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American teen locked in for Bathurst debut

THE foreign contingent for the upcoming Bathurst International has grown with American teen Robert Noaker joining the Turtle Wax Trans Am 100 field.

The 18-year-old from Pennsylvania has raced a Ford Mustang in the United States’ 2022 Trans Am TA2 series and will now contest his first event abroad in a Dream Racing Australia Dodge Challenger.

“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, who will carry Franklin Road Apparel Company branding.

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“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.

The car Noaker will drive was last raced by Jackson Rice at Bathurst in April. Pic: Supplied

“Franklin Road’s team has been very helpful to us in our rookie season with advice and chassis set-up help, and we thought running their colours at the Bathurst International would be a good way to thank them.”

Dream Racing Australia was the team with which Nathan Herne won the 2021 Australian Trans Am title.

Herne is this weekend racing in the final round of the US National Trans Am Championship at the Circuit of The Americas before returning Down Under for the Bathurst International across November 11-13.

“Robert at 18 is already a veteran racer,” said Dream Racing Australia owner Craig 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.”

The other key international driver locked in for the Mount Panorama event is Frenchman Teddy Clairet in TCR Australia.

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