Events at Winton Motor Raceway BY Neil Sean Watson
The biggest event of the year that happens at Winton Motor Raceways would have to be the round of V8 Supercars, it draws in people from around Australia to watch this event in person and hundreds of thousands of people that watch the event live on television. The V8 Supercars are normally hosted at Winton about halfway through the year.
The main layout of the track is used for major events that are help but the Club configuration is used for quite a few events as well. Some events that use the Club configuration are Performance Car Mania, Drift Matsuri and Test and Tune days that happen almost every weekend among other events.
Winton first hosted what became the V8 Supercars in 1985 when it was still classed as the Australian Touring Car Championship. Since then the track has gone through quite a few changes, it has had quite a few parts resurfaced. The extension of the track in 1997 increased the length of the track by one kilometre, so now the track has two different layouts.
One up and coming form of motor sport that is held at Winton Motor raceway quite commonly is drifting, it is normally held sometime each month but they have 2 main events each year that is held at Winton and that is the Summer and Winter Drift Matsuri.
Each Matsuri is held over one weekend and it generally attracts quite a few people from around Victoria and even some people from as far north as Sydney. One of the reasons it attracts so many people is because it’s quite a cheap motor sport to get into. There’s no need to worry too much about the damage that happens to the vehicle. Everyone is normally super friendly and willing to help you with something even if it is out of their way, and one of the best things about it is that no one is a winner and no one is a loser.
Another event that got a lot of attention is Performance Car Mania. Last year this event sold out all the entries very quickly and made it so the track would always be packed with cars.
But one of the great things about this is that it doesn’t matter what you have, you can take it as long as it passes the scrutineering. It doesn’t matter if it’s a couple of hundred junkers you bought just to have some fun with or basically a full blown drag or burnout car, they are all welcome to participate in the event. It’s all about having some fun in a legal environment.
Over the past few years there have been a few incidents on and off the track that have made some people shy away from the event. Normally it’s a nice, friendly environment that is made up of people who are car enthusiasts or people who want to go do burnouts and hoon around but don’t want to get caught doing it on the streets.