On Thursday, the state government delivered the bombshell announcement of the cancellation of the Adelaide 500.

The news could bring an end to 35 years of motorsport at the Adelaide Parklands Circuit dating back to the first Formula One World Championship Grand Prix in 1985.

The circuit has played host to Supercars since 1999.

2021’s race was initially moved from its traditional March slot to October, with organisers citing a lack of lead time to assemble the temporary circuit.

Next year’s race will no longer go ahead, with the government opting not to renew the Supercars contract beyond its completion.

In response to the news of the cancellation, Supercars shared its feelings about the government’s decision.

“We regret that the South Australian Government has decided to cease holding this event,” Supercars said in a statement.

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“If at any time in the future, the South Australian Government decides to recommence the Adelaide 500, Supercars would be delighted to be there.”

The race has long proved a popular event on the Supercars calendar, with crowds in excess of 250,000 streaming through the gates over the four days of the 2019 race.

In comparison, a crowd of just over 200,000 people attended the 2019 four-day Bathurst 1000 event.