01 Nov 2017
AUSTRALIA'S favourite street battle has launched for a historic 20th time in Adelaide this morning.
The Adelaide 500 will bring the streets of South Australia's capital back to life in when the Virgin Australia Supercars roar around some of the nation's most infamous corners from 1-4 March 2018.
Two fantastic new championships will make their Australian debut as part of the four-day carnival, with the ECB SuperUtes Series and Audi R8 LMS Cup Series rolling into Adelaide as two of the event's seven main support categories.
SA's favourites to rock Friday night
The launch of the Adelaide 500 also brought the big reveal of one of a superb line-up of local talent to complement the earlier announcement of Sunday night's main act - global superstar Robbie Williams.
Cold Chisel will headline Friday night's 'Made in SA' concert, which will also feature one of the nation's favourite country musicians Kasey Chambers and acclaimed local rock outfit Bad//Dreems.
Legendary Cold Chisel frontman Jimmy Barnes said the opportunity to play at the Adelaide 500 once again was something the whole band was looking forward to.
"We're excited to be coming back to play this special 'Made In SA' show," Barnes told adelaide500.com.au.
"Kasey is a legend and a good mate [of ours] and Bad//Dreems are one of the best bands to come out of Adelaide in the last decade.
"Our mate Mark Opitz, who produced some of our best recordings, has made both of their albums, so we've got a connection to them too."
Free general admission for kids under 14
Racegoers will be treated to price-freeze across grandstand tickets in 2018, and reduced prices in some areas.
The announcement made on Wednesday morning by South Australian Tourism Minister Leon Bignell also came with the news the children under 14 years would be admitted free with a full-paying adult across all four days.
Providing value to traditional Adelaide 500 fans was an important part of the planning for the 20th-anniversary event, according to Minister Bignell, who hopes to see diehard supporters joined by a new breed of fan next year.
“The 20th anniversary of the Adelaide 500 will be a celebration of the past and the future, with fan favourites alongside new additions to the racing circuit," he said.
"The anniversary edition is all about the fans – those who have loved and supported the event since its inception in 1999, as well as those who we hope will experience the event for the first time in 2018."
Further announcements on the Saturday night concert and raceday entertainment will be made in the lead-up to the 2018 event.
The 2018 Adelaide 500 will be held from March 1-4, with tickets now on sale through Ticketmaster.