26 Aug 2019
In an exciting development for fans, the 2020 Superloop Adelaide 500 will host the opening round of the Stadium Super Trucks (SST) series, following their highly-anticipated return to Australia.
The popular category was today confirmed as the first support category to race at the iconic Victoria Parklands street circuit from 20 – 23 February 2020, coinciding with the release of tickets on sale.
Renowned for its spectacular, adrenalin-charged action, the SST’s return to the Superloop Adelaide 500 is a major tourism draw card for the state, says Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, David Ridgway.
“The Superloop Adelaide 500 is a world-class motorsport event and since its inception, the race has injected more than $600 million into our state’s economy and created hundreds of jobs,” said the Minister.
“We look forward to attracting the attention of the country’s motorsport enthusiasts and, once again staging an event which sees flow-on benefits for the city’s hotels, bars, restaurants and retailers.”
Securing the international category reaffirms the event’s position as one of the biggest events on the Australian motorsport calendar said Superloop Adelaide 500 General Manager Alistair MacDonald.
“We are committed to putting on a show, and securing the SST’s is just one of many exceptional support categories that we’re excited to host during the event in 2020,” said Mr MacDonald.
“The announcement coincides with the release of tickets on sale to the general public, so we are encouraging all fans to jump online and secure their seats for the 2020 event.”
As a massive drawcard for families - exciting event goers of all ages, the high-flying trucks will see four days of action with two practice sessions confirmed for Thursday, followed by a qualifying session on Friday and a number of races across the weekend, ensuring all event-goers have the opportunity to witness the action.
Created by former IndyCar and NASCAR racer Robby Gordon, the American series has raced at Australian events since 2015, before a hiatus in May 2018 due to safety concerns raised by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS).
“We have worked really hard to be able to have SST return back to racing in Australia under the CAMS banner, an enormous amount of work has gone on behind the scenes with CAMS and to now be able to race again is exciting,” said SST representative Nathan Cayzer.
“We look forward to bringing the series back to Adelaide once again and showcasing our thrill-seeking sport in front of South Australians.”
Powered by a 600-hp Chevrolet LS V8 engine, the trucks weigh 1,300 kg and are built with a steel-tube frame and fiberglass body. All trucks feature a three-speed transmission, reaching speeds as high as 230 km/h.
The SST series requires that all SST trucks are identically prepared and delivered to drivers in race-ready condition, with race winners decided by driver skill rather than individual team engineering and budgets.
Current series champion Matthew Brabham is set to take to the grid in 2020 while Robby Gordon, and former Supercars driver Paul Morris are also set to line-up in Adelaide.
The 22nd edition of the iconic Superloop Adelaide 500 will host the season-opener of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, alongside a number of off-track entertainment and attraction for fans of all ages.
The popular ‘Tracks of the World’ precinct will return bigger and better to showcase some of the most famous motorsport tracks and culture from around the world, while three big nights of concerts will ignite the post-race activity with acts to be announced in coming months.
The Superloop Adelaide 500 will take place 20 – 23 February 2020.
Tickets for the 2020 Superloop Adelaide 500 are on sale from midday (ACST) today, Tuesday 27 August.