Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit
|Location||Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|Time Zone||GMT +10|
|Major events||Superleague, Supercup, Formula Challenge|
|Length||5.303 km (3.300 miles)|
|Lap record||1:21.969 (Janne Tanskanen, Nordsjoen Racing, 2010)|
The Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit is a street circuit around Albert Park Lake, only a few kilometres south of central Melbourne. The track has been a mainstay of the Superleague calendar, one of only two circuits to have featured in every season since the league's formation.
In the thirteen events held at this track, nobody has ever won it more than once. Two-times GPVWC champion Joe Consiglio has never won at this track, despite having bagged pole position in 2011. More than a third of the races won here, were won by the pole sitter. No race has been won at Melbourne from further back than fourth on the grid, except for the first ever race which was won by German driver Thomas Kimmich, who failed to qualify and therefore won the race from the back of the grid (22nd place).
Nordsjoen are the only constructor to have won more than once here, with wins by Adam Rouse (2009), Janne Tanskanen (2010) and Dave Carr-Smith (2013). The Tanskanen has also set the lap record and fastest racing lap in his Mercedes-powered Nordsjoen.
Jason Smith and Tanskanen have each taken two poles. BMW-, Honda- and Ferrari-powered cars have dominated here with three wins each for the first two, and now four wins at the track for Ferrari. The first 'new-era' car to win a Superleague race here was the Martex-powered Nordsjoen of Carr-Smith.
The number of race laps around Albert Park are 58, though two exceptions to this were in 2000, when it was a mere 29 laps, and in 2009 when it was 40 - roughly half and two-thirds distance respectively.