2023 Site Improvements
What’s new at Rob Roy?No hillclimb events were run at
Rob Roy from June 2022 until March 2023 while extensive improvements
were done to the facilities.
These took much longer than originally planned
due to the extremely wet weather experienced around Victoria in the
second half of 2022, and many Town Planning requirements.
Track resurfacedThe hillclimb track has been re-asphalted using a special motorsport mix.
This includes a flattening of the transition to the hill at the end of the causeway, where some cars scraped their sumps.
New chicaneA new feature has been added to the left of the track between Turn 2 and Turn 3.
The original track layout has been retained, so the extra chicane can be included or bypassed.
Improved finish lineThe
braking area after the finish line has been widened so cars can do a
U-turn into the return road without putting any tyres off the sealed
New return roadThe entire return road has been
sealed, and no longer uses any of the competition surface.
concrete road alongside the causeway brings cars straight back to the
New tyre cleaning areaRather than using the first
twenty-five metres of the competition surface, competitors can clean their
tyres on a purpose built concrete tyre cleaning pad on the approach to
the start line.
New start line proceduresDual light beams and new traffic lights let drivers see when they are correctly positioned right before the start line.
Internal roads sealedMost
roads for moving competition cars around the site have been sealed, and
the main access road into the property is now sealed all the way from
the entrance gate at Clintons Road.
Parking area levelledExtensive
earthworks have created a large flat area on the old parking hill. This
has only just been completed, so will need 12 months to regain a grass
New spectator seatingTiered aluminium seating has been installed at three locations:
1. Just after the start line, right of the track, adjacent to the pit area.
2. Just after the timing hut, left of the track. New Armco has been installed in front of these seats.
3. At the existing turn 2 spectator area.
Improved Spectator Access to Turn 2 Viewing AreaTo
aid accessibility to the Turn 2 spectator area a new route has been
provided, which follows the new return road causeway crossing and then
connects to the existing pedestrian crossing across the return road.
existing “Octunda” has more than tripled in size, with the addition of
two more Octundas, and a covered area between them.
paving has been added to aid circulation, with tiers for spectator
Landscaping of the surrounding banks with indigenous native
plants has also been added.
Improved picnic areaAluminium tables and seats have been installed under the “Old Oak tree”, with landscaping to create level areas for them.
new baby change table has been installed in the unisex toilet.
paving has been provided to improve access to both the Male and Female
The toilet blocks are now supplied from (clean) rainwater rather than dam water.
Electrical and Data InfrastructureUnderground conduits have been installed between the Generator Shed, Octundas, First Aid Hut and the
Scrutineering Shed, to allow for future reticulation of Power and Data.