The Track

Pit Straight

Located at the base of the Mount, what makes Pit Straight interesting is that the finish line is not the same as the start line. This is because if they were the same spot on the Straight, the race would be 1000.293 kms, not the famous 1000. It also allows fewer cars to line up around a corner before the green light.

Hell Corner

So named because of the crashes it's seen, Hell corner is the first of 23 bends along the track. It is believed there once was a tree stump at the corner, before the days of barricades, and that motorbike riders who dropped their bikes on the corner would be fatally injured and on his way to Hell.

Mountain Straight

A scenic, yet tremendously fast way to ascend the Mountain, Mountain Straight allows cars to reach speeds of up to 250km/h. Mountain Straight is 1.111kms long.

Griffins Bend

Named after the Mayor of Bathurst who opened the track to racing in 1938, Griffins bend has claimed many an eager driver screaming off Mountain Straight. This corner provides a negatively-cambered road which tests drivers to their limits.

The Cutting

The Cutting gets its name from the obvious: the track is cut into the rock of the mountain. It provides drivers with a 1:6 gradient exit at the top, and is one of the tightest corners on the track. Overtaking is virtually impossible here, though that doesn't stop drivers from trying. It is very hard to recover from spins due to the gradient and closeness of the walls.

Reid Park / Sulman Park / McPhillamy Park

The track between The Cutting and Skyline are referred to for the parks that surround them. This is where the die-hards camp for the week leading up to the Great Race, and even with the sounds of the cars, it is said their cheers and jeers can be heard by the drivers.
Sulman Park has the highest point of the track, topping out at 862m above sea level. Sulman merges to McPhillamy, which is the site of the long-stay camping ground, seeing fans hunker down for over a week before the on-track events begin.

Brock's Skyline

Providing breath-taking views over the Bathurst Region, Skyline ends with a steep right hand corner signifying the decent of the Mountain. After the news of Peter Perfect's death, fans flocked to leave messages of support and pride from a man who's racing career touch the hearts of many on the very walls of the track. Those messages can be seen here.

The Esses

So named for its ‘S' shapes, the Esses provide a unique experience for drivers descending the Mountain. Accidents here force drivers into quick thinking as the line of sight coming off Skyline is slim to none. Drivers rely on instinct to master the curves coming down the Mount.

The Dipper

The third sharp corner in the Esses is the Dipper, aptly named as it literally dips off on the track. It is a steep, sharp left-hand turn. Prior to the construction of safety barriers, drivers would rely on all their skills to not only stay on the racing line, but the track itself after coming off the Dipper.

Forrest's Elbow

Named after Jack Forrest, a motorcycle racer who scraped his elbow away after dropping his bike on the corner, it is a sharp left-hand turn that leads on to the high-speed straight on Con-rod.

Conrod Straight

Conrod straight is the fastest section of the Mount Panorama track, with V8 Supercars touching the magical 300km/h limit. The straight is a considerable descent with a hump in the middle before again dropping down and entering the Chase. It was on Conrod Straight that a number of deaths have occurred; all caused from the excessive speed the straight produces. This part of the track was originally called Main Straight, though later renamed Conrod after a conrod failure that occurred in a driver's car, causing them to retire from the race.

The Chase

Added in 1987, the Chase was added in preparation for the World Touring Car Championship to adhere to FIA rules. The length of Conrod Straight exceeded the maximum length allowed on a WTCC track, and therefore was built to standard. The Chase breaks up Conrod straight and incidentally created the fastest right hand bend in Australia.

Murray's Corner

Murray's Corner is the final corner of a lap at Mount Panorama before crossing the finished line (interestingly not the start line). It is a right-angled left-hand turn onto Pit Straight.


Track Facts

Track Facts

The track is a public road for the majority of the year and as such regular road rules apply (incl.2 way traffic, 60km/hr speed limit). It is 174 metres from the bottom of the circuit (Pit Straight) to the top of Skyline, "as the crow flies". Race direction (during major events) is anti-clockwise.

Mount Panorama is unique in its rural setting. There are over 40 private residences located around the circuit (inside and outside). Private businesses also exist on the Mount - including: luxury accommodation, a winery, restaurant and fruit orchard. Several local sporting associations also use the Mount as a base for their activities, including the Sporting Shooters Association, Bathurst Rifle Club, Bathurst Gun Club, Panorama Motorcycle Club, and, of course, the Bathurst Light Car Club.

The National Motor Racing Museum sits on Murray's Corner, showcasing an impressive array of motorcycle and car racing memorabilia from all over the country. The mix of homes, businesses and sporting clubs adds to the mystique of the Mount, creating a laid-back, welcoming feel to this remarkable track.

Circuit Length: 6.213km

Length of Conrod Straight = 1.916km

Length of Mountain Straight = 1.111km

Highest Point: 862m above sea level

Grades of up to 1 in 6.13 

Types of Vehicles: Although Mount Panorama has previously hosted motorcylce races, due to driver and spectator safety this is no longer allowed. Motorcylces require a large 'run-off' area for accidents. At Mount Panorama there is little run-off as they ascend and descend on the track. If a rider were to come off at speed in these tight corners with close barricades, their chances of survival are slim. It is for this reason that motorcycle races are not likely to occur, unless an alternate route and track expansion takes place. 


Track Closures

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