TAILEM Bend may eventually host a V8 Supercar event, and if it does, there will be no shortage of politicians hoping to take credit for it.
Liberal leader Steven Marshall made the first move on Sunday when he announced he would aim to secure a V8 Supercar event at Tailem Bend if he won the upcoming State election.
The race would likely be held towards the end of the V8 season to accommodate the Liberals’ desire for two distinct motor racing seasons each year.
“The two motor sport seasons will encompass both V8 Supercar races, other motor sport events, touring cars, vintage vehicle auctions and classic car meets to secure pole position for South Australia in the race for the tourist dollars of motor sport enthusiasts,” he said.
“We will examine building the existing Targa Adelaide and Bay to Birdwood events around the enhanced V8 Supercar events to encourage a greater number of interstate fans to extend their length of stay.”
If elected, the Liberals would spend $200,000 analysing the benefits of such an arrangement.
Liberal Member for Hammond Adrian Pederick said the event would be great for the region.
“The flow-on effects for Hammond from this proposal would be enormous with regards to tourism revenue and creation of jobs,” he said.
Recreation and Sport Minister Leon Bignell said Labor, too, supported improving Tailem Bend Motorsport Park to a point where it could host a V8 race, but focused on the infrastructure required.
"We have been consulting with industries, proponents and locals to formulate our policy," he said.
"Instead of doing a review like the Liberals, Labor will present concrete plans to South Australians for a new motor sport park later this week."
The Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) recommended to the State Government last November that Tailem Bend would be the ideal site for any future motor sport development in South Australia.