Historic Formula 5000 Lola T332-Chev powers out of the hairpin.
Dummy grid scene at the Australian Muscle Car Masters showing a packed field of Group A and C historic touring cars.
The annual Australian Muscle Car Masters is a showcase of our touring car racing heritage, with legendary old machines like this HDT Torana A9X.
A slice of touring car racing history at the annual Australian Muscle Car Masters.
Historic Group C touring cars star at the annual Australian Muscle Car Masters.
Historic 1960s openwheelers like this Brabham are the stars at the bi-annual Tasman Revival event.
TMR Mitsubishi Evo 10 production car fires out of Turn 9.
Grass roots production car racing in the Shannon’s Nationals.
The FPR Falcons of Will Davison and Mark Winterbottom in the 2012 V8 Supercar Championship event.
The 2013 Bathurst Grid Spectacular at the Australian Muscle Car Masters, celebrating 50 years of the Bathurst 500/1000.
Historic Formula 5000s at the annual Australian Muscle Car Masters.
Car club displays at the annual Australian Muscle Car Masters.
Sports Sedans at the 2011 Australian Muscle Car Masters.
Group Nc historic touring car action at the 2005 Australian Muscle Car Masters event.
Daniel Ricciardo lights up SMP in the Red Bull F1 car at the 2013 Top Gear Australia event.
Lowndes’ Triple Eight Falcon in 2005.
Brock rounds Turn 2 in 1997, his final year as a full-time professional driver.
Mark Skaife in the Gibson Motorsport Commodore on the way to his third ATCC title success.
Craig Lowndes’ Falcon at the 2004 V8 Supercar round.
In 2001 Craig Lowndes switched to Ford. Here he is in the 00 Motorsport Falcon at Turn 9 in 2002.
Lowndes in the HRT Commodore VT in 2000.
Lowndes in the HRT Commodore VT in 2000.
Craig Lowndes on the way to his third V8 Supercar championship success, in 1999.
Brock leads them away in the ’94 ATCC round.
Peter Brock won both races at the ’94 ATCC round.
Greg Murphy’s Kmart Commodore V8 Supercar in 2003.
Glenn Seton heads Mark Skaife on the way to winning the ’97 ATCC.
V8 Supercar action from ’97.
Start of the ’97 ATCC V8 Supercar round.
Russell ‘The Enforcer’ Ingall aboard the Castrol Perkins Commodore in 1997.
Craig Lowndes in 1996 on the short circuit – a slightly different layout from today’s South Circuit.
Suzuki Swift Cup one-make racing in 1995.
Current V8 Supercar star Jason Bright on his winning way in Formula Ford in 1995 – in second place that day was Mark Webber!
Mazda won the one and only 12 Hour production car race at SMSP, in 1995.
Opening round of the 1996 ATCC as Craig Lowndes wins on debut for the HRT.
Top Fuel dragster action, 1994.
Ed Aitken’s pink Porsche during a Porsche Cup race in ’94.
The main straight doubled as a drag strip during the early ‘90s.
Superkart action with Geoff Lord.
Brad Jones’ Lotus heads the two Fitzgerald Porsches in the ’94 round of the Australian Super Production Series.
Ford vs Holden vs BMW in the ’93 ATCC round.
Wayne Gardner made the switch from two wheels to four with the HRT Commodore.
SMSP hosted an Australian Touring Car Championship round for the first time in 1993.
Ford vs Holden in the ’92 Australian Production Car Championship as Ken Douglas’ Falcon heads Peter Fitzgerald’s Commodore and Mal Rose’s Falcon.
Formula Ford action, 1992.
Formula Fords in the pits, 1992.
Packed crowd watches the start of the 1992 500cc Australian Grand Prix.
Mick Doohan won the 1992 500cc Australian Grand Prix.
Paul Morris in the Shrike-Holden during a round of the ’91 Gold Star.
Mark Larkham, Mark McLaughlin and Mark Skaife lead them away in a round of the ’91 Gold Star.
Start of the 1991 500cc Australian Grand Prix, with Aussies Wayne Gardner and Mick Doohan on the centre of the front row.
Touring car action from 1990 as Ken Mathews’ Sierra heads Mark Gibbs’ Commodore.
The A1 Grand Prix series came to SMP twice – current F1 star Nico Hulkenberg still holds the official outright lap record from his run here the German A1GP car.
Jim Richards’ Touring Car Masters Falcon at Turn 2.
Touring Car Masters cars at the annual Australian Muscle Car Masters.
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IT'S YOUR PARK. COME PLAY!
Whether you're competitively racing or riding around the track; fine tuning your skills or machine during track days, ride days or private practice sessions; or just looking to soak up the excitement as a spectator at our many exciting and entertaining racing events, Sydney Motorsport Park has something for every motoring enthusiast.
Sydney Motorsport Park is owned by the NSW Government and operated by the Australian Racing Drivers’ Club. It is Sydney’s only permanent race track, and the only permanent race circuit in Australia that holds a FIA/FIM Grade 2 International Licence. Our purpose-built motorsport facility west of Sydney features four race circuit configurations to suit a number of motorsport activities; the Brabham Circuit, Gardner, Druitt and Amaroo along with the Skid Circuit.
The North Paddock boasts fifty garages lining pit lane, offering easy access for transporters and a secure base for cars, bikes, equipment and personnel. The support paddock has a bitumen surface, a dummy grid for fifty cars, eighteen carports and a scrutineering building. Sydney Motorsport Park is also Sydney's main hub for driver safety, education and vehicle testing. To accommodate these activities, the venue features Sydney's largest purpose-build, floodable Skidpan, and a separate Figure 8.
OUR HISTORY - FROM ‘THE CREEK’ TO SMSP
The development of SMSP’s first race circuit was approved by the NSW State Government back in 1989, and the track opened on November 10, 1990. This first circuit, known as the GP or Grand Prix circuit at Eastern Creek International Raceway, was a 3.93km track known for its fast and flowing lines that rewarded driver commitment, especially through the legendary Turn 1.
The circuit, affectionately known as The Creek, was home to a number of major international racing events. The Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix was conducted at the venue from 1991 -1996, and the Australian rounds of the A1GP were also hosted at the track.
The Australian Touring Car Championship was first held at Eastern Creek in 1992, and the track hosted at least one ATCC or V8 Supercar round until 2008 (with the exception go 2006). In 2003 and 2004, the grand finale was held at The Creek. Other major series and categories included the Australian Superbike Championship, FX Superbikes, World Time Attack, Muscle Car Masters, the Shannons Nationals, and even drag racing on the main straight. It was also a successful concert venue, hosting some of Sydney’s biggest events including the Guns’N’Roses concert in 1993 which attracted 93,000 spectators.
On April 28, 2008, Apex Circuit Design Ltd was commissioned to perform a feasibility study on upgrading the track to suit more purposes and hold larger events. It was then that SMSP began to take shape.
Funding for the proposed $9 million upgrade was secured in 2011, with the NSW Government providing $7 million, and the ARDC funding the remainder. The planned upgrade included reconfiguring the track into four layouts, with two that could operate at the same time. It expanded the GP circuit to encompass 4.7km of track, known as the Extended or Brabham circuit, and also included an new pit lane facility, control tower and amenities on the Southern end to cater for the new South, or Amaroo, circuit.
Work on the upgrades began in June 2011, with earthmoving machines starting on the link road to join turns 4 and 9, creating the Druitt North Circuit configuration. This was completed in October 2011. The Amaroo South Circuit rounded off the redevelopment and modernisation of SMSP, which was officially launched under the new moniker in May 2012.
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Thank you ARDC for the recent changes to Membership that allow us to park on site for Muscle Car Masters. I hope there will be many more of these fantastic benefits to come!