Prime Minister Peter Malinauskas announces Adelaide 500 supercars race will return in 2022

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The Adelaide 500 supercars race is set to make a comeback later this year after the 2020 event was canceled.

“The Adelaide 500 is coming back and coming back in a new and refreshed way in December this year,” announced Prime Minister Peter Malinauskas from the Britannia Hotel in Norwood.

He also announced that Adelaide Oval chief executive Andrew Daniels will chair the South Australian Motor Sport Board, which is tasked with planning the event.

“We have great ambitions to ensure that this festival once a year in December is the epicenter of motorsport worldwide.

“We know that motorsport attracts a lot of people to our state.”

He said the former Liberal government had been unable to sell much of the infrastructure for the Adelaide 500 when it canceled the event in October 2020.

Reviving the Adelaide 500 was a $15 million pledge that Labor made ahead of the recent election.

Supercar racers Shane van Gisbergen and Scott McLaughlin at the Adelaide circuit in 2020.ABC News: Lincoln Rothall

Malinauskas said his desire to bring back the Adelaide 500 was not just to “satisfy the passion of motorsport enthusiasts”, but to create jobs in the hospitality and tourism sectors.

“Even the industries that have suffered and made the biggest sacrifices during the COVID crisis – they deserve this event to come back,” he said.

Malinauskas said Daniels had turned Adelaide Oval into an “iconic venue” and would do the same for the Adelaide 500.

But he said the board had a “tight time frame” to get it organized in December.

“There will be challenges, but we are able to meet those challenges,” he said.

Andrew Daniels points out something to Prime Minister Peter Malinauskas when announcing Adelaide 500
Adelaide Oval chief executive Andrew Daniels will head the Labor government’s new South Australian Motorsport Board.ABC News: Leah MacLennan

Daniels said the Adelaide 500 is “bringing a huge buzz” to the city, and he appreciated how much work would have to go into the four-day festival to have it ready by December.

“South Australia has an international reputation for hosting great events, especially great motorsport events, dating back to 1985,” he said.

He said the event was previously held in March and clashed with many other events around the same time, but would now be held before the annual test match in December.

Daniels will step down from Adelaide Oval in May.

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