American Robert Noaker enters Trans Am 100 at Bathurst International
American Trans Am racer Robert Noaker will compete in the Turtle Wax Trans Am 100 at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst International on November 11-13.
The 18-year-old will drive for Dream Racing Australia in one of the squad’s Dodge Challengers.
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Noaker is a newcomer to the US-based Trans Am Series TA2 division having climbed the ranks through karts, one-make category Mazda MX-5 and IMSA’s TCR division.
The Pennsylvanian driver’s start on the legendary Mount Panorama circuit will be his first motor race outside of the USA.
After a successful test in a Trans Am car earlier this year, Noaker decided to bring his family-run team to the popular American series, campaigning a partial schedule in 2022.
In the United States, Noaker’s rookie season has seen him drive a Ford Mustang-bodied car on Pirelli tyres. Other than learning the demanding 6.213km track, a big challenge for him will be to understand to get the most out of Dream Racing Australia’s Dodge on the control Hoosier tyres used here in Australian Trans Am competition
Noaker’s rookie Trans Am season netted him three top 10 and two top five finishes.
Noaker’s car, last raced by Jackson Rice at Bathurst in April, will carry the livery of the Franklin Road Apparel Company, a US-based retailer of global and American clothing and accessory brands that campaigns a multi-car team in Trans Am and TA2 in the USA. The brand also supports the series and sanctioning body as well.
The Turtle Wax Trans Am 100 will be one of the most hotly-contested categories that will compete as part of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst International;.
The Trans Ams will be joined by the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series where the title will be decided on the mountain.
Also competing is the Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia powered by AWS, Gulf Western Oil Touring Car Masters, Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge, Australian Production Car Series and the Bathurst Sportscar Challenge.
Tickets are available at http://bathurst.international
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Driver, Dream Racing
“I remember first seeing the Bathurst track on TV over 10 years ago. I was probably 6 or 8 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.
“I’m looking forward to trying a different tyre design with Hoosier, and a different aero package with Dodge Challenger bodywork. 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.
“Franklin Road’s team has been very helpful to us in our rookie season with advice and chassis setup help, and we thought running their colours at the Bathurst International would be a good way to thank them.”
Owner, Dream Racing Australia
“Robert at 18 is already a veteran racer,” said Scutella.
“Robert will quickly adapt to Mount Panorama and the new car/tyre combination.
“Our team is a National Trans Am-winning team led by Cameron Fisher and Kim Jane, and we have proven success with great young drivers like Nathan Herne, Kyle Gurton and Jackson Rice.
“Robert will be extremely competitive and we know he will continue to improve across the weekend.”