Sydney Motorsport Park
|Location||Eastern Creek, New South Wales|
|Operator||Australian Racing Drivers Club|
|Opened||10 November 1990|
|Major events||Australian motorcycle Grand Prix
A1 Grand Prix
International V8 Supercars Championship
Muscle Car Masters
World Time Attack
|Brabham Circuit (Extended Circuit)|
|Length||4.5 km (2.8 mi)|
|Lap record||1:50.2739 (Bryan Sala, Matich A50, 2012, Formula 5000)|
|Gardner Circuit (Grand Prix Circuit)|
|Length||3.93 km (2.44 mi)|
|Lap record||1:19.1420 (Nico Hülkenberg, A1GP Lola Zytek, 2007, A1 Grand Prix)|
|Druitt Circuit (North Circuit)|
|Length||2.800 km (1.740 mi)|
|Lap record||0:59.6077 (Chris Farrell, Swift 014, 2012, Formula Atlantic)|
|Amaroo Circuit (South Circuit)|
|Length||1.8 km (1.12 mi)|
|Lap record||0:53.3600 (Nick Kelly, Radical SRS, 2013, LeMans Sports)|
Sydney Motorsport Park (formerly known as Eastern Creek International Raceway) is a motorsport circuit located on Brabham Drive, Eastern Creek (40-kilometres west of the Sydney CBD),1 New South Wales, Australia, adjacent to the Western Sydney International Dragway. It was built and is owned by the New South Wales Government and is operated by the Australian Racing Drivers Club. The circuit is the only permanent track in Australia with an FIA Grade 2 International license2 and is licensed for both cars and motorcycles.
The development of Sydney Motorsport Park was approved in 19893 and construction began soon after. However, construction was delayed by poor weather and debates over land ownership. A test race open to Superbikes was held in July 1990 and the circuit was officially opened by then-New South Wales Minister for Sport Bob Rowland-Smith on 10 November 1990. In 1991, the consortium formed to fund the circuit suffered financial problems and the complex was purchased by the New South Wales Government.4 The pit facilities provide fifty garages with direct access to the paddock area and a covered 4,000-seat grandstand overlooks the finish line, providing a view of the majority of the circuit. Events are held at the circuit on most weekends during the year.2
On 11 August 2006, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that Ron Dickson, the A1 Grand Prix circuit designer who also designed the Surfers Paradise Street Circuit, suggested that Sydney Motorsport Park was not up to modern standards and needed to be upgraded.5 On 28 April 2008, it was announced that Apex Circuit Design Ltd. had been commissioned to perform a $350,000 feasibility study on upgrading the track to suit more purposes and hold larger events such as the Australian Formula One Grand Prix,6 however nothing came of this proposed upgrade.
In early 2011, Sydney Motorsport Park received funding for a $9 million upgrade, with the New South Wales Government providing $7 million and the Australian Racing Drivers Club funding the other $2 million.7 The upgrade reconfigured the circuit into four layouts, with two able to be operated at the same time, with a total length of 4.5 kilometres. The upgrade also included an additional pit lane facility to cater for the new configuration, a new race control tower and new amenities buildings.2 Work on the upgrades began in June 2011, with a new piece of road joining turns four and nine.8 This link road, finished in October 2011, created the new "Druitt Circuit", also known as the North Circuit.9 The 830-metre extension on the south-eastern part of the circuit was completed in May 2012 to create the new "Amaroo Circuit" (or South Circuit). On 21 May 2012, the circuit was renamed from Eastern Creek International Raceway to Sydney Motorsport Park.10 Construction of the new pit lane between turns four and five also began at this time.
After the first Australian motorcycle Grand Prix held at Phillip Island in 1989, there was a conflict over advertising between the Victorian Government and the tobacco industry, who were major sponsors of the Grand Prix teams. The New South Wales Government saw this as an opportunity to bring the race to Sydney and, in October 1990, a deal was made for the Grand Prix to be held at Sydney Motorsport Park from 1991 to 1993. The race remained at the circuit until 1996 before returning to Phillip Island in 1997.4
The circuit has also hosted rounds of the Australian Superbike Championship.
The Australian round of the A1 Grand Prix championship was held at Sydney Motorsport Park from the 2005–06 season to the 2007–08 season. During the 2006–07 event on 4 February 2007, German driver Nico Hülkenberg set the outright lap record for the original circuit layout with a 1:19.142 lap time in the A1 Team Germany prepared Lola-Zytek.11
|2005-06||Nicolas Lapierre||Lola-Zytek||A1 Team France|
|Nicolas Lapierre||Lola-Zytek||A1 Team France|
|2006-07||Nico Hülkenberg||Lola-Zytek||A1 Team Germany|
|Nico Hülkenberg||Lola-Zytek||A1 Team Germany|
|2007-08||Loïc Duval||Lola-Zytek||A1 Team France|
|Adrian Zaugg||Lola-Zytek||A1 Team South Africa|
Sydney Motorsport Park first hosted a round of the Australian Touring Car Championship (now known as V8 Supercars) in 1992 and held a round every year, excluding 1998 and 2006, until 2008. The circuit hosted the V8 Supercars Grand Finale in 2003 and 2004, with Marcos Ambrose winning on both occasions.12 In 2009 the circuit was dropped in favour of a new event at Sydney Olympic Park.13 The circuit returned to the V8 Supercars calendar in 2012 after V8 Supercars failed to secure a second international event.14
The official pre-season V8 Supercar test day was held at Sydney Motorsport Park in 201114 and 2013. The 2013 test day was the first time that the four Car of the Future manufacturers appeared together at a public event.15
In the 1990s, the circuit hosted the Winfield Triple Challenge, an event which featured ATCC teams and drivers alongside Superbikes and drag racing.
* Sydney Motorsport Park hosted two rounds of the 2003 and 2004 V8 Supercar Championship Series.
Muscle Car Masters is held on Father's Day every year. The event includes races and demonstration laps featuring Australian muscle cars and ex-race cars from the 1950s to the 1990s. Regular racing classes include Group N, Group C, Group A and Touring Car Masters while different car clubs have their cars on display each year and take part in demonstration laps. Historically significant cars in Australian motorsport are also present and complete laps of the circuit. While the main focus is on the history of Australian touring car racing, other classes, such as Formula 5000, have also appeared.
In the 1990s, Sydney Motorsport Park held a number of rock concerts and music festivals including Guns N' Roses, Bon Jovi, Pearl Jam, the Alternative Nation festival and the Colossus 2 dance festival.2 Music festivals returned to the circuit in 2009 and 2010 when it hosted the Soundwave Festival for both years.16
Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo drove a Red Bull Racing RB7 Formula One car during the Top Gear Festival at the circuit in March 2014 and set a time of 1:11.2330. However, as this time was not recorded during a race, it does not count as a lap record.17
Records as of 18 October 2013.
|Outright||Nico Hülkenberg||Lola A1GP Zytek||1:19.1420||4 February 2007|
|A1GP||Nico Hülkenberg||Lola A1GP Zytek||1:19.1420||4 February 2007|
|Formula Holden||Tim Leahey||Reynard 92D Holden||1:22.5131||26 March 2000|
|Formula Three||Nick Foster||Mygale M08 Mercedes-Benz||1:22.6290||13 July 2013|
|Formula Libre/Historic||Ty Hanger||Ralt RT4 Ford||1:27.6786||5 November 2005|
|Superkarts||Russell Jamieson||Anderson Maverick DEA||1:28.1409||23 March 2013|
|Formula Two||Arthur Abrahams||Cheetah Mk.8 Volkswagen||1:29.3500||25 August 1991|
|Formula Ford||Jack Le Brocq||Mygale SJ11a Ford||1:35.3251||16 July 2011|
|Formula Ford Kent||Rob Storey||Spirit WL07 Ford||1:38.9196||22 September 2007|
|Formula Vee 1600||Mitchel Martin||Sabre 02||1:46.7250||26 August 2012|
|Formula Vee 1200||Jay Hall||Jacer Volkswagen||1:50.9297||25 September 2005|
|Radical Australia Cup||James Winslow||Radical SR8||1:25.7027||14 July 2013|
|GT Sports Cars||Jack Le Brocq||Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3||1:27.9783||14 July 2013|
|Supersports/Sports Racer||Garth Walden||Radical SR3||1:30.7096||21 June 2009|
|Production Sports||Allan Simonsen||Lamborghini Gallardo LP560 GT3||1:28.0570||28 May 2011|
|Porsche GT3 Cup||Richard Muscat||Porsche 997 GT3 Cup||1:33.5503||14 July 2013|
|Nations Cup||Paul Stokell||Lamborghini Diablo GTR||1:33.5918||18 July 2004|
|Carrera Cup||Alex Davison||Porsche 996 GT3 Cup||1:34.2011||3 April 2004|
|Clubman Sports||Chris Barry||PRB Clubman||1:38.7875||23 June 2002|
|Aussie Racing Cars||David Sieders||Falcon-Yamaha||1:43.5824||11 June 2007|
|Historic Sports Cars|
|Group Sc||Geoff Morgan||Porsche 911 Carrera||1:46.9261||30 May 2010|
|Group Sb||Tony Dains||Triumph TR6||1:51.7191||28 May 2011|
|Group Sa||Peter Jackson||Austin-Healey 3000 MkI||1:51.8841||28 May 2011|
|Time Attack||Garth Walden||Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution||1:24.8550||18 October 2013|
|Sports Sedan||Tony Ricciardello||Alfa Romeo GTV-Chevrolet||1:28.9391||15 July 2012|
|V8 Supercar||Garth Tander||Holden VE Commodore||1:30.9123||26 August 2012|
|Super Touring||Cameron McLean||BMW 320i||1:33.8642||7 June 1998|
|Group A*||John Bowe||Ford Sierra RS500||1:36.21||5 June 1992|
|Improved Production||Ray Hislop||Ford BF Falcon||1:40.7119||26 August 2012|
|Italian Challenge||Andrew Leithhead||Alfa Romeo GTV6||1:44.2082||24 June 2001|
|Commodore Cup||Tony Bates||Holden VS Commodore||1:44.8247||17 July 2011|
|Group 3E||Bob Pearson||Mazda RX-7||1:46.4351||7 November 2004|
|Saloon Cars||Shawn Jamieson||Holden VT Commodore||1:47.5126||17 July 2011|
|V8 Utes||Grant Johnson||Holden Ute VZ SS||1:50.4062||26 November 2006|
|HQ Holden||Greg King||HQ Holden||1:58.4667||7 December 1997|
|Historic Touring Cars|
|Central Muscle Cars||Jason Richards||Chevrolet Camaro||1:41.5119||6 September 2009|
|Group A*||Terry Ashwood||Nissan Skyline GT-R||1:41.8511||4 September 2010|
|Touring Car Masters||John Bowe||Ford Mustang Trans-Am||1:42.0978||3 September 2011|
|Group C||Jason Richards||Holden Torana A9X||1:43.0145||4 September 2011|
|Group Nc||Ross Donnelley||Ford Mustang||1:46.0209||28 November 2003|
|Group Nb||Bill Trengrove||Ford Mustang||1.50.5692||4 September 2011|
|Group Na||Craig Stephenson||Holden FJ||2:11.2755||22 June 2003|
|500cc Grand Prix||Àlex Crivillé||Honda NSR500||1.30.360||20 October 1996|
|Superbike||Jamie Stauffer||Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R||1.31.655||9 April 2006|
|250cc Grand Prix||Max Biaggi||Aprilia RSV 250||1.32.080||20 October 1996|
|Formula Xtreme||Kevin Curtain||Yamaha R1||1.32.657||4 October 2003|
|Supersport||Jamie Stauffer||Yamaha R6||1.33.989||18 February 2007|
|125cc Grand Prix||Haruchika Aoki||Honda RS125R||1.36.270||20 October 1996|
|Sidecar||Steve Abbott/ Jamie Biggs||LCR-Suzuki GSX-R1000||1.37.420||1 May 2005|
* John Bowe's time was set during the 1992 Australian Touring Car Championship, when the ATCC was in its final year of Group A regulations. Terry Ashwood's time was set during the 2010 Muscle Car Masters.
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