Bathurst (MT Panorama) Racing Circuit)
The racing circuit at Bathurst is "world famous" in Australia and New Zealand, as the track where over the past 30 years or more , the prime motor race event of the local calendar year takes place; the annual battle of the V8 Supercars at Mt Panorama. The race consists of 163 laps of the circuit (1000 km), and is so popular that the event is now televised all over the world.
The Mt Panorama circuit is unusual for two things:
1. The track climbs 174 m up the side of a mountain, crosses
the top and descends back down to the start finish line at the bottom. (A total
distance of 6.2 km. This
means that the circuit has significant climb and descend grades (1 in 6.1) which are
uniquely challenging to drivers and cars alike.
A Virtual Tour of Mt Panorama
The two things you notice particularly about this track, if you go there and drive it, is how steep parts of it are, and also how very narrow the circuit is especially at the top of the mountain. In the table below are a series of photos taken of the circuit during a drive around the track in the direction that the race cars circulate.
Some descriptions of the parts of the track are shown in the small map
above. To access a larger map of the circuit which has the photo points embedded directly within the