Adelaide Motorsport Festival organisers have confirmed this year’s event will be cancelled following a reduction in funding from the South Australian Government.
Unfortunately, the Victoria Park Sprint, and associated festival activities within Victoria Park, will not go ahead this year.
While devastated that the event hasn’t been able to go ahead as planned, organisers describe this as a ‘pit stop’, and are working on funding solutions to get the event back up and running in its full capacity in 2020.
The good news is the Shannons Adelaide Rally, Gouger Street Party, and an exciting new motorsport-themed street party/show will go ahead on the original dates of December 4 to 7.
The 2019 Shannons Adelaide Rally is a four-day tarmac rally comprised of up to 32 closed road stages up to 22km long, with a total competitive distance of almost 160km. The closed road stages are highly technical, serpentine and challenging hillclimb-style roads typical of the Adelaide Hills and surrounds.
Many of these sections are taken from iconic Classic Adelaide Rally stages of old, such as Basket Range, Norton Summit, Gorge, Corkscrew, Chain of Ponds and more. The furthest closed road stage from Adelaide is 55km away and the entire closed road course can be recce’d in one day.
The competitive categories of the Shannons Adelaide Rally run over four days, with Challenge and Competition classes hitting their first stage of the event on the Wednesday afternoon.
Tour categories get started on Thursday morning, with the Prima Tour heading off first.
Main Tour and Spirit cars will continue on to tackle more closed road stages and longer stages compared to 2018.
Combined, all category entries are expected to eclipse the 304 entries received in 2018, making the Shannons Adelaide Rally possibly the largest tarmac rally field in Australasia for 2019.
The event combines spirited driving challenges and touring as well as hard-core rallying. Iconic closed road stages throughout the Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and McLaren Vale Regions feature prominently as do traditional street party activities such as The Gouger Street Party held in the Adelaide CBD which attracts 14,000 attendees.
In 2019 a new street party is planned for the East End of Adelaide at the Rally’s conclusion on Saturday 7th December. The result is four days jam-packed with activities and a festival feel not found at any other rally event in the country.
2019 SHANNONS ADELAIDE RALLY
DECEMBER 4 - 7
For further information about 2019 Adelaide Rally visit https://www.adelaiderally.com.au/