Wanneroo Raceway, currently known as CARCO.com.au Raceway for naming rights reasons, is a 2.411 km (1.498 mi) motorsport circuit located in Neerabup, approximately 50 km (31 mi) north of Perth in Western Australia. It was built by the WA Sporting Car Club.

The circuit was originally known as Wanneroo Park and the first race meet took place in March 1969. Initially the major race per year was a 6-hour Le Mans style race for sedans and sports cars known as the Six Hour Le Mans. However, as interest dulled in that event, production car racing took over as the major race type. In 1979, the Australian Grand Prix was held for the first and so far only time at Wanneroo Raceway which coincided with the opening of the new pits and paddock area to the west of the circuit. The Grand Prix was won by South Australian Johnnie Walker driving a Lola T332 Formula 5000. Walker was the last driver to win the AGP driving a Formula 5000.

In 1992, it was decided that a short circuit would be constructed by linking Turn 5 on the current circuit to the back straight forming a new 1.760 km (1.094 mi) circuit. This extension was funded by prominent West Australian motorsport identity Alf Barbagallo and hence the circuit name was changed to Barbagallo Raceway.[2] The short circuit allowed for an increase in the types of racing including the inclusion of truck racing and also allowed events to be run at night.

The circuit was completely resurfaced in 2004 and this saw almost all lap records broken in the first few months of 2004. Due to the sandy nature of the area the circuit slowly became more and more abrasive over time and was considered one of the toughest on tyres in the country.

The circuit was resurfaced again in early 2019.[3] The circuit was renamed Wanneroo Raceway in 2020.


Formula One ace Mark Webber drove a demonstration run at the circuit on 28 November 2010.

The track holds a number of major race meets each year, with the biggest being a round of the Supercars Championship called the Perth SuperSprint. This is one of the biggest sporting events in Western Australia each year with over 50,000 people attending the 3-day event.

The circuit offers patrons drift racing as an occasional spectacle. Some criticism has also come from opponents of drifting, due to damage caused to the track surface, especially heading into Cat Corner at the end of the main straight, where entries of over 100 km/h (62 mph) are not uncommon.

The circuit hosted the inaugural Australian Festival of Speed in 2010. Formula One team Red Bull Racing and driver Mark Webber attended for a demonstration.[4] The festival never returned to the circuit, having bankrupted the owners.[citation needed]

The circuit also hosts a number of motorcycle racing and training events, including the WA State Championships for Superbikes, Supersport and Sidecars – along with a number of support classes.


Due to the removal of the circuit from the V8 Supercar calendar for one year, the state government considered upgrading the track to improve the quality of the track and its facilities.

Many options were considered, which included extending the track to the north which would roughly double the length of the circuit, there were also alternative extension plans which were smaller. The widening of the track was also addressed, which would be needed to extend the track for safety regulations. The plan of the track extension was expensive if all aspects of the plan were considered, this would see this major upgrade of the circuit be postponed until the necessary upgrades are completed.

On 18 July 2011, the track's control tower was torn down, beginning the first stage of upgrades that saw the track widened, and a new pit facility built in the centre of the circuit, with connecting bridge. Improved lighting and safety barriers, as well as upgrades to facilities and buildings within the circuit formed part of the project.

Following a number of deaths Motorcycle Racing was banned from Wanneroo Raceway in November 2016 until a number of safety upgrades could be implemented.[5] In June 2016 the WA govermnent released the "Wanneroo Safety Enhancement Options Identification Assessment", also known as the Hall Report, recommending changes to the circuit to allow motorbike racing to return.[6] These upgrades included the addition of a "Bus Stop" Style turn at turn 3, a barrier wall through the infield area between turns 4 and the back straight and some other minor improvements, and were added to the circuit in January 2017.[7] The track was relicenced by Motorcycling Australia in March 2019, allowing racing to return.[8]

Touring Car round winners

Peter Brock racing at Wanneroo Park in 1985

Wanneroo Raceway has held rounds of the Australian Touring Car Championship since 1973. The circuit was left off the calendar from 1974 to 1977 and again in 2010.

Craig Lowndes has won the most ATCC / V8 Supercars rounds at the circuit with six wins. The most successful touring car team at Wanneroo is the Dick Johnson Racing with seven wins.

The first ATCC race held at the circuit in 1973 was won by Allan Moffat driving a Ford XY Falcon GTHO Phase III for the Ford Works Team.

Lap records

As of 22 May 2022.[9][10]
Class Driver Vehicle Time Date
Outright Australia Gary West Lola T88/50 0:52.2610[11] 3 December 2005
Racing Cars
Formula 1000 Australia Nick Percat Stohr 0:53.0792 13 July 2019[12]
Formula 4 Australia Nick Rowe Mygale M14-F4 0:58.4291 6 May 2017
Formula Ford Australia Ashley Walsh Spectrum 011b 0:59.5717 24 March 2007
Formula Ford Kent Australia James Small Van Diemen 011b 0:59.7669 13 June 2004
Formula Vee 1600 Australia Ryan Simpson Jacer F2K6 Volkswagen 1:07.9889 14 October 2006
Formula Vee 1200 Australia Jez Hammond Spook Mk 1 Volkswagen 1:09.6141 9 August 2004
Sports Cars
Sports Sedan Australia Tony Ricciardello Alfa Romeo GTV-Chevrolet 0:54.9563 7 August 2005
GT3 New Zealand Craig Baird Mercedes-AMG GT3 0:55.4236[13] 8 May 2016
Carrera Cup New Zealand Steven Richards Porsche 911 (997) GT3 Cup 0:56.9816[14] 1 May 2011
Clubman Sports Australia Terry Smith Hooper 1:03.8160, 8 April 2006
Historic Sports Cars
Group Sc Australia Harvey Leys Porsche 911 Carrera 1:07.1633 26 July 2009
Group Sb Australia Ted Jordan Porsche 356C 1:11.8089 18 April 2004
Group Sa Australia John Rowe Austin-Healey 3000 MkI 1:14.9372 6 May 2007
Touring Cars
Supercars Championship New Zealand Scott McLaughlin Ford Mustang GT FN 0:52.8141 3 May 2019
Super2 Series Australia Zane Goddard Nissan Altima 0:54.3949 3 May 2019
Street Car Racing Association of WA Australia Andrew Stevens Nissan 180SX 0:58.9157 24 July 2016
Group A Australia John Bowe Ford Sierra RS500 0:59.04 7 June 1992
Group C Canada Allan Moffat Mazda RX-7 1:02.37 1 April 1984
Improved Production Australia Matt Cherry Holden Monaro CV8 1:03.5910 22 August 2010
Aussie Racing Cars Australia Dave Robson Chevrolet Camaro-Yamaha 1:05.1660 7 May 2017
Mini Challenge Australia Leanne Tander Mini Cooper R56 JCW 1:05.6260 11 May 2008
SuperUtes Series Australia David Sieders Mitsubishi TritonChevrolet 1:05.7849 30 April 2022
V8 Ute Racing Series Australia Grant Johnson Ford FG Falcon Ute 1:06.4669 1 May 2015
Saloon Cars Australia Rick Gill Ford AU Falcon 1:06.7312 20 June 2010
Group 3E Series Production Australia Graham Stones Mazda RX-7 1:07.1823 15 August 1999
HQ Holden Australia Tony James HQ Holden 1:14.1755 11 July 2004
Historic Touring Cars
Touring Car Masters Australia Michael Almond Porsche 911 RS 1:02.9005 4 May 2013
Group Nc Australia Paul Stubber Chevrolet Camaro 1:03.8405 8 May 2005
Group Nb Australia Bill Meeke Ford Falcon Sprint 1:07.2807 19 September 2009
Group Na Australia Terry Smith Ford Zephyr 1:20.7941 11 July 2004
Superbike Australia Daniel Falzon Yamaha YZF-R1 0:55.446 5 June 2016
Supersport Australia Sam Clarke Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 0:57.184 5 June 2016
250cc Grand Prix Australia Rip Crocker Yamaha TZR250 0:58.0500 8 October 1995
Superstock Australia Cameron Keevers Honda CBR600RR 0:58.9650 9 September 2007
Sidecar United Kingdom Steve Abbott

United Kingdom Jamie Biggs

LCR-Suzuki GSX-R1000 0:59.4480 29 May 2005
125cc Grand Prix Australia Josh Brookes Honda RS125R 1:00.7983 8 October 2000

Oral history


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  3. ^ Stefan Bartholomaeus, Changes at Barbagallo ahead of SuperNight, www.supercars.com Retrieved 23 December 2018
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  5. ^ "Motorcycle racing temporarily banned at Barbagallo". speedcafe.com.au. 11 November 2016. Retrieved 6 March 2021.
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  10. ^ "Lap Records". Motorcycle Racing Club Western Australia. 9 May 2010. Archived from the original on 30 April 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  11. ^ "XMAS Super Sprint - Rnd 8 AMR 2005 CAMS Speed Event Series". www.natsoft.com.au. Archived from the original on 21 October 2009.
  12. ^ http://racing.natsoft.com.au/649764296/object_854777.78m/Times?9[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "Perth SuperSprint - V8 Supercars Championship - Races 8 & 9 BARBAGALLO RACEWAY WANNEROO - 2016 Australian GT Championship - Race 2". National Software. 8 May 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2016.[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "Trading Post Challenge - 2012 V8 Supercars — Races 7,8&9 - Barbagallo Raceway Wanneroo - 2012 Porsche City Index Carrera Cup Race 3". National Software. 6 May 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2013.[dead link]
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