Gear Up for a Top Weekend

Daniel Ricciardo on the track in his Formula Renault 3.5 Series in 2011. Photo: Nicolas Garcia/Wikimedia Commons

BY CHLOE TAYLOR

If you can’t get enough of high speeds, love the smell of smoke from tyres, crave the sound of a Formula One car or your heart skips a beat as 30 Porsche GT3s cross a black and white finish line, then BBC Top Gear Festival Sydney is the place you need to be.

Popular television personalities Jeremy Clarkson and James May, along with their famous stunt driver ‘The Stig’, have captured the hearts of Australian car enthusiasts by creating an annual festival in Sydney based on their popular television show, Top Gear. All the stunts and laughs we see on the highly entertaining show will be brought to life at Sydney Motorsport Park in Eastern Creek.

The festival will be held over two days, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th March. Both days will be filled with entertainment on and off the track. On the track festival-goers will see stunts, drifts and drags along with young Australian Daniel Ricciardo attempting take on the lap record in his Infiniti Red Bull Formula One car. Driver Mark Webber broke the record in 2013, and this year there are high hopes for Ricciardo. There will also be a Holden State of Origin car challenge – ball sport and motorsport.

The track will be set up in a way for to provide public access to all areas, as the action continues off the track with the celebration of legendary driver Ayton Senna, a family fun zone perfect for the kids, the Subaru WRX experience and more than 50 exhibitions to be explored around the track.

Pre-paid parking is available at the venue, which is approximately 45 minutes from the CBD or Sydney airport. Access to the track is also easy via public transport – Blacktown station is 10 minutes from Sydney Motorsport Park. There are still opportunities to book accommodation at the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park or Novotel Parramatta but get in fast as there is only three weekends to go.

It is a perfect day to spend with your family, partner or friends who love engines. The BBC Top Gear Festival Sydney will leave ears ringing and hearts racing.

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