Lakeside International Raceway

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Lakeside Park
Lakesidemap.JPG
Location Brisbane, Queensland
Time zone GMT +10
Coordinates 27°13′41″S 152°57′54″E / 27.22806°S 152.96500°E / -27.22806; 152.96500Coordinates: 27°13′41″S 152°57′54″E / 27.22806°S 152.96500°E / -27.22806; 152.96500
Owner Moreton Bay Regional Council
Operator Queensland Raceways
Opened 1961
Reopened: 5 April 2008
Former names Lakeside International Raceway
Lakeside Raceway
Major events Tasman Series
Australian Grand Prix
Australian Touring Car Champ.
Length 2.411 km (1.498 mi)
Turns 8
Lap record 0:46.66 (Paul Stokell, Reynard 91D Holden, 1994, Formula Holden)

Lakeside Park, formerly known as Lakeside International Raceway is a motor racing circuit located at Pine Rivers 30 km (18.6 mi) north of Brisbane and lies adjacent to Lake Kurwongbah.

The circuit is known as the spiritual home of Queensland motorsport and was built by volunteers and borrowed machinery in the 1960s. The 2.41 km (1.50 mi) circuit opened in 1961 and was closed in mid-2001. The circuit reopened on 5 April 2008, with a race meeting held the following day.[1]

History[edit]

The circuit was the venue for a wide range of racing series including the Australian Grand Prix on two occasions, the Australian Touring Car Championship, the Australian Superbike Championship and the Tasman Series, playing host to such names as Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, Jack Brabham, Graham Hill and Chris Amon.

The fast and challenging nature of the circuit was an education for a generation of Queensland racing drivers and riders, from Will Power, Dick Johnson, Tony Longhurst and five time world motorcycle champion Mick Doohan. “If you can learn to race a motorbike at Lakeside, you can compete at any race track in the world.” Mick Doohan, 5 time 500cc Motorcycle Grand Prix World Champion.[2]

Spectators watching Round 1 of the 1981 Australian Sports Sedan Championship

Touring cars were a mainstay of the circuit’s popularity, with the venue hosting the single race Australian Touring Car Championship titles in both 1964 and 1967. Following the change to a series format, Lakeside staged rounds of the ATCC in most years from 1970 to 1998. For much of the circuit’s life these meetings were the largest of the year and played host to some brilliant racing, the highlight of which was the 1981 title showdown between local hero Dick Johnson and reigning champion Peter Brock. Despite a wounded car Johnson won the race and the title in front of his home crowd and secured for himself a future in the sport after almost 20 years of battling at times just to compete. Touring cars left Lakeside after the 1998 season, increasing the circuits decline as a venue.

Although national championship racing was still being held at the circuit in July 2001[3] declining revenues, mounting debts, court proceedings, an increasingly hostile local council and competition for event with the nearby Queensland Raceway led to the circuits closure in 2001.

The circuit reopened during 2008 strictly as a local racing venue, and the new operators, the owners of Queensland Raceway, have no ambitions to hold national level meetings, preferring to use the better quality facilities at their sister-circuit for higher level meetings. Lakeside was closed during the summer of 2008/2009 while QR staff and volunteers refurbished and widened the circuit.

During the refurbishment a tunnel was also added underneath the circuit just before the foot bridge. The circuit is now 12m wide on the exit of Shell Corner, previously it was 8m wide at this point. The Bus Stop was not resurfaced, and neither was a short stretch between Hungry and Eastern Loop. The majority of the bumps were removed during the resurfacing. Further upgrades following these works in 2011 involved removing the Armco barriers on the inside of the track on the exit of Karousel. A sand trap was added and the runoff area increased and concrete barriers installed. The track reopened after the refurbishment in early 2009 and has remained open since.

Revival campaign[edit]

During the seven years the circuit was closed, several organisations and activist groups made up of competitors, fans and driver training advocates have campaigned to have the circuit reopen.

'Friends of Lakeside', led by Robert Hardacre and Trevor 'Shelby' Beutel compiled much data relating to the history of Lakeside and were able to initially have the circuit listed on the Queensland Heritage Register,[4] which is the main reason why the local council were prevented from demolishing the track and facilities.[citation needed] Friends of Lakeside is a small group with the aims of preserving Lakeside as the home of historic and modern era motorsport for all.

'Lakeside Motor Racing Enthusiasts' is composed of both car and primarily motorcycle aficionados from 17 to 70 years old and hail from all various motoring fraternities and niches conceivable.

On 18 December 2007, Pine Rivers Shire Council and Queensland Raceway (Wrexmere Pty Ltd) signed off on a 30 year long term lease (with an option for 10 years) to operate the facility, including both driver training and racing. Racing however will be limited to noise (95db) and time constraints as a means of ensuring neighbourhood management.

Major race results[edit]

Year Winner Car Team
Australian Grand Prix / Tasman Series
1966 United Kingdom Graham Hill BRM P261 Owen Racing Organisation
1969 New Zealand Chris Amon Ferrari 246T Scuderia Veloce
Tasman Series
1964 Australia Jack Brabham Brabham BT7A Coventry Climax Ecurie Vitesse
1967 United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus 33 Coventry Climax Team Lotus
Australian Touring Car Championship
1964 Australia Ian Geoghegan Ford Cortina Mk.I GT Total Team
1967 Australia Ian Geoghegan Ford Mustang Mustang Team
1970 Australia Norm Beechey Holden HT Monaro GTS 350 Shell Racing
1971 Canada Allan Moffat Ford Boss 302 Mustang Allan Moffat Racing
1975 Australia Colin Bond Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 Holden Dealer Team
1976 Australia Colin Bond Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 Holden Dealer Team
1977 Australia Peter Brock Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 Bill Patterson Racing
1978 Canada Allan Moffat Ford XC Falcon GS500 Moffat Ford Dealers
1979 Australia Bob Morris Holden LX Torana SS A9X Ron Hodgson Racing
1980 Australia Peter Brock Holden VB Commodore Holden Dealer Team
1981 Australia Dick Johnson Ford XD Falcon Dick Johnson Racing
1982 Canada Allan Moffat Mazda RX-7 Peter Stuyvesant International Racing
1983 Australia Peter Brock Holden VH Commodore Holden Dealer Team
1984 Australia George Fury Nissan Bluebird Turbo Nissan Motorsport Australia
1985 New Zealand Jim Richards BMW 635CSi JPS Team BMW
1986 Australia George Fury Nissan Skyline DR30 Peter Jackson Nissan Racing
1987 New Zealand Jim Richards BMW M3 JPS Team BMW
1988 Australia Tony Longhurst Ford Sierra RS500 Freeport Motorsport
1989 Australia Dick Johnson Ford Sierra RS500 Shell Ultra-Hi Racing
1990 Australia Colin Bond Ford Sierra RS500 Caltex CXT Racing
1991* New Zealand Jim Richards Nissan Skyline R32 Nissan Motorsport Australia
Australia Tony Longhurst BMW M3 Evolution Benson & Hedges Racing
1992 Australia Tony Longhurst BMW M3 Evolution Benson & Hedges Racing
1993 Australia Alan Jones Ford EB Falcon Peter Jackson Racing
1994 Australia Larry Perkins Holden VP Commodore Castrol Perkins Racing
1995 Australia Glenn Seton Ford EF Falcon Peter Jackson Racing
1996 Australia Craig Lowndes Holden VR Commodore Holden Racing Team
1997 Australia John Bowe Ford EL Falcon Shell Helix racing
1998 Australia Russell Ingall Holden VS Commodore Castrol Perkins Racing
Australian GT Championship
1962 Australia John French Centaur Waggott GP Cars Racing Team
1982 Australia Alan Jones Porsche 935 Porsche Cars Australia
1983 New Zealand Jim Richards BMW 318i Turbo JPS Team BMW
1984 Australia Allan Grice Chevrolet Monza Re-Car Racing
1985 Australia Bryan Thomson Chevrolet Monza Thomson-Fowler Motorsport

* Lakeside hosted two rounds of the 1991 Australian Touring Car Championship. Jim Richards won Round 4 while Tony Longhurst won Round 8.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lakeside Park 06/04/2008 LIR Round 1". National Software. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  2. ^ Neville Roberts. "Lakeside: Venue of the Lakeside International & the Australian Grand Prix". Tasman-Series.com. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  3. ^ "Lakeside International Raceway 08/07/2001 Konica V8 Supercar Series - Round 5". National Software. 2001-07-08. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Heritage lost - gone but not forgotten:Lakeside International Raceway". Queensland Government: Environmental Protection Agency. 2007-05-01. Retrieved 2009-01-31. [dead link]

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