Article Courtesy of Speedway Australia
Excitement will be high in the centre of the Northern Territory this weekend, with racing resuming at Tennant Creek Speedway after a spectacular upgrade to their facilities.
Thanks to the Northern Territory Government and Motorsports NT, a two year work-in-progress has finally been completed with the installation of a brand new Speedway Australia 4-Star wall & catch fence. Upgrades to the timing system include the installation of a brand new timing loop in the track surface and there’s also a brand new control tower, canteen and toilet block in the pit area.
You can see the increase in fence height by looking at the white lines on the light towers from the pic in 2018 versus now.
Led by Club President Colin Fry, the hard working committee and volunteers have worked overtime to ensure the venue’s success with the most significant improvement in the venue’s history now being completed.
Previously this venue was rated for Sedan racing only, but the track can now host full fields of open wheel divisions, including SCCA Sprintcars of which two will hopefully demonstrate this weekend.
Although there is a relatively small competitor base within the immediate township of Tennant Creek (around 8 Street Stocks, 2 Juniors and a Formula 500), the Northern Territory tracks support each other and competitors travel long distances to support the venues. Tennant Creek is mainly an agricultural centre these days and is located right in the middle of the Territory, 1000kms south of Darwin and 500km north of Alice Springs.
Their opening event for the season kicks off this Saturday night for a two night event, with a further four events scheduled between now and October.
More info can be found on the Tennant Creek Speedway Club Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Tennant-Creek-Speedway-Club