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‘Purpose-built circuit’ opens for Canberra festival

A PURPOSE-BUILT circuit has opened in the nation’s capital ahead of this weekend’s Canberra Festival of Speed.

A bitumen track based around Thoroughbred Park, north of the Canberra CBD, was tested last week by two Ferraris and a Lamborghini.

It has now been signed off ahead of the March 2-3 event, which will feature homegrown hero Cameron Hill driving his Gen3 Camaro Supercar. The circuit does not at this stage have scope to host major motorsport race meetings.

The festival has been brought to life as a joint venture between the Canberra Racing Club and Project Supercars, an entity run by Peter Bakavgas and Martin Tanti.

“It was a wonderful moment for our team,” Bakavgas said.

“To see this vision come to life is electrifying and we can’t wait to get these special cars on it at speed.

Pic: Supplied

“Thoroughbred Park will transform this week with the European food village, trade stalls and entertainment precincts for all ages to create a true festival with European flare.”

Also on the long list of cars taking part in the event is a pair of Garry Rogers Motorsport S5000s and a Lola LC88 Formula 1 car, among others.

“These are some of the most sought-after cars in the world, some of them are very rarely seen in public, let alone in our backyard right here in Canberra,” said Bakavgas.

The Saturday component of the festival will kick off at 4pm local/AEDT and run into the night, while the Sunday session is scheduled for 9am to 4pm. Tickets start from $39.80.

The Canberra Festival of Speed will be held on March 2-3. Pic: Supplied
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