RIGHT: The Bend Motorsport Park’s four circuit layouts. Top is the 3.41km West Circuit and 3.93km East Circuit, which can be run independently of each other. In the middle is the 4.95km International Circuit, which the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship uses for its SuperSprint round. Below is the 7.77km GT Circuit, which is the second longest permanent race track in the world, second only to the Nordschleife, Nurburgring, in Germany.
Series, Asian and Australian Superbikes in addition to state-level events and regular track drive/ride days. Despite being fully operational, work continues to improve and grow the facility. A permanent pit straight grandstand has been built since last year, while landscaping across the facility has included the planting of 3000-plus trees. Plans are also in place to assist in improving entries and exits from the venue, easing the drive to and from Adelaide for the majority of attendees. “We received a lot of fantastic feedback from people who attended the inaugural event, and we have been working hard to make sure that year two is even bigger and better,” says Shahin. “The venue is constantly evolving, and we are looking forward to providing another first-class experience for visitors. “People have really enjoyed exploring the circuit, and finding different viewpoints to watch the racing – our internal circuit shuttle will allow fans to jump on/off at different stops. “Due to the popularity of Park ‘n’ View, we’ve also increased the capacity and split it into two zones. Seeing cars parked and campers lining the circuit and being so close to the action creates such a unique atmosphere. “Regardless of your ticket type, fans can watch the race from different viewpoints around the whole track, which is one of the great advantages of a permanent circuit. “Fans loved the accessibility we offer at The Bend together with the opportunity to roam the paddock and get up close to the support category garages and pitlane garages. “Every spectator can access this area for free, which is rare across the Supercars calendar.” The Bend Motorsport Park is indeed an Australian facility that ranks alongside some of the great circuits from around the world. And with the improvements and recent additions and a Supercars endurance event on the horizon, it will only get better.
“THE VENUE IS CONSTANTLY EVOLVING, AND WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO PROVIDING ANOTHER FIRST-CLASS EXPERIENCE FOR VISITORS.” – SAM SHAHIN 58
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