Rnd 3 - Winton Raceway
The Hi-Tec Oils Australian Swift Racing Series heads to Winton for Round 3 of the 2013 Series. This is part of Round 4 of the Shannons Nationals.
This is the second of the four sprint only rounds in 2013.
Circuit Length 3.0 kms Race Direction Clockwise Interesting Fact Winton Motor Raceway is 'The Nation's Action Track' with a good combination of tight and twising corners, as well as some long fast straights. The racing at Winton is always close and exciting.
The Benalla Auto Club (founded by Bruce Watt in 1957) began planning for a permanent racing track around 1958. In 1960 it was decided to build the track at Winton Recreation Reserve and was completed in twelve months.
The first race meeting was conducted on 26 November, 1961. The circuit's first meeting included the entry of local star Barry Stilo, who set the track's very first Outright Lap Record, a now modest time of 1:24.2 in a Faux Pas (today's lap record for the short circuit is 52.9900s - set by Mark Larkham in April, 1992 in a Reynard 90D).
The first Championship meeting on 9 December, 1962 (Victorian Formula Junior Championship).
In 1978 The Benalla Auto Club hosted the Rose City 10,000 which saw Formula One World Champion, the late James Hunt, race at Winton, where he dominated the event.
Winton Motor Raceway also hosted the first race meetings of legend drivers such as Peter Brock, Alan Jones and Allan Moffat.
In 1985 Winton hosted its first ever round of the Group A Shell Australian Touring Car Championship. In 1997 the Club added a 1 Kilometre extension onto the existing circuit and resurfaced the entire circuit at a cost of $1.1 Million. This included a new pitlane without the buildings.
On June 5th 2000, five weeks before the biggest event on the Winton Motor Racing Calendar, the Shell V8 Supercar Championship Round, an arsonist set fire to the Race Control Tower that stood tall and proud over the circuit for many, many years. To date the arsonist has not been found, but the police are still looking.
The building was restored to its former glory in time for the V8 round, once again standing tall and proud in its rightful place, on the Start/Finish straight on the short circuit.
The circuit celebrated its 40th Anniversary in November 2001, and with recent additions such as construction of Pit Lane garages, a 1000 seat Corporate Pavilion, the new three-storey Race Control building and a 'State of the Art' Media Centre, Winton Raceway has grown to become one of the best facilitated race tracks in Australia.
Winton has the unique characteristic where the public can see all of the racing from almost any part of the facility.
Round 3 Winton Schedule