Winton Motor Raceway

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Winton Motor Raceway is a motor racing track in Winton, near Benalla, Victoria, Australia.

Winton Motor Raceway
Winton Motor Raceway (Australia) track map -- with extension.svg
LocationWinton, Victoria
Coordinates36°31′6″S 146°5′15″E / 36.51833°S 146.08750°E / -36.51833; 146.08750Coordinates: 36°31′6″S 146°5′15″E / 36.51833°S 146.08750°E / -36.51833; 146.08750
OwnerBenalla Auto Club
OpenedNovember 1961
Major eventsV8 Supercars, Shannons Nationals
Winton National Circuit
Length3.0 km (1.864 mi)
Race lap record1:14.3058 [1] (John Magro, Magro Farming Co (Dallara F308/11), 2019, Australian Formula 3)
Winton Club Circuit
Length2.03 km (1.261 mi)
Race lap record0:52.9900 (Mark Larkham, Reynard 90D Holden, 1992, Formula Brabham)


The Benalla Auto Club began planning for a permanent racing track around 1958, as a replacement for their existing track at Barjarg.[2] In 1960 it was decided to build the track at Winton Recreation Reserve and the track was completed in twelve months. The circuit hosted its first race meeting on 26 November 1961.[3] The circuit was immediately popular - a March 1965 meeting featuring the Neptune touring car and the Victorian Formula Two championship drew a crowd of approximately 10,000 spectators.[2] The circuit length was extended prior to the 1997 round of the V8 Supercar championship and the upgrade included a new pit complex.

The circuitEdit

The circuit at Winton Motor Raceway has a combination of long fast straights and twisty and tight bends. It is also known as "Australia's Action Track".[4] Dick Johnson once described the circuit being "like running a marathon around your clothes-line".

The original circuit (now called the Winton Club Circuit) is 2.03 km in length and comprises 10 turns. The circuit was lengthened to 3.0 km with the cars turning left prior to the esses and a series of right hand turns added before the extension rejoins the original track at the esses. The long circuit is called the Winton National Circuit.


V8 SupercarsEdit

The track is currently used as a round in the V8 Supercar series, hosting the Winton Super Sprint. The track is one of the more popular tracks in the series with spectators, especially those who live in the area.[citation needed] Easy access to the track and viewing areas make it very popular.[citation needed] It attracts some of the biggest crowds of any of the permanent race tracks in the series.[citation needed]

Although the circuit held various rounds of national championships such as the Australian Drivers' Championship and the Australian Sports Car Championship, Winton was not awarded a round of the Australian Touring Car Championship until the start of the Group A era in Australia in 1985. The first ATCC race was won by then triple-Bathurst 1000 winner Jim Richards in his JPS Team BMW 635 CSi. That race holds its place in ATCC/V8 Supercar history as not only the first all-Group A race in Australia, but the first ATCC win by BMW and the only race in history in which there were no Holdens on the grid.

Richards holds the record for most ATCC round wins at Winton with four, having won in 1985 and 1986 for BMW, while winning in 1990 and 1991 for Nissan.

Australian Drivers' ChampionshipEdit

Winton has played host to 19 rounds of the Australian Drivers' Championship since 1980.

Year Driver Car Entrant
Australian Formula 1
1980   Alfredo Costanzo Lola T430 Chevrolet Porsche Distributors
1982   Alfredo Costanzo Tiga FA81 Ford Porsche Cars Australia
1983   Alfredo Costanzo Tiga FA81 Ford Porsche Cars Australia
Formula Mondial
1984   John Bowe Ralt RT4 Ford Chris Leach Racing
1986   Ken Smith Ralt RT4 Ford Watson Motor Racing Pty Ltd
Formula Holden
1989*   Rohan Onslow Ralt RT20 Holden R.J.Macarthur Onslow
1989*   John Briggs Ralt RT21 Holden John Briggs
1990   John Briggs Ralt RT21 Holden John Briggs
Formula Brabham
1992   Mark Larkham Reynard 90D Holden Larkham Motor Sport
1994   Paul Stokell Reynard 90D Holden Birrana Racing
Formula Holden
1997   Jason Bargwanna Reynard 92D Holden SH Racing
1999   Simon Wills Reynard 94D Holden SH Racing
2000   Tim Leahey Reynard 92D Holden Greg Murphy Racing
2001   Paul Stokell Reynard 94D Holden Birrana Racing
2002   Will Power Reynard 94D Holden Ralt Australia
2003   Paul Trengove Reynard 95D Holden CPA Australia
2004   Rob Nguyen Reynard 97D Holden Hocking Motorsport
Australian Formula 3
2009**   Tim Macrow
  Joey Foster
Dallara F307 Mercedes-Benz
Dallara F307-Mercedes-Benz
Scud Racing
Team BRM
2011   James Winslow Dallara F304 Spiess-Opel R-Tek Motorsport

* The 1989 Australian Drivers' Championship was contested over ten rounds at five race meetings at five different tracks. Although the races were held on the same day both Rohan Onslow and John Briggs are credited with separate round wins.
**The 2009 round saw two heats. Tim Macrow and Joey Foster each won a heat while also finished second on the other heat giving the pair equal points (35) on the day.

Australian Sports Car ChampionshipEdit

Winton played host to a round of the Australian Sports Car Championship on 7 occasions between 1978 and 1985.

Year Driver Car Entrant
1978   Ross Mathiesen Porsche Carrera Ross Mathiesen
1979   Ross Mathiesen Porsche Carrera Ross Mathiesen
1980   Allan Moffat Porsche 930 Turbo Porsche Distributors
1981   John Latham Porsche 930 Turbo John Latham
1983   Bap Romano Kaditcha K583 Cosworth Kaditcha Factory Racing Team
1984   Bap Romano Romano WE84 Cosworth Bap Romano Racing
1985   Terry Hook Lola T610 Chevrolet Terry Hook

Australian Sports Sedan / GT ChampionshipEdit

1980, 1981, 1997, 1998 and 2003 were run for Sports Sedans. 1982-1985 were run for GT style cars.

Year Driver Car Entrant
1980   Jim Richards Ford XC Falcon Hardtop Jim Richards
1981   Tony Edmondson Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV Chevrolet Donald Elliott
1982   Alan Jones Porsche 935/80 Porsche Cars Australia
1983   Tony Edmondson Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV Chevrolet Donald Elliott
1984   Allan Grice Chevrolet Monza Re-Car Racing
1985   Kevin Bartlett De Tomaso Pantera Paul Halstead / The Toy Shop
1997   Wayne Park Mazda RX-7 Wayne Park
1998   Tony Ricciardello Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV Chevrolet Basil Ricciardello
2003   Darren Hossack Saab 9-3 Aero Chevrolet Darren Hossack

Australian Nations Cup ChampionshipEdit

Year Driver Car Entrant
2002   Paul Stokell Lamborghini Diablo GTR Team Lamborghini Australia
2003   Nathan Pretty Holden Monaro 427C Garry Rogers Motorsport
2004   Nathan Pretty Holden Monaro 427C Garry Rogers Motorsport

Australian Superbike ChampionshipEdit

Winton Raceway is one of the most prominent Superbike races on the Australian Superbike Championship racing calendar. Winton Raceway has seen riders such as Mick Doohan, Kevin Magee and Mat Mladin ride regularly at the venue.

Year Rider Bike
2007   Jamie Stauffer Yamaha YZF-R1
2006   Jamie Stauffer Yamaha YZF-R1

Formula X-treme Motorcycle Championship

Year Rider Bike
2009   Craig Coxhell Honda CBR1000RR
2010   Kevin Curtain Yamaha YZF-R1

Drift AttackEdit

Winton Raceway is one of Australia's most popular Drift circuits. It hosts Australia largest drift event Drift Attack. Drift Attack is promoted by the Victorian Drift Club and offers the largest Prize Pool in Australian Drifting and is contested by Australia's 32 best Drifters in the Pro class and 32 Drivers in the street class.

Year Driver Car
2009 Luke Fink S14 Silvia
2010 Josh Coote Nissan 180SX

Lap recordsEdit

Club CircuitEdit

As of 12 June 2019.[5]

Class Driver Vehicle Time Date
Outright   Mark Larkham Reynard 90D Holden 52.99 4 April 1992
Racing Cars
Formula Brabham   Mark Larkham Reynard 90D Holden 52.99 4 April 1992
Formula Mondial   John Bowe Ralt RT4 Ford 53.80 12 August 1984
Formula 5000   Alfredo Costanzo Lola T430 Chevrolet 55.80 October 1979
Formula 2   Arthur Abrahams Cheetah Mk 8 Volkswagen 56.96 December 1988
Formula Ford   John Blanchard Swift SC92F 1:01.18 April 1992
Formula Vee   Adrian Wilkinson Elfin 76 1:07.01 March 1996
Sports Cars
Group A Sports Cars (Under 3-Litre)   Bap Romano Kaditcha K583 Cosworth 57.10 14 August 1983
Group A Sports Cars (Over 3-Litre)   Peter Hopwood Kaditcha Chevrolet 57.40 14 August 1983
Sports Sedan   Tony Edmondson Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV Chevrolet 58.80 12 August 1984
GT   Alan Jones Porsche 935/80 59.00 16 May 1982
Clubman   Grant Taylor Galloway 59.60 December 1987
Touring Cars
Group 3A Touring Car   Glenn Seton Ford EB Falcon 59.65 16 May 1993
Super Touring   Greg Murphy Audi A4 Quattro 1:00.6255 25 August 1996
Group A   Mark Skaife Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R 1:01.56 5 May 1992
GT Production   Peter Fitzgerald Porsche 911 RSCS 1:02.3751 25 August 1996
Group 3E Series Production Cars   Terry Bosnjak Holden VP Commodore 1:09.42 16 May 1993
Superbike   Kirk McCarthy Honda RC45 1:00.7655 May 1995

National CircuitEdit

As of April 2019.
Class Driver Vehicle Time Date
Outright   John Magro Dallara F311 1:14.3058 10 March 2019
Racing Cars
Formula 3   John Magro Dallara F311 1:14.3058 10 March 2019
Formula Holden   Christian Murchison Reynard 95D Holden 1:14.5697 16 July 2000
Formula 4   Jayden Ojeda Mygale F4-Ford 1:20.6106 2 September 2018
Formula Ford (Duratec)   Jayden Ojeda Spectrum 014 1:25.4232 September 2016
Formula Ford (Kent)   Jamie Whincup Van Diemen RF01 1:26.2188 18 August 2002
Formula Vee   Kieren Glover Checkmate SP-02 1:35.0901 5 July 2015
Sports Cars
Sports Sedan   Jack Perkins Audi A4 Chevrolet 1:19.8777 12 June 2016
GT   Jake Fouracre Audi R8 LMS GT3 1:20.4298 June 2017
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge   Simon Fallon Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (991) 1:21.6518 2 September 2018
Nations Cup   Paul Stokell Lamborghini Diablo GTR 1:23.8403 21 September 2003
Porsche Carrera Cup   David Reynolds Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 997 1:24.3765 20 May 2007
Aussie Racing Cars   Justin Ruggier Mustang-Yamaha 1:31.9005 20 May 2018
Touring Cars
Supercars Championship   Fabian Coulthard Ford FG X Falcon 1:19.7092 21 May 2016
Super2 Series   Steve Owen Ford FG Falcon 1:23.7669 5 April 2014
V8 Touring Car National Series   Taz Douglas Holden VE Commodore 1:23.3446 22 May 2016
Super Touring   Jim Richards Volvo S40 1:25.3181 9 August 1998
Touring Car Masters   John Bowe Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 1:28.0049 22 May 2016
GT Performance   Bob Pearson Mazda RX-7 Series 8 1:32.6533 21 September 2003
V8 Ute Racing Series   Kim Jane Holden VE SS Ute 1:35.2253 21 May 2016
SuperUtes   Tom Alexander Holden Colorado 1:42.9017 20 May 2018
24 Hours of Lemons   John Bermingham BMW E36 328 1:40.4680 27 April 2019
Superbike   Wayne Maxwell Honda CBR1000RR 1:20.437 9 September 2018
600cc Supersport   Ted Collins Suzuki GSX-R 600 1:22.806 30 April 2017
F1 Sidecar   Darrin Treloar/  Justin Plaisted Windle - Suzuki GSX-R 1000 1:30.056 18 July 2010
F2 Sidecar   Terry Goldie/  Jamie Crass LCR - Honda CBR 600RR 1:33.757 30 April 2017


  1. ^ AMRS WRAP: Magro breaks lap record in F3 round win, Retrieved 11 March 2019
  2. ^ a b Walker, Terry. Fast Tracks - Australia's Motor Racing Circuits: 1904-1995. Wahroonga, NSW: Turton & Armstrong. p. 184. ISBN 0908031556.
  3. ^ Winton celebrates 50th birthday today Retrieved from on 27 November 2011
  4. ^ "Winton Motor Raceway, Victoria". n.d. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  5. ^ Winton lap records

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