Investigations into Clipsal 500 night race underway

Garth Tander leads the field at the start of this year's Clipsal 500

Garth Tander leads the field at the start of this year’s Clipsal 500

Feasibility studies into the Clipsal 500 being held under lights are underway.

The Advertiser reports that Premier Jay Weatherill told a parliamentary committee that it will cost the South Australian government $15 million in the first year of hosting a night race around the famous street circuit.

The study into the cost of the lighting exercise was completed by the South Australian Motor Sports Board.

To set-up and dismantle the lights, the cost would require an initial capital investment of $12 million and annual recurring expense of $3 million.

The Premier said negotiations with the V8 Supercars administrators were ongoing, however, it is unlikely that a night race would be implemented for next year’s event – tipped to again kick off the championship in March.

The possibility of a night race was first raised by V8 Supercars chairman Tony Cochrane at this year’s race. The proposal would see a 250km Saturday night race in prime time, followed by the traditional Sunday afternoon race.

CLICK HERE for Speedcafe.com’s initial story regarding a Clipsal 500 night race from March this year.

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