Winton Motor Raceway

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Winton Motor Raceway
Winton Motor Raceway (Australia) track map -- with extension.svg
Location Winton, Victoria
Coordinates 36°31′6″S 146°5′15″E / 36.51833°S 146.08750°E / -36.51833; 146.08750Coordinates: 36°31′6″S 146°5′15″E / 36.51833°S 146.08750°E / -36.51833; 146.08750
Owner Benalla Auto Club
Opened November 1961
Major events V8 Supercars, Shannons Nationals
Winton National Circuit
Length 3.0 km (1.864 mi)
Turns 12
Lap record 1:14.5697 (Christian Murchison, Reynard 95D Holden, 2000, Formula Holden)
Winton Club Circuit
Length 2.03 km (1.261 mi)
Turns 11
Lap record 0:52.9900 (Mark Larkham, Reynard 90D Holden, 1992, Formula Brabham)

Winton Motor Raceway is a motor racing track in Winton, near Benalla, Victoria, Australia.

History[edit]

The Benalla Auto Club began planning for a permanent racing track around 1958. In 1960 it was decided to build the track at Winton Recreation Reserve and was completed in twelve months. The circuit hosted its first race meeting on 26 November 1961.[1] The circuit length was extended prior to the 1997 round of the V8 Supercar championship and the upgrade included a new pit complex.

The circuit[edit]

Racing at Winton Motor Raceway is always exciting and close because the circuit has a combination of long fast straights and twisty and tight bends. It is also known as "The Australia's Action Track".[2] Dick Johnson once described the circuit being 'like running a marathon around your clothes-line'.

The original circuit (now called the Winton Club Circuit) is 2.03 km in length and comprises 11 turns. The circuit was lengthened to 3.0 km with the cars turning left prior to the esses and a series of right hand turns added before the extension rejoins the original track at the esses. The long circuit is called the Winton National Circuit.

V8 Supercars[edit]

The track is currently used as a round in the V8 Supercar series, hosting the Winton 360. The track is one of the more popular tracks in the series with spectators, especially those who live in the area.[citation needed] Easy access to the track and the fantastic viewing from one of the many areas around the track makes it very popular.[citation needed] It attracts some of the biggest crowds of any of the permanent race tracks in the series.[citation needed]

Although the circuit held various rounds of national championships such as the Australian Drivers' Championship and the Australian Sports Car Championship, Winton was not awarded a round of the Australian Touring Car Championship until the start of the Group A era in Australia in 1985. The first ATCC race was won by then triple-Bathurst 1000 winner Jim Richards in his JPS Team BMW 635 CSi. That race holds its place in ATCC/V8 Supercar history as not only the first all-Group A race in Australia, but the first ATCC win by BMW and the only race in history in which there were no Holdens on the grid.

Richards holds the record for most ATCC round wins at Winton with four, having won in 1985 and 1986 for BMW, while winning in 1990 and 1991 for Nissan.

Winton touring car round winners[edit]

Year Driver Car Team
Group A
1985 New Zealand Jim Richards BMW 635 CSi JPS Team BMW
1986 New Zealand Jim Richards BMW 635 CSi JPS Team BMW
1988 Australia John Bowe Ford Sierra RS500 Shell Ultra-Hi Racing
1989 Australia George Fury Nissan Skyline HR31 GTS-R Nissan Motorsport Australia
1990 New Zealand Jim Richards Nissan Skyline HR31 GTS-R Nissan Motorsport Australia
1991 New Zealand Jim Richards Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R Nissan Motorsport Australia
1992 Australia Mark Skaife Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R Winfield Team Nissan
Group 3A Touring Cars
1993 Australia Glenn Seton Ford EB Falcon Peter Jackson Racing
1994 Australia Glenn Seton Ford EB Falcon Peter Jackson Racing
1995 Australia John Bowe Ford EF Falcon Shell FAI Racing
1996 Not held
1997 Australia Russell Ingall Holden VS Commodore Castrol Perkins Racing
V8 Supercars
1998 Australia John Bowe Ford EL Falcon Shell FAI Racing
1999 Australia Jason Bargwanna Holden VT Commodore Valvoline Cummins Racing
2000 Australia Jason Bargwanna Holden VT Commodore Valvoline Cummins Racing
2001 Australia Russell Ingall Holden VX Commodore Castrol Perkins Racing
2002 Australia Jason Bright Holden VX Commodore Holden Racing Team
2003 Australia Marcos Ambrose Ford BA Falcon Pirtek Racing
2004 Australia Cameron McConville Holden VY Commodore Valvoline Cummins Racing
2005 Not held
2006 Australia Craig Lowndes Ford BA Falcon Team Betta Electrical
2007 Australia Jamie Whincup Ford BF Falcon TeamVodafone
2008 Australia Garth Tander Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team
2009 Australia Craig Lowndes Ford FG Falcon TeamVodafone
2010 Australia James Courtney Ford FG Falcon Jim Beam Racing
2012 Australia Craig Lowndes Holden VE Commodore TeamVodafone
2013 Australia James Courtney Holden VF Commodore Holden Racing Team
2014 Australia Mark Winterbottom Ford FG Falcon Ford Performance Racing
2015 Australia Mark Winterbottom Ford FG X Falcon Prodrive Racing Australia

Australian Drivers' Championship[edit]

Winton has played host to 19 rounds of the Australian Drivers' Championship since 1980.

Year Driver Car Entrant
Australian Formula 1
1980 Australia Alfredo Costanzo Lola T430 Chevrolet Porsche Distributors
1982 Australia Alfredo Costanzo Tiga FA81 Ford Porsche Cars Australia
1983 Australia Alfredo Costanzo Tiga FA81 Ford Porsche Cars Australia
Formula Mondial
1984 Australia John Bowe Ralt RT4 Ford Chris Leach Racing
1986 New Zealand Ken Smith Ralt RT4 Ford Watson Motor Racing Pty Ltd
Formula Holden
1989* Australia Rohan Onslow Ralt RT20 Holden R.J.Macarthur Onslow
1989* Australia John Briggs Ralt RT21 Holden John Briggs
1990 Australia John Briggs Ralt RT21 Holden John Briggs
Formula Brabham
1992 Australia Mark Larkham Reynard 90D Holden Larkham Motor Sport
1994 Australia Paul Stokell Reynard 90D Holden Birrana Racing
Formula Holden
1997 Australia Jason Bargwanna Reynard 92D Holden SH Racing
1999 New Zealand Simon Wills Reynard 94D Holden SH Racing
2000 Australia Tim Leahey Reynard 92D Holden Greg Murphy Racing
2001 Australia Paul Stokell Reynard 94D Holden Birrana Racing
2002 Australia Will Power Reynard 94D Holden Ralt Australia
2003 Australia Paul Trengove Reynard 95D Holden CPA Australia
2004 Australia Rob Nguyen Reynard 97D Holden Hocking Motorsport
Australian Formula 3
2009** Australia Tim Macrow
United Kingdom Joey Foster
Dallara F307 Mercedes-Benz
Dallara F307-Mercedes-Benz
Scud Racing
Team BRM
2011 United Kingdom James Winslow Dallara F304 Spiess-Opel R-Tek Motorsport

* The 1989 Australian Drivers' Championship was contested over ten rounds at five race meetings at five different tracks. Although the races were held on the same day both Rohan Onslow and John Briggs are credited with separate round wins.
**The 2009 round saw two heats. Tim Macrow and Joey Foster each won a heat while also finished second on the other heat giving the pair equal points (35) on the day.

Australian Sports Car Championship[edit]

Winton played host to a round of the Australian Sports Car Championship on 7 occasions between 1978 and 1985.

Year Driver Car Entrant
1978 Australia Ross Mathiesen Porsche Carrera Ross Mathiesen
1979 Australia Ross Mathiesen Porsche Carrera Ross Mathiesen
1980 Canada Allan Moffat Porsche 930 Turbo Porsche Distributors
1981 Australia John Latham Porsche 930 Turbo John Latham
1983 Australia Bap Romano Kaditcha K583 Cosworth Kaditcha Factory Racing Team
1984 Australia Bap Romano Romano WE84 Cosworth Bap Romano Racing
1985 Australia Terry Hook Lola T610 Chevrolet Terry Hook

Australian Sports Sedan / GT Championship[edit]

Year Driver Car Entrant
1980 New Zealand Jim Richards Ford XC Falcon Hardtop Jim Richards
1981 Australia Tony Edmondson Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV Chevrolet Donald Elliott
1982 Australia Alan Jones Porsche 935 Porsche Cars Australia
1983 Australia Tony Edmondson Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV Chevrolet Donald Elliott
1984 Australia Allan Grice Chevrolet Monza Re-Car Racing
1985 Australia Kevin Bartlett De Tomaso Pantera Paul Halstead / The Toy Shop
1997 Australia Wayne Park Mazda RX-7 Wayne Park
1998 Australia Tony Ricciardello Alfa Romeo GTV Chevrolet Basil Ricciardello
2003 Australia Darren Hossack Saab 9-3 Aero Chevrolet Darren Hossack

Australian Superbike Championship[edit]

Winton Raceway is one of the most prominent Superbike races on the Australian Superbike Championship racing calendar. Winton Raceway has seen riders such as Mick Doohan, Kevin Magee and Mat Mladin ride regularly at the venue.

Year Rider Bike
2007 Australia Jamie Stauffer Yamaha YZF-R1
2006 Australia Jamie Stauffer Yamaha YZF-R1

Formula X-treme Motorcycle Championship

Year Rider Bike
2009 Australia Craig Coxhell Honda CBR1000RR
2010 Australia Kevin Curtain Yamaha YZF-R1

Drift Attack[edit]

Winton Raceway is one of Australia's most popular Drift circuits. It hosts Australia largest drift event Drift Attack. Drift Attack is promoted by the Victorian Drift Club and offers the largest Prize Pool in Australian Drifting and is contested by Australia's 32 best Drifters in the Pro class and 32 Drivers in the street class.

Year Driver Car
2009 Luke Fink S14 Silvia
2010 Josh Coote Nissan 180SX

References[edit]

  1. ^ Winton celebrates 50th birthday today Retrieved from www.speedcafe.com on 27 November 2011
  2. ^ "Winton Motor Raceway, Victoria". v8supercars.com.au. n.d. Retrieved 2010-02-22. 

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