Clipsal 500 set to 'race and rock'

THE Clipsal 500 is back this year and it’s going to be better than ever.

It’s the third and fourth race of the season and the first event held in Australia, following the first round in Abu Dhabi.

This event is the most awarded event in Australian motorsport and is the first event to introduce the concept of ‘race and rock’ with four on-circuit concerts.

The Clipsal 500 is the only event to have been introduced into the V8 Supercars Hall of Fame and is also the only event to have been named "Best Major Festival or Event" in Australia on four occasions.

An exciting feature that has been added to this year’s event is the Twilight Racing with the Australian GT Championship.

These cars will be racing at dusk and cars such as Audi R8, Master GT, Porsche 911, Ferraris and Lamborghinis will be racing as the sun goes down and their break discs will be glowing

The support categories include: the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series, Australian GT Championship, V8 Utes, Touring Car Masters and the Aussie Racing Cars.

Last year’s winner was Garth Tander, who brought it all back after disastrous results in the Middle East. He made a clean-sweep in 2010 and is looking to do the same at this year’s Clipsal 500

Jamie Whincup holds the current qualifying lap record which he set in his Ford Falcon in 2009 with a 1m21.2773s, while James Courtney holds the current lap record which he also set in his Ford Falcon in 2010 which was a 1.21.9502.

Over the Clipsal 500’s 12-year history, a total of 2,259,800 has attended the motor racing weekend.

Its average attendance over the period it has held as a four-day event is the same as filling AAMI Stadium to its full capacity five times or the equivalent of filling the MCG completely more than two and a half times.

The Clipsal 500 will not only be exciting for the fans, but also for one man in particular, Todd Kelly who will make his 150th V8 Supercar race start.

Kelly becomes the 16th driver to reach this milestone, joining John Bowe, Mark Skaife, Peter Brock, Glenn Seton, Dick Johnson, Tony Long Hurst, Russell Ingall, Steven Richards, Craig Lowndes, Greg Murphy, Garth Tander, Larry Perkins, Steven Johnson, Jason Bright and Jason Bargwanna in the illustrious 150 club.

The 2011 Clipsal 500, Adelaide promises to be the best yet, with the 2.5km circuit is clockwise and seems to be a favourite among many drivers.

Make sure you’re watching the tube this weekend for all the action as the V8 Supercars hit the streets of Adelaide.

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