The Clipsal 500 Adelaide Supercars season-opener will revert to a format of two 250-kilometre races next year, it has been confirmed.

The event, run on a shortened version of the former Formula 1 circuit layout, has traditionally been staged as a pair of 250-kilometre races – one each on the Saturday and Sunday – but in 2014 the Saturday component was split into two separate 125-kilometre races.

The format change upset traditional fans, although it didn’t seem to dampen TV audience figures or race-going fans.

The format change was announced during Saturday’s practice telecast of the Bathurst 1000 by South Australia’s Minister for Sports, Leon Bignall.

“We’re going to bring it back and have a 250 [kilometre race on the Saturday] rather than two 125s,” he said.

“That’s what the fans really like, and the drivers are delighted with it.”

The season-opening Clipsal 500 Adelaide takes place on March 2-5.

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