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Wakefield Park Raceway is a 2.2 km (1.4 mi) motor racing circuit located near Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia. It is named after Charles Cheers Wakefield, the founder of Castrol Oil. The founders of Wakefield Park, John Carter and amateur racer and former motor dealer, Paul Samuels felt that Castrol had been so influential in helping amateurs go motor racing that CC Wakefield should be honoured, especially as Samuels' and Carter's’ circuit was intended for amateur racers in the likelihood in the 1990s of both Amaroo and Oran Park Raceways closing and amateur racers being unable to afford the daily hire rate at Eastern Creek Raceway.
|Location||Goulburn, New South Wales|
|Time zone||UTC +10|
|Owner||Benalla Auto Club|
|Major events||Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series|
Shannons Nationals Motor Racing Championships
|Length||2.200 km (1.367 mi)|
|Race lap record||0:53.7711 (Ricky Capo, Dallara F307 Ricky Capo Racing/Modena Engineering-Mugen-Honda, 2015)|
The local arm of Castrol appreciated this and committed to a three-year sum for sponsorship. Consequently, all the buildings, which were all designed by Samuels and Carter, were in Castrol colours, an appropriate but subtle recognition of the Company's involvement. However it was then decided that Castrol was not getting any appreciable value from the modest sponsorship, so it stopped.
It was the first privately funded circuit built in NSW in the last 35 years and, says Samuels, "when confronting neighbours and the EPA, I can see why". It took them more than a year, despite the help of Goulburn Council and the local member John Fahey, to find a place that finally gained all the necessary approvals. However it took less than eight months from turning the first sod in mid-October 1993 to its first meeting on 8 May 1994. The total cost of the land and work was $1.2 mill.
Goulburn was chosen as it was close to Canberra, the large population areas of the near south coast around Wollongong, was not too far from Sydney and a three-hour easier journey for Victorians than if it had been close to Sydney.
The road racing circuit has hosted the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series, the Australian Superbike Championship, the Australian Motor Racing Series, drifting, as well as state and club level racing, also Speed off the Streets and motorcycle ride days.
The circuit is located two hours drive from Sydney and about one hour from Canberra, and is positioned on Braidwood Road, 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) south of Goulburn on 130 acres (0.53 km2) of cleared land. There are no trees or natural obstacles near the track. Safety is paramount and ripple strips, tyre walls and gravel traps have been positioned so as to make Wakefield a very safe circuit on which to run any type of racecar, production car or motorcycle. The track was resurfaced by its new owners, Winton Motor Raceway, in late 2007.
The track is open to the public providing three circuits licensed by the NSW Department of Sport and Recreation, CAMS, and Motorcycling NSW Inc and Australian Karting Association Inc. Commercial "thrill rides" operate there.
There is also a hill climb and short variations of the circuit.
Wakefield Park is the title of a 2010 short film with Michael Fitzgerald which was filmed at the circuit.
- As of October 2018.
|Ricky Capo||Dallara F307 Mercedes-Benz||0:53.7711||17 October 2015|
|Formula 3||Ricky Capo||Dallara F307 Mercedes-Benz||0:53.7711||17 October 2015|
|Formula Race Cars||Nathan Gotch||Dallara F307||0:56.3360||6 March 2016|
|Formula 4000/OzBoss||Ty Hanger||Reynard 95D Holden||0:57.5504||25 February 2007|
|Formula Ford||Paul Laskazeski||Spectrum 011 Ford||1:00.1986||6 April 2008|
|Formula Vee||Michael Kinsella||Jacer F2K10||1:07.0951||12 April 2015|
|Sports Sedans||Jack Perkins||Audi A4-Chevrolet||0:56.2669||18 October 2015|
|Nations Cup||John Bowe||Ferrari 360 N-GT||0:59.9060||1 June 2003|
|Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge||Roger Lago||Porsche 911 GT3||1:00.7828||3 April 2011|
|GT||Greg Crick||Dodge Viper GTS||1:01.5344||5 March 2006|
|Aussie Racing Cars||Ben McCashney||Falcon-Yamaha||1:05.6777||5 April 2008|
|Dunlop V8 Supercar||Steve Owen||Holden VZ Commodore||0:59.0351||6 April 2008|
|V8 Touring Cars||Terry Wyhoon||Ford BA Falcon||1:00.3279||3 April 2011|
|Super Touring||Paul Morris||BMW 320i||1:02.1715||29 October 2000|
|Improved Production Over 2 Litre||David Loftus||Toyota Starlet||1:04.7700||12 August 2012|
|Improved Production Under 2 Litre||Jordan Cox||Honda Civic||1:05.1999||12 April 2015|
|Commodore Cup||Geoff Emery||Holden VS Commodore||1:06.6504||3 April 2011|
|V8 Utes||Kerry Wade||Ford BF Falcon XR8||1:09.6544||28 May 2006|
|24 Hours of LeMons||John Bermingham||BWM 328i E36||1:12.6500||27 Oct 2018|
|Historic Touring Cars|
|Group A||Craig Markland||Nissan Skyline HR31 GTS-R||1:07.0363||1 April 2007|
|Group N||Ross Donnelley||Ford Mustang||1:11.6300||20 February 2000|
|HQ Holden||Kevin Stoopman||HQ Holden||1:15.4440||21 June 2015|
- "Wakefield Park Raceway". Wakefield Park Raceway. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
- Natsoft Race Results