The Adelaide Motorsport Festival’s Victoria Park Sprint will not be held in 2019 due to the loss of government funding.
The event has grown in size and popularity since it was launched in 2014, bringing Formula 1 cars and drivers back to the home of the Adelaide Grand Prix at Victoria Park.
The Gouger Street Party and a new motorsport-themed street party will go ahead on the original dates of December 4 to 7, alongside the Shannons Adelaide Rally that runs in association with the Adelaide Motorsport Festival.
Adelaide Motorsport Festival organisers said:
“Due to a very recent and substantial reduction in government funding, we have had to make significant changes to the Adelaide Motorsport Festival (AMF) for 2019.
“Unfortunately, the Victoria Park Sprint, and associated festival activities within Victoria Park, will not go ahead this year.
“Since 2014, the Adelaide Motorsport Festival has become one of the most respected motorsport events in Australia, and is recognised around the world. With a just a small team of dedicated enthusiasts and a genuine love for motorsport in all its forms, we are proud to have created an event like no other. We are devastated that we are unable to proceed with the event as planned for this year.
“We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made AMF possible, from our army of volunteers, our event sponsors, Victoria Park Sprint competitors, our star drivers, those generous car owners who made their vehicles available to us, and of course to everyone who showed up to help us celebrate Adelaide’s unique motorsport heritage.
“We’d also like to thank the South Australian Tourism Commission for their generous support to date.
“We’d like to think of this as a pitstop and are working on funding solutions to get back on track in 2020.
“The good news is the Shannons Adelaide Rally, Gouger Street Party, and an exciting new motorsport-themed street party and show will go ahead on the original dates of December 4 to 7.”