TO the delight of thousands of Tasmanian motorsport enthusiasts, the Pepsi Max Baskerville Raceway in Old Beach has been entirely resurfaced for the first time in 60-years.
The official unveiling of the new track in March was the realisation of a four-year fundraising campaign, which saw nearly $1 million raised and invested to completely refurbish and resurface the iconic Tasmanian raceway.
Since beginning in 2013, the Baskerville Foundation has been embraced by the Tasmanian motorsport community, with major events such as the Baskerville Historics raising thousands for the cause.
The $900,000 fundraising goal was pushed closer to the finish line earlier this year thanks to an $80,000 Sports and Recreation grant awarded by the Tasmanian State Government.
Baskerville Foundation chairman Peter Killick said he was amazed at how much the foundation has been able to achieve in such a short time.
“The unveiling of the new track was a special day for Tasmanian motorsport,” he said.
“It was only seven-years ago that there was talk of abandoning the circuit altogether, but instead we are introducing a beautifully resurfaced racetrack.
“The incredible physical and financial contributions from the Tasmanian motorsport community have allowed us to complete far more than just the resurfacing project.
“Since the foundation’s inception, we have also upgraded the control tower, sealed the site entry road, completed major drainage works, rebuilt the footbridge and installed new track power.
“I’m proud to say we have secured the future of a first-class racing facility for motorsport enthusiasts to enjoy for generations into the future.”
Baskerville Foundation’s ‘Flying Finish’ competition winner John Pooley was given the chance to christen the brand new track, burning down the back straight to mark the first flying lap.
Mr Pooley said he relished the opportunity to complete the first lap on the new track.
“The resurfacing project has been a long-time coming and I was really excited to see how the new track would drive,” he said.
“From my brief experience, I’m confident we will see some impressive lap times to come.”
Caption: From left, Flying Finish competition winner John Pooley, Motorsports Tasmania general manager Donald Potter and Baskerville Foundation chairman Peter Killick.