AUS - AUSTRALIA
MALLALA
Description Street circuit built in a former military airfield. It was first used for 1961 Australian GP (four-wheeled). In 1964 it was shortened by building a new link between tuns 5 and 7. Loop to turn 6 has not been used since. Due to the competition with Adelaide International Raceway, much closer to Adelaide, the circuit was closed adt the end of 1971. After years it was reopened and now it’s the mail circuit in South Australia.
For more info, please see Mark Taylor’s guide, bottom of this page
Location Mallala
SA - South Australia
Location Mallala, 60 km - 37 mi North of Adelaide
Latitude - Longitude - 34°24'56"     +138°30'18"
-34.415556     138.505
UTM Coordinates X = 270693.815  -  Y = 6188943.554  -  Zone 54H
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Altitude AMSL 46 m - 151 ft
Inauguration 1961
Closing  
Designer  
Sources and links (Translation) (**)
(1) Australian English mail, note Mail from Mark Taylor dated February 15th 2006
(2) Australian English www.hsv.com.au/racing/tracks/mallala.htm
(3) English www.racingcircuits.netMotor Racing Circuits Database

(*) NOTE: a complete and detailed view of the circuit can be found (if available) on Street View by Google Maps and/or Bird's Eye and 3D views by Bing Maps for Enterprise (former Microsoft Virtual Earth): both can be reached using their own link in Aerial photo / Map cell.

(**) For on-line not-English speaking sources, click on each small flag and you open the corresponding Google Translator page with automatic translation.

Mallala
Description  
Years 1961÷1964
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration 1961
Closing 1964
Last update of this page July 8th 2007
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points KLG - Shell - Dunlop - Bosch - Repco - Penfolds
length 3200  m 10499  ft 1.988  mi   (1)
length 3379  m 11086  ft 2.1  mi   (3)

Mallala
Description  
Years 1964÷...
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration 1964
Closing  
Last update of this page July 8th 2007
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points KLG - Shell - Dunlop - Repco - Penfolds
length 2600  m 8530  ft 1.616  mi   (1)

Mallala 1961÷1964

Mallala 1961÷1964


Mallala 1964÷...

Mallala 1964÷...




MARK TAYLOR’S GUIDE
By Mark Taylor and reproduced here with his kind permission. Translation to Italian is mine.
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It was 1961, and South Australia’s turn to host the (four-wheeled) Australian Grand Prix (AGP). However, South Australia had only one circuit, 2.1 km - 1.30 mi Port Wakefield. The AGP had been held there in 1955 but now, quoth the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS), it was too short. South Australia had to find a longer circuit or lose its place in the AGP queue.

A longer circuit was found at Mallala, a village about 60 km - 37 mi north of Adelaide. It was a disused RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force) training airfield and although the runways were grass there was sufficient paving in the form of access roads and hardstanding to put together a circuit of 3.2 km - 2 mi. In 1964 a link from Turn 5 to Turn 7 was created, shortening the circuit to 2.6 km - 1.616 mi. To the best of my knowledge the loop down to Turn 6 and back to Turn 7 has not been used since and has probably now been ploughed under. Probably to do with vehicles travelling in opposite directions in close proximity.

Construction of Adelaide International Raceway (AIR) only 16 km - 10 mi from Adelaide threw a scare into the owners of Mallala. Thinking that they could feel the winds of change, they closed it at the end of 1971 and sold it. The winds turned out to be, however, but a gentle zephyr. Due to a change of ownership and a dispute between the new owner and CAMS, Adelaide International Raceway was stilled in 1991. Fortunately, a former touring car racer, Clem Smith, had had more faith in Mallala than the previous owners. He had bought the property in 1983 and rehabilitated the circuit, and he was there to take over AIR’s role. Mallala now hosts annual rounds of the Australian Superbike Championships and V8 Supercar series, as well as a major historic meeting. It also serves South Australia’s club racing needs.

There have been reports recently of a rapprochement between CAMS and the owner of Adelaide International Raceway, but Mallala is well entrenched now as the premier South Australia circuit, and will no doubt staunchly resist any encroachment by Adelaide International Raceway on its space.

Updates
Date Track layout Years Description by Map by Thanks to Note
February 19th 2006   1961÷1964 Guido de Carli Guido de Carli Mark Taylor New Description with map
February 19th 2006   1964÷... Guido de Carli Guido de Carli Mark Taylor New Description with map
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