The Adelaide 500 will remain as the Supercars Championship’s opening round next year, with organisers confirming an earlier date for the series’ traditional curtain-raiser.

Next year’s visit to the South Australian capital city street circuit will take place on February 20-23, a week earlier on the calendar.

While the event is contracted to be the season-opener, its position on the Supercars calendar had been under question while series bosses investigated the prospect of rejigging the calendar into a summer-oriented championship that could have seen the season start in January.

The 2019 event – a clean sweep for the new Ford Mustang and DJR Team Penske’s Scott McLaughlin over two twilight-timed races – attracted a bumper crowd, with over 250,000 tickets sold over the four-day event. Over 90,000 fans attended Sunday’s race, which ended with a nighttime concert headlined by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

“The Superloop Adelaide 500 is a world-class motorsport event which has injected more than $600 million into the state’s economy since its inception, created more than 400 full- time jobs and regularly attracts crowds of more than 250,000 visitors a year,” the state’s Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, David Ridgway, said.

“Securing the season opener is a real coup for the state and reaffirms our reputation for delivering exceptional events.”

Supercars CEO Sean Seamer added: “As one of the country’s largest and most successful major events, the Superloop Adelaide 500 is one of the standouts of our racing season each year.

“The incredible range of entertainment on and off track as part of a month of festivities in Adelaide sets it apart as a great celebration for the City.”

Event organisers will finalise the Adelaide 500’s support bill and race formats later this year. The Supercars Championship is hoping to announce its full 2020 calendar by early July.

While the likes of Tasmania’s Symmons Plains Raceway had its contract extended for a further four years, there are several other events that are coming off-contract this year. Those include the rounds at Winton Raceway, Phillip Island, Townsville, Surfers Paradise and Sandown.

After being dropped from the 2019 schedule, Sydney Motorsport Park is slated to return next year with another nighttime round, while Perth’s Barbagallo Wanneroo Raceway is also looking to see it continue to retain its SuperNight round following its successful debut.

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