7th, 8th December 2019


On a record-setting day at the Adelaide Motorsport Festival, Ivan Capelli re-claimed his Victoria Park Sprint circuit lap record, Red Bull air racer Matt Hall drag-raced David Brabham’s BT62 and tens of thousands of fans soaked up Adelaide sunshine in a sensational day of action.

Sunning conditions greeted fans on Sunday and they didn’t go home disappointed with the day’s action, both on and off track.

The lap record chase in the Formula One sessions was one of the biggest taking points as Capelli looked to reclaim his lap record, stolen last year by Tim Slade driving a Footwork Arrows.

After coming within 0.05s on Saturday, Capelli lived up to his promise and re-set the benchmark to a stunning 42.57s benchmark on his third flying lap of the day – reclaiming the record spot to cheers.

Josh Kean was also sensational in the Footwork with a stunning 43.05s flyer, himself only 0.02s behind the old record set in the same car.

Tim Macrow was third fastest overall in the S5000 racer: his 43.41s best only bettered by the lighter Formula One machines on its Adelaide debut.

“After two years.. the chassis is even tighter – in Italy we eat a lot of spaghetti! Jumping in a Formula One car without testing, without training obviously is very hard. But I can put together one lap and it was the lap that counted,” Capelli said.

“It was a cooler day and the air was fresher which was helping the engine. Obviously the circuit with all the running there was more rubber for the corners.”

The former Leyton House and Ferrari F1 driver said the Adelaide Motorsport Festival was growing in stature around the world. 

“It’s a very nice event and for people there is the opportunity that there is not any more in Formula One,” he said. 

“Here they can get close to the car, they can get close to the drivers, they can have pictures and a signature and in Formula One now all this is gone.

“At these kind of events you can, but there is the ability to see and watch incredible cars that made the history of motorsport and this is a very, very great opportunity I think.”

Moments after setting the lap record, Capelli then starred in an Adelaide-first series of drag races as three separate cars – one a street car, one a race car and the last an F1 car - took on Red Bull Air Race pilot Matt Hall in a series of match races along the start-finish straight.

After Hall defeated Jim Richards (Porsche 911 GT2 RS Road Car) and then narrowly edged out David Brabham in the Brabham BT62, Capelli returned one in favour of downforce as the Leyton House beat Hall’s plane in the final sprint.

Hall then celebrated his overall win over the land-based vehicles with a spectacular aerobatics display over the circuit.

It was a day of interesting partnerships; soon after plane took on car, Craig Lowndes took rally legend Alistair McRae for several laps aboard the LaFerrari supercar. It didn’t stop there, however, with McRae returning the favour soon after in his ex-Prodrive Subaru World Rally Car.

David Brabham wowed crowds with the Brabham, while the feature pair of Porsche 962 LeMans racers were firm favourites.

Porsche’s were a feature marque of the event as the brand continued to celebrate their 70th anniversary.

While a large off-track display was popular, on track two groups of classic German machinery battled to set the fastest lap time. Bernie Stack was quickest in the class driving a 1974 Porsche 911 IROC Challenge racer, while the Porsche Rennsport class was topped by local driver, Emmanual Palyaris in a GT3 Cup Car.

Mark Rundle and Dan Day battled for top honours in the wild Time Attack class; Day ending up 0.2 seconds faster in his Subaru as he took on Rundle’s Mitsubishi.

Michael Roddy topped the Heritage Touring Cars aboard his TWR Jaguar while John Goodacre was fastest in the V8 Sedans class aboard his MARC Cars Ford Focus.

Kevin Weeks (Lamborghini Gallardo) was quickest in the GT Spirit class while Paul Mitolo topped the Ferrari Club class in his Ferrari 458 Challenge.


Full results are available on Natsoft and the Adelaide Motorsport Festival website.

Adelaide Motorsport Festival organisers confirmed an increase attendance this year over the 2017 event.

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132,856 HP Entrant vehicles combined estimated hp
42.57 sec Victoria Park sprint lap record
839 cars Took part in the 2018 event
47,107 Total attendance in 2018