The season-opening race at next year’s Superloop Adelaide 500 will be a twilight fixture after Supercars revealed the weekend’s sessions segments for their opening round of the championship.
Thursday night will also feature a twilight practice session for the Supercars drivers marking the first time in the event’s twenty-year history Supercars have run on Thursday, usually reserved for the support categories.
Recently-crowned Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin says the twilight practice will make things interesting for the field. “The twilight sessions will provide a new challenge for all of us drivers in Adelaide,” he said.
“The circuit is a tough one anyway, so I’m looking forward to the additional test. Adelaide always delivers intense, wheel-to-wheel racing and 2019 will be no exception.”
The twilight timeslots on Thursday and the remainder of the weekend gives fans better bang for their buck when purchasing a four-day ticket with on-track activity spread across a longer day.
With individual session times to be finalised, the three daily categories will be split into morning, afternoon and twilight segments.
Fans will also be treated to additional night time action where they can witness the Red Hot Chilli Peppers perform on Sunday night following the final race of the weekend.
“Staging the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship on all four days of the Superloop Adelaide 500 is a real coup,” said David Ridgway, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment in South Australia.
“The extra practice session on Thursday is just one of the many ways we are creating more value for ticket holders. This event is not to be missed.”
Meanwhile, Barbabagllo will be the new host of the SuperNight format after Sydney Motorsport Park’s omission from the 2019 calendar. The new location of the night fixture has divided the Supercars community with plenty raising concern the majority of the sport’s followers on the eastern side of the country will have to watch the race at an awkward hour in the night due to the time difference in Western Australia. The exact time of the sessions is yet to be announced.
The Superloop Adelaide 500 weekend kicks off a massive year of Supercars racing from 28 February – 3 March 2019. Tickets are available at SuperloopADL500.com.au
Images via Supercars and Superloop Adelaide 500