"The type of racing we have in the ALMS is very unique and I think the fans are in for a great show.

The Le Mans Series Race of Champions will have a unique carnival atmosphere with two major international concerts scheduled for the race weekend.

A huge stage will be built in the centre of the circuit mall - the carnival area between the Sepang circuit's unique double sided grandstand.

Negotiations are nearing completion for major international acts to appear on both the Saturday night and Sunday night of the race weekend.

The carnival weekend will also feature markets, entertainers, fireworks, sideshow rides and a spectacular opening ceremony highlighting Malaysian culture to the rest of the world.

"Our plan is to put on not only a major international race, this is going to be a unique party celebration," Event Director, Rob Curkpatrick said.

Representatives from the Le Mans Series Race of Champions have been a regular sight at ALMS events in recent weeks.

Curkpatrick, Executive Director, Chua Ho Pheng and representatives from Asian Overland Services attended the recent Sears Point while International PR Manager, Paul Ryan was in attendance at Mosport last weekend.

Curkpatrick and Malaysian event paddock manager, Martin Klein, will also attend the Vallelunga ELMS and Laguna Seca ALMS event in the weeks ahead to answer enquires from international teams about the event.

-APLMS-

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Series Road racing
Drivers Shane Lewis , Ryan Paul , David Donohue , Kevin Allen , Tom Weickardt