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New South Australian Circuit Gets Government Backing

The master plans for the South Austrlian Motorsport Park at Tailem Bend. Picture: Coorong District Council
 Neil Tipton
 Tuesday, May 19, 2015

An ambitious new motorsport complex in South Australia has won backing from the Federal Government worth AUS$7.5 million. The pledge follows on from a similar decision by the State Government, which approved an equal amount to the project in early 2014.

If built, the South Australia Motorsport Park will house a multi-layout road course, a drag strip, burn-out pad, rally track, four-wheel-drive adventure park, drift circuit and garaging, skid pan, karting facility, BMX tracks, cycling trails, and water sports facilities.

In addition, the AUS$80 million complex will boast a neighbouring industrial estate, airstrip and helipad, fuel filling station, expo building, hotel, caravan park, camping ground, dining and bar facilities as well as other vendor outlets.

The site is the former Mitsubishi test track at Tailem Bend, on the Murray River 100km south-east of Adelaide. The project's developer, the Peregrine Corporation, has lodged the master plan with the State Government's Development Assessment Commission, which is expected to make a decision on final approval within the next few days.

Peregrine Corporation director Sam Shahin also revealed this week that the track has signed a memorandum of understanding with V8 Supercars to run a second race in South Australia from 2017. The series currently only runs the season-opening Clipsal 500 at Adelaide in the state.

"We have a commitment, a signed commitment from V8 Supercars, to run a second V8 Supercar race in South Australia when this facility is finished," Mr Shahin told 891 ABC Adelaide. "So South Australia will host another V8 Supercar race at this motorsport park."

The completed road course will boast four track configurations, set to be homologated at FIA Grade 2 standard (allowing all car racing bar Formula One) and FIM Grade A/B, potentially allowing all classes of two-wheel competition.

A 4.8 km National Circuit will be used for majority of events including V8 Supercars, Superbikes and national series events, through to state racing, club racing and track hire.

The longest 7.2km GT Circuit will be used for endurance racing, specialist racing events, private hire and test days. It will be the longest circuit in Australia.

A 3.3km West course will cater for the majority of short track events, including club racing, testing and sprint events, while a 3.6km East course (which can be run concurrently with the West circuit) will be used for driver/rider training, drifting, testing, club days and private events.

If the track is approved, Mr Shahin said construction was expected to begin as soon as possible.

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