Bay of Quinte Tourism

4 Reasons to Visit Shannonville Motorsport Park

Over the years, Shannonville Motorsport Park has become one of the most successful motorsports facilities in Canada. Conveniently located along the HWY 401 corridor, between Ottawa/Montreal and Toronto, at exits 556 and 566, this racing complex draws spectators and competitors from across Canada and the United States. The various options at Shannonville Motorsport Park are busy virtually every day and some evenings. The public has the ability to participate at most events and spectators can see all the action happening in front of them from anywhere along the track perimeter, including the grandstands at both ends of the facility. Intrigued? Here are four reasons you’ll want to check out Shannonville Motorsport Park this season! 

  1. Shannonville’s safe design is ideal for car schools, motorcycle schools, club racing, media vehicle analysis and testing. It also has a fully functional skid pad for Transport Canada truck driver training on site. 
  2. Shannonville Motorsport Park offers four different road-racing configurations. The Nelson Circuit was the first configuration used for racing and the 1.8km layout is named after the late John Nelson. The Fabi Circuit is a 2.23km long course that covers the northern end of the venue. The Fabi lets participants enjoy the high speed back straight before turning sharply at high-speed corners before a return to the hairpin. The Pro Track is 2.47km in length and follows the outer boundaries of the Shannonville Circuit and allows participants to enjoy the highest speeds. The Long Track lay-out is the most popular among motorcycle riders and with a length of 4.03km, the layout is the most challenging and technical of the four options.
  3. Shannonville Motorsport Park has regular events, like Mix and Match: Open to the public for anyone who wants to test their car and reaction time on one of the circuits and to test their car on the drag strip with a time ticket; Pay Per Lap: open to anyone with their own vehicle who would like to test their own pace on the Long Track; Drag Test and Tune: On Friday evenings, open to the public to test themselves in a bracket drag racing environment. Drag Racing Events: open to the public to either spectate or participate; Car Lapping Days: open to anyone with or without on-track experience; Motorcycle Lapping Days: open to anyone with their own motorcycle whether they have track experience or not. We also offer some club level lapping evenings. All necessary safety equipment is required and must be provided by the participant.
  4. The summers are a hotbed of action at Shannonville with many organized professional weekend-long events including the popular RACE SuperSeries as well as, most recently, the Vintage Road Racing Associations Quinte TT. Some 174 vintage racing enthusiasts registered to race and this year saw a record number of participants and fans come to the three day event, with numbers unequalled since the inception of motorcycle racing in Canada in 1974.
Shannonville Motorsport Park from above.
Shannonville Motorsport Park from above.

The first ever spectator event held at Shannonville Motorsport Park was a motorcycle race on Thanksgiving 1976. The first Superbike National at SMP was held in September of 1980 and was won by Rueben McMurter on a Kawasaki. The most recent CSBK round at Shannonville took place on June 8, 2014, and was won by BMW’s Jordan Szoke.

The park has hosted more Superbike races than any other venue on the Canadian tour. In ten of the last 15 years, the winner at the opening round has gone on to win the National Championship. For much of the history of the CSBK tour, Shannonville has hosted the first race of the season.

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