Bathurst track saga con­tin­ues

Old Bike Australasia - - • BATHURST TRACK • FESTIVAL OF SPEED • 2017 AHRRC -

The con­tin­u­ing saga of the sec­ond Mount Panorama cir­cuit took an­other twist at the time of the an­nual Bathurst 1000 in Oc­to­ber, with the an­nounce­ment that the new cir­cuit, to be known as Ve­loc­ity Park Race­way, will be lo­cated at the top of Mount Panorama near the McPhillamy Park spec­ta­tor area. All pre­vi­ous pro­pos­als for the new cir­cuit have had it lo­cated in the bot­tom sec­tion, to make use of ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties. How­ever these pro­pos­als have al­ways had to work around the fact that the tra­di­tional 6.2 km cir­cuit re­mains a pub­lic road. The new track is re­ported to be be­tween 4 to 4.5km in length, and part of an au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try hub. Bathurst Re­gional Coun­cil has com­mit­ted $10 mil­lion to the en­tire project, in­clud­ing the cir­cuit, and is lob­by­ing NSW and fed­eral gov­ern­ments for $20 mil­lion each. Bathurst mayor Gary Rush says, “It (the new cir­cuit) will be up to the stan­dard re­quired by Mo­toGP”, and ac­cord­ing to re­ports in Fair­fax Me­dia, “has been de­signed as a can­di­date to ul­ti­mately stage the Aus­tralian rounds of the Mo­toGP and Su­per­bike world cham­pi­onships, which both have ex­ist­ing long-term con­tracts with Phillip Is­land”. The tar­get to have the cir­cuit op­er­a­tional is said to be late 2018.

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