Queensland Raceway, situated near Ipswich is also known as the 'Paperclip' on account of its U-shaped layout. The circuit, opened in 1999, offers four different layouts. The main straight is named after Queensland's best-known motor sportsman: five-time Australian touring car champion Dick Johnson officially opened the pit lane named after him on 16 August 2001.
Various structures, such as the pit lane buildings, garages, cafe' and spectator viewing areas are to be found on the outside of the circuit. The infield is totally undeveloped, permitting unbridled views of the entire circuit for spectators. The circuit was totally re-surfaced in the Autumn of 2011.
Queensland Raceway was designed after exhaustive and ongoing consultations with Australia's greatest motorsport heroes. Consideration to speed, safety and passing possibilities as well as spectator viewing, have been combined to provide what is to be a benchmark for circuit design into the next century.
There are six corners, with four gravel traps, four overtaking areas under brakes. The circuit has a slight rise and fall of around 2m for drainage.
The circuit is licenced by three sanctioning authorities including RACERS, CAMS Limited and Motorcycling Australia.
The design was checked with an FIA simulation model, which showed a theoretical top speed in a 1982 F1 car of 294 kmh at the end of the 650 m back straight.
Designers considered data from a leading V8 Supercar team, and current V8 Supercars see 250 kmh on the back straight and 160 kmh through the sweepier after pit straight (Turn 1). Designers also considered data from a leading V8 Supercar team and expect the current tourers should see 260 km/h on the back straight and 160 kmh through the right-hand sweeper after pit straight.
The track's north-south orientation means drivers face the late-afternoon sun momentarily in turn two.
The 50-car racing pits and viewing mounds are all on the outside of thecircuit. With no visual obstructions inside the track, spectators at any point are able to follow cars for a full lap.
Noise restrictions are not a problem at Queensland Raceway, as the track is within a six-kilometre buffer zone shared by Amberley Air Force Base and Willowbank Raceway.
Queensland Raceway V8 Supercar Qualifying Record: Will Davison, Ford Falcon FG, 1m09.0953s, 2013 (Dunlop Control Tyre) Queensland Raceway V8 Supercar Race Lap Record: Lee Holdsworth, Mercedes E63 AMG, 1m10.0423s, 2011 (Dunlop Soft Tyre) Fastest Lap (National Circuit): 1:04.0661 Simon Wills, Reynard 94D
Queensland Raceway is approximately 50 kms west of Brisbane, on the outskirts of Ipswich and close to the Amberley air force base, home of the F-111. It is part of the Ipswich City Council's Ipswich Motorsport Precinct. The precinct is beside the Cunningham Highway, approximately 22km from the Ipswich Motorway.
For visitors flying to Brisbane Airport, the recommended route is south on the Gateway Arterial, then on to the Logan Motorway, Ipswich Motorway and Cunningham Highway. Although not the most direct, this route avoids all urban traffic and takes less than an hour.
Accommodation near Queensland Raceway ranges from luxury self contained apartments with sweeping views, centrally located motels, boutique bed and breakfasts, cosy cottages, camping and cabins. For more information visit Discover Ipswich
Helicopters are welcome to land at both Queensland Raceway and Lakeside Park circuits. Landing at Queensland Raceways is strictly by prior permission. Please avoid overflying any residential properties at less than 500ft.