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Adelaide fires up once again

Just four months after the successful return of the VALO Adelaide 500, the city bursts into life with the sound of engines again.

The Adelaide Motorsport Festival will once again display a museum on wheels through Victoria Park varying from Formula 1 to Supercars to Group A to GT3 sports cars, Can Am and more.

Not all the stars are the cars as South Australian Repco Supercars Championship drivers Tim Slade and Todd Hazelwood will be on hand alongside multiple Bathurst winner Craig Lowndes, former NASCAR racer Owen Kelly, legend John Bowe, young gun Thomas Randle and Formula 1 driver Stefan Johansson returns.

A large field of Formula 1 entries will thrill crowds with Arrows, Benetton, Brabham, Ferrari, Footwork, Haas, Larrousse and Leyton House all represented, many of which raced in Adelaide when the Formula 1 Grand Prix was hosted in the city between 1985-1995.

One Formula 1 entry, which didn’t feature during this era and yet holds a lot of history is the Brabham BT19. This will be making an appearance as Sam Brabham and father David will both drive it during the event.

A mix of modern open-wheelers back up a star-studded Formula 1 entry featuring a Dallara IR-07 IndyCar, a bespoke Rodin FZED, two S5000s, a Reynard 90D F3000 and a rival Leyton House version.

Tin-Tops are also highly represented including Group A and Group C touring cars of the 1980s headlined by current Formula 1 star Valtteri Bottas in the Ignis Alfa Romeo GTV6 debuted by Alan Jones in 1985.

A Seton will also return to the wheel of a Ford Sierra RS500 as Glenn’s son Aaron takes over the wheel in Adelaide as plenty of BMW M3s feature as does the Spa and Bathurst winning Jaguar of Mike Roddy will also appear.

Older specification Supercars organised by the 5-litre Touring Car Association highlight the changing era of the 1990s, with son of a gun Ben Grice driving an ex-Gibson Motorsport Wynns Holden VT Commodore.

Bathurst winners are also included as the Tekno Autosports VF Commodore, which won in Tasmania as well as the Bathurst 1000 with Jonathon Webb and Will Davison will also be driven by Bottas this weekend.

Lowndes will pilot the final Holden winner in Supercars, the Red Bull Ampol Racing ZB Commodore taken to victory in Adelaide last year by Broc Feeney.

Special cars not fitting into those categories include a stunning Porsche 962C, McLaren M8 Can Am, BMW M1 Procar and Chevrolet Lumina SS NASCAR to be driven by Jett Johnson.

GT3s from Lamborghini, Porsches, Mercedes and Dodge ensure there’s something for everyone, while exotic road cars provide a movable showroom to drool over.

The Adelaide Motorsport Festival will take place this weekend where Repco will have many activations including its fleet of cars, the Ryder and much more.