The Labor Party’s victory in the South Australian state election will see the Adelaide 500 and Adelaide Motorsport Festival return to the Adelaide Street Circuit in 2022.
The South Australian Motor Sport Board is set to be reformed with the Adelaide Motorsport Festival pencilled in for November 23 to 27 and the Adelaide 500, as Supercars’ season-ending event, on December 1 to 4, 2022.
The Adelaide 500 was cancelled by the Liberal Party in October 2020, citing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, as detailed in our column, the Adelaide 500 had suffered a noticeable decline since the South Australian Motor Sport Board was disbanded and the running of the event was handed over to the South Australian Tourism Commission/Events SA.
Grandstands and the like sold off by the Liberal Party will be replaced by Supercars’ own infrastructure used at other street circuits such as the Gold Coast and Newcastle.
“We congratulate Peter Malinauskas and his team on their victory in the South Australian election,” said Supercars CEO Shane Howard.
“We now look forward to working together to deliver the Adelaide 500 on the streets of Adelaide in December in what will be a spectacular season finale.”
The Adelaide Motorsport Festival’s Victoria Park Sprint was not held from 2019 due to the loss of government funding, despite growing in popularity since the first event in 2014.
“A Malinauskas Labor Government will reclaim South Australia’s title as the home of motorsport by bringing back major motorsport events and supporting classic and historic car owners and their clubs,” pledged Labor Party leader Peter Malinauskas.
“This policy is about recognising our state’s proud history of car manufacturing, car racing and car culture, attracting more visitors to South Australia, creating more jobs, and growing our state’s economy.”
Labor will allocate up to $500,000 per year for the Adelaide Motorsport Festival. According to its pre-election pledge, it will “work with sporting car clubs and associations to not only reinstate the event but to build on it and make it Australia’s premier motorsport festival.”
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2021 marked the first time there was no motorsport event held on the Adelaide Street Circuit since 1998, the year before the creation of the Adelaide 500 on a shortened version of the Adelaide Grand Prix layout.
With the Adelaide Grand Prix held on the Adelaide Street Circuit between 1985 and 1995, the Adelaide 500 from 1999 to 2020 and the ‘Race of a Thousand Years’ sportscar event held in 2000, 1996 to 1998 and 2021 were the only years without motorsport events at the circuit in 37 years.