Driving the Newcastle 500 Supercars track | videos, photos

Newcastle is starting to get a picture of what its new street racing track will look like when the Supercars circus comes to town next month.

Concrete and wire barriers now line pit straight along Wharf Rd, and contractors have started building two grandstands in Foreshore Park at the start of the straight.

Parnell Place has been repaved, has freshly marked angle parking and, judging by the line markings, could become a one-way street after the race weekend.

Nobbys Rd now runs down into what looks to be a fast, sweeping left-hand bend leading into the hairpin, which is almost complete.

The council has lined the foreshore section of the track with 50 smart poles, whose public wi-fi will not be switched on for the race weekend, and has planted 10 thin palm trees in front of pit lane.

Workers were busy digging up the intersection of Scott and Watt streets on the weekend to remove a hump in the road.  

The state government has gazetted an existing car park and parkland on the Stockton foreshore for a paid parking area for 2500 vehicles during the race.

The gazetted area also includes another stretch of foreshore parkland north of the Stockton ferry terminal which can accommodate another 1500 vehicles, but a Supercars spokesman said this was unlikely to be needed.

The government also gazetted industrial land at Carrington, opposite the Throsby Creek marina, for the convoy of Supercars semi-trailers to park.

The three-storey pit building used for the Gold Coast 600 on the weekend will be dismantled from Sunday evening and moved to Newcastle.

The race series heads to New Zealand next week for the Auackland SuperSprint from November 3 to 5 before returning to Newcastle for its finale from November 24 to 26.

The championship is set to be decided in Newcastle after the results of the Gold Coast 600 compressed the points spread at the top of the rankings.     


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