PERCAT: BIG PLANS IN PLACE IF ADELAIDE 500 RETURNS FOR 2022

Craig Lowndes on his way to victory in Race 2 at the 2014 Clipsal 500 Adelaide. Pic: an1images.com / Andrew Hall

THE fate of the Adelaide 500’s revival will be determined this weekend as South Australia heads to the polls on Saturday for the 2022 state election.

Resurrecting the Adelaide event, which had been one of Supercars marquee events for over two decades, has been a high-profile election promise from state opposition leader Peter Malinauskas in his campaign to return Labor to government.

The event has not been held since 2020, after which it was axed by the Liberal government headed by Premier Steven Marshall.

In February, Malinauskas announced a commitment to resurrect the race in time to host the final round of this year’s Repco Supercars Championship on December 1-4.

“There’s a lot of excitement and big, big plans if it does come off,” Nick Percat told the Castrol Motorsport News Podcast.

“If it does go in the way where Peter and the Labor side can bring the race back, they’re going to do it properly: back to the Adelaide 500 that we all knew and loved, not the version that SA Tourism had for the last couple of years at the end there.

“It’s all about the entertainment and the family side of things, big performances and making it a big week event in Adelaide.

“I think they want to do things around the Gala (the Supercars Gala Awards event) and make that a big thing as well.

“The whole event will be pretty cool to be involved in, and obviously get to show off South Australia again, which I think a lot of the businesses there are missing.”

Listen to the full chat in this week’s episode of the Castrol Motorsport News Podcast in the player below!