The Newcastle Street Circuit is a temporary street circuit around the east end of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. The circuit hosts the Newcastle 500, the final round of the Supercars Championship.[1] The 12-turn, 2.641 kilometre circuit takes in Newcastle Beach and the foreshore around Nobbys Beach Reserve.[2]

Circuit

The circuit begins on Wharf Road, heading south-west towards the city. It then turns left at Watt Street, crossing over the Newcastle Light Rail tracks before ascending a 1:22 hill up Watt Street, before again turning left onto Shortland Esplanade 500m after turn one.[3] Once on Shortland Esplanade, the circuit snakes down the beachside road before reaching a 90° left turn at Zaara Street. This is followed by a 90° right turn onto Scott Street and another 90° left turn onto Parnell Place to the fastest stretch of circuit, Nobbys Road down past Fort Scratchley followed by a left-handed hairpin bend in the Camp Shortland carpark. From there a right hand turn onto Wharf Road completes the lap.

The originally proposed layout was altered with the omission of the section through Pacific Park and the alteration of the planned Nobbys' Reserve permanent course.[4][5] However, the circuit has attracted criticism from residents within the circuit precinct.[6]

In 2019, the Camp Shortland hairpin bend was altered in order to improve overtaking. The corner apex moved to where the outside track limit point was initially situated and the corner radius was tightened, giving drivers a longer and deeper braking zone to complete passes.[7]

Lap records

As of 29 October 2019.

Class Driver Vehicle Time Date
Outright New Zealand Scott McLaughlin Ford Falcon FG X 1:10.3057 25 November 2018
Sports Cars
Aussie Racing Cars Australia Kel Treseder Camaro-Yamaha 1:20.8036 24 November 2019
Touring Cars
Supercars Championship New Zealand Scott McLaughlin Ford Falcon FG X 1:10.3057 25 November 2018
Super2 Series Australia Chris Pither Holden Commodore VF 1:11.8506 23 November 2018
SuperUtes New Zealand Tom Alexander Isuzu D-Max 1:29.1969 23 November 2019
V8 Ute Racing Series Australia Jeremy Gray Ford Falcon FG Ute 1:24.5471 26 November 2017
Toyota 86 Racing Series Australia Declan Fraser Toyota 86 1:26.1035 24 November 2018
Historic Touring Cars
Touring Car Masters Australia Steven Johnson Ford Mustang Mk.1 Fastback 1:18.3637 24 November 2018

References