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Michael Schumacher Benetton to make Adelaide return

A Benetton B193B Ford driven by Michael Schumacher during his second full-season in Formula 1 will be on track at the Repco Adelaide Motorsport Festival on March 16-17.

Having debuted at the Belgian Grand Prix with Eddie Jordan’s eponymous team in 1991, the Flavio Briatore-led Benetton was quick to swoop on the prodigious German talent by installing him in its second seat replacing Roberto Moreno.

Schumacher finished third at the end of his first full-season in 1992 taking his first win upon his return to Belgium.

Designed by Ross Brawn and Rory Byrne, the B193B featured a Ford Cosworth V8 power plant producing 700bhp at 13,200rpm. Benetton secured third in the Constructors’ Championship and Schumacher was fourth in the Drivers’ title.

Schumacher went on to secure the first of his seven titles the next year after a controversial collision with Damon Hill in Adelaide.

Hill will be in attendance at the Repco Adelaide Motorsport Festival, while the Benetton that won the 1990 Australian Grand Prix will also be on track.

Further entries into the Formula 1 Class are to be announced in due course.

“This car is absolutely iconic and has an incredibly rich provenance,” said Repco Adelaide Motorsport Festival event director Tim Possingham. 

“Cars like this are only seen on track a couple of times a year and mostly only in the northern hemisphere at places such as Goodwood. We are very pleased to see that the Adelaide Motorsport Festival is attracting cars such as this. 

“Our proximity to Europe, where these cars reside, is a challenge for us, but it is great to see that we are attracting more and more of these cars year on year and going from strength to strength.”