Bumps to stay after revamp
IPSWICH’S Queensland Raceway facility will undergo a $1 million upgrade to improve track surface quality early next year.
Bumps will be repaired, the whole track resurfaced and safety improvements made on turn six as part of the works which will begin on January 24, weather permitting.
The resurfacing will take place with a new “super strong” compound developed specifically for the track.
Queensland Raceways chairman John Tetley said the track will be closed for a few weeks to prepare for the work.
Mr Tetley said the track had endured years of constant wear and tear since it was last repaired after damage caused by V8 Supercars in 1999.
“We’ve been wanting to undertake these works at Queensland Raceway since 2008, but the sheer demand for the circuit has meant we simply couldn’t close it down for long enough,” Mr Tetley said.
He said the raceway’s famous bumps would not be eradicated by the resurfacing work.
“Nobody wants it to be billiard table smooth again – least of all me,” he said.
“But the bumps will be levelled out significantly by the new bitumen being laid over the top. Either way, what we want is a really good racing surface, not a super-smooth piece of road.”
Last year V8 Supercars driver Craig Lowndes said race drivers found the Queensland Raceways track unsatisfactory.
“I would like to see the circuit resurfaced and lengthened, preferably with more than just two left-hand corners,” he said before the 2009 V8 Supercar event at the track.
The upgrades to turn six will see gravel traps being extended to form one continuous trap between the track and tyre wall. The exit gravel trap will be removed and replaced by a bitumen track surface. Next year’s V8 Supercars Championship Series will feature a round at Queensland Raceway from August 19-21.