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Australia Racing legend 'blown away' after South Australia axes Supercars

12:05  30 october  2020
12:05  30 october  2020 Source:   9news.com.au

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However, the South Australian government has opted to cancel the event altogether, as revealed by Supercars in a statement on Thursday evening. “We regret that the South Australian Government has decided to cease holding this event. Supercars are looking forward to providing our fans with an

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A racing great has lashed out after the South Australian government declared the Supercars event over in Adelaide.

Climbing costs, falling crowds, less corporate support, and the final hammer blow of COVID-19 combined to end the event after 21 years.

"The future of a street circuit, funded by taxpayers in this COVID environment, is completely unviable," Premier Steven Marshall said.

a person driving a race car on a road: One racing great has hit out after the South Australia government cancelled Adelaide's Supercars event. © 9News One racing great has hit out after the South Australia government cancelled Adelaide's Supercars event.

This year's event cost the taxpayer more than $10 million.

9News understands the bill for 2021 could have been closer to $20 million.

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Mr Marshall admitted it was a "tough day" but he believed the government had made the right choice.

The first Supercars was held in 1999 to replace the Grand Prix lost to Melbourne a few years earlier.


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Many racing greats have taken part – and one made his displeasure felt today.

"In a year where we've been smashed in the hospitality and tourism sectors, this is a time to galvanise and keep these things going," former champion Mark Skaife said.

"As I said, I'm blown away by the decision."

Local driver Todd Hazelwood is also angry that the town's biggest race meeting has been canned.

a group of people watching a band on stage in front of a crowd: The event was a fixture of the Adelaide sporting calendar. © 9News The event was a fixture of the Adelaide sporting calendar.

"The way I sit here and view it is I guess Adelaide shouldn't have the Fringe or Tour Down Under either because of COVID," he said.

The state government's own data showed the 2019 event injected $46 million into the local economy, and attracted a quarter of a million fans.

The state opposition labelled the government's decision a "cop-out".

The taxpayer cash that will be saved will now go towards other events – but what they might be has not yet been revealed.

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