Huge attendance of 285,000 at 2015 Clipsal 500 Adelaide

02 March 2015

Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said perfect weather and an unrivalled fan experience both on and off the race track saw huge crowds flock to the 17th Clipsal 500 Adelaide at the weekend.

“Once again South Australia has demonstrated we know how to run big, successful events,” Mr Bignell said.
“Total attendance over the four days was 285,000, the third highest on record.

“Yesterday’s perfect weather saw 93,600 people descend on the street circuit for the feature 250 km V8 race, 10,000 more than last year.

“We expect close to $60 million to be pumped into the State’s economy. It’s been another huge success.”
Mr Bignell said the Clipsal 500 success was due to fans being offered a wide range of entertainment, with competitive motorsport racing, family activities and evening concerts.

“With four days of thrilling on-track motorsport from seven race categories including the Toyo Tyres Stadium Super Trucks, which raced for points outside North America for the first time, fans enjoyed non-stop excitement on the iconic Adelaide street circuit.

“Add to that the Ferrari display of the world’s rarest supercars including the F40, F50 and ‘LaFerrari’. The Clipsal 500 Adelaide gave petrolheads an unforgettable experience.

“Every night, once the engine sounds died down the noise was replaced by celebrated musicians, from Australia’s hottest DJ’s including the Stafford Brothers, Havana Brown, Timmy Trumpet and Ruby Rose on Friday, to the Zep Boys performing the music of Led Zeppelin, and celebrated rocker John ‘Swanee’ Swan on Saturday.

“And of course, legendary Australian rock band Cold Chisel reunited last night, to perform along with Spiderbait and 100 Proof at the Sunday after-race concert.

“The Clipsal 500 offers so much more than just car racing. The CBD street circuit location enables fans to come and go between the track and the city centre, as well as other major tourist drawcards including the Fringe and Adelaide Festivals.

“We will continue to improve the fan experience for the 2016 Clipsal 500. This will include new grandstand seating with bigger, more comfortable seats that are easier to access.

“Fans continue to vote with their feet and the Government is committed to making sure they are given the highest quality entertainment experience,” Mr Bignell said.

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