Visitors to this year’s V8 Supercars season opener, the Clipsal 500 at Adelaide, will be rejoicing with the news that event organisers have relaxed the alcohol restrictions at the famous street race, with full-strength beer to make a return after a near-revolt by visitors last year.

“We received feedback from spectators that they would prefer to have the option of full or mid-strength beverage,” Clipsal 500 media manager Mike Drewer said.

“We’ve had a remarkably well-behaved crowd, and we’ve never had any major issues, but as XXXX is a mid-strength beer of V8 Supercars, we went along with that last year.

“We gave it a crack, but it wasn’t well received, so it was simple case to change back.”

With V8 Supercars yet to announce if it will retain its beer rights deal with the XXXX beer group, it is not yet known what amber ale will be offered to patrons attending the four-day event, between 1-4 March.

It still barely holds a candle to the alcohol limit for the championship’s blue-ribbon event, the Bathurst 1000, where patrons are allowed a ‘one slab’ (that’s 24 beer cans!) daily limit!

[Original image via IPL]

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.