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A new raceway planned for Sydney’s west hopes to open its gates before the end of the year.

The 1.25km Luddenham Raceway, located between Penrith and Liverpool, is planned to be 8m wide (10m wide down the straight) and feature significant elevation changes including a main straight that runs downhill, along with uphill hairpins and several crests.

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Aiming to open in October as part of a privately funded complex that will also features a 600m go-kart track and paintball facilities, the full circuit promises to provide a new location for track days, time attack events and driver training.

Simo Vukmirica, a key figure in the project’s development, told CarAdvice the circuit has been an idea for the last two years, with formalities starting last October.

“There’s a need in the area for more race tracks in Sydney,” Vukmirica said.

“We are very excited about our new facility.”

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Once opened, Luddenham Raceway will join the likes of Wakefield Park and Sydney Motorsport Park among other motorsport venues in NSW. It is within close proximity to the now-defunct Oran Park Raceway, which closed in 2010.

Another brand new motorport complex, Highlands Motorsport Park, was launched at the beginning of the month in New Zealand with a McLaren MP4-12C GT3 racecar burning around the track on its open day.