Lakeside Park, formerly known as Lakeside International Raceway is a motor racing circuit located in Kurwongbah, Moreton Bay Region, Queensland, Australia. It is 30 km (18.6 mi) north of Brisbane, and lies adjacent to Lake Kurwongbah.
The circuit was known as the spiritual home of Queensland motorsport and was built by volunteers and borrowed machinery in the 1960s. The 2.41 km (1.50 mi) circuit opened in 1961 and was closed in mid-2001. The circuit reopened on 5 April 2008, with a race meeting held the following day.
Lakeside was built between 1959 and 1960 by the Queensland Motor Sporting Club. The opening meeting was staged on Sunday 19 March 1961, and the first international meeting was held the following year, with the feature race won by Jack Brabham in a Cooper-Climax. The circuit was the venue for a wide range of racing series including the Australian Grand Prix on two occasions, the Australian Touring Car Championship, the Australian Superbike Championship and the Tasman Series, playing host to such names as Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, Jack Brabham, Graham Hill and Chris Amon.
The fast and challenging nature of the circuit was an education for a generation of Queensland racing drivers and riders, including: John French, Dick Johnson, Gregg Hansford, Tony Longhurst, Will Power and five time 500cc Grand Prix motorcycle road racing world champion Mick Doohan.
If you can learn to race a motorbike at Lakeside, you can compete at any race track in the world.— Mick Doohan, 5 time 500cc Motorcycle Grand Prix World Champion.
Touring cars were a mainstay of the circuit's popularity, with the venue hosting the single race Australian Touring Car Championship titles in both 1964 and 1967. Following the change to a series format, Lakeside staged rounds of the ATCC in most years from 1970 to 1998. For much of the circuit's life these meetings were the largest of the year and played host to some brilliant racing, the highlight of which was the 1981 title showdown between local hero Dick Johnson and reigning champion Peter Brock. Despite a wounded car Johnson won the race and the title in front of his home crowd and secured for himself a future in the sport after almost 20 years of battling at times just to compete. Touring cars left Lakeside after the 1998 season, increasing the circuits decline as a venue.
Although national championship racing was still being held at the circuit in July 2001 declining revenues, mounting debts, court proceedings, an increasingly hostile local council and competition for event with the nearby Queensland Raceway led to the circuit's closure in 2001.
During the seven years the circuit was closed, several organisations and activist groups made up of competitors, fans and driver training advocates have campaigned to have the circuit reopen.
'Friends of Lakeside', led by Robert Hardacre and Trevor 'Shelby' Beutel compiled much data relating to the history of Lakeside and were able to initially have the circuit listed on the Queensland Heritage Register, which is the main reason why the local council were prevented from demolishing the track and facilities. Friends of Lakeside is a small group with the aims of preserving Lakeside as the home of historic and modern era motorsport for all.
'Lakeside Motor Racing Enthusiasts' is composed of both car and primarily motorcycle aficionados from 17 to 70 years old and hail from all various motoring fraternities and niches conceivable.
On 18 December 2007, Pine Rivers Shire Council and Queensland Raceway (Wrexmere Pty Ltd) signed off on a 30-year-long-term lease (with an option for 10 years) to operate the facility, including both driver training and racing. Racing was limited by noise (95db) and time constraints as a means of ensuring neighbourhood management.
The circuit reopened during 2008 strictly as a local racing venue, and the new operators, the owners of Queensland Raceway, have no ambitions to hold national level meetings, preferring to use the better quality facilities at their sister-circuit for higher level meetings. Lakeside was closed during the summer of 2008/2009 while QR staff and volunteers refurbished and widened the circuit.
During the refurbishment a tunnel was also added underneath the circuit just before the foot bridge. The circuit is now 12m wide on the exit of Shell Corner, previously it was 8m wide at this point. The Bus Stop was not resurfaced, and neither was a short stretch between Hungry and Eastern Loop. The majority of the bumps were removed during the resurfacing. Further upgrades following these works in 2011 involved removing the Armco barriers on the inside of the track on the exit of Karousel. A sand trap was added and the runoff area increased and concrete barriers installed. The track reopened after the refurbishment in early 2009 and has remained open since, although its ongoing operation is under threat due to repeated breaches of the venues' 70db noise restrictions.
Major race results
Australian Grand Prix
|1966||Graham Hill||BRM P261||Owen Racing Organisation|
|1969||Chris Amon||Ferrari 246T||Scuderia Veloce|
Along with the AGP in 1966 and 1969, Lakeside hosted a round of the Tasman Series in 1964 and 1967. Both races were won by World Formula One Champion drivers, Australia's own Jack Brabham in 1964 and Scotland's Jim Clark in 1967.
|1964||Jack Brabham||Brabham BT7A Coventry Climax||Ecurie Vitesse|
|1967||Jim Clark||Lotus 33 Coventry Climax||Team Lotus|
Australian Drivers' Championship
Lakeside hosted 17 rounds of the Australian Drivers' Championship for the CAMS Gold Star between 1963 and 1994.
Australian Touring Car Championship
Between 1964 and 1998, Lakeside hosted the Australian Touring Car Championship on 29 occasions. The first two in 1964 and 1967 were when the championship was only a single race before changing to a series in 1969. Lakeside also hosted two rounds of the championship in 1991.
Australian Super Touring Championship
Lakeside hosted the Australian Super Touring Championship (known as the Australian 2.0 Litre Touring Car Championship in 1993 and Australian Manufacturers' Championship in 1994) 8 times between 1993 and 2000–01.
Australian GT Championship
Another national championship that Lakeside hosted was the Australian GT Championship. Lakeside held its first race of the championship in 1962, then had to wait another 20 years before the championship returned in 1982 for a 5-year run that ended with CAMS discontinuing the championship after 1985.
|1962||John French||Centaur Waggott||GP Cars Racing Team|
|1982||Alan Jones||Porsche 935/80||Porsche Cars Australia|
|1983||Jim Richards||BMW 318i Turbo||JPS Team BMW|
|1984||Allan Grice||Chevrolet Monza||Re-Car Racing|
|1985||Bryan Thomson||Chevrolet Monza||Thomson-Fowler Motorsport|
Australian Sports Car Championship
The Australian Sports Car Championship raced at Lakeside on 5 occasions between 1977 and 1985.
|1977||Porsche 934 Turbo||Porsche Distributors|
|1978||Ross Mathiesen||Porsche Carrera|
|1983||Chris Clearihan||Kaditcha Chevrolet||Canberra Sports Car Club|
|1984||Romano WE84 Cosworth||Bap Romano Racing|
|1985||Chris Clearihan||Kaditcha Chevrolet||Chris Clearihan|
Australian Sports Sedan Championship
The Australian Sports Sedan Championship raced at Lakeside on 9 occasions between 1978 and 1985.
|1978||Allan Grice||Chevrolet Corvair||Craven Mild Racing|
|1979||Jim Richards||Ford XC Falcon||Jim Richards Motor Racing|
|1980||Allan Grice||BMW 318i Turbo||Craven Mild Racing|
|1981||John Briggs||Chevrolet Monza||John Roberts|
|1991*||Ford Escort Mark II Chevrolet||Mick Monterosso|
|Toyota Supra Chevrolet||Des Wall|
|1992*||Toyota Celica Supra Chevrolet||Kerry Baily|
|Toyota Celica Supra Chevrolet||Kerry Baily|
|1993*||John Briggs||Honda Prelude Chevrolet||John Briggs|
|John Briggs||Honda Prelude Chevrolet||John Briggs|
|1996||John Briggs||Honda Prelude Chevrolet||John Briggs|
|1999||Tony Ricciardello||Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV Chevrolet||Basil Ricciardello|
* Lakeside hosted two rounds of the 1991, 1992 and 1993 championships with both rounds held on the same day.
Australian Formula 2 Championship
Australian Formula 2 Championship raced at Lakeside on 7 occasions between 1970 and 1988. The 1971 and 1988 races were part of the Australian Drivers' Championship for the CAMS Gold Star.
|1970||Max Stewart||Mildren Waggott TC4V||Alec Mildren Racing|
|1971||Tony Stewart||Elfin 600B England Ford||Paul England Pty Ltd|
|1974||Ray Winter||Mildren Mono Ford||Ray Winter|
|1985||Peter Macrow||Cheetah Mk 8 Volkswagen||Peter Macrow|
|1986||Jon Crooke||Cheetah Mk 8 Volkswagen||Jonathon Crooke|
|1987||Elfin 852 Volkswagen||Elfin Sports Cars Pty Ltd|
|1988||Derek Pingel||Ralt RT30 Volkswagen||Ralt Australia Pty Ltd|
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- Walker, Terry (1995). Fast Tracks. Sydney: Turton & Armstrong. p. 82. ISBN 0908031556.
- Keith Thallon, Lakeside Opening by Sporty Governor, Sports Car World, June 1961. pages 46 & 47
- Neville Roberts. "Lakeside: Venue of the Lakeside International & the Australian Grand Prix". Tasman-Series.com. Archived from the original on 21 July 2003. Retrieved 22 August 2008.
- "Lakeside International Raceway 08/07/2001 Konica V8 Supercar Series - Round 5". National Software. 8 July 2001. Archived from the original on 27 May 2008. Retrieved 31 January 2009.
- "Heritage lost - gone but not forgotten". Queensland Government. Archived from the original on 6 July 2009. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
- "Racing 'suspended' at Lakeside due to noise breaches". Speedcafe.com. Retrieved 23 October 2018.