Council to debate Barbagallo Raceway expansion

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Eddie Scown

The start-finish straight on the current layout of Barbagallo Raceway

Eddie Scown, Reporter

A new circuit, dirt track and BMX club could be on the cards, if Wanneroo council endorses a radical plan to expand facilities at Barbagallo Raceway.

The proposal, first tabled in 2017, is estimated to cost $231m over the next 10 years.

Land north of the existing track, between Hopkins and Orchid roads, will be allocated to construct the new circuit, as well as a new automotive museum, hotel, campground and nature trails.

If implemented, the raceway would be upgraded from its current FIA Grade 3, to Grade 2.

This would bring it in line with the standards of world famous tracks, such as Laguna Seca and Circuit De La Sarthe, home of the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race.

The WA Sporting Car Club (WASCC) has held a lease on the Government-owned venue since completion in 1969.

Founding member John Hurney says the club hopes the upgrade will bring higher levels of racing to Perth.

“We already have some GT3 racing during the Supercars [weekend], seeing more of that level would be fantastic,” says Hurney.

The master plan was conceived by Dave Lanfear Consulting, the same group that has been involved with development of motorsport facilities in the ACT.

The group has enlisted the help of Apex Circuit Design, which made its name on the Dubai Autodrome and Sepang International Circuit. It plans to construct two “separate, but interconnected, racing circuits” at Wanneroo, preserving the existing 2.4km track.

The WASCC isn’t the only club getting an upgrade.

The Wanneroo BMX club facilities are set to move to the raceway complex.

There are also plans for dirt oval speedway racing, motorcross, skid pan and even a jet boat area in the infield.

Hillclimb fans need not panic as there are currently no plans to tamper with Jack’s Hill.