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 1.7 kilometres (1.1 mi) long circuit. This extension was funded by prominent West Australian motorsport identity Alf Barbagallo and hence the circuit name was changed to Barbagallo Raceway. 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. The circuit was renamed Wanneroo Raceway in 2020.
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. The festival never returned to the circuit, having bankrupted the owners.
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 of 2016 until a number of safety upgrades could be implemented. 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. 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. The track was relicenced by Motorcycling Australia in March 2019, allowing racing to return.
Touring Car round winners
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.
|Outright||Gary West||Lola T88/50 Buick||0:52.2610||3 December 2005|
|Formula 4||Nick Rowe||Mygale F4 Ford||0:58.4291||6 May 2017|
|Formula Ford||Ashley Walsh||Spectrum 011b Ford||0:59.5717||24 March 2007|
|Formula Ford Kent||James Small||Van Diemen 011b Ford||0:59.7669||13 June 2004|
|Formula Vee 1600||Ryan Simpson||Jacer F2K6 Volkswagen||1:07.9889||14 October 2006|
|Formula Vee 1200||Jez Hammond||Spook Mk 1 Volkswagen||1:09.6141||9 August 2004|
|Formula 1000||Nick Percat||0:53.0792||13 July 2019|
|Sports Sedan||Tony Ricciardello||Alfa Romeo GTV-Chevrolet||0:54.9563||7 August 2005|
|Australian GT Championship||Craig Baird||Mercedes-AMG GT3||0:55.4236||8 May 2016|
|Carrera Cup||Steven Richards||Porsche 997 GT3 Cup||0:56.9816||1 May 2011|
|Clubman Sports||Terry Smith||Hooper||1:03.8160,||8 April 2006|
|Historic Sports Cars|
|Group Sc||Harvey Leys||Porsche 911 Carrera||1:07.1633||26 July 2009|
|Group Sb||Ted Jordan||Porsche 356C||1:11.8089||18 April 2004|
|Group Sa||John Rowe||Austin-Healey 3000 MkI||1:14.9372||6 May 2007|
|Supercars Championship||Scott McLaughlin||Ford Mustang GT||0:52.8141||3 May 2019|
|Super2 Series||Zane Goddard||Nissan Altima||0:54.3949||3 May 2019|
|Group A||John Bowe||Ford Sierra RS500||0:59.04||7 June 1992|
|Group C||Allan Moffat||Mazda RX-7||1:02.37||1 April 1984|
|Street Car Racing Association of WA||Andrew Stevens||Nissan 180SX||0:58.9157||24 July 2016|
|Improved Production||Matt Cherry||Holden Monaro CV8||1:03.5910||22 August 2010|
|Aussie Racing Cars||Dave Robson||Chevrolet Camaro-Yamaha||1:05.1660||7 May 2017|
|Mini Challenge||Leanne Tander||Mini Cooper R56 JCW||1:05.6260||11 May 2008|
|Saloon Cars||Rick Gill||Ford AU Falcon||1:06.7312||20 June 2010|
|Group 3E Series Production||Graham Stones||Mazda RX-7||1:07.1823||15 August 1999|
|V8 Ute Racing Series||Grant Johnson||Ford FG Falcon Ute||1:06.4669||1 May 2015|
|HQ Holden||Tony James||HQ Holden||1:14.1755||11 July 2004|
|Historic Touring Cars|
|Group Nc||Paul Stubber||Chevrolet Camaro||1:03.8405||8 May 2005|
|Touring Car Masters||Michael Almond||Porsche 911 RS||1:02.9005||4 May 2013|
|Group Nb||Bill Meeke||Ford Falcon Sprint||1:07.2807||19 September 2009|
|Group Na||Terry Smith||Ford Zephyr||1:20.7941||11 July 2004|
|Superbike||Daniel Falzon||0:55.446||5 June 2016|
|Supersport||Sam Clarke||0:57.184||5 June 2016|
|250cc Grand Prix||Rip Crocker||Yamaha TZR250||0:58.0500||8 October 1995|
|Superstock||Cameron Keevers||Honda CBR600RR||0:58.9650||9 September 2007|
|Sidecar||Steve Abbott||LCR-Suzuki GSX-R1000||0:59.4480||29 May 2005|
|125cc Grand Prix||Josh Brookes||Honda RS125R||1:00.7983||8 October 2000|
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