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JCL Asphalt Mount Lyford Racetrack Resealing Project

JCL Asphalt recently undertook the resealing of the Rodin Cars high-speed test track. Located on a sprawling alpine farm covering some 1400 acres in the foothills of Mount Lyford, two hours’ drive from Christchurch, the track is used for the in house development of single-seater racing cars and supercars from design and prototype through to the commercial production stage.

JCL Asphalt had been involved in the original construction of the racetrack, however, due to the devastating Kaikoura earthquake, parts of the track were damaged and in need of repair or replacement. Given the nature of the testing work undertaking on-site, which involves putting high performance racing cars through their paces at speeds that are common with those in Formula 1 the decision to reseal the track rather than patch was made to ensure the safest possible outcome.

With over 5 kilometres of the racetrack to completely reseal, every aspect of this project from the physical sealing works to the cartage of over 5000t of asphalt from Christchurch to Mount Lyford was a mammoth undertaking.

Some of the challenges associated with the project were:

  • Tight project turnaround timeframe from start to finish.
  • Use of a large number of subcontractors to cart asphalt from Christchurch to Mount Lyford on a daily basis (Upwards of 20 full unit loads a day for the duration of the project)
  • The mobilisation of JCL Asphalt plant, equipment and staff from both their Christchurch and Southern Lakes branch.
  • Extremely high vehicle and plant movements on site

As JCL Asphalt is committed to the management of health & safety, quality and the environment Safe & Sound Solutions were commissioned to undertake a thorough audit of the project to provide confidence to management that they were “Walking the Talk”.

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