Reid Park Street Circuit

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Reid Park Street Circuit
Townsville (Australia) street circuit track map.svg
Map of the track showing the local streets
LocationTownsville, Queensland
Time zoneGMT +10
Coordinates19°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
FIA Grade3
Opened10 July 2009
Major eventsTownsville 400
Length2.85 km (1.78 mi)
Turns13
Race lap record1:11.9875 (Germany Christopher Mies, Audi R8 LMS, 2016, Australian GT Championship)

Reid Park Street Circuit, also known as the Townsville Street Circuit, is a semi-permanent street circuit located in Townsville, Queensland, Australia. Opened in 2009, the circuit hosts the Townsville 400 Supercars Championship event.

The circuit[edit]

Main straight (Boundary Street) as pictured between events in November 2018
Turn 10 as pictured between events in November 2018

The Reid Park Street Circuit is reminiscent of the Albert Park Circuit's parkland setting.[1] It winds its way through Reid Park where specially constructed roads form approximately 70 percent of the circuit.[2] The circuit borders the Townsville State High School and Townsville Civic Theatre, crosses the Ross Creek multiple times and runs adjacent to Townsville railway station. The circuit's pit building, and much of the Reid Park infrastructure, is a permanent construction that can be used all year round for various events. The event also has five viewing mounds/grandstands that can seat approximately 12,000.[3]

Paul Dumbrell suggested it is a high grip circuit, while Mark Winterbottom stated that the circuit is like a standard racing circuit but in the middle of a city. Winterbottom described the first corner as almost a clone to the high speed turn eight at the Adelaide Street Circuit, noting that it also produces a great passing opportunity exiting the corner.[4][2]

In February 2019, parts of the circuit were flooded in the 2019 Townsville flood.[5]

Supercars Championship[edit]

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.[6] The 2009 Dunlop Townsville 400 was held from 10 to 12 July.[3] In 2014, the event was held as a 500 kilometre event with two 250 kilometre races across the weekend.

Lap records[edit]

As of July 2017.[7]

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 Kel Treseder Mustang-Yamaha 1:24.9587 8 July 2017
Touring Cars
Supercars Championship Australia Nick Percat Holden VF Commodore 1:12.9311 9 July 2017
Super2 Series Australia Cameron Waters Ford FG Falcon 1:13.7527 6 July 2014
V8 Ute Racing Series Australia Craig Dontas Holden VE SS Ute 1:26.3008 11 July 2015
Australian Mini Challenge Australia Chris Atkinson Mini JCW R56 1:26.3795 12 July 2009
Toyota 86 Racing Series Australia Cameron Hill Toyota 86 1:30.3870 8 July 2017
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. ^ "The Need To Know for the Townsville 400". Triple M. 7 July 2017. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Armor All Townsville 400, Queensland". v8supercars.com.au. n.d. Archived from the original on 20 February 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  3. ^ a b 2008 L&H 500 official race program, pages 68–70
  4. ^ "Townsville means level playing field". v8supercars.com.au. 28 October 2009. Archived from the original on 10 July 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2009.
  5. ^ Herrero, Daniel (5 February 2019). "Supercars circuit flooded amid Townsville disaster". Speedcafe. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  6. ^ Briar Gunther (28 July 2008). "Townsville circuit unveiled". Official site of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series. Archived from the original on 20 September 2008. Retrieved 29 July 2008.
  7. ^ Natsoft Race Results

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