ALMS: Adelaide Preview
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December 31st marks an important date for the American Le Mans Series. New Year's Eve is the inauguration of what is certain to become a classic event. The Adelaide street circuit is now in place, eagerly awaiting the roar of Sportcars.
December has become a good month for Sportscar fans. Next year's racing machines are being unveiled, and the Internet is already buzzing with rumors and news of the upcoming Rolex 24 at Daytona. To top it off, we get to watch the finale of the American Le Mans Series on New Year's Eve. The ALMS website sums it up well:
"All across the United States, fans of motorsports are enduring the annual drought of live racing competition that is brought on by the onset of the winter offseason.
"Most diehard race fans make it through the offseason by watching tapes of their favorite events and looking forward to the resumption of their favorite sport in the new year.
"The American Le Mans Series is offering a better solution: a real racing event that American race fans can watch without already having seen it before.
"After 11 races, including nine in North America and two in Europe, the ALMS will
bring down the curtain on its second year with its season finale in Adelaide, Australia, on Sunday, Dec. 31.
"The Race of a Thousand Years will be held on the famed Adelaide street circuit, the former home of the Australian Formula One event. The six-hour sports car endurance race will end two hours prior to a spectacular New Year's celebration in the South Australian port city."
WOW! The people of Adelaide really know how to host a race. The after-race entertainment includes two separate concerts that will welcome in the New Year - The Pitside Party (INXS and Taxiride) and the New Year's Revolution (The Living End, You Am I and Spiderbait). A stunt pilot will wow the crowds. And Porsche will parade some of their classic Le Mans winners!
Back to the RACE: Audi will race a Croc livery R8R, and Panoz will debut their all new LM/P07. The full Formula One street circuit will be used (the concrete tunnel), and should provide for a thrilling race.
There are still a few point battles to be decided with this season finale, but most of it already looks wrapped up. Had the last two races turned out a bit differently, we could have seen a much different finale...