To celebrate 20 years of the Adelaide 500, we look back at 20 iconic moments from the event on the streets of the capital of South Australia in V8X Supercar Magazine issue #103.
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V8 Supercars debuted on the streets of Adelaide in 1999 with a weekend crowd of 162,000 proving the event would be a success.
The Holden Racing Team’s Craig Lowndes won the first leg only to be demoted to the back of the grid for tangling with a backmarker. He fought back in the second leg to claim a famous win as other drivers struggled to deal with the conditions.
Turn 8 became the danger spot on the Adelaide street circuit with a number of accidents at the fast right-hander. Brad Jones, in his team’s third event in V8 Supercars in 2000, fell victim to the corner when he carried too much speed on entry and sideswiped the tyre bundle, sending him into a rollover and onto his roof.
Mark Skaife repeated his Holden Racing Team teammate Lowndes’ heroics in 2000. Skaife failed to finish the first leg, forcing him to start the second leg in 36th for what would be the first wet race at the event. Skaife showed his class in the tough conditions to climb through the field for the win.
Lowndes defected to Ford in 2001, adding to the rivalry between the Blue Oval and the General. Lowndes won the Saturday race in Adelaide in 2001, though his Sunday race came to an end following a collision with former teammate Skaife.
The Adelaide 500 had established itself as a marquee event on the Supercars schedule with plenty more drama to follow.
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