Clipsal 500, 2016: Fan favourites return for 2016 line-up

Marcos Ambrose drives the #17 DJR Team Penske Ford during race three for the V8 Supercars Clipsal 500 at Adelaide Street Circuit on March 1, 2015 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images).

Marcos Ambrose drives the #17 DJR Team Penske Ford during race three for the V8 Supercars Clipsal 500 at Adelaide Street Circuit on March 1, 2015 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images).

Fan favourites return for 2016 Clipsal 500 Adelaide race category line-up

The returning Aussie Racing Cars Championship is one of eight confirmed race categories in a stellar motorsport line-up for the 2016 Clipsal 500 Adelaide.

Porsche Carrera Cup, Australian GT Series presented by Pirelli, the Enzed Touring Car Masters, the V8 Supercars Dunlop Series and the ECB Australian V8 Utes are also set to roar around the iconic street circuit on March 3-6 next year in what is Australia’s largest motorsport event, along with being the season opener for the 2016 V8 Supercar Championship.

As announced in April, The Toyo Tires Stadium Super Trucks presented by Traxxas will also return to Victoria Park in 2016 following their spectacular debut at last year’s event. American racing icon Robbie Gordon has promised a bigger and better performance than last year with new international drivers and more high powered, high flying V8 trucks.

Clipsal 500 Adelaide Director, Mark Warren believes the racing line-up is one of the strongest in the Clipsal 500’s 17-year history. 

“We are very excited to announce another action-packed racing line up for the 2016 Clipsal 500. We’re one of few motorsport events in the world that can offer fans such variety, and with several fan favorites returning to the track next year it’s sure to be one of our most popular events,” Warren said.

“Not only does the line-up cater for motorsport enthusiasts, but it’s the likes of the Stadium Super Trucks and the Australian GT series which offers unpredictability and heated action which appeals to both motorsport fans and event goers.”  

Fans can expect some of the world’s most famous car brands in the Australian GT series with Mercedes, Audi, Aston Martin, Porsche, Ferrari 488, McLaren, Lamborghini and even Bentley likely to be on the grid.

Conversely, the Touring Car Masters will feature some of the most historically treasured vehicles and drivers from Australian motorsport, with the likes of John Bowe and Jim Richards behind the wheel of classical Monaros, Falcon GTs, Mustangs and Chrysler Chargers to name a few. 

The V8 Utes will return to the Clipsal 500 for the 16th consecutive year, maintaining the traditional Holden versus Ford rivalry, whilst Craig Dontas will lead a strong contingent of South Australian drivers who are set to challenge for victory in their respective categories.

Once again the V8 Supercars Dunlop Series will be returning to the Clipsal 500, with the next generation of motorsport stars show-casing their talents on the streets of Adelaide. 

Competition will again be fierce in the main race for the V8 Supercars season opener with HRT’s James Courtney attempting to win his third straight Clipsal 500 Adelaide.

The V8 Supercars series has rapidly evolved since the inaugural 1999 event with just one second splitting qualifying times across the grid in 2015. Garth Tander and Craig Lowndes are the only remaining drivers who have experienced the transformation having competed in every event as they gear up for their 18th straight Clipsal 500.

The growing popularity of the sport and wider sub-category races at the Clipsal 500 has seen crowd figures boom in recent years, with 285,600 fans pouring into Victoria Park in 2015, generating a record $60.6 million for the South Australian economy.

2016 Clipsal 500 Adelaide Race Categories:

  • V8 Supercars
  • V8 Supercars Dunlop Series
  • Toyo Tires Stadium Super Trucks presented by Traxxas
  • Porsche Carrera Cup 
  • Australian GT 
  • Australian V8 Utes
  • Touring Car Masters
  • Aussie Racing Cars
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