Symmons Plains Raceway

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Symmons Plains
Symmons Plains Raceway (Australia) track map.svg
Layout of the Symmons Plains Raceway
LocationLaunceston, Tasmania
Time zoneUTC+10:00
Coordinates41°39′34″S 147°15′10″E / 41.65944°S 147.25278°E / -41.65944; 147.25278Coordinates: 41°39′34″S 147°15′10″E / 41.65944°S 147.25278°E / -41.65944; 147.25278
FIA Grade3
OwnerMotorsports Tasmania
OpenedMarch 1960[1]
Major eventsCurrent:
Supercars Championship
Tasmania SuperSprint (1969–1999, 2004–2019, 2021-present)
S5000 (2021–present)
Former:
Stadium Super Trucks (2021)
Length2.411 km (1.498 miles)
Turns7
Race lap record0:48.5598 (Australia Joey Mawson, Ligier JS F3-S5000, 2022, S5000)

Symmons Plains Raceway is a motor racing circuit in Australia, located about 30 km (19 mi) south of Launceston, Tasmania. Since the closure of the Longford circuit in the 1960s it has been Tasmania's premier motor racing facility. The circuit is one of the longest serving circuits of the combined history of the Australian Touring Car Championship and the V8 Supercar Championship Series. Since 2005 it has hosted the Falken Tasmania Challenge for V8 Supercars.

In 2004, the facility received a A$3 million upgrade which included some modifications to the layout of the track, including moving the start/finish line back to a more conventional location opposite the pits. It had previously been on a curve (which is now located just after the first corner), unusual for a road course. Symmons Plains is also known for its extremely tight hairpin bend, known as Brambles Hairpin, at the end of the old front straight.

The circuit[edit]

Symmons Plains Raceway is 2.411 km (1.498 mi) long and is very hard on brakes. The banking at the hairpin is a unique opportunity to overtake. The other overtaking opportunity is the left hander at the end of the back straight.[2]

The previous outright lap record at Symmons Plains was set in 1980 and held for over 40 years. Driving a Lola T430 Formula 5000, Alfredo Costanzo set a time of 50.16 seconds. The closest anyone had come since 1980 was British driver James Winslow who set a time of 50.5036 seconds on 1 April 2012 while driving a Formula 3 Dallara F307. The current outright lap record was set in 2021 by driver Joey Mawson. Driving a Ligier JS F3-S5000, the Australian driver set a time of 0:49.7242 seconds. In 2022, the record was improved again by himself, by setting a time of 0:48.5598 seconds.[3]

Supercars Championship[edit]

The circuit has hosted rounds of the Australian Touring Car Championship and Supercars Championship since 1969. The circuit was left off the V8 Supercar calendar in 2000 before returning in 2004 after the upgrades were completed.

Lap records[edit]

As of 13 August 2022.[4]
Class Driver Vehicle Time Date
Outright
Australia Joey Mawson Ligier JS F3-S5000 0:48.5598[3] 12 February 2022
Racing Cars
S5000 Australia Joey Mawson Ligier JS F3-S5000 0:48.5598[3] 12 February 2022
Formula 5000 Australia Alfredo Costanzo Lola T430 0:50.16 23 March 1980
Formula 3 Australia Tim Macrow Dallara F307 0:50.3278 6 April 2013
Formula 2 Australia Jon Crooke Cheetah Mk8 0:54.73 9 March 1986
Formula Ford New Zealand Richie Stanaway Mygale SJ09 0:55.3004 31 May 2009
Formula 4 Australia Cameron Shields Mygale M14-F4 0:55.8236 8 April 2018
Formula Vee 1600 Australia Matt Holmes Gerbert 1:06.3500
Formula Vee 1200 Australia Noel Clark Elfn Crusader 1:08.6425
Sports Cars
GT3 Australia Bryce Washington Lamborghini Gallardo 0:52.5247 2 September 2007
N-GT Australia John Bowe Ferrari 360 N-GT 0:55.3797 27 April 2003
Aussie Racing Cars Australia Kody Garland Ford Mustang (S197) 1:00.8755 18 April 2021
Touring Cars
Supercars Championship Australia Mark Winterbottom Holden ZB Commodore 0:51.2276[5] 7 April 2019
Super2 Series New Zealand Chris Pither Holden VF Commodore 0:52.7091 8 April 2018
Trans-Am Australia Australia Kyle Gurton Ford Mustang 0:53.9755[6] 12 February 2022
TCR Australia Jay Hanson Audi RS 3 LMS TCR (2021) 0:55.7811[7] 12 February 2022
Group A New Zealand Jim Richards Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R 0:55.97 10 March 1991
Group C Australia Peter Brock Holden VH Commodore SS 0:58.51 11 March 1984
Super Touring Australia Geoff Brabham BMW 318i 0:58.2963[8] 7 May 1995
V8 Ute Racing Series Australia Ryan Hansford Ford FG Falcon Ute 1:01.7761 3 April 2016
V8 Superute Series Australia Ben Walsh Toyota Hilux 1:01.8467 26 March 2022
Excel Cup Australia Josh Webster Hyundai Excel 1:11.0849 12 February 2022
Improved Production Australia Ray Hislop Ford Falcon 0:56.1942 30 March 2014
Improved Production - U2L Australia Anthony McKenzie Ford Escort Cosworth 1:03:9122
HQ Holden Australia Phil Ashlin HQ Holden 1:11.6103 25 October 2020
Sports Sedans Australia Bradley Sherriff Nissan Skyline R32 0:50.6225 13 August 2022
Sports GT Australia Tony Warren Mitsubishi Evo 0:53.9882 17 April 2019
Historic Touring Cars
Touring Car Masters Australia Steven Johnson Ford Mustang Trans-Am 0:56.2339 7 April 2018
Group Nc Australia Leon Bell Holden HQ Monaro 1:02.3269
Group Nb Australia Phillip Shepherd EH Holden 1:07.7233 25 October 2020
Motorcycles
Australian Superbikes Australia Josh Waters Suzuki GSX-R1000 0:53.3870 13 November 2011
600cc Supersport Australia Jason O'Halloran Yamaha YZF-R6 0:55.493 10 September 2006
Trucks
Boost Mobile Super Trucks Australia Paul Morris Stadium Super Truck 1:12.2884 18 April 2021

References[edit]

  1. ^ Terry Walker, Fast Tracks, 1995, p. 156
  2. ^ "Falken Tasmania Challenge". v8supercars.com.au. n.d. Archived from the original on 20 February 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  3. ^ a b c "S5000 Series 2022 John McCormack Cup Statistics". 12 February 2022. Retrieved 12 February 2022.
  4. ^ "Natsoft ® - IT Specialists!". Archived from the original on 17 July 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  5. ^ "2019 Supercars Symmons Plains Race 2 Statistics". 7 April 2019. Retrieved 17 August 2022.
  6. ^ "2022 Trans-Am Australia AWC Race Tasmania Race 1 Results". 12 February 2022. Retrieved 12 February 2022.
  7. ^ "2022 TCR Australia AWC Race Tasmania Race 1 Results". 12 February 2022. Retrieved 12 February 2022.
  8. ^ "ASTC 1995 » Symmons Plains Raceway Round 6 Results". Retrieved 7 May 2022.

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