Supercars Adelaide 500 | Nick Percat hits out at ‘lies’ about returning Adelaide 500

Former Bathurst 1000 champion Nick Percat has hit back at a councilman over “lying” about the returning Adelaide 500.

Speaking on ABC Radio in Adelaide, Percat slammed councilor Alex Hyde, who lamented “rather disruptive” road closures around the street circuit.

He claimed Hyde – who ran unsuccessfully for the ousted Liberal Party in March’s general election – “didn’t know what he was talking about”.

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“You guys are just so short-sighted, it’s unbelievable. Honest. Just be glad there’s another major event in South Australia that’s raising money for the state,” he said.

“Every other state is going ahead and wanting big events to happen and Adelaide is still pushing back.

“It’s annoying, honestly.”

Percat, who grew up in Adelaide and won the event in 2016, later tweeted: “It’s annoying when you’re constantly being lied to about the event. You all have such a great event coming up and it’s amazing that SA is presenting it. I’m just telling the truth.”

On Thursday morning, South Australian Prime Minister Peter Malinauskas officially confirmed the Adelaide 500 will return as a season-ending race meet through the end of 2026 on a five-year deal.

The 2022 edition will take place from December 1st to 4th. Supercars has also committed to holding its annual gala ball in town, usually on the Monday night after the final meet.

Hyde said Adelaide Council was briefed on Wednesday night by the South Australian Motorsport Board, which was newly formed in May.

“Probably the outstanding will be fully set up and the mining time will be five months, which is a serious length of time and so that’s worrying,” he said.

“Most of the time certain parks and parklands will be occupied, and beyond that we will see extended road closures on both sides.”

Percat implied that the five-month claim was misleading.

“They talk about five months of closure… it’s not five months of road closures, they start working there five months later because the event hasn’t been there for a number of years.

“They have to redo some roads, which happens every day because roads deteriorate, circuits deteriorate.

“You just miss the big picture of putting SA back on the map. Tailem Bend serves its purpose, but it doesn’t inject anything like this event.”

The undercard for the 2022 Adelaide 500 is already taking shape, with the Super2 category also confirming that they will wrap up their season at the event.

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