Let’s go out to Adelaide which has achieved remarkable attendance figures since the debut of the V8 Supercars. Attendance figures peaked in 2008 with 291,400 for the 10 year celebrations. The 2013 Clipsal 500 Adelaide introduced new initiatives that saw a massive crowd of 286,500 patrons over the four days with the first ever sell out on the Sunday of the event.
Overall, the future of the event seems secure, with the economic benefit to the State of South Australia calculated to be over $36 million each year.
Little info on this series fr Wiki:
The Australian GT Championship was revived a second time in 2005 after the disbandment of the Australian Nations Cup Championship. Most of the competing 2004 cars remained eligible for 2005, although the controversial Holden Monaro 427C’s (monster) which had won the two Bathurst 24 Hour races in 2002 and 2003 were a notable exception. This was because the Monaros under Nations Cup rules had been permitted to use the 7.0 litre, 427 cui LS6 Chevrolet V8 engine that had been used successfully in the Chevrolet Corvette C5-R, while the road going CV8 Monaros only came with the 5.7 litre Gen III V8. The Australian Porsche Drivers Championship (the former Australian Porsche Cup) also was merged into the GT Championship.
The FIA GT3 regulations, like those in use in the FIA GT3 European Championship was the core of the new series. The series vehicles reflected GT3, Porsches, Ferraris, Lamborghinis, the controversial Mosler, although series regulations usually specified cars be two-three years old to cut down on costs. Competing drivers are seeded and penalized so as not to flood the series with professional drivers from other categories and increasing there has been an emphasis on longer races, sometimes allowing for more than one driver per car.
The series has grown steadily, helped by the transition of the Bathurst 12 Hour race from a production car race to a GT race. Manufacturers have diversified widely from its mostly Porsche base and in addition to the 12 Hour has also seen the creation of other long distance races, the Phillip Island 101 and the Highlands 101 in New Zealand.
OK strap in and head out on to Adelaide race circuit, this event was intense, GT racing is your favorite super-sport cars running like NASCAR, their trading paint! Great Series!