The SMSP Circuits
For almost two decades, ‘Eastern Creek Raceway’ had one anti-clockwise racetrack called the GP Circuit.
Following a major redevelopment in 2012 (pictured right), Sydney Motorsport Park has the ability to be split into two separate circuits, the North “Druitt” and South “Amaroo” tracks, or offer an extended “Brabham” circuit with 830m more twisting track than the original Grand Prix configuration, known as the Gardner GP Circuit.
All run in an anti-clockwise direction. SMSP also has a huge floodable concrete skidpan, a figure 8 Skid Circuit, and a 4WD Offroad course.
GARDNER GP CIRCUIT, 3.93KM
The original 3.93 kilometre Grand Prix circuit was completed in 1990, complying with FIA category two standards and hosting a number of major international races, including the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, V8 Supercars Championship and the A1GP.
The circuit was renamed the Gardner GP Circuit on October 21, 2013. Wayne Gardner was World Motorcycle Champion in 1987 and won 18 grands prix during his nine years in GP 500 racing. His success was instrumental in the NSW government building our circuit as a home for the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.
The track surface is hot mix bitumen, 15m wide on the main straight, and narrows to 12m as it flows through the landscaped hills. A favourite amongst riders and drivers alike, the Gardner GP circuit offers a variety of challenging bends, curves, turns and straights.
Offering plenty of cornering, braking and passing opportunities, it rewards the committed. Turn one is the fastest on the circuit, and arguably in Australia, with nerves of steel required to tip it in at 200km/h.
Check out a turn-by-turn track video of the Gardner GP Circuit HERE, and the Lap Records HERE.
BRABHAM CIRCUIT, 4.5KM
The Brabham circuit combines the classic Grand Prix layout with an additional 830m of track that branches from the southern end of the circuit.
Competitors take the turn seven right hander, head over a crest through turns eight and nine, before heading downhill through turn ten.
A fast run into a hard braking area for the turn 11 hairpin sets competitors up for a fast uphill run through the turn 12/13 complex that rejoins the original Grand Prix layout at the entry to turn 14.
DRUITT (NORTH) CIRCUIT, 2.8KM
GP North was the first new circuit for Sydney Motorsport Park, created via the addition of a link road between turns 4 and 15 utilising the northern half of the Grand Prix circuit.
The link road offers a unique challenge, as racers turn left from the entry to turn four, followed by a banked right-hander over a blind crest with a downhill entry into the exit of turn 14.
This link has produced a fast, flowing 2.8km layout that is serviced by the Grand Prix pit lane on the main straight.
AMAROO (SOUTH) CIRCUIT, 1.8KM
Running around the famous Corporate Hill, GP South incorporates the 830m extension from turn 6 through to turn 14.
From turn 14, competitors run down the hill towards the turn 15 hairpin, but turn left prior to entry across a left-right-left link road before re-entering the original circuit at the exit of turn 4.
This has created a short, sharp, technical circuit with a fantastic mix of corners that will test drivers and riders of all levels, from beginner to professional.
Smsp's purpose-built 9000 square metre (2.25 acre) polished cement skidpan can be operated either dry or wet, through the use of an automatic flooding system with water sourced from an onsite dam.
The skidpan can run independently of the race circuits, and is accessible from the main pit area, even during a race meeting. There is a sheltered viewing area at the western end and air-conditioned suites available nearby.
SKID CIRCUIT (FIGURE 8), 321M
The SMSP Skid Circuit or 'Figure Eight' is a separate facility to the skidpan and racetrack, and can be operated independently of all other configurations.
Exercises on the smooth concrete Figure Eight are conducted at low speed.
Its twisting, off-camber bends have been designed so that drivers can develop cornering skills and skid/slide control.
The Sydney Motorsport Park Offroad Circuit is a large hilly section of hill overlooking the main circuit’s turn 2/3, and challenges your skills while building your confidence and understanding of your vehicle’s capability.
it has a water splash, gentle and steep inclines, multiple tracks of varying difficulty, and is suitable for both beginners and experienced drivers and riders.
Main Pit Building
The SMSP Main Pit Building and Paddock services the traditional Gardner GP Circuit, the extended Brabham Circuit, and the Druitt North Circuit.
Level One houses 10 Corporate Suites, plus the ARDC Garage Kitchen, Bar and Cafe on the western end, and the large Hinxman function room on the Eastern (Control Tower) end which can take up to 300 guests.
Amaroo (South) Pit Building
The Amaroo Pits are a second fully independent race paddock, featuring a complete paddock and dummy grid, pit lane on to T5, and Race Control, plus a corporate suite, three quad-garages, and washroom facilities.
It can house its own race meetings on the Amaroo South Circuit, or be utilised separately when the GP or Extended circuits are being used for functions or as a hire space.