Race meeting unhindered by Eastern Creek fire

Friday 31st July, 2015 - 12:36pm

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The fire burning next to Sydney Motorsport Park on Thursday. pic: NSW Police

The fire burning next to Sydney Motorsport Park on Thursday. pic: NSW Police

Practice for the latest round of the NSW Motor Race Championship is running as scheduled today, despite a spectacular fire breaking out at Eastern Creek.

Smoke billowed near Sydney Motorsport Park late on Thursday afternoon, bringing a temporary halt to track activity during a private Porsche practice day.

The session was restarted after a break of approximately 15 minutes, with the circuit’s operations otherwise unhindered by the smoke.

The fire had taken hold in a Hyundai parts factory on nearby Peter Brock Drive, which had been unused since it was damaged during a storm in April.

Over 100 firefighters were called in to battle the blaze before working through the night as it continued to smoulder.

The view looking back down SMP's front straight on Thursday afternoon

The view looking back down SMP’s front straight on Thursday afternoon

The fire triggered a temporary halt to a Porsche practice day

The fire triggered a temporary halt to a Porsche practice day