Gladstone Auto Club president Peter Booth stands where a new multi-purpose speedway will be constructed at Benaraby.
Gladstone Auto Club president Peter Booth stands where a new multi-purpose speedway will be constructed at Benaraby. Chrissy Harris

New venue on track

A MOTORSPORT club is beating a path to a new track, as preparations have begun on an exciting multi-purpose motorsports arena.

Land at the Benaraby site has been cleared to make way for the new complex being constructed by the Gladstone Auto Club.

Sitting just off the Benaraby-Gladstone Road, the new track is close to the Jono Porter Memorial Drive track and the Curtis Coast Trail Club venue.

Gladstone Auto Club president Peter Booth said the finished complex would see speedway events, motorkhanas and rallies held at the complex.

“It will be available for any outdoor event, including concerts,” Booth said.

Anticipation for the track’s opening is high among the club, who’ve been dreaming of this day for some time.

“The club is very excited about it,” Booth said.

The land is owned by the Gladstone Regional Council and is being leased by the club.

Booth said the complex had been on the drawing board for many years, but the move of clearing the land showed it was going to become a reality.

The track is 600 metres long and 20 metres wide, Booth said.

Federal Government funding of about $100,000 was recently provided to construct a security fence around the perimeter of the complex.

“Hopefully within 12 months work will start on the track, and it would be good to see racing here in 2012.”

It will be available for any outdoor event, including concerts



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