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Top 10 Q&A's - 2017-03-15

I thought we should respond to the many enquiries by answering the Top 10 frequently asked questions.

 

Q1. When are you starting and when will it be completed?

The project has a number of starting points.

  • Masterplan: Design, planning and engagement with regulatory bodies started more than 5 years ag.......

Top 10 Q&A's - 2017-03-15

I thought we should respond to the many enquiries by answering the Top 10 frequently asked questions.

 

Q1. When are you starting and when will it be completed?

The project has a number of starting points.

  • Masterplan: Design, planning and engagement with regulatory bodies started more than 5 years ago and is now finalised with the relevant approvals in place.
  • Construction: Tenders have been received and a contract will soon be awarded for construction. Construction will commence in the second qtr of 2017, with completion due by end of October, 2017.
  • Personnel: Two senior appointments have been made. Paul Martin, who has been consulting during the master planning stage, has commenced full time and will manage the circuit operations. Damien White, who was in a senior management position with Supercars Australia, before stints at the South Australia Motorsport Park and Ipswich Motorsport Precinct will focus on marketing and business development.

 

Q2. Why is it called Circuit Italia?

The circuit name was derived from the road it’s on – Italia Road.

 

Q3. Where is it?

Italia Road, just off the Pacific Hwy north of Raymond Terrace

  • 35 minutes north of Newcastle
  • 15 minutes from Newcastle airport
  • 45 minutes west of Nelson Bay
  • 45 minutes to the Hunter wine region

 

Q4. What is the circuit layout?

Wedged into the side of a hill our circuit designer, Grant Liddell, has taken advantage of the natural topography to create a 14 corner 2.9km layout with extreme changes in elevation; something that is missing from most circuits in the country. The radical rise and fall will bring back memories of Amaroo and Oran Park, all designed and built to the highest safety standard (FIA Grade 2).

 

Q5. How much will it cost to drive my car on it or book the whole venue?

Paul and Damien are finalising pricing structures and the various product offerings. In terms of arrive and drive or whole of venue bookings, we are targeting a price point which will keep us competitive with the current circuits available.

 

Q6. Can I ride my motorcycle on the circuit?

Motorcycle use was a consideration during the master planning and circuit design stage, however the current council approval does not include it. A further Development Application (DA), which would require an environmental noise impact assessment, would be required to permit motorcycle use.

 

Q7. Will there be driver training at the circuit?

Yes. Circuit Italia considers driver education, particularly for young people, an important service to facilitate. There will be a purpose-built driver training area that can be used for specific training in addition to that conducted on the circuit.

 

Q8. Can I do drifting, and will there be drift events at the circuit?

It is vital that we maintain the facility to the highest standard for all users, so drifting will not be conducted on the main circuit. We will, however, permit drifting and drifting events to be conducted on the driver training area.

 

Q9. How can I get involved?

We have been overwhelmed by, and are extremely grateful for, the volume of requests/offers to be involved. Your willingness to give your time to contribute to the success of Circuit Italia reinforces our belief that grassroots and club based competition still has an important place in the motorsport landscape.

We are currently exploring the options to establish a club. When done, we will distribute the relevant information and invite applications.

 

Q10. Where can I stay?

There are many affordable options in Raymond Terrace and surrounds; with the convenience of being only 10 minutes away.

If you’re planning to stay a few days and visit the broader region you may want to explore the many options in Port Stephens, Newcastle or the Hunter wine region. Most of these are well within 45 minutes of Circuit Italia.

 

Thank you

 

Expressions of Interest - 2016-11-08

Circuit Italia is calling for Expressions of Interest from those motorsport enthusiasts, both individual and groups, interested in 'penciling in' a date or dates for track/venue hire or 'Arrive & Drive' sessions. Construction is expected to be completed Q4 2017. Feel free to contact us via our contact page for further information with regard to lodging your .......

Expressions of Interest - 2016-11-08

Circuit Italia is calling for Expressions of Interest from those motorsport enthusiasts, both individual and groups, interested in 'penciling in' a date or dates for track/venue hire or 'Arrive & Drive' sessions. Construction is expected to be completed Q4 2017. Feel free to contact us via our contact page for further information with regard to lodging your Expression of Interest.

Thank you.

 

Circuit Italia welcomes NSW Government support for Motorsport - 2016-10-06

I would like to say it’s pleasing to see the NSW Government funding the Street Circuit for Supercars in Newcastle as this recognises both the large number of motorsport participants and fans in the Newcastle / Hunter Region and the need to support the sport.

As someone who loves motorsport, as evidenced by my commitment to build a world-class race circuit in the region for the b.......

Circuit Italia welcomes NSW Government support for Motorsport - 2016-10-06

I would like to say it’s pleasing to see the NSW Government funding the Street Circuit for Supercars in Newcastle as this recognises both the large number of motorsport participants and fans in the Newcastle / Hunter Region and the need to support the sport.

As someone who loves motorsport, as evidenced by my commitment to build a world-class race circuit in the region for the benefit of Newcastle / Port Stephens / Hunter region motorsport participants, I welcome the decision.

The NSW Government by it decision to fund the Newcastle Street Circuit will provide an ‘appetiser’ for those who want to get involved in motorsport. Circuit Italia will provide a venue for them to make their own ‘main course’. It is the ideal way to make sure those who want to participate do so in a safe controlled manner.

If I was not building Circuit Italia then the motorsport lovers who attend the Supercars event would have to travel to Sydney or further to drive on an approved race circuit which has the proper CAMS (Confederation of Australian Motor Sports) track licence. This is the only internationally recognised licence in Australia, designating that the track has been judged to be safe to run race cars on.

By building the circuit at Balickera, Port Stephens, it will give the over 10,000 licensed motorsport competitors in NSW another venue to use.  With Sydney Motorsport Park booked out 18 months in advance this will ensure that there is a proper licensed venue which will make it convenient for Newcastle / Port Stephens / Hunter Region competitors to use.

I am pleased with the level of support I have received from the Port Stephens Council and the motorsport community in the region. I am committed to developing a facility that as well as providing a permanent licensed venue for motorsport enthusiasts will also deliver significant economic benefit to the region.

I look forward to discussing how we in the region can have a sustainable and continuing benefit from the NSW Government’s contribution to the Supercars event with all the relevant parties, and not just have a single weekend of injection of funds into the local community but one which will provide 365 days of benefit to the community as a whole.

 

Regards,

Matthew Higgins

 

Newcastle Herald article on Circuit Italia - 2016-07-26

Below is a link to the article published in the Newcastle Herald on Circuit Italia.

 

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/4055124/raceway-project-gears-up/#slide=3

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Newcastle Herald article on Circuit Italia - 2016-07-26

Below is a link to the article published in the Newcastle Herald on Circuit Italia.

 

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/4055124/raceway-project-gears-up/#slide=3

Progress report. - 2016-07-25

The circuit will be 2.9km's long, 12m wide, tar sealed with driver training area. Design is in accordance with the FIA’s ‘Internal Guidelines for Motor Racing Course Construction and Safety’

Currently in discussion with contractors to construct the circuit.

Artist’s impression of the infrastructure area. Please note, this p.......

Progress report. - 2016-07-25

The circuit will be 2.9km's long, 12m wide, tar sealed with driver training area. Design is in accordance with the FIA’s ‘Internal Guidelines for Motor Racing Course Construction and Safety’

Currently in discussion with contractors to construct the circuit.

Artist’s impression of the infrastructure area. Please note, this pit infrastructure is subject to an additional DA.

Development - 2016-03-01

Construction Certificate granted.

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Development - 2016-03-01

Construction Certificate granted.