7 January 2010 / Posted by Brett Phillips
Name Mount Panorama
Location Bathurst, Australia
Steepest gradient 13 Degrees
Open to traffic yes
Newton's Playground 2009 is Australia's premier gravity racing event. Gravity Bikers will compete on a 1.3 km course starting from Skyline at the top of the iconic Mt Panorama circuit, and finishing on Conrod Straight. Competitors reach speeds of over 100km/h while racing only centimetres from each other.
Mount Panorama Circuit (or often simply Bathurst) is a motor racing track located in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia. It is the home of the Bathurst 12 Hour motor race, held each February, and the Bathurst 1000 motor race, held each October. The track is 6.213 kilometres long, and is technically a street circuit, as the circuit is a public road when no racing events are being run, and there are many residences which can only be accessed from the circuit.
The track is a very unusual design by modern standards, with a 174 metre 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. Motor racing speeds in excess of 320km/h are achieved on this circuit.
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