03 Sep 2020

2021 Superloop Adelaide 500 - event update

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect how we live, work and play, and has forced sporting events and organisations all over the world to be flexible and adapt how they engage with fans. 

Since April, the Superloop Adelaide 500 team has been working with Supercars to determine how the 2021 Superloop Adelaide 500 will operate in this ever-changing climate.

As one of the biggest event-builds in the state, our world-class street circuit requires significant planning and temporary infrastructure to operate successfully, with the build starting months in advance.

Events South Australia executive director Hitaf Rasheed confirmed today that, as a result of these factors, the Superloop Adelaide 500 will not take place in its traditional time slot of late February/early March in 2021.

“Our world-class street circuit requires significant planning and temporary infrastructure to operate successfully. Our event-build is one of the largest in the state and comes with considerable risk and reward,” she said.

“Top of mind for us, is our many suppliers and stakeholders who will soon start making huge investments into the event, both time and money, and we want the best result for them as well as our loyal fans.

“We are working with Supercars on revised dates for the 2021 event and looking to have this resolved in time for their calendar release, currently planned for the back half of October.

"We understand that Supercars’ current priority is to complete the 2020 season and we are very happy to see the sport returning to South Australia at Tailem Bend later this month."

Supercars CEO Sean Seamer said his organization had been working closely with the SATC and Events South Australia, and supported the decision.

“This is one of the showpiece events on our calendar and we agree, at this current time, with the planning and infrastructure required it would not be viable to run an event of that size and scale in February,” he said.

“Planning for Supercars 2021 calendar is underway and our intention is to announce next year’s draft calendar in October.  We have a great relationship with South Australia and will continue to look at all options for 2021.”