Revised Newcastle Supercars circuitCOMMUNITY feedback has prompted the organisers of next year’sCoates Hire Newcastle 500 to modify the 2.6 kilometre Supercar circuit.
The revisedcircuitno longer crossesPacific Park but now runs the length of Watt Street, winds aroundShortland Esplanade and then cuts into Zara Street beforeheading into Parnell Place.
Significantly, the track still runs through the East Endwhere someresidents fear the event will have a negativeimpact on their lives.
Revved up: The revised 2.6 kilometre Supercar circuit no longer cuts through Pacific Park but runs the length of Watt Street and winds around Shortland Esplanade before cutting back into Zara Street.
But NSW Premier Mike Baird encouraged the race’sopponents to consider its benefits.
“Let me tell you they can rent their places out for a fortune,” he said during a visit to the city on Monday.
The newtwistingcircuitis designed to better showcase the city and itscoastline to more than 200 million viewers worldwide next November.
“This is a world-class circuit that will make for exciting racing for the people of Newcastle,” Supercars chief executive James Warburton said.
“We can’t wait to come to Newcastle and deliver great entertainment on and off the track and showcase the city to the rest of Australia and the world.”
New race circuit for Newcastle 500 supercars | VIDEO BEFORE: The initial V8 Supercar Newcastle track.
AFTER: The revised 2.6 kilometre Supercar circuit no longer cuts through Pacific Park but runs the length of Watt Street and winds around Shortland Esplanade before cutting back into Zara Street.
TweetFacebook“Newcastle City Council thanks the community for their feedback to date. Consultation will continue to minimise any disruption while ensuring the track highlights the best of Newcastle including its famous coastline,” she said.
“With the date and track now locked in we can look forward to planning the next 11 months before the Supercars take to the streets showcasing Newcastle on a global stage.”
Initial road upgrades will begin in late February.
Construction on footbridges and other infrastructure will begin about six weeks out from the event.
Community information sessions to discussthe next stages of planning process will be held at Crowne Plaza, Newcastle onTuesday between 4.30pm and 8.30pmand Wednesday between 8am and 12pm.