The Wakefield Park circuit was built by Paul Samuels and John Carter and was opened officially by John Fahey, the then NSW Premier and member for the Goulburn district in November 1994.
It was built with club motor sport firmly in mind and with the control tower and paddock facilities and carports it made some of our existing circuits look a bit out dated. Track days and supersprints were the usual events with race days for cars, motor bikes and go karts also becoming popular at the circuit.
At 2.2 kilometres, with an reasonable length straight leading to a section of uphill bends with the loop at the top of the hill and then a downhill run into what became known as the fish hook section and a negatively banked last turn onto the main straight the circuit offered quite a challenge to achieve a quick lap.
In 2000 the circuit changed hands for the first time with Rob Hodgkinson and Paul Phillips taking over. Soon after the change over the circuit was re-profiled with changes to the fish hook area and the final turn onto the main straight. Both of these changes improved the flow of the circuit, the fish hook area in particular allowing for a faster run onto the back straight.
Under the new ownership the Wakefield Park licensing and permit system was introduced. This gave clubs a cheaper alternative to CAMS for the running of events and members could also purchase a Wakefield licence with which they could compete in events that they may not normally be able to on a level 2 licence. Now the circuit uses the AASA insurance and permit system that which is now being used by a large proportion of motor sport promoters and clubs for events around the country.
The Speed off the street days that allowed people to drive their own cars on the circuit under the Wakefield licence system, encouraging speed at the right venue and not on public roads were also introduced and continue today.
From 2001 to 2008 the circuit held a round of the V8 development series, this for many years being the only stand alone round for those cars. The pit lane garages were added at this time, once again improving the circuit’s facilities.
In January 2007 the circuit was bought by the Benalla Auto Club, the owners of the Winton Motor Raceway circuit in country Victoria. At the end of 2008 a major re-surfacing of the circuit took place and this again has led to better lap times. 2010 has seen the introduction of a lighting system at all flag points that will warn drivers of incidents on the circuit and be operated from race control making it one of the most sophisticated safety systems at a race track in the world . 2011 30 additional Pit Garages were added giving a total of 70 on site garages as well as 60 carports.
In 2009 Wakefield Park opened an onsite Race and Driving School with the Navybox School of Motorsport and offers a wide range of driving options.
With a great cafe and complete circuit viewing from the spectator areas enjoy today’s racing.
The current lap record for the circuit is held by New Zealand’s Ben Chrithon driving an Dallara Formula 3 open wheeler and stands at 54.563 seconds. The motorcycle lap record is held by Brayden Carr on a BMW RR 1000 with a lap time of 59.569 seconds.