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Oran Park Raceway

History [ edit ]

The circuit was by the Singer Car Club, with its meeting held on the weekend of February 1962. [ 1 ] A motorcycle meeting was held on 17 February with reigning Grand Champion Jim Redman being the attraction. [ 2 ] Redman won nearly class and set the lap record of 50.4 only 0.8 seconds slower Frank Matich ‘s time set in a 2.6 litre Lotus Car .

The original lap distance of 1.0 miles was later extended to 1.21 (1.9km) [ 3 ] with a further in 1974 [ 4 ] creating an alternative Prix” circuit of 1.63 (2.62km) in length. [ 3 ] The Grand circuit featured a figure-eight with a bridge where the crossed over itself. the loop the racing direction was regarded as being anticlockwise.

The also had a motocross track, a a dirt track and four drive course and a 1000 drag strip. Most of the was visible from the main or the grassed banks surrounding the

Oran Park was used for rounds of the Australian Touring Car V8 Supercar Championship Series. Drivers’ Championship and Australian Sedan Championship.

The Australian Prix was held at Oran in 1974 and 1977. In the 1970s the attracted large crowds for the Toby Lee Series. initially run for Production Touring Cars and for Sports Sedans. The inaugural 500 for Touring Cars was staged in but the 1978 event was to be the second and running of this endurance

Shorter touring car endurance would continue to be held at Park during the 1980s and from the Sandown and Bathurst would last the longest fading interest caused the of the endurance season to just two events. The final such Park enduro would be the Pepsi 300 won by Andrew Miedecke and Bagnall driving a Ford RS500. The final V8 Supercar was held in December 2008, won by Tander.

The land on which the racetrack was was sold to the Government of New South for a new housing development. This led to the closure of the track and ended 48 of motorsport heritage at the facility. The motorcycle race meeting, the 6 Hour, was held on 21–22 2009.

The final race was scheduled for 23–24 January but was cancelled due to a lack of entries. [ 5 ] meant that the Independent Series event on 16 January [ 6 ] was in fact the last race to be held at the circuit. The circuit to run open track days, the public could drive cars and motorbikes around the circuit. The last ever day the track closed for good was 25 January 2010.

Australian Prix [ edit ]

Oran twice hosted the Australian Prix during its 42 years of with both events for Formula 5000 cars. The Grand Prix held at Park in 1974 was won by Max Stewart a Lola T330 Chevrolet. The time the circuit hosted the was in 1977 when Warwick drove his Lola T430 to victory.

Australian Touring Car Championship [ ]

Oran Park Raceway has a round of the Australian Touring Car every year since 2008 was the final year of Park in the V8 Supercar Championship Allan Moffat and Mark are the most successful drivers at Park in the ATCC, with six wins each.

The first race in 1971 saw Moffat in his Boss 302 Mustang and Bob Jane his 427 cui powered Chevrolet Camaro go into the round on 31 and 34 points with Moffat needing to win or score more 3 or more than Jane to claim the With both drivers from the front row a capacity saw a titanic struggle with claiming the win from Moffat and his 3rd ATCC championship.

In a bizarre happening during the a spectator driving a road Valiant drove through an gate and onto the circuit. The went on and the driver managed to a few laps before exiting the

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Superbike World Championship [ ]

Oran Park twice host to the Superbike World It hosted the second last of the inaugural season of the championship in and also hosted the second round in 1989 (since the Australian round has been at the Phillip Island Grand Circuit in Victoria ).

Australia’s five time 500cc World Champion Mick easily won both races in on his Yamaha FZR750. while Australians Peter Goddard and Dowson won the 1989 rounds races also riding the FZR750.

NASCAR / AUSCAR [ ]

During the mid-1990s, the Australian and AUSCAR series raced at Park, utilising the 1.96 km Circuit, with the track’s upgraded to allow for night The night races at Oran were a popular edition to the which other than one off races at the Bathurst 1000 the Coast Indy 300. had run exclusively on the only paved tracks in Australia, the Bob Jane Calder Park Thunderdome in and the Speedway Super Bowl at the International Raceway .

Lap records [ edit ]

Lap records are for the Grand Prix circuit. indicate use of short circuit. [ 7 ] [ 8 ] [ 9 ]

As a in November 1974, Warwick set the outright lap record on the then new Prix Circuit with a lap in a Lola T332 -Chevrolet 5000. Ten years later in 1984, John Bowe set the lap record of 1:03.9 in a Ralt RT4 (1.6L) Formula Mondial. the circuit closed in 2010, the lap record stood at 1:01.6718 by Tim in a Reynard 92D -Holden (3.8L) Holden set in July 2000.

that in mid-1984 the circuit was slightly with the addition of a run after turn 3 heading to was turn 5 and eliminating what was 4. This made turn 3, and the new turn 4, slightly faster and the Grand Prix Circuit 12 instead of 13. The result was an overall in lap times of approximately 0.5 to 1 second per Motorbikes continued to use the pre-1984 of turns until one year the circuits closure.

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