IN TAILEM BEND, they reckon that if you build it, they will come The Bend Motorsport Park, a new multi-purpose motorsport facility near Tailem Bend, South Australia (within 100km of Adelaide), has announced the appointment of a local contractor to commence the construction of its new racing circuit.

The 7.77 kilometre road racing track is set to become the longest circuit in Australia, beating the 6.2km Mount Panorama circuit. It is however dwarfed by the famous Nurburgring, at 20.8 or 24.4km, depending on which version is being used.

Its full length will be used for GT racing, but it’s planned most national series, such as V8 Supercars and Superbikes, will use a 4.9km version.

A South Australian construction company, Lucas, has been given the contract to take on the build. This is expected to create around 140 new jobs over the next 12 months.

Some $100 million is being invested in the project, which is a redevelopment of the former Mitsubishi Australia test track.

“The Bend’s racing circuit is world class, with inspiration drawn from the best racing circuits around the world including Spa, Red Bull Ring, Paul Ricard, Nurburgring, Suzuka and Silverstone,” said Dr Sam Shahin, Executive Director of the Peregrine Corporation.

“The circuit will be a permanent bitumen race track of international standard with 35 turns, a one kilometre long main straight and a width of 15 metres that continues into turns two and three for fantastic side-by-side racing action, and top speeds approaching 300 km/h,” “While the racing circuit will host top-level racing, it will be open to the public for a driving experience like no other, either in their own cars or in specially prepared track cars,” Shahin concluded.

The Bend Motorsport Park also plans to add a pit building, hotel and conference facilities along with a purpose built drift and karting circuit, an international Group 1 dragway, driver training facilities, an airstrip and a 4WD off-road facility.

It is expected that the new circuit will be completed by the end of 2017.