The Adelaide 500 will be the new annual Repco Supercars Championship closer after the announcement of a five-year deal to secure the future of the event.
That scheme includes a concrete confirmation that the popular street race will be held this year, across 1.-4. December, and will retain final status until at least 2026.
Adelaide will also host the Supercars’ gala evening on the Monday after the event on each of these occasions, ensuring that the City of Churches is the place to decide and distribute the great silverware.
It is a marked change from a long period of being the traditional season opener, right up until it was last held in February 2020 before it was canceled.
The Adelaide 500 was returned on election promise by then-opposition leader Peter Malinauskas, who defeated incumbent Prime Minister Steven Marshall in a March election.
“This is a historic moment for motorsport in South Australia – not only are we locking in the return of the event this year, but we are also securing the race for at least the next five years,” said Premier Malinauskas.
“I have full confidence that the host of the final race of the Supercars Championship will be an integral part of the sport’s calendar in the same way that the season opener in Adelaide used to be.
“Along with celebrating the end of the season’s gala evening, this promises to be a spectacular end to the year leading up to the Christmas season.”
Supercars CEO Shane Howard headed south to join Malinauskas and South Australian Motorsport Board CEO Mark Warren to sign on the dotted line today.
“The Adelaide 500 is a spectacular event that shows South Australia to a large national and international audience and will be a fitting finale to the Repco Supercars Championship for the next five years,” said Howard.
“I would like to thank Premier Malinauskas, the South Australian Government, Mark Warren and the SA Motorsport Board for their unwavering support and revival of this event to recreate what will be five incredible years of racing in Adelaide.”
With the Sandown and New Zealand 2022 rounds also confirmed in recent days that they are continuingafter all, a 13-event calendar will be a reality.
The discussions had hovered around cutting a round off the schedule, as Supercars owner RACE has to pay the teams an extra sum for each event beyond a minimum of 12 in a single year – but the benefit of a wider calendar seems to have won out.
Although not yet officially confirmed, the Newcastle 500 will not continue in 2022, but should return as next year’s season opener.