Richard Court

Richard Court

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    Premier opens new home for speedway

    15/12/2000 9:00 PM
     
    15/12/00

    Premier Richard Court has officially opened the new home of motorsport in Western Australia - the Quit Motorplex at Kwinana.

    Attending a ceremony to mark the occasion, Mr Court said the Government-funded facility was the first of its kind in the world, combining speedway and drag racing, and would provide a focus for the future development of motorsport in Western Australia.

    The Premier said the purpose built speedway and drag racing facility would also stimulate the local economy as the associated motorsport industry was attracted to the area.

    “Importantly, this will see increased job opportunities in the Kwinana area,” he said.

    “The staging of international and national events will also provide an economic boost through direct spending.”

    It is estimated that more than 270 full-time jobs and another 300 jobs indirectly, have been created as a result of the construction of the Motorplex and many of those positions have been in the local area.

    The $18.5 million Motorplex consists of a world-class speedway track and quarter mile drag strip.

    The speedway track has been designed and constructed to incorporate a 500m car track and a separate motorcycle track each with its own clay surface.

    The quarter mile drag strip includes a concrete burn out and launch pad to assist traction and slight inclines and declines to keep vehicles stable under braking.

    A common pit area, which is more than four hectares in size, is a first for speedway fans as spectators will be able to access the pit for a close up view of the cars, drivers and crews.

    Over the past nine months, construction of the facility has seen more than one million cubic metres of earth moved around the 67ha site to create an amphitheatre effect.

    Mr Court said responsibility for the management of the Motorplex had been vested in the WA Sports Centre Trust, which was a statutory authority.

    “Operators of the Claremont Speedway and Ravenswood Raceway have been issued with a licence to conduct speedway and drag racing events at the venue,” he said.

    “However, it is envisaged that the complex will be used for other activities including entertainment, commercial and other sporting events.”.

    Media contact: Justine Whittome, 9222 9475