Symmons Plains Raceway

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Symmons Plains
Symmons Plains Raceway (Australia) track map.svg
Lay out of the Symmons Plains Raceway
Location Launceston, Tasmania
Time zone GMT +10
Coordinates 41°39′34″S 147°15′10″E / 41.65944°S 147.25278°E / -41.65944; 147.25278Coordinates: 41°39′34″S 147°15′10″E / 41.65944°S 147.25278°E / -41.65944; 147.25278
Owner Motorsports Tasmania
Opened 1960
Major events V8 Supercars
Length 2.41 km (1.5 mi)
Turns 7
Lap record 0:50.16 (Alfredo Costanzo, Lola T430 Chevrolet, 1980, Formula 5000)

Symmons Plains Raceway is a motor racing circuit in Australia, located about 30 kilometres (18.64 mi) south of Launceston, Tasmania. Since the closure of the Longford circuit in the 1960s it has been Tasmania's premier motor racing facility. The circuit is one of the longest serving circuits of the combined history of the Australian Touring Car Championship and the V8 Supercar Championship Series. Since 2005 it has hosted the Falken Tasmania Challenge for V8 Supercars.

In 2004, the facility received a A$3 million upgrade which included some modifications to the layout of the track, including moving the start/finish line back to a more conventional location opposite the pits. It had previously been on a curve (which is now located just after the first corner), unusual for a road course. Symmons Plains is also known for its extremely tight hairpin bend, known as Brambles Hairpin, at the end of the old front straight.

Dick Johnson and Allan Moffat have both won the round three times in a row. Peter Brock has the best record at the circuit with five round victories.

The circuit[edit]

Symmons Plains Raceway is 2.41 kilometres (1.50 mi) long and is very hard on brakes. The banking at the hairpin is a unique opportunity to overtake. The other overtaking opportunity is the left hander at the end of the back straight.[1]

The outright lap record at Symmons Plains was set in 1980. Driving a Lola T430 Chevrolet Formula 5000, Alfredo Costanzo set a time of 50.16 seconds. The closest anyone has come since 1980 was British driver James Winslow who set a time of 50.5036 seconds on 1 April, 2012 while driving a Formula 3 Dallara F307 Mercedes-Benz.

Touring Car round winners[edit]

Year Driver Car Entrant
Improved Production
1969 Australia Norm Beechey Holden HK Monaro GTS327 Norm Beechey
1970 Australia Jim McKeown Porsche 911 Shell Race Team
1971 Canada Allan Moffat Ford Boss 302 Mustang Coca-Cola Team AMR
1972 Canada Allan Moffat Ford Boss 302 Mustang Coca-Cola Team AMR
Group C
1973 Canada Allan Moffat Ford XY Falcon GTHO Phase III Ford Works Team
1974 Australia Peter Brock Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 Holden Dealer Team
1975 Australia Colin Bond Holden Torana L34 Holden Dealer Team
1976 Australia John Harvey Holden Torana L34 Peter Janson
1977 Canada Allan Moffat Ford XB Falcon GT Moffat Ford Dealers
1978 Australia Peter Brock Holden LX Torana SLR A9X 4-Door Holden Dealer Team
1979 Australia John Harvey Holden LX Torana SS A9X Hatchback Holden Dealer Team
1980 Australia Peter Brock Holden VB Commodore Marlboro Holden Dealer Team
1981 Australia Dick Johnson Ford XD Falcon Palmer Tube Mills
1982 Australia Peter Brock Holden VC Commodore Marlboro Holden Dealer Team
1983 Australia Allan Grice Holden VH Commodore STP Roadways Racing
1984 Australia Peter Brock Holden VH Commodore Marlboro Holden Dealer Team
Group A
1985 New Zealand Robbie Francevic Volvo 240T Mark Petch Racing
1986 New Zealand Robbie Francevic Volvo 240T Volvo Dealer Team
1987 Australia George Fury Nissan Skyline DR30 Peter Jackson Nissan Racing
1988 Australia Dick Johnson Ford Sierra RS500 Shell Ultra-Hi Racing
1989 Australia Dick Johnson Ford Sierra RS500 Shell Ultra-Hi Racing
1990 Australia Dick Johnson Ford Sierra RS500 Shell Ultra-Hi Racing
1991 New Zealand Jim Richards Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R Nissan Motorsport Australia
1992 Australia Glenn Seton Ford Sierra RS500 Peter Jackson Racing
Group 3A Touring Cars
1993 Australia Alan Jones Ford EB Falcon Peter Jackson Racing
1994 Australia Mark Skaife Holden VP Commodore Winfield Racing
1995 Australia John Bowe Ford EF Falcon Shell FAI Racing
1996 Australia Craig Lowndes Holden VR Commodore Holden Racing Team
V8 Supercars
1997 New Zealand Greg Murphy Holden VS Commodore Holden Racing Team
1998 Australia Craig Lowndes Holden VS Commodore Holden Racing Team
1999 Australia Mark Skaife Holden VT Commodore Holden Racing Team
2004 Australia Russell Ingall Ford BA Falcon Stone Brothers Racing
2005 Australia Garth Tander Holden VZ Commodore Toll HSV Dealer Team
2006 Australia Garth Tander Holden VZ Commodore Toll HSV Dealer Team
2007 Australia Jamie Whincup Ford BF Falcon Team Vodafone
2008 Australia Jamie Whincup Ford BF Falcon Team Vodafone
2009 Australia Will Davison Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team
2010 Australia Mark Winterbottom Ford FG Falcon Ford Performance Racing
2011 Australia Jamie Whincup Holden VE Commodore Team Vodafone
2012 Australia Jamie Whincup Holden VE Commodore Team Vodafone
2013 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard Holden VF Commodore Brad Jones Racing
2014 Australia Jamie Whincup Holden VF Commodore Red Bull Racing Australia

Most Times Winner[edit]

Wins Driver Years
5 Peter Brock 1974, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984
Jamie Whincup 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014
4 Allan Moffat 1971, 1972, 1973, 1977
Dick Johnson 1981, 1988, 1989, 1990
2 John Harvey 1976, 1979
Robbie Francevic 1985, 1986
Craig Lowndes 1996, 1998
Mark Skaife 1994, 1999
Garth Tander 2005, 2006
1 Norm Beechey 1969
Jim McKeown 1970
Colin Bond 1975
Allan Grice 1983
George Fury 1987
Jim Richards 1991
Glenn Seton 1992
Alan Jones 1993
John Bowe 1995
Greg Murphy 1997
Russell Ingall 2004
Will Davison 2009
Mark Winterbottom 2010
Fabian Coulthard 2013

Lap Records[edit]

As of 6 April 2013.[2]

Class Driver Vehicle Time Date
Outright
Australia Alfredo Costanzo Lola T430 Chevrolet 0:50.16 23 March 1980
Racing Cars
Formula 5000 Australia Alfredo Costanzo Lola T430 Chevrolet 0:50.16 23 March 1980
Formula 3 Australia Tim Macrow Dallara F307 Mercedes-Benz 0:50.3278 6 April 2013
Formula 2 Australia Jon Crooke Cheetah Mk8 Judd VW Golf 0:54.73 9 March 1996
Formula Ford New Zealand Richie Stanaway Mygale SJ09A Ford 0:55.3004 31 May 2009
Sports Cars
GT Australia Bryce Washington Lamborghini Gallardo 0:52.5247 2 September 2007
Nations Cup Australia John Bowe Ferrari 360 GT 0:55.3797 27 April 2003
Aussie Racing Cars Australia Adrian Cottrell Aurion-Yamaha 1:01.7011 13 November 2011
Touring Cars
V8 Supercar Australia Rick Kelly Holden VE Commodore 0:51.4713 30 May 2009
Group A New Zealand Jim Richards Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 0:55.97 10 March 1991
Group C Australia Peter Brock Holden VH Commodore SS 0:58.51 11 March 1984
V8 Utes Australia Nathan Pretty Holden Commodore VE SS 1:03.0611 1 April 2012
Historic Touring Cars
Touring Car Masters Australia John Bowe Ford Mustang Trans-Am 0:57.7095 13 November 2010
Motorcycles
Australian Superbikes Australia Josh Waters Suzuki GSX-R1000 0:53.3870 13 November 2011

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Falken Tasmania Challenge". v8supercars.com.au. n.d. Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  2. ^ http://www.natsoft.com.au/results/

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