Robert Noaker has confirmed he will compete in the Trans Am 100 at the Bathurst International.
The 18-year-old who hails from Pennsylvania will race a Dodge Challenger in what is the final event of this year’s SpeedSeries calendar.
This year’s Trans Am Series came to a conclusion at Sandown where Nathan Herne won the title.
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However, the Bathurst International will see the muscle cars on show as part of a non-points-paying event.
Despite being worlds away, Noaker said he’s been transfixed by Mount Panorama ever since he saw the famed circuit on TV.
“I remember first seeing the Bathurst track on TV over 10 years ago. I was probably six or eight years old then. It’s one of the world’s most famous tracks,” said Noaker.
“When we heard that running the Turtle Wax Trans Am 100 at the Bathurst International was possible, we knew it was a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
In the United States, Noaker raced a Ford Mustang on Pirelli tyres. Here, in Australia, he’ll race a Dodge Challenger with Hoosier rubber.
While the cars themselves aren’t all that different, getting used to the characteristics of the tyre compound will take some getting used to.
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“I’m looking forward to trying a different tyre design with Hoosier, and a different aero package with Dodge Challenger bodywork,” he explained.
“It will be a lot to learn in just a few practice sessions, but I’m excited to work with my new team Dream Racing Australia and hopefully we can adjust to it quickly.
Noaker is the second overseas driver confirmed for the Bathurst International after Teddy Clairet of France, who will contest the final round of the TCR Australia Series.
Trans Am will play support to the TCR Australia Series, where the title will be decided on The Mountain.
GT World Challenge Australia will also form part of the support program alongside, Touring Car Masters, Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge, Australian Production Car Series and the Bathurst Sportscar Challenge.
S5000 will conduct demonstrations over the course of the weekend.
The Bathurst International takes place across November 11-13 and will be shown live and ad-free on Stan Sport.
The Nine Network will also offer live free-to-air coverage on Saturday afternoon.
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