http://www.wintonmotorraceway.com.au/home/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=65&Itemid=9 WINTON MOTOR RACEWAY PURCHASE WAKEFIELD PARK RACEWAY Winton Motor Raceway and associated entities are pleased to announce that they have successfully purchased Wakefield Park Raceway. Wakefield Park, a 2.2km National standard racing facility, is one of NSW premier racing facilities and located at Goulburn, 180km south of Sydney. Established in 1994 as â€œThe Home of Club Motorsportâ€ by Paul Samuels and John Carter, Wakefield Park is one of the few privately owned motor racing circuits in Australia. The circuit was originally conceived to cater to the modest budgets of clubs and historic motorsport enthusiasts, whilst also deriving income from running professionally organised events. In 2000, Wakefield was acquired by a Sydney based consortium. The new owners then built on Wakefield Parkâ€™s grass roots beginnings in club and historic motorsport, by improving the circuit and facilities, running higher profile meetings and expanding its corporate activities. The acquisition will strongly unite the operations of Winton Motor Raceway and Wakefield Park both of which share remarkable similarities not only in their current operations, but both being located approximately 2 hours from their respective Capital cities on the Hume Highway. Winton Motor Raceway Chief Executive Officer Mick Ronke is extremely pleased with the new acquisition. â€œWakefield Park is similar to Winton in that they are among Australiaâ€™s busiest race circuits and we are more than pleased to have been the successful purchaser of the propertyâ€. â€œWe are experiencing a growth period at Winton Motor Raceway mainly thanks to circuit users being able to make a choice between the Australian Auto-Sport Alliance and other recognised alternative sanctioning bodies and we look forward to bringing Wakefield Park similar opportunities for further growth which will be very exciting indeedâ€. The flagship event a Wakefield Park is Round 3 of the 2007 V8 Supercar Development Series being held on 1st April, which, this year is being televised by the Seven Network. The current staff at Wakefield Park will continue their employment including Circuit Manager and Legendary motorsport champion Garry Willmington. Wakefield Park will also host two rounds of the 2007 Australian Motor Racing Series as well a two rounds of the NSW State Circuit Racing Series, and will continue all its other activities which are currently held at the circuit. One of the upgrades at Wakefield Park in the next 12 months will be the resurfacing of the 2.2km track with a hotmix surface which will be beneficial to the many different motor sport disciplines which compete at Wakefield Park. Meanwhile, Winton Motor Raceway will undergo significant upgrades in time for Round 4 of the 2007 V8 Supercar Championship being held 18 â€“ 20 May, 2007. In excess of $1million infrastructure upgrades are hurriedly being completed before the May event. Upgrades include power supply to the Pit complex and extended power around the facility. A $300,000 upgrade of the waste water facilities will also include an additional toilet and a water recycling program. Parking area upgrades and Corporate facility upgrades will also be taking place for the event which will kick off on Friday 18th May. A â€œKitomeâ€ facility is being established at the circuit for use by volunteer officials who travel long distances to work at race meetings and find it impossible to gain accommodation in the area when motels are fully booked by raceway patrons. In conjunction with Regional Development Victoria and the State Government, Winton has been successful in obtaining a $20,000 grant for the strategic study of the development of motorsport and its associated operations with the view to cementing the future of the raceway in the area. Ronke saidâ€¦ â€œThese are very exciting times for those associated with Winton, some of whom took part in the humble beginnings of motor racing in this area at a meeting conducted at Walkers Sports Store in Benalla 50 years ago this Octoberâ€. Winton Motor Raceway has a 3.0km circuit in National configuration as well as a 2.03km circuit in Club configuration located near Benalla, just off the Hume Highway, Victoria. The circuit has been established for over 45 years and hosts motorcycle, motor car and superkart racing as well as having vehicle product testing facilities.