WARWICK DRAGWAY EXTENSION WORKS
> UPGRADES TO EXTEND WARWICK’S EIGHTH-MILE TO A FULL QUARTER ARE WELL UNDERWAY
SOUTH-EAST Queensland’s beloved Warwick Dragway eighth-mile track is midway through its transformation into a full quarter-mile, along with major upgrades to facilities, after funding for the project was announced late last year.
Warwick is a favourite of ours and the wider drag racing community, having played host to the Six-banger Nats and Dragfest and been a regular stop on our three-day Drag Challenge Weekend events.
In December last year, the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments announced AU$1.9 million in funding for the Warwick upgrades, with work commencing in June this year.
The track upgrades include replacing the old eighth-mile strip with fresh concrete, which will also have an extra 800 metres of asphalt track added to make it a full quartermile and include the necessary run-off area.
Other improvements include the muchneeded addition of timing boards, re-paving the return road, and a renovated starting area and timing system. The timing tower will also cop a renovation, a new PA system is going in and the toilet and shower blocks will be brought up to standard.
Unfortunately, progress on the track extension has been slowed by bad weather and COVID. “We’ve probably had the wettest winter we’ve had in 10 years; it’s been raining for the past eight weeks,” says Matt Loy, committee member for Warwick Dragway.
“The main focus at this stage is to get the new asphalt poured and the concrete done for the eighth-mile,” Matt continues. “All the start area has already been ripped up and the barriers are gone, but wet weather means we can’t get the asphalt down, and interstate contractors being unable to come here has stopped us doing the concrete. But we’re using local community help and businesses where we can, and the support has been pretty incredible so far.”
Even with the lengthening to a quartermile strip, Matt explains that Warwick is still focusing on being a top-notch eighth-mile track. “All our club events and stuff like the Six-banger Nats will stay as eighth-mile, but now we’ll have the ability to run as a full quarter for certain events if needed,” he says.
Matt says that with the delays it’s unlikely the track will be open again this year, but he has high hopes for 2022. “Once we get the whole track poured and the walls back up for the eighth-mile, we’ll start running eighth-mile events again, which will hopefully be around March next year.
“Once the track starts up, we’ll continue renovating everything else as we go, but that’s the main goal right now.”
In the meantime, local racers have been getting their fix at Carnell Raceway in Stanthorpe, Ironbark Raceway in Roma, and of course at Willowbank.
We can’t wait to get back to Warwick next year for Drag Challenge Weekend and other awesome events. We’re stoked this community-run track is getting the love it deserves, and its final form will be mega.