Project Description

Townsville Street Circuit is a 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]

On 28 July 2008, the official V8 Supercar website 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 is the naming rights sponsor the race in 2010 and 2011.