QUEENSLAND’S ECHO PARK JOINS SPEEDWAY AUSTRALIA
Years of hard work are about to bear fruit, with North Queensland’s revived Echo Park Speedway the latest venue to partner with Speedway Australia, giving Speedway competitors in the Whitsunday’s region a much-anticipated new home. Having taken the reigns of the Collinsville based track in 2017, operators Sharon and Gavin Saxby were dealt a crushing blow, with cyclone Debbie demolishing the venue soon after.
Undeterred, the pair have since poured their heart and soul into reviving the 33-year-old facility, giving in a new lease on life ahead of its 2021 re- launch. The past three years have witnessed a huge infrastructure project, involving earthworks to re-stand the safety barrier, installing some 167 new poles resulting in a brand-new catch fence, constructing new toilet blocks to replace those destroyed in the cyclone together with new transformers, wiring and track lighting.
The result is a spectacular 2-star facility which looks to cater for all divisions in the region, from Wingless Sprints and Modified Sedans right through to Formula 400, Formula 500 and Karts. The Speedway is part of a larger plan for the facility, which looks to incorporate a motocross track and rally course, with an emphasis on junior training and development across each of the motorsport disciplines offered. Echo Park’s grand re-opening takes place on April 17, with a total of 7 events planned for the season.
We wish Gavin, Sharon, and the team at Echo Park all the best with their preparations for an exciting first season!