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Calder Park named on 2023 circuit racing calendar

HOPES for a racing return to Calder Park continue to hinge on significant upgrades being delivered, despite the iconic venue today being named on a 2023 calendar.

The Victorian State Race Series’ announcement this morning that Calder Park is pencilled in to host its season finale next year has been met with excitement.

The listing of the venue for the October 27-29 weekend came with an asterisk, denoting that it’s subject to approval by Motorsport Australia.

Calder Park last hosted a Motorsport Australia-sanctioned race meeting in 2003.

There has been a recent push to revive the precinct, which hosted ATCC/Supercars Championship action from 1969 to 2001.

However, it’s understood a return next year is far from a sure thing.

V8 Sleuth sources have indicated considerable work is needed before the appropriate track licence could be issued.

When approached about the matter, a Motorsport Australia spokesperson said: “Calder Park does not currently hold a Motorsport Australia track licence that would allow for an event such as a State Championship round to take place.

“Our team will continue discussions with Calder Park management about obtaining a track licence in the future, should the venue meet the necessary requirements.”

Experienced motorsport administrator Rowan Harman, who is assisting track owners Rod and Kim Jane, said genuine upgrades are on the way.

He noted they are waiting on a Motorsport Australia report before pulling the trigger on some of the more major elements.

Supercars last raced at Calder in 2001. Pic: an1images.com / Dirk Klynsmith

“We have an existing track permit through AASA for test and tune, and private track days, once we do things like the gravel traps and edge marking and that sort of thing,” Harman told V8 Sleuth.

“We’re probably three to six weeks off the manicuring, and ideally before Christmas all of the gravel traps will be reconstituted and refurbished, so early next year we should be able to start test and tune days and private testing.

“We want a track licence from both sanctioning bodies; we haven’t got the report back (from Motorsport Australia) as yet.

“There’s a couple of issues that we’re all aware of, which is some run-off areas, but we well and truly have got plans for all of that.

“But we can’t press any buttons until we get the track inspection report from MA.”

Either way, Harman voiced his excitement at seeing Calder Park roar back to life.

“Drag racing recommenced last Friday, with another meeting this Friday,” he said.

“We have got some other special events like Ultimate Street Car Challenge and some drift events leading up to Christmas.

“It is good to see the place up and alive, we’re just chipping away… it’s operating now as a circuit for drag racing and it’s not too hard to see where that transition is to circuit racing.”

Sandown (twice), Phillip Island (twice) and Winton are the other locations named on the six-round 2023 Victorian State Race Series schedule.

Among categories that typically feature on the Victorian State Race Series bill are Formula Ford, Formula Vee, Historic Touring Cars, HQ Holdens, Hyundai Excels, Improved Production and Sports Sedans.

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