|Venue||Adelaide Street Circuit|
|Number of times held||17|
|Last Event (2015)|
|James Courtney||Holden Racing Team|
|Jamie Whincup||Triple Eight Race Engineering|
|Fabian Coulthard||Brad Jones Racing|
|James Courtney||Holden Racing Team|
The Adelaide 500 (known for sponsorship reasons as the Clipsal 500 Adelaide or Clipsal 500) is an annual motor racing event for V8 Supercars, held on the streets of the east end of Adelaide, South Australia on a shortened form of the Adelaide Street Circuit, the former Australian Grand Prix track.
Usually held over four days in early March, the "500" itself consists of two 125 km races and one 250 km for V8 Supercars held on the last two days of the meeting. Before 2014, there were two 250 km races. For much of its life the two/three races combined to give an overall result for the winner of the Adelaide 500, although the message was often confused as podium celebrations based on the results of each day individually were held. More than most the race regulations have been fiddled with many times, most famous on the day of the first event where original regulations stated the race was one 500 kilometre race with an overnight break at the 250 km mark. When a significant portion of high profile cars retired in the first day of the original 1999 event the regulations were changed overnight to allow those cars to start the Sunday race. In 2008 V8 Supercars briefly attempted to retrospectively change the winners of past Adelaide 500s to recognise only Sunday race winners, even to the point of changing overall series statistics, but have since reverted. A major regulation change for the championship as a whole in 2009 saw each race in the championship recognised individually and 'round results' were no longer officially recognised. Since then V8 Supercars Australia have stepped away from the concept of an overall two-day Adelaide 500 winner.
Although the results of all races count towards the V8 Supercars, the winner of the third race is declared the winner of the "Clipsal 500 Adelaide", regardless of the results of the first race. The rest of the four days are filled with practice, qualifying, and support races for a number of other racing categories, including the V8 Development Series, Formula Three, V8 Utes, Touring Car Masters and Carrera Cup.
In 2008 the Clipsal 500 was attended by 291,400 people, the largest crowd for a domestic motorsport event in Australia. The carnival also features a music concert every night, in addition to air displays, amusements, and social events that attract visitors from interstate and overseas.
The Adelaide Street Circuit was used for Formula One races from 1985 to 1995. On 1 September 1998, the Government of South Australia announced the conclusion of successful negotiations with the Australian Vee Eight Supercar Company (AVESCO) for the staging of a V8 Supercar race to be known as the Sensational Adelaide 500 on a shortened version of the Grand Prix track. The initial contract was for a period of five years with an option for a further five years.
The 1999 event saw Craig Lowndes win the Saturday race, only to be disqualified due to his involvement in an accident and made to start from the back of the grid for race two on the Sunday. Lowndes passed every car in the field to also win race two and become the first winner of the Adelaide 500. Lowndes' disqualification from race one was later overturned.
After the conclusion of the 1999 race, Clipsal were announced as the event's major sponsor and it became known as the Clipsal 500 Adelaide.
From 2000 to 2003 the Adelaide 500 was dominated by Holden teams, with three wins to Mark Skaife and one to Jason Bright. It wasn't until 2004 that a Ford driver won the event, with Marcos Ambrose successful that year. Ambrose won again in 2005 and Jamie Whincup was the winner in 2006. In 2007, Rick Kelly won the Adelaide 500. And in 2008 the winner was Whincup again.
Awards and recognition
The Clipsal 500 Adelaide has been recognised on several occasions as the winner of the ‘Major Festivals & Events’ category at the Australian Tourism Awards (2003/04, 2005, 2007 and 2008), demonstrating the event is more than a motor race, comparing with the best the country has to offer in the fields of the arts, sports, or once-off spectaculars.
Note: The winner of the Sunday race is regarded as the Clipsal 500 champion, regardless of total points scored over the weekend. In all but three events, the Sunday race winner was also the highest points scorer for the weekend (Todd Kelly scored the most points in 2007 while Craig Lowndes scored the most points in 2013 and 2014). The 2000 event saw an exception to this rule, when Garth Tander was credited with the win despite Mark Skaife winning the Sunday race.
|7||Holden Racing Team|
|3||Triple Eight Race Engineering|
|2||Stone Brothers Racing|
- 1999: Sensational Adelaide 500
- 2000–15: Clipsal 500 Adelaide
- South Australia – Clipsal 500 Adelaide
- Clipsal 500 Adelaide named as nation's best major festival or event for third time
- Clipsal 500 Adelaide named as nation's best festival or event
- Parliament of South Australia – House of Assembly Hansard, 4 November 1998
- "Legendry Lowndes Blitzes Adelaide 500". Archived from the original on 29 August 2007.