The Benalla Auto Club began planning for a permanent racing track around 1958, as a replacement for their existing track at Barjarg. In 1960 it was decided to build the track at Winton Recreation Reserve and the track was completed in twelve months. The circuit hosted its first race meeting on 26 November 1961. The circuit was immediately popular - a March 1965 meeting featuring the Neptune touring car and the Victorian Formula Two championship drew a crowd of approximately 10,000 spectators. The circuit length was extended prior to the 1997 round of the V8 Supercar championship and the upgrade included a new pit complex.
In its 60th year the circuit at Winton Motor Raceway has a combination of long fast straights and twisty and tight bends. It is also known as "Australia's Action Track". Dick Johnson once described the circuit being "like running a marathon around your clothes-line".
The original circuit (now called the Winton Club Circuit) is 2.028 km (1.260 mi) in length and comprises 10 turns. The circuit was lengthened to 3.000 km (1.864 mi) with the cars turning left prior to the esses and a series of right hand turns added before the extension rejoins the original track at the esses. The long circuit is called the Winton National Circuit.
The track is currently used as a round in the V8 Supercar series, hosting the Winton Super Sprint. The track is one of the more popular tracks in the series with spectators, especially those who live in the area. Easy access to the track and viewing areas make it very popular. It attracts some of the biggest crowds of any of the permanent race tracks in the series.
Although the circuit held various rounds of national championships such as the Australian Drivers' Championship and the Australian Sports Car Championship, Winton was not awarded a round of the Australian Touring Car Championship until the start of the Group A era in Australia in 1985. The first ATCC race was won by then triple-Bathurst 1000 winner Jim Richards in his JPS Team BMW 635 CSi. That race holds its place in ATCC/V8 Supercar history as not only the first all-Group A race in Australia, but the first ATCC win by BMW and the only race in history in which there were no Holdens on the grid.
Australian Drivers' Championship
Winton has played host to 19 rounds of the Australian Drivers' Championship since 1980.
* The 1989 Australian Drivers' Championship was contested over ten rounds at five race meetings at five different tracks. Although the races were held on the same day both Rohan Onslow and John Briggs are credited with separate round wins.
**The 2009 round saw two heats. Tim Macrow and Joey Foster each won a heat while also finished second on the other heat giving the pair equal points (35) on the day.
Australian Sports Car Championship
Winton played host to a round of the Australian Sports Car Championship on 7 occasions between 1978 and 1985.
|1978||Ross Mathiesen||Porsche Carrera||Ross Mathiesen|
|1979||Ross Mathiesen||Porsche Carrera||Ross Mathiesen|
|1980||Allan Moffat||Porsche 930 Turbo||Porsche Distributors|
|1981||John Latham||Porsche 930 Turbo||John Latham|
|1983||Bap Romano||Kaditcha K583 Cosworth||Kaditcha Factory Racing Team|
|1984||Bap Romano||Romano WE84 Cosworth||Bap Romano Racing|
|1985||Terry Hook||Lola T610||Terry Hook|
Australian Sports Sedan / GT Championship
1980, 1981, 1997, 1998 and 2003 were run for Sports Sedans. 1982–1985 were run for GT style cars.
|1980||Jim Richards||Ford XC Falcon Hardtop||Jim Richards|
|1981||Tony Edmondson||Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV Chevrolet||Donald Elliott|
|1982||Alan Jones||Porsche 935/80||Porsche Cars Australia|
|1983||Tony Edmondson||Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV Chevrolet||Donald Elliott|
|1984||Allan Grice||Chevrolet Monza||Re-Car Racing|
|1985||Kevin Bartlett||De Tomaso Pantera||Paul Halstead / The Toy Shop|
|1997||Wayne Park||Mazda RX-7||Wayne Park|
|1998||Tony Ricciardello||Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV Chevrolet||Basil Ricciardello|
|2003||Darren Hossack||Saab 9-3 Aero Chevrolet||Darren Hossack|
Australian Nations Cup Championship
|2002||Paul Stokell||Lamborghini Diablo GTR||Team Lamborghini Australia|
|2003||Nathan Pretty||Holden Monaro 427C||Garry Rogers Motorsport|
|2004||Nathan Pretty||Holden Monaro 427C||Garry Rogers Motorsport|
Australian Superbike Championship
Winton Raceway is one of the most prominent Superbike races on the Australian Superbike Championship racing calendar. Winton Raceway has seen riders such as Mick Doohan, Kevin Magee and Mat Mladin ride regularly at the venue.
|2007||Jamie Stauffer||Yamaha YZF-R1|
|2006||Jamie Stauffer||Yamaha YZF-R1|
Formula X-treme Motorcycle Championship
|2009||Craig Coxhell||Honda CBR1000RR|
|2010||Kevin Curtain||Yamaha YZF-R1|
Winton Raceway is one of Australia's most popular Drift circuits. It hosts Australia largest drift event Drift Attack. Drift Attack is promoted by the Victorian Drift Club and offers the largest Prize Pool in Australian Drifting and is contested by Australia's 32 best Drifters in the Pro class and 32 Drivers in the street class.
|2009||Luke Fink||S14 Silvia|
|2010||Josh Coote||Nissan 180SX|
- Winton Motor Raceway's Grade 3 licence expired 1 June 2022.
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