raceway in the south of the state is located
approximately 18 km to the north of Hobart. The
track is 2.01 km in length and the racing
direction is anti-clockwise. Baskerville
celebrated its 40th anniversary in 1999.
track is located in undulating terrain making for
a relatively tight but interesting layout. The
track is known as a "drivers track" and
despite the very hilly terrain, big horsepower is
not necessarily an advantage at Baskerville, with
chassis tuning and driver ability being far more
run up the hill between turn 4 and turn 5 is
deceptively steep and has a blind crest and turn
in to turn 5. This makes for some rather
interesting approaches to this very tricky turn
and has brought many a competitor undone! This
turn is reputed to be one of the trickiest corners
in the world to get righ in a fast car!
main straight, although quite short, is mostly
downhill allowing for speeds over 200 kph to be
reached in a 250cc International superkart! The
main straight has a pronounced "hump"
about half way down and the hump produces long and
spectacular wheelies from the higher powered
motorcycles when they race here!
tho, the track surface has become fairly bumpy
over the years and care needs to be taken in the
big horsepower karts!
official outright lap record is held by Tasmanian
Bowe, well known long-time Group A and, more recently V8 Supercar racer in a
time of 50.16 sec. driving a Ralt RT
4 open-wheeler in February 1982, however, in
qualifying for Round 1 of the 1997 Australian
Superkart Championships, Dave
Baker from New South Wales managed a lap time of 50.14 sec. in a
250cc Rotax powered International class superkart
and hopes were high for a repeat performance on
race day, which would see the record officially
recognised. Unfortunately, the weather conditions
on race day were different to qualifying and lap
times were significantly slower.
In order for a new lap record to be recognised it
must be set in an actual race and not in
qualifying as was the case here so Bowes'
long standing record still stands.
a bad effort for "those lawnmower powered
billycarts" as some, rather unkindly,
have been known to refer to superkarts!
is available for private practice most weekdays
and on weekends when no other events have been
Plains Raceway is located right next to the
Midlands Highway about 34 km south of Launceston.
The track is 2.41 km in length, mostly flat and
the racing direction is anti-clockwise.
is well known for its high speeds and really
tight hairpin corner at the end of a flat out,
vaguely downhill front straight. The inner
radius of this turn is only about 2 meters and
the track drops in height by about one meter,
which makes for some really spectacular braking
manoeuvres and passing stunts!
"back straight" is really a long
sweeper that, in the fast class karts, is
a fair corner. The track is vaguely uphill
at about the midpoint of the
"sweeper" then levels out. The
braking area into turn 3 is always an
exciting ride due to very high speed along
the back straight, and always makes for a
good passing opportunity.
Plains is a track that does tend to favour
the bigger horsepower machines and
drafting is an extremely effective race
strategy, particularly in the smaller
capacity classes. It is not uncommon to
see positions swap up to three times on
the back straight each lap thanks to
many years, Symmons Plains hosted a
round of the Australian Group A and
more recently, V8 Supercar
Championships and this winter round
always produced spectacular
competition and big crowds!
current official outright lap record is
held by Alfredo Costanzo
in a time of 50.16 sec. driving a
Lola T 430 open wheeler and was set back
in March 1980.
track is available for practice during
the week by appointment and most
weekends when no events have been