Australia’s newest racetrack unveiled
23 May 2012

Western Sydney’s Eastern Creek raceway revamped and renamed as Sydney Motorsport Park.

Eastern Creek Raceway has been given $12 million makeover to be re-born as Sydney Motorsport Park.

A new, longer layout, new pit facilities and the ability to run the track as two separate circuits were part of the track’s first major overhaul since it opened in 1990.

The New South Wales government contributed $7 million and the circuit managers, the Australian Racing Drivers’ Club, pitched in $5 million for the upgrades.

The star attraction of the renamed circuit is an 830-metre extension that makes the grand prix circuit now 4.5km in length; compared to the old grand prix layout of 3.9km.

The addition of two link roads halfway around the track mean two circuits can be run independently; effectively doubling the amount of events that can be run at the venue.

Since Oran Park Raceway was closed at the end of 2009 Eastern Creek was been struggling to cater for the demands of race organisers, car companies and other events looking for track time.

The new North layout uses the main straight and measures 2.8km while the 1.9km South circuit incorporates the new addition.

A new pitlane is currently being constructed to cater for the South circuit.

Former V8 Supercar driver Garth Walden was given the honour of setting a new, unofficial, lap record in a Radical SR3 race car. His lap of 1:52.96 seconds will stand as the practice record until an official time is set during a race.

The government and A.R.D.C. has committed to continued investment in the government owned facility.

With the government reportedly set to withdraw its support of the Homebush street race at the end of 2013, Sydney Motorsport Park will be the only major racing venue left in Australia’s biggest city.

V8 Supercars will return to the Western Sydney track later this year for the first time since 2008. Round nine of the V8 series will be run there from August 24-26.

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