The Bend will further cement its place as Australia’s premier motorsport destination with construction started on a new $30 million dragway designed to host A-grade quarter-mile events
The dragway will be dual-lane strip over 1 kilometre with quarter-mile concrete timed length and lighting for night events, and will feature auditorium-style terraced seating and spectator viewing mounds. There will be a 1000 square metre burnout pad and over 3 hectares of paddock and staging areas.
Dragway events each year are expected to attract more than 120,000 attendees, create more than 200 jobs and generate more than $13 million of economic activity per year. The dragway will receive $2 million from the South Australian government’s Regional Growth Fund towards construction.
The Bend Motorsport Park Managing Director Dr Sam Shahin is thrilled about being able to fulfill the vision for The Bend as the most complete motorsport park in the world, catering for a broad range of motorsport disciplines through the single gate: “The Bend Motorsport Park is truly a world class motorsport facility. We continue our unwavering commitment to Australian motorsport. If you love motorsport, there is no place like The Bend. This is motorsport’s holy land and I want every Australian to experience it! ”
The Bend already boasts the second longest permanent racing circuit in the world that has attracted international level racing. The karting facility is of international standard and has already hosted national level events. There are rally, rallycross, four wheel drive and skid pan facilities that regularly cater for national and international brands. This is complimented by a rich program of fun and exciting driver experiences. The facility is supported by a 100 room 4-star hotel on site that has become a prime conferencing destination and a stunning holiday park that is currently undergoing further upgrades with additions such as mini golf, an 11km nature walk and entertainment facilities.