Warwick Farm Raceway

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This article is about the race track for cars. For the race course for horses, see Warwick_Farm_Racecourse.
Warwick Farm Raceway
The Farm
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Location Warwick Farm, New South Wales
Time zone GMT +10
Coordinates 33°54′39″S 150°56′42″E / 33.91083°S 150.94500°E / -33.91083; 150.94500Coordinates: 33°54′39″S 150°56′42″E / 33.91083°S 150.94500°E / -33.91083; 150.94500
Owner Australian Jockey Club
Operator Australian Automobile Racing Company
Opened 1960
Closed 15 July 1973
Major events Australian Grand Prix
Tasman Series
Australian Drivers' Championship
Australian Touring Car Championship
Length 3.621 km (2.250 mi)
Turns 14
Lap record 1:24.0 (Frank Gardner, Lola T300 Chevrolet, 1972, Formula 5000)

Warwick Farm Raceway was a motor racing facility which was in operation from 1960 to 1973.[1] Warwick Farm Raceway hosted numerous major events during its life such as the Australian Grand Prix and rounds of both the Australian Touring Car Championship and the Tasman Series.

History[edit]

Warwick Farm Raceway was built in 1960 on the site of the Warwick Farm Racecourse, a horse racing track with which it was to co-exist throughout its history. It became one of Australia's premier motor racing venues, hosting the Australian Grand Prix and rounds of both the Tasman Series[2] and the Australian Drivers' Championship. It also staged Australian Touring Car Championship races during its later years. The last major race at Warwick Farm was the final round of the 1973 Australian Touring Car Championship on 15 July and the final race meeting was a club day held in August 1973.[2]

Warwick Farm held its first meeting in December 1960. On a wet track, Ian "Pete" Geoghegan won the opening touring car race driving a Jaguar 3.4 Litre named 'Grey Pussy' (#5J).

When it closed as a motor racing facility in 1973, the lap record of the 3.621 km (2.250 mi) long Warwick Farm circuit was held by Australian motor racing legend Frank Gardner. Driving a Lola T300 Chevrolet Formula 5000 in the 1972 Tasman Series, Gardner set a time of 1:24.0 during the Warwick Farm 100. Gardner finished second in the race he had won in 1971, 18 seconds behind Frank Matich driving his self-designed and built Matich A50 Repco-Holden.

Australian Grand Prix[edit]

Warwick Farm Raceway hosted the Australian Grand Prix a total of four times:

* Denotes round of Australian Drivers' Championship

Australian Touring Car Championship[edit]

Warwick Farm Raceway hosted the single race Australian Touring Car Championship in 1968, and hosted rounds of the championship in 1970, 1972 and 1973.

Tasman Series[edit]

Warwick Farm Raceway hosted a round of the Tasman Series each year from 1964 to 1973.

Australian Drivers' Championship[edit]

Warwick Farm Raceway hosted a round of the Australian Drivers' Championship on 11 occasions.

Australian Sports Car Championship[edit]

Warwick Farm hosted a round of the Australian Sports Car Championship each year from 1969 to 1972.

Australian Manufacturers' Championship[edit]

Warwick Farm hosted a round of the Australian Manufacturers' Championship in 1971.

Australian Formula Junior Championship[edit]

Warwick Farm hosted the Australian Formula Junior Championship in 1963.

London to Sydney Marathon Rally - 1968[edit]

Warwick Farm was the venue for the finish of the London-Sydney Marathon. First place went to the Hillman Hunter crewed by Andrew Cowan, Colin Malkin and Brian Coyle.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Macquarie Dictionary of Motoring, 1986, page 527
  2. ^ a b c d Warwick Farm - Tasman Series
  3. ^ Graham Howard &, Stewart Wilson, David Greenhalgh, The official history - Australian Touring Car Championship - 50 Years, 2011, page 81
  4. ^ V8 Central website
  5. ^ Australian Competition Yearbook 1974, page 116