Newcastle Street Circuit

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Newcastle Street Circuit
Newcastle Street Circuit.png
LocationNewcastle and Newcastle East, New South Wales
Time zoneGMT +10
Coordinates32°55′35.25″S 151°47′16.75″E / 32.9264583°S 151.7879861°E / -32.9264583; 151.7879861Coordinates: 32°55′35.25″S 151°47′16.75″E / 32.9264583°S 151.7879861°E / -32.9264583; 151.7879861
FIA Grade3
Opened24 November 2017
Major eventsNewcastle 500
Length2.652 km (1.647 mi)
Turns14
Race lap record1:10.6403 (David Reynolds, Holden VF Commodore, 2017, Supercars Championship)

The Newcastle Street Circuit is a temporary street circuit around the east end of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. The circuit hosts the Newcastle 500, the final round of the Supercars Championship.[1] The 14-turn, 2.652 kilometre circuit takes in Newcastle Beach and the foreshore around Nobbys Beach Reserve.[2]

Circuit[edit]

The circuit begins on Wharf Road, heading south-west towards the city. It then turns left at Watt Street, crossing over the Newcastle Light Rail tracks before ascending a 1:22 hill up Watt Street, before again turning left onto Shortland Esplanade 500m after turn one.[3] Once on Shortland Esplanade, the circuit snakes down the beachside road before reaching a 90° left at Zaara Street. This is followed by a 90° right onto Scott Street and another 90° left onto Parnell Place to the fastest stretch of circuit, Nobbys Road down past Fort Scratchley followed by a left-handed hairpin in the Camp Shortland carpark. From there a right hander onto Wharf Road completes the lap.

The originally proposed layout was altered with the omission of the section through Pacific Park and the alteration of the planned Nobbys' Reserve permanent course.[4][5] However, the circuit has attracted criticism from residents within the circuit precinct.[6]

Lap records[edit]

As of 26 November 2017.[7]

Class Driver Vehicle Time Date
Outright Australia David Reynolds Holden Commodore VF 1:10.6403 26 November 2017
Sports Cars
Aussie Racing Cars Australia Blake Sciberras Mustang-Yamaha 1:20.8968 26 November 2017
Touring Cars
Supercars Championship Australia David Reynolds Holden Commodore VF 1:10.6403 26 November 2017
Super2 Series Australia Jack Le Brocq Nissan Altima L33 1:12.0615 25 November 2017
SuperUtes Australia Aaren Russell Mitsubishi Triton 1:31.5980 24 November 2018
V8 Ute Racing Series Australia Jeremy Gray Ford Falcon FG Ute 1:24.5471 26 November 2017
Toyota 86 Racing Series Australia Cameron Hill Toyota 86 1:26.2985 25 November 2017
Historic Touring Cars
Touring Car Masters Australia Steven Johnson Ford Mustang Mk.1 Fastback 1:18.3637 24 November 2018

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Five-year, $57 million Newcastle Supercars deal confirmed". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Date and layout locked in for Newcastle Supercars race". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  3. ^ Supercars to cross tram tracks in Newcastle Speedcafe 27 April 2018
  4. ^ "Changes to Newcastle street circuit as date set". Speedcafe. 13 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Supercars: Newcastle street circuit revealed with changes to initial layout". Fox Sports Australia. 13 December 2016.
  6. ^ Zhou, Naaman (2 September 2017). "'We essentially live inside a racetrack': Supercars race leaves Newcastle residents fuming". The Guardian Australia. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  7. ^ Natsoft Race Results