The Adelaide Motorsport Festival returned with a bang in 2023, with international and Australian motorsport stars taking part in on-track demonstrations and off-track activities.
To celebrate the return of the event and to build on its success for future years, motorsport personalities who attended the event in 2023 have come together to form the Adelaide Motorsport Festival Ambassadors’ Club.
The list of ambassadors includes Formula 1 race winner Valtteri Bottas; former Ferrari and McLaren Formula 1 driver Stefan Johansson; multiple Supercars champion and Bathurst 1000 winner Craig Lowndes; 24 Hours of Le Mans victor and former Formula 1 driver Vern Schuppan; Le Mans and Bathurst winner and former Formula 1 driver David Brabham; World Rally Championship winner Hayden Paddon; Supercars drivers Todd Hazelwood, Tim Slade, Nick Percat and Thomas Randle; former Supercars driver Steve Johnson; Triple Eight Race Engineering founder and former team principal Roland Dane; drag-racing champion and Supercars team owner Peter Xiberras; and New Zealand racer Andy Higgins. More motorsport stars will be inducted into the club in future years.
The full list of the 2023 Adelaide Motorsport Festival Ambassadors’ Club inductees:
• Valtteri Bottas
• Stefan Johansson
• Craig Lowndes
• Vern Schuppan
• David Brabham
• Hayden Paddon
• Todd Hazelwood
• Tim Slade
•. Nick Percat
• Thomas Randle
• Steve Johnson
• Roland Dane
• Peter Xiberras
• Andy Higgins
The Adelaide Motorsport Festival will also feature an Ambassadors’ Lounge in future years; a trackside hospitality space for ambassadors and notable guests.
Adelaide Motorsport Festival event director Tim Possingham states: “The event has received such a tremendous amount of positive feedback from everyone, but most importantly from those who are at the top of their game. The general feeling amongst this cohort is that they want to support and grow the event; they want to act as ambassadors for the event as we move forward. So we have formalised this group and we plan to grow it over the years.”
The 2024 Adelaide Motorsport Festival will be held the week before the 2024 Australian Grand Prix, in late March 2024.