Calder Park Raceway is a motor racing circuit in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The complex includes a dragstrip, a road circuit with several possible configurations, and the "Thunderdome", a high-speed banked oval equipped to race either clockwise (for right-hand-drive cars) or counter-clockwise (for left-hand-drive cars such as NASCAR).
Calder Park Raceway was founded in the farming community of Diggers Rest and began as a dirt track carved into a paddock by a group of motoring enthusiasts who wanted somewhere to race their FJ Holdens. one of those men being Patrick Hawthorn, who at the time owned a petrol station in clayton. when one of his clients suggested a place to race, on his property.
Calder Park has hosted events involving Australian touring cars, historics, Super Tourers, Super Trucks and Super Bikes to rock concerts featuring World class artists such as Fleetwood Mac, Santana and Guns N' Roses. A round of the 1987 World Touring Car Championship was held on the Calder Park Grand Prix circuit on 11 October 1987.
Thunderdome (Oval circuit): Length 1.801 km / 1.119 mi
National Circuit: Length 2.280 km / 1.417 mi
Club Circuit: Length 1.609 km / 1.000 mi
The first 100 metres of the Drag Strip was resurfaced in 2006 due to irregularities in the start line area, the strip reopened for the Legal Off Street Drag Racing event on Friday 17 November 2006.
Major Events: ATCC
Australian NASCAR Championship
Australian National Drag Championships
Australian Grand Prix
Length: 1.801 km (1.119 mi)
Banking: Turns - 24°
Length: 2.280 km (1.417 mi)
Lap Record: 0:52.69 (John Bowe, Veskanda Chevrolet, 1986, Australian Sports Car Championship)
Length: 1.609 km (1.000 mi)
Lap Record: 0:36.9 (Alan Jones, Williams FW07 Ford, 1980, Formula One)
Combined Circuit (road + oval)
Length: 4.216 km (2.620 mi)
Banking: Thunderdome Turns - 24°
Lap Record: 1:45.03 (Andrew Miedecke, Ford Sierra RS500, 1987, World Touring Car Championship)