Get ready to see the Clipsal 500 under lights some time soon!

Could future Clipsal 500 championship events be staged under lights? According to the latest reports, city officials and the South Australian state government are examining the feasibility of such an initiative for the V8 Supercars’ traditional season-opener.

An article in today’s Adelaide Advertiser newspaper reports that the state’s premier, Jay Weatherill, has told a parliamentary committee that it would cost the state $15 million in the first year to transform the event to a night race around the former Grand Prix circuit.

While negotiations with V8 Supercars officials were ongoing, Weatherill added, it would be unlikely that next year’s event would be staged under lights.

Rumours of a night race option have been kicking around this this year’s Clipsal 500 in March. It is understood that the proposed schedule would see a 250-kilometre night race on Saturday, followed by the second 250-kilometre race on Sunday afternoon.

Dare we suggest that Adelaide is angling for a return to hosting the Australian Grand Prix? Bernie Ecclestone has made it clear that the future of a Grand Prix in this country will depend on a host venue offering to stage to the race under lights…

A double-billing of F1 and V8s at Abu Dhabi!

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.