The Adelaide Motosport Festival will expand in 2018 following confirmation of dates for the event next year. Both the Adelaide Rally and the Victoria Park Sprint will feature more action and an expanded schedule due to both competitor and fan demand.
The Adelaide Rally will commence on Wednesday, November 28th and run through Saturday, 1st December. The new first day will feature a prologue stage and two additional closed road stages, followed by an expanded program of closed road and circuit activity over the next three days.
The popular Gouger Street party will return on Friday night, which this year attracted nearly 13,000 people to the city precinct. The Peak hour of Power parade from Victoria Park will also return.
The Victoria Park Sprint will be held on December 1st and 2nd, while a third day – Friday, November 30th – will be a private practice and media day. Other enhancements and activities within the festival are in the planning stages and are set to deliver more action and excitement than ever before.
“There is tremendous interest from internationals and interstate entrants which has prompted us to expand the event in 2018,” said Event Director Tim Possingham. “The extra day of track time gives teams the opportunity to test vehicles prior to the weekends activities and also provides valuable media opportunities to the event.”
The event recorded significant growth this year with huge crowds descending on Victoria Park across a weekend of perfect Adelaide weather.
“Initial reports on attendance from last weekend’s event show that the event is on a steep growth trajectory with a 30% increase in attendance compared to 2016,” Possingham said. “We are still compiling event reports but at this stage I would think the numbers are going to exceed 35,000 across all elements of the event weekend.”