August 8, 2022

Considered one of Australia’s most historic race circuits, Lakeside Park on Brisbane’s north aspect, will shut its gates to most observe day occasions on account of “potential security issues”.

Lakeside and Willowbank are referred to as Queensland Raceway which was bought to VIP Pet Meals proprietor and racing fanatic Tony Quinn late final 12 months.

Each tracks have been the websites for traditional motorbike racing over time however Lakeside was deemed too harmful for a lot of sorts of racing a number of years in the past.

Earlier proprietor John Tetley spent some huge cash redeveloping the well-known Lakeside circuit with resurfacing, wider corners and higher boundaries.

Earlier proprietor John Tetley in happier occasions

Nevertheless, after the loss of life of a traditional motorbike racer in December 2020, the brand new house owners have now determined to “step again from working occasions at Lakeside Park”. 

That ought to imply fewer motorbike observe days on the difficult and scenic circuit that sits on Lake Kurwongbah.

Riders who’ve booked observe days will obtain refunds.

Whereas QR is not going to longer run motorbike observe days at Lakeside a brand new supplier, Monitor Motion Moto Journey might provide some days. Particulars will likely be supplied quickly.

Right here is the reasoning supplied by the brand new house owners:

Queensland Raceway has on a number of events raised potential security issues relating to observe boundaries and observe infrastructure with the venue house owners/operators and RACERS, being the sanctioning physique.

Queensland Raceway is now not ready to tackle the potential threat, each from a industrial and reputational standpoint, of hiring/licensing the services at Lakeside Park while they continue to be of their present situation for any motor racing or motorbike occasions.

Occasions which had been scheduled to be managed by Queensland Raceway on the Lakeside Park facility have been handed over to the staff at Lakeside Park, ought to they select so as to add them to their very own occasion calendar.

Queensland Raceway believes within the significance of Lakeside Park’s heritage and its place as a part of the Australian motorsport panorama and would encourage the present house owners/operators of Lakeside Park to make enhancements to the power in order that Lakeside Park can return to its former glory.

Queensland Raceway takes delight in delivering the very best stage of high quality of security requirements to assist make sure the safety of our prospects.

Queensland Raceway is happy about the way forward for the enterprise on the Willowbank venue and can proceed to deal with delivering motorsport actions at this venue.

Till late final 12 months, Queensland Raceway and Lakeside Park had been operated/managed by the identical organisation. In November 2021, new administration took over Queensland Raceway and have since invested closely into that facility as a way to enhance security requirements and infrastructure.

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