Eastern Creek Speedway (ECS photo)

Aussie Sprint Car Notes: New Lease For Eastern Creek Speedway

The resolution of the ongoing problems surrounding the re-opening of Sydney’s Eastern Creek Speedway progressed today with the announcement of a new lease for the venue.

It is understood that the owners of the adjoining Western Sydney International Dragway will sign a lease with the New South Wales government to take over the state-of-the-art venue in Australia’s most populous city.

It would be another step closer to the reopening of domestic racing and the return of American drivers.

SPEED SPORT has been informed that the dragway operators are currently speaking to interested parties about the promotion of the speedway this season.

Built at a cost of approximately $60 million (US), Eastern Creek only operated for a season due to ongoing construction and other issues.

With the demise of Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway at the end of the last racing season, the number of first-class sprint car tracks in the nation has decreased significantly as of late.

NSW planning authorities have been working to reopen Eastern Creek, with Minister Paul Scully, who is a keen speedway fan, driving the relevant agencies to achieve a successful outcome.

Sprint car racing will return to Toowoomba’s HI Tec Oils Raceway this weekend for the second round of the Queensland Ultimate Sprint Car championship. Series leader Lachlan McHugh heads a list of 38 entries.