Cars rev up at new Eastern Creek Speedway
The first cars have tested the track at the new Eastern Creek Speedway, which has been delivered by Sydney Metro.
Eastern Creek was chosen as the site of Sydney’s new speedway in 2020 following the decommissioning of the previous speedway at Clyde, which was on land required to stable new metro trains for the Sydney Metro West project.
Work on the new speedway began in December 2020 and included:
- Excavating 600,000 tonnes of soil and rock at the site to support construction
- Constructing a 500 metre long reinforced retaining wall using almost 1000 precast concrete panels and 40,000 tonnes of recycled sandstone from the WestConnex project
- Construction of a 1.2 million litre storm water retention tank
- Construction of new dedicated car park for speedway competitors and an additional car park for dragway events
- Laying more than 100,000 square metres of asphalt and more than 70,000 tonnes of pavement materials
- The clay and topsoil has been sourced from Sydney Metro’s Eastern Creek Precast Facility. Sydney Metro has also taken about 90,000 cubic metres of spoil from the speedway for re-use at the precast facility, minimising cost and landfill on both sites.
Key features of the new $70 million venue include:
- A world-class clay racetrack for speedway cars including sprint, wingless sprint, street stockers, V8 dirt modified and Formula 500 cars and a track for motorcycles;
- A new grandstand and terraced seating for up to 7000 spectators;
- A dedicated competitor pit area to service the speedway;
- Workshops, garages and trackside support services and;
- Dedicated parking for speedway competitors and spectators.
The racing season at the new Eastern Creek Speedway will begin with the Grand Final of the QLD/NSW Sprintcar States Series in mid-January.