Queensland Raceway will see more Motorsport Australia events at the venue this year after the circuit received its track licence.
Having been taken over by Tony Quinn last year, the businessman has been hard at work renovating the Ipswich-based circuit to get it to a high-standard, including installing appropriate safety features to obtain the Motorsport Australia licence.
From building new infrastructure, creating a new logo and even renovating the restrooms, Quinn has done a complete makeover of the circuit since taking over the lease, management, and operation of the circuit.
Queensland Raceway is now ready to host local, state and national events, with the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships to head there in August and the Repco Supercars Championship a potential to return in 2023.
Having visited the circuit to see the new changes with Motorsport Australia’s Director of Motorsport & Commercial Operations Michael Smith and Division Manager of Safety & Race Operations David Stuart, Motorsport Australia CEO Eugene Arocca was left highly impressed with the changes.
“Michael Smith, David Stuart and I spent the day with Tony Quinn and Neil Lewis touring the very impressive new facilities at Queensland Raceway, as well as officially handing over their Motorsport Australia track licence,” Arocca said.
“In order to get that track licence, the venue has undergone significant improvements to its safety standards, including installing the appropriate safety barriers where required. The track now meets the relevant criteria for its licence and we are thrilled to welcome back Motorsport Australia events to this important venue.
“Tony, Neil and the entire team at Queensland Raceway deserve a lot of praise for what they have done and are planning for the venue, which will be a significant benefit to motorsport in Queensland.
“For the competitors and spectators, I have seen firsthand that the facilities have been significantly improved and going to Queensland Raceway for an event will now certainly be a much more enjoyable experience, with modern, clean and safe facilities that you’d expect at a motorsport venue. The new skid pan is a great addition for junior development and driver training.
“We’ll also be encouraging our Queensland based Motorsport Australia clubs to reach out to Tony and Neil and consider running more of their events at QR into the future – it’s a terrific option for those clubs based in Brisbane, Ipswich and the surrounding areas.
“We can’t wait to see the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships at the venue in August as well, for what will be a grand return to Queensland.”
Motorsport Australia affiliated clubs and organisations based in Queensland are being encouraged to start looking at running events at the new-look circuit, with the venue eager to chat with all clubs.
Queensland Raceway will be hosting an open day on 2 July where people will get an opportunity to view the new renovations for themselves.
The first official national event to be held will be the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships on 5-7 August.
Tickets for that event are now on sale here: