Willowbank Raceway - General News: New Year's Thunder

New Year's Thunder

20 November 2020



For Immediate Release.


New Year’s Thunder


The continuing uncertainty around state border closures has caused Willowbank Raceway to re-evaluate the viability of conducting a 400 Championship round in January when we are unsure which interstate competitors will be allowed to attend the event.

At this time, the Queensland borders remain closed to greater Sydney and Victoria, and together with the recent announcement around border closures to South Australia, and in turn, this has left WRI with no choice but to cancel the New Year’s Thunder event.

Blair Conaghan, CEO of Willowbank Raceway stated “The situation around the Covid-19 pandemic has created a large degree of uncertainty, which has been difficult for us all to plan around. While all endeavours have been made to plan and host the New Year’s Thunder event on the 9th of January 2021, the ongoing situation with state border closures has made that impossible.”

“We therefore regrettably announce that this event will not proceed.  We look forward to some improvement around these current restrictions and the resumption of the 400 Thunder Championship round at Willowbank Raceway on Good Friday at Easter”. Blair continued.

While we are unable to proceed with the scheduled 400 Thunder Championship round, we are working towards issuing a further release in the immediate future around the planning of an alternative high profile event involving Queensland based professional competitors.  These racers are keen to put on a high quality exciting event for our fans on the 9th of January 2021. 

Stay tuned for this announcement.


For all additional information, please contact the Willowbank Raceway office, or


Blair Conaghan


Willowbank Raceway