Mount Panorama Circuit

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Mount Panorama
The Mountain
Mount Panorama Circuit Map Overview.PNG
Location Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia
Time zone GMT +10
Coordinates 33°26′51″S149°33′23″E / 33.44750°S 149.55639°E / -33.44750; 149.55639 Coordinates: 33°26′51″S149°33′23″E / 33.44750°S 149.55639°E / -33.44750; 149.55639
FIA Grade 3
Opened16 April 1938
Major eventsCurrent
Bathurst 1000
Bathurst 12 Hour
Bathurst 6 Hour
Challenge Bathurst
Former
Australian Grand Prix
Aust. Touring Car Champ.
Australian motorcycle Grand Prix
Australian Tourist Trophy
Australian Drivers' Champ.
Bathurst 24 Hour
Current Circuit
Length6.213 km (3.861 mi)
Turns23
Race lap record2:01.567 ( Flag of New Zealand.svg Shane van Gisbergen, McLaren 650S GT3, 2016, GT3)
Original Circuit
Length6.172 km (3.835 mi)
Turns20
Race lap record2:09.7 ( Flag of Australia (converted).svg Niel Allen, McLaren M10B-Chevrolet, 1970, Formula 5000)

Mount Panorama Circuit is a motor racing track located in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia. It is situated on a hill with the dual official names of Mount Panorama and Wahluu [1] and is best known as the home of the Bathurst 1000 motor race held each October, and the Bathurst 12 Hour event held each February. The track is 6.213 km (3.861 mi) in length, and is technically a street circuit, and is a public road, with normal speed restrictions when no racing events are being run, and there are many residences which can only be accessed from the circuit.

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The track has an unusual design by modern standards, with a 174-metre (571 ft) vertical difference between its highest and lowest points, and grades as steep as 1:6.13. 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 Conrod Straight, with the very fast Chase and the turn back onto pit straight to complete the lap.

Historically, the racetrack has been used for a wide variety of racing categories, including everything from open-wheel racers to motorcycles. However, the factors that make the track so unusual, and tighter modern safety standards, make it unlikely that major race meetings in these categories will be held there again, and as such it has become the near-exclusive province of closed-bodied cars.

As a public road, on non-race days and when it is not closed off during the day as part of a racing event, Mount Panorama is open to the public. Cars can drive in both directions around the circuit for no charge. However, a strict speed limit of 60 km/h (37 mph) is enforced, and police regularly patrol the circuit.

The National Motor Racing Museum is located next to the Mount Panorama Circuit.

National Motor Racing Museum Motor racing museum in Mount Panorama, Bathurst

The National Motor Racing Museum (NMRM) is located in the regional New South Wales city of Bathurst, approximately 200 km west of Sydney. The museum is situated adjacent to the Mount Panorama motor racing circuit at the end of Conrod Straight, close to the city.

Early history

Bathurst, a town 200 km (125 mi) west of Sydney hosted races dating back to the 1900's. A man by the name of Dr. Machattie persuaded two local builders to drive from Melbourne to Bathurst- a 793 km (495 mi) drive in his steam-powered Thomson. Various circuits made up of public roads made up of dirt and tarmac were raced on starting in 1906. Until 1913, races took place on the 20.5 mi (33 km) Peel-Limekilns circuit, then from 1914-1925 the 15.5 mi (24.8 km) Yetholme circuit was used, then the incredibly long 62.5 mi (100 km) Sunny Corner (also known as the Mount Horrible circuit) circuit was used from 1926 to 1930 and the 7 mile Vale circuit was used from 1931 to 1937. Construction of the Mount Panorama circuit commenced in mid-1936. [2] The first race meeting, for motorcycles, was held on 16 April 1938 and the first race, the 1938 Junior Tourist Trophy, was won by 20 year old Queenslander Les Sherrin [3] riding a Norton. [4] The first car race, the 1938 Australian Grand Prix, was held two days later and was won by Peter Whitehead [3] driving an ERA. [5]

Sydney Metropolis in Australia

Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia and Oceania. Located on Australia's east coast, the metropolis surrounds Port Jackson and extends about 70 km (43.5 mi) on its periphery towards the Blue Mountains to the west, Hawkesbury to the north, the Royal National Park to the south and Macarthur to the south-west. Sydney is made up of 658 suburbs, 40 local government areas and 15 contiguous regions. Residents of the city are known as "Sydneysiders". As of June 2017, Sydney's estimated metropolitan population was 5,230,330 and is home to approximately 65% of the state's population.

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Norton Motorcycle Company British motorcycle marque

The Norton Motorcycle Company is an English motorcycle marque, originally from Birmingham, England, UK. It was founded in 1898 as a manufacturer of "fittings and parts for the two-wheel trade". By 1902 the company had begun manufacturing motorcycles with bought-in engines. In 1908 a Norton-built engine was added to the range. This began a long series of production of single and eventually twin-cylinder motorcycles, and a long history of racing involvement.

The circuit

It also has the fastest corner in touring car racing,[ citation needed ], the kink at the entrance to the Chase. French sportscar driver Alexandre Prémat, who later raced as a V8 Supercar regular, once described the circuit as "A mix of the (Nürburgring) Nordschleife, Petit Le Mans (Road Atlanta) and Laguna Seca". German driver Maro Engel described the circuit as the "Blue Hell", as a play on the Nürburgring's nickname "Green Hell".

Touring car racing is a motorsport road racing competition with heavily modified road-going cars. It is popular in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Britain, Germany, Sweden and Norway. It has both similarities to and significant differences from stock car racing which is popular in the United States.

Alexandre Prémat French racing driver

Alexandre Prémat is a multiple-championship winning French racing driver. He currently drives for DJR Team Penske as a co-driver alongside Scott McLaughlin in the Pirtek Enduro Cup series.

The Pit Straight

Pit Straight and the pit lane as viewed from Hell Corner, with cars lined up on the starting grid in preparation for a race. Mount Panorama Pit Straight and Pit Lane 2015.JPG
Pit Straight and the pit lane as viewed from Hell Corner, with cars lined up on the starting grid in preparation for a race.

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 traffic does not go too far around Murray's Corner when the start grid is formed. The finish line is positioned such that all of the pit bays are located after it.

Hell Corner

The common misconception of nomenclature due to the accidents that happen at this turn are widespread. Hell Corner was named after a tree stump that existed on the apex of the turn. It was believed that any motorcycle riders who hit the stump would die in an act of folly and thereby be doomed to an eternity of death.

Mountain Straight

Mountain Straight is a long straight that begins the climb up the mountain towards Griffins Bend. V8 Supercars reach speeds of up to 290 km/h (180 mph) before the braking point for Griffins Bend. In the days before modern aerodynamics, drivers would have to lift off the throttle to prevent becoming airborne over the crest halfway up the straight. The crest also caused problems during the old Easter motorbike races at the circuit with a number of riders having serious crashes due to not lifting before the crest and their bikes becoming airborne.

Griffins Bend

Named after Martin Griffin, the Mayor of Bathurst whose vision it was to create the circuit, 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. Allan Moffat spun his Ford XA Falcon GT Hardtop here in the 1973 Hardie-Ferodo 1000, narrowly being missed by a couple of Minis he had just passed going up Mountain Straight.

Allan George MoffatOBE is an Australian racing driver known for his four wins in the Australian Touring Car Championship, six wins in the Sandown 500 and his four wins in the Bathurst 500/1000. Moffat was inducted into the V8 Supercars Hall of Fame in 1999.

The 1973 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 was the 14th running of the Bathurst 1000 touring car race. This was the first race to be held under the new metricised distance of 1000 kilometres, rather than the 500 miles previously contested. It was held on 30 September 1973 at the Mount Panorama Circuit just outside Bathurst. The race was open to cars eligible to the locally developed CAMS Group C touring car regulations with four engine capacity based classes and it was the 3rd round of the 1973 Australian Manufacturers' Championship.

The Cutting

A pair of left hand corners leading into a steep 1 in 6 grade exit, overtaking in this section of circuit is difficult and it is very hard to recover from a spin here because of the narrow room and steep gradient. This corner was the location of the infamous 'race rage' incident between Marcos Ambrose and Greg Murphy. The pair collided when both drivers refused to give the other racing room late in the 2005 Supercheap Auto 1000, with the resulting incident partially blocking the circuit.

Marcos Ambrose Australian racing driver

Marcos Ambrose is an Australian former racing driver. He won the Australian V8 Supercar series' championship in 2003 and 2004.

Greg Murphy New Zealand racing driver

Greg Murphy is a New Zealand professional racing driver, best known as a four-time winner of the Bathurst 1000. Greg Murphy joined Jeremy Clarkson and James May presenting Top Gear Live, when it had its first international Live show at ASB Showgrounds in Auckland from 12–15 February 2009, and again when the show returned in 2010.

The 2005 Super Cheap Auto 1000 was an endurance motor race for V8 Supercars. The race was held on 9 October 2005 at the Mount Panorama Circuit just outside Bathurst in New South Wales, Australia and was Round 10 of the 2005 V8 Supercar Championship Series. It was the ninth running of the Australia 1000 race, first held after the organisational split over the Bathurst 1000 that occurred in 1997. It was the 49th in a sequence of endurance races which commenced with the 1960 Armstrong 500 held at Phillip Island and 2005 was the 43rd year in which these races had been run at the Mount Panorama Circuit. It was also the first to be run under new naming rights sponsor, Australian automotive retail chain SuperCheap Auto.

Reid Park

Following the Cutting, there is a pair of uphill right-hand corners then a left-hand turn. This is Reid Park, named after the Bathurst City engineer Hughie Reid, who redesigned sections of the track to be more suitable for motor racing. One of the most famous incidents in the history of the Bathurst 1000 occurred here when Dick Johnson crashed his Ford XD Falcon out of the lead on lap 18 of the 1980 Hardie-Ferodo 1000. Johnson was unable to avoid a large rock that had fallen from the spectator area as he was passing a quick-lift tow truck at the time and had nowhere else to go. The car was destroyed after running over the rock and hitting the outside concrete wall which the car almost leapt over (the wall had only been put in place prior to the 1979 Hardie-Ferodo 1000; before then the fence had consisted of railway sleepers and fence posts), taking with it Johnson's means of supporting his racing ambitions. An emotional public appeal followed during the race's telecast which re-launched Johnson's career.

Sulman Park

After Reid Park, there is a steep drop which flows into a climbing left-hand turn, heading towards the highest point of Mount Panorama. This is the location of Sulman Park and its nature park. Peter Brock had his first major crash at Bathurst here when he crashed his Holden Racing Team VP Commodore into retirement on lap 138 of the 1994 Tooheys 1000. Jason Bright crashed here in his Ford EL Falcon in practice during the 1998 FAI 1000. The car was then rebuilt in time to scrape into qualifying in the dying minutes before Bright and Steven Richards went on to take victory in the race. This corner was also the scene of a crash in a V8 Supercar Development Series race in 2006 that claimed the life of Mark Porter.

McPhillamy Park

Cars on the run from McPhillamy Park to Brock's Skyline during the 2014 Bathurst 1000, with spectators areas at McPhillamy Park on the right. Mount Panorama McPhillamy and Skyline 2014.JPG
Cars on the run from McPhillamy Park to Brock's Skyline during the 2014 Bathurst 1000, with spectators areas at McPhillamy Park on the right.

McPhillamy Park is a fast, downhill left-hand turn which is guarded by a crest prior to the turn-in point, rendering the corner blind to approaching drivers. Drivers have to stay close to the wall while turning so as not to run wide on exit. However, going too close may cause the car to clip the inside kerbing, which Allan Moffat did in practice for the 1986 James Hardie 1000, crashing the Holden VK Commodore, which he was sharing with long-time rival Peter Brock, head on into the concrete. British driver Win Percy, driving Allan Grice's Roadways VL Commodore, would complete an almost carbon copy of Moffat's crash in practice for the 1987 James Hardie 1000. McPhillamy Park is the location of the longest-running campsite for those who camp at the track (sometimes for over a week in advance of a race). The park was named after Walter J. McPhillamy, a previous mayor of the Bathurst City Council and the owner of most of the land occupied by the Bald Hills which was donated.

McPhillamy was the site of Bill Brown's rollover during the 1971 Hardie-Ferodo 500 when the front right tyre on his Ford XY Falcon GTHO Phase III blew at over 100 mph (161 km/h), sending Brown up an earth bank before barrel-rolling along the fence. A pair of marshals stationed at that point were lucky to escape being hit after taking evasive action. Amazingly, Brown suffered only minor cuts and bruises in the accident largely due to the driver's seat breaking in the initial impact. [6] The famous corner was also the site of the crash between the Falcons of Bob Morris and Christine Gibson that blocked the track and stopped the 1981 James Hardie 1000 on lap 120, 43 laps short of race distance, giving Dick Johnson and John French the win.

In the interests of safety for both drivers and spectators at McPhillamy (and to open up the corner to avoid a repeat of the 1981 crash that blocked the track), the banking that had been just off the outside of the track was removed and pushed back approximately 30 metres (98 ft) on an angle to allow a sand trap and concrete retaining wall to be put in place prior to the 1985 James Hardie 1000.

Brock's Skyline

A short straight connects McPhillamy to the next corner. Named in recent years "Brock's Skyline" after nine-time Bathurst 1000 winner Peter Brock, Skyline is a sharply descending right hand corner which signifies the beginning of the descent from the top of the circuit. 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. During the 1970 Hardie-Ferodo 500, 1969 co-winner Tony Roberts lost control of his Ford XW Falcon GTHO and launched over Skyline backwards before tumbling down the hillside.

The Esses

The run down the mountain, looking from Forrest's Elbow to Skyline and beyond. Forestelbow.jpg
The run down the mountain, looking from Forrest's Elbow to Skyline and beyond.

The Esses are the series of corners which begin at Skyline and stretch down the Mountain towards Forrest's Elbow. There have been many notable accidents at this part of the circuit, including a blockage of the track in 2003 when Jason Bargwanna made contact with David Brabham. The most famous of the Esses, the Dipper (the third corner in the sequence), is a sharp left hand corner so named because, before safety changes were made, there was a dip in the road surface and a steep drop not far from the edge of the road, and many cars were able to get two wheels off of the ground, which has often been compared to the Corkscrew at Laguna Seca. Chaz Mostert had a severe accident in the Esses during qualifying for the Great Race in 2015. Mostert clipped the inside wall on the run down to Forrest's Elbow, ricocheting the car into the outside wall before it eventually mounted a concrete barrier and clipped the roof of a marshals' post. The car then slid down the track and came to a halt at the apex of Forrest's Elbow. The accident saw the entry withdrawn from the event and caused qualifying to be red flagged and postponed. Mostert suffered season-ending leg and wrist injuries as his leg made contact with the floor shifter in the crash.

Forrest's Elbow

Forrest's 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. It was on the exit of the corner that Dick Johnson clipped a tyre barrier during the top ten shootout for the 1983 James Hardie 1000, which broke the car's steering and sent Johnson off into a grove of trees and demolishing the car. This is also where Craig Lowndes aquaplaned into the tyre wall in 2001.

Conrod Straight

The Chase (top left), followed by Murray's Corner and the Pit Straight. Bathurstconrod.jpg
The Chase (top left), followed by Murray's Corner and the Pit Straight.

Formerly known as Main Straight, Conrod Straight was so named because of a con-rod failure that ended the 1939 Easter race of Frank Kleinig in his Kleinig/Hudson racecar. At 1.916 km (1.191 mi), Conrod Straight is the fastest section of Mount Panorama, with V8 Supercars almost reaching 300 km/h (186.4 mph). The straight is a roller-coaster ride featuring two distinct crests, the second of which was rebuilt in 1987. Conrod Straight has been the scene of six of the seven car racing deaths on the circuit – Reg Smith, Bevan Gibson, Tom Sulman, Mike Burgmann, Denny Hulme and Don Watson. All except 1967 Formula One World Champion Denny Hulme (heart attack) died in high-speed accidents. However, the chicane introduced into Conrod Straight reduced the top speed of cars going down the straight and has created one of the fastest corners in the world. Most drivers arrive at the initial part of the chicane at over 290 km/h (180 mph). Prior to the introduction of The Chase in 1987, Conrod Straight was a mile-long straight where the faster cars were getting airborne over the second hump, which was a contributing factor in Burgmann's accident.

The fastest ever speed recorded by a touring car on the old straight was by Scotland's Tom Walkinshaw driving a V12 Jaguar XJS during qualifying for the 1984 James Hardie 1000. Walkinshaw was timed at 290 km/h (180 mph).[ citation needed ] Ironically, while the Chase was introduced in an effort to reduce terminal speeds on Conrod, by the 1990 Tooheys 1000, the turbocharged Ford Sierra RS500 s were achieving higher speeds than pre-1987 with Tony Longhurst reportedly being timed at 295 km/h (183 mph) during official qualifying for the race.

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 to comply with a FIA requirement that a straight could not exceed 1,200 metres (1,300 yd). It interrupts Conrod Straight with a fast right hand bend that international motorsport commentator Mike Joy compared to Road America's kink during a United States broadcast of the Bathurst 1000 in 2011, descending to the right away from the crest prior to the spectator bridge, before a sharp 120 km/h (75 mph) left-hand bend. A right-hand corner then returns the cars to Conrod Straight for the run down to Murray's Corner.The section was dedicated to Mike Burgmann, who died in an accident at the chicane's spot in the previous year.

This corner was the scene of Peter Brock's only rollover in his motor racing career when he rolled his Vauxhall Vectra during practice for the 1997 AMP Bathurst 1000. The Chase has been the scene of numerous other rollover accidents: Tomas Mezera during the 1997 Bathurst 1000, John Cleland during the 2004 Bathurst 1000, Len Cave during the 2008 WPS Bathurst 12 Hour, Allan Letcher in a V8 Utes race during the 2009 Bathurst 1000 event and Fabian Coulthard during the 2010 Bathurst 1000.

The public entrance to the Circuit at Murray's Corner. Mount Panorama.JPG
The public entrance to the Circuit at Murray's Corner.

Don Watson was killed in an accident at the Chase during qualifying for the 1994 Bathurst 1000 when his Holden VP Commodore blew a brake disc when he attempted to slow for the kink, leaving him without brakes and limited steering. His car failed to slow and take the right hand kink, instead continuing at undiminished speed across the sand trap before hitting the tyre wall head on and flipping on to its roof, coming to rest on the wall. Watson initially survived the crash but later died from his injuries in Bathurst Base Hospital. The accident occurred in front of former race winners Peter Brock and England's Win Percy, who described it as a "major accident". [7]

Murray's Corner

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 good 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.

Lap records

Shane van Gisbergen in the McLaren 650S GT3 which set the current sports car lap record in February 2016. No 59 Tekno Autosport McLaren 650S GT3.jpg
Shane van Gisbergen in the McLaren 650S GT3 which set the current sports car lap record in February 2016.

The current official lap record is held by Christopher Mies, who set a time of 1:59.2910 during the 2018 Challenge Bathurst on 16 November 2018, driving a GT3-spec Audi R8 Ultra. [8]

Faster laps have been recorded at Mount Panorama but not during a race so do not qualify as records. [9] As part of publicity for the 2011 Australian Grand Prix, McLaren provided a MP4-23 Formula One car for Jenson Button and Craig Lowndes. Button recorded a time of 1:48.88. On 2 February 2019 Luke Youlden recorded 1:58.694 in a Brabham BT62.

The fastest lap of the pre-1987 circuit was a 2:09.7 set by Formula 5000 driver Neil Allen in 1970 driving a McLaren M10B-Chevrolet.

Kevin Bartlett set the first ever 100 mph (161 km/h) lap of the Mount Panorama Circuit at the Easter meeting in 1967 driving a Repco Brabham BT11A, recording a 2:17.7 lap. For his achievement he was awarded 25 bottles of champagne. Later in the weekend he won the NSW State Road Racing Championship and lowered his lap record to 2:17.4, which earned him another 100 bottles. With a time of 2:17.8, Allan Grice set the first 100 mph lap of the circuit for a touring car (under Group C regulations) during qualifying for the 1982 James Hardie 1000 driving a V8 powered Holden VH Commodore SS. Four years later at the 1986 James Hardie 1000, Grice also set the first 100 mph lap in a Group A touring car driving a Holden VK Commodore SS Group A, recording a 2:16.16 in official qualifying.

Lap records for the various racing classes are:

ClassDriverVehicleTimeDate
Outright Flag of Germany.svg Christopher Mies Audi R8 Ultra 1:59.291016 November 2018
Racing Cars
Formula Three Flag of Australia (converted).svg Simon Hodge Mygale M11-Mercedes-Benz 2:02.670120 April 2014
Formula 5000 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Niel Allen McLaren M10B-Chevrolet 2:09.730 March 1970
Formula Ford Flag of Australia (converted).svg Anton De Pasquale Mygale SJ08a-Ford 2:17.91445 October 2012
Formula Ford (1600) Flag of Australia (converted).svg Neil McFayden Van Diemen RF94-Ford 2:24.130011 October 2002
Formula Vee (1200) Flag of Australia (converted).svg Paul ShermanSpectre2.55.716221 February 2009
Formula Vee (1600) Flag of Australia (converted).svg Benjamin PorterCheckmate JP022:43.2401 [10] 5 February 2012
Sports Cars
Track day car Flag of Australia (converted).svg Luke Youlden Brabham BT62 1.58.696 February 2019
GT3 Sports Cars Flag of New Zealand.svg Shane van Gisbergen McLaren 650S GT3 2:01.56707 February 2016
Production Sports Flag of Denmark.svg Benny Simonsen Ferrari 488 GT3 2:03.419 [11] 27 March 2016
Carrera Cup Flag of New Zealand.svg Jaxon Evans Porsche 991 GT3 Cup 2:06.22857 October 2018
Radical Cup Flag of Australia (converted).svg Peter Paddon Radical SR3S 2:12.193 [12] 6 February 2016
Radical Cup Flag of Australia (converted).svg Neale Muston Radical SR8 2:07.7654 [13] 8 February 2014
Nations Cup Flag of Australia (converted).svg Garth Tander Holden Monaro 427C 2:14.326717 November 2002
Aussie Racing Cars Flag of Australia (converted).svg Adrian FlackEuro GT-Yamaha 2:32.0659 [14] 9 October 2015
Historic Sports Cars
Group Sc Flag of Australia (converted).svg Geoff Morgan Porsche 911 Carrera 2:32.99683 February 2018
Group Sb Flag of Australia (converted).svg Terry Lawlor Shelby GT350 2:40.83912 February 2018
Group Sa Flag of Australia (converted).svg Brian Duffy Austin-Healey 3000 MkI 2:48.83726 March 2016
Touring Cars
Supercars Championship Flag of Australia (converted).svg David Reynolds Holden ZB Commodore 2:06.14927 October 2018
Super2 Series Flag of Australia (converted).svg Paul Dumbrell Holden VE Commodore 2:06.735210 October 2015
Sports Sedan Flag of Australia (converted).svg Steven Lacey Chevrolet Camaro 2:10.99113 February 2018
Group A Flag of Australia (converted).svg Mark Skaife Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 2:14.50 [15] 6 October 1991
Group C Flag of Australia (converted).svg Peter Brock Holden VK Commodore 2:15.13 [16] 30 September 1984
Group A Flag of Australia (converted).svg Allan Grice Holden VK Commodore SS Group A 2:18.99 [17] 5 October 1986
Super Touring Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jason Plato Renault Laguna 2:16.8034 [18] 5 October 1997
NASCAR Flag of New Zealand.svg Jim Richards Chevrolet Lumina 2:18.1027 [19] 24 February 1996
Improved Production Flag of Australia (converted).svg Ray Hislop Ford BF Falcon 2:20.9386 February 2016
Improved Production Touring Cars Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Allan Moffat Ford Boss 302 Mustang 2:22.4 [20] 3 April 1972
GT Production Flag of Australia (converted).svg Neil Crompton Ferrari F355 2:24.606514 November 1998
Group 3E Series Production Flag of Australia (converted).svg Chaz Mostert Ford Focus RS LZ 2.25.80216 April 2017
Mini Challenge Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jason Bargwanna Mini Cooper S 2:30.2732 [21] 11 October 2008
Commodore Cup Flag of Australia (converted).svg Steve Owen Holden VS Commodore 2:30.7639 [22] 24 April 2011
V8 Ute Racing Series Flag of Australia (converted).svg Kris Walton Ford FG Falcon Ute 2:31.131812 October 2014
Saloon Cars Flag of Australia (converted).svg Shawn Jamieson Holden VT Commodore 2:35.9685 [23] 23 April 2011
Group E Series Production Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Allan Moffat Ford Falcon XY GTHO Phase III 2:36.5 [24] 1 October 1972
HQ Holden Flag of Australia (converted).svg Peter Holmes HQ Holden 2:56.0330 [25] 19 October 1997
Historic Touring Cars
Touring Car Masters Flag of Australia (converted).svg John Bowe Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 2:17.44628 October 2017
Group Nc Flag of Australia (converted).svg Vince Macri Chevrolet Camaro 2:28.070 [11] 27 March 2016
Group Nb Flag of Australia (converted).svg Bradley Tilley Ford Mustang 2:31.60915 April 2015
Group Na Flag of Australia (converted).svg K. Smith MG ZA Magnette 3:21.331011 April 2009
Motorcycles
Formula Xtreme Flag of Australia (converted).svg Kevin Curtain Yamaha YZF-R1 2:15.4523 April 2000
Superbike Flag of Australia (converted).svg Kevin Curtain Yamaha YZF-R1 2:15.83 [26] 23 April 2000
Sidecar Flag of Australia (converted).svg G. Biggs/ Flag of Australia (converted).svg L. Genova LCR Krauser2:30.2810 April 1993

- time was set on the original 6.172 km (3.835 mi) layout.

Notable races

Cars on track during the 2005 Bathurst 1000. Bathurst 1000 2005 3.jpg
Cars on track during the 2005 Bathurst 1000.

Motorcycles

The inaugural race held at the Mount Panorama Circuit was the 1938 Junior Tourist Trophy for motorcycles. [3] Mount Panorama hosted the Australian motorcycle Grand Prix nine times in the era before the event became part of the world championship.

Australian Grand Prix

The Australian Grand Prix was held at the circuit in 1938, 1947, 1952 and 1958. The 1938 race was the first major event held at the circuit after opening. The circuit also hosted the first post-World War II Australian Grand Prix in 1947, with the event then rotating between Australian states before returning in 1952 and 1958.

Winners

YearDriverConstructorReport
1938 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Peter Whitehead ERA Report
1947 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Bill Murray MG Report
1952 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Doug Whiteford Talbot-Lago Report
1958 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Lex Davison Ferrari Report

Bathurst 1000

The circuit has been home to one of the world's classic endurance events, the Bathurst 1000, since 1963. This was the continuation of the event which began in 1960 at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Victoria. The race was 500 miles between its start at Phillip Island in 1960, and from 1963 to 1972 at Bathurst, before being changed to its current 1000 km format in 1973. Since 1999, the Bathurst 1000 has also become a round of the V8 Supercars (formerly Australian Touring Car Championship) calendar.

ATCC sprint rounds

In addition to the Bathurst 1000, the circuit has hosted six sprint rounds of the ATCC; in 1966, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1995 and 1996. The 1972 round has been considered as one of the greatest races in championship history due to the close battle between Ian Geoghegan's Ford XY Falcon GTHO Phase III and Allan Moffat's Ford Boss 302 Mustang. [27]

Winners

YearDriver [28] TeamCarReport
1966 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Ian Geoghegan Team Total Ford Mustang Report
1969 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Ian Geoghegan Mustang Team Ford Mustang Report
1970 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Norm Beechey Norm Beechey Shell Racing Team Holden HT Monaro GTS350 Report
1972 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Ian Geoghegan Geoghegan's Sporty Cars Ford XY Falcon GTHO Phase III
1995 Flag of Australia (converted).svg John Bowe Dick Johnson Racing Ford EF Falcon Report
1996 Flag of Australia (converted).svg John Bowe Dick Johnson Racing Ford EF Falcon

Endurance events

In more recent years, the circuit has also hosted longer endurance races including the Bathurst 24 Hour (2003–04) and the Bathurst 12 Hour (1991–94 and 2007 onwards) Since 2011, the Bathurst 12 Hour has become a FIA GT3 race, and became a part of the inaugural Intercontinental GT Challenge in 2016. The other major event currently held at the circuit is the Bathurst Motor Festival at Easter, which includes the newly launched Bathurst 6 Hour as of 2016.

Other events

The first motorsport event was a speed hillclimb held from Mountain Straight up to Reid Park. This event is still held today as a round of the New South Wales Hillclimb Championship.

In 2008, the circuit hosted the IGSA Gravity Sports World Championships: skateboard downhill and street luge downhill. The race began at Skyline and ended at Conrod Straight.

Racing deaths at Mount Panorama

Sixteen competitors have died during racing associated with Mount Panorama, including 1967 World Drivers' Champion Denny Hulme who died after suffering a fatal heart attack while at the wheel of his car. Two spectators were also killed in 1955 after being struck by a crashing car.

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