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Bathurst (Mount Panorama Circuit)

Mount Panorama, Motor Racing Circuit Bathurst (or often simply Bathurst) is a motor racing track located in Bathurst, New South Wales, Austraila.

The track is an unusual design by modern standards, with a 570 foot vertical difference between its highest and lowest points. From the start-finish line, the track can be viewed in three sections; the short pit straight and then a tight left turn into the long, steep Mountain straight; the tight, narrow section across the top of the mountain itself; and then the long, downhill section of Concord Straight, with the very fast Chase and the turn back onto pit straight to complete the lap.

News, Updates and Rumors

Bathurst: iRacing has announced a license with Mount Panorama Raceway, better known as Bathurst. iRacing says this track will be coming to the online simulation in 2013. Bathurst follows Phillip Island as the second Australian track in the simulation. No update yet as when we can expect this track or where it falls in the pipeline. 12/28
UPDATE: iRacing posted to Facebook the first scan images of Bathurst and posted that work is underway. No word as to when we could see this track, but expect sometime mid-Season 2. View Scan Image 1/4

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Configurations

Bathurst is 4-miles (6.213 km) long and is technically a street circuit, as the circuit is public road when no racing events are being run, and there are many residences which can only be accessed from the circuit.

The Pit Straight of Mount Panorama, which is adjacent to the pit complex, has a different start line and finish line. For the standing start only, the start line is 143m closer to Hell Corner so that all the pit bays are located after the finish line for lap counting purposes. The start line is located where it is so that traffic does not go too far around Murray’s Corner when the start grid is formed. Hell Corner was so named after the tree stump that existed on the apex of turn one, it was believed that any motor bike riders who hit the stump would die in an act of folly and thereby be doomed to an eternity of death having no time to repent of their sin. Mountain Straight is a long straight that begins the climb up the mountain towards Griffins Bend. Griffins Bend (also known as GTX Bend (the corner’s first sponsor), Griffins Bend was named after the Mayor of Bathurst whose vision it was to create the scenic road/race-track. Drivers heading around this right-hander have to be careful not to drift too far out of this negatively-cambered turn and hit the wall upon exit. The Cutting (referred to for many years as “BP Cutting”), this is a pair of left hand corners, leading into a steep 1:6 grade exit. Overtaking is virtually impossible here, and it is very hard to recover from a spin here because of the narrow room and steep gradient. After exiting the Cutting, drivers have a right hand turn, heading up, then into a left hand turn. This is Reid Park. After Reid Park, drivers brave a steep drop, flowing into a climbing left hand turn, heading back towards the highest point of Mount Panorama. This is also the location of Sulman Park and its Nature Park. McPhillamy Park is a downhill, deceptively fast left hand turn which is guarded by a crest prior to turn-in, rendering the corner blind to approaching drivers. Drivers have to stay close to the wall while turning so as not to go out wide upon exit.A short straight connects McPhillamy to the next corner. Now named ‘Brock’s Skyline’ after the legendary Peter Brock, Skyline is a sharply descending right hand corner which signifies the beginning of the descent from the top of the Mountain. The corner acquired the name from the visual effect of looking upwards at the corner from below, such is the sharpness of that initial plunge.The Esses are the series of corners which begin at Skyline and stretch down the Mountain towards Forrests Elbow.The most famous of the Esses, the Dipper, the fourth in the sequence, is a sharp left hand corner, so named because, before safety changes, there was quite a dip in the road surface and then a steep drop not far from the edge of the road. Forrest’s Elbow (The Elbow’ – named after Jack Forrest, a motorcycle racer who scraped his elbow away after laying down his bike – is a slow, descending left-hand turn that leads on to the long Conrod Straight. The corner’s line drifts towards the outside wall on exit and drivers have to be careful of getting too close. Conrod Straight (formerly known as Main Straight), was so named because of a failure that ended the 1939 Easter race of Frank Kleinig in his Kleinig/Hudson race-car. Conrod Straight is the fastest section of Mount Panorama, with the straight is a roller-coaster ride featuring two distinct crests, the second of which was rebuilt in 1987. The Chase (known for many years as ‘Caltex Chase’), this three turn sequence was added in preparation for the World Touring Car Championship round in 1987. Murray’s Corner is the final corner before Pit Straight and the lowest point of the circuit. It is a 90 degree left hand turn, and is a favorite overtaking spot as drivers hold braking duels for the corner. It was previously called Pit Corner before Bill Murray crashed his Hudson racing car there in 1946.

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