Rnd 5 - Queensland Raceway
This is the third of the four sprint only rounds in 2013.
Queensland Raceway - Ipswich 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.
Some Track Facts
Total Length: 3.12 km - Min Width: 12.0 m
Total Length Straights - 2140 metres
Total Length Curves - 986 metres
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 Australian three sanctioning authorities Australian Auto Sport Alliance, CAMS Limited and Motorcycling Australia.
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 kmh 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 is not a problem. The track is within a six-kilometre buffer zone shared by F111 bombers from Amberley Air Force Base, and Willowbank drag strip.
How to get to Queensland Raceway
Queensland 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.