Skaife: Holden Adelaide farewell 'a massive moment'

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  • 3 Days ago
  • By James Pavey

Mark Skaife says an Adelaide grand finale is an "appropriate" place to farewell Holden.

When the chequered flag on December 4, it will mark the end of an era.

The 2022 season finale will be the final main game championship round for Holden.

The Adelaide 500 was confirmed as Supercars season finale host until 2026.

Its first year as the season ender will double as Holden’s final event.

The Chevrolet Camaro will replace the Commodore when Gen3 debuts in 2023.

Adelaide is home of the iconic Australian brand, which was retired on the eve of the 2020 Adelaide 500.

For Skaife, a Holden farewell in its spiritual home will be a "massive moment".

"It's the final time you're going to see Holden on the race track," Skaife said at a media call.

"We think it's utterly supportive of not only the Holden fans, but appropriate for a Holden town like this one, to have the last race for Holden.

"We're going to pay some tributes, we're going to do some really nice things.

"It's a massive moment in the history of our sport, but a massive moment for South Australia."

Holden is the most successful marque in Adelaide; Commodores won six of the first seven races, and the first five overall Adelaide 500s.

Skaife celebrates in 2002

Skaife claimed overall honours for the Holden Racing Team in 2002 and 2003, and won four races.

Whether a Holden driver can convert into a famous victory come December 4 remains to be seen.

Regardless, Skaife acknowledged there is no better place for the lion’s farewell.

"It's one of the world's best street circuits," Skaife said.

"Peter Brock used to say that great race tracks have consequences.

"This is what this one's got. If you make a mistake, it bites you and it bites you hard.

"It's unforgiving, it's got real character... the racing quality has always been amazing."

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