Le Mans Racers Return to the Streets of Adelaide
After 18 years, the sleek and purposeful prototypes of Le Mans will return to the streets of Adelaide at the 2018 Adelaide Motorsport Festival. The aerodynamic endurance racers have only ever raced in Adelaide once before, at the Race of a Thousand Years in 2000. That race was supposed to be the first of a ten-year deal, but the series was cancelled and Adelaide has been lacking in Le Mans ever since.
But the wait has not been in vain – AMF organisers have announced that two iconic Le Mans Porsche 962s will take part in this year’s Festival, not only on a shortened version of the Adelaide street circuit, but through the streets and traffic of the Adelaide CBD. The Festival celebrates 70 Years of Porsche this year, and the two 962s join a stunning selection of Stuttgart’s fastest and most desirable machines both on and off the track.
Two of these incredible machines will participate in the 2018 Adelaide Motorsport Festival, first taking part in the Peak Hour of Power parade through the city to the Gouger Street Party, and then on the track at Victoria Park across the weekend.
Over the weekend of December 1 and 2 they will appear on track with an earlier Porsche Le Mans legend, the 906. With only 50 cars produced, the 906 won class victories at Daytona, Sebring, Spa and Nurburgring in 1966, and won the Targa Florio outright.
The three Legends of Le Mans join a stunning lineup of vehicles spanning the spectrum of motorsport, from Adelaide-era F1 to time attack weapons, classic motorcycles to Can Am beasts, and much more.
Hypercar Heaven at Adelaide Motorsport Festival
They’ve been dubbed the Holy Trinity of hypercars – the McLaren P1, the Porsche 918 and the LaFerrari. Each combines the seamless surge of electric power with the brutal punch of screaming combustion engines to deliver levels of performance that can only be described as miraculous.
This year at AMF, the trio will appear on track at speed in a display of motoring nirvana, and three mere mortals will be blessed with a ride on the Lap of the Gods. Two passenger rides were auctioned off at the Festival’s launch party on October 18, the other will be won by one lucky member of the public. Raffle tickets for this once-in-this-lifetime experience can be purchased through the AMF website: https://adelaidemotorsportfestival.com.au/spectators/tickets/
Funds raised from the raffle and auction will go to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, AMF’s charitable partner for 2018.
The Holy Trinity will appear on track for a soulful display of motoring potency on both days of the Adelaide Motorsport Festival, Saturday December 1 and Sunday December 2.
Winged Warriors to do Battle as Adelaide Motorsport Festival Reaches for the Sky
Motorsport action is set to take off at this year’s Adelaide Motorsport Festival as air race ace Matt Hall takes on a selection of supercars in an epic contest organisers have dubbed ‘Winged Warriors’.
Australia’s only Red Bull Air Race pilot, Matt Hall, will take on three earthbound contenders in a standing-start drag race over 400 metres. Jim Richards will drive the most powerful 911 Porsche have ever built – the newly released GT2 RS, David Brabham will drive Adelaide’s own supercar, the Brabham BT62, and Italian F1 star Ivan Capelli will line up in the Leyton House March he raced in Adelaide in 1989.
They will have their work cut out for them. This is no ordinary plane – it’s a plane Hall has used to twice finish second in the Red Bull Air Race World Championships. The single-seater MXS-R is built for speed, packing 8.9 litres of air-cooled flat six that hauls the sprightly 700kg aircraft to a top speed of more than 420kmh. It can climb at 3,700 feet per minute and roll at the dizzying rate of 420 degrees per second.
Hall will perform two aerobatic displays across the weekend, on Saturday December 1 and Sunday December 2. The three epic Winged Warriors races will take place on Sunday at 12 noon.