The Bend Motorsport Park

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The Bend Motorsport Park
The Bend Motorsport Park GT (Proposed).svg
Circuit layout (GT Circuit)
LocationTailem Bend, South Australia
Time zoneUTC+09:30 (UTC+10.5 DST)
Coordinates35°18′30″S 139°31′0″E / 35.30833°S 139.51667°E / -35.30833; 139.51667Coordinates: 35°18′30″S 139°31′0″E / 35.30833°S 139.51667°E / -35.30833; 139.51667
FIA Grade2
OwnerPeregrine Corporation
Opened13 January 2018
Major eventsSupercars Championship
The Bend SuperSprint
Australian GT Championship
GT Circuit
Length7.7 km
International Circuit
Length4.945 km (3.073 mi)
Turns18
Race lap record1:41.7753 (Cameron Shields, Gilmour Racing Dallara 2008 F3, 2018, Australian Formula 3 Championship)
West Circuit
Length3.4 km
East Circuit
Length3.9 km
Websitewww.thebend.com.au

The Bend Motorsport Park is a 7.7 kilometre bitumen motor racing circuit at Tailem Bend, South Australia, 100 kilometres south-east of the state capital, Adelaide.

The complex has a 7.77 km (4.8 mi) bitumen circuit, drag racing strip, and drift racing circuit.[1]

The race circuits are of a high international standard and licensed by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) for car racing and the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) for motorcycle racing.

History[edit]

Circuit Construction progress in July 2017

In February 2015, Peregrine Corporation lodged plans with the Government of South Australia to redevelop the former Mitsubishi Motors Australia test track at Tailem Bend, South Australia.[2] Approval was granted in May 2015[3] with construction commencing in March 2016.[4] Initially titled the South Australian Motorsport Park, by the time construction commenced, The Bend Motorsport Park name had been adopted.[5]

The address of the site was originally in Elwomple. In September 2017, before the facility opened, the boundary between Tailem Bend and Elwomple was adjusted so that The Bend Motorsport Park is officially in Tailem Bend, not Elwomple.[6][7]

The first major event was the Revolve24 Endurance Cycling Challenge on 13 and 14 January 2018.[8][9] It hosted The Bend SuperSprint, a round of the 2018 Supercars Championship, in August 2018.[10] It has a desire to hold a MotoGP Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix round.[11][12]

In January 2019, the circuit will host the Australian Scout Jamboree.[13]

Facilities[edit]

Jamie Whincup won the Sunday race at the first Supercars Championship event at the circuit in 2018.

International Circuit[edit]

Length: 4.9 km

  • Will be used for majority of events including Supercars, Superbikes and national series events, through to state racing, club racing and track hire

GT Circuit[edit]

Length: 7.7 km

  • Will be used for endurance racing, specialist racing events, private hire and test days
  • Will be the second longest permanent race circuit in the world, behind the Nürburgring (25.947 km)

West Circuit[edit]

Length: 3.4 km

  • Will be used for the majority of short track events. Includes club racing, testing, sprint events, “cruising” events, driver/rider training
  • Can be used independently from the East Circuit

East Circuit[edit]

Length: 3.9 km

  • Will be used for driver/rider training, drifting, testing, club days, private days
  • Can be used independently from the West Circuit[14]

Pit building and hotel[edit]

Construction commenced in February 2017 for a 300 metres (980 ft)-long pit building which will include hotel accommodation in the upper levels of the four-storey building. There will be 34 pit garages.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pepper, Robert (21 May 2015). "New Motorsport Park in Tailem Bend, South Australia". Practicalmotoring.com.au. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  2. ^ Tailem Motorsport Park master plan revealed Murray Valley Standard 4 February 2015
  3. ^ Tailem Bend track redevelopment gets green light ABC News 21 Mat 2015
  4. ^ Construction underway at SA Motorsport Park Speedcafe 25 March 2016
  5. ^ The Bend Motorsport Park:Tailem Bend raceway, former SA Motorsport Park and Mitsibushi test track, has new official name Murray Valley Standard 8 March 2016
  6. ^ Grimm, Nick (26 July 2017). "Council to adjust town boundaries to make 'The Bend' an official part of Tailem Bend". The Murray Valley Standard. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  7. ^ Burdett, Michael (19 September 2017). "Notice to Alter the Boundaries of Places" (PDF). Geographical Names Act, 1991. Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure. DPTI 2017/17699/01. Retrieved 15 February 2018. and Boundary Alteration of Tailem Bend and Elwomple (PDF) (Map). Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure. 11 September 2017. 2017_17699_01_Tailem_Bend. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  8. ^ "From Britain to the Bend: UK's Biggest 24 Hour Cycling Challenge heads to Adelaide" (Press release). SANTOS Tour Down Under. 4 May 2017. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Bend Motorsport Park hosts first event". Speedcafe. 14 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Supercars reveals 16 event 2018 calendar". Speedcafe. 4 October 2017.
  11. ^ SA Motorsport Park targets MotoGP race Speedcafe 8 February 2016
  12. ^ "Bend Motorsport Park tipped for August 2018 slot". Speedcafe. 31 May 2017.
  13. ^ AJ2019 - A New (12 Day) Township for South Australia Scouts Australia
  14. ^ The Circuit South Australia Motorsport Park
  15. ^ "ADELAIDE'S FIRST PERMANENT PIT BUILDING STARTS CONSTRUCTION" (Press release). The Bend Motorsport Park. 2 February 2017. Retrieved 23 February 2017.