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01 April 2020 Posted by 

FROM MOTORSPORT PARK TO HUB

Model for technological transformation 
RED DWYER
THE Silverstone Technology Cluster in the UK could be the model for the transformation of the Sydney Motorsport Park precinct into a hub for advanced manufacturing in Western Sydney.

The hub, modelled on the Silverstone racing circuit which sits at the centre of the Silverstone Technology Cluster, is a focus for precision engineering and manufacturing.
 
The Australia Driving Racing Drivers Club (ADRC) believes this is a possibility.
 
“Investments made by the NSW government such as the permanent circuit lighting, enable the capacity of the facility to increase opening up space for the hub,” said Peter Larum, general manager, marketing and commercial at the ARDC.
 
Elsewhere, the NSW government said in early 2019 it would allocate $6.4M to build a Motor Sport Centre of Excellence at Sydney Motorsport Park.
 
Andrew Papadopoulos, president, of the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (which would its name to Motorsport Australia from 2020), said the funding was a significant boost for motor sport in Australia.
 
“Funding for CAMS’ Centre of Excellence will ensure that we have a state-of-the-art community facility to host a range of programs for those involved in grassroots right through to the elite level.
 
“CAMS can also confirm the centre of excellence will also be able to be utilised to host training for those involved in motor sport in the Asia Pacific region, which will bring with it significant economic activity for NSW.”
 
Andrew Papadopoulos said strong international interest existed in this centre of excellence, and CAMS had no doubt it will be used as a template for other motor sport governing bodies around the world.
 
“The centre is a unique opportunity for Western Sydney which will also attract advanced motor sport engineering jobs.”
 
Sydney Speedway based in Clyde, Parramatta, since 1977, is resisting a NSW government proposal to relocate it to Eastern Creek.
 
The current lease was to have run until June 2026 but the speedway now faces closure at some time in 2021.


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