The Adelaide Motorsport Festival is planning a track extension for next year’s event which it hopes will entice more international car collectors and Formula 1 stars.

Australia’s answer to the Goodwood Festival of Speed continues to grow with the weekend’s fourth edition attracting
bumper crowds to witness the South Australian capital to celebrate all forms of Motorsport. This year’s event welcomed more than 600 cars, ranging from Formula 1, touring cars and rallying to the 1.4km Victoria Park sprint circuit where they perform against the clock for spectators. Keen to continue the festival’s evolution, organizers are closing in on a track extension, which will add 600 metres to the current loop,

The extension, which already has support from local government, will see the track follow the traditional Adelaide 500 circuit up Wakefield Street 300 metres, before a sharp hairpin turn that will send the cars back towards the existing track layout. Proposed track extension should offer a longer straight for the vehicles particularly F1 cars to stretch their legs and provide more viewing areas for fans.

Event director Tim Possingham believes the longer circuit, yet to receive sign off, will enable the event to attract more exotic machinery from aboard along with international F1 drivers, who raced in Adelaide when it hosted the Australian Grand Prix from 1985-1995. Also among the improvements for spectators is a move to open up the infield of the circuit for spectating and automotive manufacturers to conduct displays.

This year Audi, Ferrari, BMW, Mercedes, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Maserati and Jaguar chose to activate at the festival.

“The extension will increase the number of cars on track up to 24, which will increase entry income and offset some of the costs in extending the track. “I’m talking to collectors and ex-Adelaide F1 drivers that will come back if there is a track extension. I’ve met with the Williams Heritage Group and Classic Team Lotus but that doesn’t work so well for us. The way forward to get those type of cars is through private collectors.”
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