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WA Government declares support for Perth street race

Supercars
16 Jun
Perth is set for a new Supercars street race, with 2026 earmarked for the first event
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  • Perth set for new Supercars street race

  • WA Government declares support for new Burswood event

  • 2026 earmarked for first Perth street race

Perth is set for a new Supercars street race, with the Western Australian Government declaring support for a new event around Burswood Park.

The Cook Government has revealed that plans have begun for a street race at Burswood Park, with 2026 earmarked for the first event.

Perth has been a mainstay in the Repco Supercars Championship, with Wanneroo Raceway first hosting a championship event in 1973. The championship recently raced in Perth in May, with the Wanneroo event attracting more than 30,000 attendees across the three days.

The new Perth street circuit will be based on the Townsville and the Gold Coast models, with a circuit held near the city CBD, allowing approximately 50,000 local and interstate fans to turn out each day for a multi-day race event.

Roads in the Burswood area would be upgraded and converted into a circuit, with the event complemented by a 10-day festival in Perth and Kwinana.

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The event would require infrastructure upgrades at Burswood Park, which the Government is now examining in further detail, with the hope the circuit could be ready for the 2026 season.

Permanent grandstands and upgrades to the park would be included, creating public access year-round, while also providing a new circuit for local motorsport enthusiasts.

“Living in Kwinana, I know how big our motorsports community is in WA," Premier Roger Cook said in The West Australian.

"We’ve seen the success of street circuits over east, and Burswood Park would be the perfect place for a uniquely WA V8 event.
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"I want Perth to be one of the major events capitals of the South East Asian region.

"Major events bring tens of thousands of visitors to our State, creating local jobs, supporting local business and helping our economy remain strong."

Tourism Minister Rita Saffioti met with Supercars at this year’s Grand Prix in Melbourne earlier this year to progress the idea.

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“Imagine the noise, atmosphere and crowds as V8s fly around a new and specially designed race track in Burswood Park, just a stone’s throw from the city. It’ll be incredible,” Minister Saffioti said.

"The Supercars SuperSprint at Wanneroo has been a much-loved event on the annual tourism calendar for many years now, and this will no doubt take it to the next level.

"We know how passionate and enthusiastic motorsport fans are, and I know locally they’ve been wanting this to happen for some time — particularly when they’ve seen similar circuits built in other cities across the country.

"It’s really exciting to see this vision start to become a reality, and of course will have broader community benefits year-round with permanent grandstands and upgrades to the park."

Supercars CEO Shane Howard added: “Supercars is incredibly excited to receive news that a street circuit at Burswood Park is in the works for the future.

“The Perth street circuit event will be a spectacular addition to our Championship calendar, showcasing Western Australia to a huge national and international audience.

“I want to thank Premier Roger Cook and the West Australian Government for their unwavering support in helping create what will undoubtedly be an unforgettable event for Perth and Supercars.”

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