City wakes to roar of F1 cars

THE ROAR of high performance race cars rang out through the city on Wednesday night as millions of dollars worth of Formula One cars made a circuit through the city.

The sound of the cars could be heard throughout the city as they made their way through the north of the city.

Motoring enthusiasts gathered at the side of the road for the procession of three Formula One cars, a Peter Brock Torana race car and a Superbike piloted by three time World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss.

Under police escort the vehicles wove through the city between 9.30pm and 11pm.

Adverse weather threatened to cut the circuit short as rain wreaked havoc on the open cockpits and race tyres of the Formula One cars.

Despite the damp conditions the good spirits of the small but enthusiastic crowd was not diminished with some waiting more than an hour for the cars to tear past.

The circuit was a promotion for the upcoming Adelaide Motorsport Festival to be held on December 9 and 10 at Victoria Park.

Event Director for the festival Tim Possingham said the vehicles were piloted by professional and notable drivers of the past and present.

“This has been in the planning for some time and was carefully co-ordinated with SA Police and the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure as well as number of other regulatory bodies,” Mr Possingham said.

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