Wake­field Park’s quar­ter cen­tury

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Goul­burn’s Wake­field Park chalks up 25 years in 2019. The cir­cuit was con­ceived and built by His­toric car buffs Paul Sa­muels and John Carter and was of­fi­cially opened by New South Wales Premier John Fa­hey in Novem­ber 1994, with for­mer For­mula One world cham­pion Sir Jack Brab­ham com­plet­ing the first of­fi­cial laps of the cir­cuit. Although the track has hosted high pro­file events in­clud­ing rounds of the Aus­tralian Su­per­bike Cham­pi­onship, it was built pri­mar­ily with club and his­toric rac­ing in mind and orig­i­nally pre­sented in retro style along the lines of the fa­mous Brook­lands cir­cuit in Bri­tain. In 2000, the cir­cuit was pur­chased by Paul Phillips and Rob Hodgkin­son (son of for­mer Isle of Man rider Barry Hodgkin­son) who un­der­took slight mod­i­fi­ca­tions to the orig­i­nal cir­cuit de­sign which re­main to the present day. In 2007, Be­nalla Auto Club (own­ers of Win­ton Race­way) pur­chased the cir­cuit and have in­sti­gated sev­eral prominent events, not least the nowan­nual All His­toric meet­ing, to be held on 1st Septem­ber 2019.

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