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Queensland Raceway, situated near Ipswich is also known as the
'Paperclip' on account of its U-shaped layout. The circuit, opened in
1999, offers four different layouts. The main straight is named after
Queensland's best-known motor sportsman: five-time Australian touring
car champion Dick Johnson officially opened the pit lane named after him
on 16 August 2001.
Queensland Raceway was designed after exhaustive and ongoing consultations with Australia's greatest motorsport heroes. Consideration to speed, safety and passing possibilities as well as spectator viewing have been combined to provide what is to be a benchmark for circuit design into the next century.
National Circuit Length: 3130m
National Circuit Track Map
Sportsman Circuit Track Map
Sprint Circuit Track Map
Clubman Circuit Track Map
Racing direction is clockwise. There are six corners, with four gravel traps, four overtaking areas under brakes. The circuit has a slight rise and fall of around 2m for drainage.
The circuit is licenced by three sanctioning authorities including RACERS, CAMS Limited and Motorcycling Australia.
The design was checked with an FIA simulation model, which showed a theoretical top speed in a 1982 F1 car of 294 kmh at the end of the 650 m back straight.
Designers considered data from a leading V8 Supercar team, and current V8 Supercars see 250 kmh on the back straight and 160 kmh through the sweepier after pit straight (Turn 1). Designers also considered data from a leading V8 Supercar team and expect the current tourers should see 260 km/h on the back straight and 160 kmh through the right-hand sweeper after pit straight.
The track's north-south orientation means drivers face the late-afternoon sun momentarily in turn two.
The 50-car racing pits and viewing mounds are all on the outside of thecircuit. With no visual obstructions inside the track, spectators at any point are able to follow cars for a full lap.
Noise restrictions are not a problem at Queensland Raceway, as the track is within a six-kilometre buffer zone shared by Amberley Air Force Base and Willowbank Raceway.
Queensland Raceway V8 Supercar Qualifying Record:
By RoadQueensland Raceway is approximately 50 kms west of Brisbane, on the outskirts of Ipswich and close to the Amberley air force base, home of the F-111. It is part of the Ipswich City Council's Ipswich Motorsport Precinct. The precinct is beside the Cunningham Highway, approximately 22km from the Ipswich Motorway.
For visitors flying to Brisbane Airport, the recommended route is south on the Gateway Arterial, then on to the Logan Motorway, Ipswich Motorway and Cunningham Highway. Although not the most direct, this route avoids all urban traffic and takes less than an hour.
Accommodation near Queensland Raceway ranges from luxury self contained apartments with sweeping
views, centrally located motels, boutique bed and breakfasts, cosy
cottages, camping and cabins. For more information visit Discover Ipswich
Queensland Raceway and Lakeside Park general test days offer you the chance to test on multiple circuit configurations. Whether you want additional track time prior to your race or simply need to test your car or bike, our circuits and garages are ideal.
Semi Exclusive/Exclusive Testing can be arranged for race teams. View our calendar to find out the latest dates for your vehicle test. For more information please call (07) 5461 9100 or email [email protected]
Garages and Storage
With dozens of garages and numerous configurations, Queensland Raceway is the perfect place to store your vehicles. We offer long and short term storage. For more information click here.
Helicopters are welcome to land at both Queensland Raceway and Lakeside Park circuits. Landing
at Queensland Raceways is strictly by prior permission. Please avoid overflying any residential properties at less than 500ft.