Queensland Raceway emerged on the scene in 1999, a purpose-built facility which quickly usurped Lakeside as the State's most-used motorsport facility.
The track, near the city of Ipswich in south west Queensland, grew out of a bold decision by the local authority to purchase and dedicate an area of land for motorsport activities in the 1980s. The Ipswich Motorsport Precinct was the result. Located next to a military airbase and several mines, it does not suffer from the same noise or development constraints that other circuits often encounter. Indeed, any racing activity would have to go some to out-do the deafening roar of RAAF Base Amberley's F/A-18F Super Hornets and F-35 Lightnings...
First to be developed on the site was a quarter-mile drag strip, known as Willowbank Raceway. It quickly became one of the busiest such facilities in Australia, hosting annually the Winternationals, one of the largest drag racing festivals in the southern hemisphere.
Queensland Raceway itself was next to arrive, opening in 1999 and quickly earning the nickname of 'The Paperclip' due to its simplistic design. However, the simplicity belies the research that went into the layout, with designer Tony Slattery having considerable input from car and motorcycle racing authorities, including CAMS circuit expert Professor Rod Troutbeck. The philosophy was to provide the maximum length of straights possible within a 3.2km lap distance, thus giving many deep braking zones to encourage overtaking.