Queensland Raceways, Ipswich

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Queensland Raceway nicknamed "the paperclip" is a motor racing circuit located at Willowbank in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia. The circuit did host V8 Supercars, and the Australian Superbike Championship, until 2019, drifting as well as club level racing and ride days.

Queensland Raceway is 3.12 kilometres (1.94 mi) long and 12 metres (39 ft) wide, running clockwise. There are six corners. The circuit was designed by Tony Slattery with input from car and motorcycle racing authorities including CAMS circuit expert Professor Rod Troutbeck.

The circuit was licensed by Australian motorsport's two peak bodies, Motorsport Australia Limited (previously known as CAMS) and Motorcycling Australia, but lost these certifacations for as the end of 2019. As the lessee of Queensland Raceway would not invest in essential safety requirements to meet FIA grade 3 standard, all its current sanctions of its race meet under the RACERS or AASA. It runs its own championship series, the Queensland Racing Drivers Championship.

Spectator viewing at the track is excellent with the flat layout of the circuit and spectator mounds. However the flat layout makes racing less exciting for the competitors than undulating circuits like Phillip Island. The track became infamous for its bumps, although the track was re-surfaced late in 2011.

Queensland Raceway is located with the bounds of the Ipswich Motorsport Precinct, which is also home to the Willowbank Raceway dragstrip, a kart track, a short dirt circuit and a junior (under-16) motorcycle speedway. The track is also located near RAAF Base Amberley and shares the base's 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) noise exclusion zone.

The track has been known for a number of deaths including club racer Dennis Smith and porsche supercup driver Sean Edwards in 2013. Two further deaths occurred when a 32-year-old driver and 41-year-old passenger were killed in August 2017.
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  • This raceway needs updating in a lot of areas, garages are carports. The track needs re surfacing, the run offs aren`t safe enough. Track night lights don`t follow CAMS regulations. The lease owner...  more »
  • Once in a Year Event SUPERCARS Racing , Exciting , Fast , Dusty in spectators areas. Very Popular, Crowded, Noisy ,Fast Action. Plenty of Parking ,long walk . Arrive Park Close Early ,But Long...  more »
  • Most fun I’ve had in ages!! Would definitely recommend the V8 race experience to anyone. I’m a 53 year old mother of two and never done anything like this ever before. I paid the extra to do 9 laps in total and am so glad I did because it was money well spent! My instructor Steve was awesome, very patient and calm. I felt completely safe in the cars and by the end was really putting the pedal to the metal. I just can’t wait to do this again!
  • Good track. Flat so it suits beginners. Nice drive to get there from Brisbane. Not too far.

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