Sydney Motorsport Park lighting up
The $33 million upgrade of Sydney Motorsport Park has commenced with the installation of the first light tower which will bring night racing back to Eastern Creek.
134 lighting poles will be installed around the circuit with world-class LED lighting set to provide broadcast-quality lighting for night racing.
The investment package funded by the NSW Government for the upgrade of Sydney Motorsport Park also includes $11 million in enhancements for the adjacent Sydney International Dragway, $6.4 million to construct a Motor Sports Centre of Excellence and work to find an operations site for Motorcycling NSW.
Sydney Motorsport Park, formerly known as Eastern Creek Raceway, in the city's west last hosted a popular Supercars night event in 2018 with temporary lighting used (the first Supercars night race in some 20 years), but the circuit was left off the 2019 schedule all together.
Supercars is set to return to the circuit for the Sydney SuperNight event in late August, however with the season currently suspended due to covid-19, it remains to be seen if the event will take place as scheduled, or at a later date.
NSW Minister for Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres said the upgrades would provide a tourism and economic boost for Western Sydney, noting “the upgrade of Sydney Motorsport Park will enable the site to host some of the biggest motor racing events in Australia, providing a tourism and economic shot in the arm for Western Sydney.
“It will also give NSW motorsport fans what they have been craving with more world-class motor racing events on their doorstep.”
Once complete, Sydney Motorsport Park will be the only major in-use racing circuit with permanent lighting allowing for night racing. The Calder Park Thunderdome pioneered night racing back in the 1990’s however is no longer in use for professional racing, while the former Oran Park Raceway also held night events around the same time.