Mallala Motor Sport Park is a 2.6 km (1.6 mi) bitumen motor racing circuit near the town of Mallala in South Australia, 55 km north of the state capital, Adelaide.
Mallala Race Circuit (1961 to 1971)
The Mallala Race Circuit, as it was originally known, was established on the site of the former RAAF Base Mallala. The land was purchased from the Royal Australian Air Force at public auction in 1961 by a group of enthusiasts seeking to create a replacement for the Port Wakefield Circuit. South Australia had been allocated the 1961 Australian Grand Prix on the state by state rotational system that applied at that time but the organisers had subsequently been informed by CAMS that the Port Wakefield venue was not suitable for the event. The opening meeting for the new venue was held on 19 August 1961 with Bib Stillwell winning the main event in a Cooper Climax.The 1961 Australian Grand Prix featuring at the second meeting.The original lap distance of 3.4 km (2.1 mi) was reduced to 2.6 km (1.6 mi) in late 1964 when Bosch Curve was moved closer to the Dunlop Curve Grandstand, thus removing the north eastern leg of the circuit.
Mallala Motor Sport Park (1982 to date)
Following the purchase of the Mallala site by South Australia businessman and former racer Clem Smith in 1977, a Supreme Court decision declared the covenant unenforceable.The facility was then redeveloped and was reopened for motorcycle racing in 1980 and for car racing in 1982.It was now known as Mallala Motor Sport Park.The circuit was initially issued with a “B” track license, thus excluding the staging of championship level racing, and the track's biggest annual event became Historic Mallala which was held each Easter.This restriction was later lifted and the circuit hosted a round of the Australian Touring Car Championship each year from 1989 to 1998. When that championship evolved into the Shell Championship Series in 1999, the Mallala round was replaced by the Clipsal 500, held on the Adelaide Street Circuit. A round of the second tier V8 Supercar Development Series was held at Mallala Motor Sport Park each year from 2000 to 2006 before also moving to Adelaide in 2007.
Touring Car Round Winners
Note that from 1960-1968, the ATCC was a single race held at a different venue most years, with Mallala hosting in 1963 on the original track. From 1972-1988 all ATCC races in SA were held at the Adelaide International Raceway. In 1999 and 2007 respectively, the ATCC (V8 Supercars) and Development Series moved to the Adelaide Street Circuit.
- Australian Grand Prix
- Australian Drivers' Champ.
- Australian Tourist Trophy
- Australian Touring Car Champ.
- Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series
2.601 km (1.616 mi)
10 (Officially 8)
1:02.57 (Paul Stokell, Reynard 90D Holden, 1994, Formula Holden)