SPEED will be the theme when Ballarat and District Trotting Club’s new racing surface is unveiled later this month.
A new $30,000 race against the clock will headline the re-opening of Bray Raceway on Thursday, March 28.
The Laser Electrical Lightning Mile will give the increased camber on the 1000-metre circuit an immediate opportunity to be displayed as one of the state’s fastest tracks.
The $600,000-plus project is on target to finish on schedule – with time for two sets of trials to be run on the track before the March 28 fixture.
The camber has been increased from seven to 14 per cent and lighting improved.
A new fence and advertising display boards down the back straight, safety fencing in the home straight and racing surface will complete the work, which has been funded by the state government in partnership with Harness Racing Victoria and the BDTC.
This is the first major upgrade of the track since it was extended to 1000m in 1992.
BDTC chief executive officer Paul Rowse said the project was progressing well.
He said the finishing touches to the base of the track had been carried out this week.