track extensions at Queensland’s Morgan Park Raceway are almost ready for racing
upon. Last weekend the Warwick District Sporting Car Club invited the Super
Sprint A series competitors the opportunity to drive the new extension, more
than half the competitors for the weekend went for a spin, albeit at 60km/hr
behind a pace car.
“We saw this
weekend’s event as a great chance to show off our extensions and build just a
little more anticipation for the drivers” said Bill Campbell the club
president. The additional 900 metres brings the long circuit up to 3.0kms. Now
after exiting the existing circuit in the aptly named “flip flops” for their
sharp right left right combination the new circuit continues straight with a
high speed right hand corner than becomes a shaper right turn. The track then
climbs the hill for a fast right left kink that bring it back in line with the
existing front straight – now making it longer which will make turns one and two
even more interesting than they are now!
additional speed into turn one the run off and tyre wall have been moved back,
making the area almost 50% bigger than it previously was.
Last week V8
Supercar driver Craig Lowndes was visiting the circuit and Mr Campbell took him
for a spin around the extensions, “Craig was very impressed with what we have
come up with, in fact his comment was - Awesome.” said Campbell.
“All that is
left is finishing the outside tyre walls, some ground work and painting the
white lines, once that’s been completed then it’s up to CAMS to complete the new
track license.” noted Campbell.
More info on the extensions will be uploaded here soon.
Click here to see the latest images.
Morgan Park Raceway Track Extensions Begin
1 January 2010 (For Immediate Release)
The Warwick District Sporting Car Club is proud to announce that the
expected extension of the Morgan Park circuit got underway on December 31 2009,
and in just 3 short days the new extensions have already be mostly cut and are
now being shaped.
More info on the extensions will be uploaded here soon.
Click here to see the latest images.
2010 Calendar Released
28 November 2009 (For Immediate Release)
The Morgan Park Raceway 2010 initial Calendar has been release today,
to check it out click the Calendar link above. As new events come to hand
they will be added to the calendar.
Shannons Nationals to Debut at Morgan Park
7 July 2009 (For Immediate Release)
National Motor Racing Championships will make its inaugural visit to
Queensland’s Morgan Park Raceway on 8-9 August, for Round Seven of the 2009
will be in action, as drivers from around the country converge on Warwick for
Morgan Park’s first-ever national level race meeting. Sports Cars,
production cars, touring cars and karts will be on the bill for a big weekend or
Aussie V8s will
take on rally-bred Mitsubishi Lancers and Subaru WRXs and everything through to
hatch backs in the Australian Manufacturers Championship for Production Cars. Up
to 10 different manufacturers will be represented in a diverse group of cars for
the third round of the 2009 season, with the class modelled on the growing
Bathurst 12 Hour Endurance Race.
The racing is
always exciting, with the different traits of each car coming to the fore in the
ultimate showroom showdown. A pack of Porsches will hit the track in
the second-year Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge. Over 20 of Germany’s
finest are expected at Morgan Park, with a mix of GT3 Cup Cars and older model
drivers including Matt Kingsley, Terry Knight and Jeff Bobik will be out to use
home track knowledge to their advantage in the penultimate round of the GT3 Cup
Challenge season. The Kumho Tyres Saloon Car National Series turns
on some of the best Ford vs. Holden racing in Australia.
V6 Falcons and Commodores slug it out, with a strong contingent of local aces
keen to show their hand. A bumper field of sports cars from around Australia
will battle it out in the CUE Production Sports Car 1 Hour Endurance race.
Big V8 engines, lightweight chassis’ and massive racing tyres make Sports Sedans
thundering racing machines.
outright lap record holders at Morgan Park, Superkarts provide exhilarating
performance from a tiny package. Among the success stories of Queensland
motorsport, the entertaining Gemini class will complete the big program.
on-track action all day Saturday and Sunday across the 8-9 August weekend.
Tickets are just $15 on Sunday and $30 on Sunday, or $45 for the weekend, while
kids under 14 are free all weekend.
The WDSCC have today cancelled the QLD Muscle Car
Challenge due to insufficient entries, "its with regret we have had to do this"
said Bill Campbell the WDSCC President.
Expressions of Interest - Muscle Car Challenge 08
16 March 2008 (For Immediate Release)
The WDSCC have today begun enlisting competitors whom maybe
interested in the forthcoming Muscle Car Challenge set to do battle on the
Morgan Park Long circuit Sat 7th & Sun 8th June 2008.
interested parties can express their interest, right here.
Racing Resumes after Horse Flu Ban
4 September 2007 (For Immediate Release)
All track activities have resumed at Morgan Park Raceway, the
WDSCC has been informed that racing can now go ahead and that the Equine
Influenza ban that cancelled last weekends Super Sprint races was lifted today
The club was worried about events planned for the next few
weeks but with the ban lifted racing will resume as normal.
This weekends motorbike meeting will go ahead as planned, and
the Improved Production & Formula Vee Nationals are well and truly back on
track. Big fields are expected for the Nationals with so many Improved
Production entrants the field will be split into two groups. The formula
Vee's are expecting to fill the grid with 32 cars.
Racing at Morgan Park Raceway Suspended due to Horse Flu
30 August 2007 (For Immediate Release)
All racing has been suspended at Morgan Park until further
notice due to the outbreak of the Equine Influenza at the adjacent Morgan Park
Polo Grounds. This afternoon the police informed Bill Campbell WDSCC
President that this weekends Super Sprint race meeting could not take place.
"We are unsure just how long the this will last, we had heard that nothing can
happen here until 30 days after the last horse gets sick" said Campbell.
Mr Campbell was read a statement by the
Police from the DPI (Department of Primary Industries) regarding the quarantine
within the Morgan Park precinct.
September is Morgan Parks busiest month this
year with Super Sprints A&B and the QLD Super Sprints Championships along with a
Bike Meeting. The halt in racing may put the National Formula Vee and
Improved Production meeting in jeopardy.
The WDSCC will seek further advice regarding
the lock down from the DPI and the local Police. Further information when
it comes to hand will be posted on this web site.
2007 State Championship Race Meeting -
Saturday & Sunday, June 30 and July 1 2007
Drivers and teams are invited to go to our
Upcoming page where you can download or print the
OFFICIAL ENTRY FORMS for this meeting.
At the end of April and in to May
Choice Magazine booked out the circuit for private testing of 18 brands of road
tyres, in both wet and dry conditions. The two weeks of testing saw the
different tyres tested for braking and cornering abilities.
To read the article.
click here for a PDF scanned from the Warwick
Choice have said the results from testing
will be published in their August issue or on line at
Choice from June.
More Track Upgrades
Early this month (May 07) more work was
carried out on the track, more specifically turn 3 under the bridge, the cutting
was cut back even further to the fence line on the right just past the bridge.
And the Armco on the main straight has been
This was required for the upgraded track
To see the workers in action,
click here for a gallery of images from TC.
QLD Super Sprint State Championship
22/23 September 2007
* Combination of 2.11km and 1.2km circuits
* Open to log booked and non log booked cars
* Limited Spaces Available
Expressions of Interest - Fax 07 4661 4388
Big Changes at Morgan Park 24 April 2007 (For immediate release)
Major Circuit Upgrades - Click here to see
In December 2006 the track was totally resurfaced in what is a $600,000 upgrade
of facilities at Morgan Park Raceway. This includes a 2.5m wide, 20m long hot
mix surface directly behind the exit kerbs at turns 2, 3, 6 and 7.
This extended surface is not an extension of the race
surface but an attempt to control the quality of the area behind the kerbs. The
paddock area now has hot mix roads, and the Parc Ferme area extended and
Power poles have been installed throughout the paddock area
to allow the convenience of electricity to competitors. In early May the front
straight will have an Armco wall replacing the existing concrete for its entire
length, this will include a 20m long designated signalling area. Tyre barriers
and gravel traps have also been extended.
The Track Licence
has been upgraded
accordingly, the only events we cannot run now are V8
Supercars and Truck racing.
Keeping it on the Black 3 April 2007 (For immediate release)
Round Two of
the Queensland State Championship was held at Morgan Park 31 March -1 April and
was all about keeping the cars on the track. Morgan Park Organisers were coming
down hard on competitors that were intentionally curb hopping or leaving the
It was reported in AutoAction (No 1234 04-10 April Edition)
that the organisers threatened drivers. Was this really the case? On display
at the scrutineering shed were Digital Realism’s images shot from Round 1 of the
State Championship showing a number of drivers “short-circuiting” the track.
Along side of this was a plank with nails showing. Mr Bill Campbell President
of the circuit said “there was absolutely nothing buried around the circuit –
that would be plain stupid!”
Drivers have been warned repeatedly about verge hopping,
the last CAMS magazine highlighted this. Campbell noted that “the main culprits
being cars with Radial Tyres like Gemini, HQ, Historic”, “In some cases the
ground is ripped to 100mm depth, then for instance a single seater may hit it
with a ground clearance of 40mm - then there’s trouble”.
Mr Campbell has asked the CAMS event officialdom to be
tougher on drivers who repeatedly flaunt this rule, he noted one instance over
the weekend where a driver was warned 3 times and still no penalty. “We are
after a zero tolerance rule”.
Morgan Park have extended the hotmix two and have metres
beyond the ripple strip on turns 2 and 7 to prevent the ground breaking up, this
will be extended to turns 3 & 6. “Anyone going beyond the ripple strip will
have times that will reflect their running wide” said Campbell. “We did notice
that there were less off track excursions this weekend, but still to many”.
Big Wins at Morgan Park 3 April 2007 (For immediate release)
Over the weekend Anthony LeMesurier cleaned up the field in the Formula Fords
ahead of Trent Usher, whilst Shane Hart dominated the Vee’s fighting off Grant
Broomley and Tim Hamilton.
Grant Watson (Prosport Mulsanne) blew the field away in the
Sports Cars lapping almost all the field in all 3 races. Colin Smith and Robert
McLoughlin shared the spoils in the Sports Sedans. Gary Bonwick led the pack
for 2 of the 3 HQ races with Shane Hunt and Leigh Ralph on his tail.
David Waldon and Graeme Wilkinson were 1-2 respectively for
all 3 Improved Production races. Kevin Heffernan was unstoppable winning the 3
Historic Touring Car Group N events.
The Gemini’s roused the crowd with close action racing,
Benn Wilson again on top of the podium chased (literally) by Daniel Bowden and
the rest of the pack.