The old Newcastle mine will be transformed into the upcoming racetrack in NSW.

Black Rock Motor Resort: New Motorsports Center and Racetrack Designed by Formula One Legend Hermann Tilke

Construction has officially begun on what is set to become a state-of-the-art motorsports center in Teralba, Lake Macquarie, just south of Newcastle, New South Wales. Scheduled to open its doors in 2026 and become fully operational in 2027, the $95 million Black Rock Motor Resort promises to be a haven for motorsports enthusiasts and a key contributor to the region’s economic growth.

The development of Black Rock Motor Resort on the former site of the Rhondda Colliery, a coal mine that closed its doors in 1971, was approved by the New South Wales state government in 2019. Leading the design of the resort’s circuit is renowned racetrack designer Hermann Tilke. Tilke, a former racing driver himself, is one of only four designers recognized by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the governing body for motorsport worldwide.

With a portfolio that includes the design of numerous Formula One circuits across the globe, as well as improvements to iconic tracks like Silverstone in the UK and Nurburgring in Germany, Tilke’s involvement in Black Rock Motor Resort ensures a world-class track that will attract drivers of all levels.

The Black Rock Motor Resort will span a vast area of 252 hectares and will feature not only the main 5.25-kilometer circuit designed by Tilke but also a go-kart track, dining venues, luxury accommodation options, and state-of-the-art driver training facilities. According to Black Rock CEO Tony Palmer, the resort aims to provide a unique experience that caters to motorsport enthusiasts in a safe and purpose-built environment, likening it to a golf resort with a racetrack as its centerpiece.

Scheduled to generate around 450 new jobs, with the resort itself employing 229 staff members and injecting $357 million into the local economy during its construction phase, Black Rock Motor Resort is set to significantly contribute to the region’s prosperity.

In addition to Black Rock Motor Resort, the region will also see the development of the Circuit of Italy in the Hunter region, near Port Stephens, just north of Newcastle. The Circuit Italia, a privately funded 3.1-kilometer permanent racetrack, is expected to open its doors in 2024, adding another venue to the area’s motorsports offerings.

The introduction of these two new circuits comes in the wake of the V8 Supercars Newcastle 500 event, which concluded and led to the decision to host the Bathurst 500 as the season-opening event in 2024 at Mount Panorama circuit.

While Black Rock Motor Resort has no plans to host V8 Supercars events, the Circuit of Italy is open to the idea of welcoming the category for races in the future. These new circuits mark the first openings in New South Wales since the establishment of Sydney Motorsport Park, formerly Eastern Creek, in 1990.

Recognizing the need for additional motorsport facilities in the state, Eugene Arocca, the former chief executive of Motorsport Australia, highlighted New South Wales’ lack of tracks relative to its population and turnout. He emphasized the demand for a high-level motorsport facility in the region, underscoring the importance of projects like Black Rock Motor Resort and the Circuit of Italy to meet this demand and cater to the growing number of motorsport enthusiasts.

With the vision of providing a premier motorsport destination and driving economic growth, Black Rock Motor Resort and the Circuit of Italy are set to transform the motorsport landscape in New South Wales, attracting enthusiasts from near and far to experience world-class racing in picturesque settings.

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