News Mark Walker June 17, 2024 (Comments off) (281)

Regional Motorsport Facility Expands

The DriveIt facility, just outside of Townsville, has continued down its expansion path, with a recent photo showing progress on the facility’s quarter-mile drag strip.

To be operated by the Northern Drag Racers Club, the drag strip is the third phase of development on the 306ha site following the construction of a driver training/skid pan, and the basis of the 2.75km long race circuit, which opened for business last year.

Last May, we covered the opening of the 12-corner layout, which was 17 years in the making, and the first all-new facility in the state since Queensland Raceway opened in 1999.

Up until the opening, racers had improvised circuits on the driver training skid pan.

While not yet in a complete form, the racing circuit has seen some action, with Motor Events Racing hosting events such as the Boneyard GP at the venue, which is currently seeking a further $1.5mil in funding for finishing touches such as concrete walls.

To date, both the Queensland and Federal Governments have contributed to the project, with the state chipping in around $8mil to progress construction to this stage.

The drag strip adds to a growing number of regional facilities for the sport coming online.

Elsewhere in Queensland, we reported on the national upgrade that Warwick Dragway, adjacent to Morgan Park Raceway received in recent years.

Other facilities in the state include Springmount Raceway to the west of Cairns, Benaraby Dragway in Gladstone, the 1/8th mile Corinda Dragway near Townsville, Palmyra Dragway near Mackay, Carnell Raceway, Ironbark Raceway, Lakeside Park, Barcaldine Aerodrome, Boulia Airport, Innisfail Aerodrome and Winton Airport, amongst others.

Willowbank Raceway, meanwhile, recently received an $11million upgrade in time for the 2024 Winternationals.

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