It seems appropriate that just a week after the Isle of Man TT, we should be talking about efforts in Australia to host a similar event.
Dubbed the Sunshine Coast International TT (SCTT), the 29.2-mile race would center off of Australia’s Sunshine coast, near Brisbane, and could potentially bring in $8.5 million to the local economy.
The Sunshine Coast is already a popular destination for motorcyclists, among other types of tourists who flock to the area’s beaches and other topography.
While we have seen other proposals interested in taking the Isle of Man TT formula abroad, some at the whim of the Isle of Man government, the SCTT seems to have some legs, with two public hearings on the subject already held with locals and interested outsiders.
The plan, as of now, is to hold the Sunshine Coast International TT over four days in December 2017, during the height of the area’s summer weather and tourist season.
The proposed course (seen above) spans 47 kilometers (29.2 miles) of public roads, and includes twisty roads in the Blackall mountain ranges that surround the town of Maleny.
There will be four classes, and only 20 riders will be able to compete in each class. Those classes haven’t been finalized yet, by MCN Australia expects them to be Superbike, BEARS F1, Sidecar, and Supersport.
It sounds like organizers will aim to attract the top road racers and teams to the event, which when coupled with the nearby(ish) Macau GP in November, could help make an informal international road race championship, beyond what currently exists in Ireland.
It will be interesting to see what happens with the proceedings. We certainly wouldn’t need much of an excuse to visit one of the most beautiful areas in the world, that’s for sure.
Source: MCN Australia