Townsville Street Circuit

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Townsville Street Circuit
Townsville (Australia) street circuit track map.svg
Map of the track showing the local streets
Location Townsville, Queensland
Time zone GMT +10
Coordinates 19°16′19″S 146°48′33″E / 19.27194°S 146.80917°E / -19.27194; 146.80917Coordinates: 19°16′19″S 146°48′33″E / 19.27194°S 146.80917°E / -19.27194; 146.80917
Opened 10 July 2009
Major events V8 Supercars
Length 2.85 km (1.78 mi)
Turns 13
Lap record 1:12.6988 (Tony D'Alberto, Ferrari 458 Italia GT3, 2014, Australian GT Championship)

Townsville Street Circuit is a temporary street circuit located in Townsville, Queensland, Australia.

The circuit[edit]

Townsville Street Circuit is a reminiscent of the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit. It winds its way through Reid Park where specially constructed roads form approximately 70 percent of the circuit.[1] Rod Nash Racing’s Paul Dumbrell suggested it is a high grip circuit. Ford Performance Racing (FPR) driver Mark Winterbottom suggested the circuit is like a standard racing circuit but in the middle of a city. It is a tough circuit that can catch drivers out. Winterbottom described the first corner is almost a clone to the turn eight at Adelaide Street Circuit which he tackled it very aggressively because it looks high speed with great passing opportunity.[2] The circuit quickly became a favourite of the V8 supercars' drivers.[1] The circuit's pit building is a permanent construction that can be used all year round for all sorts of events. There are five viewing mounds and grandstands that can seat approximately 12,000.[3]

V8 Supercars[edit]

On 28 July 2008, the official V8 Supercar website reported that the Queensland Sports Minister, Judy Spence, said the State Government will contribute $2.5 million annually for the first five years of the event.[4] The 2009 Dunlop Townsville 400 was held from 10–12 July.[3] Sucrogen is the naming rights sponsor the race in 2010 and 2011.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Armor All Townsville 400, Queensland". v8supercars.com.au. n.d. Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  2. ^ "Townsville means level playing field". v8supercars.com.au. 28 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  3. ^ a b 2008 L&H 500 official race program, pages 68–70
  4. ^ Briar Gunther (28 July 2008). "Townsville circuit unveiled". Official site of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series. Retrieved 2008-07-29. 

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