Townsville Street Circuit

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Townsville Street Circuit
Townsville (Australia) street circuit track map.svg
Map of the track showing the local streets
Location Townsville, Queensland
Time zone GMT +10
Coordinates 19°16′19″S 146°48′33″E / 19.27194°S 146.80917°E / -19.27194; 146.80917Coordinates: 19°16′19″S 146°48′33″E / 19.27194°S 146.80917°E / -19.27194; 146.80917
Opened 10 July 2009
Major events Townsville 400
Length 2.85 km (1.78 mi)
Turns 13
Lap record 1:11.9875 (Christopher Mies, Audi R8 LMS, 2016, Australian GT Championship)

Townsville Street Circuit is a temporary street circuit located in Townsville, Queensland, Australia. Opened in 2009, the circuit hosts the Townsville 400 Supercars Championship event.

The circuit[edit]

The Townsville Street Circuit is reminiscent of the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit. It winds its way through Reid Park where specially constructed roads form approximately 70 percent of the circuit.[1] Rod Nash Racing’s Paul Dumbrell suggested it is a high grip circuit. Ford Performance Racing (FPR) driver Mark Winterbottom suggested the circuit is like a standard racing circuit but in the middle of a city. It is a tough circuit that can catch drivers out. Winterbottom described the first corner is almost a clone to the turn eight at Adelaide Street Circuit which he tackled it very aggressively because it looks high speed with great passing opportunity.[2] The circuit quickly became a favourite of the V8 Supercars' drivers.[1] The circuit's pit building is a permanent construction that can be used all year round for all sorts of events. There are five viewing mounds and grandstands that can seat approximately 12,000.[3]

Supercars Championship[edit]

Main article: Townsville 400

On 28 July 2008, the official website of V8 Supercars (the then-name of Supercars) reported that the Queensland Sports Minister, Judy Spence, said the State Government will contribute $2.5 million annually for the first five years of the event.[4] The 2009 Dunlop Townsville 400 was held from 10–12 July.[3] Sucrogen was the naming rights sponsor the race between 2010 and 2013, while Castrol is the current title sponsor.

Lap records[edit]

As of July 2016.[5]

Class Driver Vehicle Time Date
Outright Germany Christopher Mies Audi R8 LMS 1:11.9875 9 July 2016
Sports Cars
Australian GT Germany Christopher Mies Audi R8 LMS 1:11.9875 9 July 2016
Carrera Cup New Zealand Jonny Reid Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 1:14.0389 10 July 2011
Aussie Racing Cars Australia Kyle Clews Commodore-Yamaha 1:25.2036 8 July 2012
Touring Cars
Supercars New Zealand Shane Van Gisbergen Holden VF Commodore 1:13.4066 10 July 2016
Dunlop V8 Supercars Australia Jack Perkins Holden VE Commodore 1:14.1985 7 July 2013
Australian Mini Challenge Australia Chris Atkinson Mini JCW R56 1:26.3795 12 July 2009
V8 Utes Australia Kris Walton Ford FG Falcon Ute 1:27.0896 5 July 2014
Racing Cars
Formula 4 Australia Jordan Lloyd Mygale F4-Ford 1:16.7182 12 July 2015
Formula Ford Australia Chaz Mostert Spectrum 012 1:17.3157 11 July 2010
Other
Stadium Super Trucks United States Sheldon Creed Stadium Super Truck 1:36.9608 9 July 2016

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Armor All Townsville 400, Queensland". v8supercars.com.au. n.d. Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  2. ^ "Townsville means level playing field". v8supercars.com.au. 28 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  3. ^ a b 2008 L&H 500 official race program, pages 68–70
  4. ^ Briar Gunther (28 July 2008). "Townsville circuit unveiled". Official site of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series. Retrieved 2008-07-29. 
  5. ^ Natsoft Race Results

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