Townsville nearly ready to race

Thursday 07 October, 2021
Motorsport Australia President Andrew Fraser with Drive It NQ's Greg Fitzgerald.
Drive It NQ's brand new motorsport precinct near Townsville is gaining plenty of traction with development of the race track and facilities well underway.
Once the facility is complete, the multi-purpose complex will be the only regional owned motorsport facility within Australia and will boast a world class race circuit, drag strip and speedway track.
In addition to hosting motorsport events at its various circuits, the venue’s other main focus will be its driver education programs, which include advanced and defensive driving courses, product testing and a place where individuals can learn to drive in general.   
Motorsport Australia President Andrew Fraser recently visited the project in Calcium where construction continues.
“Everything is progressing well at Drive It NQ. The infrastructure they are building is outstanding – the vision and the commitment of Drive It NQ and particularly from Greg Fitzgerald and Pat Driscoll is truly impressive.
“People like Greg and Pat are exactly what are sport needs and relies upon – committed, passionate people who work for the motorsport community. Their vision, and plenty of hard work, will leave a lasting legacy.
“They are doing an exceptional job in facilitating the development and I truly believe that – when fully realised - we’re going to have a world-class facility at our disposal, which is fantastic for Queensland motorsport, and for the North Queensland region in particular.
“To have a permanent circuit in a region that is passionate about motorsport will undoubtedly grow the sport in these regions and give motorsport enthusiasts of North Queensland another avenue to pursue their passion.
“I highly commend Drive It NQ for their efforts in creating something special and this circuit should have a significant boost for the North Queensland economy.
“Obviously circuit racers aren’t the only winners here. The fact that these facilities will ultimately accommodate karters, drag racers and speedway competitors, or just anyone wanting to learn how to drive, is a true testament to the individuals behind this project.”
It’s been a journey for Drive It NQ since announcing its intention of building new facilities. Along the way they have secured significant financial support from both the Federal and Queensland Governments to get to this stage, and are committed to securing further support to fully realise their dream.
Late last year, the organisation released imagery for the racetrack – a basic 2.5 kilometre configuration with speeds up to 300 km/h possible for some categories.
Click here for more information on Drive It NQ and its new facility. 
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