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Clipsal 500

The Clipsal 500 is an annual event of four days of touring car racing. The track is a shortened version of the street circuit that the Formula 1 cars used to race on, going from a lap distance of 3.78km to 3.22km. The event is scheduled for March.

The V8 Supercars are the star of the show. They compete in two races of 250km. Many other types of races take place, the Touring Car Masters showcase the cars of yesteryear, the Australian GT Championship features Lamborghinis and Dodge Vipers and other expensive automobiles that will take to the track in the evening while the V8 Utes always add some action.

Craig Lowndes won the first Clipsal 500 in a Holden Commodore in 1999. The next two events went to Garth Tander and Jason Bright. Mark Skaife won in 2002 and 2003 before Marcos Ambrose also went back to back with two wins. Jamie Whincup then won three times out of four years in a Ford Falcon, with Todd Kelly taking the 2007 race. The 2010 Clipsal 500 was won by Garth Tander driving a Holden Commodore.

Every night of the Clipsal 500 there is a concert, featuring acts from Australia and around the world. Other events include RAAF flying displays, the Ladies Day Luncheon, driver autograph sessions and rare cars being driven around the track. The Family Play Zone is somewhere for children to have a break from the action while Cool Zones are located in the area to provide relief from the heat. In 2010, nearly 300,000 attended the four days of the Clipsal 500.

Merchandise of all kinds is available, including Clipsal 500 Adelaide number plates. Race fans can purchase official South Australian number plates either from the Set Series or for a higher price they can be customized. Other merchandise available include hats, shirts and coats for the race, Ford and Holden and some of the drivers.


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