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Today, Eastern Creek announced their master plan to develop the circuit to a world-class facility, which includes three interlinked tracks offering six different permutations.


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Eastern Creek to steal GP
Paul Pottinger

A proposed radical revamp of Eastern Creek International Raceway would place Sydney in pole position to host Australia's first Formula One Grand Prix under lights.

A key objective of the $93 million “Supercircuit” plan revealed yesterday would enable the 20-year-old track to accommodate Australia's most prestigious international sporting event.

The F1 Grand Prix is the underlying objective of the $350,000 report commissioned by the Australian Racing Drivers Club (ARDC), which leases the track from the State Government.

Racing legend and ARDC board member Allan Moffat said Sydney could reverse the post-2000 Olympic trend which has seen Melbourne become the nation's special events capital.

Although the Victorian capital has secured the event until 2015, the sport's viability is dependent on European television ratings. In order that races can be seen in European prime time, the pressure is on hosts of southern hemisphere events to run them at night _ Singapore runs its first such event next month.

Earlier this year F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone threatened to end Australia's race contract due to the local authorities' unwillingness to convert the public space that is Albert Park into a nightrace capable circuit. A compromise to stage the race at 5pm has temporarily placated the dictatorial F1 chief.

“Bernie Ecclestone will get sick of Melbourne's refusal to host a night race,” Mr Moffat said.

“We would be in a position to take advantage. It would cost three times as much to develop a suitable facility on virgin land. We have the basis for it right here in the middle of Blacktown, Australia's fastest growing area.”

Clive Bowen, managing director of Apex Circuit Design Ltd, the British company which drew up the plans, said the new facility could be built within two years using more than 70 per cent of the existing circuit as its base.

“In order to run a nightrace, we would simply have to run in cables and erect towers,” Mr Bowen said.

One of the most noticable features, however, is to simply reverse the direction of the traffic to the anti-clockwise, which would mean that the famously fast turn one becomes turn 12.

“Regulations require a heavy braking zone at the end of the straight of category one circuit,” Mr Bowen said.

“It will be a spectacular sight for spectators who will be in natural amphitheatre.” Unlike the proposed annual V8 Supercar event at Olympic Park, the Eastern Creek plan permits year round community use. The development entails a complex for road safety training, convention facilities, music arenas and a purpose-built “youth entertainment” bowl.

The actual racing circuit would be extended by by more than 800 metres to 4.7km and provide simultaneous use of a 3km national track, a 1.7km club circuit, a corporate track and a drift bowl to be built in a special stadium section of the complex.

With the Oran Park circuit due to make way for a housing development from 2010, NSW's only dedicated race track would be Eastern Creek and the tiny Wakefield Park circuit near Goulbourn. Mr Moffat said that Eastern Creek had to turn down 60 day's bookings this year.

“People forget that Eastern Creek is some 20 years old,” he said.

“The plan would future proof it for another 20 to 30 years.”

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