News 14 Dec 2023

One Raceway in Goulburn returning to ASBK in 2024

Darwin's two-plus-four event dropped from the schedule next season.

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Goulburn’s rebranded One Raceway will make its return to the 2024 Mi-Bike Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK), completing the new calendar and signalling the end of the Darwin two-plus-four event.

Once a staple of the series as recent as 2022, previously as Wakefield Park Raceway prior to its sale to new CEO Steve Shelley, One Raceway will host the penultimate round between 4-6 October.

The upgraded 2.2-kilometre circuit – which is yet to reopen under its new ownership – features new and improved turns, a complete resurface, enhanced rider safety and 10-metre-high noise walls that have been constructed at the northern and southern ends of the circuit, which double as viewing platforms.

“What a journey we have been on in 2023!” Shelley said. “The transformation in One Raceway is one we’re very proud of, and to see events like the ASBK championship returning is a validation of all the money and time invested. We are very excited to welcome the ASBK paddock in early October next year. I am sure the riders will love the new layout and improvements of the circuit.”

Cr Peter Walker, Mayor of Goulburn Mulwaree Council added: “To see One Raceway rewarded with the ASBK championship after its rejuvenation is a great story and a real boost for the local economy. One Raceway and the ASBK championship have a rich tradition and we can’t wait to welcome riders, teams and spectators as another chapter is added in 2024.”

Motorcycling Australia (MA) CEO Peter Doyle said it was a welcome addition to the schedule and looks forward to returning to the refreshed facility towards the end of next year.

“I’m delighted that One Raceway is returning to the ASBK championship in 2024,” Doyle said. “The venue has been a staple on the ASBK calendar over the years and will be making a celebrated return with some exciting updates and changes.

“The investment made to the circuit has been substantial and we must credit the new owners for their highly professional approach. And with the new asphalt, we’re set to see some scintillating racing between Australia’s best riders and lap records likely to be smashed.”

Darwin being dropped from the calendar ends a three-year run of the bikes alongside the Supercars in the Top End, returning in 2021 and becoming a fixture on the schedule at Hidden Valley Raceway from that point.