The 2024 Adelaide Motorsport Festival will feature a category of original Bathurst 500/1000-winning cars at the event on March 16 and 17, to be known as the PremiAir Hire Bathurst winners’ category.
The category will be new to the Adelaide Motorsport Festival, celebrating the recent 60th anniversary of the Bathurst 500/1000 and featuring winning cars from various eras of the event.
PremiAir Hire is a quality hire, sales and service company, while PremiAir Racing competes in the National Drag Racing Championship and the Repco Supercars Championship. The team is owned by Peter Xiberras, the managing director of PremiAir Hire, a two-time Australian Top Fuel Champion with the PremiAir Hire Top Fuel Dragster, who is also an Adelaide Motorsport Festival ambassador.
The already announced Nissan Skyline GT-R R32s that won the Bathurst 1000 in 1991 and 1992 will be part of the PremiAir Bathurst winners’ category, with more Bathurst winners being announced in the coming weeks.
"The Adelaide Motorsport Festival is a really exciting and unique event on the Australian motorsport landscape and I am proud that PremiAir Hire can play a part in supporting yet another exciting new initiative they are introducing for 2024," said Xiberras.
"The PremiAir Hire Bathurst winners’ category will bring together some truly amazing race cars. For instance, the Nissan Skyline GT-R R32s that won the Bathurst 1000 in 1991 and 1992 will be there, and there are more Bathurst winners set to join in the fun, with specifics to be announced in the coming weeks.
"This category a great way to celebrate the recent 60th anniversary of the Bathurst 500/1000 and I can’t wait to see these amazing race cars on track come March."
The Bathurst 500 was first held at the Mount Panorama Circuit in 1963, switching to 1000 kilometres in 1973 and becoming Australia’s most popular motor race over the decades.
Bathurst winners that have appeared at the Adelaide Motorsport Festival in previous years include the 2016 Holden VF Commodore, driven by Valtteri Bottas in 2023, and the 1985 Jaguar XJ-S.
Categories featuring Formula 1, V8 Supercars, Group C and A touring cars, sportscars, IndyCars and more will again feature over the course of the Adelaide Motorsport Festival, with more news on categories, star cars and drivers and on and off-track activations coming soon.
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