Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit is in the midst of a major facelift, with the island’s hallowed 4.445km race circuit being treated this week to a two day, $3 million resurface to create the smoothest, fastest race track in the world.
The Victorian circuit, which already produces fast and exciting racing, is set to get even faster in 2013 with the new track surface. The resurfacing operation involves over 5000 tonnes of asphalt being mixed on site in a huge batching plant, and transported at a scorching 172 degrees trackside.
In June, engineers used a high tech three dimensional laser survey to profile the track to within 3mm and last week, 40 mm was milled off the old surface.
This week (Tuesday/Wednesday) over 35 heavy machines and 70 contractors are involved in a massive logistical operation that sees five metres of track laid every minute.
It is the track’s first resurface in 14 years and Andrew Fox of circuit owners, the Linfox Property Group, believes the circuit will emerge as “smooth as a baby’s bum”.
“I can say this very politely. This surface is as smooth as a baby’s bum and I’ve got five kids, so I know it’s as smooth as a baby’s bum!” Fox proclaimed when checking out the new surface.