- First Motorsport Event: Australian Grand Prix – 1938
- Distance: 6.2 km
- Direction: Anticlockwise
There’s only one Bathurst. It is undoubtedly one of the world’s premier racing circuits, with a legendary track that elite drivers from all over the world dream of racing on. Mount Panorama has only five circuit closure events each year, which has helped it earn an international reputation for being both exclusive and challenging.
Quite simply, every race there feels unique and special. In a national sense, it is the Aussie favourite. Poll any group of local motor enthusiasts, and you can almost guarantee that the majority would list Mount Panorama as their favourite circuit and the Bathurst 1000 as their favourite event.
John Bowe’s Best Bit
“While Conrod through The Chase is exceptionally high speed and exhilarating, it’s going over the top of the Mountain from The Cutting to Forest Elbow that is unique, technically demanding and unforgettable to drive”.
Most Memorable Moments
With seemingly endless incredible moments throughout the history of Bathurst, it’s hard to choose a single one. But a few moments involving Dick Johnson always spring to mind. He was involved in the crash of Greens-Tuf into the trees in qualifying in 1983, which to this day is still difficult to watch.
A different kind of disappointment hit Johnson in 1993, when he was denied victory by Jim Richards, who was awarded the race despite crashing prior to the red flag and not finishing the race.
Maybe the most extraordinary memory of Johnson at Bathurst happened in 1980 when a spectator threw a rock onto the circuit, right into his path. He was leading the Bathurst 1000 at the time, but unable to avoid the rock, Johnson crashed out of the race. At the time, Johnson said he would “never ever race at Bathurst again, until such time as they have a 20-foot high wire fence” around the track. Thankfully the racing legend returned the next year and won the Great Race.
Bathurst Lap Records
- Supercar Lap Record: 2:04.76, Chaz Mostert, Ford Mustang GT, 2019
- Outright Lap Record: 1:59.29, Christopher Mies, Audi R8 LMS GT3, 2018