News 7 Jun 2023

New Wakefield owner aspires 'to host substantive events in 2024'

Purchase of Goulburn-based venue by Steve Shelley made official.

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New Wakefield Park owner Steve Shelley aspires for the venue ‘to host substantive events in 2024’, aiming to help rebuild the circuit following its closure in September last year.

In March this year it was revealed the Benalla Auto Club (BAC) sold Wakefield Park to Shelley, owner of the nearby Pheasant Wood Circuit, and as of yesterday, the new ownership of the Goulburn-based venue became official.

Wakefield Park was closed on 1 September 2022, with conditions imposed from a court decision in mid-July making it unfeasible for previous owners BAC to operate the venue. With Shelley acquiring the venue, its future is looking up with a plan to restore the circuit and its facilities.

“With the ownership transition now complete, our immediate focus is on restoring the circuit and its facilities,” a statement from Shelley read. “We understand the concerns expressed by residents and the council regarding noise levels, and we are committed to addressing these issues in close collaboration with all stakeholders.

“Our aim is to find practical solutions that respect the needs and aspirations of the local community and motorsport fraternity while ensuring the continued operation of Wakefield Park Raceway.

“While there is work ahead of us, we are eagerly looking forward to commencing the necessary repairs and renovations, with the goal of reopening the circuit on a limited scale later this year. Our vision extends beyond that, as we aspire to host substantive events in 2024, delivering exciting experiences for motorsport enthusiasts.

“We express our sincere gratitude to the people of Goulburn for their unwavering support and enthusiasm throughout this process. Your faith in Wakefield Park Raceway has been instrumental in making this acquisition possible. We are dedicated to working hand in hand with our neighbours, in a spirit of unity, mutual respect and collaboration as we navigate the path ahead.

“To keep you updated on the latest developments and future plans, we will soon introduce a mailing list. By subscribing, you will receive regular updates on our progress, upcoming events, and other exciting announcements pertaining to Wakefield Park Raceway’s transformation.

“As owners of both Pheasant Wood Circuit and Wakefield Park Raceway, we will ensure that this iconic circuit remains a treasured destination for motorsport enthusiasts.”

Wakefield Park last hosted a round of the Mi-Bike Australian Superbike Championship in 2022, and 2023 marks the first time since 2015 it has been absent from the ASBK calendar.