Located closer to Adelaide in the small town of Virginia (but still some 16 miles from the city centre), AIR featured not only a road course of two varying lengths, but also a half-mile oval and a drag strip. Races listed in Italics denote that season's ATCC endurance race. * 1988 was a round of the Australian Drivers' Championship. In 1979 the circuit was put on the market by Williams and, after a turbulent few years when rumours persisted about the track's future, it was bought by the Bob Jane Corporation, owners of the Calder Park Raceway. Unless otherwise stated all records are for the long (2.41 km) circuit.[5]. Community See All. Both the Speedway Super Bowl (more commonly referred to as "The Bowl"), and the Drag Strip have the capacity to run night meetings due to the lights that run around the Super Bowl and down the circuits main straight. Also, due to it being closer to Adelaide than Mallala, AIR is also used by the South Australian Police for driver training and car compliance testing. The dispute was resolved in 1994 and a programme of upgrades was put in motion for AIR, including demolition of the ageing grandstands, to be replaced by extended spectator mounds. The turns of the bowl being banked made turn 7 of the full circuit (turn 5 on the short course) slightly off-camber as cars entered the Bowl. There was an annual 3-Hour race held at the circuit until the mid-1980s that was televised nationally on the ABC, but once the covenant was lifted on the Mallala Raceway, safety concerns about the Super Bowl having no runoff area on the outside of the track saw bike racing move to Mallala instead. Address: Adelaide International Raceway, Port Wakefield Road, Virginia SA, Australia, Circuit type: Permanent road and oval courses, Website: https://www.adelaideraceway.com.au/. During the years that the Formula One World Championship held the Australian Grand Prix on the Adelaide Street Circuit (1985-1995), AIR was used for driver training for the annual Celebrity Race held as a support event for the Grand Prix. Forgot account? Possibly in an effort to preserve spectator viewing of the course, the infield area behind the pit lane is not used as the paddock. Jane's DeKon Monza was built and prepared by Norm Beechey's former mechanic Pat Purcell while the Briggs Monza was built by Adelaide-based K&A Engineering. During the years that the Formula One World Championship held the Australian Grand Prix on the Adelaide Street Circuit (1985-1995), AIR was used for driver training for the annual Celebrity Race held as a support event for the Grand Prix. Circuit owner Bob Jane also holds an AIR track record, co-holding the Sports Sedan lap record with former local driver John Briggs with a time of 54.1 seconds set in 1981. Since its opening in 1972, Adelaide International has been used as a test track for various race teams including the Melbourne-based Holden Dealer Team, as well as Adelaide based manufacturer Holden. The full circuit is 2.41-kilometre (1.50 mi), the short circuit is 1.77-kilometre (1.10 mi), the Speedway Super Bowl is 0.8-kilometre (0.50 mi), and the drag strip is 0.25-mile (0.40 km) long. 11,711 people follow this. During the race Peter Brock (who finished second) set the outright touring car lap record. The venue is owned by the Bob Jane Corporation and like Calder Park, is quite run-down and under-utilised these days. This was due to the longer periods of high speed cornering with the cars and suspensions loaded to the outside. From 1990, the Super Bowl became a regular and popular short track venue for AUSCAR and NASCAR racing during the 1990s, with crowds of up to 15,000 attending the annual Adelaide round of the Australian Championships. This is despite there being an open and unused area of approximately 21,500m2 located within the Super Bowl behind pit lane. To install click the Add extension button. A spectator mound and a small, uncovered grandstand, located on the infield of the Super Bowl directly behind pit lane, have also been added in recent years. Like most Australian circuits at its time of construction, AIR raced and still races clockwise, though the Super Bowl, with speedway meetings and NASCAR races in the 1990s, is the only part of the circuit to run state or national championship races anti-clockwise. The last ever ATCC race held at AIR was on 1 May 1988 with Dick Johnson winning the treble. The entire course was resurfaced in 2008, but by then the staging area at the beginning of the main straight had in effect become a permanent fixture, precluding any significant race events. Compared to the Thunderdome where the NASCAR's would lap at speeds over 140 mph (225 km/h), the fastest times recorded on the Super Bowl would be around 78 mph (126 km/h). Sedan driver Jim Curnow was knocked unconscious when his Holden Torana hit the concrete retaining wall and chronic Understeer was the biggest complaint of almost all drivers with cars generally being set up for dirt and not asphalt. Adelaide International Raceway (AIR) was built in 1972, and has a run a number of events including Drag Racing, Nascar, Touring Cars and Drift cars. The Adelaide International Raceway (often shortened to Adelaide International or more commonly AIR) is a permanent circuit owned by Australian Motorsport Club Limited under the auspices of the Bob Jane Corporation. Also, due to it being closer to Adelaide than Mallala, AIR is also used by the South Australian Police for driver training and car compliance testing. Not Now. With its 920 metre long front straight, it was always intended that Adelaide International Raceway would host top level drag racing, finally giving Adelaide a national venue that could compete with (at the time) Calder Park (Melbourne), Castlereagh (Sydney), Ravenswood (Perth), and the Keith Williams owned Surfers Paradise Raceway which, like AIR and Calder, incorporated a drag strip into the circuit design. AIR is owned by the Bob Jane Corporation and run by the Australian Motorsport Club Ltd. Adelaide International Raceway (AIR) was built by Surfers Paradise businessman Keith Williams in 1972. Compared to the now closed 440 metres (480 yd) long Liverpool Speedway in Sydney and the 410 metres (450 yd) Tralee Speedway in Canberra, the Super Bowl was a ½ mile (805 metres (880 yd)) track and supremely fast with room on the almost 200m long straights for cars to reach higher speeds, while the Super Bowl's longer than 200m turns are banked slightly at approximately 7°, making cornering faster, with the exception of turn 1 for running clockwise on the Bowl which is generally flat - necessary due to the front straight also being the drag strip, the main straight of the road course and the usual exit of pit lane. Dick Johnson noted during practice for AIR's 1988 ATCC round that after the 60 lap race even the lighter and significantly slower Gemini's would be suffering with worn tyres. Since its opening in 1972, Adelaide International has been used as a test track for various race teams including the Melbourne-based Holden Dealer Team, as well as Adelaide based manufacturer Holden. AIR also has an unusual set up for the Pits. [2], On 13–15 April 2012 top line drag racing made its return to AIR for the first ANDRA meeting at the track for over 10 years with he ANDRA Pro Series 1000, which marked the Australian debut (albeit for all classes, not just the nitromethane categories) of 1,000-foot (305m) drag racing. We have created a browser extension. I use WIKI 2 every day and almost forgot how the original Wikipedia looks like. Adelaide International Raceway (AIR) was built in 1972, and has a run a number of events including Drag Racing, Nascar, Touring Cars and Drift cars. While the pit lane is located on the inside of the track coming onto the main straight (cars enter pit lane at the end of the Super Bowl's back straight), the cars actually enter the track from the paddock through the pit gate on the outside of the track at the end of turn 9 (the gate is closed and forms part of the outside retaining wall during races). Opened on 9 January, 1972 by businessman Keith Williams, who was also the developer of Surfers Paradise Raceway, AIR was envisaged as a direct successor to nearby Mallala, which Williams also owned but had closed the previous November in anticipation of the new, more modern track opening. The track then went unused and had seen no drag racing since the late 1990s, with racing making a return in November 2011. This means that the main paddock for AIR is located on the outside of the main straight behind the officials tower and spectator mounds. The last Group C ATCC round winner at AIR was Allan Grice driving a VH Commodore SS on 1 July 1984, this was also the last ever ATCC race held under the locally developed Group C rules. [1] The track is dominated by its 920 metre long main straight which is also the drag strip and the front straight of the Super Bowl. Jones set the record during the 1977 Rothmans International Series driving a Lola T332-Chevrolet Formula 5000. The problem was that there were too few of them with some races only having five or six competitors. Most drivers eventually decided it was more fun racing on the dirt at Rowley Park and with crowd numbers dwindling to around 2,000 due to both the tracks location (26 km (16 mi) north of Adelaide) and the dwindling number of competitors, speedway meetings stopped being held after 1976. More latterly, the venue has also hosted the increasingly popular category of drifting alongside drag events such as Oz Nats Adelaide, which also features the emerging 'rolling drags' format where entrants take the measured course from a rolling start, for which the exit of the Super Bowl provides a perfect platform. AIR played host to numerous national drag racing championships through the years, as well as regular off-street racing for road cars. The proximity of the final turn of the bowl to Port Wakefield Road means that spectator mounds can not be placed there. Series that utilised the circuit included the Swann International Series featuring riders such as Graeme Crosby, who won the 1980 series race, and Gregg Hansford. 4.2. The fastest qualifying and race laps set during speedway meetings was set in 1976 by John Hughes (later the founder of World Series Sprintcars) driving a V8 powered HJ Holden One Tonner ute chassis covered by HJ Monaro bodywork. The last enduro, the Humes Guardrail 300, run on 20 November 1983 under CAMS Group C regulations, was won by Peter Brock in his HDT VH Commodore SS. The venue previously hosted NASCAR and AUSCAR racing during the 1990's, often attracting crowds of 15,000. Port Wakefield Rd, Virginia, SA 5120. AIR also hosted top level motorbike racing, including the Swann International Series featuring riders such as Graeme Crosby, who won the 1980 series race, and Gregg Hansford. 4,613 check-ins . The track is dominated by its 920 meter long main straight which is also the drag strip and the front straight of the Super Bowl.

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