Avalon Raceway

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Avalon Raceway
The Place for Pace
Location 210 Old Melbourne Road, Lara, Victoria
Coordinates 38°0′49″S 144°27′20″E / 38.01361°S 144.45556°E / -38.01361; 144.45556Coordinates: 38°0′49″S 144°27′20″E / 38.01361°S 144.45556°E / -38.01361; 144.45556
Capacity 10,000
Operator Corio Park PIL
Broke ground 1976
Opened 1976
Major events World Series Sprintcars
Australian Speedcar Championship
Australian Super Sedan Championship
Australian Sidecar Championship
Australian Speedcar Grand Prix
Easter Sprintcar Trail
Oval
Surface Clay Sand Mix
Length 0.242 mi (0.390 km)
Lap record 0:10.930 (Steven Lines, , 2011, Sprintcar)

Avalon Raceway is a Dirt track racing venue located in Lara, Victoria, Australia. The track is based a Clay Sand Mix, is oval shaped and is 390 metres (430 yards) in length.

History[edit]

The track opened in 1976 thanks to the efforts of brothers Doug and Norm Drew, drivers from the area who like others needed a venue to race at after the closure of Torquay Speedway. Early on the big attraction to the new Speedway were the bikes with such Solo riders as World Champions Ole Olsen, Ivan Mauger and Barry Briggs battling Australian riders such as Victorian favourite Phil Crump. Sidecars were also a big draw and the Speedway hosted the 1980 Australian Sidecar Championship as well as numerous Victorian Sidecar title meetings.

The introduction of clay to the track surface in the early 1990s saw bike racing off the program at Avalon Raceway. Sprintcar racing had been the biggest draw in Australian speedway since the late 1970s and the clay surface suited this type of oval track racing. Since this time Avalon has been a regular of the World Series Sprintcars and was also the home of the Australian Speedcar Grand Prix from 2003 until 2010.[1]

The outright lap record is held by South Australian driver Steven Lines from Mount Gambier, with a time of 10.930 seconds, set on 12 November 2011, in a 410 Sprintcar.

Lap Records[edit]

As of February 2014. All have a 1 lap rolling start.

  • 410 Sprintcars: 0:10.930 - Steven Lines - 12 November 2011
  • 360 Sprintcars: 0:12.54 - M. Reed - 11 January 2014
  • Speedcars: 0:13:70 - Michael Pickens - 19 March 2005
  • Formula 500: 0:13.98 - L. Williams - 21 February 2009
  • Super Sedans: 0:14:90 - Peter Nicola - 1 January 2005
  • Super Rods: 0:15:48 - L. Podger - 12 March 2005
  • Wingless Sprints: 0:15.60 - L. Weel - 29 March, 2014
  • GP Midgets: 0:15:83 - D. Meyers - 19 December 2009
  • V8 Dirt Modifieds: 0:15:93 - L. Hobson - 23 March 1981
  • National Rods: 0:15.93 - L. Hobson - 23 March 1991
  • Modified Production: 00:16:01 - J. Drew - 30 March 2007
  • Street Stocks: 0:18.09 - M. Dann - 1 April 2006

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