Everything is underway for the born-again street race.
The $18.8 million mission to put the Adelaide 500 into gear and back on track is running to plan.
The first steps have been taken with the re-birth of the South Australian Motor Sport Board, commissioning of track infrastructure, work to re-surface the track, and research into everything from support categories to the event capacity.
“We’re committed. It’s all go,” the chief executive of Motor Sport SA, Mark Warren, confirms exclusively to AUTO ACTION.
“We’re going and we’ll make it happen.”
Warren has dropped into the top job after six years at The Bend and reports to the state’s Premier, Peter Malinauskas, whose commitment to return the Adelaide 500 to South Australia was one of his key election promises.
“I’m a delegate of the SA Tourism Commission. I’m working inside the Department of Premier and Cabinet.
“I did six previous Clipsal events from 2011 to 2016. I’ve been at The Bend Motorsport Park for the past six years and delivered five Supercars events there.”
The chair of the board, Andrew Daniels, is another long-term motorsport administrator in South Australia with a history that goes back to the original Adelaide Grand Prix in the 1980s.
Creation of the new Board is happening at the highest levels, as it will be a Statutory Authority supported by South Australian laws. Debate on those laws is going through the legislative process with the parliament in SA this week.
But Warren is already deeply into planning and execution of the born-again Adelaide 500 from December 1-4.
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